Liv Judd Soye is one of the first moms that Love, Mom featured when we launched our blog this past April. She has since moved to a new home that has the wiggle room to accommodate her career as a freelance style and media personality (you’ll see her share her chic know-how on shows like ET Canada and The Morning Show). “The very top floor of the house was an attic space that was converted into a sitting area, however as soon as I walked in, all I could see was closet space and a work area where I could style my shoots and store my own wardrobe.”
Already outfitted with a spa-like bathroom, Liv simply had to add her vision for a walk-in oasis and started planning it even before she moved in (she was so excited to graduate from a teensy hallway closet in her former home). During the project, there were hiccups to overcome such as adding spray insulation where there was none (yikes) and installing a ceiling mounted Mitsubishi AC unit to defy the city’s hot and humid summer temperatures. Since the room’s completion, it’s turned into a happy place for this mom and her girls too. “The kids and I spend every morning together up here. I get dressed while they play, dance and hang-out with me. I just love it.”
BEFORE: An Impractical Third Floor Living Space
AFTER: A Bright Retreat for Working From Home and Playing Dress-up
Ubiquitous Ikea Pax wardrobes were custom fit against the far wall, even where it slopes, and finished with pulls from Ginger’s for an extra luxe look in the 400 square foot space.
What you don’t see? Her laundry hamper which is neatly tucked away in the drawer that’s actually an Ikea base cabinet meant to store a large recycling bin in a kitchen.
An awkward nook is kitted out with a top-floor view and a custom made desk. Ikea kitchen cabinets and drawers offer plenty of space to store Liv’s must-haves. Chair, Homesense.
A marble shelf bridges the two storage units to create her desk top. “We removed a drawer on each side so we could add this shelf/work surface and give it enough support.”
A perk of her new space is that she no longer has to cram her (and his) wardrobe into the teeny closets common in Victorian-style homes.
Ikea Kitchen cabinet drawers and pull-out trays are just as apropos for storing jewelry, accessories and lingerie. Smart, huh?
CLOSE UP: It’s all in the details