How to create your own dream walk-in wardrobe

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I definitely wouldn’t be quite the fashion-lover if it weren’t for my favourite TV series, Sex and the City. It’s a bit cliche, but so what – watching Carrie Bradshaw unwrap gifts and purchases in her modest little NYC apartment and then step out onto the streets of the West Village ready to face the town was a serious inspiration for me. I think over the years my subconscious has been fixated on her character, and while I don’t quite live in The Big Apple just yet, there are so many aspects of what I’m doing right now that allow me to dream big, no matter how simple or extravagant the little gift-wrapped parcels that arrive at my doorstep may be.

As anyone who has followed my Snapchat for a long time will know, I pretty much lose it over two scenes from the first Sex and the City film. First, when Carrie plays dress-up in her apartment in front of her girl squad, and then when Big builds her the master closet in their new penthouse. (AAAAGGGGHHHHH!!!!)

Back to reality!!! Ok, I don’t own a New York City penthouse, and I don’t have an unlimited interior decorating budget. However, I do have a genuine lust for fashion and it would be sad to build a collection of outfits and accessories and then just stuff them in an old wardrobe! So this year I gave my husband the good news that I was taking over our guest bedroom (sorry guests!!!), and–with some elbow grease and a couple of thousand dollars–I built my dream walk-in wardrobe.

The guest room before photo. It had an old built in that Scott had to pull down. (Thank god for a handyman hubs!)

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Above: We also painted the walls and ceiling base white

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Here is the finished product! Grizzly is happily chilling out on the floor in his new room. Lantern from Ikea for $69.

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Finally we put in four dimmable 16w bright white LED down lights, to give it that real showroom feel

Thank you all so much for reading! I hope it gives you some tips for a little project!
 

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  1. Britta on April 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Ash!!! This looks soooo amazing! Love How much thought you out into it! Such great inspo for my next wardrope make-over!
    And who does not love Thise scenes from SATC?!!

  2. Simi on April 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Ashley, this wardrobe is WOW! When I have converted my loft, I am stealing some of these ideas! x
    http://www.whiitelist.com

  3. Deasy Noel on April 11, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I absolutely love your closet! It looks so great and definitely a dream closet. I love the white floors and the sunglasses table, and the rows of shoes!!

    http://www.deasynoel.com

  4. Raysa Garcia on April 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    This is AH-MAZING, Ashley! Thanks for the tips.
    Have a great week ahead, babe.
    – Raysq

  5. Bee on April 11, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Love SATC. I’m always “Carried” away when I have the episodes and movies on rerun. Your closet looks spectacular, well done! These are super handy tips and I’ll definitely look back on this when I build my dream wardrobe. XxBee

  6. Carmel on April 11, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    This is soooo amazing. You say it was done on a budget, but it looks a million bucks!!!

  7. Kim Frick on April 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Not gonna lie, I am totally jealous! Enjoy it all!

  8. Erica on April 11, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    ASH!!! I have been dying for a walk in closet and one day i WILL have it!!! you just pumped me up even more!!! THis looks so so GOOD. Scott did a fantastic job so did the helps and with all your decorating skills it’s perfect!!! you are truly so creative and have such a great eye for style!!! Love ya Ash!!!

  9. Tina on April 11, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    This is absolutely amazing, you nailed my dream closet!!! Enjoy, and I can’t wait to catch glimpses on the old Snapchat!!! xxx

  10. Kim on April 12, 2016 at 12:37 am

    You did such a great job planning and styling everything babe! Love it! Thanks for all the tips and for being an inspiration to all of us! xx

  11. AikA ❤︎ on April 12, 2016 at 1:02 am

    OMG! This is insane, Ash!!!! You are such a lucky girl that your husband let you use the guest room for your dream walk in closet!! You are already living in a movie, babe! I’d love to know around how much did you spend on for this make over, if you don’t mind me asking!!!!

    I seriously need to plan to visit you in Australia so that I could take a look at your whole house!! I can’t wait for the day to come! <3

    xo from Seattle,
    AikA❤︎

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  12. Annabel on April 12, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Absolutely amazing!!!! I love this so much Ashley!! Great post too 🙂

  13. Agnes on April 12, 2016 at 3:17 am

    So pretty Ashley! I would just sit down there and looking at your clothes all day. Enjoy sweet girl

  14. Ashleigh DMello on April 12, 2016 at 4:44 am

    ASH! I could not be more obsessed with this!!! I was watching the progress on Snapchat and the final product is AMAZING! Jealous is an understatement … haha. I have already showed my boyfriend what I must have 😉 You’ve absolutely nailed what every girl should have!

