the art of the dressing room

hello dear friends! it was a very productive day and things are winding down. we’ve been tackling our ‘to do list’ for the AD show and have been doing everything from icky home depot chores like getting baseboards for the show to the fun of shopping for wardrobe. liz is a stylist so it’s been great to have her eye and bRuTaL honesty!

when i got home i started thinking getting organized on every level.

why should closets be any different than an office or bedroom?

dressing rooms and closets are cousins of course but one’s a real room and one’s a plain old dinky closet.

but there’s a lot you can do in unexpected spaces.

create your own boutique and use tiny spaces to the max.

small spaces lend themselves to hyper decor

it’s practically an office. morning headquarters.

it doesn’t have to be much

or it could be a lot

it does have a bit to do with the clothes too

i could eat these

it helps to have a something great to put in a closet.

i don’t have much but what’s there should be the start of a good collection if i get tough.

of course i’d love to fill it with beautiful vintage pieces like this 1914 dress and live in shorts and flip flops! i’m about to step it up a bit though. no time like the present.

ok it’s midnight and i’m off, have a great nuit!


i just found this.  so random, so not!

all images from here:

February 25, 2011. Decorating, Dressing Rooms.


  1. Karena replied:

    How wonderful so many fabulous images I am amazed!!

    Art by Karena

  2. Bianca colin replied:

    i need a bigger closet

  3. Michelle replied:

    died and gone to closet heaven..

  4. Judith replied:

    Those closets are insane!!!! Just gorgeous, you’ve done it again Claudia! YOu always take me to dreamland!!!

  5. TimbarikaDoll replied:

    Those are beautiful…I wish I had a closet like any of those or even huge antique armours would make me day!! These will inspire me though as to what to choose :)) Have a great weekend!! xx

  6. A Gift Wrapped Life replied:

    Such inspiration Claudia as I do a huge closet purge and re-organization. I like the term morning headquarters. Happy weekend. XO

  7. Vicki replied:

    I have never seen such exquisite closets!!! Amazing post Claudia!!!

  8. Style Maniac replied:

    “Morning headquarters”–oh how I love that! Spaces like those above would start off your day in a whole new way. And the quote is a great reminder of what matters more than fashion — how you live your life.

  9. Mom replied:

    Yea! That’s my girl!

  10. Shelly Gregory replied:

    One of my favorite posts, yet! I need a bigger closet. I live in an old ’42 Ranch with closets that fit two adult bodies standing shoulder to shoulder. EEEKKKK! I have an extra room that I have been dying to turn into a dressing room closet! I feel very inspired to do so now!

  11. jswesner replied:

    I covet dressing rooms. This is a gorgeous post!

  12. Karina Gentinetta-McAlear replied:

    How do you find the time???????? Your posts are always so thorough and so cleverly written and filled with such gorgeous photos! I’m truly in awe, my friend.


  13. Lucinda Keller replied:

    Wow… that dress!!! Love the room with the zebra rug! I love a zebra rug! (long as it’s not actually a zebra!)

    Have a great weekend!

  14. replied:

    Love your blog. How do you keep coming up with these beautiful images time after time. You never cease to amaze.

  15. Mary replied:

    A tiny correction. There were no flapper dresses in the early 1910s. The flapper phenomenon started in 1920. It’s an extraordinary dress, though, and your blog is beautiful!

  16. Leilz replied:

    On this post in the tenth picture, do you know where i could get a mirror like that big silver one? It is so pretty!

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  19. Katherine replied:

    Does anyone know who the artist is for the painting in the fourth photo?

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