Luxe Factor

Designing dreamy dressing rooms.

Designing a luxurious dressing room begins with a simple question, say Alex Deringer and Courtney Cox, owners of interior design firm Ivy Lane and boutique Ivy Lane Living in Alexandria: How does the client live?

For a McLean woman who had recently relocated from Manhattan, “Something important was having a cocktail in the evening, so we ended up putting in a wine bar,” says Deringer. “Personalizing things like this makes the experience that much better.”

Deringer and Cox also used pulls and knobs encrusted with Swarovski crystals created by one of the client’s favorite jewelry designers, mirrored doors—which reflect light and add a note of glamour—and individual shoe boxes labeled with photos. “The space became her sort of getaway and boudoir,” says Cox.

Clear Lucite chairs provide a comfortable space to sit, a hanging light fixture makes the space feel moody and dramatic, and a neutral palette provides a clean backdrop for the wide range of colors in the client’s wardrobe.

“Lighting is fundamental,” say Deringer and Cox. Too much is unflattering, and too little can result in confusing darker shades of clothing. They suggest adding sconces to spread light, and hanging them at eye level.

Other tips for upping the luxe factor include using hangers of the same material—all wooden or Lucite—to create a clean, well organized look. The designers also recomend softening custom cabinetry with curtains and wallpaper, and, for the very well-appointed dressing room, installing a small makeup sink and vanity. IvyLaneLiving.com

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