The Darling Nomadess: Dream Closet Makeover

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dream Closet Makeover

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, I like my money right where I can see it - in my closet. I recently moved away from my college apartment, and, unfortunately, wasn't able to bring my large work space and desk with me. At my new place of residence, I don't really have an area where I could set up a space to work…except for my exceptionally large walk-in closet.

After seeing that Cupcakes and Cashmere's home office housed a rack of clothing, I was inspired to  my create my dream work space…with my clothes (because why work if I can't see where my money goes ;p). My clothes weren't taking up very much space in the closet, why waste valuable real estate? I love that my closet has a large window so I believed this would be a prime opportunity to make this little space my own.

Now I have an office in my closet. This is seriously my dream closet! I'm surrounded by things that inspire me the most - fashion, make up, and a great view! 

Previously, the closet walls were a blank canvas. I chose to paint three of the walls a yellowish eggshell color to add a little bit of color that wouldn't compete with the colors of clothing. The wall holding in the window was painted a shade called "Raleigh Peach" by Benjamin Moore. This is the same color of the walls in my bedroom so it creates a nice flow from the bedroom to the closet. 

Living five minutes away from a flea market is wonderful (though my wallet disagrees). I found a very basic wood table for an extremely reasonable price, sanded it down, and painted it up. Also,  I found this chair hiding in the basement! It looked pretty awful before but it had good structure. After sanding and painting, I reupholstered the seat cushion with a Vera Bradley-esque quilting fabric I found at JoAnn Fabric. The end result of both pieces is gorgeous! I'll post before and after photos of the furniture later this week.  

I also found lots of beautiful glassware at the flea market and in the basement. I just love the scallop edges on the bowls! So girly! I love the base of this lamp as well, though I'm having a difficult time finding a lamp shade! 

I didn't know what to do with this wire rack before so I just had it hiding in the corner. It was holding knick knacks and jewelry that I was too lazy to put back. Definitely awkward placement. After doing some rearranging, I thought, why not display my shoes!? It's the closet I'll ever get to having a wall of shoes, haha!

I love displaying the beautiful gifts that my sorority little sisters have made me over the past few years. Little Emma painted the pink canvas that features The Darling Daily's "High Heels, High Standards, Pearls Everyday" motto with pearl corners. Little Emily made me two little jewelry trays and the gold vase. One tray is on the desk and the other is right by the gold vase. Little Tricia made the chevron shadow box but left it empty so I could fill it with memories. Obviously, I'm behind in getting photos printed. 

Overall, it was a very fun project that look all of three days and under $100! 

What would your dream closet look like, Darling? 


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  1. Obsessed with this! I wish I had a large closet like that, ugh.. I actually have two closets back home to fit all my clothes, although every time I leave for college my sister steals whatever I've left so my wardrobe is slowly depleting!

    You're so ridiculously crafty!

  2. I wish I have a large closet.. mine is not that small but I need more space or I will have to sneak my stuff into my husband's LOL! I like your new work space.. very bright and cozy

  3. This is seriously so cool! And that is so awesome that your closet is big enough to have your workspace in it! Can't wait to see more pictures!

  4. I love how you added a desk to your closet and painted the walls that peachy pretty color! So gorgeous, Ashliegh!

    xo, gina

  5. Obsessed. Especially because of the great lighting you had in a closet!

  6. Fabulous job!! And I am SO jealous of your walk-in closet!! My poor closet in my room at home is literally overflowing currently haha! ;-)

    xoxo A

  7. This is seriously so great! I would love to have a big enough closet to do something like this with, but mine is long and narrow with just enough room to walk in and out of to grab things off the hangers.

  8. We really looove the way you DIY your walk in closet! It looks really nice :)

  9. I would have never thought to make a closet into a work space, but it was worth it! Looks great!

  10. Way to go, everything looks FABULOUS! Love your desk and your pink elephants, by the way! :)

    Looks like a great box! I want to try those SmartyPants snacks... sounds interested!

    Diary of a Debutante

  11. I'm honored to have been featured on such a kick butt post! Your closet - and you entire room - looks so awesome, girlie. I'm feeling inspired to go do my own now!


  12. I LOVE how you set up your closet, especially the office area! I would love to have a window view for my office space as well :)

    xo, Val

  13. I don't think my previous comment went through :( basically I just said that this is legit and I LOVE IT! Then I wondered how I am following you on twitter but I'm not following your blog on GFC or bloglovin?? weird huh? Better late than never I suppose. Excited to be following along now!


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