What They Wanted

After downsizing from a suburban home of 7,000 square feet to a downtown duplex of 2,800 square feet, Tammie and Phil Borders knew efficient storage would maximize their minimal space. Their new duplex required a complete gut renovation, so in addition to an architect, builder, and interior designer, Tammie called California Closets to round out her team. She and Phil were hoping for a master closet that would not only increase organization and functionality, but reflect their urban home’s aesthetic vision: clean, contemporary, and fresh.

Since we downsized, we needed a company like California Closets to come in and utilize what little space we had. Our new house has high ceilings so they built up from the floor, which really helped us transition from a big house to a modest-sized home.

Phil Borders
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Tammie & Phil Borders Client Story California Closets Indianapolis 2019

How we did it

Tammie met with California Closets Indianapolis design consultant Merrick MgGraw at the local showroom to review finishes, hardware, and design options that fit the couple’s vision. From there, Merrick designed a custom walk-in closet featuring open shelving, pull-out valet rods, scarf racks, and two tilt-out hampers. A center island offers ample drawer storage; lights inside the drawers make locating items easy. Neutral finishes with subtle textures contrast with chrome hardware for a clean-lined look that’s warm and inviting.

Every visit to California Closets was like Christmas. I never knew what kind of surprise Merrick would bring out, or what ideas she’d have. It was quite exciting.

Tammie Borders

Final Result

Replete with abundant personalized storage and beautiful design, Tammie and Phil’s master closet efficiently organizes two full wardrobes while seamlessly integrating into the duplex’s contemporary aesthetic. Plus, the pull-out valet rods allow Phil to hang up an outfit the night before each workday, making for easy, stress-free mornings.

California Closets not only met our needs for organization and functionality, but they had a flair for design and style that I didn’t anticipate. It was a welcome surprise.

Tammie Borders

Design Details


Tesoro Pietra

Hardware & Accessories:

Matte chrome hardware


Valet rods

Scarf rack

Belt racks

Tie rack

LED drawer lighting

Tilt-out hampers

Jewelry inserts

*Note: product availability may vary by location

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