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Primary Closet Reveal! Our Functional and Beautiful Scandinavian Farmhouse DREAM Closet

It’s closet reveal day, and I say that with equal doses of excitement and gratitude. I’m going to write this post with as much objectivity as possible, almost pretending it’s not mine because y’all this closet is incredible. Of course I was part of the design process as a client, but it’s all thanks to the California Closets team, led by pro designer Amy Bodi in Oregon (with an all-female staff, btw) who designed behind the scenes for weeks before it was installed IN ONE DAY (practically). It’s a real embarrassment of riches, and I love every single second I’m in here.

Where Are We In The House?

As you can see the closet is between our bedroom and our bathroom, with a door between the closet and our bedroom. It’s the perfect location for us as I like to bathe at times after Brian goes to bed (and then dry my dumb hair because I can’t sleep on it wet) and I often get up way before him and want to dress without waking him up. The point is – having the bath and closet together with a closable door to the bedroom has proved handy many many times.

The Big Reveal!!

It’s a real dream y’all and I feel like the luckiest person on the planet that this is ours. Let’s talk about layout first because a closet is a utilitarian space and needs to function for daily needs. We designed this with California Closets (the Oregon branch) specifically for our daily clothing use which leans far more utilitarian these days. I still LOVE fun fashion and at times miss the need to try out things, but I rarely leave the house besides yoga, kids’ sports, and groceries (and LOVE it).

I’m on the left side and back, and Brian is on the right (and the drawer column along the back). Yes, I use more space because I have much more clothes. The combination of hanging rods, drawers, and shelves is PERFECT for us.

A Mix of Open And Closet Storage, Shelves, and Drawers FTW

We wanted a mix of closed storage, rods, shelves, and drawers to achieve the perfect balance of ‘easy to access’ and ‘nice to look at’ (Thank you Amy for guiding us towards more open storage :)). We fold our jeans (personal preference) so putting them on shelves behind the cabinet looked cleaner and yet easier to access than a bin within a shelf (which I like for things like spanks or swimsuits but not things you need to fold). Dresses or long coats/suits obviously get the full-length spot but anything that looks messy on a daily basis gets hidden.

Storage Symmetry = Clean Look + Easier For The Eye To Understand

Canvas Laundry Rolling Hamper

As you can see we chose to be symmetrical (you don’t have to) because my eye likes when something is visually easy to understand, especially in a potentially chaotic environment. All our blouses are hung, sweaters and sweatshirts are folded on shelves, with T-shirts and workout gear in the drawers beneath the hanging rods. We also had the option of more hanging rods on the bottom but chose space for hampers instead (mine has a rod if I change my mind). I bought this tall Amish wood hamper due to its perfect size, but it’s too heavy and deep to deal with so for Brian’s side I bought the Rejuvenation rolling hamper with the canvas bag (which works better in every way honestly).

Ceramic Pot | Leather Baskets | Wood Bins

As you can imagine I edited our wardrobes a bit for this professional partnership shoot because my intent is always a mix of real + aspirational, but Brian wants me to reassure you that he’s not a psychopath based on his side of hanging clothes. He walked in after I styled out his side and I think was a bit bummed that I didn’t include his vintage teal and gold Rams jacket…

Drawers In A Closet Instead Of A Dresser? Yes. Contain that mess.

Here’s my pitch for prioritizing a well-appointed closet over a dresser (or two) in a bigger bedroom (I’m currently lucky enough to have both in this house). Should you have the space and are considering or currently remodeling, I’d go for a smaller bedroom with no wall for a dresser in order to get a large enough closet for drawers or a stand-alone dresser. I’m messy so this is imperative for keeping our bedroom clean so that I can sleep, but it also just means all the “clothing ingredients” are together. I have the same feelings about the kitchen/cooking areas: I’d rather have a prep pantry and a more compact kitchen than a big kitchen with a small pantry. It’s all about containing the process and therefore mess – but it’s totally a personal preference. I also just want to call out my excellent hair in that shot and how it took me almost 5 years to recover from the bleach and chop that many of you warned me not to get 🙂 I have real, thick, non-extensioned hair again!!!! (Thanks to some time and supplements).

