February 15, 2016

Current Closet Tour and Plans for Dream Closet 2k16 ft. IKEA

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I'm moving next month, as is tradition per every year or two years for me. It's probably (knock on wood) going to be one of the easier moves anyone has ever made in the history of ever since I'm staying in my current building. New Apartment is pretty much exactly Current Apartment, albeit a little bit bigger, especially where it counts - my closet.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
My current closet is still very GOALS for me. I've had shitty closets that were trying to prevent me from greatness my entire life. Growing up, and in most of my apartments, I just had a standard small closet with sliding doors which really clashes with my need to display all of my shit. I want everything out and in the open rather than tucked into a drawer or behind a sliding door. And those were the peak of my closet life before I reached my current walk in closet era. I've had a closet that literally had a refrigerator in it because the apartment was so small and the fridge wouldn't have fit anywhere else. Closets that I had to SHARE with a BOY. Closets which were no longer closets because my building was in Boston's Beacon Hill and from the 1800's so they clearly had taken the hinges off of where the closet was and installed a shitty kitchen because they were like "whoops, electricity, who knew, right? Gotta have one of these instead of cooking over the hearth."
Photographic evidence of some of my suffering, imagine these images are playing in a slideshow with some kind of misty filter over them and fill in your favorite Canadian songstress singing something sad in the background. I'm picking Celine Dion but you do you.
Needless to say, a walk in closet was a big fantasy of mine for 24 years. Yes, 24 years because I'm sure I was dreaming of a glamorous closet ever since I was an infant. So, it's not to say that I'm unhappy with my closet as of right now. I love it. Allow me to show off:
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Behold
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection

All of my clothes, minus my skirts.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
Whenever I'm in a store shopping for clothes I'm apparently thinking, "Hmm, but does it come in gray? How about black? White? Well then no, I don't want it."

By the way, you're not living your life to the fullest potential if you don't have felt hangers. I'm sorry, but it's true. You need to optimize your life and stop selling yourself short if you still have plastic or wire hangers. I say this without even knowing if you're a serial killer or if you're the kind of monster who walks into a subway car before letting people off. You still deserve to have felt hangers. They save so much space, they look so uniform and they keep your fucking clothes hung up.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
My scarves are all hanging on hooks in that corner. No, as I believe I've mentioned here before, the Louis Vuitton pashima is not real, I bought it while drunk in Italy from a street vendor. The Moschino belt was a Valentine's Day gift and something I had been coveting since about 2010. Still cannot believe it's mine.

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This board has kind of become a 'women in art history' inspiration board of sorts, which is suchhhh a broad theme to play around with, quite possibly allowing the most variation in a single subject matter in all of art history. There's the Academic (and super pervy) perspective from Ingres, a more confrontational, feminist photo from Cindy Sherman, a blocky abstract form from Duchamp (one of my favorite paintings EVER - Nude Descending a Staircase - which I found so, so serendipitously at Miss Pixie's. Like, they have a bin of THOUSANDS of postcards and I flipped right to that one on the first try). I have all of my vintage brooches, passed down from my grandma's and great aunt on here, too, as well as a good amount of museum buttons. The sick, brass wing tray is from Target who are really stepping up their decor departments lately.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
The white IKEA Alex is entirely filled with nail polish because I'm a disgusting hoarder with little to no self control. I plan on framing that little postcard triptych of women in profile for New Apartment. My butterfly bathroom is from Target because obviously you're wondering where I acquired such an Old Hollywood reminiscent piece of loungewear.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
I desperately need a new storage solution for my sunglasses because I've been fancying myself as a eccentric billionaire or rapper, lately, where I don't want to allow people to see my eyes and want to keep them hidden behind giant sunglasses.
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My flats and another memento board, some of which I plan to frame for my next apartment - especially the pink Paris map wrapping paper sheet. The handkerchieves draped over the left corner are my great grandma's from Ukraine and that little marker Ukrainian flag was part of my costume for a 4th grade heritage performance. I dropped the microphone on accident during my speaking part and the entire school laughed at me and it was the most embarrassing moment of my life until middle school where you have a new most humiliating moment of your entire life about once every three hours. 
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
The money shot. I pinky promise to do a post soon that reviews all of my bags. I feel like it would be too gratuitous to just throw in this one.

