What She Wanted


A former member of the military, Danielle S. built her home from the ground up—something she had been waiting to do for 20 years. She is now known as the “Official Closet Queen” among her closest friends. They gave her this nickname because Danielle would show them magazine clippings of closets she loved, serving as inspiration for her dream design.

Danielle was drawn to California Closets San Antonio design consultant Carly Montoya’s warm personality and keen attention to detail, trusting her to oversee her long-awaited closet transformation

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How we did it


Carly loved Danielle’s boutique-like vision and was eager to make the highly personalized space of her dreams a reality. One key element for Danielle’s dream closet? A solution for her collection of shoes, which she kept stacked in disorganized shoe boxes.

I did a lot of moving in the military, so I kept all of my shoes in the boxes. I told Carly, ‘You have to light my shoes up. I have to be able to walk in, hit a switch and see all my shoes light up.’ She made that happen for me.

Danielle S.

At the same time, Carly lent an expert eye throughout the process, carefully reviewing elements in Danielle’s inspiration photos to bring Danielle’s vision to life. Carly even included seating area—a bench and a fluffy white chair—so that Danielle could sit comfortably in her closet and try on her shoe collection.

This was something that I’ve been waiting to do for over 20 years.

Final Result


Unable to translate her sense of joy and accomplishment into words once the project was complete, Danielle invited friends and loved ones to a “closet reveal,” with a close friend of 30 years even flying in for the occasion.

I never had a lot of clothes, and sometimes, I used to get teased for wearing the same things over and over. This closet—and everything that I have in the closet that I've worked so hard for—says that I made it. I had a dream, and I followed through.

Design Details

Finish

Chocolate Pear

Hardware & Accessories

Fluted hanging poles

Jewelry drawer dividers

Slide out valet rods and belt rack

Client-provided decorative hardware

Accents

Decorative crown and base molding

LED ribbon and puck lighting

Slab door and drawer fronts

1-piece doors with glass inserts

Slanted shelves with shoe fences

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