Saturday, February 4, 2012

Closet Couture by Design Chic, DC

Of all of the room design and functionality, 'Couture Closets' are a DesignChic favorite.  From the details to the construction DesignChic will take your redesign your closet, taking it from standard to couture.  My passion for design, architecture, styling, fashion, organization, decor and overall perfection is what has driven me towards creating couture closets.

DesignChic will hold your hand every step of the way.  We begin with one of the most critical services, the Closet Cleanse.  The mission of DesignChic’s Closet Cleanse is to organize and un-clutter your wardrobe, allowing you to shop from within and re-invent a more fabulous you!  

Our Closet Cleanse entails taking inventory of every piece on your wardrobe, selecting which items are the correct size, what is in style/current and what you are emotionally attached to.  Once everything is recorded, we will go through and pull the pieces that you no longer wear - from there we will decide what can be put up for resale (with Lulu Bella Boutique) and what items should be donated. * 

After the cleanse has been completed, we will review design styles, colors, layouts and decor/furniture so you can pick your favorite styles and create the closet of your dreams.  I will then create a blueprint/design concept custom designed for you.  Upon approval of the overall concept, we will start the makeover.  

DesignChic has close relationships with vendors, designers, custom builders and millwork companies which allows us to bring in the best of the best to create your couture closet.  Any outside contractors are handpicked and have had a relationship with my business (and/or my family's custom home building business) and have a track record of excellent work and trust to do the job right.  

Weather you are looking to hire DesignChic as a personal organizing service (for closet, home office, bedroom, etc), for a closet cleanse session & consignment company, as a consultant for design and decor concepts or for the complete couture closet overhaul; we do it all.  'Nothing less than perfection' is the phrase that DesignChic is built upon and is the definition of what DesignChic will provide to you.

DesignChic Services:
* Consultation
* Personal Organization
* Design/Decor Planning
* Closet Cleanse
* Consignment/Re-Sale
* Interior redesign (outsourced, as needed)
* 'Do it Yourself' Consultation Packages
* Couture Closet Design
* Couture Closet Overhaul
      (additional services are available, feel free to contact me with any questions)

* Lulu Bella Boutique: As the founder of Lulu Bella Boutique, I have years of experience in the world of high end resale/consignment.  When doing a closet cleanse you will finally be able to see all of those pieces you no longer wear that are still in like new condition, things you wore maybe once or twice and even items with the tags still attached.  

If you choose consignment with Lulu Bella Boutique, you will be able to turn all of those unworn pieces into cash back into your pocket!  Once we complete the consignment agreement, we will throughly inspect your merchandise for any flaws, items are then priced, photographed, integrated into the marketing plan and posted to Lulu Bella's website for sale (  

Once your item(s) sell,  you will receive a percentage of the final sale price (ranging from 20% - 45%, depending on the condition and value of the item).  For those items that you would like to donate or items that are not in resale condition we will provide you with charity options looking for donation.  As a courtesy, Lulu Bella will record the item values so you are able to claim the donation amount as a tax deduction.

Visit Lulu Bella Boutique and peruse our inventory of luxury, new and resale designer items

DesignChic Couture Closet Inspiration

Hopefully now you have some ideas and inspiration to give your closet a facelift.  For a closet, design or consignment consultation, feel free to contact me!

Kathryn Leas

3 Clutter-Busting Concepts

Turn Clutter Into Storage and Decor Solutions
By Joyce Bautista

These three key steps will get you on your way to making order in your home using basic everyday items.

1. Contain  - Enough storage space is, of course, the Holy Grail of any household. But solutions to the problem are probably littering your closets and cupboards right now. Use monochromatic boxes, wooden crates, berry baskets, and empty jars to stash anything from mementos to old files, paper clips to dried spices.

2. Repeat  - Transform stray containers or collectibles into a decorative tableau by clustering like objects. Consistency produces a neater look than a random assembly doesand while one or two may look arbitrary, a group looks like art.

3. Repurpose  - Although your lidless sugar bowl and your wobbly chair no longer serve their original purposes, they're far from useless. You can eke a second life out of idle treasures by assigning them new functionsand, in so doing, add style to the surfaces they grace.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Clever Storage Ideas

Storage is a challenge for everyone.  Regardless if you are living in a mansion or a one bedroom apartment, you have clutter and need clever, creative storage solutions whenever possible.  

RealSimple Magazine has come up with some clever storage ideas that can help you reach your organizing goals.  

1.  Organize your drawers by using boxes to seperate all of your stuff.   I suggest using boxes you already have, shoe boxes work great!  You can also purchase these mesh drawer organizers from Container Store
Once you get those messy drawers organized, finally everything will have a place and be easy to find!  You can use this organizing idea in any drawers you may have.  

2. Use Command Hooks for almost anything - I use them to organize my fiances hats, to hang jewlery the wall next to my mirror, to organize my hangable bags/purses and to manage the dogs various collars and leashes.

I began using clear mini command hooks to hang/display my jewelry because I was running out of space in my jewelry drawer/box.  I have about 8 small hooks staggered which hold various pieces that I wear on a regular basis.  For those pieces that are delicate I hang them inside their bags - yes, you will see tons of Tiffanys bags on my wall.

You know when you look through magazines or see photos of all of those perfectly organized, flawless homes.  We all pin those photos or fold down the magazine page just hoping that one day we will get our kitchen, bedroom or closet to look like the one in the picture.  But when it comes down to it - you just can't find the time or energy to do it.