Our Finish Choice: Light Natural Wood

This cabinet front choice was harder than we thought it would be, not because we were unsure of the wood but because we were unsure of the wood tones together (including our Zena flooring). So we almost went white, but then I was reminded of Joy’s closet and just wanted the warmth of wood! Y’all I think we all need to obsess less about mixing different wood tones together. Pretty looks good with pretty, full stop (but California Closets has a LOT of options including gray tones, dark wood tones, and of course white).

The Pull Out Steaming or Prep Rod

Basket Planter

This rod has been strangely helpful. For different fashion partnerships, I will put all the options there and steam them out, keeping them all in one location as I put together outfits. It retracts back when not in use. It’s SO nice.

The Brass Hardware

Drawer Pulls | Cabinet Knobs

In an attempt to not busy it up too much we kept with gold on wood (low-contrast) and opted for Rejuvenation’s new Ansel pulls and knobs. California Closets lets you offer your own hardware and you can even do multiple handles or knobs, but we wanted large, easy to grab, and simple.

Leather Rods And Brass Detailing

The details of the finishes are so good – leather rods and brass fittings. We went with the taupe leather to again, keep the contrast down and make it look more seamless and quiet.

Smart Shoe Drawers + Shoe Shelves Up Top

I was never a huge displaying-my-shoes-person before we moved back to Oregon, but now even more so. So we told Amy we wanted some easy-to-access but none that needed to feel like a shoe display or shoe showroom. These drawers pull out and can store 4-6 pairs each, and then up top, we have more shelves that fit some less worn shoes.


The Drop Zone/Shelf

When our designer Amy suggested a drop zone shelf I didn’t predict how much I’d use it. It’s GREAT, mostly for pulling things out of my pockets before throwing clothes in the wash. Think receipts, chapstick, doggy bags, etc. Plus it’s a fun place to break up all the clothes with a sweet styling moment.

Marble Tray

The Jewelry Drawer

I only wear jewelry for shoots or special occasions because I end up taking them off and losing them :). This drawer is incredible and obviously allows for a place for any and all rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.

I seriously debated how to style the top of these cabinets. Do I even put anything up there? I needed to play and experiment with what would work and make a tiny bit of sense. While Brian was out of town I went out to the prop closet and brought inside a bunch of pretty things that I thought could work – artwork that hadn’t found a place on a wall yet, stacks of vintage quilts that I love, and of course some plants. I was VERY reticent about putting plants on top because that felt like it could lean too 80s but y’all, there is a skylight RIGHT THERE. These plants might actually love it (except the faux one – can you guess which one?????). Looking at it now I LOVE how it’s styled on top and it brings me happiness every time I walk past. Yes watering the plants might be annoying at some point, but that monstera has been up there for a month (we shot this a while ago) and I’ve watered it twice with a step stool and it was only a ‘3’ on the annoying scale.

Jeans | Top

As you can see in the below photo any and all belts and bags are on hooks on the side of the cabinets. You have options to add way more (or add tie storage) but we don’t have a lot of that so we didn’t.

The Mirror

We of course wanted a mirror in here (even though I now have a big one in our bedroom) and we love that it is super simple and opens for more shelving behind it.


The bench is a Katy Skelton original that I’ve had for almost 10 years – it works so well in here. The rug we bought from Schoolhouse. It’s a 4’x6′ and we really need a 5’x6′ or a 6’x6′ (which doesn’t exist). I would have gotten a 5’x8′ but it would look like wall-to-wall carpet plus we have a huge air return that couldn’t be covered so it needed to be 6′ wide. But if you are wondering why it’s a different orientation for different angles it’s because we cheated it for each shot.

Let me be clear – a large closet like this is not essential to a life well lived, but it’s certainly a ‘good to have’ and certainly adds a lot of value to our home. I can enthusiastically state the obvious – having a well-thought-out and designed closet is pretty darn lovely. When we started designing the layout of this house 2 (3?) years ago we planned for a decent-sized primary closet. Whether I intended to or not, fashion (read: me trying on clothes) has ended up being a big revenue generator for my company so having a nice-looking closet as well as good storage (and a great steaming/prep area) became relatively important.

