Four Incredibly Cool One-Of-A-Kind Murphy Beds

By CSC - January 30th, 2015

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At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts in all forms of home storage and organization, from custom closet systems to garage storage systems. Some of our favorite projects involve installing Murphy beds, the coolest way to add some extra space to your home. Because we’re so crazy about the brilliant way that Murphy beds add extra space to our customers’ homes, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some of the most unique Murphy bed designs out there. All four of these Murphy beds are homemade, so although we may not be able to deliver a Tardis wall bed to your home, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have a Murphy bed that will fit in with your home’s unique décor. Read on to find out a bit more about these incredible custom wall beds.

The Vintage Sports Locker Murphy Bed

One father, when attempting to craft the perfect sports-themed bedroom for his young son, went above and beyond in crafting this incredibly cool sports locker Murphy bed. If you click on the link above, you’ll find some great images that sum up everything we love about wall beds. Not only are Murphy beds a great solution for a cramped space; they also allow you to show of your individual style with incredible customizable looks. You’ve got to imagine the boy with this super cool locker wall bed is the toast of the neighborhood, demonstrating the kind of personal touch you can get with a customized Murphy bed.

Old Barn Door Murphy Bed

At the Blue Moon Rising educational center in Maryland, one of the employees has built a beautiful, one-of-a-kind wall bed out of a distressed barn door. If you click on the link above, you’ll find Brian Oxford’s ingenious design. This Murphy bed again showcases the ability of a wall bed to not only solve a space issue, but to do so while elevating the entire décor of a room. All of the Murphy beds at Closet and Storage Concepts are designed with this goal in mind, so we love what Oxford has done with this vintage beauty.

Tardis Murphy Bed

This Murphy bed goes out to all of the Science Fiction fans out there. If you’re a Dr. Who fan, it’s hard to imagine a better bed for your home than this awesome Tardis wall bed. Built by a fan in New Zealand, this Murphy bed comes equipped with working lights and a talking telephone. What better way to pretend you’re traveling the cosmos with the Doctor than with this completely original design? Here we have just another example of the way that a Murphy bed can truly elevate your entire living space.

Upright Piano Wall Bed

We end with an incredible design that was produced in 1885. Currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum, this upright piano Murphy bed is one of the coolest designs we’ve ever seen, combining the practicality of a wall bed with the aesthetic beauty of a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture. Although the piano itself isn’t playable, this fantastic Murphy bed must have been the perfect place to sleep for the music fanatic. Best of all, the piano Murphy bed showcases the combination of craft and purpose that is at the heart of every great wall bed.

If you’re looking for an easy way to add style and space to your home, contact Closet and Storage Concepts today to get an idea of the beautiful Murphy beds we have in our line. Sleeping in a piano might not be for you, but we’re sure to have something that will add that extra touch for your home!

Closet & Storage Concepts Receives “Best Of Houzz” 2015 Award

By closetsc - January 23rd, 2015

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We are truly honored to receive a “Best Of Houzz” award in the Design category for the third year in a row.  Each year Houzz chooses their award recipients by the total number of consumer ideabooks a professional’s photos have been added to.  Take a look at some of our award winning projects here then contact us for your free in home estimate!

 

Re-Energize: New Year, Better Office

By CSC - January 16th, 2015

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With the New Year often comes a reset after spending some quality time with family and friends to allow for an even more productive year ahead. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’ve already shared some general tips for getting the new year off to a great start, so today we’re diving into organizing an essential space in your home: the office. Here are some ways to get the year off to a great start by re-energizing your home office!

Go Bold

Bold colors can help to energize your space and positively affect your productivity. If you have created an office out of a closet, this is even better as the boldness will be a bit unexpected. Try bright teals, oranges, even fuchsias, or lime greens.

You can feature a bold color in small amounts, if you’d prefer a more neutral desk surface color, such as on your chair fabric, or on the frames of art work.

All Systems Go

A productive office is often an organized office. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean that every surface is pristine; you need a customized solution that fits your unique needs.

