Step aside, yachts and private islands, there's a new hallmark of extreme wealth in town, or so says the Journal: six-figure (and up) closets. Thanks to Carrie Bradshaw's room full of shoes in the Sex and the City, and the frenzy it spawned, today it is not uncommon at all for builders and designers to be tasked with creating
closets —sorry, "dressing rooms"—featuring Baccarat crystal, UV-blocking window coatings, Wenge and other luxurious woods, and something called "midnight bars." Below, in yet another installment of people talking about expensive rooms, find the eight most ridiculous statements from the WSJ piece:
8. "I wanted to feel like I was walking into a very luxurious Beverly Hills boutique," says the real-estate agent, who adds that the space, designed by Lisa Adams of L.A. Closet Design, was partly inspired by the Chanel store.
7. "It's a becoming somewhat of a trophy room," she says. "[Clients] care about having a nice kitchen, too, but that's old hat at this point."
6. "The closet is becoming as large as a living-room or family-room area in some cases."
5. "We're seeing the closet become more of a social space. [Friends] want to hang out there, they want to see what you have," she says. Going through clothes to purge older items can be done "with your girlfriends over wine."
4. "I really wanted a place that felt special and was a personal retreat. When I get dressed everyday it makes it feel like a special event."
3. "You can't tell the difference between a kitchen cabinet and a dressing drawer," she says, with custom millwork and finishes similar to those elsewhere in the house.
2. "It's a living space, more than just for grabbing clothes."
1. "We don't call them closets anymore," says Los Angeles-based contractor Gary Drake, who says the preferred term for such spaces among the designers and clients he works with is now "dressing room."
· The $100,000 Closet [WSJ]