17 Apr 2016 58 comments

Designing A Dressing Area.


I promised I would give you a tour of my dressing area in due course, and I’ve finally managed to photograph it and even film a tour! Aren’t I good to you?

While I do have a whole chest of drawers to myself for all my clothes, I felt like I didn’t really have a place to put my favourite shoes and bags. They were always tucked away out of sight, either in our hallway cupboard or in little boxes I have set aside for accessories. I wanted somewhere I could display bits and bobs, something to busy up the room a little and show off my favourite belongings.

I thought Jordan might be a hesitant about my idea, but he was all for it – so we went for it! I researched some open shelves, browsed Pinterest and then came up with a plan.


So you can see in the below what the space was like before – it was just a very simple alcove, and it needed something. It looked quite odd being bare, so I decided to add shelves to the space to make a sort of display/open wardrobe.
I asked our joiner to add simple shelves to the space, and I bought a rail from Etsy to hang up too. It was quite simple to do, all in all. The trickiest bit was deciding what to put up there!

Since the shelves go up to the ceiling (maybe around 12ft high), it was hard to decide what to put where. I’d have to use the ladder to reach anything over the second shelf, so I left the other shelves more for decorating. Items I love but don’t wear everyday.
I decided to use the top shelf for a row of books, which turned out perfectly. I like the balance of the old and new.


There’s no doubt that I’ll change this space up regularly – it’s very personal and lively, and I know I’ll have a lot of fun rearranging new seasonal pieces with old favourites. I’ve also realised that I really need new shoes, how can a girl own so few pairs?! I’m determined to fill any gaps with pretty footwear.

It’s different, but the shelves have really breathed life in to the room. I’m so happy with the outcome!

What do you think of my open-plan wardrobe?

  • Oh hello hangers. Aren’t you bloody beautiful!! I’m a little obsessed with coat hangers at the moment as I just cleared out my wardrobe and I must have a million different styles. I need coat hanger uniformity!

    O dear God. What am I hanging on about?

    It really does look very lovely.

    Sophie xx

  • I saw this on your vlog and was so excited to see how you finished it! I love it, such a lovely space, and the rail is so useful!


  • emily couture

    This dressing area looks amazing! Love the hangers 🙂

    emily xx


  • I always love your interior post, very inspiring! Saving this up for future reference. (is this the shelf that your cat ended up on and had to use ladder to go down?)

    Selene Addicted

  • Your interior posts are always my favourite! Seriously it looks amazing, I’m already working out how I can do something similar!

    Jodie // jodieloue.com

  • Looks awesome! Somehow I can’t do this… not without an example to copy, lol.

  • Ah this looks amazing! X

  • Lucy Birchall

    The prettiest of spaces! So Pinterest worthy too, I love it! The gold hangers are beautiful and I love how uniformed they are! I bought some copper hangers from HAY aaaaaages ago, it was something stupid like 5 for £10, then a few months later Primark released some very similar ones for half the price. D’oh.
    I’d love to have my own little space like this, and no doubt my boyfriend would actually approve, seeing as all of my make-up/accessories/etc is just all over the flat! I agree that the balance of the old book at the top and then transcending down all the lovely shoes and books and accessories make a really personal space. Well done, for the billionth time Kate!

    She’s So Lucy

  • megsiobhan

    This is so darn gorgeous! I couldn’t achieve this, purely because things stay tidy for a few days and then that’s it…until I tidy it all up whenever I suddenly get an urge to!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  • Debi Heys

    Once again, I am still completely in love with your house. How much do you charge again?! Just kidding, I wish you’d transform my house though – everything is so beautiful and so aesthetically pleasing. Ah, so in love!
    Debi x

  • Love your little area, so stylish!


  • This is such a wonderful use of space, I love that you turned that little corner into such a beautiful area! The way you’ve presented everything is so pretty, and I love your coat hangers too!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • This all looks so nice, such a good use of the space! I love the backwards books at the top and the gold hangers especially!


  • Ashley Christabelle

    Really wished I had your talent when it comes to designing a room/space! Seriously in awe of all your rooms, girl!


  • Eva

    This looks lovely! Such a good use of space – your interior designing skills are amazing!


  • missgetaway

    Duh why does everything you make look so insanely beautiful? It’s not fair !!

    Love, Kerstin | http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • Becca

    Beautiful! Such a great idea to make a display out of a storage area xx


  • Absolutely loving it! It’s so Pinterest-y and perfect.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • Your wardrobe is stunning! I think it was such a neat idea to take advantage of that empty space and create something there to add more personality to the room.

