When you graduate from a doored closet to a walk-in and yet again to a dressing room, your sartorial options jump from cramped collection to full-blown style gallery. Take the fashion site The Coveteuras an indicator of the popularity surrounding closets—since the site debuted, the founders have showcased over 800 closets (and counting). From floor-to-ceiling shelving to endless mirrors to boutique-influenced displays, the potential for showing off your watch collection or love of footwear is endless. And let’s not forget: if the closets are spectacular, the homes are too. Here are a selection of homes whose cladding suits the contents.
A Wood-Paneled Dressing Room, Dubai, UAE
Not only is this beautiful Dubai villa decked out in Mediterranean style, but the six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home kicks the master up another notch with his and hers bathrooms and walk-in closets. Fantastic inset lighting, strategically-placed mirrors, and drawers to protect your latest horological or jeweled treasures make these closets masterpieces. Take a lazy Sunday to pull on your plushest robe and wander down to your home spa, complete with sauna and massage room, before dressing for a rooftop party on the terrace, backed by superb skyline views.
The Custom Closet, Johns Creek, Georgia
In any regular custom-built home full of bespoke features and stunning stonework, an ordinary closet might struggle to hold its own. Not so in this Norman Davenport Askins-designed estate nestled in the Country Club of the South. The former residence of living baseball legend and Hall of Fame inductee Tom Glavine, this property boasts its own baseball field and batting cage. Indoors, soaring ceilings and architectural interest abound, but you may find yourself drawn back to this closet of dreams, its soothing taupe spanning shoe closets, a library ladder, built-in dressers, and ample room for displaying handbags. No longer an afterthought, the design evident in this spacious storage space is definitely major leagues.
The Designer’s Closet, New York, USA
Out of the changeroom and into the designer’s own closet, this gorgeous two-level penthouse atop the Plaza Residences is home to renowned American fashion and lifestyle designer Tommy Hilfiger. It goes without saying that the double dressing rooms will more than meet the highest sartorial standards, with room for your TH smart watch alongside your MB&F MoonMachine 2 or your Valentino red gown next to your favourite Manolos. Views of Central Park, a majestic home library, and a delicate domed tea room with a hand-painted mural by Hilary Knight (author of Eloise at the Plaza) round out the main level five-star comforts, connected to whimsical and impressive bedrooms brimming with American elegance by a spiraling staircase
The Rehabilitated Closet, Chicago, Illinois
Originally built in 1880, this character home in Chicago’s Gold Coast historic district is as beautiful inside as it is out. Fully renovated in 2015, the property features a private sauna, a roof deck for catching rays, and walk-in closets in every room. Live your urban wardrobe dreams in this bright closet space, with its built-in dresser, appealing shoe storage, and recessed lighting to illuminate every well-chosen piece. The result is a sharp, vibrant walk-in that proves modest footprints can still pack a real luxury punch.
When life takes you past the ordinary and into the realm of prized possessions, singular safekeeping is required. Whether designer daywear or opulent accessories, your treasures are entitled to a trove of their own: a dream closet in which to rest until their next big outing.