Inspired Closets Oakbrook to host Closets Conference & Expo tour

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Inspired Closets Oakbrook will be one of two locations to host a tour, sponsored by Hafele America, during the Closets Conference & Expo, April 17-19, at the Schaumburg Convention Center. After a full day of sessions during the Closets Conference on April 17, attendees will head out to industry veteran Mike Carson’s showroom in Oakbrook, Illinois.

Inspired Closets, a brand of The Stow Company, was officially launched in 2017, with Carson opening the inaugural showroom. He opened Inspired Closets Chicago in The Mart, a Chicago landmark, in 2023, marking his second showroom in Chicagoland and Carson’s return to the historic design center.

The Inspired Closets Oakbrook showroom was opened in 2017.

The Oakbrook showroom is approximately 3,000 square feet, and the self-guided tour will feature 14 displays from the garage, pantry, office boutique, pantry wall bed, and more, offering a wide variety of custom organization features, colors, and hardware.

Carson says he is excited to welcome the closet industry to Chicago and his showroom.

“We have a great year ahead of us,” he adds. “I look forward to sharing my showroom with my peers in the industry. Let’s continue to raise the tide.”

Inspired Closets was launched to simplify the buyer experience and lessen the customer’s anxiety around remodeling, the company says. “That’s why we’ve created an innovative, collaborative approach to custom closet systems and organization centered around your unique needs and style,” the company says on its website. Its approach, a four-step process, consists of consultation, design, preparation, and installation.

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About the Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Illinois
The annual Closets Conference & Expo (CCE) is the only national event for all closet and home storage professionals. The 2024 edition is co-located with Wood Pro Expo Illinois (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines, respectively. Each is a distinct media brand of Woodworking Network. The twin-bill event is scheduled for April 17-19, 2024, at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

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CCE and WPE each kick off with a separate full-day conference on April 17, co-sponsored by the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals and Cabinet Makers Association, respectively. The two-day co-located expo, April 18-19, features woodworking machinery, supplies, and components. Additional educational programming is offered on each day of the expo. Tours of local manufacturing plants and the popular Top Shelf Design Awards networking reception are also key features of the event. View the current program schedule.

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, exhibit sales. For all other inquiries, contact Kim Lebel, show manager. 

More Woodworking Network events
Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, Oct. 24-25, 2024, Spooky Nook Sports/Warehouse at the Nook, Manheim, Pa.

Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO), Oct. 24-26, 2024, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec.

Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 12-14, 2025, Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario.



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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.