Carrie Bradshaw once famously said, "I like my money right where I can see it ... hanging in my closet."
And on Long Island, an anonymous woman recently said, "I like my money right where I can see it ... hanging in the balance of the design work done by the contractors I hired to build me a replica of Carrie's dream closet."
Well, something like that.
We all know that in the first movie, Mr. Big buys Carrie an amazing, spared-no-expense closet to house her designer duds and Manolo Blahniks in perfect serenity. A Mr. Big wannabe (and I mean that as a compliment) did the same for his hardworking, career-oriented wife, and he built her a gosh-darn dream-come-true closet the size of your garage.
Jealous? Hell yeah ya are!
The closet was built by the set-designer from SATC the movie, Lydia Marks, and her business partner, Lisa Frantz. The women converted a 400-square-foot spare bedroom into the fantasy closet and fitted it with custom-sized drawers and shelves for specific hair-appliances, sunglasses, and jewelry.
All this came at a price, of course. The closet cost $175,000. Cha-ching! Does this generous, closet-gifting husband have a single brother?
While I'm totally envious of this spare-bedroom-turned-safe-vault-of-designer-clothes, I guess it'd be a little ridiculous to convert half the square-footage of my apartment into a luxury space to hold my Gap sweaters. Which is why I'm not only jealous of the closet, but the lifestyle you must have to warrant that kind of closet. Kudos, Anonymous Long Island Couple, kudos.
But it doesn't stop there. Guess who's getting a matching closet? Me! No. Not me. The daughter. No. Not the daughter. The husband! Yes! The husband is now building himself the most lavish Man Closet there ever was. Let's just hope that when he steps into and out of the closet, the action and meaning is totally, and only, literal.
"We found the lighting for Mr. Big's side of the closet at a lighting supplier who works with yachts. It needed to be sleek and really low profile."
Yachts? Long Island? Nearly $400K spent on closets? Low-profile? I don't think so. Oh, and in the movie, Carrie and Big share that ginormo closet. They don't have two. Just saying.
Marks and Frantz started taking on residential clients last year, so you could be next. And if you are, send me photos. And money. Because I think you have some extra.
Would you build Carrie's dream closet if you could?