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My Closet

My husband asked me what I would like for my birthday and I replied by saying a closet! When we bought our new home, one of the upstairs bedrooms really wasn’t a bedroom. In order to classify it as a bedroom it required a closet, so the pervious home owners put up som drywall and two by fours and added a closet, which you couldn’t really call a closet. The room itself was already so small, and in order to fit, the so-called closet in they made it really tiny. If you placed a hanger-on the rod, it stuck out from the closet door, so it had no functional usage. Since the room was already tiny I suggested to my husband that I’d like to rip out the fake closet that was in there and turn the entire room into a walk in closet. He was hesitant at first but given that I wanted it as a birthday present, he agreed.

Though my birthday was back in October, due to some set backs the closet wasn’t completed until just before Thanksgiving. Although it took longer than expected I’m really happy with the results.

For the entry to the closet I hung this lovely dress silhouette I bought at Michael’s on Sale. I thought it really made a statement and kind of  identified the room.

Photo By Akram Tahgavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Tahgavi-Burris

I’ve been collecting a lot of vintage hats lately and because of that my Mother in law saw this sign at Hobby Lobby and thought it would look good in my Closet. It worked perfectly from color and style, I placed it on the shelf side right as you walk in. I also found this set of Paris, fashion style boxes at Hancock Fabrics on a trip to Oklahoma City and felt that they belonged in my closet. They were 40% off so it was a good deal for a set of three (you can see one on the top of the shelf in the image below).

Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris

I painted the room a peachy pink, in fact I thing the paint color name was peach cream. I knew from the beginning I wanted a sort of Paris style room, with pink and white for the room colors. The shelving units were by Closet Maid and we got them for about $80 at Home Depot. I already had may plastic drawer sets from Wal-Mart, which I had been using to store clothes back in Oklahoma. I reused them again here for foldable items like t-shirts and pajamas. I used a smaller set of plastic drawers to store my hair stuff like brushes and scarves. I placed them on either side of one of the windows for balance. On the other side of the room I placed my collection of shoes in the plastic shoe boxes I already had, on one of the shelving units, it made it look very organized.

Photo By Akram Taghav-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghav-Burris

 

Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris

When we moved in I came across an old dress mirror in the room. The mirror was still good, yet super heavy. At first I didn’t know what to do with it but I felt that it would be a waste to get rid of. Then I decided to use it as a make shift vanity  I used to of my plastic drawer sets as a base and placed the mirror on top. It worked perfectly. On top of the vanity I placed a mirrored tray I had gotten at an antique store for $10 and my $6.00 lipstick holder, very vintage. I also placed a pair of $2.00 vintage gloves on the vanity for interest. The cupcake came with a necklace had bought a while back, however I use it on the vanity as a quick and tiny jewelry box. The brush and hand mirror set is another antique find for just under $20 and I just loved their elegant look. I also needed a place to store my hats so I used some candle stick holders and glued Styrofoam balls to the top of them. Then I placed the hats on top. The Groucho glasses happened to be lying around so my husband thought it was fitting to set them on one of my hats, it was too cute so I left them there.

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Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo by Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo by Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris

Once I had put together the vanity I knew I’d need a chair and I just was lucky enough to stumble upon an adorable pink chair at an antique store on sale and for $25 I thought I’d have to take it home. My husband originally suggested I recover the chair, but once I got it in the room I thought it looked prefect just the way it was.

Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris

The chandelier actually came out of my office (happy) room. It didn’t provide enough light in their to work, and since this was a smaller room it seemed to be sufficient, but more importantly it fit the theme perfectly.

Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris

I knew I wanted to do something special for the curtains in the room. After looking everywhere for curtains I decided that I was going to have to make them myself. I already knew I wanted a Paris theme fabric, but didn’t know if I wanted a more tween look or vintage postcard look, then I stumbled upon this fabric at Hobby Lobby. The fabric had a whimsical Paris/Fashion look to it and yet still seemed grown up. What I also liked about the fabric was that not only did it have the accent colors of pink and black, but also a hint of green, which is my favorite color. Since the fabric was kind of thin, I actually bought some basic white curtains at Wal-Mart and then just sewed the fabric to the curtains  overlapping the edges a little so that my fabric would show if folded over a little. I left the lace sheers that were already in the window behind the curtains and made some pink tie backs using some scrap pink fabric I had. The curtain rode I choose had a nice spiral/scalped shape to it and I choose it because I felt it matched the crown molding I had my husband install.

Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris

Other little accessories I added to the room included a necklace stand I got with a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby, and I had just happen to have purchased a beautiful pink floral necklace that I thought would look great on the stand. I placed the matching hair comb there beside it and again the Paris style boxes I had bought are placed in different places throughout the room.

I came across my graduation tassels that were just tossed in a bag, and while unpacking I thought I’d place them on the knobs in my closet to get them out-of-the-way. Though originally a temporary measure I’ve gotten used to seeing them there and have left them in the closet.

Lastly my mother in law was cleaning out her house and asked if I wanted this bright pink make up case from the 60’s she had. The case was all in tact and she’d only ever used it on vacation. I loved it so much that I felt I needed the matching suit case to go with it. I searched Ebay until I found one for around $30 with shipping, so I was excited for this to come in the mail. I used them both for extra storage and have them setting in the room by the second window.

Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghav-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghav-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris
Photo By Akram Taghavi-Burris

 

Overall I can’t get over how beautifully the whole closet came out. I love the color which I helped paint on the walls and my husband worked very hard with install the trim and shelving. He did an excellent job. I really like having a place to put all my clothes and the fact that most of them are hanging which makes it convenient. I’m also really happy with the decor and my theme. I just love it !

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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