With a mission to create wardrobe and storage spaces that balance functionality with aesthetics Lisa Adams founded LA Closet Design. Believing that wardrobes are the ultimate fashion accessory, she works hard to ensure each LA Closet Design project is customised to reflect the needs and style of the individual client. As a designer herself, Lisa can spot the potential in the often under-used and out of control space of a wardrobe, helping to calm the chaos of everyday life for her long list of clients including the world’s celebrity elite, from Khloe Kardashian to Ray Ramano. She believes that the closet should be a high functioning, natural extension of the home and an actual living space. Lisa talks to The LuxPad about her own home style and the most common mistake people often make with their closet space…
What were you doing before you created LA Closet Design?
I was a scientist working in a lab!
What is your most prized possession in your closet and why?
My Berkeley sweatshirt (I went to UC Berkeley for college and wear it with pride!) and my Celine black leather jacket (several instalment payments later!).
What are your top three tips for keeping a closet organised?
- Have a designated spot for everything in your closet;
- Integrate a hamper with laundry and dry cleaning liners in your closet;
- Edit and purge regularly so that there is space in the closet to be organised.
How would you describe your own interior style and what is your favourite feature of your home?
My personal interior style is contemporary with clean lines and feminine details. My current favourite feature in my home is the roof deck overlooking the mountain and valley. In a few months, my favourite feature will be my closet and dressing room!
Why do you think there has been such a rise in the popularity of walk-in closets over the last few years?
We have been talking about closets and dressing rooms for almost a decade, so it’s nice to see that people are crazy over them! Houzz, Pinterest and Instagram (social media, in general) have helped to promote the idea and get closet images pinning over and over again. Honestly, it’s an education and people didn’t realise the potential—the idea that you can do more than just cabinetry to create a beautiful dressing room.
Can you talk us through what a typical day looks like for you?
Every day is different, that’s for sure. I am designing, project managing, doing marketing, running to a photo shoot, organising/styling closets, sitting on the Advisory Council for the Dress for Success organisation, meeting with clients and potential clients…like a lot of people, I wish there were more hours in the day!
What has been your favourite ever project you have worked on since beginning LA Closet Design?
My all-time favourite project is a 3-story closet I designed in Bel-Air, CA. It was spectacular in design and in the material/finish selections. Imagine gold leaf cabinet details, spiral stair case, biometrics, a jewellery room, cosmetic refrigerators, a panic room…
What advice would you give to those who are looking to start their own design business?
I would tell those who are looking to start their own design business the following:
- Pay attention to the details and perfect them;
- Customer service is everything;
- Always be doing business development and networking – stay current.
Who would be your dream celebrity client to create a closet for and why?
Sarah Jessica Parker – the real life Sex and the City closet!
Kobe Bryant – I am a huge basketball fan, so it would be incredible to do a Hall of Famer’s closet!
What do you think are the most common mistakes people make when it comes to storage at home?
- Not editing/purging – simply carrying storage from one home to the next
- Not having an organisational system in place
- Not caring for storage properly.
Discover more about Lisa over at LA Closet Design.