What does your dream closet look like for 2017?

As we wrap up 2016 and launch into the New Year, resolutions are on everyone’s minds and the top of our list for a fresh start is organization! What does your dream closet look like? Although we are known for our ultra glamorous Sex and the City closets of Carrie Bradshaw, we pride ourselves in designing closets for everyday life styles and budgets. The most important thing is that your closet is tailored to you…your needs and your lifestyle. Make 2017 all about you and get organized! 

Luxury closet

Luxury closet for Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City

Custom storage solutions, convenient dressing areas, glamorous design details – these spaces have everything you could want in a closet and then some. Here are some tricks of the trade to get glamorous! 

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Luxury closet in Brooklyn brownstone for a young family with a glamorous Mom

Interested in upleveling your closet but don’t know where to start? Click here to arrange a complimentary consultation with us.

Dream Closet…It’s all in the details

First thing on the agenda for our closet designs is to take inventory. We count the shoes, measure the boots, determine if you are a dress gal or more into pants, assess the jewelry, check out the sunglasses, measure the makeup needs and all the details in between. Special requests are expected….do you need a spot for a safe, fridge, lounge area, tiny makeup sink? Whatever you need, now is the time to plan. Think of your closet as a well-designed kitchen. Functionality is key and it has work for you. Take advantage of awkward corners, shallow walls and spaces under windows. These are clever spots to tuck away shoes, bags and other hard to store items. The best closet layouts have no dead corners and no wasted space! 


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Ramp up the style and drama of your dream closet

Luxury details make the closet and even the most basic millwork can be brought to life with a few well chosen specialty items

  • Hardware: go for the unexpected. Bring is brass, lucite, crystal, polished nickel and other luxe metals. You will get a lot of bang for your buck with a few fabulous drawer pulls.
  • Lighting: think outside the box when it comes to lighting. In addition to recessed lighting, add some flair with sconces or library lights. 
  • Mirror: antique or clear, it doesn’t matter! Mirror always adds a touch of glam. Mirrored vanities in closets are great, if you have the space. Another way to add a bit of sparkle is to put skinny strips of mirror on vertical or horizontal closet dividers to add a bit of drama.
  • Paint the ceiling: great place to bring in an pop of unexpected color and/or shine
  • Cover the floor with luxurious, silky carpet or runners.

Beloved vintage and treasured couture

If you love it, flaunt it! Whatever you really care about should be treated with the upmost respect. One client has a very serious sunglass collection. We honored her specs by lining the drawers with hot pink (her favorite color) suede and customizing the compartments for each pair. The same idea can be accomplished on a budget. One trip to Container Store or Bed Bath & Beyond will enable you to create custom compartments for just about anything. Jewelry is key when it comes to organization. Not only will it keep your goodies looking good and tangle free, you will actually wear it more when it’s organized and in plain site. Same goes for shoes, organize by color or by style. Being able to see what you’ve got will get you more mileage out of what you already own and might even stop you from overbuying (maybe!)


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Retail secrets

Have you ever wondered why retail stores display the clothes the way that they do? It is not arbitrary, there is a very calculated display science behind every successful boutique and department store.

Dream closet in black

Harmony among the ranks

Color organization is a proven fact! Arrange your clothes by type and then take it one step further and arrange type by color. We have no science to back this up but trust me, it really works. Consistent hangers are another way to keep your closet tidy and orderly. We prefer the slim line flocked hangers from Closette or Real Simple on Amazon. The both come in fun colors, like Fuchsia and Kelly Green, with silver and gold hook options. Throw out those dry cleaner wire hangers before they even hit the closet! 

Accessorize your heart out

Valet rods, belt hooks and tie racks are essential tools to take your closet to the next level of customization. A valet rod enables you to plan outfits for tomorrow or the future. Reduces your stress level the next morning and keeps you organized and panic-free. Also a good goal for kids’ closets. Children are stressful enough when it comes to getting dressed and out of the house, less clutter and organization can alleviate some of this morning craziness.

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Nursery closets and builtin changing table…inspired by Dorothy Draper


Newborn nursery closet


Just for fun

Here’s that magic moment where Carrie discovers her new closet…

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Have an upcoming design project that you’ve been thinking of and don’t know where to start? Or need your dream closet realized?

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Crazy for this closet!

As most of you know, we have designed a few closets-to-die-for! Lydia designed a few for the Sex and the City movies and we recently designed several beautiful dressing rooms and closets for 3 of our clients in 2011. Our most recent gem-like closets have been mostly white, cream, gold with little sparkling mirror accents. When I noticed my friend Mary Alice Stephenson’s Time Out story: Closet Case, I went crazy for her closet! I love the dark-contrast wood, the mod chandelier and the mirrored drawer fronts. Definitely watch the YouTube video, though it made me super jealous! MA, can I move in???

Take a look at some of Lydia’s designs below and check here for a link to our New York Post article about one of our fav closet cases.


Sex and the City 2 closet

And to read more about one of our recently-completed closets, see what Curbed and NBC News have to say!

We have also included a few snapshots of a closet in progress!


Silk Settee by Julia Gray nestled against a beautiful gauzy Austrian shade


Details detail and more details...we have since lined the divider in Fuschia suede, more tk on that one


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and my absolute favorite detail, because it's always better with a bow on it! Love!

Grazia Magazine’s take on our Sex and the City inspired closet.

Dreaming of our fantasy closet, even in the UK!  Grazia Magazine’s take on our Sex and the City inspired closet… view the full article here.

“IT’S THE SATC MOMENT that made a million women sigh with envy. No, not Big and Carrie’s wedding – the walk-in wardrobe Big builds for her! So when we heard that a businessman had paid $175,000 (£100,000) for the Sex And The City set designer to replicate that closet for his wife… well, jealous doesn’t cover it.

The man got in touch with Lydia Marks, who was behind fabulous sets on SATC and The Devil Wears Prada. ‘We measured every item of the client’s wardrobe to ensure everything had a place,’ Lydia told Grazia. ‘We wanted to make this her dream closet.’

The 20ft by 20ft wardrobe is much bigger than Carrie’s – it holds 400 pairs of shoes, with specially-built drawers for accessories, including the lucky lady’s enormous collection of designer sunglasses and jewellery. ‘Some pieces are 20 years old, some are new,’ says Lydia. ‘She’s very like Carrie – a smart, successful career woman – and, stylewise, she mixes trends and eras.’

In the film, Carrie famously allows Big to have half of her closet – only to encroach on it with her stuff. In this case, the mystery couple aren’t taking any chances – the real-life Big will get his own walk-in-wardrobe. ‘It’s going to be about half the size and will look much more masculine,’ says Lydia.

And that’s not all – the Carrie-alike even has plans to extend her closet. Boys, start making notes for Valentine’s Day… Visit www.marksandfrantz.com”

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