For example, some people are naturally pilers not filers. However, this does not mean that their offices are a dump. They have their own system that makes them the most productive. Pilers often create piles to sort out various paperwork and receipts to return to them later. If you are a piler, try out desk trays that can easily stack until you are ready for them. For the filers, there are also a number of stylish options in the forms of portable file cabinets, and dividers for your desk for more urgent documents.

For smaller items, or even crafts, try drawer separators or tins to house them in before setting them into a drawer.

Get Comfy

Well not too comfortable especially if it limits your productivity. However, your office can still be inviting and a good chair can make you comfortable and productive. Pick a chair that provides enough support when you will be writing or typing so as not to cause discomfort or joint problems.

You can also create cool-down zones that offer a relaxing space to take a break after you’ve accomplished a major task. This can come in the form of a sitting area, a nook to read a book, a beanbag, or even a yoga mat. Whatever works best for you, this should be an area that when you come back to your desk you feel refreshed and ready to accomplish even more!

A home office is a great place to start to accomplish your home resolutions this year. If you need some professional advice to gear up your organization, be sure to give Closet and Storage Concepts a call today!

 

De-Cluttering Your Home for the New Year

By CSC - January 9th, 2015

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Happy New Year! Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, the New Year is always a busy time for us. Because so many homeowners make organization a major resolution moving into January, we tend to find ourselves working with clients to get their homes’ in tip-top shape for the year to come. In the spirit of this, we’ve put together a few tips for getting your home better organized this month, so that you can start the New Year off right. Read on to find out more, and remember to contact Closet and Storage Concepts to find out how we can upgrade all of your home storage needs!

Consider Downsizing

Everyone may say they love the holiday season for the intimate family gatherings, or the quiet reflection time it tends to afford. But if we’re being honest, the presents sure do help. As nice as it is to receive a gift from a loved one, you have to keep in mind that you’re adding even more clutter to your home or apartment. To start the New Year, consider downsizing some of your collections. If you picked up a new winter jacket, it’s likely the right time to donate the old one you seldom use any longer. The same goes for media collections or sports items. Although it’s always hard to part with your things, remember that an organized home always leads to a better-organized life!

Banishing The Christmas Decorations

It happens every year: now that Christmas is passed and you’re back to work, there’s a scramble to box up and put away all of your seasonal decorations. Whereas last year you threw everything in a box and shoved it wherever you could find space in your closet, this year consider taking some time to organize, label, and properly store your holiday decorations. Not only will it make next year’s decorating that much easier, but buy starting the year off with an organizational purpose you’ll have a better chance of carrying that spirit over to the rest of 2015.

Tackle The Kid’s Room

If you’re a parent, there’s a very good chance your children received a number of new toys, clothes, and other presents. Now that they’ve had some time to play with their new items, make sure you take the time to reorganize their rooms. With an influx of new toys, you can likely find a number of items ready for the donation pile. Even if your child isn’t ready to part with last year’s goodies, make sure to start 2015 right by organizing their closet from top to bottom. By doing this, you’ll be able to get a handle on the mess that can be a child’s room while also teaching important organization and life lessons.

Upgrade Your Storage System

Sometimes, simply reorganizing your home isn’t enough. For a New Year’s resolution, why not commit to finally updating your outdated storage system? Whether it’s a new master closet, a better-designed pantry system, or garage shelving that actually works for you, Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help you find a solution for your home. We’ve worked with countless clients looking to start the new year with a more organized life, so we have the experience necessary to craft the perfect storage system for your individual needs. If you’re in the market for a new home storage solution, make sure to contact Closet and Storage Concepts today!

3 Incredibly Cool Celebrity Offices

By CSC - December 15th, 2014

Slider Office-4 JHere at Closet and Storage Concepts of Massachusetts, we love creating beautifully functional spaces. This includes home offices. We create custom solutions to help generate style through organization. Home offices pull double duty as they add personality, but must also be extremely functional for an optimal amount of productivity to occur. Today, we’re showing three interesting celebrity offices to get your juices flowing on how you can achieve similar results, with the help of Closet and Storage Concepts!

