First up, meet South Australian fashion connoisseur Sonia Styling – The queen of sparkly and pretty leopard print outfits. Despite ruling the online space of fashion advice and styling, Sonia and her hubby have also cleverly renovated their very own dream home, including a master bedroom and wardrobe extension. So we kindly invited the queen of happy hour drinks to share her top tips to crafting her dream wardrobe. #soniastylinghappyhour
Can you give us some background on your current home?
We moved into our home – a 1900 symmetrical villa – five days after getting engaged in 2013. Safe to say it’s been a labour of love, as it was incredibly neglected. We took the original part of the house back to bare bones and replastered, repainted, recarpeted, re-everything basically!
We also put a new extension on the back, which included a walk-in-wardrobe that runs between our master bedroom and our ensuite. It’s not the biggest wardrobe in the world, and I could easily take over the entire space, but it seems to work OK for us!
What is your best advice for gals looking to design their own Oprah Winfrey walk-in wardrobe?
Always go bigger than you first think. Truly! Especially if you are designing it alongside your ensuite – believe me, your bathroom doesn’t have to be a huge space. Take up more real estate for your wardrobe than your ensuite.
Also, think about how you get ready and plan out your space accordingly. For me this is in the form of open shelving for tank tops, gym gear and jeans, and double hanging space for tops, skirts and dresses. It works well as it means I can see everything, which in turn means I wear everything.
What is the variance in His versus Hers space?
There’s no difference for us – we both have the same layout and amount of space. The only variance is that my side is much neater!
Is there anything in your current wardrobe you would change in terms of design?
The next item on my wish list for our walk-in-wardrobe is a shoe wall (my fancy term for open shelving). My poor shoes are currently stashed away in large plastic tubs. I’d like them to be on full display in all their glory… and so I also save myself time and frustration when trying to find the other shoe!
Introducing Brisbane’s fashion guru Nikki Parkinson of Styling You who’s swooning the State’s most iconic wardrobe which she share’s each day via her social media platforms.
So where does one store an Imelda Marcos shoe collection and frock rack bound to rival Kim Kardashian and her Dash shop combined?
We were intrigued, so have also kindly invited Nikki to share her top tips to designing (or renovating) a functional wardrobe fit for a queen of fashion.
Please give us some background on your current home and especially wardrobe. Have you needed to tailor the space to suit your Everyday Style?
We live in a Queenslander. Queenslanders are typically not blessed with abundant storage situations. There is a small but high walk-in robe in our bedroom (installed by previous owners), of which I take up a good proportion. I also house a lot in my office or “lady room” because clothes and accessories are a big part of my working life. I make use of the space we have and aim to keep my wardrobe contents well edited to fit everything.
For our readers planning to build or renovate their dream wardrobe, what are your best three tips before swinging a Miley Cyrus wrecking ball?
- Edit your current wardrobe first. If you do this before any planning – or demolishing starts – then you really do know what needs to fit in your wardrobe space and what types of clothing you have most of.
- Identify what types of clothing you have most of. For example, if you’re a lover of the maxi dress, you’re going to need more extra-long hanging space than someone who mostly wears shorts and tees. That person might need more shelving space.
- Think beyond your current needs. Too much storage space is never enough!
Do you believe there’s any hard-and-fast-rules to an appropriate height or size of shelving, hanging racks, shoe holes and His versus Hers space?
I don’t believe in any rules when it comes to clothes and storage of them. The His versus Hers space issue is one that is definitely an icebreaker at barbecues and dinner parties. I have one girlfriend who doesn’t let her husband in her wardrobe at all. His clothes are in another room.
When it comes to shelving and hanging racks, I think it comes back to my points above and will be different for each couple or individual. That’s the beauty of starting from scratch and being able to design storage to suit your needs – you don’t have to adapt and “make do”.
Are you a daily folder? How important is it to store your clothes neatly in your wardrobe for ease of wear?
I’m more a hanger than a folder. I love to see everything hanging there and organised into “types” and colours. I’ve switched to thin, flocked hangers so I can fit more into our space – best move ever.
So tell us DIYer, do you think a wardrobe could ever be too big?