By: Jacqueline Stafford
Who needs a bedroom when you can have a glamroom. What is a glamroom, you might ask? Let me define it for you.
Every fashionista fantasizes about having the ideal closet that is only seen on television shows, such as the Real Housewives. If you’re not a reality T.V. buff like me then just take a minute look at Lisa Vanderpump’s closet from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. You catching my heavy drift now? To refer to these glamorous rooms as “closets” is not only an understatement, but almost an insult. So, the term glamroom is only suitable, and will used throughout this post.
Now, most twenty-something year olds can keep on dreaming, because in actual reality a glamroom is just not in our budget. A glamroom is earned, case and point my mother’s glamroom. Who might I add is where I have inherited all my fabulosity from; even though I’m no where close to being on her level. She is still teaching me everyday about fashion and new makeup products, but I digress. My mom decided to convert the guest bedroom into her own personal glamroom; and why not if you have the space and own accessories equivalent to art? The reasonable thing to do is to display them properly, which they deserve. Would you put a Monet or a Picasso in a closet to gather up dust? NO! Obviously not. Well, I think the same should go for Jimmy Choo and Gucci.
Even though these items may not be among your personal collection of clothing and accessories, it’s all about the appearance. We can take some helpful ideas and tips from these customized rooms for our own bedrooms and wardrobes to make Marshalls look just as chic as Prada. Or close enough, anyway. For now, our bedrooms are a reflection of ourselves, so we should try to mimic these glamrooms as close as possible. The only difference being is a bed in the middle of the room instead of a jewelry showcase island. Organization is all in the details ladies, and that’s what a glamroom is about. It’s a specific formula. Merchandising your best pieces to be showcased to draw the eye in on items you want to be displayed. The rest is color coordinating, while also pairing similar styles together to look more appealing.
First, start by focusing on the storage for your accessories and clothes. This includes bin and basket organizers, display cases, cubbies, and clothing racks. In most glamrooms the majority of clothes are hung up, which makes it easier for you to see all your clothes to put together outfits. Bin organizers are great, but only use them for last seasons clothes as storage. Try to hang the items you get the most use out of, so you don’t have to pull apart every bin you have to find one shirt. If you don’t have the closet space you can purchase individual garment racks, like this one at a Bed Bath and Beyond, and make your life easier.
Consistency is big factor that comes into play. Most people over look the important role hangers play on the look of one’s closet. If you noticed in my mother’s glamroom the hangers are the same color and fabric.
NO WIRE HANGERS!
I hope everyone got the reference, (cough) Mommie Dearest. If you’re still clueless you should click out of this blog immediately. Back to the point. Having the same hangers throughout your wardrobe will give it a more sleek look. The hangers in my mother’s glamroom are a bit on the pricey side, but you can find basically the same velvet-like material hangers at any HomeGoods or Marshalls closest to you. I have to reiterate it’s all about consistency, and simplicity.
Simplicity, means having a clean look. This rule of simplicity tends to be more difficult to follow. You might be like me and get a little carried away with decorating ideas, and most times this can look like a clutter of nice stuff. Picking the items to display might be difficult. You don’t want to neglect certain pieces or items, but you can always change things around with each new season. Focus on neutrals such as white, black, or beige for the majority of your room. Also, silver furniture with glass accents can still give the classic look with a modern twist. Make these your main color schemes for your room and furniture, and then stick to one or two of your favorite colors to feature in the decore.
The reason you need to keep things simple is because each glamroom (or bedroom if it’s the case) should have sparkle. Shimmer and shine always trump over color, aesthetically that is. I know that I already mentioned HomeGoods, but I got to say most of their table lamps emulate the same glitzy effect. In general, a good tip I’ll give you is to stop in your nearest HomeGoods at least once a month. They constantly have new items in stock, and my favorite section to gauche at is their table lamps. The sparkle in my mother’s glamroom came from the breathtaking chandelier and crystal wall light fixture, which you can purchase on the following links.
Keep in mind not to overdo it on the bling. One or two pieces is really all you need. Once you finished off your room with some touches of sparkle and twinkle you can call it a day. Glamrooms are basically built-in home boutiques, but like I said it’s all about appearance. We can use glamrooms for ideas to make our own closets just as beautiful. Even though we might not have the funds to buy designer items that doesn’t mean we don’t love our thrift purchases just as much.
To sum it up, treat all your clothes as if they were expensive designer brands and put them on display.
Photo's of my Mother's Personal Glamroom