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Wearable Art

Take a tour of Karmen Berentsen’s gallerylike home closet.

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Karmen Berentsen, owner of A Line Boutique in Greenwood Village, keeps a well-curated art collection—in her closet, that is. The entrepreneur turned shopgirl designed this 150-square-foot space in her Wash Park pop-top as a showcase. “I told the architect: ‘We need to think of this closet as an art gallery,’?” she says. “It’s not storage; it’s a story.”

For Berentsen (who sold two successful software companies before she turned 40), A Line is her second chapter. She brings her clientele beautiful pieces in a luxe setting, not unlike her own personal dressing room. Both locales feature high ceilings and well-hewn beams bathed in natural light.

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“Some people stand in front of a painting and cry,” says Berentsen. “Me? Sitting at a fashion show in Milan—I am moved.”


SHELVES Berentsen directed her architect to “think display—not storage.” But function was not forgotten. “This closet is utilitarian,” she says. “I can see everything all the time so I never say ‘Oh, I forgot I had that.’?”

DECOR Her design style? “Classics with an edge.” (See the oversized mirror.)

JEWELRY This bangle bracelet belonged to Audrey Hepburn. “I wear it all the time—to black tie events or with boyfriend jeans and a tank top.”

PHOTOS Artwork in the closet includes vintage photos from her mother’s fashion modeling career.

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