Client Stories:

Living Big in a Small Apartment for Mother Magazine’s Sarah Ewick

client: Sarah Ewick

location: San Francisco, CA

design consultant: Cygridh Rooney

A girl organizing a custom closet | California Closets

Custom cabinet with stuffed toys | California Closets

What She Wanted

Sarah Ewick, partnerships director at Mother Magazine, had a goal of a modern, functional closet for her young daughters. Because Ewick and her family rent their San Francisco apartment, a custom solution was out of the question. However, more storage for kids’ clothes and toys with higher shelves to store toys with tiny parts (to keep them out of reach from her youngest daughter) was a must. Her daughters’ closet had turned into the default storage space for items that didn’t have a home—books, toys, extra bedding, and clean laundry.

Because we rent, we needed a closet system that wasn't permanent, provided the flexibility to change over time, and could easily be disassembled and reinstalled in a new space.

Sarah Ewick
Custom cabinet with red boots | California Closets
Custom storage cabinet with stuffed toys basket | California Closets

How we did it

Sarah worked with California Closets San Francisco design consultant Cygridh Rooney on a customizable solution utilizing The Everyday System™, California Closets’ modular, quick-ship storage solution designed in collaboration with Martha Stewart. Rooney helped Ewick figure out how many drawers, shelves, clothing racks, and cabinets they needed to give clothing, toys, and miscellaneous items a permanent home. To maximize every inch of available space, the design included a 14-inch-deep system on one side of the closet and a 20-inch-deep system on the other. To keep the space bright in contrast to the darker bedroom, Ewick selected the Perry St. White Woodgrain finish and Gold metal hardware. In no time, the product shipped, and Sarah and her husband installed that weekend.

final result

The Everyday System has genuinely improved life in our not-quite 800-square-foot apartment. Spending more time at home now than ever, I've realized how important it is for everything to have a 'home' to be returned to at the end of the day.

Sarah Ewick

Now, this once underutilized walk-in closet has more than enough storage to effectively organize not only kid’s clothing and toys but also some of Ewick and her husband’s clothes and less-used items like an earthquake kit and bulky winter coats. Sarah’s older daughter Nell even claimed this reimagined closet as her new favorite hideaway, too.

Photo Credits:Maria Del Rio

Design Details


Perry Street White Woodgrain



Additional Accessories:

Metal mesh cabinets

Note: product availability may vary by location

Meet the team

Cygridh Rooney, Design Consultant SF 2017 Cygridh Rooney Design Consultant

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