Tory Burch’s New York Office

First up is Tory Burch. The fashion designer and CEO of her brand is no stranger to wearing many hats, much like an office does. As can be seen here, in her New York Office she shows off her attention to detail.

As advocates of craftsmanship and detail, we like the grommets in the chair cushions, the finish on the book shelves, and the use of a pin board. Pin boards are great as they allow snippets to be re-shuffled without actually damaging your walls. Adapt a pin board in the closet to hang your jewelry.

This seems very appropriate for her field and is classic Burch: simple, yet elegant and luxurious.

Jessica Alba at The Honest Company

Pictured when Elle stopped by The Honest Company (check out some images here), Jessica Alba has one of the most unique desk colors that we’ve seen here at Closet and Storage Concepts, and we like it. We love being unique given that we create unique storage solutions. Alba’s use of color is great and really perks up a space. With ample drawers, it seems like a great storage solution too! We know that the key to a productive and organized space is having the proper amount of office storage.

Casey Neistat’s Customized NYC Studio

If you’ve heard about or seen any of the director’s videos you’ve also probably heard about his studio. It is probably the most customized office space that we have seen. If you thought customization was just a bunch of malarkey, Neistat’s space is here to prove you wrong. Shown here in this issue of Milk Made, you can see one area of how customized Neistat’s studio is. All of those shelving units were specifically created to fit this space in a way that makes sense for the director to allow optimal time creating movies, not digging for a piece of material. Having a permanent location for each item in his studio reduces messiness and increases productivity; a great mix for a work space. The tangible Facebook wall is a unique element that adds to the space and reflects Neistat’s personality.

If you’re looking to create a unique space that is just as functional and unique, give Closet and Storage Concepts a call. We can show you just how easy and incredible a customized home office can be.

Reasons To Be Thankful For An Organized Home Over The Holidays

By CSC - November 26th, 2014

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We’re just a day away from Thanksgiving, and everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts couldn’t be happier. We’re thankful for many things, but we’re most thankful for the amazing customers we get to craft incredible custom storage solutions for. With the number of holidays just around the corner, now is a better time than ever to consider upgrading your home’s storage system in order to finally get your family good and organized. For this special Thanksgiving post, we’ve put together a list of reasons why you’ll be thankful for your incredible new closet system. Read on to find out more, and here’s wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Closet and Storage concepts!

When Your Home Is Organized, You’re Able To Find What You Need

Let’s say you’re a few days away from Christmas, and Aunt Jeanie is just about to get into town. You know that if she doesn’t see the kids wearing those oversized Christmas sweaters she gave them last year, she’s sure to have her feelings hurt. In most households, in can take hours trying to track down the things you’ve shoved into the back of a closet, out of sight and out of mind. In a well-organized home featuring innovative closet systems by Closet and Storage Concepts, you’ll have those sweaters out and on the kids before she even gets off the plane. The same goes for holiday decorations and home décor; the better designed your storage system is, the easier it will be to pull everything out when the holiday season rolls around.

You’ve Got to Hide Those Toys Somewhere

If your family is anything like ours, as soon as December comes around the kids are already poking around the house trying to find their hidden presents. It’s been a childhood tradition for as long as any of us can remember, and there’s nothing more disappointing than knowing your little one already knows that new bike is coming before the big day. One of the many benefits of a robust closet system is the sheer amount of space you have to tuck things away. We always extoll the virtues of being able to find everything as easily as possible, but there are also those times when having a developed storage system gives you even more options to keep things out of sight. Trying to keep Junior from discovering that new train set? With a custom Closet and Storage Concepts storage system, we bet you’ll be able to find plenty of places to stash away all your family’s gifts.

Holiday Dinners Just Got Easier

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we not only build custom closets and entertainment centers; we’re also skilled in crafting incredible kitchen pantry solutions. What better time to be thankful for a well-organized pantry than Thanksgiving? With the huge influx of pantry items that tends to happen prior to whipping up your Thanksgiving fixings, you don’t want to be cramming even more items into your already over-stuffed pantry. A perfectly designed pantry will not only allow you to handle all of your Thanksgiving foodstuffs, it also makes it easier to buy early and in bulk in order to be better prepared for the holiday season. If that’s not something to be thankful for, we don’t know what is!