    Ashleigh x
    http://www.ashleighdmello

  15. michaela on April 12, 2016 at 8:27 am

    closet heaven <3

  16. Nessa on April 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    OMG ASH ! That dressing !! Totally in love and you all did an amazing job !!
    We also made ourselves everything in our new appartement and it was a looot of work, every evenings, every weekends but now we are so happy with it !
    I also wanted a room to make a dreamy dressing but after we thought that we maybe had to keep it for a “future ” baby ahah
    But in the next home we will definitely do one !
    Loved this post babe ! ♥

  17. Katherine Valdivieso on April 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Omg, this is incredible babe!!!! Great way to have a dream closet on a budget. You did and amazing job 🙂

    Xo

  18. Helen-Jayne on April 12, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Ashley, I BLOODY loved this snapchat, I was glued to my phone, nudging Chris “Babe, look at this wardrobe, so easy to make” wink wink haha! Such a great post, and love the hat wall. All mine are squashed and struggle to get them back to it’s original shape so that has definitely given me some inspo.

    So many girls will be swooning over your pieces, I definitely am!

    http://www.bohotailor.com

  19. emily on April 13, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    This is the most amazing closet ever! So in love! I am actually in the process of building a new house.. complete with GIANT walk in closet! I have shown my husband this post so he knows exactly what I am after when it comes to the design… complete with plenty of Chanel of course!! hehe
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

  20. Shirley on April 13, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Hey hey hey! I cannot help myself and dying for this! having a walkin closet like this is my dream and goal! You did a perfect job Ashley! words cannot describe I love this design and your fashion items????

  21. Erin on April 14, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Wow! This has been a project I’ve been wanting to do but been putting off in my own guest room because I didn’t know how to achieve it. Major inspo right here. I may need to copy you exactly. You are so crafty and your wardrobe is just insane. WOW! I need to play dress up in your closet ASAP and I need to shopping even sooner after seeing this. AMAZINGGGGGG babe!!! Wow. Wow. Wow. Love how you designed this. xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

  22. Konstantina on April 14, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    that’s PERFECTION
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

  23. Carina on April 14, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    WOW! Your wardrobe is amazing, you did an awesome job!

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

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  25. Vlada on April 15, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Oh my god!

    Just amazing wardrobe)
    Thank you for sheare with us!

    Which warderobe area?

    http://vladabush.blogspot.com

  26. Jennifer on April 15, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Really wishing I had my own house right now so I could do the same! This is seriously a dream walk-in wardrobe!

    Jen
    http://www.tnightwedream.com

  27. Chukkieakl on April 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Amazing? Well done guys, your walk-in is to die! I love that you went with all white, the shoe shelving is the best?

  28. Ina on April 17, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Ash, this is absolutley amazing! And it’s so SATC! Love your walkin closet like crazy! Will you let me move in?
    Love…Ina

  29. Jetta and mom on April 20, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Loving this wardrobe so much! My friend and I have been drooling over it ever since you posted. We keep going back to look at all the photos. So in love. Congratulations on it xoxo Jetta and mom

  30. Jamie on April 20, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Great idea! love the look of your walk in wardrobe! i hope that I can make mine too 🙂

    xx Jamie| With Love, Jamie

  31. Michelle Ong on April 21, 2016 at 4:54 am

    THIS IS THE DREAM!!!!! <33333333 Can't wait to get my own when I moved into a house next time, and I know whose post to look for hehe

  32. Fiona {TheChicItalian} on April 24, 2016 at 10:08 am

    This looks absolutely perfect Ashley!
    I have a pretty small walk-in closet but still it feels so much more organized than a normal closet plus now you have a way better overview of what you actually have haha.

  33. Sammy on April 25, 2016 at 9:28 am

    OMG I wish I could do the same to my spare room. Too bad I’m renting and I only live in a 2 bedroom unit. But you did an amazing job – it looks great. ??????

  34. Yvette on April 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Babeeeee I am drooling over this make over!!! Your giving me some serious walk in inspo…. Time to get liam to work!!! Lol xxx

  35. ~Tha~Golden~Lady~ on April 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Best, simple and affordable walk-in closet I’ve ever seen yet !
    Great job ! Defnitely my got-to post as soon as I get the space to build one… Thank YOU for that ! :)x
    http://www.thagoldenlady.com

  36. Tobias Armstrong on May 9, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    I really liked how you painted the floor white. I feel like it made a big difference as far as how big the room feels, and white is such a cool color for making things feel minimalist. I feel like building a custom wardrobe in a very similar way would be a great way to open up my own personal closet. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Samantha on May 11, 2016 at 12:30 am

    ASH ! I actually keep showing all my friends this post. I MEAN DREAM CLOSET ! Will be keeping this in mind when I finally get a new closet !

    Samantha

    http://www.rapunzille.com

  38. Theoni on May 12, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    This is so unreal love it so much!! Hope one day I will have my own ???
    http://Www.somethingvogue.com

  39. Amber Peebles on May 30, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Awesome job! How many coat hangers (roughly) did you need for this space? Do you remember? xx

    • Miss Gunner on June 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Hehehe thank you babe!!! I had like 250 white wooden hangers and 100 clip ones for shorts and another 150 hangers for pants!! Lol it’s cheaper to buy in bulk!!!???

  40. Melanie May on April 5, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Ash, your wardrobe is an absolute dream and definitely rivals Carrie’s!! I’m saving this blog for my own walk-in wardrobe (one day) xx

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