Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tom Delavan Designs

If you are into sophisticated, chic design...Tom Delavan is your guy. Anyone who has worked with neutral palettes knows that choosing the perfect one is not easy, but Tom will create the most gorgeous color scheme for you! The former Domino Magazine editor has created gorgeous spaces for celebrities such as Gwen Stefani and Rashida Jones. He is also known for finding his clients fabulous pieces in unexpected places, such as auctions, to bring out the best in their space.

Tom combines art, furniture, and objects to create the ideal space for the client. He mixes and matches the old with the new. His ultimate look is so polished and refined, it works for anybody!

Check out for more info about his interiors and styling!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Strongboalt..Handsome Trunks

Just in time for a holiday vacation, Clos-ette is introducing you to Strongboalt. Lets be honest, men's swimming trunks that fit well AND have awesome designs are not easy to come by. Nobody knows this better than Amanda Boalt, a Palm Beach native who has just released her first collection, Faded Brights. Amanda has a natural flair for swimwear and resort wear and realized that the selection of men’s swimwear was limited.

After working as a buyer for Ralph Lauren, Amanda set out to create her own line of men’s swimwear. She aims to create a complimenting fit rather than the typical trunk that looks like he's recycling his dad's old bathing suit. The signature drawstring waistband, mesh lining, and side/back pockets provide a flattering fit. The quick dry poly is comfortable and functional, allowing for a morning swim right before heading to lunch! The unique prints and colors are designed by Amanda. The inspiration behind the prints include the sea, what lives there, and what happens around it.

The trunks can be worn for fishing, swimming, surfing, etc. everywhere from Palm Beach to LA to New York City - wherever your vacation takes you! The classic, but contemporary look allows your guy to throw on a shirt and shoes and head to lunch or on a walk, too.

The first mini collection for resort season, Faded Brights, includes 3 prints that are available on and will ship around 12/20 - just in time for your holiday get away! The Spring/Summer line will follow and consist of 8-10 new colors available in April. And if you’re a female, keep your fingers crossed for a woman’s swimwear collection in the future! Follow @strongboalt on Twitter for updates, become a fan on Facebook or visit


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

House Beautiful names Sara Gilbane one of the Next Wave Designers!

Sara Gilbane went out to start her own firm after working for Celerie Kemble at Kemble Interiors. Clos-ette predicted Sara Gilbane's insane success in April 2008 and now, just a short time after, House Beautiful has named her one of the Next Wave Designers.

Who says beauty is pain? By combining function and aesthetics Sara creates a warm, elegant, yet homey and comfortable space! She takes unique pieces, updates them, and creates a traditional home with a modern twist. She'll take your Manhattan apartment and make it ultra chic with bold patterns and textures and redesign your beach house to provide you with the perfect relaxing, yet super stylish getaway!

She is known by her clients for giving them the ultimate treatment - collaborating with them to create their ideal dreamhouse. You won't get this kind of treatment at a larger firm - Sara will work with you one on one.

For inspiration, she looks to designers like Ruthie Sommers and Miles Redd and also takes from her visits to cities all over the world.

These houses are to die for - I couldn't pick a favorite! Look at the rest of Sara's portfolio at ASAP because after being named a designer on the rise by House Beautiful she is bound to be SUPER busy!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Shop for you, donate to charity -- Santo by Zani Gugelmann

Meet Zani Gugelmann – Filigrana jeweler with a new line of bullet necklaces called Santo. After working on her high-end jewelry line Filigrana by Zani, inspired by her Peruvian heritage, Zani decided to concentrate on yet another personal line, but one that lets her clients have a say in the ultimate design.

They’re a totally tough and chic shell on the outside, protecting your own personal message on the inside. Each bullet-shaped pendant unscrews to store a small wish or message recorded on a scroll.

Zani knew that people want good luck charms, an edgy design, and personalization. From that, she created a silver bullet decorated with gems on the outside, and a scroll on the inside. Clients can choose to write anything they want on the scroll and wear it around their neck, whether it be a career goal, a relationship goal, a life goal, anything you choose.

Silver Bullet in the dictionary reads: a simple and seemingly magical solution to a complicated problem. The necklace is all about expression.

Inside Zani’s bullet is the word “love”. It reminds her to surround herself with people she loves and people who love her. Melanie wears the silver bullet with sapphires with her son’s name and birth date in it.

