What She Wanted

When Apt 34 founder Erin Hiemstra moved into her charming Victorian home, one of her goals was to have her own serene closet space where she could finally organize and admire her belongings. During her chronicled renovations, Erin had the idea to convert what was once a small bathroom into the closet she always dreamed of having.

We purchased a historic home over 150 years old, and old houses don’t have good closets. I have a son and a growing family, and in a modern life, you need to store a lot of things. We definitely needed a customizable closet solution to meet our storage needs.

Erin Hiemstra
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California Closets client Erin Hiemstra Detail

How we did it

Working with California Closets San Francisco design consultant Paige Gordon, Erin envisioned an open system that would frame an existing window and maximize the room’s 11-foot ceilings. Paige designed a stacked system customized to Erin’s wardrobe that took advantage of the vertical space. A light grey finish provides a clean, classic look, while a center console offers drawer storage complete with microsuede-lined jewelry organizers.

Paige helped me understand all options—materials, colorways, hardware; every detail that takes a design to the next level. There were things I had no idea you could do, like a hidden pull-out hamper drawer. It’s genius.

Erin Hiemstra

Final Result

The transformed room addresses all of Erin’s storage needs without sacrificing style. Though custom and brand-new, its thoughtful design blends easily with the home’s Victorian aesthetic, resulting in a beautiful, seamless solution with long-lasting function.

I love being in my house, and that's primarily because of California Closets. I finally have my dream home and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

Erin Hiemstra

Design Details


Lago® Adriatic Mist

Hardware & Accessories:

Slide-out scarf rack

Tilt-out hamper

Microsuede jewelry divider

Customer-supplied decorative hardware


Decorative top cap

Slab drawer faces

*Note: product availability may vary by location

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