Our Fabulous Designers

Shayla Berkley

Years at the company: 17

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.: Helping people get organized is the most rewarding part of being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co. I love working with repeat clients. They bring with them this contagious excitement. I enjoy going to new places, new spaces and new homes every day. Each day is different than the previous day. It keeps me on my toes and keeps my creativity going.

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet: First and foremost, you need to prioritize your spaces. You should start with the most unorganized, disruptive place in your home. The change you will see after fixing just that one space is amazing and you’ll realize just how much custom organization has helped your life.

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: Playing with my two grandchildren, swing dancing, golfing, water aerobics and visiting with family and friends.

Mary Cain

Years at the company: 14

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.: The extremely satisfied repeat customers! My goal is to change chaos into a well-designed place for everything and to create new spaces in each of my customer’s lives. I walk away from their homes knowing that I really helped to make a difference in their lives.

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet: It helps tremendously when you can actually sit down with your designer and have her draw up your closets on the spot and explain exactly how the design is going to meet your needs.

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: Spending time with my husband is at the top of my list.  We are always updating and remodeling our home.  We also enjoy boating, jetskiing and kayaking.

Christine Haltenhof

Years at the company: 21

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.: First and foremost, the amazing relationships I have developed over the years with both new and repeat customers. Secondly, I love being able to use my creativity every day; every project is completely different, with its own specialized needs.

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet: Because the custom closets are 100% adjustable they can be changed as your needs change.  If you sell your home, that feature is passed on to the new homeowner.  Custom closets are considered a permanent improvement to your home and will add significant resale value. Secondly, I love that it is the only female-owned closet business in St. Louis. [Owner] Jennifer Williams operates this company in the same manner that she would want people to work for her in her own home. There is unparalleled attention to detail and a great level of respect and care given to each and every customer.

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: I love to spend time with my two children and four grandchildren.  My hobbies are gardening, traveling, theater, music and staying fit.

Brittany Hardin

Years at the company: 5

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.:    I really enjoy walking into each unique space and coming up with a design that will fit both the customers wants/needs and what will truly help them get organized.  The best part about my job is getting to meet a variety of people and seeing the beautiful homes around St. Louis.  Getting a new organized space is exciting for the customer, and I love going in and helping them with that process.  I believe that having SLCC custom closets in your home can truly change your way of life!

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet:  I would say the most important thing to remember is to be realistic with your daily needs.  Communication is key, and it is important to make sure you and the designer are on the same page.  It helps to ask a lot of questions to truly understand how the space is used.  Remember that we are here to make the process easier for you, and you will be amazed at how much you love your newly organized space!

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: I have a passion for design, so even when I’m not working I love getting new ideas from magazines and the beloved Pinterest.  Two other passions of mine are cooking and fashion.  I love spending my free time getting exercise, or just being out and about with friends and shopping.

Lori Johnson

Years at the company: 3

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.: I love being a designer with St. Louis Closet Co. for many reasons, not the least of which is the superior product I have to work with. I have been a customer of SLCC for almost 20 years and have installed our systems in 3 different homes. Now I have the opportunity to work with new and returning clients to make their space fabulous!

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet: Ever space is unique and comes with its own challenges however, all spaces can be designed to make the most of the space. We will design based on your specific needs for your space. In order for us to have the information needed to achieve the best design for you, take the time to make notes about items to be stored and the function you want the space to provide. When these things come together you will have a space you will love for years to come.

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: I enjoy spending time with my husband of 30 years and my two grown children. I also love photography and enjoy photographing people and places at my leisure. Cooking, traveling and ‘Pinterest-ing’ are also passions of mine.

Amy Shea

Years at the company: 4

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.: I believe that excellent customer service s the most important factor in any project.  Building honest communication with a home or business owner opens the door to trust, collaboration and creativity when designing any space.  SLCC openly allows me (the designer) the opportunity to offer creative solutions for all of my clients.  Every project and every day is a new and exciting challenge!

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet: I find the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet is finding the balance between what you find most important to you and being open to new ideas and the many possibilities that SLCC offers.  In doing so, I can design and develop the best design for you, your new space and your lifestyle.

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: FOOD!  Cooking it, talking about it, reading about it, shopping for it, growing it (garden only), eating it!

Maria Skornia

Years at the company: 12

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.: My favorite part is my freedom to be creative. The company is extremely supportive of your creativity and they want you to improve on your craft and pick up new things from other designers along the way. All of the designers really are fabulous and whenever we’re in the office, we like to bounce ideas off each other and get a feel for new trends in the closet industry. There is so much to learn and so many ways to be creative, I love it!

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet: Keep an open mind and don’t get too attached to your possessions. To get organized, you have to part with some of your things, so try to be prepared for that when you start the process.

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: Anything outdoors with my family and dogs. We love to camp and travel.

Heather Sparks

Years at the company: 13

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.: I love looking at difficult spaces and coming up with the perfect design that will maximize both space and function as well as look beautiful once completed.  Every space is different and each customer has unique needs…I enjoy the challenge of creating custom designs and I love hearing how happy my clients are with their newly organized spaces!

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet: Saint Louis Closet Co. designs custom spaces based on the customers specific needs.  Take time to think about how you use your space on a daily basis and communicate that with your designer.  The details of your life are reflected in the details of your closet, pantry, home office, etc.  So definitely keep that in mind throughout the design process.

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: I enjoy spending time with my three kids.  My daughters are very involved in competitive dance and my son is getting ready to graduate from high school.  I also teach dance and love to travel.

Angelia York

Years at the company: 26

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.: Every day is a new challenge. Organization is my life and I love being able to help people make their closet dreams a reality. I truly love helping people get organized!

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet: No space is too small. We can really help anyone get organized.

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: I’m always working, but when I’m not, I love spending time with friends and family, antique shopping and traveling. I would love to go back to Italy!

Janet Zeloski

Years at the company: 15

Why she loves being a designer for Saint Louis Closet Co.: I really enjoy meeting with all kinds of people in the St. Louis area.  It is very rewarding when we come up with a great way to use a space and the customer gets excited about it.  No two situations are the same, so my days are always interesting with new challenges.

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when getting a custom closet: We ask lots of questions and we listen to what customers say.  Getting a closet designed for their specific needs is the main task, while still keeping in mind practicality, price and even re-sale value.

What she likes to do when she’s not designing: I love being outside, spending time with my husband, two kids and my dog.  I spend my free time watching lots of baseball, reading, biking, shopping and traveling.