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Closet Organizing Systems Earns Top Shelf Awards for 2016

Over the past five years Closet Organizing Systems has won a total of 13 Top Shelf Design Awards and 5 runner up nominations from CLOSETS magazine. For the year of 2016, in the Home Office Over 150 square feet category, Dan Gagnon received the award for his AAA Walnut Office Wall Unit project. Also awarded, in the Closet Laminate Over 18 linear feet category, Donna Siben received an award for her Glamorous Double Master Closet Retreat project. We would like to thank everyone for all of their amazing work and dedication!

AAA Walnut Office Wall Unit

The AAA Walnut Office Wall Unit was designed to achieve a modern high end look using AAA grade plain sliced sequenced matched walnut veneer. The cabinetry was lightly stained to more closely match the existing wood work in the home. Slotted upper fascia sections were used for ventilation openings and rebound style touch latches were used to eliminate the need for visible hardware. LED light strips and puck lighting aid in showcasing display areas.

Glamorous Double Master Closet Retreat

The Glamorous Double Master Closet Retreat project was part of a major renovation with the closet being one of the largest square footage spaces in the design. The closet was designed from floor to ceiling with cabinets spanning the top and wrapping around the corners to connect the three sections of this closet. The narrow island is used to house ‘His’ shoes while ‘Her’ shoes are showcased on a wall of open shelving. Seventy-one drawers were needed to accomplish enough storage for personal items. The closet was constructed of White Melamine and traditional raised panel faces along with Extra-large crown molding and fascia buildup span and wrap around the entire closet. This closet is also graced with an ironing center cabinet, safe, tilt out hamper and pull out narrow tall cabinets to house necklaces and scarves, pull out mirror, belt racks, tie & belt butlers and valet rods. The island counter-tops are made with High Pressure Laminate to match the hardwood floor.

CLOSETS magazine founded the Top Shelf Design Awards program to honor the best residential closet and garage designs across the United States. Judges include leading industry peers who evaluate the entries in terms of their overall appearance, ingenuity, functionality of design and creativity. All winning entries will be featured in CLOSETS magazine.



Visit the ClosetOS Top Shelf gallery page to see more of Closet Organizing Systems award winning designs.




Ways To Use Contrasting Colors In Your Designs

Contrast has boldness to it in any interpretation, so using contrasting colors in design reflects the more adventurous side of your personality.

Yet this approach can go wrong very quickly. Like an open bag of Lays potato chips, some people keep “having another” until the color combination is too busy or overdone. We know, it's hard to have “just one.”

Here are some ideas on the most effective ways to use color and contrast in your custom storage design solutions:

His Color and Her Color
This is a terrific way to divide a walk in closet. The area of the space that is “his” might be a dark wood tone; something masculine. The area of space that is “hers” could be white or a light tone. Then you've clearly defined the spaces and done so with style.

Closet divided by Wood Tone Colors

Function Leads The Way
Selecting colors for specific cabinetry based upon how it will be used defines things quite well.  Toys could be one color, books another and clothing something else. Your color choices could be “tone-on-tone”, meaning they are close to each other on the color wheel. Three or more contrasting colors is difficult to pull off and takes a very well trained eye to execute.

Contrasting Kitchen Cabinetry

Accentuate the Positive
Another really great option is to choose one different color for an area to highlight. Perhaps it's the TV cabinetry or the dresser drawers in a closet. Some would call this a “P.O.C.” (pop of color).

pop-of-color-room-design

The Back End
Consider doing the backing in your cabinetry a different color as a terrific way to bring in some personality. You can also achieve this look with paint if you don't have backing on your cabinetry or want a less permanent option.

Contrasting Garage Cabinets


Angies List and Houzz Awards for 2015-2016

Closet Organizing Systems is pleased to receive ongoing recognition from both Houzz and Angie’s List community once again this year. “It continues to support our mission of offering our clients personalized design followed by outstanding customer service” Owner Bill Curran said.

Accumulating 15 awards in total over the past 5 years in the categories of Closet and Organization and Home and Garage, along with being so highly valued for our industry knowledge and consumer recommended by these communities is a testament of our cumulative efforts. Closet Organizing Systems has earned the Angie's List Super Service Award for 2015. This award is given to companies that have achieved and maintained a superior service record on Angie's List. Approximately 5% of companies on Angie's List meet the minimum eligibility requirements to be considered. We have had proudly earned this award 8 years running from the Angie's List community from 2008 -2015.

