Mary Schmidt Amons of The Real Housewives of DC has magnificent taste. After getting a look at her McLean, VA, home in an iVillage house tour, I was wildly impressed. Her family's home is sophisticated, cozy, and unique — not exactly what you'd expect from a reality star. But Amons is not only a stylish decorator; she's also a clever one.
To keep her fashionista daughters from borrowing her collection of designer apparel, Mary had a Charlie's Angel-style biometric fingerprint lock installed on her closet door so that only her left index finger and hers alone can open the door. “When you have daughters who wear your same size, you have to take matters into your own hands,” she says. “It was necessary!” I've never heard of anyone going to such great lengths to keep their possessions from their own family, but it really cracks me up. I don't blame her . . . I'm sure my own mother's wardrobe would be much more extensive if she'd kept my paws off of her threads!
Think it's a great idea? You can pick up one of these wardrobe-saving devices at the Home Security Store for $142.