1.13.2011

Around The House...

Hello Lovelies! Join me on a little tour of one of my very favourite projects...it happens to be my closet. It's no walk-in but it makes up for it's smaller scale with a fun feature wall. 


Simple white ikea frames showcase bags from some of my favourite trips.
I actually have 2 closets... this one houses daily staples and generally black and white.
A crystal pendant adds some sparkle.

I like things organized and at the ready.
I've used the same glass trays, a bulk homesense purchase, to hold items throughout my home. I love the sparkle, dimension and sense of continuity they add. 
The same trays can be seen at my bedside, bath barcart and holding my watches below.
I save perfume samples... they're handy for travel and I love blending scents.
This lovely glass bowl holds my favourite daily pieces.
 The ikea pant rack is the best invention ever! I love being able to see every pant easily.
So there you have it dolls! One space untainted by my many boys.
Happy Friday!! xo

129 comments:

Ashley Hasty said...

I'm in closet envy! I just adore your fabulous closet!! I dream of having a closet like this someday. :)

<3 AShley
www.ahastylife.com

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

1 thing only: swoon!

CECELIA said...

those framed shopping bags are fab. SO clever!

The Huntress said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that idea w/ the ikea frames! genius :)

hope all is well!

xoxo

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Lovely closet!! And is that Chloe perfume that I spy there? Love!

Erica said...

Thanks Loves!! and yes Brittany you did spot some chloe perfume... Isn't it divine?? xo

Kerry said...

Oh that's too good. You're an organising and decorating goddess!!

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

Erica, when can I come over with a bottle of wine so we can sit on the floor, drink it, and just soak in all of the beauty of your closet? xo

Erica said...

Thanks Kerry! Sending hugs and hope you're keeping dry! xo

Hilary Dow-Ward said...

Thanks for the tour! I'm happy to have been invited! ;)
Is your closet furniture all from ikea or just the pant racks? Love the white, as per usual.

Erica said...

Melissa, lovely you're welcome any time especially if we have wine... not even kidding! I just can't sit on the floor too long or I'll get a sore back. :)

Hilary! thanks sweets! And yes entirely ikea... I wanted to save money to buy the goodies in the closet! ;)

Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit said...

So organised! Everything would be fabulously easy to find - you are obviously very disciplined! {Me, I verge from organisation to throw it all in and shut the door when things are crazy!}

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

It is beautiful AND functional! What a pretty place to pick out clothes in the morning :)

Erica said...

Thanks Virginia... but don't be fooled it's organized because as a single mom to 5 BOYS it's the only place that I can escape chaos and the cloud of testosterone! :D

Thanks Carrie! It does make me smile in the morning and keeps me out of sweats... well, most of the time. ;)

island girl said...

ohhhhhhhhh, it's a dream closet!! Fabulous! :-)

The S's beach house said...

L.O.V.E

Such a nice sanctuary for a hard working Mom. I am going to steal some ideas for my closet. I too have a pretty organized closet but I may be stealing some of your chic ideas : )

Rachel Larson said...

Wow, your closet makes me drool. AMAZING!!

Danielle said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Why did I not save any of my store bags???

Danielle said...

And you have two of my favorite fragrances. (hermes merveilles and flowerbomb)

Andrea Johnson said...

So girly, so organized. I just love it!

Jordana @ White Cabana said...

Oh, I'm drooling!
-Jordana

Lisa said...

I love the bags. So clever.

things that sparkle said...

Absolutely dying over your closet. I was literally JUST saying how I wanted to post pictures of my closet but I wasn't sure anyone besides myself would be interested. Turns out some people like to look! Maybe I'll post next week. You've given me even more inspiration. I absolutely adore it all

Third Avenue Style said...

I'm in love.....

Angela Furlong said...

Loved the framed bags... ingenious idea! xx

Leah said...

Wow so organized and pretty! I love the framed bags, you are so smart!

Luvs!

Hilary Dow-Ward said...

