Thursday, March 8, 2012


I'm thrilled to have Debby from Inspired Design guest post today on our Closet Confidential series. Inspired Design is one of my favorite daily reads-Debby brings her passion for interior design and an infectious joie de vivre to her posts that is simply captivating. I know that Debby's closet is going to be stylish and full of charm, just like her!

What are the 5 essential clothing items in your closet?_________

1.  My Kate Spade handbag
2.  My Tiffany key necklace
3.  J. Crew pea coat
4.  Brown leather riding boots
5.  Dark wash jeans

The one thing in my closet that I should get rid of but just can part with___________

I have a nubby old sweatshirt that I can't part with. I lounge around the house in it and it's just too comfy to throw out.

Describe your perfect outfit__________________________

First and foremost it has to be comfortable.  My go-to daytime outfit is a pair of dark wash jeans, a cute blazer or jacket, pretty scarf, and ballet flats.

For a casual dinner out this same outfit can be dressed up by swapping the ballet flats for a great pair of heels and trading the scarf for a chunky necklace. 

There’s always room in my closet for_____________

I have a soft spot for cute jackets, scarves, and flats. 

My dream closet would include_____________

I have wanted to wallpaper my closet forever!  It would have a beautiful leaning wall mirror and a fancy chandelier!
I’ve kept_______________hoping (it would fit, it would come back in style, sentimental)

I've kept jeans that are too small that in the hopes that someday I'll be able to squeeze comfortably back into them. 

I never have enough_____________________

Shoes or handbags. 

Designer closet envy would be_____________________

Spacious with built ins and an ottoman would be a dream! 

Neat or messy?________________________

Neat (at the moment)!

My latest addition to my closet is________________________

The last item I bought was a classic black lace pencil skirt and tailored crisp white blouse from Talbots. 

The last thing I got rid of was__________________________

I just had to throw out a sweater whose best days had gone by.  

Extra shelves or extra hangers?_________________________

I would like extra shelves but unfortunately don't have any so I will have to settle for hangers.
You would be surprised I have/don’t have______________________

One thing I can't believe I don't have is a classic trench coat.  I hope to fix that this spring.

I have an extensive collection of_________________________

Preppy blouses mostly from J Crew and Anthropologie. Plaid, gingham, plain white... you name it! 

Your organizational motto is_________________________

When it gets messy enough it's time to clean out the closet.  I have actually gotten really great about donating things I don't wear.  

What do you like about your closet?______________________

I love that it's a walk-in and I don't have to share it.

What would you change?_____________________

I would like some built in organization. Shelves, sweater drawers, and shoe racks.

Best closet tip for organization_______________________

If you haven't worn an item for 6 months then you are more than likely not going to.  Donate it. 

Right now your closet is in a state of ______________

It's neat at the moment but I am in desperate need of some new duds! 


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for having me, Barbara! It was a lot of fun!! xoxo

The enchanted home said...

I love Debby too....and this was a load of fun. I share a lot of Debbys views when it comes to closets and what is needed to have a well functioning one.
Like her I have tons of J Crew button downs in many shades of gingham and too many sweaters from them to count. Love the line......great job to both of you!

miss b said...

I've just popped over from Inpired Design - great post! I definitely agree about donating clothes not worn for a while - immediately creates some order (and space for new ones!!)although I do hang on to a few very special items!

Karena said...

Barbara thank you for featuring Debby, she is such a doll and I agree with everything. We have a lot in common as far as wardrobe style.

Art by Karena

Splendid Sass said...

Great interview, Debby! I love my "too small" jeans too! They are patiently waiting.
Happy Thursday.

kelly said...

you have great collection of Handbag designs and shoes.
I feel you have big store of accessories

Splenderosa said...

Isn't it amazing how a new outfit just sends us to the moon. And wearing it for the 1st time. Definitely do not hang on to old styles (I have & I regret), they just clutter up the closet, well except for a beautiful ball gown, maybe. Take them to a resale shop. But, I know I would spend the $$ to make my closet organized just for me. xx's

CDS said...

What a fun fun read! I agree if you haven't worn something in 6 months---get rid of it!! :)

Donna in Potomac said...

Debby's black lace pencil skirt and white blouse would look cute with Dolce and Gabbana's "Miley" lace ballet flats. However, at $475 it's probably better to wait till someone cleans their closet and sells them on eBay next year :)

Leslie said...

Debby is so sweet - truly an inspirational girl! Great interview and can't live without those j crew basics :)

Stitchfork said...

Debby is always inspiring! Great interview
xo Cathy


Love Debby! And of course I love her closet and wardrobe. She's so stylish. :) xoxo

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Love Debbie! We share a lot of the same favorite lines in clothing. I would love to wallpaper my closet.

classic • casual • home said...

Love all the color...
Debby always seems like such a positive person. I could use some new clothes, too!

Davidjqff said...

Thanks so much for having me, Barbara! It was a lot of fun!! xoxo

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