Client Stories:

A Jewel Box Studio for Designer Ariel Gordon

client: Ariel Gordon

location: Piedmont, CA

design consultant: Katy Milton

Ariel Gordon with her family of four, custom white closets and floral walls

Floral walls with orange ceiling light fixture with Ariel Gordon

What Ariel Gordon Wanted

Ariel Gordon, creator and designer of her eponymous jewelry collection, has fashioned a business that offers its clientele beauty, meaning, and delicate craftsmanship all wrapped up in the form of brilliant baubles.

Her ability to combine all these things in a pretty package also came in handy at home when travel restrictions grounded her commute to LA. Thinking about her dream WFH space, she decided to build an outdoor shed/studio that could double as a cozy guest suite and family hangout. To make the most of the space’s small footprint, Ariel turned to California Closets San Francisco’s Katy Milton to work her magic.

I wanted a big work surface, storage for office stuff, a place to securely keep jewelry samples (the cabinets have a hidden lock), a closet for hanging clothes, and built-in benches.

Ariel Gordon
white four door cabinet and white shelves with books
Custom white cabinet and lady with a kid opening drawer

How California Closets did it

Together, Katy and Ariel created a versatile custom design that included a large work desk with ample storage and a space-saving wall bed for guests. Katy used crown molding to give the cabinets flanking the bed a built-in look. Her design also included a banquette equipped with extra storage, where Ariel could enjoy lunch, play games with family, or have a comfortable meeting. Ariel selected her own whimsical floral wall-covering, which gives the entire space playful personality.

final result

I’m not an interior designer and I made a lot of bold choices, so it was super rewarding to see it all work so well. I also love being able to have ‘campouts’ in here with my kids.

Ariel Gordon

Multi-functional and maximized, Ariel’s studio oasis gives her flexibility, inspires productivity, and allows her to enjoy meaningful moments with her family from the comfort of home.

Photo Credits:Erika McConnell

Design Details


Luxematte Dove


Matte Gold

Additional Accessories:

Shaker fronts

Contemporary crown molding

Square base molding

Side-tilt soft motion wall bed

Gooseneck reading light in wall bed

Pull-out keyboard tray in desk area

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