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  • Writer's pictureShayna Marie

I am so excited to share our full closet makeover breakdown with you all. I know some of you may have seen the initial reveal on instagram of the closet but I had so many of you who were curious about the design process and how it all works. So, I am going to get down into all the details so you can see exactly how we went from start to finish. (I wouldn't even say its completely finished either because I will probably continue to organize and move our things around until I really feel like it's the perfect layout for us.)

When we bought the house we knew right away that we were going to rip out the previous set up as it was not very functional and was pretty beat up so it really needed a face lift anyways. It really is a good size closet, but didn't feel that way with the prior set-up. One of the main goals with the new design for me was to really use the space we had in the most functional way possible.

I worked with Katie Swinburne who is a local designer at CA Closets San Diego on this space. I came in with an idea of what my overall goals were but she really was the brains behind using up every inch of the space perfectly. And of course she made it look beautiful as well as you've seen!

Katie came over and took measurements for everything and then we sat down and completely designed the space together from the ground up right there on her computer. It was really cool to watch it all come together right before my eyes. We really went over our personal wardrobe in detail in order to make sure we had ample space for each category of items. Hanging space was really important for us and I am SO thrilled with the amount of hanging space we ended up with. She really worked with me to make sure we got exactly what we wanted while still staying within our budget. They have so many cool extra features they offer and we were able to pick which ones really stood out for us.

We decided on some fun simple features like the pull out dirty clothes bins, a jewelry drawer, tie & robe hooks, etc. There are SO many things you can pick from to design the closet of your dreams though, we are just generally more simple when it comes to style. I am still in awe of how great it came out, its absolutely perfect for our family.

The Before

The original layout in the house when we purchased it was just not very functional and had so much folded space but no drawers and not a ton of hanging space. It was also old and beat up since it wasn't taken care of so we knew we would just wipe it out and start from a clean slate. As you can see when Katie came in we had just a fresh room to work with, which made the process extra seamless for us as well.

The Design

One of my favorite parts of the entire process was getting to see all of the renderings in real time of our closet as we made our adjustments. Being able to say "Oh, what if we did this?" and then actually getting to see the change made immediately was such a game changer in making decisions instead of just trying to imagine what it might look like.

We kept the colors cohesive with the rest of our home/master bath in order for it to flow throughout the house. We loved the simple white look for the wood and decided to go with the gold to match what we have in our other rooms. It was the perfect bronzy gold for us which works perfectly with all of our Brizo fixtures. It's subtle but beautiful and I'm so glad we went with that choice.

And then the team got to work and we watched our renderings come to life perfectly...

The After

I am so glad we ended up going with the jewelry drawer. Although I'm not someone who has a ton of jewelry, having at least one drawer where I could keep my things organized was so crucial. Without that I really didn't have any other solution for properly storing any pieces I do have. You could do multiples of this option if needed but one was perfect for my needs.

Again, the ample hanging space was one of our biggest requests and as you can see we got PLENTY of space for all of our hanging needs. I also love the storage above that goes all the way up to the ceiling because its perfect for being able to store all of those items you don't use all the time but want to have access to when needed. I went with some bins just to keep the look clean and simple. It's also a great space to display any kinds of nicer items you want to have out so I may swap things in and out of those cubbies over time. I love having the option of doing so many different things in those spaces.

And now for a before and after side by side because I know we all love to see it! What a beautiful closet we have now, I am SO happy. You can also watch the video version of the before and after on my instagram post here as well:

We couldn't recommend California Closets enough. From the amazing team, to the design process and completed product it all was just perfect. Don't be fooled by their name though, they do have locations in lots of other states so be sure to check your area when considering a company for your closet makeover. You can also check out their instagrams here:

  • Writer's pictureShayna Marie

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  • Writer's pictureShayna Marie

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