Should we ever decide to sell this house we knew first-hand the power of a spacious closet (or lack thereof). When we first put our LA house on the market – people loved the house, but many were turned off enough by the lack of closets. But that house was built in 1920 and lives are different now (for better or worse) so the expectation on a recently remodeled house is spacious closets. And spacious it is.

A huge thanks to California Closets for partnering with us on this closet. Amy Bodi, our designer, was so thoughtful and extremely detailed in her design. The process was incredibly seamless from start to finish. Also, I must shout out the installers who came in like ninjas and installed it all in one day (they came back the next day to add trim, etc, but it was almost fully functional after the first day). Designing and installing a closet like this is certainly a luxury and they nailed it on every single level. We are extremely impressed with the quality, the services, the function, and the style – it’s truly incredible and we feel like the luckiest people in the world. xx

Additional Resources:
Flooring: Zena Forest Products
Skylight: Velux
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams, “Extra White”

*Photos by Kaitlin Green


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132 thoughts on “Primary Closet Reveal! Our Functional and Beautiful Scandinavian Farmhouse DREAM Closet

  1. I’d love to know the dimensions of this closet — considering a similar layout (with a small “hallway” to the bathroom) in our (much smaller) house!

    1. It’s something between 7′-8′ x 8′-9’… if you assume each “unit” of clothes are 2′ (I think they are more like 20″), you’d get the larger dims I noted with 1′ for the mirror.

  2. Oooooh it is so pretty Emily!! And I absolutely love the two wood tones together <3 I think pretty (wood) really does always look good with pretty (wood) 😉 And that monstera and the whole top-styling is fabulous! So happy you get to enjoy this every day 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and functional closet! Your willingness to be vulnerable, honest, and share your most personal spaces with all of us is truly appreciated.
    Any chance you could share the source for the jeans you are wearing with plaid flannel button-down in the photos above? They are so good!

    1. I second this, and was going to ask the same thing, they look like the sexy vintage men’s jeans I accidentally destroyed and have never been able to replace. Closet looks great too 😆.

    2. Another request for the jeans link! I’m looking for some loose-but-not-sloppy jeans, and those are v cute.

  4. I was hoping we’d get to see that gigantic window across from the closet. Looks like there are light filtering shades that work from the bottom up (?) The light coming from the window into the closet is so pretty, also that pink top you are wearing is adorable!! Very nice space!!

          1. Kj, your deep dive research abilities and generosity in sharing with all of us are amazing! You should be on the EHD payroll 🙂

          2. Totally agree! I’m blown away kj. My head would be spinning if I could do that at all. Ps I love how you post what you’re reading/listening to also. Very community focused.

  5. I think I would end up just sitting in this closet for hours. Lol. Incredible mix of beauty and practicality.

  6. It is stunning. The skylight works wonders as well and I love the plants up there. Out of curiosity, where will the peloton be living now?

  7. Thank you for changing the jarring language in the article. I’m confused why the previous comments were removed?

      1. Respectfully, the comments I read were not negative. The comments I read expressed concern, but in an appropriate way. I took a minute to read more about the concerning language and when I came back to the thread I was disappointed to see the conversation had disappeared.

        1. While I’m guessing Emily had no idea as to the origins of the term (only assuming this because I’m a similar demographic and also had no clue) the negativity in the comments actually served as a “teachable moment” for me. I had wondered where that expression came from—not enough to google apparently—but I wondered. I disliked it before and now I agree it’s offensive. Great that it’s been removed from the post, but the relevant comments could have been left as a way to enlighten others, imho.

          1. In the initial article, Emily used a word to describe Brian’s hurt feelings that has a questionable origin, and people were understandably offended/concerned. The words were removed from the article and the comments were deleted without being addressed by the EHD team. The lack of transparency has left the comments wide open for those who were offended to be mocked and gaslit by other posters, which is exactly why this was not the best way to handle the situation. IMO, the EHD team needs to step in.

        2. You are right AE! I should reword that as I didn’t like the choice of word either- yes I think it’s good they removed it and I also can understand wanting to remove the comment even if others don’t.

      1. Clearly EHD feels the language is potentially offensive enough to remove, so why not share the rationale? And we all know that plenty of “irrelevant” conversation takes place in these comments.

