Master Closet: “Sex and the City” Style

We all have our thing. For some it’s buying high quality food from Whole Foods and farmer’s markets. For others it’s art + rugs (it me!). And for others, it’s their wardrobe. I know rather confidently that this client qualifies for the last category: wardrobe.

Over the years she has accumulated an incredible ensemble of beautiful pieces of clothing, shoes and purses. Think: Sarah Jessica Parker. And like Sarah Jessica Parker in the first Sex and the City movie, this client needed a closet fit for her collection. A little reach-in closet in the bedroom (pictured below) wasn’t cutting it.

Make it functional. And pretty, too.

I certainly love the act of making a space “more beautiful.” But when I look back at the most rewarding projects I’ve been a part of, they are always the ones where we dramatically improve the function as opposed to exclusively making it more visually appealing.

This was one such project. 2 parents. 5 kids. Jammed around a teeny breakfast table. A laundry room doubling as a mudroom – not really big enough for either and somehow trying to do both. A broken sliding door. A “bonus” room with lots of square footage but not a lot of purpose. And a husband destined to work from home despite the lack of a home office.

Go Green or Go Home

This past spring someone reached out to put me in touch with a friend’s daughter looking for an internship. Well, I’d never had an intern before so I didn’t know quite what to think! A short 8 weeks later and I can’t believe she’s already gone. There were dozens of things I’d been pushing to the back burner that I just never seem to get around to. She knocked out a ton, but unfortunately the list continues. And one of the oldest items on the list is to finally share with you all one of our most impressive projects to date. It was completed back in 2019 but never too late to share, right?

A “Step” Up in this Mission Hills Master Bathroom

Master bathrooms are a funny thing. Clients either invest a ton in them because see it as a retreat and value how much time they spend there. Or they put a master bathroom remodel at the very bottom of the list because no one but them will ever see/enjoy it. Well these homeowners took the first approach. With two stressful jobs, this was to be an oasis. A gift to themselves as they got ready for work everyday.

Reclaim and Relax

Last year some of our past clients reached out hoping to come up with a solution for a pretty, but not-functional courtyard in their backyard. A family of four, they’d purchased the home from someone whose lifestyle didn’t quite lend itself to wobbly toddlers and tired parents. Not well protected from the sun, and certainly not from the summer’s mosquitoes, however pretty, the courtyard was seemingly full of steps. Everywhere you looked there seemed to be a brick step just begging for a little boy to skin his knee or stub his toe.