Client Stories:

A Dream Come True for Fashion Blogger Erika Altes

client: Erika Altes

location: Santa Rosa, CA

design consultant: Evie MacFarlane

A Dream Come True for Fashion Blogger Erika Altes
California Closets client Erika Altes selects a skirt from her newly organized closet

What She Wanted

Throughout her creatively curated lifestyle blog, Whiskey & Lace, Erika Altes’ endearing feminine style shines through her zeal for parties, fashion and everyday living. Longing for a closet of her own to store and showcase her girly ensembles and gorgeous shoes, Erika decided during a recent home renovation to finally realize her dream of having a walk-closet apart from her husband's. Erika collaborated with California Closets San Francisco design consultant Evie McFarlane to transform her current cramped situation into a custom space optimized for Erika’s needs.

Shoes organized by color held in white shelves Organized clothing and accessories in the new closet for client Erika Altes

How we did it

Evie and Erika worked closely on the design for the new walk-in closet and the specific vision Erika had in mind. Understanding that Erika wanted to be be able to see and appreciate her wardrobe, Evie added ample drawers and customized the shelving to make the most of the narrow space. Evie also added special details including a space above the drawers for more precious items such as jewelry boxes and perfume, as well as a valet rod allowing Erika to easily access and put outfits together. Now without feeling cramped, Erika could showcase her clothing and shoes in a way that was both functional and aesthetically pleasing.


Her shoes are like art to her
so getting those out of plastic boxes
was important.

Evie McFarlane

final result

Working with Evie and the California Closets team was a dream come true! They helped bring my vision to life and I couldn't be happier with my experience! My closet is without a doubt my new favorite room in my house!

Erika Altes

Erika's refreshed closet is pretty and practical. Despite narrow walls,
Evie’s smart design keeps things orderly so that Erika starts and finishes her days in a space she loves.

Photo Credits:Andrea Lowry

Design Details


Classic White

Hardware & Accessories:

Brushed chrome hanging poles

Brushed chrome valet rod

Customer sourced decorative hardware


Slab drawer fronts

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