Friday, April 10, 2015


Yesterday  I shared the details of the steps leading up to my work being featured in EBONY magazine.  Today I want to take you behind the scenes of the design installation and magazine photo shoot.


After the design was finalized and approved, I packed up the car and headed to New Jersey to oversee the installation of all the design elements.

Here's how the space looked when I arrived.

Shelves going in. Area rug going down. We cut this flat woven rug to fit the closet. The graphic pattern provides a great contrast in the space.

An exciting moment - the chandelier going up! 

Definitely the wow factor in the closet, the chandelier really adds a level of unexpected sophistication to the space. Here's Aliya (the magazine's Entertainment Editor and home owner) watching as her space is literally transformed.


Prepping to hang the accessory rods (a.k.a towel bars). We used lots of creative affordable solutions to solve Aliya's storage issues.  

Graphic black and white accessories and lavender accents helped add a dose of pretty to the design and further personalized the space.   We added these ceramic floral knobs to the clean lined wall mounted drawers for a feminine touch.

We lined the dresser drawers with a fun black and white patterned paper and added ceramic bowls to hold change and smaller items. 

The closet was really coming together at this point. All of the fixtures were installed and it was time to bring Aliya's belongings back in and style the space!

The exciting part about install day is getting to see the design cone to life right before your eyes.  

I designed the space to really maximize the amount of storage Aliya would have. 3 wall to wall shelves were hung as high as possible to free up floor space and utilize every inch of the closet.  We executed the design plan just as it was shown on the design board I created for Aliya and it turned out perfect!

Now it was time to for the actual photo shoot.  Shooting in a space that small was a bit of a challenge but Antonio, the photographer, was a real pro and nimble too (smile). Crouching down low and wedging himself in, when necessary, Antonio was able to get shots of all the details of the transformed space.

You would not believe how much work goes into doing an install in such a small space. I was exhausted when it was all said and done. However, I will say that this is one of THE most rewarding projects I've had the opportunity to work on.

I dont want to spoil it for you. Grab yourself a copy and see how the space turned out plus get great tips about how to maximize storage, decorate and organize a space challenged closet in the current issue of EBONY magazine on newsstands right now. 

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