Wednesday, July 11, 2018




As in Marie Claire Magazine

She is a force behind fair-trade brand People Tree and a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Watson has dedicated herself to conscientious clothing.
Emma Watson speaks of her Eco Cred in only buying clothing that she know she will wear 30 times. "Before you buy something, ask yourself if you'll wear it at least 30 times." 

Custom Closet design by Malka of RC Cabinets and Closets of Sonoma County
Well established of 25 years, local, family cabinet contractor specializing in designing, constructing, finishing and installing quality cabinets for better organization. 
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Saturday, June 30, 2018



The Good The Bad and The Ugly

12 Rules for Hiring a Closet Designer

Including a custom built closet to the home can certainly add value, but beware of bad choices.

After 25 years in the closet and cabinet business, I can certainly attests to have seen - the good, the bad and the ugly in closet designs. Far too many poorly designed closets have actually detracted from the homes’ worth and I have been hired to make over these wasted spaces through out the years.

To assist home owners in their choices, I have outlined the essential rules in hiring a designer to create their dream closets and make the process a more pleasurable undertaking. 

Malka’s Rules for Hiring a Designer for the Closet


1.) Hire a Professional qualified Closet Cabinet designer with several years of experience and with a knowledge of construction, space planning, garment size requirements and design. Ask for local references and / or ask neighbors and friends for a referral.

2. It is beneficial that a closet designer is associated with a reputable licensed cabinet shop to perform the construction and installation of the closets. A licensed cabinet maker is a “specialty” contractor under the State of California.

3. *In the state of California, a cabinet shop must hold a current, valid specialty license to install the cabinetry; California State Contractors license: Cabinets & C-6 - Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor and must have Workman’s Comprehensive Insurance for their employees and Insurance Bonds. All work must be supervised by the licensed contractor in the performance of the manufacturing and installation. Check with your residing state’s construction laws and always verify the status of their license and the correct owner. Their license is required to be posted on their website, contract and business cards as well as any advertisements.

4. The cabinet contractor should offer a warranty which must be printed on their contract.

5. The closet designer should be responsible to measure the interior space of the closet and the inventory of clothing and accessories of the client’s to create a perfect fit.  

6. The designer should present drafted plans that are clear, fully detailed with measurements and sizes to scale and easy to understand. It is preferable to be an AutoCAD, computer generated diagram for precise and accurate detailing.  

7.  The contract should clearly specify all materials to be used such as the quality, color, size and brand name as it may apply. The contract must be legible and easy to understand.

8.  * A down payment of 10% or $1,000, whichever is less is the only deposit permitted in California. The remaining progress payments are allowed and required for ordering materials by the shop to perform the job.

9.  * Any changes made to the contract and / or the closet plans must be in writing as a “Change Order” and approved by you the client.

10. ** Look for value in a closet cabinet pricing. Be cautious of false sales promotions and “Price Reduction” deceptive discount coupons that are aggressively timed. A coupon or sale running more than three (3) months is not a sale, it is a false advertising. Offering a sales discount or reduction is a common sales technique. The sale price is misleading unless the former price is the actual, bona fide price at which was originally offered as.

11. Most importantly; the designer must work closely with the client and respond to their special requests, concerns and desires.

12. * When requesting a Bid on the closet project, it is suggested to get three bids on a design. Three different closet designers will have three different design plans therefore if a proper bid is requested, you, the client must provide accurate plans or drawings of the closet spaces to the three specialty cabinet contractors that will enable them to determine the scope and cost of the work. Again, the client must supply their own accurate plans to determine the exact scope and cost of the work. Each of their proposal contracts should clearly specify all materials to be used such as the quality, color, size and brand name as it may apply. Each contract must be legible and easy to understand. Each of the three cabinet shops should hold a valid specialty license to install the cabinetry; California State Contractors license: Cabinets & C-6 - Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor and must have Workman’s Comprehensive Insurance for their employees and Insurance Bonds.

  *   California Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board (

**  Federal Trade Commission ( - The Division of Advertising Practices & California Business and Professions Code (BPC) Article 6 - Unearned Rebates, Refunds and Discounts and Business and California Professions Code (

Malka Sabroe-JoHanson
RC Cabinets & Closets
San Francisco Closet Designer

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Custom painted white closet by RC Cabinets & Closets of Sonoma. Designed by Malka.

Beautifully designed with belt and scarf drawers.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Neat and tidy shelves, all bins and boxes beautifully organized in a row. 

Walk-In Closet  - The focal point of this closet is the purse cabinet with custom painted lustrous chrome trim with white melamine shelving and drawers. 

Designed by Malka and RC Cabinets & Closets of Sonoma County.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018



The president and creative director of the J. Crew Group. Here is her closet and wardrobe in her home in New York. 
Her words of wisdom written in Glamour Magazine; "Make yourself uncomfortable. Be humble enough to put yourself in situations where you feel outpaced or in over your head. Those moments led to some of the most fortuitous discovers of my life."


