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Have you all seen the February issue of Martha Stewart Living? It includes the latest column on my closet, and has tons of design, organization and storage ideas.
I have been so eager to share it with you but had to wait until the print version hit the newsstand. Now that it's all out in the open, I can give you a serious behind-the-scenes tour of how I got from the original two spaces to one big, more usable space with a separate shoe closet (glorious). I adore it and, as you well know, I now have a space to put my clothes away (see previous post with images of my clothing on rolling racks in the dining room).
Step one: I shopped around. I went to various closet companies and talked with design specialists about options. This included how to combine two smaller spaces into one more practical space; whether or not the finished closet should keep the doors; where I should build shelves, drawers, hanging racks, etc.; what finishes and colors are available; and, finally, the actual cost.
I looked at a high-end Italian line and a very inexpensive off-the-shelf company. The first seemed too extravagant with a lead time of 4-6 months after initial consultations that took a few weeks. The lesser expensive line did not allow for a built-to-fit scenario, which would ultimately be more space saving.
When I met with California Closets, the company seemed able to meet all my needs: build a beautiful closet, in a timely manner, with storage options that would fit my personal needs, and not put me in serious debt. When a company rep comes to your house, counts up all of your suits, ties, pants, shirts, sweaters, shoes, and socks (and measures each one) in order to build you the right sized layout, you know you are in good hands, Oh and did I mention they installed in 2 days. Pretty nice!