interiors & styling

Custom Closet In My Home Office (+A Video!)

Styled Office Built-In I’ve been anxiously awaiting the day to reveal our next custom closet! If you missed the first one, check out our brand new (super functional) guest room closet. This time around, I designed a unit for my home office. Click through to see how it turned out, and to see my very first RFT short video!

The before images are about as bland as you’d expect, but I wanted to accurately depict what we were dealing with.

Closet Before Obviously the doors are new, but I actually decided to nix them for the time being. We were so pleased with the custom closet and it’s ability to look built-in, we decided to leave the doors off. Maybe we’ll use them elsewhere in the house, or keep them in storage… just to leave our options open, should we want closed storage again.

DSC_0457 Alright, are you ready for the after shot?! It’s a huge difference. SO much better. Thus far, we’ve updated the closet, light fixtures, windows, and have started on trim… we’ve yet to address the paint, so disregard that. In the meantime, I’m basking in the glory of this beautiful closet!

Closet After

Office-Custom-Closet Much like the guest room closet, I designed this unit with functionality in mind. I wanted a place to store supplies, hang files, and stow away office things. Since this room will function as my home office, I didn’t need any hanging space. This is a “no clothing” type of closet. As I mentioned above, it turned out so amazing, we removed the doors, and I styled the top half. I love that it feels balanced and I get both open and closed storage.

Styled Shelves

Styled Book Shelf

Plant on Bookshelf The shelving is nice and deep, which fits so many practical things I use on a daily basis.

Room for Tuesday Business Cards From design books and inspiration to business cards and flash drives (in THAT amazing bowl), it’s nice to leave some items out and accessible.

Gold Rimmed Bowl on Shelf

Flash Drives in Beautiful Bowl In regards to the finishing details, I again selected a classic, stain nickel finish for the drawer hardware.

Closet with Custom Hardware The drawers come standard with soft close mechanics (so nice!). It’s also amazing to have a place to store items of awkward shapes and sizes- like design paint decks. Despite my office being unfinished, I’m already feeling more organized.

Paint Decks in Drawer

Styled Built-In Alright- onto the fun part (I totally buried the lead)… the video! When searching for closet systems, I chose Closetmaid because of their customization features. I like to be in control and design everything myself, so I wanted to share how I use their SpaceCreations design tool. It’s super easy!

I’m not going to lie, I hate being on the other side of the camera and videos make me especially nervous. Luckily, I have an amazing videographer here in Salt Lake who produced this for me and was able to keep me laughing and comfortable the entire time. One of my goals this year is to implement more video, because I think they make things easier to understand and they’re a fun way to connect (despite my awkwardness). What do you guys think? The next video is going to be really cool- Emmett and I are installing his and hers closets in our master and the entire thing is going to be filmed!

Anyway, that’s a wrap on the office closet. It’s safe to say my expectations were certainly exceeded. What do you guys think?

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with ClosetMaid. I am a brand ambassador and receive free product in exchange for media. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create unique content while featuring products we truly use and enjoy! Special thanks to 43 Productions for our very first RFT video, and also to my friend, Brooke, for letting me borrow her office for the video shoot! 

10 Comments

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    Leah Prevost
    February 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Love it! It really does look like a built in! I hate being filmed or photographed too but seriously Sarah, you were a natural! I liked seeing the video to show what to expect from their site. Well done!

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      Sarah
      February 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you, Leah! So glad you thought it was beneficial. I’m hoping to do more interior type of videos- aside from just closets. I’ll just have to toughen up and get more comfortable. ha! xo

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    Elizabeth
    February 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Love this content. I’m curious what the exterior of the Closetmaid product is. My husband and I would love to add built-ins such as these to our office, but they would need to be freestanding (but anchored to the wall). This seems like a great way to eliminate a lot of the design work. Let me know what you think.

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      Sarah
      February 28, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      So glad you liked this post, Elizabeth! These are definitely anchored to the wall. The material is an MDF, but you can choose the exterior finish. I opted for a smooth white finish, but they also have wood veneers. If you play around with the SpaceCreations tool, it will let you choose the sizing, finishes, color, hardware, etc. Hope this helps! xo

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    Ashley
    February 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! This post has awakened in me a healthy closet envy (and of the beautiful contents of said closet).

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      Sarah
      February 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Ashley! I definitely didn’t realize closets could be so beautiful and functional. We had ClosetMaid systems in our old home, but they were just standard base models from Lowes- not nearly as nice looking! xo

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    Debbie
    March 1, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Super cute video! I’m proud of you!!

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      Sarah
      March 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks lady!! Can’t wait to see what your genius brain comes up with for the show home! Miss you! xo

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    Ardith
    March 1, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Very nice video, Sarah. Plus, I’m impressed you can use the touchpad so easily. I hate the darn thing myself. Must have my wireless mouse. Meanwhile, the closet looks great (excellent job, ClosetMaid), with just the right amount of styling. Cheers, Ardith

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      Sarah
      March 1, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Ardith! I have to confess… I designed all of the closets on my iMac (desktop computer) with a wireless mouse. For the sake of the video, I had to redo the process on my laptop. I totally agree though- touch pads are the worst. xo

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