You can choose from 18-karat white gold, bullet-shaped pendant necklaces embedded with precious stones such as rubies, black diamonds, green emeralds, and yellow sapphires. You are the designer. You may choose the material, finish, and precious stones to fit your own personal style.

Additionally, 10% of proceeds go to specific charities according to which type of gemstone you choose. For example, an Emerald bullet donates to Greenpeace, a Ruby bullet donates to an AIDS charity, and a Blue Sapphire to Red Cross, etc.

Check out to see the entire line and to order email or call 212.696.7382.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Garde Robe

Who wouldn’t want endless closet space, luggage-less travel, design-house archiving, and cyber closet design? Cher’s virtual, manageable closet featured in Clueless is finally possible!

Garde Robe is the optimal service for luxury wardrobe storage and valet service in New York. Clos-ette has been working with Garde Robe for years and they are AMAZING! Without lifting a finger you can have your summer wardrobe stored away and retrieve your entire winter wardrobe, including your fur coats, which have been safely stored in a climate-controlled loft, within 24 hours. Each item is professionally photographed and catalogued, so while your summer items are tucked away, they will still be visible 24-7 on your virtual closet and you can have them the next day if necessary.
Garde Robe is THE go-to valet service for fashion devotees, New Yorkers with inadequate closet space, business travelers, multiple homeowners and fashion designers.

To have your entire wardrobe accessible via Internet, to see all your options, the virtual closet is a dream! When your closet is overflowing and you need storage space, which all native New Yorkers are very familiar with, have the items that you’re not wearing this season picked up and know that they are safely stored away and completely accessible in a moments notice.

Travel stress-free without dealing with luggage, packing/unpacking, baggage claim, wrinkled clothing, miniature toiletries, etc. Garde Robe will make sure your items, ready-to-wear, arrive at your destination, anywhere in the world, before you do. After your trip, your garments will be picked up, cleaned/repaired as needed, and stored for your next trip.

Each luxury option may not apply to everyone, so pick and choose! If you just want a cyber closet where you don’t have to search through your closet, the cyber closet will eliminate wasting time and aggravation!

Even high-end designers like Alexander McQueen, Carolina Hererra, and Oscar de la Renta trust their belongings and clothing lines with Garde Robe. Garde Robe has archives dating back 40 years with pieces that went down the runway in the 1970s! Ivanka Trump praises Garde Robe for storing her couture gowns with care, too.

Their services are endless. Aside from the storage space and virtual closet, Garde Robe will let you know when your pieces need repairs, perform tailoring for you, provide you with styling, personal shopping, consignment services, luggage-packing, wedding gown preservation and more. Become a member at, email, call 212.255.3047, or call VP Doug Greenberg directly at 212-255-3163. Also, all Clos-ette clients will receive an additional thoughtful welcome gift!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fortuny Lamps

Redecorating is always fun...but nothing is worse than spending hours looking for the perfect lighting to end up paying for the same, typical lamp as your neighbor’s!

So, if you haven’t heard of Fortuny Lamps yet, you must go check it out! The lamps are perfect for any space - modern or traditional.

Spanish designer, Mariano Fortuny was originally a stage set designer who also worked as a painter, a sculptor, a photographer, an architect, and an inventor. He is the epitome of creativity! He completely modernized stage lighting and set design and created one of the first dimmer switches. Obviously Fortuny was an artistic genius in every aspect – he created a line of textiles, creating the most beautiful fabrics. He went on to design clothing for the one and only, Balenciaga. His gorgeous, unique fabric is what carries on his legacy.
Fortuny’s products were known for being perfectly styled, yet practical. LUCE GIUDECCA is the only boutique lighting in the world created exclusively with incomparable Fortuny fabric. The stunning frames and individually carved bone-beads and personally tied knots enhance the shade. The attention to detail is unbelievable!

Go to Fortuny’s website to see all the fabrics and lighting available! And if you’d rather see it in person…Fortuny’s factory and museum is the perfect excuse you’ve been looking for to visit Venice!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bib necklaces are here to stay...Check out Roarke!

If you are anything like me, you are always adding to your jewelry collection...

Roarke's first collection "Le Marais", debuted in 2009, is full of awesome beaded jewelry, including Le Charlot, the iconic beaded bib necklace. (Already seen on Ivanka Trump and Mary Louise Parker!) This necklace will set your look apart from the rest!

Clos-ette told you in May that bib necklaces could be a great summer accessory to accentuate your outfit and thanks to designer Mignonne Gavigan and former Bergdorf Goodman buyer Laetitia Stanfield, you now have THE MOST GORGEOUS bib necklaces and more to choose from all year round!

