Pimp My Closet…A Wardrobe Detox

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all girls of a certain age must be in want of Carrie Bradshaw’s closet! We can all picture the scene. Row upon row of slick, backlit shelving, Mr. Big down on one knee…I digress but you get the picture right? As we’re hurtling rapidly into a new season I decided now would be the perfect time to have a bash at the fantasy closet! But first, a wardrobe detox of epic proportions was required! (N.b I have to apologise for the lack of ‘before’ pictures…my pride simply wouldn’t allow you to see the complete and utter carnage that had descended ‘pre-detoxification)!

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Aspirations vs Reality

So we’ve established that the dream is ‘heaven on 5th’…what’s the reality? Well, it’s not too shabby if I’m honest. I’ve mentioned before that our current home was a complete doer upper (Interiors Inspiration – Six Instagram Account You Really Need To Follow) so we did have the opportunity to at least make an attempt on the wardrobe fantasy. When we bought this house we were ‘sans child’ so very happy to make the four-bed terrace into a three bed to suit our requirements and, to be honest, I’m still 100% happy with the decision we made regardless of the fact that we are rapidly running out of space now we are three! The space we gained by knocking two bedrooms together meant that we were able to create a large master bedroom with ‘walk-in wardrobe’. The idea came from Mr.R (for which I am reminded daily) who had it custom finished to our specifications. It is a thing of beauty, all white with dark wood trim. When it came to dividing up the storage space between the two of us, I, ahem, may have come off slightly better. I have three rails and three drawers to his one and eight shelves to his four but still, as I fear may always be the case, space continues to be an issue. It seems that however large the space you acquire, somehow or other you always manage to fill it.

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Wardrobe Detox In Progress

I am a woman of two halves. Half sleek and minimal, the other chaotic and a little out of control! I badly want to be one of those women who can wear head to toe white without accessorising the look with smudgy handprints, milk or bogeys! More importantly, I would like to be able to look at my wardrobe and have the ability to pull a look together with all my accessories close to hand rather than tripping over discarded boots and boxes -I’ve come to the point where I can no longer live in sartorial chaos…project Carrie Bradshaw has commenced! My first step was a wardrobe detox. So, like any good Marie Kondo student (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying literally changed my life-so worth a read), I dutifully pulled everything out of the wardrobe to assess and then began my five-step wardrobe detox process…

  1. Divide into three piles – keep | store | discard
  2. Take the discard pile and divide again – friends & family | charity | sell
  3. Make sure you have a stash of storage tubs (these are great) and put away your seasonal items (in this case, summer dresses, sandals, and hats)
  4. Clean your wardrobe space – it is quite literally unbelievable how much dust and dirt builds up in the bedroom and around the wardrobe in particular – grim!
  5. Assess your keep pile for anything that needs to be cleaned/de bobbled/re-heeled etc and put away. (I always use the Narrow Black Flocked Coat Hangers – non-slip and great when you’re short of space)!

Now, the whole wardrobe detox process may seem simple and straightforward but let me tell you…it’s not. For instance, the weather in this country is nothing if not changeable. What happens if I do the switcheroo and then next week there’s a heatwave (unlikely yes, unheard of, no) and some items definitely blur the lines between seasons so it’s not always as clear-cut as the Virgo in me would appreciate. I find it’s best not to put too much pressure on yourself at this stage and simply go with your gut feeling of what you will and won’t wear going forward.

Pimp My Closet - A Wardrobe Detox

You Can Never Have Enough Storage

As I’ve said my major problem is that if you give me a space, I’ll fill it. I’m not sure there’s such a thing as too much space – there’s definitely no such thing as too much storage! With that in mind, I set myself the challenge of creating a workable wardrobe space with lots of storage while keeping my ‘Carrie Brashaw’ fantasy clearly in focus! A quick trip to B&Q later and I was the proud owner of five sets of storage cubes in which I intend to display scarves, shoes, and bags – the theory being that not only will it look aesthetically pleasing but it will also keep everything within reach making it easier to see what I have and therefore make styling a breeze!

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It’s no exaggeration when I say I’m in LOVE with my new look wardrobe. I literally get a little tingle of excitement every time I step in there. In fact, I think I may make it my designated space to retreat for a glass of fizz and some quality time with my latest cheesy romance – no really! Next up on the makeover schedule is my dressing table which is in serious need of a Pinterest worthy overhaul. A new mirror and makeup storage are definitely required and I promise as and when this happens, I will do my best to put my pride to one side and do some before and after photos for your entertainment! Do you have any tips and trips for detoxing your wardrobe? How do you organise your storage space?

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*update* I’ve just had my first experience of getting ready in my new and improved wardrobe and I can confirm that it has been nothing short of revolutionary! 100% worth the blood, sweat, and tears! My advice would be…streamline, clean and display – there is nothing more luxurious than having the convenience of everything at hand, ready to rock & roll!

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Interiors Inspiration – Six Instagram Accounts You Really Need To Follow

Our Victorian Terrace was a complete do-er upper! Three years, one wedding, one baby and a whole lotta Instagram Inspiration later we’re pretty much done. Or are we? You see, Instagram just doesn’t stop and the ideas just keep coming! Whats a girl to do with a head full of ideas and no canvas to work on? We have a new bar opening in the next couple of weeks which has given me a bit of an outlet but come September…watch out Mr.R… a house move could be on the cards! Here I thought I would share with you some of my go to Instagram accounts for when I’m in need of a bit of home decor eye candy or interiors inspiration.

