shoe shelves in all-white dressing room/walk-in closet

Handbags on shelves in white dressing room/ walk-in closet

colourful clothes in white dressing room with Ikea Stolmen system

Dress Like You're Already Famous print in white dressing room

New Shoes Cure The Blues sign in dressing roomI 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.)

nyway, 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:

fluffy white rug

all-white dressing room/walk-in closet

skirt collection on dress rail in walk-in closetIt’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:

Handbags stored in dressing room using Ikea picture rails

organised walk-in closetOver 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

Dress Like You're Already Famous

LED letter A‘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.

Oh, and continuing with the LED letter obsession, the letter ‘A’ was from New Look, and I kind of wish I could afford to buy an entire alphabet’s worth, because I really am THAT obsessed.

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…

29 Comments
  1. It really is beautiful, I love the colours of your possessions and the white in this room. The radiator shelf works well Terry. I always thought radiator covers and shelves were naff and twee, but this house has them and I have managed to use every one of them.

  2. This closet is gorgeous! My closet is basically a drawer and a rail to hang some clothes. This is amazing and like you said, not too Pinteresty to not be realistic. I like how you use your items as decor instead of just hiding them away – makes so much more sense.

  3. If someone offered me THIS room and a library in exchange for marriage, I’m fairly certain I’d say yes lol. And it’s always hilarious how rooms are never finished, but that’s part of the fun!

  4. I want to live in your wardrobe room and wear every single one of your pouffy skirts one day after the other from one end of the rail to the other. It’s hard to pick a favourite (I love your red and white gingham skirt, the grey with black dots, the pale pink textured one…) Yes I am weird but holy gorgeous skirt rail Batman 🙂

  5. Dream wardrobe, sigh…
    But do things get dusty being out in the open room, just curious?

    My wardrobe is scattered all over the house because it doesn’t fit in our master bedroom wardrobe. There are coats in vintage trunks, shoes under the spare bed, hats in a cupboard… I can never find anything to be honest! One day I’ll have a ‘dressing room’, but we might have to build some kind of extension for that to happen…

    1. Nope: I actually meant to mention this, because I get asked it all the time, but the room isn’t in constant use, so there’s not much chance for it to get dusty. The shelves have to be dusted occasionally, but no more than anything else in the house (actually less because, as I say, it’s not a room we live in…), and the clothes don’t get dusty at all, that I’ve noticed!

  6. I have such closet envy right now!! My dream is to have a space like this one day, but having bought a house in the 4th most expensive city to buy a house in the UK… hahahahahahahahahahaha. I think my situation is even worse than Porcelina’s – I’ve got a whole wardrobe in the garage and plans to add a second clothing rail there too. I have to go outside, in the cold, to get my clothes waaaaah. First world problems.

  7. I have some major closet envy here! I’ve just shoved everything in my wardrobe, slammed the doors shut and hoped the chaos is contained.

    This room is so beautiful, organised and just… Ahhhhhhhhhhh

    Wouldn’t want to think about the cleaning though! :0

    1. See my reply to Porcelina – it doesn’t need any more cleaning than any other room in the house: probably less, actually, because it’s not a room we ‘live’ in 🙂

  8. I’ve probably said this before but I love this wardrobe. Do you keep a record of what you’ve got, how often you wear it etc or is that too extreme? That would appeal to my mathematical brain. 🙂

  9. So jealous! I’m buying a two bed and thought about renting out the second bedroom but now I want to turn it into a closet like this!

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

  10. I am having major closet envy!! I will have to save this post to show my husband for when we start looking at new houses haha

  11. Your dressing room is gorgeous. Especially love the rug!

    Where did you get your skirt hangers from, Amber? I can’t seem to find any that aren’t shockingly expensive.

  12. Adore this, this looks so good! I am dying to do my wardrobe out!

    Rachael xox
    http://gatsbyandglamour.blogspot.com

  13. I seriously want to play dress-up in your closet! We live in a 150 year old house that was built when closets weren’t a thing. I keep meaning to turn a bedroom into a dressing room, but I’m going through a (very fake) minimalism stage right now and trying to get rid of things. My shoes are in one room, clothes in another, and I can never be bothered to switch handbags because I’m such a space-case & mess which leads to things like carrying a different purse, but forgetting to put my wallet in it 😉

  14. I’m stunned by the beauty and the size of this room. Do you really wear all of those clothes? That must be pure joy, thinking about what to wear in the morning. No sarcasm intended 😀 It’s almost like you have your own boutique. Amazing! I like this fluffy rug too 🙂 The space is airy and very well planned.

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