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Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

Christine Dovey Author: Elle Canada Credits: Christine Dovey

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Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The ELLE Canada editorial team is beyond thrilled that Christine Dovey agreed to design our "girlie heaven." Her words, but we we're immediately smitten. She's taken a former corporate boardroom and is turning it into an inspiring fashion and beauty French bistro. You can follow the beautiful transformation of our #ELLECanadaCloset on our social media channels and Christine will also do regular updates on this page and her own website. We can't wait to invite you all in for the grand reveal!

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Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

Getting to design a fashion closet that’s going to be the hub for editorial magazine and online features, is pretty fantastical indeed.   I knew from the very beginning that I wanted the space to be glamorous, feminine and a little bistro like. So, with that overall vision in mind, I presented this design board to the client.   READ MORE: What Disney Princesses would wear today

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

Along with these photos, which really set the framework for the design.   READ MORE: Go from 9 to 5 in these slinky slips

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

From the start, I knew I wanted to take the one large room and sort of divide into two main areas, with the front functioning as seating area and place where we could showcase clothing on both rolling racks and a wall display…at the back, I wanted a vanity area, closed storage and of course, like any good closet bistro, a bar. On the walls, I envisioned beautiful Metrie moulding ( set against a palate of white and pink. And speaking of Metrie…   READ MORE: The capsule collections you need to know about

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

I specked these beautiful Fashion Forward doors for the main entrance.   READ MORE: The jewellery trend that's making a splash

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

For the floors, I knew I wanted pattern in the front area so with budget in mind, we selected VCT tiles (my new favourite product ever) and I sent off this photo to the contractor. Because this particular layout doesn’t require actually cutting the 12×12 tiles, it’s one of the most budget friendly in terms of installation but still gives a very high end/custom look so happy days.   READ MORE: Has fashion lost its sex appeal?

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

As for other selections, right from the start, we knew we had to have custom branded hangers, so I sent that plan off to my friends at Druthers and Hammond to make it happen. PSA…if you’re in the design business and are in need of custom furnishings/accessories/textiles/lighting or anything of the like, these peeps are where it’s at. Our hangers will be white with a black logo and a brass hook. READ MORE: Top model Instagrams of the week

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

In terms of large pieces, we’ve partnered with IKEA and will be building a wall of storage out of their PAX system and will add Metrie trim and crown to make it look built in and custom. This is my inspiration. Of course, ours will be lacquered in a beautiful pale pink.   READ MORE: A guide to raiding your boyfriend's closet

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

On the opposite wall, we’ll be using a pair of IKEA Brimnes bookcases on either side of a Malm dressing table, to create another built area that will again be finished in high gloss pink. Make-up lights and a beautiful mirror will complete this vanity/storage unit. READ MORE: These are not your basic overalls

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Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

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By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

And while still on the topic of IKEA, we’ll be using five of their Ekby wall shelves (with brackets sprayed in gold) to make a rather large/awesome shoe display. READ MORE: How to make a bigger statement with your wardrobe

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

As well, Sektion kitchen cabinets, Cesearstone waterfall tops and custom brass kickplates will make this sort of island bar action happen. READ MORE: Gifts for the person who's bags are always packed

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

In front of it, will be three gold stools from Black Rooster. READ MORE: 7 days of awesome outfits

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

With a pair of West Elm Globe globe pendants above. READ MORE: Gifts for the girl who's favourite colour is sparkle

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

In the front section of the space, we’ll have three rolling racks for clothing. Originally, we had settled on bellman carts because well, they’re ridiculously pretty. READ MORE: The wide leg pant is here to stay

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

Because of budget and capacity, we’re looking at other options. One possibility is these gorgeous copper beauties from Toronto based shop, The Other. READ MORE: Stylish gifts for the trendsetter

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

On the large front wall, we’ll be doing a pegboard like installation so that clothes and accessories can be displayed. Turns out pegboard has become super cool these days and will be even more so after I’m done dressing it up a little. READ MORE: What your sweater says about you

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

And as for probably my most favourite element in the space, this stunning vintage settee will be the first thing people are greeted with when they enter the room. READ MORE: Gifts for the techie

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

As we speak, J&J Made is transforming it with some beautiful Tonic Living fabric.   READ MORE: 5 ways to wear lace to the office

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

Of course, we’ll also have some other furnishings in the space. I had a visit to my local Mobilia store last week and let me tell you, there have some gorgeous, gorgeous pieces at prices that are so on point. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve selected from there. READ MORE: The best last minute gifts

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

This store has instantly turned into one of my go-tos thanks to this project! READ MORE: Top model Instagrams of the week

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

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By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

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By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

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By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

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By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

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Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

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By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

And last, but not least, two of my favourite vendors will also play a big part in making this closet come to life. We’ll be adding these Drop it Modern wallpapers to the outside wall and change room area. READ MORE: What to wear to a winter wedding

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

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By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada

Mood board: The new ELLE Canada Closet

The new ELLE Canada Closet: The inspiration

And for the main focal wall behind the bar, a custom Endeavour Neon sign with the ELLE Canada Closet logo, will be done in pink. READ MORE: The best made-in-Canada gifts

By: Christine Dovey Source: Christine Dovey Credits: ELLE Canada
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