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My Dream
Walk in Closet

Back in July I created a blog post chatting through the plans I had to turn my walk in closet, into my dream walk in closet. Of course even having the space to have built a beautiful Hammonds closet at Frowhome was something I had been hoping for the second we started house hunting.

But of course as anyone who owns a house will tell you, after a couple of years of living in your home, you start to realise there are things you could have done differently, things you can improve upon and things you can change to really make them your dream spaces. My walk in closet is most definitely one of those areas! 

You can head over to the previous post here to discover some images of the space before the newer additions were beautifully finished by our amazing builders and you'll also be able to see the difference adding the Velux windows into the room made. The light they bring in really does make the space feel so much roomier and of course brighter, a must especially with the sloped ceilings. 

So I guess you could say here's the after of those before pictures and a look at how I redesigned my dream walk in closet! 

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The Lighting & Hardware 

Even with all the obvious finish touches in the room such as the new closet tops and the accessories I've added to bring depth and warmth into the space, the biggest and most noticeable difference has to be the natural light in the room. When I was first searching for light fixtures that were ideal for the lower rooftops and the sloped ceilings, I realised that what the space was truly missing was more natural light. Not only for practical reasons like filming because I use the space daily for work projects but also just to make the room more appealing. Enter 3 Velux windows complete with blinds to protect my accessories on display and not only is it brighter but the closet feels even bigger. An investment install for sure but the difference it's made truly couldn't be achieved any other way. Then adding a more statement chandelier from Pooky to ensure I displayed a fixture that also felt as beautiful during the day as it does at night and the lighting in this room now feels *chefs kiss*.

Although I loved the hardware initially chosen for the cabinets and drawers on my Hammonds build, the more the ideas for the room came to life, adding warmth with a different colour of hardware became a must. You'll know that both Alex and I love colour but I also knew without a doubt when I designed the room I wanted a crisp white design. So it seemed only right that as I've lived, worked and enjoyed the space I knew that it needed new hardware that would bring some more life to the room. We already have Armac Martin drawer pulls and handles in our house (Both in the kitchen and our hallway) so we knew the quality would perfect for another well used room. With your help over on Instagram I chose and placed an order for unlacquered satin brass (out of the 2 possible finishes) and a beautiful delicate Belgrave style. I hope you agree the warmed tones of the hardware pull certain shades out of the floor grain and also team wonderfully with the marbled porcelain tops.

The Tops & Furnishings 

As I mentioned during the Summer when I began thinking about redesigning my walk in closet, I had already decided that I could add so much more to the room by switching up the tops of the closets. I found myself constantly rearranging the bags, shoes and trinkets on display because I was trying to add colour to the stark white tops so then came the idea of selecting new closet tops that would change up the feel. I opted for a marbled porcelain but rather than go with whites and greys, I selected a slab that was a little more creamy in tone and the veining featured pink and red. With the brass handles in mind as well as my eye on a new rug and vanity mirror, something with colour felt like it would add far more to the room, than any rearranging of decor could. The end result? Perfection! A marbled porcelain that is far more durable and not as porous as marble alone, colours that bring fun into the closet and beautiful quality that truly makes the space feel even more luxe. I'm so thrilled!

And last but certainly not least, when it came to the furnishings in the room, not too much has changed but a couple of extra special pieces and finishing touches have really complete the room. With all the changes I made switching up the space and the shell of the room, I kept a lot of the trinkets and furniture such as my versatile ottoman (complete with storage - a must have for smaller accessories) and my vanity table chair with its soft boucle fabric. Both of these main focus pieces are from Arlo & Jacob and are brilliant quality, looking brand new still after almost two years of use and a year of Boe snoozing on them. The one piece I know stands out the most in the closet is my new my new Claremont Panelled Dressing Table Mirror from the Armac Martin and Sophie Paterson collaboration, that was ever so kindly gifted to me to complete the space. The solid brass panelled mirror finished in an antique satin, brings a wonderful focus to my favourite part of the closet. Framed my some of my favourite pieces in my bag collection it feels like it was created just for this space and partners so well with the marbled porcelain it sits on. Heaven!

If you have any other questions on the room let me know below! I'd be so happy to answer them or help :) 

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