Name: Amy Pigliacampo
Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California
Size: 264 square feet
Last week we got a full tour of Amy Pigliacampo and her husband Corey Szopinski's home in Echo Park. One of the standout features was their organization, which remained stylish, but super functional. Amy's office, which is both her work studio and closet, is an incredible example of this streamlined collectedness.
With absolutely no built in closets in the house, whatsoever, Amy and Corey had to improvise with shelving, bookcases, dressers and additional storage units. Amy's office is organized by type of clothing, in order by color and size. She even has things in bins, stacks and piles by style and texture. This is truly the most impressive use of space I've seen anywhere. Not only does keeping everything organized make her everyday personal use easier, but I'm sure it's incredibly helpful when preparing for upcoming photo shoots.
Inspiration: The main goal of my studio is organization and accessibility. I have to be able to see what I have and know where everything lives because I'm constantly pulling from my archive for jobs. If I can't get to it, it won't get used. Budgets aren't what they used to be for jobs and every single time, something from my personal kit helps to make the shoot a success. There are certain pieces that you cannot find at a moment's notice — great broken in denim and leather pieces, boots, belts, hats, jewelry — and those items can really add depth when styled with new garments.
Favorite Element: My dressform. I also freelance as a visual display artist, and she is from my first Visual Manager position, 14 years ago! She and I have been through a lot changes together, but I always find a way to re purpose her. It's a nice reminder of my journey.
Biggest Challenge: Clearly, there is a lot of stuff. I wanted the space to be really clean and convertible. All of the racks are on wheels so that I can rearrange to accommodate what I need to do in the studio.
Proudest DIY: I really love the necklace storage. This is the 4th place where I've created this system and it's a bit tedious, but so great to see everything in one place! I've been obsessed with things that come in multiple colors since I was a little kid. As a special treat, my gramma Hazel would take me to a little office supply store in Fayetteville, North Carolina where I would fill up on pens, notepads and erasers, always keeping them arranged by color. I wouldn't ever let my little brother use my crayons or Legos because he wouldn't put them back in the right order! Clearly I have carried this into my adult life.
Biggest Indulgence: When I first started styling, I made a major investment in racks and a steamer. Manhattan Wardrobe is one of my favorite resources, and it was hard to spend the money. I've lived in 4 different homes with my husband, none of which had closets. The racks are industrial quality and have enabled me to keep my archive nice and organized.
Our main computer where I work on design projects and photos lives in my husband's office downstairs. I use a Macbook Air for emails and research. iPhone of course, sadly I could not function without it...and my Canon Powershot S95 which I purchased after my sister-in-law Natalie, and my great NYC friend Stephanie, both amazing photographers, recommended it. I'm actually using my husband's now because I am a little clumsy with my technology and damaged my lens. I'm working on that.
(Images: Bethany Nauert)
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