A couple who had lived in the same home for over 15 years needed a compromise. The biggest point of contention was whether to list the house on the market, or stay in the current home they love. The couple decided to reach out to us and presented us with the challenge of coming up with a way to make everybody happy by making practical use out of underutilized square footage. Our Designer, Jennifer Molinelli, met with the couple where she listened to them both and assessed their needs. They wanted a natural extension of their master bedroom that would elevate their seldom-used sitting room to include a storage solution for clothing, a vast jewelry collection, handbags and sentimental gifts from family members. Taking into account the specific items they needed to accommodate and the type of organization that would work best for them, Jennifer designed a stylish and functional room with a lighted vanity, display areas, window seat and a blend of open and concealed storage. Now, everything has a home and they both love their new space. And needless to say, they did not sell their house.
Maria Johnson’s 1940s split-level home served as the model when her neighborhood was being developed. It’s got an extra bedroom and large closets compared to what was common at the time. But none of the closets in her house were working effectively for her family. The walk-in closet in Maria’s master bedroom is L-shaped, and acts as a passageway from the bedroom to the master bathroom. This dual purpose means the closet needs to work efficiently and stay organized so people can easily pass through the space. The previous homeowners had built two reach-in closets in the space that made it feel cramped and created an unused “dead” area at the end of the closet. Maria knew the space could work better for her and her husband, so she enlisted professional help.
Making a color decision can be tough, whether you’re choosing a new backsplash for your kitchen, replacing the bedding in your guest room or adding a custom closet to your house. You want your home to be your style, but you don’t want to regret the decision in six months.
Whether you sat in back-to-back meetings all day and didn’t accomplish much “real work,” you spent your commute in traffic or you simply have too much to do in too little time, it’s easy to get stressed out every now and then. And finding ways to manage stress can sometimes cause you only to stress out more. One area of your life that may be contributing to feeling stressed could be coming from where you least expect it: your closet. Searching for a shirt hidden in a sea of hanging storage, struggling to find a misplaced pair of shoes or even untangling a mess of necklaces to find the right one during your morning routine can throw off your whole day.
When you’re ready to make the leap from your builder-grade closets or the DIY organization system you’ve been living with—unhappily—for years, the first thing The Closet Works does is set you up with a free, in-home consultation with one of our Design Consultants. Design Consultants at The Closet Works are experts who listen to your needs and design a custom closet that will help you stay organized. Here is what Design Consultant Paula Montemuro has to say about how she tackles each custom project.
Whether you’ve lived in your home for several years of you just moved into a new house, it could be time to turn your attention to your closets. When they’re organized well, you can always find your clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags, belts and ties. When they’re disorganized, you might have to search for your clothes every morning before you get ready. Here are some questions to consider.