Excellent - thanks for the reply. Do you remember which closet units that is? I looked on ikea tried to see...then felt like I'd been smelling to many perfumes! ...in other words totally disoriented.

Holla!

Jenny said...

Let me pick myself up off the floor - your closet is fabulous! I'm having a case of major closet envy right now ;o)

Sarah B said...

OMG love it and everything in it!!

Full House said...

Seriously..gorgeous. So Erica do you like to shop or something..just wondering:-) ha!

Way to put those bags to use.

xx - CB

Ash said...

oh my flippin' goodness- do you think I could persuade you to come organize my closet? I DIE over your framed bags- what neat art! as always, I LOVE your blog :) Happy Weekend!

lisaroyhandbags said...

What a great closet! So funny, I'm currently framing some of my special shopping bags too! :)

Champagne/CrushParty/StitchPoet said...

I love the framed bags! I've been saving bags to do this for my daughter (PrettyStuff tumblr) when we have enough!

Yahnay said...

I love the idea of framing bags for a closet. It also looks like you have been a lucky girl. You have quite the collection. Your closet looks great! It is inspiring me to re-do (clean) mine. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

daninotes said...

LOVE!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Completely in love with your closet, period.

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

I'm so jealous of your closet. It is absolutely stunning! I LOVE it . . . and I'm happy to see you using wooden hangars. I see so many closet transformations with people keeping the plastic. Clothes look so much nicer hung on wooden hangars! :-)

paula said...

hello dream closet!

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

*sigh* It's offical, I'm in love with a closet, yours!

Natasha said...

.... just viewed your images, now I can't wait to go home and fix up my closet over the weekend......

Love the bag / frame idea!!

Northern Light

Loretta said...

Gorgeous, elegant, stunning.... Ok I have to work on my closet. Excellent job.

Erica said...

I'm seriously delighted by this outpouring of love for my little closet!!
Thanks so much my Moth Lovelies!! xoxo

The Zhush said...

This is so glamorous and inspiring and all out amazing and perfect...um yeah...I kinda love your closet!:) (planning on stealing all sorts of ideas here...brilliant!!!)

Kasey said...

Your closet is inspiring me to de-clutter and organize mine. I love it.

CWID said...

ohhh, my!! simply gorgeous! what a great way to get dressed every day!! LOVELY! xoxo

Bold and Beautiful said...

that was the best closet tour I have been on in a while.....I love the way your personalized and organized everything....I am so in love with your closet girl!

Michelleesque said...

I am ENVIOUS of your closet! :)

Hanna said...

Just found your blog! It's amazing! I think i could move to your closet ;)
By the way i'm new reader :)

imagine.create.play said...

Love, love, love, love, love!!!! This closet is SO inspirational. Thanks for sharing. Especially what to do with cherished shopping bags. I've slowly gotten rid of most of mine over time due to the fact that I didn't know what to do with them but not that you have inspired me the collection is going to begin again!!! Hope you're having a good weekend! (new follower)

Sara Mueller said...

I am new to your blog and have fallen for your home! And your closet is my dream closet with my dream shoes. I love it all. I just featured photos of your home in my blog. I hope you don't mind. Have a great Sunday!

Debby said...

Your closet is amazing!! Love the framed bags and I really need to do something with my closet. This post might just have given me the motivation to get started!! xo

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

That closet is pure Buyah...and the framed bags, genius.
Cheers and best of luck with your boys, Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Chic Coastal Living said...

Hi! I nominated you for an award today!

Marcus Design said...

Oh man! I die!!! I love the bags framed, I remember seeing this in a magazine and I can't for the life of me remember where, have you ever seen it? Your closet is to die for Erica!
Nancy xo

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh my gosh, I love it! It is just so fabulous, very chic, my dear!

Karena said...

As an artist I love the idea of framing the couture bags!! Your closet is amazing and you have really inspired me!!

Be sure to come and enter my Gorgeous Giveaway from Blydesign......

Xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

barbara@hodge:podge said...

What an amazing closet. I share mine with my hubby and he keeps creeping onto my side! Wish mine was as pretty as yours. Sigh....

Thanks for following! Following back!

annechovie said...

Wow, your closet is quite a showplace in itself. Gorgeous!

michelle b @ every little thing said...

oh, that's just torture!!! absolutely a gorgeous space dripping with femininity, organization and fabulous fashion....*sigh* i love it and can only hope to one day have a little place like this to call my own...
thanks for stopping by my blog today...xoxo

Michelle @ Ten June said...

LOVE the bag collection. And your closet- feminine and funky at the same time, which is my kind of closet :)

So glad to have found your blog!

lark + linen said...

your closet is just AMAZING. I love the idea of framing fun bags. Simple, inexpensive art. Brilliant

Fran said...

Awesome!! I wish I had your closet!

Little Pink Rain Boots said...

Gorgeous closet, I love those Christian Louboutins in the last pic :)


littlepinkrainboots.blogspot.com

Splendid Willow said...

There she is - our stylish friend! I now have serious closet envy. Not only because of the wonderful space you have created but also because of what it stores! So many pretty things. (I am a little brand lover myself).

Dream closet indeed!

Warm hugs,

Mon

Lana said...

Wow!!! What a perfectly gorgeous closet! Lucky you!

Heather said...

OH my goodness!!!! I must revamp my closet, I love the idea of framing shopping bags!

Heidi said...

Hi Erica,

I loved your closet so much I just had to share it on my blog, http://athousandlaughingstarfish.blogspot.com/.

Here is the link to the post: http://athousandlaughingstarfish.blogspot.com/2011/01/art-of-clothes.html

Job well done!

Heidi

Erica said...

Thanks for all the love!
I'm feeling even more inspired to work on the other half... or the bright side as I call it. I'll be sure to share when it's complete. xoxo Erica

Terri said...

Swoon!! I wish my closet looked this good! Thanks for visiting today... I'm a new follower ( and can't believe I haven't discovered your fabulous blog until today)!!!

christine, just bella said...

Eee! Gorgeous. I looooove those framed bags, what a fabulous idea!

Heather said...

great idea! so happy to have your blog! xo

lolo said...

okay I must know how you did the bags? I bought the frames at Ikea to do the same thing, but I found the bags too puffy for the frame. I am wondering if I should cut the bag in half. I have been collecting carrier bags for like 8 years so I am desperate to figure it out. New to your blog and so far love it!

Erica said...

Thanks dolls! xo
Lolo, I had to cut the backing off of some of the bags... and untie/remove the knotted handles on the backside too. Hope this helps! :)

annie said...

Best closet...ever! Love all your creative ways to display your things. I am thrilled that lolo asked more specifics on framing the bags. I am going to do this in my daughter's room...I have the bags out on the dining room table and will be at IKEA in the morning!

Erica said...

Yay! Don't forget to share the outcome Annie! :)

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous!!! Would I ever love to play dress up in your closet!! It's full of many,many beautiful things and styled with such flair! Angie xo

designnsuch said...

What a great closet! I LOVE the framed shopping bags!!

Brandi said...

I just stumbled across your blog and I'm in love... and I want your closet

Melissa Hare said...

I love love love your closet! What a great idea to frame shopping bags. I'd love to share this (and some pictures of your amazing home!) with my readers over at Hare Styling. I hope you don't mind :)

Melissa

www.melissahare.blogspot.com

Hello Lover... said...

I will most definitely be sharing this on my blog! I will be sure to link back to all 3 of your lovely blogs!

Elle said...

Love your fabulous closet! I have the bags but need the frames. What style of Ikea frame did you use?

DomesticJenny said...

Loving your closet! So pretty! Love the feature wall I was thinking of doing something similar in my dressing room!

