Architecture + Design

Couture Closet

Get the L.A. luxe look

couture closet

Room: A couture closet
Where: Lowry Hill
Designer: Tom Rauscher

Like all addictions, it starts innocently enough. After all, what's the harm in a single television show? But when one episode becomes two, then three, and you start skipping Tuesday night book club in order to stay home and watch Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo, you know you're hooked.

Luckily for your family and friends, the show is a relatively harmless obsession, with potentially beautiful consequences. Inspired, amused, and appalled by the talented-but-petulant Mary McDonald and her equally snarky fellow decorators, you turn a discerning designer's eye on yoru own living environment and realize that you, too, can live in luxurious L.A. style.

And what better place to start than with your own closet? To begin, take an underutilized room and a page from local designer Tom Rauscher, who recently created a fabulously practical space for one very glamorous Twin Cities client in Lowry Hill.

Outfitted with haute custom cabinetry by Charlie Lleuthner of Artistic Visions Cabinetry, this couture closet/dressing room offers plenty of room for clothes, shoes, jewelry, luggage, a chic little chien, and other accoutrements for an impossibly stylish, impeccably organized life.

Get the Look...

L.A. Luxe
Get gorgeously glamorous design ideas from Mary McDonald, star of Million Dollar Decorators. Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style ($55), from Victory, 3505 W. 44th St., Mpls. 612-926-8200,

Objets D'art
Display your accessories with retail flair. Herm├ęs scarf ($305 and up), similar styles

Chic Scents
Perfume your dressing room with the heady scent of fresh flowers and fave fragrances. Astor Place by Bond No. 9 ($145 and up), from La Petite Parfumerie, 287 Water St., Excelsior, 952-475-2212,