      2. agreed. people love to clutch their pearls about things they dont understand. Everything we fear and dont understand is now immediately in the camp of “Im offended”. On the internet, and on these boards, man, do people loooove to be offended. It makes them feel important and “in” on the conversation. “im so important and educated on current events im going to be offended enough to make a comment on a lifestyle website and feel like I fought the fight”.

        1. Or… It’s not clutching pearls but a teachable moment that needed to be had. Using phrases to appear hip or cool always runs that risk. And if it can be avoided and learned from, count me as always in the camp for fighting for what’s right. It’s not like people were pointing out petty punctuation crap.

          1. Agree. I see no harm in changing my language if someone is offended. Even if I don’t completely understand their POV, it takes like a second and almost always very little effort on my part. Comments like Ellen’s are rude and dismissive of humanity. That’s one way to live life, but I find the other way a lot easier.

      3. Interesting link, thanks. Note that the link says it doesn’t have to do with either sex OR spanking. It’s just a saying. I got here after the kerfuffle for which I’m grateful, and now I get to chuckle that WW3 was started over such an innocuous turn of phrase. Really, people.

        1. People take this blog way too seriously. Anything that pushes back on the audience’s “fake outrage” are dismissed (at least by those who down-vote and reply back) and seen as “rude”. so bizarre.
          However, I dont want to detract further from Emily’s nice, fun, sponsored post about closets. I LOVE the closet. well done.

          1. Ellen, I didn’t read any outrage this morning and don’t see any now. Just people expressing concern and then a couple people (including you) essentially telling them they’re being ridiculous. I don’t see the point of your comments (or Alice’s) other than shaming and pot-stirring. The only inflammatory comments (ex “outrage”, “WW3”) are coming from people who don’t seem to have a problem with the words posted this morning, which is totally fine, but what is the point of continually dismissing and inflaming those who did? That behavior is rude and bizarre.

      4. Even if that alternate origin is the case (and I did also do some research with mixed results), a joking reference using a term that is rooted in corporal punishment of children is crass and offensive. And perhaps demeaning to Brian, which I am sure was not the intention. Glad it was removed, and appreciate that some parts of the discussion remain here in the comments.

    1. Neither here nor there, but I wonder about this language policing sometimes… are people really, genuinely concerned/offended, or is this just another way to be *right* in public? It feels so arrogant sometimes, like your way of looking at the world is the only one that’s proper and everybody has to change their behavior to fit your preferences. And all for words! I dunno… the glee with which people take each other to task for saying the wrong things while loudly claiming to be the kindest and most inclusive people out there is just weird to me.

      1. Sara, why do you assume people are gleeful? Why is it a problem to change when someone is offended? It takes like a second and very little effort. Words matter.

        EHD team, I really wish you would step in here. If you had explained why you removed the words, I don’t think we’d continue to have folks coming here to mock the people offended. It’s a secondary phenomenon that is ugly and I really wish you would set a boundary.

      2. Sara, I agree that “word policing” can often come dangerously close to censorship. But in this case, I think it was appropriate to point out that the word in question can have really ugly and offensive connotations. I for one am glad to know because I had no clue. No one thinks EHD was aware of these connotations either, btw. The original poster was trying to raise their awareness. The world has gotten a lot more sensitive in recent years to me it feels like progress.

        1. You’re kind of missing my point. You seem so sure that you’re right, that your feeling of offense should be universal, that you have the knowledge to “educate” everybody, and if you just do that, then we’ll all agree with you. But what if that’s not true? When it’s something as minor as a throwaway phrase, we could all do with a little live and let live. It’s ok if we speak differently from each other. There’s no single perfect way to be in the world. And sometimes people’s insistence that we all need to adhere to their criteria of being a good person is way more unkind than the original offense.

          1. Not at all sure that I am right. But, if there’s a chance that using a certain word is potentially triggering and upsetting to some vulnerable people, then I will err on the side of sensitivity. Nobody here was trying to shame, just offer some additional information. I really don’t understand how caring about others is now being framed as the offensive part n

          2. Sara, I think we understand your point. And I don’t think anyone is trying to prove they’re “right”. It’s unkind to tell people they shouldn’t be offended by something. And in this particular instance, the EHD team owned that what was published was problematic. Why are you trying to prove it wasn’t?