The Houzz community awarded Closet OS the Best of Houzz Award for both Design and Client Satisfaction on January 11, 2016. The Houzz Design Award is earned when a professional's portfolio is voted most popular by the Houzz community. The Houzz Client Satisfaction award is earned when a professional is rated at the highest level for client satisfaction. Since Closet OS has joined the Houzz community in 2013 we have received several awards and recognition's throughout their community. This includes consecutive Best of Houzz Awards for Design from 2013-2016, the Best of Houzz Award for Client Satisfaction from 2014-2016, Star Houzzer, Houzz Influencer, and Recommended on Houzz acknowledgements.

Angie's List 2015 Super Service Award Best of Houzz 2015-2016 Design and Service Awards



Geometry Puzzle

Angles of any sort present multiple challenges in a closet deign. Depending upon where the angles are and how “angled” they are impacts storage capacity. What looks like reasonable storage space on empty walls suddenly either becomes excessively deep storage or barely any storage capacity at all.

And building to accommodate the angles and still make sure everything is beautiful quickly becomes complicated.

So this project was a very large new construction space with lots of angled ceiling space. The client wanted to use the ceiling height for both efficiency and visual appeal.

So from a design perspective, we took the height of the center of the room and created a full height island that was 108”.

We also wanted to balance doors on upper storage cabinets with the overall look for a more consistent eye appeal without compromising any storage.

angled closet space Geometry Puzzle Closet

Most of the lower storage areas were open for hanging garments and we didn't want all upper cabinets with doors to overpower the lower, open areas.

We also needed to incorporate a large number of ties that needed to be easily seen and accessible as well as a high shoe count.

The client was also insistent on having drawers below hanging (which is something we recommend against because hanging over shadows any items below and makes them difficult to access).

Once we got the design elements worked out and approved, we had to figure out the engineering and installation. And engineering every panel to the pitch of the varied ceiling heights was a definite skill on its' own.

This closet was built with glazed ivory melamine, extra large, glazed crown and base moldings with raised panel fronts. It included oil rubbed bronze rods and accessories and Venetian Bronze hardware.



Making A Home Office Divine

Divine Home OfficeMany of us work at least part of the time from a home office. That could be the dining room table or it could be a specific desk in an room designated as the home office in our house.

We had the design challenge of working with someone who has a home office used to run their business, but the location was in a high traffic area and had become a dumping ground for things not at all related to the business.

MISSION:

Transform a cluttered dumping ground into a beautiful, efficient space that allows the homeowner to manage a home based business. This particular business involves lots of shipping, so horizontal surfaces for wrapping and concealed storage for supplies and files were paramount.

CHALLENGES:

There were lots of items “living” in this space that didn't belong there. Things like a piano that their children had outgrown, toys for the grandchildren and pets that were strewn all over and extra kitchen supplies like dishes and serving platters.

This space is located next to the kitchen, so it literally became a catch all. It has lovely french doors and a huge window overlooking the home's entrance. But these beautiful architectural features made it difficult to “hide” the mess that had accumulated.

Built-in Storage around large home office windowSo the design challenge for this space was driven by the need for a large amount of storage and a way to incorporate the space underneath the beautiful window so that it became functional.

Originally, the client had a dark wood finish in mind. After discussing things with the designer, they decided that glazed ivory melamine with raised panel fronts was the perfect choice, as it balanced with all of the other stronger wood features already existing in the home.

Logistically, we put lateral file storage in cabinets under the window. The two tall cabinets to the left of the window now became home for toys. The cabinets on the right side of the window now store shipping supplies, forms and office supplies.  Moving to the right, there's a horizontal work space for getting the shipping jobs done efficiently. The desk does double duty when the granddaughter is around and wants to “play office” with grandma.

Tall, shallow cabinets to the right of the shipping counter house a multitude of items including dishes used for holidays. The main workstation area is equipped with a long counter for really spreading out the daily tasks and allowing space for equipment like printers and fax machines.

There are tack boards above each work station to keep notes visible and organized.

And one of the best features, under counter LED lighting in a glazed light box allows for proper lighting even on the gloomiest of days and, in the evening when work is done, that lighting gives the space a beautiful glow.

With upper cabinets enhanced by an extra large glazed crown molding to the ceiling, a cheerful paint color definitely brought out the feeling of a happy place to spend so many hours of each day.

Pictured below are a few more Elegant Home Office designs from Closet Organizing Systems:

Luxurious Home Office SpaceCustom Home Office Media Center


Most Demanding Entryway Ever

Long Narrow Entryway Storage

If you live in a rural setting, odds are that you enter your house via the garage.

And that's how this family lives. Before we consulted with them, the space was cluttered, unorganized and not well engineered to be “storage friendly”.So we did a thorough assessment, listened to their wish list, moved some things around and created one of the most effective and aesthetically pleasing spaces yet.

