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Self-Care Takes Shape in the Form of a Closet: Cynthia’s Story

client: Cynthia Newman

location: Indianapolis, IN

design consultant: Susan Martin-Gibbons

Self-Care Takes Shape in the Form of a Closet: Cynthia’s Story

What She Wanted

Cynthia Newman has always believed that when you look good, you feel good. Having married a man who appreciates clothes almost as much as she does, she’d long been toying with the idea of a separate closet for herself. Then Cynthia’s mother, shortly before passing, encouraged her to do something for herself. A new closet, Cynthia decided, would be “that something.”

Tiffany’s. That was the vision I had in mind. I wanted something vibrant and girly—I wanted the Tiffany Blue.

Cynthia Newman
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Cynthia Newman Client Story - California Closets Indianapolis, 2018

How we did it

Though Cynthia was inspired by the iconic brand’s luxe look, she had a number of practical needs, too. Much of her wardrobe had been stowed out of sight—and sometimes out of mind.

Cynthia and California Closets Indianapolis design consultant Susan Martin-Gibbons met at a house show. Susan had taken notice of Cynthia’s hat, and months later, she was helping Cynthia bring her in-home boutique to life.

Together, the pair incorporated the Tiffany touch with a chic chandelier, black-and-white carpeting, and blue walls. A large armoire makes the search for perfect accessories easy, while ample shelving lifts Cynthia’s shoes out of bins and into the spotlight.

Susan measured everything, [including] how much space I would need for my evening gowns. She counted my shirts, my pants. She even paid attention to how [my closet] would work for me in the future, so I wouldn’t grow out of it.

Cynthia Newman

I immediately thought this is the best thing I've ever done for myself. I walk into the closet, and I’m in a different frame of mind.

Cynthia Newman

Final Result

For Cynthia, clothes aren’t just clothes, but means through which to express her best self. Now, her closet is, too.

Now that every item in Cynthia’s closet has a home, including those she’s inherited from her mother, her morning ritual is less chaotic. The ripple effect, however, amounts to so much more.

Self-care is essential. You don’t always think of self-care as a tangible thing, but this closet was so gratifying. [I feel that] when I pause to take care of myself, I can give more to others from my overflow.

Cynthia Newman

Design Details


Lago® Bellissima White

Hardware & Accessories:

Polished Chrome and crystal handles

Pull-out valet rod

Pull-out belt racks

Microsuede jewelry dividers

Acrylic jewelry dividers

Tilt-out hamper


Slab drawer fronts

Decorative fascia

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