Like most New Yorkers, my husband and I feel like we never have enough space. Half of my wardrobe is vacuum-sealed under the bed. Our nightstand holds alarm clocks, phone charging docks, 7 types of foot creams and a dozen books. Our crammed coffee table doubles as nail polish and cosmetics storage. Every square inch of our 450-square-foot studio is crammed with stuff — but it doesn’t feel particularly efficient. So, we started renovations.
Two months ago, I revealed our first wave of closet installations. But that was just the start.
Over the long weekend, we tackled our next project — the “dressing room” space between the closet and the bathroom. The awkwardly sized nook has long been a black hole, with room for just an ancient dresser, gigantic vacuum and our clothes steamer.
When I gazed at the high ceilings, I realized it was a wasted opportunity.
We collaborated with our closet designers to create a custom unit that was sleek and clean. To make the white unit pop, we painted the wall a peacock blue. The color was inspired by the riads of Morocco, where neon yellow is perfectly acceptable for a bathroom.
The blue and white color combination also reminds me of Tiffany’s famous boxes — which is fitting, since the once-awkward space appears as orderly as a jewelry box.
That is, until you actually fill it back up.
It’s still not perfect — but we’re getting closer.