    2. We deleted the phrase from the post because it was brought to our attention that it potentially has a malicious, offensive origin. The first comment was removed to protect our readers from being triggered once again by the phrase (we were unaware of the origin and would not have published it if we had known). We have been monitoring this thread with the understanding that some of you felt the discussion should stay to teach and inform. We strongly want our readers to feel like they are heard which is why we have a comment section and genuinely value your input! However, when the comments become nasty towards the EHD team or other readers we reserve the right to remove them. I hope this helps alleviate the tension in this thread. We love your feedback but we do expect respectful dialogue on both sides in the comment section. xx

      1. Ryann, thank you for this. I would also really love to see the EHD team take greater care not to flippantly use the phrase “pull the trigger” when describing a decision-making process. There are other phrases (take the plunge, make the leap) that convey the same meaning without being hurtful. I have been reading EHD daily since 2014 but last year I had to take a break because Emily and other team members repeatedly used “pull the trigger” in their posts, despite many of us commenters politely requesting otherwise. I know it was completely innocuous on EHD’s part with no harm intended at all. But that phrase really is hurtful. And no, I’m not overreacting. When you’ve lost a family member to gun violence or a gun suicide (as I have and as many Americans have, unfortunately) the phrase “pull the trigger” hurts every. single. time. I haven’t seen it in posts lately and I hope that it’s because of a conscious decision on EHD’s part. If that is the case, thank you very much; your sensitivity is greatly appreciated. And as always, thank you for the great design content and the excellent posts. They’re always entertaining and informative and personal and great. xoxo

  8. Beautiful!!! Keep on enjoying the fruits of your hard work and success! I recently worked with CC too and am very happy with the outcome. In case anyone else is planning a new closet, sharing my favorite details: I put three mirrored doors next to each other and hinged them to create a store-dressing-room-style three-way mirror. Like you, I put the mirrored section on the back wall to increase the sense of space when entering the closet. I used tie racks on the side of my drop zone shelf, which is above my jewelry drawer, to hang the long statement necklaces that i really hope make a comeback. And rather than get the extremely expensive closet backing, I had the walls painted a pretty contrasting color. (Also plan to wallpaper the ceiling.)

    1. Love this, Shannon! Is this the white? What size is your closet? We have his & hers closets off our bathroom, but they are just 6’8”x5’8” so we can’t really do anything amazing with them.

      1. Thank you KJ!!! This is actually their “Linen” finish. It’s a warmer white with a subtle but impactful linen texture. Not sure of exact dimensions but the closet is about 10×10

          1. Also, Emily chose the 24” deep option, which will definitely be a cleaner look for photos. But there’s a narrower one, 18” I think, that I used and would be better for slightly smaller walk-ins. My hangers will protrude into the room past the vertical dividers, but I wanted to preserve the open space in the middle.

          2. I think she used the 24″ on the sides, bout the 18″ for the back. As you point out, those hangers seem to protrude more. And the space at the bottom seems narrower.

    2. Shannon, I love the elegant feel of your closet with the painted back walls and the linen warm white color. It looks so quiet and opulent with the ceiling fixture pushing the light up to the ceiling instead of down to the floor. Do you have an Instagram? I would love to see it with the flooring installed and the clothing hung.

      1. Oh my goodness, thank you Sunny, I’m so flattered! I don’t have an IG but I will share some more details here. I think elegant with a splash of opulent was the goal, come to think of it. It won’t be as “quiet” when completed though! The ceiling will be papered in this floral. The floor is a natural white oak plank, but will be covered by this rug. This ottoman, in this fabric, will be in the center.

          1. And while I wish I could take all the credit, the wonderful Sarah Vaile of Sarah Vaile Design (who does have an Instagram!) chose the wall color, rug and ottomon/fabric.💜

          2. PS-I negotiated a significant discount with the dealer for the rug—didn’t intend to post the price 😬—about 40% off.

          3. Shannon, I hope she posts the finished closet to her Insta! The colors are so rich and and yet quiet in their overall feel. Well done!

  9. That photo of you looking down at a piece of jewelry looks like a grown up version of Birdie admiring something bright pink or purple and sparkling. 💖 So sweet!

