We used Closet Solutions for our master closet remodel and office cabinets and we could not be happier with the result. Our designer was Cindy Cornelius, who was thorough and so creative with helping us come up with a plan that was both practical and beautiful. I feel comfortable recommending this company for your storage and organization needs (and you guys know by now I have a very short list of vendors that I will actually recommend from this remodel) (we are not sponsored by or affiliated with Closet Solutions)
One of Myrtle’s most fantastically quirky features is that the master suite has a mezzanine. There is a stairway from the main level area of the suite that leads up to a loft that also has a doorway to the upstairs hallway. The master bathroom and closet are on the main level. The little hallway you see to the right in this photo leads to a little under-stairs closet, access to the master bath and closet, and access to the rest of the main level of the house.
The listing photos had the lower area staged as a bedroom. We decided to swap the layout and make the mezzanine the bedroom and the lower area our office. It made more sense to have the bedroom on the same level as the kids’ bedrooms.
We realized that because the bathroom and master closet were on the main level, we’d end up with half of our clothes upstairs (dresser, chest of drawers, etc) and the other half downstairs in the closet. That just didn’t make sense.
Because we sold our old bedroom furniture when we moved, we decided that whatever we replaced it with would consist of only a headboard and a couple of nightstands – no dressers or chest of drawers. Instead, we would put that money toward built-in shelving and drawers in our master closet so that we can keep all of our clothing there, right next to the master bath. That made a lot more sense.
Oddly, I only have this one photo of the master closet before the remodel started. Seeing the textured ceilings still shocks me… and the wood trim and doors!
I wish I had a photo of the closet at its peak destruction, but I remember being too irritated to think about snapping one. Before the photo above was taken, the wood vanity from the bathroom had been shoved into the closet and stuffed with old pipes, ceiling shavings, and other demolition material. The toilet that was relocated was blocking the door and the tank was stuffed with lunch garbage from the contractors (just… why) and *covered* in mortar and pink/purple PVC cement. Again… why?!
Once the renovation blew up (story on that is coming… I PROMISE) and we had to move into the house before it was finished, Matt painted the walls and we used the existing shelves and hanging rods in conjunction with several sets of plastic Sterilite drawers that we had used in our old house.
The night before the install of the new closet system, we removed all of our stuff and Matt had to go in again and remove the original shelves and wood furring strips to sand and repaint the area behind them.
The color we used is Benjamin Moore Wedding Veil. We used the same color in all of the closets in the house as well as the walls in Jasper’s room. It’s such a gorgeous, soft white. It looks like it should feel like velvet if you rub your hand over it.
Our master bath is coming along and starting to look like a finished room, but the night before the closet install it looked like this!
Don’t you love our towel curtain? I haven’t decided on a window covering for this room yet. That window is clear and faces the street in front of our house, so privacy is a consideration with that decision.
It took the installers most of a day to complete everything. We were also having some shelves and cabinets installed in our office, so it was a fairly large job.
We, of course, kept our distance while the installer was working in a confined space, so I was able to get a big reveal when I finally walked in and saw our 3D rendering come to life in our closet!
The photo above is what you see when standing at the doorway to the closet.
This is my side of the closet. Our designer, Cindy, gave me areas of short and long hang so that I would have plenty of room for dresses and long coats. I also have plenty of cubbies and shelves, and appreciated that she utilized every bit of space above that weird pop-out in the corner from an air return on the other side of the wall.
Those drawers are amazing! Matt and I have our own column and they range from smaller and shallower (I use those for socks, undies, and jewelry) to larger, deep ones on the bottom.
This is Matt’s side of the closet. Because he has no need for longer hanging areas, he has an abundance of short hanging space as well as an extra section there on the left for his pants. He also has lots of shelves and cubbies as well as his column of drawers.
The new closet is amazing and all of our clothing and accessories fit in there with room to spare. I took the drawers out of our Sterilite units and placed them in a row all around the top of the shelving for even more storage.
These drawers are my favorite part of the whole closet.
We are home, like, 98% of the time, even before this COVID business, so I don’t have a beautiful collection of fancy clothes and shoes (more like an impressive collection of hoodies and tank tops) but I’m happy to have a space to keep what I do have organized.
Matt filled his side of the closet nicely!
Not only has removing the need for clothing storage furniture in the mezzanine simplified and practicalized the layout of our master suite, it left us with plenty of space to create a quiet reading corner (if my house was ever quiet…) and has added a bit of coziness to our still quite chaotic home.
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