“I love the feeling this space gives you,” she said. “It’s almost like walking into your dream closet where everything is in its place. It just feels so light and airy, like a breath of fresh air. You just want to sit in there, kick your heels off, and have a glass of champagne and relax for a while.” This organic luxury is Anne’s signature, incorporating a fresh, approachable design style with loads of texture despite the overriding neutral palette. Take the tour to see how Anne achieved this look and get her style notes on the space.
Anne had a clear vision in mind when she approached the store’s design. “I wanted the clothing to shine and take center stage,” she said. “I envisioned the space acting as a beautiful backdrop (like a set). I knew I wanted to do wallpaper at the back to draw the customer in, and the marbling added a graphic element in an otherwise blank space.
“The modern entry table from RH Modern was something my client had her eye on from the get-go, so we ordered that first thing! Which was funny, because it described her vision for the space without her even knowing. The marble element and brass base were really beautiful and a definite theme for her boutique as it evolved.”
Anne maintained the ceiling height for added drama. “I chose a crisp bright white paint color to set the stage for a modern moment that is also inviting and airy,” she said. “The true jewelry of the store are the brass details I added throughout. Brass adds that subtle touch of glamour without being too invasive.”
The marble wallpaper in the front extends to the back walls, which were added to create the dressing and stockroom. “The hallway creates a feeling of privacy and makes the space appear larger than it is,” she said.
The front-facing windows are the only natural light source, so Anne made sure to maximize it. “To ensure the entire space having a light, airy feel, I selected a beautiful practical light floor throughout,” she said. “The space is longer than it is wide, which inspired me to line both sides of the boutique with Lucite racks so the clothes not only provide balance but take center stage.”
Clothing looks best against a white wall, so the decision to paint the walls and ceiling a bright white was really simple. “I wanted the brass elements to come alive as well, which is why the racks themselves are brass and Lucite,” she said. “The Lucite allows the clothes to come alive on the hangers, as its clear and disappears into the wall as another element.”
The biggest challenge was the floor plan. “Creating dressing rooms and a stockroom that were large enough yet didn’t cramp the retail space was interesting,” she said. “Although the ceilings were high and the space felt large, the square footage (1160 feet, to be exact) wasn’t that much to work with,” she said. “Especially when you consider the storage room, dressing rooms, and everything else that needed to be ADA compliant. My client needed retail space, and capitalizing on that was the biggest challenge.”