This holiday season, don’t let a disorganized home get in your way. Call Closet and Storage Concepts today to find out what a new storage system can do for your family!

Digging Through Your Pantry – Tips For Thanksgiving Food Drives

By CSC - November 14th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts in all aspects of home storage solutions. From garage storage to innovative murphy beds, Closet and Storage Concepts has the experience necessary to craft the perfect solution for your family’s needs. Some of our favorite types of projects to work on are kitchen pantries; not only is the kitchen often the nexus of a home, but it can also be one of the most disorganized areas in the house. As we inch closer to Thanksgiving, it’s likely that many organizations in your area are beginning to focus on their yearly pantry food drive. For this post, we’re taking our love for pantry storage projects and combining it with the importance of holiday food drives. We’ve put together a list of a few rules when it comes to donating items typically stored in your pantry. Sometimes getting your home better organized can also lead to added benefits for your community, so read on to find out how you can clear out your pantry storage while helping neighbors in need.

Start By Pulling Out Extra Items

The easiest way to get started with a food drive is to look into your pantry and find the items you have extras of. Whether you bought 20 cans of lentils when they were on sale or simply never got around to trying out that new product, take a look at your pantry and pull out the items you can easily part with. If you start your food drive approach from this angle, you’ll likely be able to find numerous items you can easily part with. Not every family has the extra income to devote to charity, so if you’re in this position try to organize your pantry while also giving back to the community. Not only will you end up with a better storage system in your kitchen, you’ll also be able to do some good in your local community.

Make Sure To Stick With Nonperishables

Although your pantry can be filled with a number of different types of items, it is essential that you stick to nonperishable items when it comes to most food drives. Most local food banks tend to prefer canned food above all else, as these items have a much longer shelf life than their paper-packaged brethren. Many food drives won’t take products contained in glass jars, so make sure to contact your local organization to find out exactly what kind of items they’re looking for. This way, when you go through your pantry, you’ll know exactly what items you should be pulling.

Focus On Healthy Foods

We all have items in our pantries that satisfy our sweet tooth or junk food addiction, but when donating to a food drive you should really avoid these types of items. Many organizations prefer organic food, but if your pantry doesn’t include these types of products you should focus on single ingredient items such as canned beans or fruit. Dried pasta and rice are also always a great choice, and most disorganized pantries tend to have a plethora of forgotten dried foods. When going through your pantry, make sure to pull out items that are suitable for kids and parents, and always lean towards food with a healthy bent.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we know the importance of an organized pantry as well as a healthy and well-fed community. This holiday season, we encourage everyone out there to not only get their kitchen pantries better organized, but also to remember just how important it is to give back. If you’re looking for a local food bank try a quick search on this site, and if you’re hoping to get your home better organized make sure to contact Closet and Storage concepts today!

A Look At Some Classic “Monster In The Closet” Films

By csc-admin - October 30th, 2014

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When it comes to childhood fears and legends, there’s one story that seems to stand out above the rest: the monster in the closet. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re of the opinion that there’s nothing better than a wonderful, custom built closet; regardless, the tradition continues, with each new generation spending countless nights staring at their closed closet doors wondering what evil might be lurking behind them. Although it’s impossible to nail down the exact origin of this pervasive urban legend, there have certainly been a number of movies that utilize the monster-in-the-closet trope to terrifying effect, and we’ve put together a list of some of the more enduring examples. Read on to find out which classic horror films made our list, and here’s wishing you a Happy Halloween from everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts!

Boogeyman (2005)

When it comes to monsters in the closet, there’s none more famous than the Boogeyman. There are a number of different riffs on this bone-chattering tale, but the main Boogeyman myth tends to center around a mythical creature that hides in the closet waiting for a child to sleep. Many of the Boogeyman myths describe a creature that scares children that have been naughty, but Boogeyman the movie takes that to a whole other level. The protagonist Tim must return to his childhood home, where over the course of the movie he battles the Boogeyman living in his closet. We can’t say whether a better closet system would have kept the Boogeyman at bay, but we do know that a custom storage system never hurts!

