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Two-Story, Chanel-Inspired Closet Comes With a $17.5M Mansion in Texas

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    The pink-toned theater. (©2011 Reagan V. Jobe)

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    The home's esplanade. (©2011 Reagan V. Jobe)

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    Chanel-inspired luxury. (©2011 Reagan V. Jobe)

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    The outside pool. (©2011 Reagan V. Jobe)

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    The grand foyer. (©2011 Reagan V. Jobe)

There's a reason they say everything is bigger in Texas: When Texans go big, they go huge -- in this case, a full-scale French-style chateau comes with a two-story closet the size of most houses.

This $17.5 million megahome -- measuring well over 30,000 square feet -- is only a 30-minute drive from Dallas, but gazing upon the front esplanade (of course there's a front esplanade), you'd never guess you were in the Lone Star State.

But why wander off the property when there's an enormous closet to examine? You'll do more than simply stash your clothes in this space -- this closet is designed for a leisurely afternoon with the ladies and your own personal glam squad. First order of duty? Gliding across the black-and-white marble floor beneath the well-lit vanity worthy of a movie star.

"In a home of this size, you need quite a large closet," says listing agent Joan Eleazer of the Eleazer Group.

She's not kidding. With six bedrooms -- and a veranda that can fit 450 people -- the home's scale demands a colossal closet.

A chandelier hangs between the closet's open atrium, highlighting the bannister and mirrors throughout. While the home was modeled after the Louis XIV-style Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte -- a 17th-century castle developed by the artistic team that worked on Versailles -- the closet takes its cues from Chanel.

The design replicates the dark elegance of Chanel's Paris flagship, with dark cabinetry interplaying with supple neutral textures, plenty of mirrors for constant self-admiration, and gold lighting and hardware.

There's even a black rug with the fashion brand's signature double-C crest running along the first floor of the double-decker closet.

"They were very diligent about making it as realistic as they could," Eleazer says.

Once you're properly primped, there are other rooms in the house besides the closet to explore. You could roll a strike in the two-lane bowling alley. Or head to the home theater, decorated in pink and gold with a painted ceiling.

But before you head off to a step and repeat, we recommend you practice your entrance by sashaying down the candelabra-flanked grand staircase in the spacious foyer, which is topped by a 78-foot dome that opens onto all four stories.

Don't worry about authenticity and quality, says Eleazer: This is no mere rush-job replica la the terrifying documentary "Queen of Versailles."

"The very first time I saw it, I wasn't sure what to expect at all," she says. "But I was really, truly amazed by the quality of the construction."

In fact, the home is quite a deal -- at least compared with building a chateau from scratch. Built 13 years ago at a cost of $50 million, today it's offered for less than half that price.

And if you won't treat yo'self to a castle with a two-story closet for a mere $17.5 million, well, do you truly love yourself?