Modernizing a 100-Year-Old Closet: Brad & Jamie’s Story

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Modernizing a 100-Year-Old Closet: Brad & Jamie’s Story

client: Jamie Neldner & Brad Traynor

location: Minneapolis, MN

design consultant: Brandy Ward

Modernizing a 100-Year-Old Closet:  Brad & Jamie’s Story

What They Wanted

For six years, Jamie Neldner and Brad Traynor had been lovingly updating the 100-year-old bungalow they called home. Since their lifestyles and needs had changed, the design-minded couple needed smarter storage space than the bungalow’s original occupants.

Time and time again, Brad and Jamie had called upon California Closets Minneapolis design consultant Brandy Ward to develop sophisticated storage solutions. Now, the couple was ready to create a makeshift closet for their attic-turned-bedroom. Since the bedroom didn’t include a closet, Brad and Jamie decided to optimize the closet in a spare bedroom. But first, it needed a little love and a more efficient floorplan.

We learned really quickly that California Closets could see [opportunities for] storage and organization that we couldn’t see.

Brad Traynor
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How we did it

Brandy collaborated with the couple every step of the way and took their individual styles into account. Jamie is ultra-organized and with a love for all things vintage. Brad, on the other hand, describes himself as modern—and maybe even a little bit messy. With Brandy’s help, Brad and Jamie were able to tap into the closet’s full potential both spatially and stylistically.

Soft lighting, sleek hardware, and a pull-out bar add to the closet’s overall ambiance. So much so, in fact, that Brad likens getting dressed to “shopping at J. Crew.”

Brandy is really good at listening to both of our needs, whether it's the styling or the level of organization. It’s just nice to have a mediator to guide you down that path.

Jamie Neldner

I'm not an organized person, but there’s literally a space for everything. So, when I come home, I put my coat where it needs to go and my shoes where they need to go. It sounds silly, but it’s true.

Brad Traynor

Final Result

At ease with Brandy’s approach and confident in her understanding of the closet the couple envisioned, Jamie was not at all surprised to discover that the new space was a perfect fit. But he was still delighted.

As for Brad, the showroom-worthy closet has inspired him to tidy up (much, he says, to Jamie’s delight).

It's so efficient, simple, and clean. I love all of that. Life is chaotic, right? But if you can have organization as a foundation, it just simplifies the day-to-day.

Jamie Neldner

Design Details


Tesoro™ Ash

Hardware & Accessories:

Polished Chrome fluted pole

Pull-out tie rack

Cleat-mount belt and tie hooks


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