Before & After: Classic and Stylish Walk-In Closet

I recently worked with a design-savvy client who is a busy project coordinator for a large media communications company in Toronto.

She wanted to update her poorly designed walk-in closet. The ad hoc storage solutions didn't function well in the narrow space and were an uninspired attempt at space planning.

It was time for a change.

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Design Q&A: Angela Elias, CasaSugar.com

This month, we’re featuring a weekly series of interviews with influential design experts to find out what good design means to them and how they get inspired.

Today, meet Angela Elias, editor of the inspiring home design website CasaSugar.com.

She still can't believe that tackling DIY projects, trolling flea markets, and meeting some of the industry's top talent is part of her job. When she isn't indulging in design whims, Angela enjoys testing out new recipes and being outdoors.

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How to Create a Stunning Media Center Design

With the advent of flat-screen technology and the ability to stream music and video from a wide variety of devices, well-designed media centers have evolved into necessities for 21st century homes.

A modern media or entertainment center should be the visual centerpiece of a room while performing the basic function of de-cluttering.

Design with those two principles in mind and you'll have a gorgeous media center that you'll love to use!

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Ginny Q&A: Closet Organization for Fall & Winter

What difference does a season make when it comes to your home organization? A lot.

Fall and winter means different weather - which means different activities, clothing and gear. And that can lead to clutter if you're not careful.

Luckily, Ginny's here to help.

Q&A with Ginny: European Design Trends

Our chief design officer Ginny Snook Scott travels throughout the U.S. and to the Milan Furniture Fair every year seeking out innovative and stylish design trends.

European trends in design continue to inspire her - and influence the products that California Closets offers to our clients.

We interviewed Ginny on the hottest European trends that are influencing our custom closet designs throughout North America.

Featured Design: Luxurious Walk-In Closet

So many women dream of a "hers" closet, where everything is custom organized to fit their wardrobe and their lifestyle - without sharing the space with a spouse!

This California Closets walk-in is the perfect example of what a dream "his and hers" closet can be. It features stunning contemporary features and functional design.

Take a look at these pictures and imagine that this is YOUR custom closet!

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Before & After: From Chaos to Award-Winning Elegance

My clients were working parents with young children. They craved an elegant, chaos-free space where they could talk while getting ready together each morning.

I worked with their interior designer to create a spacious, modern and organized walk-in closet.

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Unique Design: Wine & Coffee Bar

Good home design takes into account the way you live your life: what you do first thing in the morning, how you spend your days, and how you use your home when you're there.

If you get started with a cup of coffee in the morning and like to wind down with a glass of wine at night, a custom wine and coffee bar makes perfect sense.

We like to picture this wine and coffee bar (with drop-down TV) in or next to your walk-in closet.

5 Smart Ways to Store Your Shoes

Shoes, shoes, shoes! Do you have a shoe collection that you adore?

Every well-designed custom closet creates beautiful spaces for your treasured footwear.

And there are so many options for organizing and displaying your shoes! (No more stacked shoeboxes, ahem.) Here are five smart ways to store your shoes.

Design Q&A: Sheila Schmitz, Houzz.com

This month, we're featuring a weekly series of interviews with influential design experts to find out what good design means to them and how they get inspired.

Today, meet Sheila Schmitz, the editor of the popular design site Houzz.com. She lives in San Jose, CA with her husband and cat, and dreams of someday having a very well-organized closet.

The 5 Essential Elements of a Boutique Closet

Custom closets aren't just functional storage systems, they're extensions of the style and personality of your home.

One of our most popular styles is the "boutique closet". This is a walk-in closet that makes you feel like you're entering your own personal boutique.

With a few simple touches and a smart design you can create your own boutique closet!

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Design Q&A: Erin Feher, California Home & Design

This month, we’re featuring a weekly series of interviews with influential design experts to find out what good design means to them and how they get inspired.

Today, meet Erin Feher, executive editor of California Home+Design and the author of the forthcoming book: Great Houses of San Francisco, 1875-1945. She lives in the Tenderloin with her husband and their many bicycles.

