Raised in Manhattan by French parents, Olivia Chantecaille is the creative director of her family’s eponymous cosmetics company, Chantecaille. You may remember the feature in the February 2007 edition of Domino (of course you do) which showed how her spare bedroom was transformed into her dressing room. I did a post way back that showed the redesign of a tiny closet into a home office and last month Stacey of Design Addict Mom did a fabulous job with her closet turned office space. Chantecaille’s redesign is just as brilliantly done.
Rather than a tour of the cosmetics executive’s entire home, today’s At Home in New York column showcases what can be done in a single NYC space. In this case it is the spare /second bedroom. Here’s what it looked like before.
Her hope for the redesigned space was for a dressing room that could function both as a vanity area and a lounge, with an aesthetic inspired by 1950s Parisian couture and classic Horst photography.
If you scroll back up to compare the two images, you’ll see that the closet doors were removed and the closet was painted in grey and white stripes and made into a dressing table niche, complete with a mirror, vanity, and slipper chair.
For shoe, bag, and clothing storage, Olivia had shelving units designed, followed by custom tent-like canopies made to cloak them, complete with a tufted ottoman to match.
As you might be able to see in some of the images, Chantecaille covered the room’s wood floor with tufted white carpet tiles.
A gilded leaning floor mirror and lacquered floor lamp add the necessary outfit-viewing ability, plus added light.
There you have it: the phenomenal transformation, complete with the before and after.