    I’ll definitely be keeping this in mind once I move to my new house!


  • Girrrrrl this is some Pinterest-worthy inspiration right here! x


  • This is a wonderful idea! Looks so classy and chic, really lovely!
    Perfect photographs as well, the lighting and white background are perfect for showing your items.


  • Lizzie

    This is beautiful! Need to have this in my room, I especially need those gold hangers!

    Lizzie ♥ | Beaute.com

  • Talktomyshoes

    Your Prada is lovely with the scarf <3

  • Me

    Wow you really have made a difference, looks like a show room and brilliant for photo taking!

    Meme xx

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  • Oh my god your dressing area is goals. I want it all so badddddd <3

  • Hannah Apps

    This is such a beautiful idea and to make it personal as well is a great touch! Just brought my first house that has little alcoves so this has given me all the ideas!

    Hannah x

  • katey0787

    So beautiful! Just a tad jealous 😛

  • I wish I had your eye for home interiors, Kate; everything looks just right and so pretty and chic! x


  • Jen

    I love it! I’m impressed that you’re able to keep Mouse away from all of it! x


  • That looks amazing, I love open wardrobes and shelving, they’re great for storage and decorating!
    Also those hangers are lovely, the colour is perfect.

  • Oh gosh, your living space is absolutely gorgeous <3 Loving what you did with your dressing area 🙂 It's so pretty!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • M.

    I definitely love this idea!! I’ve realized that anything that is too tucked away never gets much use, and when you have such lovely accessories, why not make them part of the decor right? Loved it!



  • The Sunday Mode

    I so love this space, I wish my dressing area looked like that or even remotely like that. Everything is so neat, minimal and perfect.


  • That’s such a beautiful place! Would love to have my own dressing area, too bad I don’t have enough space where I live now. But who knows, maybe in the future 🙂 Very inspiring. Kisses,

  • I am in awe of your creativity! Seriously, this is gorgeous. I can’t wait until I have a home I can jazz up like this. I must ask — how do you clean the area? Anything I have displayed on my simple bookshelf gets so dusty and I’m not sure how to clean it w/o individually taking everything down and wiping it clean. Maybe an old-school feather duster? xx


  • I love how you used that bit of space!! Looks perfect.


  • Ooo! This looks gorgeous! I have inspiration now for my own flat now 🙂


  • Anna

    This is awesome, I really love what you did with this little space! Great work
    Anna From Italy


  • Callie M

    Im re doing my room and after seeing all your interior inspo and your flat I’m thinking about building shelves like these. Im also thinking about getting that mint green west elm dressing table. Im so lucky I found your blog Kate!! <3

  • Forever jealous of your high ceilings.
    I move in to my new place in two weeks and addicted to your blog at the moment because of all your interior inspiration.

    Chloë at chloeridout.blogspot.co.uk

  • LOVE this!! I want one!

  • Maggie

    This is wardrobe dreams! It looks amazing!


  • Oh my gosh how beautiful is your set up! I’m in awe. I’m so inspired to switch my dressing area around and give it a theme. Beautiful! xo


  • Ash

    So, like, do you want to come decorate my new apartment? Because I’m moving soon. I’ll feed you and let you cuddle my cats as payment! OMG, that’s so stunning.


  • *Stares at photos forever*


  • What a GREAT use of space! I love how you’ve color-coordinated everything. I absolutely love it!

  • Love what you have done. Looks incredible. Such great style. You have definitely inspired me for my new space. Thanks for this post


  • What an absolutely gorgeous space! So very envious x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • It’s so lovely and a great was to utilise space with 12ft ceilings (dreamy) love all the little person touches too

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Emily Austin

    Lovely! Something so simple has changed your space so drastically. It looks gorgeous and was such a great idea<3


  • elisha mae

    holy cow, how i wish i had the space to do this!!!

    elisha-mae I wear this?

  • Wow This looks gorgeous! And where on earth are those hangars from – they are gorgeous! Claire x

  • Wow it’s so beautiful! It looks like straight out of a store! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • shannon

    This space looks beautiful! I’d love to do something like this in my bedroom too, I love it! x


  • Stefanie Meier

    those gold hangers are everything

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin’

  • Danielle Parisi

    I love it!!! I’ve been working on some shoe storage for my new home and open shelves Like yours are stunning! Filled with pretty pairs of shoes 😍
    Danielle http://www.theroomalive.com

  • Such a clever idea using up that small space and making it look so gorgeous! BTW where is that beautiful pink bag with the hexagonal handles from?