  10. Big puddle of drool around me right now. Your closet is bigger than our bedroom. And much prettier too. Love it. Want it. Need it. Who needs a bed to sleep in? We can learn to sleep standing up.

  11. It looks perfect. I really like your approach on this one. There’s so much symmetry without overthinking. There’s space for all types of clothes and accessories. Some things can hang or if you change your mind they can be folded. There are things I switch out based in season. Sometimes my sweaters hang, other times tshirts hang and sweaters are folded. Your closet allows a lot of functionality and flexibility.

  12. Amazing! We just got a CA closet installed in our bedroom and in the laundry room and have been happily surprised by the great quality. And they were so easy to work with!

  13. Wow. It’s like a boutique! I think the true winner (besides the gorgeous built-ins) are the skylight and the window directly opposite. Natural light is so essential for great design, especially for a landlocked (lightlocked?) room. And you NAILED the styling. Well done! It’s so dreamy.

    1. Ditto this question! I would love to know what supplements you took that helped support your hair growth! It looks gorgeous!

      The closet is STUNNING!! The color palette has totally inspired me for my living room design. Thank you so much for the great content! I adore your designs.

    2. I had major hair loss issues after chemo (extreme thinning, but still had head hair) and it went from dead straight to ringlets (and remains this way)… I took Swisse Hair, Skin and Nails.
      My hair is so much better and, indeed, so are my nails. My gands are in the dirt frequently as an avid gardener and they’re so much stronger.
      I continue to take it daily and buy it when it’s on half price special.😏

  14. It’s gorgeous and looks extremely functional! And I noticed and admired both your up-top styling and your beautiful hair before I read your comments about them!

  15. What a gorgeous closet, and beautifully styled! I can very well relate it makes you happy every time you’re in there. It would make me happy, too. And yes – your hair looks fantastic 🙂 Many greetings from Berlin

  16. I’m wondering how you keep the closet from smelling like shoes… We keep all our shoes in a shoe cabinet in the entry. Kids’ shoes especially are really icky.

  17. Love CA Closets! We moved into our house a year ago and ended up making one of the bedrooms into a closet for me using CA Closets. I went with more simple (cheaper) options and finishes than Emily and I love it, especially the jewelry drawer! Mine has an open area above it where I have a vintage-looking mirror, a tray for my perfumes, and pretty objects. I will probably wallpaper the back of that area when I get around to it. We also went with built in pull-out hampers which I love. It is an investment but so worth it. And it makes up for the tiny main bathroom we have 🙂

  18. LOVE the closet. Well done. totally well planned and I love the flow btwn the bedroom, closet, and bathroom. Total Dream.

  19. I’d love to know the overall dimension of the closet too. Also….so gorgeous. I *love* the leather rods and brass detailing. I’ve never seen that before and it is a beautiful touch!

  20. Hi! So I reeeallllly don’t want to seem at all negative because this is a beautiful closet that I’d be delighted to have. That’s clear. This is more a larger-scale question about the farmhouse content, and something I would love to see. I’ve always been a bit puzzled by the reference to this being a “farmhouse.” If this post existed in isolation from the rest of the blog, I’d never guess this was a farmhouse “style” at all. I’m honestly not trying to nitpick, I’m more just thinking it would be cool for Emily (and maybe Caitlin?!) to write something again about what farmhouse style means in the market, what it’s historically been, and how this house references those qualities. I often don’t see it except in the fact that it sits on a large plot of land, and was originally the layout you might see in a farmhouse. I think I see it more in the vintage pieces Emily is sourcing (which I love). It might be helpful for people who want that look, but can’t renovate a home in that style. And as a very long-time reader of the blog (for a good 12 years), I feel like it would take us back to those SFAS days when Emily diagnosed styles, and looked for ways to incorporate without a large-scale reno.

    1. I think it’s just called the farmhouse because it was originally built as such, and because they plan to have animals and grow food. As far as the interiors go, my understanding is though there will be some classic farmhousey elements, the intention was never to lean all the way into that particular style, or any one style—other than Emily’s unique taste and what she finds appealing, like calm Scandi colors and unique vintage finds and cool blues with warm wood tones and textures sprinkled in.

