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California Closets

The words “closet” and “aesthetics” are rarely seen in the same sentence. Traditionally, closets are dark, cramped, overstuffed spaces that we close the door to and forget about.  However, closets have a bad rap!  Let’s give them more attention and treat custom closets just like any other room in a house, beautifully. Your closet doesn’t need to be the one room in your home that is neglected just because its door can be shut.

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Vintage trunks, leather-bound books, a granny square quilt, Chinese Checkers and a paddle as a curtain dowel! 

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A backlit display for your shoes? A glass display for your purses? Why not treat yourself to actually SEEING what’s in your closet ala a high-end and luxe boutique. How novel! 

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Whether a grand foyer or a simple mudroom, entryways need to serve as both a launch pad when we’re leaving and a landing strip when we get home.  From boots and shoes to coats, wallets, keys and more, smart and efficient entryway storage provides a perfect place for nearly everything. Personally, I like entryways to be uncluttered, bright an airy. They set the tone for the house and welcome guests to your curated environment. Use architect’s diagonal lines in a staircase, or an artist’s abstract print to your advantage by echoing the sentiment in your storage options.

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This slate floored entryway uses natural materials like wood paneling and even logs. It screams modern-day lumberjack or lumberjill!

You’ve probably seen Samantha’s luxury walk-in closet in The Sex and the City Movie, or a tricked-out celebrity closet on MTV’s “Cribs”. Brilliant thought: Why didn’t MTV have a “Pimp My Closet”?  Justbecausee we might be “normies”, non-celebrities and non-fictional characters, does not preclude us from have a  pleasant to the eyes, as well as ultra-organized, storage space. Let’s take, for example the following closet organizers.

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If given unlimited resources, what is the first thing you would change about your closet? My ceilings are short and my gowns and maxi dresses actually touch the floor and collect dirt! It’s something I would love to fix.

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In my dream life, I would have a craft room and laundry area that looked like this, replete with cashmere stoles. 

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Meet & Greet – Sylvie

Sylvie is the girlfriend of a work colleague of mine. She also happens to be a budding girl crush. This is based on a bevy of reasons, not the least of which is her ability to rock thick frames ala a Warby Parker advertisement, our shared love of Bengal kitties, and her penchant for purple hair as if it were an organic coiffure color. Friendships have been built on less. Although her day job is involves publishing, her superhero power is actually photography. An unnamed baby name site also tells me that the name Sylvie is a variant of a latin name which means “forest” – so I feel like there’s also something elvish and deep to be said there…

Photographer, Literary Agent, and Cat-lover. Meow!

Name: Sylvie Rosokoff
Location: New York, New York
Job: Associate Director of Foreign Rights at a literary agency by weekday, 
Photographer extraordinare by weekend
Age: 28

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Let’s get to know the woman who dons a floral crown as naturally as if she were Lana Del Ray, or an actual wildflower patch in Norway.

EAT: I love Candle 79 on the Upper East Side for their all-vegan menu, especially the brunch choices–their BBQ seitan sandwich is my favorite way to kick off Sunday afternoon. Closer to home, I visit Spiga on the Upper West Side as often as I can for some of the best homemade pastas I’ve ever tasted, and amazing service to boot.

Photographer, Literary Agent, and Cat-lover. Meow!

SEE: I want to explore more of Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights; I recently shot a wedding there, and its quirky architecture and multicolored foliage were almost an autumn cliché–in the best possible way! Also, the old photobooth in the lobby of the ACE Hotel in “NoMad,” a newly-named neighborhood north of Madison Ave, where I work. It takes credit cards!
 
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Babies, dancing, rococo architecture, cookies and ribbons.

SHOP: Greenwich Letterpress in the West Village for paper products; Adorama in the Flatiron District for camera gear and rentals. 
 
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Which do you prefer: the city, the mountains or the beach?  

DO: Reading for work and pleasure; walking with no destination in mind, usually accompanied by comedy podcasts; scouting locations and brainstorming ideas for future photoshoots.
 Photographer and Cat-lover. Meow!

The Sun, The Snow, The Clouds, The Bricks. Bricks are a form of weather, no?

INSPIRE: When I showed a colleague my photos from a recent work trip, he said “I don’t remember London as being that colorful, but now I will!”  THAT’S what inspires me! I want to show everyone little things, probably colorful things, they otherwise would have missed. 
 
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Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Icarus, my polydactyl bobtail bengal cat, who’s the subject of many a photo these days and who looks dashing in a bow tie. 

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In conclusion, Sylvie is wildly talented and should absolutely be hired as your next professional photographer – even if the shoot is simply mundane – she will find the details which make the world radiant. 
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Joseph Cornell

Working with found objects, pages from old books, and dime-store trinkets, self-taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) transformed everyday materials into extraordinary universes. By collecting and carefully juxtaposing his treasures in small, glass-front boxes, this pioneering artist invented visual poems exploring themes as varied as the constellations, the romantic ballet, historic figures, glamorous movie stars, sheet music, and bird habitats.

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Joseph Cornell was not a sculptor, a draftsman, or a painter. This internationally renowned modern artist never had professional training. He was first and foremost a collector. He loved to scour old book shops and secondhand stores of new York looking for souvenirs, theatrical memorabilia, old prints and photographs, and French literature. He was a kind of magician, turning everyday objects into mysterious treasures.

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Cornell’s shadow boxes were nostalgic, strange, thought-provoking and mesmerizing. He roamed New York City’s second-hand stores and five-&-dime stores to purchase his materials. You can easily make your own mixed media display using everyday items such as empty spools, tiny plastic toys, bottle tops, stamps, exposed film, corks, twigs, driftwood, acorns, buttons, marbles, beads, feathers, string, and yarn. Honestly, any accoutrement will do as long as it is imbued with purpose by placement.

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You can also try your hand at crafting a masterful vignette through The Joseph Cornell Box book. Neal Benezra, Director of SFMOMA says, “For anyone who is as enchanted as I am with the work of Joseph Cornell, this book is an absolute must…” and Jonathan Safran Foer explains, “Give this book to someone you love. Give it to yourself. Its magic will work on anyone.”