When Melissa and Bill Meyers decided to turn a spare bedroom into a closet for Melissa, inspiration for the room came from a well-known Magazine Street boutique.
"The first thing I said is, 'I want it to look like Weinstein's,'" says Melissa, who called in the boutique's architects, Ian and Terry Dreyer of NANO, to realize her vision. Melissa wanted to be able to see her wardrobe and have display areas where she could decide what to wear.
The Dreyers responded with a clean layout that includes sandblasted, sliding Plexiglass doors, cubbies for hats and other accessories, hanging space, an abundance of cedar drawers, shelving for shoes and purses, and two vanities — one for makeup, the other for jewelry storage. Melissa married the contemporary build-out with French and Italian antiques for a look that's consistent with the grand 1894 house.
"Antiques enhance the contemporary pieces and vice versa," she says.
In addition to softening the minimalist modernism, the French daybed provides a a place to put on shoes or relax.
"This is a retreat," she says. "Sometimes I close the door, dim the lights, have the fan going and lay down with a book or magazine."
To create a spacious walk-in closet and dressing room, Alice McNeely combined her Tchefuncta Club Estates house's his-and-hers closets into one.
After eliminating the dividing wall, she used the existing crescent-shaped window as the starting point for the new design scheme. She placed a focal row of wide shoe shelves beneath the window and a symmetrical balance of double (upper and lower) racks and shelving on either side. With years of retail experience and a stylist's eye, she keeps the dressing room organized and elegantly furnished. Wall-to-wall carpeting and a lacquered wood chaise with Belgian linen upholstery make the private sanctuary an inviting place to unwind.
"Because I sell houses, I know good master closets are extremely important," says McNeely, a Northshore Realtor. "If you get a nice higher-end house, people expect the master closet to be a room."
The renovation of Lori and Richard Thomas's Tchefuncta Club Estates home began with the master bath and closet. Many closets Lori admired included a common design theme: neoclassic X motifs.
Working with Matt Voelkel of Studio MV and Northshore Millwork, she reworked the bath and created a new, larger closet/dressing room featuring cabinetry adorned with decorative X's.
"I wanted everything to appear neat, so I chose closed cabinetry," Lori says. The cabinets are painted with Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter house and include custom features from Lori's wish list: a drawer with an ironing board, a vanity drawer for stowing hair styling appliances and tools, pull-down upper level racks and a pull-out display case for jewelry. The mirrored cabinet contains shelves for shoes. Above the vanity is a Seura mirror with a built-in LCD TV. An Oushak runner softens the rustic red oak floor.