Tuesday, September 1, 2009

All Dressed Up!

There've been lots of changes around this place over the past couple of weeks, but not much is complete yet so I'll have to write more later. This one, however, can't wait...!

This past weekend, I finally got to tackle a project that I've been wanting to do since the very first day I walked through this house. As is common in a house of this age, what closets I do have are pretty tiny, so right from day one I wanted to turn the smallest 'bedroom' into my dressing room. I've been using it that way since I moved in, but in a makeshift sort of way (temporary clothing rack, sweaters in a bag, stuff on the floor - not good!). That all changed a couple days ago!

Here's the before shot (notice the lovely pipe as 'focal point'):

Thanks to the generous help of my dad (he's the carpenter in the family - I just try to be a decent apprentice!) here is the realization of what I've been planning and excitedly waiting for over the last couple of months:

(recognize that ottoman?)

And from the other side:

I love that it fills the entire length of the wall, and makes great use of the space under that sloped ceiling. There's even some room behind all the clothing storage to store things like my luggage - bonus!! I really think it's the best use of the space in that room, while still leaving it feeling open and spacious.

Finally, just for good measure, here's my vanity on the other side of the room:

All in all, I've achieved my goal ('girly heaven'!) - a completely functional space that holds all of my clothes and shoes, and lets me stay organized (and feels like an exclusive boutique!). It was so nice to do a 'fun' project for a change, since so much of what I've been working on this summer is the boring structural stuff (yeah, it's important, but that doesn't mean it's not boring!). I get to enjoy this space every day of the week, so it felt like quite the indulgence!

Speaking of indulgence, the price tag for this entire project came in at $120 including tax (and that includes all the bits and pieces - like screws, etc. - but not the dresser, which I already had), so it really wasn't such a 'splurge' after all. A custom-built closet for the price of a generic closet organizer - score!

Thanks again, Dad. I couldn't have done it without you! :)


  1. This is amazing-- for $120?! You have one talented dad. I wish I had a great space like that to use each day!!

  2. All Dad did was make cuts, drive screws, etc. where and as he was instructed. This whole thing - from concept to finish - was Kerry's doing. The credit goes 100% to my very talented, imaginative daughter. She never ceases to amaze me with her penchant for making silk purses out of sow's ears. A lot like her mother, this one!


  3. By far my favorite post! This is amazingggg!! A well thought out design and very well executed project. I'm proud to be your BFF!

    Your handsome dad has got to take the compliment here!!!! Nice to have such good help!

  4. It looks amazing! What a great use of space - and what girl wouldn't be jealous of a dressing room complete with vanity!

  5. Oh my that's an amazing dressing room!!! Kerry where did you find that amazing rug?? Love it!!


  6. Thanks Katy! The rug was given to me by a very generous friend when I moved in. She'd used it in her home for a while before that, so I'm not sure where it's from.

  7. Wowee, This is a drool-worthy dressing room! I'm currently trying to get mine done as well, this is great inspiration. Thanks for joining my site, can't wait to see everything you've got on yours!

  8. I absolutely LOVE your dad's comment, how adorable and sweet!! Oh, of course your dressing room is A-MAZING as well;)


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