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Interior Designer Spotlight
Q&A with Kristy Lombardo
Six questions with the senior designer of California Closet Company Inc.


Oct. 2017

Describe your aesthetic in one sentence.

I tend to lean toward modern/minimalist spaces. I also have a bohemian flair with a love of anything vintage.


Tell us about one of your favorite projects — and why you enjoyed it.

Just recently I was asked to work on a master bedroom project in a new lakefront home. The home was very modern with perfect taste, and the design/finishes for the closet fit beautifully within the home. It was a huge success ­— the client was thrilled. We then collaborated on four additional spaces, and I was able to play with textures and finishes that really pushed my design limit. The outcome was amazing closet/living spaces that are just as beautiful as they are functional. The best part of that project is that I now have a new friend and client for life.


Aside from furniture and décor, who or what influences or inspires you?

Water is a huge inspiration in my life. I grew up in California and have a natural gravitation to water and waves, as they are calming and serene. Milwaukee has a great waterfront, and Lake Country, where I live, is another amazing gem with lake and water influences.


Finish this sentence: Every room needs _____ .

Some greenery or plants. They really do bring a room to life. I don’t have a green thumb by any means, but succulents are quite easy to take care of.

What is something that would surprise people to learn about you?

I have a finance degree. The design business (and) California Closets found me 12 years ago by way of my sister-in-law, who had hired California Closets to work on some projects and thought I’d be perfect (to work there). It was such a perfect match for me, and I haven’t gone back to number-crunching since.


What are your favorite Milwaukee-area spots?

My go-to spots are the Riverside (Theater), (The) Pabst Theater or The Rave for any kind of live music. The (Historic) Third Ward, especially the (Milwaukee) Public Market, is a great place to walk around and shop locally.


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