Roarke was created with the modern stylish woman in mind who wants to make a statement while still being true to her own style. Laetitia and Mignonne created designs that can be worn from day to night, day in and day out. For Le Charlot, they took vintage couture detailing and paired it with modern styles and fabrics to mix the old with the new while every style after just followed suit.

How did they come up with this fabulously designed necklace between the two of them? They think completely differently. Laetitia thinks on a business level, while Mignonne thinks like a true designer, always seeing inspiration in something and then molding it into her own. Together, they make sure that everything they do is a collaboration and a true Roarke idea.

In addition to Le Charlot, the geniuses behind Roarke include chunky wedge ankle boots and blazers with sexy, defined shoulders as their other must-have items of the season.

You can view Roarke's entire collection at, including all kinds of ways you can wear their bib necklace! And make sure you check out the bracelets, hair accessories, and adorable tie pieces, too!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Okay, think sophisticated with contemporary art and furniture mixed with 18th-20th century antiques. Amazing, we know.

Clos-ette loves Haynes-Roberts. Their residential designs can be seen all over the U.S. and abroad. If you ask Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts to design your home, your result will be a modern distillation of classic design that is spare, elegant, and inviting.

These guys are basically brilliant. With their extensive knowledge of antique furniture and history of architecture, their clients are never disappointed. They will design a space with the perfect amount of color to make your room pop and the most amazing pieces to make your guests envy your gorgeous home!

Check out more pictures at!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Printery

How cute are these?!

The Printery is a well-known favorite of stationery fiends. Clos-ette just got our own invites and notecards from the Printery and they are ADORABLE! The Printery has been located in Oyster Bay, NY for over a century, and the current owner, William Miller, has been running the company with his wife, Mary Abbene, since his grandmother left it to him in 1990.
For some, a Hallmark card may suffice, but stationary lovers know where to find the real deal. The Printery provides hand-engraved and letter-press printed stationary, wedding invitations, social invitations, holiday cards, birth announcements etc. in every shade of hand-cut dies. They make designs for everyone- from butterflies and starfish to skulls and cross bones.

They have upcoming trunk shows in October in Chicago, Maryland, Connecticut, and New York City! Or you can make an appointment in Manhattan - just go to


Friday, September 25, 2009

Dennis Wedlick's Dreamhouses

Okay, there are some fabulous homes out there with fabulous teams of architects and designers but Dennis Wedlick and his team are GENIUSES!

His homes are absolutely gorgeous and are known for their functionality in addition to their fabulous contemporary design.

Basically, you make a wish list of what would be in your dreamhouse, and Dennis Wedlick and his team make it happen. They'll tell you to forget all the limitations you may have in your current home, such as lack of space, and they literally make your problems disappear! There is no compromise needed here, they'll create the ideal building for you.

Think of yourself as their inspiration, with a perfect place to live in and work in as the goal. They're the best in contemporary picturesque design, no question. Wedlick's projects have been described as witty, romantic, charming and....AFFORDABLE!

But, if your budget doesn't include a new home anytime soon, Dennis Wedlick has published a number of books to help you design! His most recent one is "Good House Hunting: 20 Steps to You Dream Home". Good House Hunting helps make the dream of owning the perfect home a reality, step by step.

For more info go check out Dennis Wedlick's website.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Clos-ette LOVES Iomoi Stationary...

You are going to fall in love with Iomoi Stationary…and when you share it with your friends they will, too!

Iomoi stationary started with two people thousands of miles away trying to stay in touch. So together, they created the first collection of online social stationary…and eventually an entire line of products, able to be customized by you!

So first there’s the earth friendly e-stationary. It's a paid, members-only service. One fee = Year membership and unlimited access. (Think…no paying for postage, and no cramps from writing and addressing 100 invites)And of course, you can also order these designs for your paper stationary, too, without a membership!

They operate as a fashion boutique, updating their inventory to reflect the colors and inspiration for the current season, in addition to offering customization. They have new designs every month for all types of occasions - invitations, business cards, thank you cards, holiday cards - EVERYTHING!

There’s more. Hosting a party? Customized ice buckets, salt and pepper shakers, plates, matches, coasters, trays. Literally, I mean everything.
Sending your kids to college? Personalized address labels, notebooks, pencils, canvas pillows. For your office…customized paperweights, memo pads, letter holders.

