By Hollie Deese
Photography by Pamela Monaghan
Betty Anne Mills and her husband, Tom, have evolved Inspired Closets from a small home organization solution company in 2006 into the newly remodeled Design District showroom they work out of today.
It’s just the remodeling that’s new. The space? They’ve been there for a decade, fitting right in and working in tandem with their design-centric neighbors. Shoppers who come to the area can drop their dog at Miss Kitty’s, consult about organization with Inspired Closets, get something framed at the Picture Frame Warehouse and go shopping at Peacock Alley before picking up their pooch again.
“There’s just tons of things that they can get done, all in one square mile,” she says.
Mills and her design team are dedicated to creating closet spaces that function just the way her clients need them to, whether that means reworking existing space or knocking down walls. In the showroom, clients can view the products and all the finishes and styles.
“We do a lot of lighting now that LED lights have become very popular,” she says. “We have a lot of accessories and finishes, as far as hardware goes. Matte gold has become really popular.”
Mills is also seeing people mix finishes instead of just using one finish throughout. “It’s a way to help the price point. You can use the more expensive finish for your door fronts and a less expensive one on the shells.”
Mills says today’s clients like their closets big or bigger, with all kinds of bells and whistles. Maybe a pull-down ironing boards to touch up a favorite shirt on the spot, or perhaps a relaxing sitting space that may end up being the only sanctuary in the house.
“We’ve got mirrors, a place for all your jewelry — a closet can be a place you can go camp out for a while if you want, for a little getaway time,” she says.
As people’s tastes evolve, Mills is ready to evolve with them, working with clients to help them achieve their dream closet spaces.
“We want everybody to be as happy when we are done with a project as they were excited when we walked in the door,” she says.
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