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Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts: Crafting A Space With Many Uses

What do you do with a space that's bigger than an alcove, but not quite a room? The answer is that you could do just about anything with it. Imagination is the key.

Design Consultant Monika Kerstens tackles a tough challenge with style.

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Odd Angles & A Slanted Ceiling: Designing A Custom Closet For An Old Home

Ronda's closet space needed a major overhaul, but her old house offered up many challenges, including narrow spaces, a slanted ceiling, and some crazy angles.

Room To Move: Turning A Spare Bedroom Into A Runner's Home Base

Jill is an accomplished marathon runner and mom. She was feeling like her spare room was being under utilized and at the same time was wanting a space that was her own.

Halloween Craft Room Organization

Halloween costumes tend to be last-minute affairs. Is your craft room ready to handle the eleventh-hour rush before Trick-or-Treating?

Creating The Perfect Laundry Room

Andrea Crawford was charged with transforming a laundry room for a very busy working Mom and Dad with two young children. The plan? Design a functional and child safe space that would be aesthetically pleasing, as well.

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Featured Virtuoso Design: A Very "Zen" Boutique Closet

My client Tracy is a very fashionable woman who keeps busy between work, family, horseback riding, yoga and more.

But she had a problem: She and her husband were sharing a reach-in closet in the bedroom of their master suite.

I worked with Tracy to convert the dressing area outside the bathroom of their master suite into a contemporary walk-in closet!

How Custom Can You Get? Housing An Office Aquarium System

There are common misconceptions about custom storage solutions. Many of us are accustomed to thinking that customization entails having adjustable shelves and not much more.

What do you do when you need to house something in your office that's a little more unique than pens, staplers, and copy paper? What if you've got a gigantic aquarium that needs a home?

True customization can solve the problem.

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Design Q&A: Kim Lewis, Interior Designer

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.

For our last interview, meet Kim Lewis, former production designer for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and founder of Kim Lewis Designs.

Lewis has been published in People and InStyle magazines for her architectural and interior design work on the ranch of singer/songwriter, Jewel, and rodeo cowboy, Ty Murray, in Texas. (We worked with Kim on the celebrity couple's closets!)

Upgrading Your Home: Wall Beds For Modern Living

For a lot of people, their image of wall beds is woefully outdated. Wall beds are not comedy fodder like they were in the days of silent movies.

Clean lines, bold colors, modern styling. These are the hallmarks of wall beds today.

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Ginny Q&A: Closet Design from Cradle to College

Custom closets are an investment that can last a lifetime.

When it comes to kids' closets it's especially important to design a system that can transform over time. The needs of a toddler, a kid and a teen are different.

Ginny Snook Scott is our chief design officer but she's also a mother of three, so she knows the secret to keeping kids organized. Here are her tips on how to design your kids' closets to grow with them.

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Before & After: A Happy Home Office

Lois and her husband have their hands full with a 2-year-old son, busy careers and a frequent need to work from home.

As the national marketing director of California Closets, Lois knows a thing or two about organization and design - and she knew that their home office design was not working.

They were thrilled to finally turn their non-functional multi-purpose room into a productive and comfortable home office and guest room.

Q&A with Ginny: Color Trends

Our chief design officer Ginny Snook Scott is an expert in organizing your home with style and personality.

The terrific thing about color is that you can organize and decorate with the trends, while still leaving room to update and upgrade later!

We interviewed Ginny about the biggest color trends that are influencing our custom closet designs this fall.

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.

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