And if you're thinking customization is major $$$--nope, totally affordable. Check it out at while you still have plenty of time to shop for gifts or customize your holiday party favors and decorations!


Monday, August 24, 2009

Charles Allem Designs

CAD International specializes in the interior design of high-end luxury residences and hotels. Charles Allem, the principal of CAD Intl, has been named in Architectural Digest's prestigious "AD 100".

Their signature style is using unexpected scale and material, while pleasing their clients with stylish and comfortable decor. Their designs are not only gorgeous, but absolutely timeless, too! They are the superheroes of design - they can do anything!!! Commercial or residential, art decor or minimalist, etc.! No design is repeated! They are the real deal creative designers that everyone should be lucky enough to work with! Their projects flow inside and out. Check it out for yourself at


Friday, August 21, 2009

Your skin deserves Tammy Fender!

is Tammy Fender products!

If you want to treat your skin with the best products, visit! Tammy Fender became an aesthetician and created a skin care collection centered on health and healing, energetically balanced to benefit one's physical, emotional and spiritual "well being".

A collection of pure, organic, custom blended skin care based on the healing traditions of holistic medicine, freshly prepared in small batches and formulated with a divine consciousness. The ingredients are pure - See for yourself!

To make an appointment or have a personalized skin consultation by phone, please contact Tammy Fender at 561-659-2229. To speak with a product specialist please call 1-888-655-9991.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tucker Tops!

If you could buy ONE top and one top only...what would it be?

Tucker's signature blouse by Gaby Basora is the answer...
My absolute favorite purchases are day-to-night pieces. You know, tops or bottoms that can be worn 24/7 - from lunching to lounging to letting loose!

And her signature blouse was created for that very reason: versatility. Made from silk with a button down front and shirred neckline, it can be tucked into a high waisted skirt for work or paired with skinny jeans for a night out. The shape is flattering, yet sexy...comfortable, yet chic.

What makes this fashionista even more impressive? Whether it be floral, animal or abstract prints, the patterns are designed by Gaby in her NYC design studio. Now THAT is what I call a designer!

Gaby's popularity has skyrocketed since launching Tucker in 2005, expanding into a collection of over 18 pieces, including dresses, coats and lingerie. Tucker's been featured in everything from Vogue to New York Times and spotted on celebs such as Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, along with dozens more.

You can purchase Tucker clothing in over 100 retail stores worldwide including Bergdorfs, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, and ShopBop!

Check out ASAP!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fabulous jewels by SuzyB...

Clos-ette knows the way to a girl's heart is with jewelry! (along with an organized home and a killer wardrobe, of course!) Known for custom work, SuzyB provides clients with gorgeous loose diamonds as well as diamond and gemstone jewelry.

What's awesome about SuzyB jewelry is that she caters to each client personally. Your jewelry venture begins with a visit to her New York by-appointment-only New York jewelry salon and ends with a personal delivery of your purchase! She only sells the best - loose diamonds are offered with GIA Certificates, considered the best in the business for diamond grading.

Translation=LOTS OF SPARKLE!!!

Other services provided by SuzyB are consignment goods, at-home shopping, and special design services, including custom work and appraisals.

Her stunning pieces have been featured on The Knot and in Elegant Bride magazine. To view more SuzyB jewelry go to or set up an appointment today by calling 212.997.0202!!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jarosz Development, Corp.

I know these pictures look like your dream beach house, but you don't need to have a second home in a tropical destination to enjoy a house like this! Architect and General Contractor Zbigniew W. Jarosz founded Jarosz Development. He contributes his sense of proportion and historical precedence in his work to his childhood and architectural studies in Europe. Based in Coconut Grove, Florida, Jarosz architects create gorgeous homes for their clients. Check out their website at


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Arts and Crafts for all ages..

Check out this FABULOUS BAUHAUS-INSPIRED HOME!!!!! 6,000 square feet consisting of two fireplaces, four bedrooms, a three-car garage, gourmet kitchen, work and play areas, and gorgeous indoor/outdoor living – need I say more?!

Clos-ette is all about going green with sustainable materials and we love the bamboo flooring, mahogany paneling, honed limestone, and open spaces allowing for natural light in this home.

Located on a two-acre private lot, this home is a BEAUTIFUL interpretation of arts and crafts.

The kitchen is the heart of the home with natural cherry cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances, and anchored by a magnificent fieldstone hearth. Even the world’s worst cooks would spend enough time in this gorgeous kitchen to become gourmet chefs!

