A Closet That Doubles as a Homeschool Workspace for Lifestyle Blogger Erin Hiemstra’s Son

Creating a clever at-home classroom with The Everyday System™

Client Erin Hiemstra

Location San Francisco, CA

Design consultant Corinne Cronin


What she wanted

When lifestyle blogger Erin Hiemstra learned that her 5-year-old son Carter would kick off kindergarten from home rather than in the classroom, she was devastated. So, she set out to reimagine his bedroom closet with a modular system she could configure to create a “rad workspace” to make up for the lack of activities, making new friends, and other fun hallmarks of going to school.


How we did it

To tackle the project, Erin worked with California Closets San Francisco design consultant Corinne Cronin on a solution using The Everyday System, California Closets’ modular, quick-ship storage solution designed in collaboration with Martha Stewart. Easy to self-install and adjust, the product allowed Erin to customize a closet-desk system to fit the 3-by-4-foot nook. She selected all open shelving to make it simple for Carter to get dressed on his own, as well as access markers, glue sticks, and other crafting supplies for school projects.  

As for finishing touches, Erin added a fidget stool to help Carter get the wiggles out and dark navy paint halfway up the walls to energize the tiny space while he’s “at school.”


Final Results

The reimagined closet gives Carter a dedicated space where he can focus on his Zoom learning experience and being a kindergartner — wiggles and all. Plus, the everything-within-reach design is flexible and can grow and evolve with Carter’s needs. For now, he can enjoy an organized closet and personal classroom all his own.


-    Finish: Perry Street White Woodgrain

-    Metal: White Gloss


Erin Hiemstra

“It needed to not only be functional for right now but far into the future, too.”

Erin Hiemstra

"If kids don’t see something, they don’t know it’s there.”

Erin Hiemstra

“He’s very proud of it. He plugs his headphones into his iPad just like his dad and says he’s going to meetings.”

Erin Hiemstra