I know I’ve shared posts taken in my dressing room/walk-in closet quite a few times now, but I’ve never done a full tour, and as we recently made a few small updates to the room, I figured now was as good a time as any!
First up, let’s talk about the floor. See that shiny white tile in the top photo? That’s actually a tile-effect laminate, and it’s been the bane of my life for the past three years, as well as the biggest mistake we made with this room. Don’t get me wrong, I love the way it looks (In fact, Terry is currently having to talk me out of having gloss tile in the kitchen: I KNOW the maintenance would drive me insane, but I SO want it…), but that shiny surface shows up absolutely everything – all you have to do is walk across it in bare feet, and it’ll be covered in footprints and smudges, seriously. (Er, I know that makes it sound like my feet are always filthy, but I promise they’re not: it’s just the way of shiny/smooth surfaces to pick up every single mark. I have exactly the same problem with the dark flooring we have downstairs, which is why, the day we remove them, I’m going to run outside naked, and do a happy dance in the rain.*)
(*No I’m not.)
(Interestingly, we DON’T have this issue with the white flooring in the master bedroom, because it’s a textured wood, so even although it’s also white, the surface doesn’t pick up footprints etc nearly as easily as any of the darker floors in the house. Thinking about flooring: it’s my life, now, apparently.)Anyway, as I say, those floors have driven me mad since the day they were installed, and the fact that they get dirty so easily combined with my complete inability to live with dirty floors, was really restricting the usefulness of the room. I was (obviously) still storing my clothes and shoes in it, but if I wanted to have a long trying-on session, say (Which would involve bare feet on the floors), I’d normally have to take the clothes up to the bedroom, or the floor in this room would end up filthy, which would leave two floors of the house looking like a closet exploded in it: not good.
Our first update, then, was the addition of this white rug from ModernRugs.co.uk. We’d actually been looking for a rug this colour for absolutely ages, without much success. At first, I’d been tempted to go for something much brighter, to give the room that – wait for it – “pop of colour” that everyone loves so much, but, when I really thought about it, I realised that the clothes and shoes themselves are the “pop of colour” in this room, and that anything else would just make it look a bit too chaotic for my taste. If I’m totally honest, the room is already messier looking than I’d ideally like it: when we were putting it together, I just couldn’t understand why it never seemed to look as neat and organised as all of the closets I’d seen on Pinterest, but then I finally realised those Pinterest closets only look the way they do because they always have about five items in them, all in identical shades of black or white. Although I don’t really consider my taste to be particularly bold or colourful, my clothes and shoes are a riot of different colours and prints, and there are a LOT of them, which means they’re never going to look as neat as the minimal-style closets I’d been admiring. Once I’d accepted that, I realised that, actually, white was still the way to go, so we set about hunting down a white rug, and, as I said, came up with this one, which is the whitest shade the brand do:
It’s also super-thick and fluffy, which I think gives the room a touch of luxury that was lacking before. Oh, and I can walk into it in my bare feet now, and spend as long as I like trying on clothes, without knowing I’m going to have to polish a floor afterwards, which has really changed the way I use this room. I now REALLY want one of these rugs for the bedroom, too: I absolutely love the way it adds texture and warmth to an all-white space, without detracting from the minimal feel.
With the flooring situation finally addressed, our next step was to sort out my handbag storage:
Over the last couple of years, handbags have almost started to replace shoes in my affections, with the result that I’ve built up a bit of a collection of them. Until recently, most of them were either hung on hooks in the corner of the room, or displayed on one of the existing shelves (Which were part of Ikea’s now-discontinued ‘Stolmen’ storage range, as were the dress rails and drawers…). One quick trip to Ikea later, though (OK, it was actually a long visit to Ikea: there’s no such thing as a “quick” Ikea trip, is there?), and we had these two picture rails, which are the perfect width to store the smaller bags, while still allowing me to display the larger ones underneath them.
To dress-up the shelves a bit until I buy some more bags to fill them (Yes, Terry, you know it’s going to happen…), we added a couple of other decorative elements, like these two prints:
‘Dress Like You’re Already Famous’ is basically my motto to live by, while ‘Forever Amber‘ is… you don’t need me to finish that sentence, do you? We just printed out these ourselves: the larger frame is Ikea’s finest, and the smaller is one of many house-staging items my mum just happened to have at hand. (No, she’s not actually a house-stager, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it if you met her…) The larger of the two prints is leaning against what’s actually an incredibly ugly radiator: I have a bit of a “thing” about the radiators in our house, and would have bought covers for all of them by now, purely to stop them ruining all of my photos, but I’ve yet to find radiator cover that Terry didn’t hate on sight, so, in the end, he bought some wood, and made this very plain one himself, as a temporary measure. The radiator in this room isn’t actually used very often (I only ever switch it on if it’s really cold and I’m planning to be in their for a while), so we decided to turn it into a shelf/blank canvas instead: at some point down the line, though, I’d like to get a chair for this part of the room, at which point we might replace the cover, too.
Finally, I know I end all of my home-related posts like this, but this room is still not quite finished: it is, however, looking a whole lot better than it was now… which leaves me free to start obsessing about the kitchen. Or to continue obsessing about the kitchen, rather…