The living room, family room, sun room, and dining room all reveal elegant wainscoting, beautiful built-ins, custom doors, and lovely window configurations that give a warm, natural glow to each space. The attention to detail continues upstairs with an open gallery, four bedrooms, elegant baths, and a delightful play room on the third floor.

If you're interested in this house, please contact Patti Salem at Barrett and Company
Email: Phone: 517-910-7677


Monday, July 13, 2009

The psychology of storing a fancy heeled shoe...

You have finally found the perfect dress shoe for all your upcoming events. You get home after a long day of shopping, take them out of the box, admire them for a moment – applauding yourself once more for your fabulous taste, and then veryyyy carefully put them back into the box or dustbag that they came in and store them in the bottom of your closet until it’s time to wear them.

Now doesn’t that sound silly?! Consider all the time and money you invested into these shoes!
Not to mention that you’ll only be showing off your spectacular purchase for a few hours each month during your special occasions! No shoe lasts forever - Why not flaunt these shoes all year round? Conserve the floor space for your boots!
There are plenty of ways to display your shoes while making sure they stay looking brand new. Clos-ette can help you showcase your shoes on you and off!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

German design or Bust - Julia Aulenbacher

We’re always encouraging you to “Shop Your Closet” and make vintage pieces brand new. Interior designer, Julia Aulenbacher, did just that when she started her own product line last year. Her inspiration? Her mother’s Marimekko dresses and different patterns she collected from the 60’s. You can see one of the many vintage inspired patterns on Julia’s new Yellow Leaf Marimekko Dress.

Clos-ette loves a contemporary modern mix with an eclectic edge. With hot summer trends like boyfriend jeans and blazers, Julia’s Bavarian shirts are an awesome way to follow the menswear-inspired craze, while staying cool in the summer. The Bavarian shirt, traditionally worn only by men during Oktober Fest in Julia’s native Germany, can be paired with jeans and flip flops for a cute, loose summer look!

Not only does her line include fabulous clothes, but the furniture is awesome, too! Julia is all about mixing pieces from different periods, cultures and styles. She uses natural materials to create contemporary products and interiors with an eclectic edge. The Bavarian Children’s Chair is an awesome example of Julia’s updated traditional style with modern clean lines. If you need a kid-proof, transportable, yet stylish chair, this is it!

Right now you can order her products through email or over the phone, but they will be available through her website ( ASAP!!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sweet Furniture Showroom in NY- Suite New York

With clients like HBO, MOMA, Thompson Hotel Group, Starwood Hotel Group and the list goes on and on..and to many celebs and high profilers to even list, not that we do that anyway ;)

Suite NY is arguably the best and only truly fabulous selection of Contemporary Furniture in New York and with major Residential and Commercial clients across the country their claim to fame is their highly edited showroom, superior customer service and ability to execute and complete big orders quickly!! All this made Suite New York a favorite amongst high-end residential and commercial designers nationwide and even worldwide.

I dig them so much! Their expert team of sales associates specialize in working with architects and designers like myself and they are also so knowledgeable of LEED and greenguard regulations to keep pace with the growing number of green requests and all green projects out there. LA, San Fran, Palo Alto and Seattle readers listen up as we know you eat this up!!!

If you long on to their website you can even Quickship what you want but if you go into the showroom ask for Kris or Alexandra! They are both super fab and I mean you have never worked with nicer or more knowledgeable people.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Dry Cleaner

My new favorite Garment care website, talks to you about the reality of getting whites white and tough stains out...
love it!

The Dry cleaner...found him on Twitter!

This is my kind of website. Jerry Pozniak, the author of the blog owns the below high end dry cleaners and tells it like it is!


Thursday, May 28, 2009

I love Bethenny Frankel's book....

but I love Bethenny bakes gluten free cookies even more!!
Since I have celiacs and even though this is supposed to be a design blog, I decided to run a bit off the beaten path for a subject dear to my heart.

Check out Bethenny Frankel's book Naturally it on her website,

I think it is a great way to think about your daily diet as a bank account, and she has some fantastic recipes in there.

Also, please check out everything you need to know about a gluten-free diet. Your pass to a cancer free diet---

Did you know more than 40% of all human beings have an allergy to gluten? I was diagnosed right before I started fertility treatments and got pregnant but I had done it long enough before to see the absolute life changing effects. I can wait to get in shape post pregnancy and eat healthier and cleaner.

Sometimes a little wisdom outside the closet necessary...