A Fresh Start Paves Way for Clean Living: Jan’s Story

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A Fresh Start Paves Way for Clean Living: Jan’s Story

client: Jan Hirlinger

location: Cincinnati, OH

design consultant: LauraLee Kavanagh

A Fresh Start Paves Way for Clean Living: Jan’s Story

What She Wanted

After 30 years in their home, empty nesters Jan Hirlinger and her husband decided that it was time for a change. Jan, who has always dreamed of well-organized master bedroom closet, knew exactly what she wanted.

While Jan knew she wanted to enlarge the closet, she also knew she would still need help designing a custom space that was capable of housing all their belongings, and in an orderly fashion. Contacting California Closets, Jan recalls, was a “no-brainer.”

I’ve never had a walk-in closet—and I needed a walk-in closet! We no longer wanted furniture in our bedroom. We wanted clean living. So, we decided to put everything in one space.

Jan Hirlinger
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How we did it

Jan turned to California Closets Cincinnati senior design consultant LauraLee Kavanagh to develop an effective floorplan. Though Jan was unsure if her “all-in-one-space” dream was doable, LauraLee surprised her with clever solutions she hadn’t never even considered.

LauraLee went to work maximizing every inch of the newly expanded closet, incorporating a smart shelving system and a ballet rack for scarves and ties. Even the installation process was seamless.

I wanted to be able to do everything in my closet. Since I’m a hairstylist, I wanted a blow dryer. [LauraLee] said, ‘We can make that happen.’ She had a better vision for my closet than I knew was possible.

Jan Hilinger

When the installer arrived, he took off his shoes, laid out a tarp, and afterwards, he vacuumed. I wouldn’t even have known he was there.

Jan Hirlinger

Final Result

Jan, who loves to arrange her clothing by color, was beyond satisfied with the result. Tranquil and designed for their lifestyle, the spacious new closet affords total visibility—and there’s still room for more.

I need an organized life. My closet brings me simplicity. When I enter my closet, I can find things in an instant. That saves me time, and time is my most valuable commodity.

Jan Hirlinger

Design Details


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Polished Chrome handles and poles


Slab drawer fronts

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