More Than Clothes Hanging in This Closet
It’s a gathering place for friends and family
by Tribeza Staff
Photography by Leah Muse
When Missy Lawson and her family moved from their home in Tarrytown to a downtown condo in the Four Seasons Residences, she gave her twin daughters, Mary Ralph and Lyle, a choice in space utilization. They could each have their own rooms, or they could share a bedroom and turn the extra one into a closet. The decision was an easy one for the fashionistas, juniors in high school. Cue the creation of a dream closet designed by their mother, Lawson, who is a designer and, with partner, Christy Beverly, owns Lawson Beverly Home.
With input from her daughters, Lawson got to work. She transformed the space intended to be a bedroom into a closet and dressing area with built-in shoe racks and custom areas for storing long dresses, purses and jewelry. There’s an island in the center with a mirrored wall and makeup lighting. “The closet is great, but honestly it’s the memories of all their girlfriends getting ready for homecoming, prom and parties that make it so special,” she said.
“The closet is great, but honestly it’s the memories of all their girlfriends getting ready for homecoming, prom and parties that make it so special,” says Lawson.
The Lawson family didn’t seriously consider moving downtown until they were unexpectedly approached about selling their home. It took some convincing from her husband and girls to make the move three years ago, but she couldn’t be happier with the decision. Her condo became a showcase for her long-time passion for interior design. When a friend asked her to design the interiors in her home, Lawson decided it was time to start her own business and convert her hobby into a full-time business. “It was never a decision to get into design, it is just something I have always done,” she says. “At first it was just for family and friends, and I still say to this day, ‘Don’t ask my opinion unless you really want it because I always have one.’”
Since that first project, Lawson and Beverly have built their business entirely on word of mouth. Lawson will soon take on her next personal design project, as her Four Seasons condo is on the market. But all the fun memories from the four walls of this most glamorous of closets is something she will always take with her. She says: “Just recently the girls were home from college for Thanksgiving, and we hosted an engagement party. This closet was once again full of girls, more clothes, makeup and lots of laughter. And I was a very happy mama!”
Read more from the Interiors Issue | January 2017