Photos by Steve Henke
his and hers closets
Designer: Kate Cullen, California Closets
The key to a happy marriage? Separate closets, of course. One Wayzata homeowner smartly kept His and Hers apart—but still close—with closets that are roughly the same size (about 65 square feet each) but across a hall from each other for convenience. The couple hired Kate Cullen, a senior design consultant with California Closets, to customize the spaces so they would efficiently contain all their clothing and accessories while expressing their aesthetic preferences. She desired shiny white, and a little glam, while he was hoping for warm, masculine finishes—think Big and Carrie’s closet in Sex and the City 2.
Cullen started by doing a detailed inventory of everything the couple owned, down to the very last leather belt (yes, it got its own compartment).
In Her closet, they chose white high-gloss shelving, drawer fronts and moldings, with a glass-door cabinet so you can see the lineup of pretty handbags. Jewelry is housed in drawers, with hanging space for necklaces. Even the shoe shelves were individually measured. In His closet, almost everything is concealed behind textured grey cabinets since the neatnik didn’t want to see any clutter. There’s even a drawer for his carry-on bag.
Both closets have countertops to display special watches and jewelry, and USB ports for convenient phone charging. “It makes you want to stay organized when it’s all so neatly arranged,” says the homeowner, who, when asked what she’ll do if she ever runs out of space, cheekily adds, “If that happens, I guess I’ll just walk over and steal some of his.”