Wednesday, April 11, 2018


I Love My Dressing Room  

of Clare V, Founder and CEO of Clare V in Echo Park Los Angeles
A beautiful array of quality purses and accessories.
Clare V's Closet
From House Beautiful 

Clare V Echo Lake

#Dressing Room
#Walk In Closets

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Let’s Talk Closets: Why a Walk-in Closet Is a Must Have for Any New Home Buyer

As Per
Fred Gruber, CMPS
Southern California 
in Top Agent Magazine
Let's Talk Closets: Why a Walk-in Closet Is a Must Have for Any New Home BuyerAre you in the market for a new house or condo? Whether you’re looking for something luxurious or intimate, you’ll want to ensure that you have enough space for all of life’s necessities. Many home buyers focus on bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas as their top priorities. But have you given any thought to your closet space?
In today’s blog post we’ll explore why a spacious walk-in closet should be high on your list of “must-haves” for your new home.
Enough Storage For A Stylish Couple 
An upgrade in storage space is the main reason to have a large walk-in closet – and for good reason. Today’s working professional needs a large wardrobe to store suits, work outfits, social attire, shoes, accessories and more. It’s almost impossible to cram everything needed in a small closet with one large hanging rack and a shelf or two. And even if you do decide to fill a smaller closet until it’s bursting at the seams, you’re stuck with having to try to organize it regularly just to be able to find anything. Forget it!
A Showcase For Clothes, Shoes And Accessories 
A walk-in closet isn’t just for piling a ton of clothes into. It’s a showcase for your wardrobe and all of the items in it. Most walk-in closets are designed with numerous shelves, racks and other display areas. Take advantage of these to show off the best pieces in your collection. For example, are you particularly proud of that oxblood leather bag that you found while traveling Europe? Or the hat that you wore to last year’s Kentucky Derby? Your walk-in closet is the right place to show it off.
Room For Elegant Touches Like A Dressing Island 
Finally, if you have enough space in your walk-in closet, you’ll be able to add some elegant touches. A dressing island with built-in shelves is the perfect feature for storing accessories and shoes. You can also add matching jewelry boxes on top to store frequently-used items. An ottoman is another elegant touch that can help make your walk-in closet feel more roomy and comfortable. And don’t forget to include a couple of mirrors for checking your look from multiple angles before you leave the house.
These are just a few of the (many!) reasons why a walk-in closet is an absolute must-have for any new home. When you’re ready to explore financing opportunities for your new home, contact us. Our professional team is happy to assist you.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


First Days of Spring

The time to start #Organizing your #Closets and #Garages as well as your #Pantry. Try a new fresh look with us, #Malka and #RCCabinetsandClosets - #SonomaCustomCabinets and #CustomGarages.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018



Most every woman has found herself with a closet full of too many clothes or surrounded by brand-new items that somehow never get worn. Instead she gets stuck wearing the same few familiar pieced from a wardrobe that just does not feel "right." Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner argues that all those things are actually manifestations of deeper life issues. What if you could understand your appearance as a representation of your inner unresolved conflicts and then assemble a wardrobe to match the way you wish to be perceived? In this fashion guide that is like no other, Dr. Baumgartner helps readers identify the psychology behind their choices, so they can not only develop a personal style that suits their identity but also make positive changes in all areas of life. 

This book is a unique tool to assist in cleaning or clearing your closet for the best of your personality.

You Are What You Wear by Dr Jennifer Baumgartner

Custom Cabinets & Closets
RC Cabinets & Closets

Monday, March 26, 2018



Sophisticated and understated in a traditional style, this walk in wardrobe closet was tailored made for a man is one of three luxurious closets in a new home in the hills above the town of Glen Ellen in Sonoma County California.

Every inch and corner of this walk in closet has been maximized for easy usage and access. The closet includes two tie and belt drawers, plenty of shoe and hat storage, many drawers and closed sweater cabinets along with all enclosed wardrobe hanging.

 Exposed panels and shelving are custom painted in an ever popular shade of grey by Kelly Moore on paint grade materials by Aura Hardwoods of Northern California. Doors and drawer fronts are of a durable solid paint grade material from Cal Doors of California. All trim, crown and baseboards of paint grade solid wood and custom painted. To economize the cost of this closet, a combination of materials were used therefore the interior shelving and panels are of USA produced, high quality and heavy density manufactured pine wood thermally fused laminated melamine by American Laminates.

The counter top is solid oak, custom stained to blend with the colors of the flooring. Aside from the purchase of materials from our vendors of Aura and Cal Doors, we manufacture and custom paint and stain al our cabinets in our own shop RC Cabinets & Closets in Cotati California.

Drawer boxes are of 5/8” finished maple with Blum Tandem soft glide 100% drawer glides  and doors with Blum soft close concealed hinges.

Mirrors and glass doors are 1/8” tempered glass inserts by Arch’s Glass of Cotati.

Cotati California
Sonoma County Custom Cabinet Shop
Custom Closet of Sonoma

Tuesday, March 13, 2018



Originally I posted this blog many years ago after we designed and installed the cabinets for their new intake center, offices and conference room in 2009. I believe it was formally called California Transition Center for Care of Combat Veterans. It seemed wonderfully supportive to have been created for some of the vets coming back from the war. I met several of the them and enjoyed working with the staff who dedicated their lives to transitioning these vets back home. It certainly is an idyllic setting tucked away on a hillside in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Absolutely a tragedy of violence that occurred last week in a facility of helping hands. I yearn for more such care for more of the vets that come back and need our help so this response from a veteran cannot occur again and we can maintain peace in every one of our homes and communities.

Malka of RC Cabinets & Closets

Monday, January 29, 2018



A very neat idea for any closet and much needed item for every closet. Made in France and hope to have availability here. 

Closets by Malka

RC Cabinets & Closets of Sonoma County 

Custom Cabinets and of course the best Closets in the all the west.

Saturday, January 27, 2018



A lovely custom white kitchen in Craftsman Shaker style. Small but spacious and easy to work in. Designed for a San Francisco high rise condo. 

by RC Cabinets & Closets of Sonoma County
Sonoma County Custom Cabinets
Sonoma Custom Kitchens