LA Closet Design

Inside HGTV’s “Million Dollar Closets”

On television, events occur seamlessly in a short matter of time. But, as you probably guessed, there’s a lot that happens outside of this vacuum-sealed world. For example, CEO Lisa Adams’ debut on HGTV’s “Million Dollar Closets” went off without a hitch. In under an hour, she assisted Kylie and Kendall Jenner plus their mom-ager Kris and fashion designer Whitney Port. In reality, the process was much longer.

“Custom closets take time,” Lisa says. From start to finish, the projects took 16 weeks — three to four weeks to finalize the design; 11-12 weeks to build and fabricate; and one to two weeks to install, organize and style the final closet. Luckily for Lisa, the process was simple.

“I had a great time working with Kris,” Lisa says of the Kardashian matriarch. “She sees the value in organization and designing a closet. She also values the closet space as sees it as a ‘living space,’ which is in line with my design philosophy.”

If you noticed, the shape of Kendall’s closet was unique. So, the challenge was opening up a rather narrow closet. For Lisa, this meant having to eliminate the vertical divider panels and create closets customized to the trapezoidal shape. By playing with angles, Lisa was able to make Kendall’s shelves look purposeful.

As for Kylie, Lisa installed a mirrored back panel at the end of the closet. This made the space look elongated rather than stunted. But this approach was unique for Kylie as Whitney Port needed a functional closet in the home she’s renting. Because of these circumstances, Lisa approached Whitney’s closet a little differently.

“We couldn’t break walls, so I was limited to some cosmetic changes that would transform her closet from ordinary to luxurious,” says Lisa, who added crown molding, changed drawer knobs, added a chandelier, took some cabinets to the ceiling to maximize the space, added glass dividers for her purses and much more. These are all simple and relatively inexpensive touches that most people can do to their own closets to take it up a notch, she says.

Lisa also recommends keeping your purses out of their dust bags! “Purses are usually difficult to organize because there is usually not enough space for them, and they are crammed on shelves,” she says. “But by keeping them in their dust bags, most people don’t even know or remember the purses they own.” Instead, Lisa usually opts for a customized purse display. She designs glass shelves (easy to clean) and doors to showcase each purse. This requires measuring the dimensions of the purses and noting their style (tote v. clutch v. chained purse). It’s a tedious task, but in the end, it’s like shopping in your own closet!

If you didn’t catch the premiere, set your DVRs and tune in to HGTV on June 12 at 11/10c for the repeat!

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