So, now that I'm drunk with power and the elation of just plain possessing a walk in has faded a little, there are areas I want to improve. Which are as follows:
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Woe is me, I have too many bags AND too many shoes. All my Bentleys won't fit in my garage and my hair keeps getting snagged in my diamond Rolex! I honestly don't even have THAT many shoes, I feel, but they're still cluttering up the floor. I need some extra shelving to get the off the ground. Excuse the prominence of my Uggs but I'm a human being, I can't look effortless and glam for you people at all times, okay?
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
Also, this wire shelving just WILL NOT DO. I am DONE with wire shelving. DONE. It looks awful and things slip through the cracks and I have just plain HAD ENOUGH WITH THE WIRE SHELVING.
Me always.
My solution to both of these problems is faux built ins. You want to know how you do faux built ins? You unscrew all the wire shelving and then head to the promised land of cheap, Swedish, do it yourself furniture. IKEA.
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via Fashion Hippie Loves
IKEA makes these so called bookshelves which are actually shoe and bag shelves. They're just clearly mislabeled on the website. There are many, many images out there on blogs and Pinterest of these things being used to house pretty stellar shoe collections and they do the job perfectly. Behold, the IKEA Billy Bookcase.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
via A Fabulous Challenge's Apartment Therapy tour
The 31 1/2 inch version is only $70 which makes it a pretty cheap way to mimic built ins for a closet. I've even seen images of people using Billys for their entire closet by taking out the shelves and installing a rod to hang clothes. I have zero faith in my ability to do anything like that. It would be like that episode of 30 Rock where Liz Lemon is fighting with the Matt Damon iteration of her love interest about how he built a bookshelf wrong and he screams back, "I didn't, I wanted the books to slide off!" The closet rod would end up at a Six Flags Kingada Ka level incline and I would be powerless to fix it. I'll let the Billys handle my accessories and go with IKEA's intended closet system, the Pax, for my clothes.
IKEA has a Pax building stimulation tool on their site which I've spent hours fucking around with to get to the most ideal set up for my clothes. It's honestly the most math that I've done since whatever math class it was that I failed last. I measured the depth of my hangers, the width of my entire entire wardrobe, the width of the dress section, the length of my longest dresses, the height of my biggest storage boxes.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
You're looking at an artist with her masterpiece here, does this not draw to mind an image of Picasso in front of Guernica?
I was like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind playing with this tool on the site. Bring me a marker, I have to start scribbling up these plans on the window pane! It took me HOURS, I shit you not. It was like an entire Sunday. I'm pretty sure I went to work on Monday and the family I worked for was like, "What did you do this weekend?" and I had to struggle to think of something to say beyond, "Uh, well I sat on my couch and planned out a closet."
Annnnnd I've come out with this:
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I'll have a big section for most of my clothes - my sweaters, my pants, my tops, the activewear that you're supposed to wear to the gym but that I really just wear instead of all the aforementioned items - and double up that space to maximize it. Then, I'll have a smaller section for my dresses with some drawers in the extra space at the bottom for things like bathing suits or purse dustbags. There will be a little shelf at the top where I can put baskets for other small items like tights or winter gloves and hats. This should all cover up an entire wall with the Billy bookcases holding all of my shoes, bags and other accessories on the opposite wall.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
Like so.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
This will leave a space of blank wall right the middle where I'll put my small IKEA Malm dresser that stores my underwear, socks, band t shirts from 9th grade that I'm too sentimental to part with, leggings that have holes worn in them from overuse and other unmentionables that shouldn't be displayed. And what my cat feels is a prime hiding spot.
IKEA Closet Billy Bookshelves Bookcases Pax DIY Built Ins Closet Tour Handbag Collection Purse Collection
I'm hoping it doesn't jut out too much because I'd really prefer to keep it inside my closet rather than in my actual bedroom but... we'll see. It frustrates me immensely to have to deal with things like a necessary piece of furniture that I need to store my underwear when I just want to be thinking about pretty purse shelves.

Since the aforementioned wall will be the first thing you see when you look into my closet (and since I tend to leave my closet doors open so the world can gaze upon its majesty all the time) I'm going to go the extra mile and wallpaper it with some really girly, decadent wallpaper.
This butterfly wallpaper is from Anthropologie and I don't want to talk about how much it costs. I've seen cheaper options everywhere else, literally everywhere else including every other Anthropologie wallpaper, but it's metallic fucking butterfly wallpaper. I think I've blogged before about my literal lifelong love with butterflies. My name, Vanessa, is a genus of butterfly so I've just always owned butterfly themed things and been obsessed with butterfly imagery. This closet project is the most self indulgent, masturbatory thing I've ever done for myself and I'm going to add a butterfly wall to just top it off.

I'm having a hard time deciding between the above silvery paper and this green, gold and black version.
I definitely way prefer the black and feels it fits the overall aesthetic of my bedroom better since almost everything is gold and green and the most prominent piece of furniture is my black and gold vanity. I like the idea of a gold mirror hung against that wallpaper and how it would look with all of the gold accents on my accessories. However, I'm not sure how it would look surrounded by stark white shelving on all sides and if the black itself would make my already small closet space look even smaller. The silver paper is definitely brighter and would match the white shelves, as well as the silver frame where I have my Moschino McDonald's ad. It would kind of make the closet look like it's own space, separate from the bedroom, too, which is something I prefer doing with decorating. But I just don't like it quite as much as I do the black and gold. What do I do?

There are a few other things I have left to figure out. I don't quite know where things like hooks for scarves or a place to put my giant suitcases will factor into this. All in good time, though.

Hopefully this will all come together as planned within the next month or two. I should probably add a sleeping bag to my shopping list because I may just want to sleep inside my planned dream closet like I'm a glamorous, materialistic Harry Potter.

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