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OWNERS, INSPIRED CLOSETS HAWAII
Brent & Kamuela Potter
"As a family owned business we take great pride in our work and strive to set an example for our children to follow. Our local culture creates an awareness that everything we do impacts those around us. This sense of responsibility drives us as business owners and as designers. We’re passionate about what we do and we’re blessed to be able to do it together."
In 2003 Kamuela was challenged by a friend to help her research local closet companies. This quest sparked an idea. As an executive at one of Hawaii’s leading retailers, Kamuela had been involved in planning and space utilization for new stores. This experience had prepared her for the road ahead. Together they dreamed that this idea could grow into a family-run business. Kamuela soon launched Organized Hawaii while Brent kept his day job. They were dreamers but they weren’t crazy! Their first client was the same friend that had sparked the original idea. With the help of some friends and a minivan borrowed from Brent’s parents they tackled their very first job. Fueled by word-of-mouth referrals, the company grew quickly over the next few years. In 2007, Brent and Kamuela were finally able to realize their dream of working together. In 2017, Organized Hawaii became known as Inspired Closets and is now the longest running closet company on Oahu. Our success is only possible because of an amazing team of employees. We’re proud to introduce them here.
Known for her grace and perseverance, Kamuela founded the company over 15 years ago. Respectful of her island upbringing, her business model is to always make a conscious decision to do right by her clients. She is the driving force behind our team. She wears multiple hats including designer, CFO, and head cheerleader. What INSPIRES Kamuela? Her team’s commitment to be the very best.
Brent moved to Hawaii from Wisconsin in high school then graduated from UH with a business degree. With more than 10 years of design experience he loves to help clients find the right balance of function, beauty, and cost. He’s grateful every day to do what he loves with an amazing team. The Potters live on the North Shore with their kids Anuhea and Makana. What INSPIRES Brent? “Our home is our family’s ‘happy place’. I love to help clients create that for themselves through design.”
Suzette grew up in Guam and moved to Hawaii in 1998. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Chaminade University. She loves sketching up designs and making them come to life. On the weekend you’ll find her spending time with her husband and three beautiful children – often chauffeuring them between activities. What INSPIRES Suzette? “In the chaos of life I find peace in hiking, yoga and being at the beach.”
Lindsey graduated from Kamehameha Schools (IMUA!), then discovered a love for interior design while attending college on the mainland. After four years of working with some of Seattle’s top designers, she brought her talents back to Hawaiʻi nei. Now she makes up for the gray years in Seattle with weekends at the beach. What INSPIRES Lindsey? “I love puzzles -- crosswords, riddles, math problems -- and designing beautiful and functional spaces for my clients flexes my puzzle skills.”
Armed with a degree in fashion studies and formative experience designing custom home spaces, Melissa comes to Inspired Closets with a wealth of knowledge to help create the space of your dreams. A native of New Jersey, Melissa moved to Hawaii in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the islands. What she loves about design is having the capability of creating a space that’s functional, but also giving it that extra spark it needs to change the lives of her clients! In her free time, you can find her at the beach or on an adventure in the mountains. What INSPIRES Melissa? “I’ve always been drawn to the ocean. The water brings me the clarity that I need to take on anything that comes my way.”
Sammie brings a unique perspective to our design team thanks to her years of experience in merchandising and visual displays. As your designer, she will work with you to solve your organizational needs and enhance your space, ultimately bringing the vision you have for your home to life. Sammie loves being creative and appreciates the opportunity to use her design and organizational skills to create the perfect custom space for her clients. What INSPIRES Sammie? “I am inspired by fashion, culture, nature – anything and everything, really. There’s inspiration everywhere!"
A Hawaii native, Chantelle spent half of her childhood in Alaska & Washington and moved back to the islands in 1993. With 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Chantelle has managed projects ranging from small residential rebuilds to new large commercial high rises. As our Operations Manager, she’s always finding ways to improve our efficiency and streamline day-to-day operations. When she’s not working, Chantelle enjoys watching movies and spending time with her son – playing chess, golfing, & chauffeuring him around to his activities. Chantelle is also a huge animal lover and loves tending to her dogs, goldfish, and chickens. What INSPIRES Chantelle? “With all the challenges and opportunities we experience, being able to put a smile on someone’s face or brighten someone’s day keeps me going.”
