When most of us open the wardrobe door, we’re greeted by the sight of far too many clothes crammed into too small a space. With over-stuffed drawers and messy shelves, it’s impossible to find anything. But that’s not the case for Alaina Foy.
When she opens her wardrobe door, she’s greeted by a sight that would turn most women green with envy. For in front of her isn’t just a small closet, but a huge room with floor-to-ceiling rails, drawers and racks to accommodate every piece of her extensive wardrobe and shoe collection.
And in pride of place, in the centre of the room, is her beautiful ivory wedding gown.
‘It’s on a mannequin inside a bespoke display case which also contains my favourite pair of Jimmy Choo shoes and a framed photograph of my husband Andy and me on our big day,’ says Alaina, who married in 2015.
‘Every time I walk in here and see this beautiful reminder of such a special day, it lifts my spirits.
‘The room is soothing and calming – it’s my haven. After a tough day at work, I’ll come here to have a quiet moment surrounded by beautiful things.’
But while dedicating a whole room of your house to your clothes and shoes might seem self-indulgent, Alaina, 45, is far from alone. Walk-in wardrobes are now the must-have for aspirational middle-class homes, with wine cellars, garden pods and second kitchens now relegated to yesterday’s news.