Fash­ion-For­ward

Décor - - Contents - Writer Ann Wil­son pho­tog­ra­pher Dustin Peck stylist Lisa Mende

Awash in blue and stylish shim­mer, a closet beau­ti­fully ac­com­mo­dates its owner’s dress­ing re­quire­ments.

A tai­lor-made lay­out and fine-tuned fin­ishes cre­ate a dress­ing room where get­ting ready for the day be­comes a glam­orous af­fair.

This photo: The per­fect bag is al­ways in sight and within reach, thanks to the is­land’s shelves. Up top, white mar­ble acts as a neu­tral stag­ing area for as­sem­bling out­fits and a land­ing spot for items be­ing switched be­tween purses. Op­po­site top: Porce­lain dishes keep baubles and beads sorted, vis­i­ble, and un­tan­gled. Op­po­site bot­tom: A cur­va­ceous Vene­tian mir­ror, a re­flec­tive toi­letry tray, and Lucite-and-brass pulls set the van­ity aglow.

Big­ger. Smarter. Stylish. De­signer Gray Walker’s client was clear about her closet needs when she em­barked on a whole-house ren­o­va­tion of her res­i­dence in Char­lotte. “My client, who has three young chil­dren and loves cloth­ing, wanted a quiet, pri­vate es­cape that felt glam­orous and had plenty of stor­age,” says Walker, who worked with ar­chi­tect Don Duffy to tai­lor the closet. “Lots of count­ing went into the de­sign. We mea­sured lin­ear feet for hang­ing clothes, and es­ti­mated how many shoes, tall boots, and other things she would need for each sea­son.”

But Walker made sure to part­ner prac­ti­cal­ity with plenty of pretty. Oys­ter blue, a fa­vorite feel-good hue of the owner’s, bathes the walls, trim, and cab­i­nets in seren­ity. Walker opted for a high-gloss paint fin­ish for ro­man­tic sheen. Flouncy silk stripe win­dow shades, an an­tique crys­tal chan­de­lier, and Lucite rods and hard­ware am­plify the ef­fect. “The closet envelops you in color,” Walker says. “You feel like you’re in a cloud.”

This photo: Func­tion goes hand in hand with beauty in this dress­ing room. Draw­ers stack up as gen­er­ous stor­age for lin­gerie and ca­sual wear; a win­dow seat near shoe shelves sup­plies a perch for don­ning footwear. Op­po­site: Vintage ac­ces­sories, ab­stract...

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