Video!! A Closet Walk through

July 22, 2020

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“Open the drawers!!!” Okay, Okay, Okay!! Today, we’re bringing you along for a casual walk-through every drawer and cabinet and detail in our closet. See my “secret stash” and my one regret. Chris’s favorite shirt and see if you can make sense of his organization and lots more! Come check out the closet:

A Before (and current) Closet Tour Where We Talk Through Our Ideas
Our Master Closet Inspiration: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…
How to Use the IKEA PAX Wardrobe Planner + Our Master Closet Moodboard
Full Length Mirrors Aren’t Just For The Closet + Designing ours and a Roundup of Favorites
Master Closet Update: Building up the Wardrobes, and a Photoshop Rendering
Master Closet Update: Filling Holes, Adding Trim, and Nixing the Ceiling Beams
How to Plank a Ceiling & Install Crown
Closet Update: How to DIY Closet Shelves (for shoes etc.)
Master Closet Update: It’s All Painted!
Adding Custom Fronts to the IKEA PAX Closet System Drawers
Installing Pocket Doors in the Closet
Our Closet Reveal: Form Thin Air to Dressing Room (The Ultimate IKEA PAX Hack!)
How Much Did The Closet Cost? A Budget Breakdown + Look For Less


Paint Color: Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball (You can see more on painting the closet here!)
Floors: Ingrid by Stuga Studio
Rug: The Vintage Rug Shop
Curtains: Custom from Martha & Ash
Curtain Rod
Marble Knobs
Hand Jewelry Holder: Similar
Vanity Mirror
Triple Swivel Hook
Pocket Doors
DIY Shoe Shelves
Shelf Lighting
Mirror: Custom from Handmade Industries
IKEA PAX: (See more on building the wardrobes here! You can also see how to use the IKEA PAX wardrobe planner here!)
Custom Fronts
Cabinet Knobs


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  1. Nicolette says:

    I’ve said it once but I will say it again, this closet is such a dream! Do you have any plans to adjust the shoe shelves or just planning a purge?

  2. Gemma says:

    I think my husband would 100% ‘get’ Chris’ organisation. When we met he used to keep teabags in with lightbulbs and I had to train him out of keeping cleaning materials with the cordials. Apparently the latter made sense because ‘both get used in the sink’…..

  3. Kim says:

    Where is your T-shirt from?

  4. Caroline Lee says:

    I love everything you and Chris do! This blew my mind! Do you think your chandelier would be too large for 8 foot ceilings?

  5. Meredith says:

    Beautiful! How many square feet is the master closet?

  6. Natasha says:

    Dream closet! I’m curious what you keep in the dresser in your bedroom. Is it overflow closet storage?

  7. Mel says:

    Gorgeous closet!!! Once you start using your desk drawers for makeup, you could consider adding something to the back of the tall mirror to hang your jewelry there.

  8. Bre says:

    Such an amazing closet. And that shirt in the first photo is so pretty. Where’s it from?

  9. Chantal says:

    Hi! Wonderful job!

    In case you didn’t know, for the hampers, IKEA has two great options made for PAX these drawers like pull out:

    or these lightweight Komplement made the exact size you need for two side by side

    Hope this is useful

  10. Nadia says:

    What a wonderful closet! I have enjoyed following your progress.
    Note: I used the same ottoman on a project but I added little wheels to it incase I needed to move it for cleaning or a bit more space (for dancing?)!

  11. Jessie says:

    Love your closet! We have been pretty die-hard elfa system people and I think you have converted us. Just so sophisticated and practical, true win-win.

    This is very random – but I noticed your diffuser on your desk. Would love to hear more about good diffusers, candles, essential oils (the smelly things ;) you have found and love!

  12. Cici Haus says:

    Where do you keep your paint clothes? Or are you such experts now you don’t ever get them messy and just wear normal gear?!

  13. Brenda says:

    How do you hang sweaters without getting the bumps in the shoulder areas??

  14. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous closet and I’m so happy you filmed a video! I do wish you were filming more traditionally, however, and not for a phone format – i feel so much is missed. Beautiful work, overall.

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