Rittenhouse Apartment Closet Design
House of Turk x I Believe in Pink
When I first talked with Amy of I Believe in Pink she asked me if her tiny Rittenhouse apartment closet was worth my time. Girlfriend. The answer is always yes. Every space, large or small, can use organization and style. A teeny tiny closet is no exception. Also, Amy is in PR and Influencer Marketing for Lilly Pulitzer and runs an upbeat fashion and lifestyle blog, so you can only imagine the amazing wardrobe that lives in that 3’ x 6’ space. OMG.
I snuck down to the city (I live it in ‘burbs, folks) to meet Amy and her closet. We chatted, sipped seltzer, took dimensions and I shared with her a quick vision of the space. I know what you are thinking. “A vision? Really? It’s just a closet.” I beg to differ. Each day you present yourself to the world in the clothes from your closet. You open the door or walk-in, stand there, and choose something to put on your body. At days end, you go back to that same place. Maybe you even pull out another outfit to wear. You go to sleep and the cycle begins again the next day…and the next. Every single day you enter that space at least twice. You and that closet are besties, like it or not. I would argue that this space can influence how you approach your day. A hot cup of coffee, a trip to your boutique-like closet organized and ready for you, and you are on your way to feeling great before you ever step out the door. In a very real way, closet organization is a form of self-care. It takes the anxiety out of getting dressed every morning, because you can SEE and KNOW what is in there. You are celebrating those pieces that you selected at one point or another and the way you felt when you bought them. No guessing. No struggling to find. No sitting in your towel for an hour because you just simply CANNOT. You and your closet are worth it.
After our consultation, we scheduled the project for the following week. I did all of my shopping beforehand (not always the norm, but nice when it happens). The Container Store, Amazon, and Target are my go-to’s for product. I definitely have my favorites, but each space and client is different and I pick product accordingly. On the day of the project, I loaded up my Atlas and headed into the city. One of my best friends, Rachel, was kind enough to be my assistant for the day. The entire project took a total of 10 hours, which included removable wallpaper installation. I went back the next day to label and put finishing touches on the design.
First, we took everything out of the space. Rachel started sorting the contents of the closet by category, type, color, etc. Meanwhile, I got started on the wallpaper. I took measurements again (measure twice, cut once!) and I cut the wallpaper to size. Removable wallpaper is essentially contact paper for your walls. It has zero give once it is stuck to the wall so precision is key. Word to the wise - this was a small space, I had Rachel to help, and I have basic knowledge of wallpaper installation. For larger projects, I would subcontract this work out.
After the wallpaper was in, I placed the product. Since all of Amy’s belongings are in her room and closet, we needed to incorporate additional storage for stationary, office supplies, and miscellaneous items like cords and candles. Taking advantage of the full height of the closet allowed room for all of those things plus additional clothing to start transitioning into spring (YES, PLEASE). After the product is in, the fun part begins. Rachel and I took all of the sorted items and placed them in their new homes in this gorgeous little space.
The white stacking shelves were a great multipurpose solution for the bottom of the closet where we needed to store a variety of items. I also love the water hyacinth / gold bin clip combo which complemented the baskets Amy already had in the space. The acrylic collator was the perfect place for thinner clutches and pouches. I would guess that Amy had well over 30 bags of all types in this closet at one point!
By adding these acrylic stacking sweater bins, Amy now has a place for her sweaters in the winter and tees and shorts in the summer. We added items that she isn’t using frequently at the top. Amy is 5’0” tall, so a step stool is pretty critical here. And because mixing metals is encouraged, these document boxes with copper detail were perfect for Amy’s stationary, office supplies, and back stock of gifts (because her heart is as gold as this geometric print wallpaper).
To utilize wall space outside of the closet for additional clutches and pouches, command shelves were added for these display-worthy pieces.
Amy is SO much fun and now so is her closet. I am thrilled to have been part of this transformation and see my design come to life in her space.
Until next time,