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Kelly Hoppen

Where it all began…there really isn’t anywhere else I could have begun than with Kelly Hoppen. I can probably trace my love affair with interiors back to one of Kelly’s early books ‘In Touch’, (other than a rather scary flirtation with oxblood red & zebra print when I was 13 – Changing Rooms & Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen have a lot to answer for). Back in the days before QVC and Dragons Den made her a household name my mum introduced me to her signature ‘East Meets West’ style.  Her slick, contemporary aesthetic is laced with a heavy dollop of glamour (but only in the best possible taste – nothing gaudy or in any way tacky from Ms. Hoppen). The quality shines through in her designs – she always advocates buying the very best that you can afford which I think is a great way to approach designing your home. I love how she builds the design of a room through layering texture and will forever be a ‘taupette’ at heart (much to Mr. Rs amusement and dismay – he actually refers to our home as the ’50 shades of grey house’).

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@kellyhoppen | @kellyhoppenhome | www.kellyhoppen.com

Cowboy Kate

A very recent discovery but one I’ve rapidly become all kinds of obsessed with. Dark and moody, like Kelly (and this is where the similarity ends), her use of texture in design just pulls you into this decadent dream world where anything seems possible. Pink sheepskin? Check! Exposed plaster? Fabulous! Hot Pink Pineapple Lamp? Well, come on, who wants a room without a hot pink pineapple lamp? Don’t be fooled into thinking that this maximalist vibe can be simply thrown together with any old mismatched items – her home is so well curated and so brilliantly considered – it’s simply a visual feast for the eyes!

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@cowboykate | www.cowboykate.co.uk

Swoon Worthy

I’m absolutely in love with Kimberly from Swoon Worthy’s self-titled ‘eclectic, boho, glam style’ As a fellow lover of all things gold and shiny, she puts together the most glamourous and, well, ‘swoon worthy’ designs using vibrant prints, bold colours, and lashings of gold. I’m a bit of a sucker for animal print and Kimberly is a master at incorporating bold prints in a really accessible and non-scary way. Her home is alive with greenery and glitz and if you do nothing else then please check out her epic bar cart!!! Now that is gin o’clock goals right there!

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@swoonworthyblog | www.swoonworthy.com

Kate La Vie

Kate is a fashion and beauty blogger who has become Insta-famous for her beautifully curated Glasgow flat and her use of the ubiquitous ‘Millenial Pink’. Unashamedly girly, Kate’s feed has brought it home that there are definitely two sides to my own design style. (Does anyone remember Tommy Lee Jone’s portrayal of Harvey Two-Face in Batman Forever? Yep, that’s me – “heavy metal meets House & Garden”). If Swoonworthy & Cowboy Kate represent the dark and decadent me then Kate La Vie is a perfect representation of my girly glamourous (yet still chic) side. Scrolling through her feed, I am aware of two things. Firstly, I must make that pink West Elm chair mine and secondly if in doubt eucalyptus is always the answer!

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@kate.lavie | www.katelavie.com

The Curious Department

I discovered The Curious Department relatively recently through stalking reading Swoon Worthy. They have the most delicious array of homeware, gifts and (whisper it, I can barely contain my excitement) stationary (coming soon)! The designs are all based around nature – think beetles and bugs, butterflies and bees, laced with gold and give a good dose of drama without becoming creepy or gaudy! So far I have added the cushions and coasters to my collection and have purchased the beetle print and Ulysses Butterfly as gifts (both of which FYI were utterly stunning and gave me real trouble when it came to parting with them)! Next on my wish list is the truly beautiful ‘Insect Mandala China Collection’ (always looking to up my ‘breakfast game’ – check out My Morning Routine HERE)…who knew creepy crawlies could be that chic?

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@thecuriousdepartment | www.thecuriousdepartment.com

Abigail Ahern

Dark, gothic and disgustingly decadent.  Abigail unleashed the beast that Cowboy Kate has lassoed and ran away with! Her motto ‘once you convert to the dark side there’s no going back’ has proven eerily accurate and, given the fact that my house is pretty much complete, Mr. R is not overly amused at my recent proposal that we ‘start again’ using, what I like to call ‘the Abigail Aesthetic’ as our new interiors inspiration!

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@abigailahern | www.abigailahern.com

Putting together this list of my ultimate interiors inspiration, it occurred to me that what they all seem to have in common is the ability to create a relaxed environment cocooned in warmth and glamour which is absolutely the vision I have for my own home.  I think what makes us happy in our surroundings is ever evolving and as these awesome Instagrammers show, your environment doesn’t have to remain ‘static’ once the inevitable big projects are ticked off the list. Whether it’s rejigging a layout or simply adding a beautiful vessel with fresh foliage, there’s always something you can do to keep those creative juices flowing…at least until the next project comes along.

I hope you have found this useful. Do you have any go to Instagram accounts for Interiors Inspiration? Do let me know in the comments below if there are any that I simply must check out!