When he’s not playing board games or adoring pictures of bunnies (yes, bunnies) he’s hard at work assisting clients who need more organization in their life. Ray receives dozens of designs each week from our designers. He happily takes them under his wings and raises them to be beautiful 3D renderings. What INSPIRES Ray? “It’s such a pleasure to see the designs come to life knowing how many smiles it will bring to our clients.” Oh, and bunnies too.
As our Project Coordinator, Kacie is a key point of contact for our clients when they come in search of a customized space for their home. With years of experience in customer service and a degree in management, she is there to help guide your experience at Inspired Closets from beginning to end. For Kacie, assisting our customers in their home renovation projects is a joy. In her free time, you will find Kacie trying new food, whether it be by cooking/baking or going out to a restaurant. What INSPIRES Kacie? “I gather inspiration from the people (and dogs) around me. I observe what makes someone happy and try to remember for the future.
As our Warehouse Supervisor, Al is responsible for managing our inventory to make sure your project is ready to be installed in a careful and efficient manner. He loves taking part in installations, watching clients’ projects come to life and reshape their home. When he’s not busy in the warehouse or on the job site, Al enjoys bodybuilding and spending time with his family. What INSPIRES Al? “I like to give 110% in all things I do. There’s nothing you can’t do if you give it your all.”
“During the design process, Inspired Closets helped me come up with the designs for the closet that we needed to help organize our life.”
“My experience with Inspired Closets was great. From measurements to layout to selecting options everything came out exactly like it was described and pictured.”
“When you hire somebody like Inspired Closets you just weigh in with what you like. Inspired Closets made the decision making process really easy.”
“I love my Inspired Closet. Their four step process was easy and seamless. They got to know us and our needs, they took control of the entire experience and that was great for us.”
“Inspired Closets worked with my builder to design the four walls of my closet that would best fit our space.”
If you are looking for a reputable company who does fantastic work for your custom storage solutions- Organized Hawaii is just for you. I had always wanted built in’s for our living/dining room. I found Organized Hawaii through Facebook and contacted them. From the very beginning I felt like I was in good hands. This company’s customer service is awesome!! Shana and Carolina are the best. I never had a problem getting questions answered or concerns addressed. Brent, the owner, understood our needs and designed a beautiful piece for us. His installers were professional and did beautiful work. I would absolutely recommend Organized Hawaii.
“If you need to get your closets redone, Organized Hawaii is the way to go. We got all of our closets redone because our closets were old and falling apart. Organized Hawaii was great to work with. They came out to check out our closets and give us an estimate. They were also helpful because we didn’t know how we wanted to design our closets. They helped us to draw out designs for each closet. They have high quality wood and their prices were comparable to other places. Their customer service is wonderful and that’s one of the reasons why we chose them to do our closets. They came at 8:30 today and they were done by 12:30. They did four rooms and a hall closet all in that time. So if you want your closets redone, call them right away. They get booked up really fast.”
“Moving into an apartment (a smaller one) meant that having the right storage and closet options were really important to us. We saw an ad in a magazine, gave them a call and worked with our designer, Suzette. She is AMAZING. Suzette and the team we worked with (Carolina, Alex and Gabe) were professional, friendly and knowledgeable through each step. They helped us feel comfortable throughout the planning phase, payment process, design and installation. Everything was a breeze and I cannot say enough good things about working with Organized Hawaii for our custom cabinets! Our cabinets look exactly how I thought they would and the quality is amazing with good workmanship etc. (sorry I don’t know all the terms… but they did a great job.) BONUS: Carolina and Suzette were always available when I called and are quick to respond to your questions via phone or e mail which I appreciated very much. Both of them were always so friendly, knew the answers immediately! DOUBLE BONUS: Gabe and Alex were our installers (they came to build on site). They were so friendly, showed me the design on paper one last time, asked if I had any questions (which I didn’t! Because Suzette and Carolina made sure we were all set to go for install day) then they went to work and 6 hours later, our cabinets were done. Alex then did a walk through showed me the features, where the outlets were, how to access them and went over basic warranty and maintenance. I signed and they left, the place was clean, no mess to deal with after and I cannot thank them enough for their kindness and professionalism. We will definitely use Organized Hawaii again should we have any future cabinet/closet needs and would refer them to everyone. THANK YOU SUZETTE, THANK YOU CAROLINA, THANK YOU GABE, THANK YOU ALEX!!! You guys are GREAT.
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