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Living The Good Life: Using Design To Create Luxury

We need our homes to match how we feel inside. Coming home and enjoying the trimmings and trappings of a desirable lifestyle starts with design.

Walking into a closet that is cluttered and stacked to the rafters with things you don't need or use is no way to live.

Create a sense of luxury in your closet design with these tips from our design expert Ginny Snook Scott.

4 Ways to Design with Lighting

I love how lighting can add personality to any design - with a burst of color or a soft glow. Plus, as personal tastes or design trends change, these decorative elements can easily be switched out or changed to match new looks.

We have a range of lighting options for our clients that vary from highly functional to definitely decorative. Here are a few of my favorite lighting design options.

5 Ways to Use Baskets in Your Storage Design

Baskets are one of my favorite storage accessories because they make life so much easier! It's easy to see, grab and put away anything when you use a slide-out basket in your closet.

Here are some of my favorite examples of how to use baskets to improve your closet design.

Surprise! Kids Love Custom Closets Too

Being a California Closets design consultant for as long as Tara has, it’s rare that she finds herself in a new or unique situation. But that’s exactly what happened last month.

Tara had the pleasure of being someone’s surprise birthday present and that someone was only seven years old!

Read more about a young girl's new closet design and what Tara learned along the way.

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4 Ideas for Organizing Your Sports Gear

Having lots of sports gear can be a good thing! It's probably a sign that you and your family are taking time to be active and have fun.

But balls, bats, and boards can take up a lot of space and create clutter. Luckily, the right storage design can keep your sports gear neat and organized.

Back to School: The Top Two Places to Get Organized

Summer is coming to a close and the kids are getting ready to go back to school.

So, of course, the question on your mind is: How can I keep them organized this year?

There are two main spots in your home that - if organized well - can keep clutter and stress to a minimum.

Before & After: Multi-Purpose Laundry & Playroom

2011 Designer of the Year Derek Price recently worked with a busy attorney pregnant with her first child, who was stressed out about getting her home ready for the new arrival!

Derek designed a practical and beautiful multi-purpose space that can be used as a laundry room, playroom, and storage area.

Take a look at this inspiring before and after transformation!

Room to Grow: A Unique Nursery

Nicole's client didn't believe in "children's furniture". For her, stylish and sustainable design that would last from infancy through adolescence was important.

She had a small guest room ready to be converted into a nursery for a new baby on the way. Take a look at how Nicole optimized the space to create a design that matches the decor of the house and can be transformed as the child grows and her needs change.

The 9 Best Ways to Organize Your Garage

It's summertime, which means your garage is probably getting a workout with road trips, camping gear, pool toys, gardening tools and more.

Is the clutter starting to build?

You might need some help. Turn your garage into a fun, usable space with these nine garage storage tips!

From Attic Clutter to Walk-In Closet Bliss

Design consultant Nichole Goulet helped her client transform her home office into the walk-in closet she had always dreamed of.

The best part? Her mornings of searching through various closets (including the attic!) to put her outfits together were over!

She loves her new closet and we bet you will too.

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5 Tips for a Greener Laundry Room

What you do in your laundry room has a big impact on the planet -- and your clothes.

So how can you change things up to reduce wear and tear on your clothes, save energy and protect the environment?

Here are our top five tips for a greener laundry room!

Double Wall Beds for a University Bachelor Pad

Experienced design consultant Devra Wasser of California Closets Toronto was more than up for the challenge posed by a mom in Pakistan:

Design an apartment for her two sons that included work stations, sleeping space, folding storage areas and display space. Plus, the perfect spot for the all important TV, so both guys - and their friends - could view it easily.

Devra's final design incorporated all of the functionality requirements with a sleek, handsome look.

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Ecoresin Accents: Beautiful Design with a Purpose

It's always gratifying when a product we sell that makes our clients happy also has a positive impact in the world.

Our Ecoresin® Accents collection is popular with clients who want a custom closet design with a beautiful aesthetic.

Learn more about the positive environmental and social impact they have as well!

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