The Top 10 Items On Their Wish List:

  1. Shoe Storage
  2. Coat Hanging
  3. Charging/Storing Electronic Devices
  4. Mail Station
  5. Laundry including a laundry shoot from upstairs and a sink
  6. Cleaning Supply Storage
  7. Hide Clutter
  8. Store Vacuum Cleaner, Drying Racks and Laundry Baskets
  9. Locker Storage for Adults and Children
  10. Briefcase Storage

vertical charging station

The space is long and narrow, which is always a challenge in terms of balancing how things work, how things look and how things feel.

Cabinetry had to line up with the second floor laundry shoot, yet not waste precious inches.

And after designer Donna Siben spent significant time measuring and space planning, we ended up removing a closet in order to make the space work better (shocking, right?)

In terms of material selections, Siben chose Raised-panel, Ivory melamine with a walnut glaze. She also took the cabinets to the ceiling for maximum storage and added crown and base moldings.  She mixed up the coat storage between closed and open to add more interest to the design. But the most popular part of this project is the vertical charging station space that really provides for the ability of lots of electronics to be charged without taking up a lot of space (so 21stcentury!).

The project also involves very detailed planning for removal of the closet we mentioned, the building of a new false wall that had to be insulated in order to house the plumbing for the new washer and dryer location and the allocation of space for a “slop sink” that had to be smaller than standard size in order to make the design work.

stacked washer and dryer storage

In this case, pictures truly do paint a thousand words, so take a look at the images from the project. Perhaps it will start your own wheels turning on ways to maximize the storage in your home.

As with most Designers, my goal is always quite simple…Turn the Client’s Dream into a Reality.

hallway vacuum cleaning supply storage

All cabinets on that rear wall were made 28” Deep for the Stackables and to house more laundry. Detergents and Laundry Items are stored on Pull Outs below. The sink cabinet had to be narrower than most drop sink requirements but the clients were able to find the perfect smaller version to enhance the decor (“Gotta love the Internet!”) and provide the ability for the occasional hand washables with a rod above for drip drying. The addition of a beautiful piece of Granite and upper LED Light Box further enhanced the appeal of that wall. A glass tile backsplash will be installed above the sink but not available at the time of the photographs.

Covering the clutter was another achieved goal. Custom Lucite shoe inserts were used in some of the lower extra large drawers on the long wall. Shoes are stored perpendicular and the custom slots were engineered to meet this family’s needs. Vacuum cleaners, Laundry Baskets and Drying Racks were carefully measured to find their home in their own cabinet. Lockers for the Children and for the Adults (including briefcase storage) are concealed with doors allowing one Open Locker with Glazed Beadboard backing for Guests and to break up the monotony. A matching Granite Top and LED Lighting adds to the appeal of the Open Locker and provide an additional texture to this wall. Working closely with the Contractor (her Dad), new electricals were carefully marked and drawn to the room.

hallway pull-out shoe storage

What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this project? There were so many extremely specific details that needed to be engineered perfectly and most are mentioned above, but I believe the addition of a perpendicular Charging Station with mail/paperwork slots, plenty of room for cell phones, I-Pods, I-Pads plus the children’s electronic gadgets, bins for paraphernalia and related attachments is a sure sign of this Century.

This project was a “Team Effort” of everyone involved (including the receptive clients) and definitely my Engineering Department and Installer! The Clients are thrilled with the outcome!



“'10 Inspiring Closet Designs', our closet design has been featured on Zillow

“Our closet has been featured on Zillow Blog's '10 Inspiring Closet Designs'! Check it out here: http://www.zillow.com/blog/10-inspiring-closet-designs-185431/

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... this closet is like the she-shed most women only imagine in their dreams. The contemporary space includes a vanity, cubbies for every purse, racks for shoes, rods and cupboards. The millwork takes full advantage of the vaulted ceiling and caps with classic crown molding.



How To Make Kid's Space Rock

bright white and colored playroomDesigning and building storage space for kid's can be a challenge.  On one hand, you want to have everything “uber organized”, with a specific place for every toy and clothing item.

On the other, you know things change and evolve and you want your storage solutions to do the same.

And let's not forget that you want to love the look. 

Here are some suggestions on getting the most out of your storage solutions so that everyone is excited to use the new space organization.

textured drawer fronts with led lighting

Color is one of your best tools. You can incorporate it into the designed systems, or you can add it through things like paint and carpeting or baskets and bins.

Mix materials – another way to incorporate color into your design is to mix colors for a more personalized affect. For example, door and drawer fronts could be done in a bright or textured melamine with the bulk of the system being in white.

