What She Wanted

Crystal Palecek, a busy mom and entrepreneur, successfully co-founded and guided the success of Rue magazine by channeling her longtime passion for interior design. During the process of renovating and redecorating her family’s new home, Crystal decided to reimagine the pool cabana into her personal studio where she could transition her professional focus from the pages of Rue to interior design projects. Already striking with its pitched ceiling and exposed beams, the light-filled space needed to feel inviting and echo the classic, California-cool style she had created throughout the rest of her home.

A custom built-in by California Closets for my desk area and storage was in my design plan from day one and was definitely a jumping off point. Since the footprint of the space is limited, I knew this would be an efficient use of space and provide the storage I needed.

Crystal Palecek
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California Closets client Crystal Palecek enjoying her work space

How we did it

To achieve her vision, Crystal enlisted California Closets San Francisco design consultant Caren Antone. Caren reviewed Crystal’s desired neutral palette, then considered the studio’s multifunctional needs to create a streamlined desk design with ample workspace and storage. Caren and Crystal went over every detail: dedicated space for the printer; shelving for product samples and supplies; a hidden area for a power strip; and open shelving for books and keepsakes.

It’s not just a beautiful storage system, it’s a workhorse. I love the mix of closed storage for samples and open shelving to display objects. It brings a lot of joy to my life.

Crystal Palecek

Final Result

Crystal now has a pretty and professional home studio where she can focus on her personal design projects. Everything she needs has a place to give her the organized and well-appointed environment she wanted.

I’m an interior designer who really believes good design has the power to transform your life. When you’re in an organized, clutter-free space, it helps you clear your mind and improve the quality of your day.

Crystal Palecek

Design Details


Tesoro™ Linen

Hardware & Accessories:

Black Bronze handles


Base molding

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