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By Joyce Schiska, Allied Member of ASID RID
Joyce Schiska Designs

Rebecca and Rick Szelc thought they might have to move. As top professionals in financial management, they travel a good deal, and with that, they spend a lot of time in their closet. They realized it was far too small for the both of them to hustle and bustle in. It was “generally a stressful place to be,” Rebecca says. “We were too cramped. That made the house itself feel cramped.”

Problem: Their Preston Hollow home’s original walk-in closet was essentially big enough only for one person to be in at a time - a detriment for a fast-paced couple. There wasn’t enough storage, and the closet definitely lacked personality.

Solution: After meeting with designer Joyce Schiska, the pair was encouraged to remodel, not move. By bumping out one corner of their home, a much larger, 225-square-foot dressing retreat was created—one the duo now refers to as their “Taj Ma-Closet” for its numerous well-proportioned clothing areas with 28 opaque doors, 21 drawers, and 25 shelves for shoes, handbags, and baskets for small essentials. The chic setting is an organized haven of maple cabinetry stained for a warm look; soft textured carpet offers a soft touch. At the center of it all is a storage peninsula measuring 8 feet by 3 feet, with a mirror reaching from the island’s counter to the top of the 11-foot ceiling. The couple primarily uses the spot as their packing peninsula, where a suitcase or two can be tossed onto the Santa Cecilia granite counter, and everything is within reach - “no matter what climate we’re going to,” Rebecca says. (A ladder can access winter clothing stored up high during summer, and vice versa.) Windows add light and allow plants to thrive in the space, where sueded pale-peach paint complements skin tones for dressing and ensures fabric tones are true. “This has made all the difference,” Rebecca says. “Now we can really live here.”

How Clever: One heel in, one toe out. That’s the way Rebecca can see a shoe’s style and heel size at the same time - helping her easily spot just the right pick.


Designer: Joyce Schiska, ASID, 972-484-2336.
Contractor: Caulton Contracting, 972-770-5433.
Custom cabinetry: Daycor Enterprises, 972-838-2700.
Granite: The Granite Guy, 972-317-4448.
Glass and mirror: JPON Glass Company, 214-349-1400.