Story by Amanda Wells
Photos by James Patterson
While the saying goes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, we’re big believers that a well-planned, organized closet chock full of gorgeous things ranks right up there, too. That simple fact makes London Simpson of Jackson, Mississippi one very lucky girl.
When London and her husband Joseph bought their Fondren home, they set out to make it work, and work well, for their family, consisting of a very stylish mom and dad and four young daughters. An addition to the top of the Simpsons’ bathroom would soon become one of London’s favorite aspects of the home – her closet. “I really wanted a place for myself,” says London. “A place to sort of get away and make getting dressed a treat.”
London enlisted the help of her friend and interior designer Matt Nicholas, who brought the home’s Continental European style into the closet. While closets are often one of the most utilitarian rooms, Matt managed to make London’s luxurious, stylish, welcoming and functional at the same time.
One thing London knew she wanted was an abundance of mirrors and an island in the center of the space. Matt incorporated a mirror-topped island that’s accented with the crystal Madeleine Chandelier by Niermann Weeks. On the island sits London’s collection of art deco perfume bottles on vintage Murano trays. London’s perfume collection consists of various scents, her favorite being Cartier and Chanel’s Mademoiselle, which only emphasizes the French vibe found throughout. Family photos in refurbished vintage frames by Marie Nicholas Curtis personalize the space.
The space is made inviting with a built in mini bar, a shearling rug and a place to take a load off. A stunning Queen Anne style mirror accents the antique painted and gilded French chair. The entire closet is kept light and bright with strategically placed lighting and Benjamin Moore’s “buttercream” paint.
It’s no secret that a beautiful closet is nothing without the goods – clothes, shoes and accessories, of course. London’s favorite, her collection of handbags, is displayed prominently in glass front cabinets. “I love my bags,” says London of her collection of Luis Vuitton, Chanel and Celine.
Jordan Conn, buyer of Forty Four Fifty, helps London with her wardrobe and with the organization of her closet. Jordan describes London’s style as “modern with a splash of bohemian edge.” Jordan says that a well-organized closet helps you see what you have and what you need.
“Every woman should have a plain white tee, a chunky sweater, black coated or leather pants, skinny jeans, a black and a white silk tank, booties and a little black dress in her closet,” says Jordan.
To prevent wearing the same thing over and over again, Jordan recommends color-coordinating clothes by category, cleaning out old clothes you don’t wear, and decluttering so you can see what clothes you actually have. “This makes getting ready a much less stressful process when your closet is organized,” she says. “Plus, you won’t be buying as many unnecessary items.”