Paint is another great tool for personalization. If you want to use paint, consider painting the back wall a color you really love. It has a dramatic impact on the look of a simple system and saves you on the resources required for painting an entire room. Chalkboard paint is a fun option that kids love and perhaps you'll get lucky enough to incorporate some organization on the chalkboard.

kids blue and white craft room

Flooring can be another way to really spice up your design. Consider carpeting floor tiles from a place like FLOR. You can make different patterns and they are easily changed. And they can be cut to size, which is another great feature.

Wheels on bins and benches serve another great purpose. You can move things around with ease. Benches serve as storage, seating and step stools to access out of reach items.

So put on your thinking cap, take a look at photos online of things you like and consult with a good design pro who can guide you through the process of creating functional and beautiful storage space for your kid's.



Just for Shoes

While making sure you have a place to hang your garments is the top priority (logically) for most closet designers, having a place to put shoes is the top priority for most clients.

These treasured wardrobe staples are often the most near and dear to clients hearts and they want a dedicated space to assure they can store them and access them easily.

Here are the top five options for shoe storage:

Shoe Fences:

These decorative items are the equivalent of a nice frame around a photograph. Their functional purpose is that they go across the front of angled shoe shelves to keep them from sliding off the shelves. You can get them in different metal finishes so they match the rest of your closet (like chrome or oil rubbed bronze).

Cubbies:

Cubbies are probably the most requested thing in a closet design. They seem to lend themselves to easy organization and display because there is specific, allocated space. The size of the opening can be for shoes or for boots. The downside is that there isn't much else you can use this storage space for except shoes because it's such a specific solution.

shoe fence shoe cubbies

Shoe Carousels:

These high end devices go into the corner of a walk in closet and they spin. This means you can “twirl” your shoes around to decide which pair you'd like to wear. It's a fun way to display your shoe collection, with the exception of your flip flops.

The Carrie Bradshaw Effect:

This shoe storage solution came into consciousness with the original “Sex and City” movie during the final scenes of the beautiful closet Big had designed for Carrie. It consists of specific horizontal rods that span the width of a section. There are two. The back of the shoe heel goes on the back rod and the front of the shoe rests on the front rod. These look really great but function much better for heels than for flat shoes.

shoe carousel Carrie Bradshaw Style Shoe Closet

Open Shelving:

This seemingly boring solution is actually the most functional and easiest to access when putting on and taking off shoes. It's basically flat shelving that is adjustable. So if you have lots of boots, you space the shelves further apart. If you have lots of flat shoes, they can go closer together. And they can be adjusted at at time, so if your shoe collection changes, so can your shoe storage solution.

Open Shelving Shoe Closet



Big Storage Ideas For Small Home Offices

2 sided work surface

We're hard working Americans. And the more mobile we become with options to be connected via our “devices”, the more we tend to be “on the clock”.

And the higher the expectation of productivity from our bosses (whether our boss is someone else or ourselves).

So setting up your workspace so it's effective can save you lots of time and make you more productive.

Here are some great tips to help you do that:

Go Vertical – Lots of professionals prefer “horizontal” organization (you know, the stacks of paper that are piled up according to projects that are laying all over the desk). We're suggesting you think about going vertical, meaning utilizing wall space as part of your organization system. Think about shelving, hooks, bulletin boards, dry erase board or chalk boards to help you “see” what you're working on and making it easy to access. You can also attach light fixtures with movable arms to wall space so you don't give up any desk surface by having a lamp sitting on your desk top. 

Pull-Out Shelves – Pull-Out shelves can be built into desks or wall units. The beauty of these is that they can be pulled out when you need additional work space and pushed back when you don't need them, so they don't occupy permanent space in your room.

Dual-Sided Work Surfaces – If you're not the only family member who works a lot, then designing your space so that you have a horizontal surface that's deep enough for two people to work opposite each other works great. If space allows, then a counter or desk top surface that is 30” or more allows for the space of two laptops, files and room to work. Just be sure you have enough space for a good office chair and maneuverability when doing the layout and design of the room.

Shelves Below –  When designing closet space, we don't recommend putting shelving below hanging because the hanging is typically deeper than the items you put on the shelves, so access becomes a challenge and things get lost. However, in a desk scenario, where most office supplies are small, we love the idea of having some shelving below your desk surface (as long as you still have space for your knees). You can keep extra supplies or books that you don't need on a daily basis in this hidden storage area.

Have Some Fun With Your Tools – There are more colors and styles and options on the market than ever before, so we did some searching and curated a few top options that we consider the coolest desk accessories available. And not only are they cool, but they're functional. We're always thinking double duty.

usb fishtank and desk traffic light rotary style cellphone holders and thunder bolt power strip

And if you need some double duty design help, please give us a call to book your own personalized consultation to see how we can help improve the functionality and design of your work life (or your homework life).




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