I still have a long way to go but here is mine!
http://domesticjenny.blogspot.com/2010/11/oooohhh-pretty-and-so-close-to-done.html

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

You are my hero.

Erica said...

Again... more thanks!! Bri, I should have been in bed an hour ago...but that comment makes my night. heehee ♥

The Now said...

Ok I have been meaning to frame some of my nice shopping bags. We are OBSESSED with your closet. It makes us so happy!!!!

xoxo E&A

Anna White said...

OH HOW I HAVE MISSED YOU!! You do realise that I am having this complete love affair with you and your blog..and once again you Ace it! What a beautiful space to reinvent yourself for the day...awesome job lovely..and love the new logo too X

Aisha said...

I love this Erica. It is so organized and beautiful. So beautiful that I made a blog-post about it on my blog. Hope it's okay, otherwise let me know

www.a-touch-of-luxe.blogspot.com

1 Funky Woman said...

Drooling on my keyboard here! So love the idea of framing the bags, love, love love it!

Following you from Twitter! Off to read more of this gorgeous blog of yours!

Megan

http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

Miss Walker said...

Love the idea of framing all the gorgeous bags! Thanks for the inspiration! Miss Walker xoxo

StylishIrish said...

Hello from NZ. I have just found this post on your wardrobe and It's inspired to get my own into a state of organised bliss. Thanks!

warrenh1 said...

Absolutely LOVE your closet! Where is the white, 3 tier jewelry stand from? I'm dying to get my hands on one! Keep up the great job decorating. You house is stunning as well :)

Annady said...

I just found my way over via Arianna Belle's blog. I love your closet! But please share where you got the acrylic boxes that are storing your belts and scarves... I've been looking for straight-sided acrylic boxes for a while and haven't been able to find any that don't have some sort of bump or curve to them.

Erica said...

Thanks for all of the lovely thoughts and compliments.

Annady, the lucite containers I have were purchased from a store called Caban when they were closing their doors. The boxes were actually for display in the store. (sorry to disappoint)

Warrenh1, I will look in to where the 3 tiered stand is from. I've tried to find it for another reader before. I'll have to see if I can find the receipt. :)

Anonymous said...

This has got to be one of the most amazing gallery walls I have seen! I love the bags (I'm obsessed!) As a little girl, I covered my entire bedroom walls with bags...bringing back old memories!!

Cheris Homchick said...

This is every girls dream closet and an inspiration to all :-) Bless you my lady for sharing this.

Cyd said...

Brilliant idea to frame the bags!!

Aspiring Kennedy said...

this is perfect... the only thing better will be the day you do a clean out. :) call me, when you do! :)

Erica said...

Thanks so much Anon, Cheris, and Cyd! I'll be sure to let you know Lauren! We could have quite the fun little girly party sorting in there. :)

JustBangOnTheDoor said...
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Erica said...

Thanks Cosette! I'll keep you posted! :)

nessabirdie said...

absolutely love the designer bags in frames! OMG, I just died a little bit!! :)

Cupcakes and Cosmopolitans said...

This is beautiful! I love the shopping bags being framed. What great idea, I totally going to see if I can do something like this in my bedroom now.

xo $ARMIN

jill815 said...

I love this post! I am especially inspired by the shadow boxes holding shopping bags from Hermes, etc. I have a few of those bags myself and I have saved them. I think I finally know what to do with them so thanks for the great idea!

Laura Trevey said...

Erica!

Your closet is to die for ~ I absolutely love your "girly" corner in your home ~

xoxo Laura

Anonymous said...

I like to spend my free time by reading different web sites and today i came across your blog and I realize that it is one of the best free resources available! Well done! Keep on this quality!

Sara said...

This is the best closet idea i have ever seen! (Found you through pinterest) I am following along on your blog now to see all the other great ideas you have

Tulips & Tulle said...

I love your closet, very organised! All of my clothes are in a built in wardrobe, maybe I should remove the doors..?

Tulips&Tulle

kandnarnold said...

