shoe + accessories closet continued…

I wanted to show you how I made the best use of the things that this closet already had inside…  

The existing tie rack is now holding belts. The belts that couldn’t be hung, sit nicely in a box the client already had. We used the built in drawers to hold handbags. If you look closely, I placed a shoe box in the drawer as a divider.
The rug was rolled up in the coat closet and was on it’s way out since she’s redecorating. This small one fits well enough in here and she has a larger one that’s now in the walk-in clothes closet. I love a rug in a closet; it gives a finished and elevated look to the space… 

shoe + accessories closet: before + after (almost)

I was dying to make this client’s fourth closet (1. walk-in clothes closet, 2. coat closet, 3. linen closet) into an accessories closet exclusively for shoes, belts, and bags. Since it’s a rental, the built-in cabinet below needed to be kept but I removed
the one shelf and installed custom cut wood shelves up to the ceiling.

These shoes aren’t frequently worn sowe put them in clear shoe boxes to keep them from getting dusty, and they’re organized by type; off-season, special occasion, heals, flats, boots, then by color light to dark.
Much better right?

q + a: handbag storage

coat closet 2


hnxing asks “There’s a Rubbermaid Wardrobe Shelving (which I also do not like, but can’t take out at the moment) installed in my closet. I have IKEA drawers and hanging organizers for my clothes which is working out nicely. But I end up putting my purses/bags on the shelf which you hang the clothes from. The purses and bags all lean against each other. I usually end up with bags on my head when I try to pull one out to use. Because of the wire shelf, I haven’t found a way to make them “stand” up on their own. Any ideas? Thanks!”

You have a couple of options:
  • there are shelf dividers for wire shelving
  • use an open bin either on its side like pictured above, or right side up and pull down when needed
  • hang the bags on hooks inside the closet or on the back of the closet door. just make sure the bags are empty otherwise the weight will damage the handles
  • this is a nice option too
note about real patent leather: you shouldn’t lean it against anything since it can absorb color from other materials.