Closet Case


Historic houses don’t often come with roomy dressing rooms. Such was the case in this Guildford mansion, whose owner is a professional that frequently travels for work. Besides wanting improved closet storage, she wanted to be able to view everything easily and pack up her suitcase in a pinch.

Interior designer Elizabeth Lawson’s solution was turn a 14-by-17-foot home office into a dressing room with open shelving as well as closed wardrobes and drawers. Other features include a floating-shelf vanity, ceiling-to-floor mirror and an island with a large marble surface for stacking ready-to-pack items in addition to a custom luggage rack that could hold an open suitcase.

“During the design process, I paid close attention to exactly what type of clothing, shoes, and bags my client had, and how much of each,” Lawson says. For example, the shoe shelves pull out, so her client can layer in rows of shoes and booties. There are also two drawers in the island outfitted with custom jewelry compartments.

The overall palette is neutral, yet sophisticated, allowing garments and accessories to make color statements. Satin brass and wood detailing add warmth to the mostly white palette as does plush cream carpet with a diamond trellis. It was the starting point for the dressing room’s design: Luxurious, neutral, yet with interesting lines.

“I still get closet envy every time I walk into this space! I joke that I would be happy living only in this room,” Lawson says.

Hidden Details

No one but you might see your closet; still, a sumptious space like this is worth getting right. Here’s the information you need:

Cabinetry and walls, Benjamin Moore ‘Simply White’ in an eggshell finish.
Lucite Pulls in smoke and satin brass, Luxholdups
Chandelier, Apparatus Studio.
Custom-fit wall-to-wall rug, Stark Carpet.
Elliot Chair, Kelly Wearstler
Lamp, Circa Lighting.
Window treatment fabric, Zak & Fox Hidaica; fabricated by Wilhide Draperies.

Interior Design: Elizabeth Lawson of Elizabeth Lawson Design

Carpentry: Crawford Hubbard of Corvus Woodworks, Towson, MD


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