Client Stories:

A Clever,
Kid-Friendly Solution for House Beautiful Editor in Chief, Sophie Donelson

client: Sophie Donelson

location: Queens, NY

design consultant: Carolyn Musher

A Clever,<br> Kid-Friendly Solution for House Beautiful Editor in Chief, Sophie Donelson

Sophie Donelson Client Story Before The Transformation

What She Wanted

Between meetings, travel, and daily deadlines, House Beautiful Editor in Chief Sophie Donelson still manages to juggle a growing family with a smile and sense of humor. In preparation for Baby #2 Sophie decided it was time to rethink a few underutilized and overcrowded spaces in her home. To get the job done, Sophie collaborated with California Closets New York City design consultant and VP of Sales Carolyn Musher to solve her first storage challenge at hand—her son Teddy’s closet. Sophie wanted a thoughtful system that would accommodate and tidy up Teddy’s clothes and toys, but still offer plenty of flexibility and much-needed space for his new sibling.


Sophie Donelson Client Story
Sophie Donelson Client Story Organized White Reach In Closet with Stainless Hardware

How we did it

Carolyn designed a versatile system to optimize the small closet space. Additional hanging room, drawers and plenty of cubbies for games and toys gave Sophie new, accessible storage options. California Closets also invited the professional lifestyle service, Neat Method, to get involved and following the installation, their team outfitted the reimagined space , with the perfect bins, baskets and accessories to add the final touch needed for aesthetics and function!

As a mom herself, my designer Carolyn knew how to address not just my current situation, but to anticipate my organization needs in a few years [when I have two little boys] – what she created can truly grow with my family!

Sophie Donelson

final result

Carolyn's custom design maximized the space and offered even more storage potential, despite the limited square footage. Finally, with a place for everything, the closet offers much-needed order for Teddy’s clothes and toys, and a little extra peace of mind for Sophie.

** Check out the fun video showing how the whole space came together!**

Photo Credits:Cory Dawson Photography

Design Details


Classic White

Hardware & Accessories:

Brushed Aluminum Poles

Polished Chrome Handles


Slab Drawer Faces

Base trim

*Note: product availability may vary by location

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