THE CALIFORNIA CLOSETS MAGAZINE
A fashion designer and an accomplished Hollywood stylist, Meritt cofounded the popular brand The Great with her best friend from college. These days, she often finds herself in her closet, a light and airy space with a view over the trees of Laurel Canyon. “I’ll have a friend over,” she says, “and after a glass of wine, we’ll meander up there.” Her bright closet reflects her crisp, feminine aesthetic: white walls and cabinetry, gold hardware, and natural fabrics. The dreamy floating light fixture was inspired by her signature soft cotton designs. “I wanted my closet to be a place where everything feels beautiful,” she says, “like walking into a store I would shop at.”
The couple share a love of vintage clothing and flea market shopping. “We have the same stacks of sweatshirts, and we collect cowboy boots,” she says. While both closets were designed with extra drawers because they wear so many T-shirts and sweatsuits, the similarities end there. John’s closet, in shades of black with masculine leather hardware and a bright vintage rug, feels like a sophisticated cigar lounge inside a country and western bar. “He wanted it to feel very contrasty to mine,” says Meritt.
Antlers? In your closet? Absolutely, if that is your heart’s desire. The brass buck in John Rankin’s manly closet reflects his love of all things Western, and holds a place of honor. In closets as in life, to each their own.
You can tell a lot about the couple from their bespoke sideby-side dressing rooms. “He’s more social, the wild guy, and I’m more clean and airy fairy,” Meritt says. “It’s like snapshots of our personalities.”