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It's every fashion lover's dream to have a custom-made closet,В which is exactly whatВ Hart of Dixie star Jaime KingВ got when she Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design to transform hers. For King, the need for the transformation was more about space and visibility than organization.
вЂњJaime has a lot of deliveries coming in and out each day to account for,вЂќ says Adams, вЂњso we really tried to get everything into the closet.вЂќ To that end, Adams actually expanded King's closet by one foot, pushing it into a sunroom off of the master bedroom.Christoper Patey Christoper Patey
вЂњMy goal was really to create a space of beauty, serenity, and most important, functionality,вЂќ says King. вЂњI wanted to walk in feeling inspired.вЂќ Staying true to the midcentury modern style of King's house (which was once owned by Walt Disney's daughter), Adams used an elegant combination of white and mahogany wood, mixing the two in a way that's balanced.
вЂњI have a lot of mahogany in the house, as well as midcentury modern Danish pieces, and all the floors in the house are white,вЂќ says King, so there was instant synergy. вЂњThe combination actually became the inspiration for a pair of dressers in Jaime's bedroom,вЂќ Adams notes.Kelly Wearstler Precision Bench $3695Shop Christoper Patey Christoper Patey
The biggest challenge of the closet design was вЂњthe fact that there was no space,вЂќ King says. вЂњIt was less about organization and more about being able to see things.вЂќ вЂњWe wanted a home for everything,вЂќ Adams says, вЂњso what we really created is a space where what you see is what you get.вЂќ
Adams installed a pull-out glass case lined with suede to display King's sunglasses, hung boots from boot trees on a rod, installed a vertical вЂњdenim barвЂќ to house dozens of pairs of jeans, and folded T-shirts neatly usingВ Pliios, a handy folding tool.LA Closet Design LAMove Mobile Closet $575Shop Christoper Patey Christoper Patey
вЂњIt's much like the concept of a store,вЂќ Adams says, вЂњand now Jaime can go shopping in her closet.вЂќ Her best expert tip, she says, is to make things visible. вЂњYou don't just stuff things into a drawer. Everything should have a home.вЂќ
Part of the trick to fitting everything into your closet is using your existing space efficiently. вЂњI often see closets with only one or two hanging rods, which really only serve short things or long things,вЂќ Adams says. вЂњIn reality, all of these things have varying heights, so it's a waste of space and not maximizing what you have.вЂќKelly Wearstler Dichotomy Sculpture $1295Shop Christoper Patey Christoper Patey
For King, staying organized is also about letting go. вЂњI am very good at purging things,вЂќ she says. вЂњAlthough, I do have a lot of important archival pieces that some of my favorite designers have given me from when I was 15 years old to this day.вЂќ Beyond those special items, she says вЂњyou need to purge the ones that you don't wear.Crate & Barrel Vaughn Modern Orange Rug $499Shop Christoper Patey Christoper Patey
Get rid of things that are stained or have holes. Have your most ruthless friend come over, have a good mix of music playing, and just purge. Donate whatever you don't use.вЂќ But how about those skinny jeans you dream of slipping into again? вЂњIf it doesn't fit, donate it,вЂќ she says. вЂњYour closet shouldn't be a place of despair. You can keep one aspirational pair of jeans, but don't keep things in hopes that it will fit one day.вЂќChristoper Patey
This story was originally published onВ October 20, 2014, and has since been updated.