  21. This may be one of the best before and after shots I’ve seen on this blog. 😮😍

    But I’ve seen many after like 10 years of visiting. crazy . How pretty. Oh you know what, it kind of reminds me of the sponsored wood shelving reveal in the LA office. So pretty. Also just love wood.

  22. I am in the market for a built in closet and know have been warned multiple times about how CA closets are that we are likely to not even get a quote. I’d love to see a cost breakdown and/or options on how to get the look while not going full out. We are doing a large scale renovation and $20-30K on closets seems really over the top as much as I would love to do it.

    1. For what it’s worth, I priced out three closet companies—CC, ClosetWorks and Closet Factory. They were all comparable. There are a lot of ways to keep cost down when choosing materials and design. One option you could also consider is using a less expensive option for your auxiliary closets, like pre-built dividers or Elfa, and only use a custom company for the primary closets.

    2. Ann, you could recreate this same design almost identically using the IKEA pax system. It has the jewellery drawers, pull out rail, drawers within wardrobe etc. Apologies if it’s a little poor taste to mention that when this is a sponsored post, but definitely there’s a “get the look for less” option and many blogs showing how to make the pax look built in.

      Also, something I’ve done many times as a renter is to find cheap (Ikea or similar) shelving units and drawers that fit inside the alcoves of the existing built in closets, to maximise storage as I don’t have very many items that need long hanging space.

      1. I invested (still hurts a little) in a California closet for my primary closet. It’s much smaller than this but enough to step into and dress and feel in my own personal space. I love it and have zero regrets. The quality of the planning and materials is noticeable. That said, I started looking at other closets and realized the payout just would be there. Loads of other options can make a simple reach in closet work like a dream. If I were building new I’d lean heavily toward a CC for the primary, but any of the other alternatives mentioned above in the other spaces. The ikea option doesn’t have to be DIY either, if you have a finish carpenter with custom experience they most certainly can help. Just know that ikea might not be up to hard use (kids or equipment storage.).

    3. I’d also love to know price points. Like if you weren’t getting this for free what would the price be on all of it.

  23. Hi, congratulations getting it done and it looking lovely.
    I am currently doing closets and very interested in pull down rods, that they are now soft close and can utilize some of the space above high ceilings. Plus practicality in general. I get that when designing open space is often the obvious first luxury, but when does practically become the true luxury?
    Good if you can do a post on form verses function in the different choices in a renovation, I think closets are a huge one. Eg symmetry of spaces in a closet verses actual sizes required eg different height drawings for different items like smaller for panties and socks, bigger for sweaters etc. same with hanging, shirt length, medium dresses and long for maxi dresses and coats etc. (like you did in your kitchen layout)
    Thanks in advance as I know enough of a juggle, getting it done, near the budget, looking good, functional…..without going to maximizing the decisions. Well done getting it done and living out of it.

  24. It looks great! But while the natural light looks wonderful, is there not a risk of it fading the clothes hanging out on view…?

    1. This closet is what dreams are made of!

      I’ll be curious to see how light impacts as well. At first I was thinking there wasn’t that much light because it is actually across from the window and not inside of the space, but then I remembered the skylight. I love the idea of a window in your “dressing room” – but my niece had a window in hers and a bunch of her clothing did in fact fade from years being across from the sun streaming in.

      This may be the reason they chose the full depth vs. more shallow cabinetry, perhaps offers more protection (like mini closets within the closet).

      I think natural light is beautiful and truly makes the space. So that might be one vote in favor of including doors and less open storage, even if less convenient.

  25. First of all, your hair looks gorgeous. Second, congrats on this beauteous closet. I LOVE the way your styled the top of the cabinets. I love the function! And the wood is perfect. I mean, I was a little surprised that you, Emily Henderson wanted wood finish…ha, ha, ha! just kidding. Of COURSE you did. And it’s perfect. Mixing pretty with pretty is indeed always a win. I think I learned that from you. 🙂

  26. Curious how it is at night. I seems there is very limited lighting and the shelving above the rails and cupboards behind doors look like they would be very dark.

  27. Fabulous closets and an even better collection of shoes and boots, I don’t know what I love more, your clothes or your closets! Lucky girl Ms. Emily

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