Before and after: Closet remodel for a Palisades fashionista


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Designer Lisa Adams created a light and airy dressing space, above, from what used to be a dark walk-in closet, below right. The project is the latest installment of Pro Portfolio, our Monday feature that looks at recently built, remodeled or redecorated homes with commentary from the designers. Though some makeover projects we feature fall into the realm of budget-minded, pragmatic design, others are peeks into fantasy worlds. We’ll let you decide where this one falls in the spectrum and add that beyond the extravagance is some practical advice about how simple changes in lighting and finishes can transform a space, large or small.

Location: Pacific Palisades.

Designer: Lisa Adams, LA Closet Design.


Designer’s statement: The design concept was to create a boutique dressing room -- a living space -- in the home of my client.

We wanted a Hollywood glam look while still maintaining a timeless feel, so I opted for white lacquer cabinetry with black and silver accents.

In the closet, everything has its place: socks, belts, scarves, watches, stilettos, formal gowns. Because my client is a petite woman in a room with a high ceiling, it was imperative to incorporate pull-down hanging rods to maximize the reachable spaces. LEDs in the cabinetry provide additional lighting, with an automatic on/off switch on the doors. She is now set to shop in her closet!

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Before: The space felt small, despite being a walk-in closet.

After: Shoes sit on angled shelves. I always tell clients to pick a system and stick with it. The shoes are organized by color, style and brand. You don’t need 500 pairs of shoes to feel good about a space. Being organized is what is empowering. The black chandelier -- a touch of Hollywood glamour -- is from Lamps Plus. People want to feel good in their spaces.

Before, the closet did not take full advantage of the ceiling height, and yet the maze of racks felt dark and cramped.

The mirrored dresser is from Horchow, paired with a Seura mirror LED TV. (It’s a mirror when the TV is not in use.) To the left of the boot trees is a silver tufted and skirted ottoman. The homeowner wanted a place to relax. She is in and out of there all the time because she is always on the go. I wanted it to feel open and bright.


Before the remodel, everything was just thrown together, and there was no specific place for things.

Today: Purses sit on glass shelves. The shelves are easy to clean. It gives that corner of the room an airy and breezy feel.

Before, the room felt dark, even with doors and windows.

After: The mirrored and white lacquer finishes lighten up the space.

The island and black crystal chandelier are surrounded by uniform cabinets with lighting above the hanging rods.

A custom jewelry drawer has compartments specifically for bracelets, cuffs, necklaces, watches, rings, earrings, watches and sunglasses.

A double-sided, pull-out cabinet is a space-saving way to hang scarves. The concept of using rods is helpful. People think to put scarves in a drawer or a basket. Why not use dowels or rods or a pull-out cabinet? You even could use a towel bar.

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Photo credits: Douglas Hill