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We've gotten several emails lately from readers asking for us to post photos to help inspire on all sorts of subjects and I thought I'd take a stab at one of them today. We received this email from Harpa: "I was wondering if you have any pictures showing an open closet or some clothing rails in a bedroom? I'll be redoing my bedroom soon (when my littlest one gets his own room) and I want to have a small rail out in the open for some of my nicer clothes, or to organise my work clothes for the week. Some inspirational pictures would be very helpful :)" To my surprise I had a hard time finding photos in my stash for this one but I was intrigued to find some because I hope to redo my dressing room in the near future (how long have I been saying that? LOL) and my father is trying to convince me to have everything exposed (except maybe a bin or drawers for unmentionables). I've included some photos that feature something other than bars or open closets to give some other ideas for exposing clothing as well (ie. round rack, hooks, cute armoire whose doors could be removed).

Bolig Magasinet Hus & Hem
Beach Studios Bolig Magasinet
Ulrika Ekblom Tori Golub
Adriano Bacchella Hus & Hem
Country Home Derek Swalwell
vtwonen Alexander Gorlin Architects

Selina Lake
AT Casa
Bolig Magasinet
Sköna hem
me melodia
Bolig Magasinet
Jordi Canosa
Marie Claire Maison
Marie Claire Maison

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Reader Comments (19)

a muffin basket for you! i was trying to figure out how to display my collection of vintage dresses and now i have some very lovely options! :)

21 Jan 2010 | Unregistered Commenterboops

OH wow! I love these so much! I have an open closet right now and I was trying to figure out some glass doors or something like that to leave clothes exposed. This is fabulous inspiration Kim.

The styling, the color-coordinating, the arranging or the shoes, the way something so commonplace as a closet actually integrates itself to the style and d├ęcor of a bedroom! it's fascinating.


21 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNuit

The pictures are perfect! Open and yet clean looking... I was forced to take out my shoes, accessories and scarves due to limited space we have in our apartment. I put them along the hallway, check my post about it thru this link

All the best! xx

21 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTuesday

Pictures are beautiful, but I will disapoint You all a little bit. I have open closet and there is one realy big problem. All black clothes are overlapsing with dust. You must clean everything before wearing :(

21 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBaiba

I love the scarves hanging on the post! I was planning to hang some hooks in my bedroom for my scarf collection, but now I want a rod. cool.

21 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAppleTree

I just thought it was about time to thank you for your fantastic blog. I've been "addicted" since last summer, but have never left a comment. Your desire to inspire is certainly an understatement. Sometimes I almost do not dare to visit your blog, as I get frustrated that I don't have the time to realize all my ideas that I get from the blog. However, all the best in future for the two of you and keep going... :)
Thank you!
Marie/Barbro Stockholm

Tuesday, your scarves and boots look great in the hallway - like art!
Baiba, good point. I'd also have to worry about cat hair. :S
Thanks Marie!!

21 Jan 2010 | Registered CommenterKiM

So many pretty spaces! I've wanted to do something like the long branch before, but was going to paint it glossy white and use walnut stained wooden hangers. I'm swooning over the thought even more-so, now. The problem is that we have more closets than we know what to do with and my husband would never go for it! Although, like Kim, I do have grand plans for a dressing room. :)

21 Jan 2010 | Unregistered Commentererin lang norris

How often do you NOT hear "we have more closets than we know what to do with"......I gotta say Erin that I'm kind of hating you right now.

21 Jan 2010 | Registered CommenterKiM

I love all these open closets. It's always so cool to be able to display the clothes we become so obsessed with. I love your blog, it's wonderful.

21 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam

The rack of vintage coats in the entry space is divine!!

21 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTara

That is a daunting challenge... and I think most of the choices highlighted prove that. Although the Rhoda Morgenstern solution was a blast from the past.

I hope my suggestion is useful, because it sounds very much as if a practical solution, rather than a picturesque tableau, is needed. Boutiques. There is no better place to see more clothes tastefully displayed in easy-to-access forms. The managers will know where the hardware was found. Who doesn't walk into a clothing store and wish that ordinary people can have that revolving circle thingy? Well -- why shouldn't we? (Frankly, with so many stores going out of business right now, picking up display racks should be pretty darn easy... or is that just Portland?)

My personal favorite -- from life -- was the slightly reconfigured five-foot headboard of a fancy brass bed. It was set on hinges that swung out from the closet, where it took the place of the door. There were a few equally wow! brass hooks running down the closet's trim. Very cool.

22 Jan 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

Probably only works if you have lovely clothes...

22 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia

Thank you thank you thank you so much! I've been looking for inspiration everywhere, and I ask you for help and you find all these great pictures! If your desire is to inspire, your dream must have come true :)
Oh, and I think the first one is my favorite, although I do adore the wooden branch one too.

22 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHarpa

always love your posts. Loving the open display of clothes ideas.

23 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

love your blog!

i'm a pro organizer in nyc and wanted to show you the open closet i created with the the boutique inspiration oregonbird was talking about.
click here :O)

24 Jan 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

lovely! I really like the idea of having the clothes displayed out of the closet!

25 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

anybody know what the black desk chair is in the skona hem picture?

28 Jan 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

I like all these open closets , unfortunately I have two cats and I can't expose my clothes.

3 Dec 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Hudson

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