Client Stories:

A Practical, Pretty Playroom for Blogger Sydney Gerten

client: Sydney Gerten

location: Victoria, MN

design consultant: Anna Abrams

Classic white playroom with organized bookshelf for photographer Sydney Gerten

Son of photographer Syndey Gerten peaking inside cabinet of new custom playroom cabinet

What She Wanted

Blogger and photographer Sydney Gerten has her hands full: with two young kids, a brand new house, and a full-time job as a graphic designer, she needed solutions to help streamline her space—particularly the playroom for Sailor, 4, and Brooks, nearly 2. With loads of toys and books between the two children, she envisioned an organized playroom with efficient storage built at kid-level. Additionally, because the playroom is located off the home’s entryway, Sydney wanted the space to be practical but pretty, and well-designed to evolve with their needs over the years. Eager to put her ideas in motion, she reached out to
California Closets Southdale.

We had an amazing experience with California Closets! Anna truly brought my vision to life and transformed our space into something not only functional but beautiful as well! We couldn't be happier with the end result!

Sydney Gerten
Toys and a play kitchen organized with a California Closets custom playroom storage cabinet
Daughter of photographer Syndey Gerten reaching for book in her new custom playroom storage

How we did it

Off the bat, design consultant Anna Abrams and Sydney shared the same vision for a clean, kid-friendly playroom. To customize its functionality, Anna measured how far each child could reach and took Sydney through a series of questions to understand how her kids would use the space.

To ensure the design flowed with the rest of the home, Anna and Sydney met at the California Closets showroom’s Design Studio to select coordinating finishes and hardware. The two were in close collaboration during the entire process—Sydney edited Anna’s ideas to fit her kids’ needs, and Anna translated Sydney’s inspiration photos into tangible solutions to fit the space.

final result

Sydney was an absolute blast to work with. She brought a lot of her own ideas to the table and was receptive to mine; we quickly found we were speaking the same language!

Anna Abrams

This bright and super-functional space is ready for play. Built at the kids’ height, white cabinets are easily accessible and equipped with adjustable shelves for toys of all sizes. Even more, the classic design can easily transform to accommodate a ‘homework room’ or office down the road.

Photo Credits:Sydney Gerten

Design Details


Classic White

Hardware & Accessories:

Oil -rubbed Bronze pulls and handles


5 pc-Shaker doors

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