My Best Friend’s Closet

Thirty years ago today, the person who has made me laugh the longest and the hardest in my entire life was brought into the world.  Lucky me!  This is the girl that I have to thank for my love of chocolate anything, my first hangover, my adorable god child, and of course, my first flea market trip.

For her birthday I styled her favorite room in her honor.  Her closet.  A girl who is always two pairs of shoes ahead of Anthropologie, I took her love of something old and made it into her own something new.  Having personally organized her 53 pairs of tights, I have first hand knowledge of her need for space. With a little help from the internet, I have selected some items that she can add into a spare bedroom and recycle into her own walk-in closet.

Being one of the few people I know that still has a love for wallpaper, I chose this selection of vintage fashion ads.  I know, I know.  Who cares what is on the wall of your closet?  I do. It’s little details like this that add an extra bit of flair to your home.  You’re also more likely to stay in there and hang up the 10 outfits that didn’t work if you enjoy being in your closet.

A closet doesn’t have space for a lot of furniture, so check out these functional finds that I’ve used to incorporate her style into her own little dressing room.

1.  The Mercantile & Factory section of eBay is one of my favorite sections.  There are so many great vintage pieces that can be upcycled into furniture or millwork for your home. Instead of building in custom shelving, this old store display is perfect for folded clothing, jewelry, accessories, and really anything else that you can fit in here.  Buy it now for $5200 (eek!  I know, but it’s huge) or make an offer.  You never know!

2.  This vintage French inspired chandelier contrasts nicely with the simple lines of the store display.  It allows the chandelier to be the jewelry of the room.  Bidding starts at $350.

3.  Maybe not everyone is as obsessed with hats as me, but since she has a decent vintage collection, I just grabbed this expandable hat rack for $10 from Etsy.  Depending upon how many you need, you can do a grouping or just have the one.

4 & 5.  Instead of getting a typical dressing table, I combined this desk and vintage vanity mirror both from Etsy.  Combined price of $177.

6.  Yes you can use a typical vanity stool, but I like the idea of the industrial step stool which is also versatile to use to get to top shelves of the closet.  Two for the price of one at $45.

7 & 8.  Vintage Dressmakers Forms!  Oh how I love you.  Yes, I suppose these are for decoration, but you can also use them to hang necklaces, pins, layout tomorrow’s outfit and anything else you can think of.  Find these two here and here.  Etsy – $310  eBay – Bidding starts at $49.99

9.  She lives in an old house with old wood floors, so to finish off the look of this room, I chose this very feminine Aubusson rug.  The traditional elements tie in the chandelier and also contrast with some of the more industrial/mercantile pieces.  8×10  $1220

For hanging clothes I suggest galvanized plumbing pipe hung from the ceiling or vintage garment racks similar to the style below.  Also, for jewelry, these antique letter press drawers are great wall racks.

I think that’s it folks. Some of the items are a bit more expensive than what I tend to look for on an average day, but she is my best friend, and hey, you only turn 30 once!  Happy Birthday SGH!


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