I love it!!!!! your closet is all inspiring its great :)

Tea Joeli said...

Great blog and pics:)
www.thebrunetteworld.com
xxx

Erica said...

Love the closet! Where did you get that sliding drawer in the middle?
Its fabulous!

Erica said...

Thanks so very much everyone! xo
And to Erica, all interior components are from IKEA. :)

Dorothy Durbin said...

This is such a fabulous idea for reusing my shopping bags I NEVER like to part with but, don't want to throw away. It gives a more structured look the the closet space as well. FAB!!! Doro D

VMass said...

This is one of the most lovely and inspirational closets I have seen in a while. I am going to enjoy reading your blog.

arzu sonmez said...

i actually love the stuff in this closet as much as i love the closet itself:) love the sunglasses, would you mind mentioning their brands? thanks!

Erica said...

Thanks so much Arzu! The glasses are Gucci, Tom Ford, Forever 21, Prada, and my fave YSLs in the back. :)

Megan Flanagan said...

I need this!!!! Such great ideas :)

http://indieflower-meg.blogspot.com/

Erica said...

Thanks so much Megan! :)

{darlene} @ fieldstonehill said...

truly a great space and genius! featured you on my blog today and now following you on twitter and Pinterest {hmmm. would love to have you on my Must-Follow Interior Designers Pinboard!!! Will add you soon!}

What was your resource for your frames with glass? custom?

Anyway, LOVE your ingenuity and style! So nice to meet you in blogland.

- {darlene} of www.fieldstonehilldesign.com

{darlene} @ fieldstonehill said...

goodness, just read it more carefully and found the info about the ikea frames! Perfect!! GREAT design!

- {darlene}

Anonymous said...

I have searched until my eyes are blurry, and even enlisted the help of friends, to try to figure out what brand of handbag you have in your last closet photo-- the quilted black leather one sitting on the floor covered with gold studs. Please put me out of my misery! Thank you :-)

Erica said...

Dear Anonymous- I wish you had just asked my dear. I would have told you immediately and saved your poor eyes and weary searching friends. ;)
The bag is Marc Jacobs circa SS10 I think it was called the dancer bag.
I found one similar online here with tassels. Maybe it will help track one down. I'f I ever sell mine I'll be sure to let you know. Keep me posted on the search.

http://www.bluefly.com/Marc-Jacobs-navy-patent-leather-Dancer-large-shoulder-bag/p/309245901/detail.fly

Erica said...

ps- the studding detail is actually little tiny silver grommets.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Erica, for your speedy, helpful response. If I had known how easy and painless it was to post a comment, I would have done so earlier!

Anonymous said...

simply stopping by to say hello

Marcella Tambouris said...

My jaw dropped when I first laid eyes on your closet. I'm moving to a new apartment soon that was built in the 1920s and part of the apartment is an extra room (not a bedroom) with a built in vanity...now I'm truly inspired to create something as beautiful as this in that room! I definitely plan on re-creating the framed shoppers but can I ask if you know the name of your wardrobe? I know it is from Ikea. Thank you and again, GORGEOUS work!

Erica said...

Marcella,

So sorry this took me a bit. I published your comment along with several others and then lost track of it... my apologies.
The wardrobes I used were the Pax system. Because I had existing closet doors I simply bought the structure without doors and slid them in to my existing closet. There are three sections, so I had to do the left and right first and then slide the middle in or it wouldn't have fit around the doorway. Make sense?
Hope this helps.

best,
Erica :)

FASHIONABLY BROKEASS! said...

Hi Erica! Just wondering where you bought that round white tray to hold your perfumes? :)

Anonymous said...

Yes I second the same question from: FASHIONABLY BROKEASS! -- Where could I get the same white tray?

Erica said...

Fashionably Brokeass and Anonymous,
This tray was purchased a long time ago at a store called Caban. If you google white lacquer tray they are often easy to find online. Hope this helps.
best,
Erica :)

 
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