For those who might thrive amid chaos or city dwellers whose apartments may not come with a real closet, Olano’s design approach involves seeing fashion as art. “I use the clothing rack beside the bed to hang my favorite pieces that I might want to wear that week,” he says. “If I have something new or that I haven’t worn in a while, I want to see it to inspire me to create an outfit. Even if you don’t have a big closet, a beautiful clothing rack can solve that problem.” Just stay away from mismatched hangers: “A set of coordinating natural wood ones,” he adds, “will make everything more aesthetically pleasing.”
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Inside the dresser, Olano worked his organizational magic, using expandable dividers to make sorting through his T-shirt collection more efficient. “It might sound cliché,” he says, “but getting ready really is that much easier if your clothes are organized. You can spend all morning looking for a specific piece and lose track of time or parts of your ritual that shouldn’t be skipped.” On top of the dresser, a leather jewelry box holds an assortment of gold bracelets and necklaces, while a modern marble tray, complete with gilded leaf-and-vine handles, serves as a base for personal items like fragrances, a sculptural vase filled with seasonal branches, and a Renaissance-era sculpture.
Rituals are important to creative spirits like Olano: “It could be a vanity, a desk where you have your morning coffee…they really all come back to cultivating our personal spaces within our homes.”
As he would an outfit, Olano uses an investment piece as a starting point. “The wood vanity reminded me of an old dresser that you might find in a French country house,” he says. “When we were at Versailles, we were able to get a private tour of Marie Antoinette’s home. I was so inspired by all the pieces she had custom-made for her, and this dresser felt like one of them. It became the catalyst for the area.”
Above the dresser sits two aged-brass wall sconces, a modern take on the Rococo-esque lights found in the palace’s most intimate spaces. “It’s important to have the right lighting,” explains Olano. “It can make or break the colors of a look you’re trying to put together.” Also present is a Baroque-style mirror, which he calls a necessity: “You always need somewhere to get a last look before you leave the house.”
Self-described minimalist Arvin Olano’s Las Vegas home is a haven of neutrality; the design content creator’s space is ripe with bouclé, Italian marble, and organic shapes. But a recent stay at Le Grand Contrôle hotel at Versailles had him reconsidering his understated approach.
“I was thinking about the ritual of a king and queen getting dressed by the members of their household,” Olano says of walking through the Jules Hardouin-Mansart-designed halls of the palace. Surrounded by French Baroque architecture, he pictured the extravagant preparations they would deal with each morning—and how he has similar, albeit slightly scaled-back, routines at home. “For me, putting on my jewelry, makeup, and clothing is a special moment, so I wanted to create a space within my bedroom that channeled that period,” he explains. Olano pulled pieces from Walmart’s spring style offering—which calls attention to the elegance of the Regency era but with a twist—and designed a dressing area that makes getting ready more personal.
“When I think of Regency, I think of modern-day Bridgerton,” says Olano. To translate that idea within the confines of his near-monochromatic home, he selected “vintage-inspired items that one might find at Versailles, but reinterpreted them with my own modern touches.” The result is all the formality of a Louis XIV–style space without compromising on function.
Photos by Jazmyn Le Words by Landon Peoples
This YouTube star’s dressing area marries minimalism and Marie Antoinette.
For me, putting on my jewelry, makeup, and clothing is a special moment, so I wanted to create a space within my bedroom that channels the Regency era.”