They (2002)

Wes Craven is a master of the horror genre, and with 2002’s They he finally asks, “Just what is hiding in your closet?” The film follows around Julia and a number of her peers, all of who experienced fear of the closet as children. Whereas most adults only fear the mess inside their closet caused by outdated and inefficient storage solutions, Julia and her cohorts are tormented by mysterious creatures that emerge from the closet at night. Throughout the film, we find out that not only are these monsters real, but they reside in another dimension that can only be accessed through human closets. We’ve spent a lot of time in more closets than you can count, and although we’ve never discovered any monsters, we can recommend this movie for a great Halloween night fright.

Monster In The Closet (1986)

The title says it all. Monster in the Closet is a slightly silly take on the classic story, which is likely what you’ll need after watching the two other teeth-clenchers on this list. Produced by the same studio responsible for The Toxic Avenger, Monster In The Closet starts off with a number of grisly murders having taken place inside San Francisco closets. A reporter and a scientist then descend upon the scene in an attempt to find out what monsters really are taking up residence in your closet. Featuring a young Paul Walker, this flick takes the monster in the closet story and flips it on its head, showing just how silly it is to be afraid of something as benign as a wardrobe. Although there are still some scary scenes, Monster in the Closet is more about fun than fright.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, you won’t find anything scary about your experience. Call us today to find out how a new closet system can change your life!

Easy Halloween Costumes Pulled From Your Disorganized Closet

By csc-admin - October 29th, 2014

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If you’re the kind of person with a closet or two stacked to the brim with out of season junk, you likely spend most of the year trying to decide how to get your life reorganized. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of helping people just like you with new beautiful, custom storage solutions. There is, however, one time a year when our friends with cartoonish, overstuffed closets may have the last laugh – Halloween. For a slight change of pace this month, we’ve put together a list of a few quick and easy Halloween costumes you can pull off with things located in your disorganized closet. Read on to find out more, and as soon as the holiday has passed, contact Closet and Storage Concepts to start getting back on track with a well-organized life!

Joel (Tom Cruise) From Risky Business

If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t mind spending a few hours at a party in a pair of briefs, Tom Cruise’s character Joel from Risky Business is a great last minute costume you can likely pull straight from your overstuffed closet. The most famous scene from the movie features Tom Cruise is a men’s dress shirt, a pair of sunglasses, some tube socks, and your finest pair of tighty whities. This costume can work for either a man or a woman (ladies, feel free to pillage your husband’s underwear drawer), and anyone with a closet storage problem is sure to have at least a few of these items on hand.

Rosie the Riveter

Another classic costume that can be easily culled from your closet, Rosie the Riveter is almost as easy to put together as the Risky Business costume outlined above. First, dig through your disorganized closet for a pair of old jeans and a denim or dark blue work shirt. You’re already halfway there! Next, dive into your accessories drawer and pull out either a bandana or, even better, a polka dot scarf. Tie that bad boy around your head, put on some white Converse, and there you have it: a quick and easy Rosie the Riveter costume made up of only excess items in your closet!

Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

This costume is perfect for the dog lovers out there that don’t want to leave Fido at home on Halloween night. If you’ve got an overflowing craft closet in your home, this costume will be a breeze to put together. Start by finding a simple blue dress, preferably gingham if you have it in your closet, as well as the brightest pair of red heels you have. Next, layer it over a white blouse. Dive into your craft closet and find that basket you’ve been hoarding since last Thanksgiving to carry your very own Toto around in, and voila: you’ve got a simple Dorothy costume pulled directly from your closet.

If All Else Fails, Grab a Sheet!

If you have a disorganized closet but still can’t find what you need for the costumes listed above, there’s always the ever-trusty white bed sheet. With a bed sheet at your disposal, there are all kinds of costumes you can make work. Have a pair of scissors? Cut out some eye holes and go as a ghost. If that sounds a bit bulky for you, simply tie the sheet around you like a toga and off you go. Happen to have a red sheet available? Tie it around your neck and suddenly you’re the most powerful super hero in the world. With a bed sheet and a bit of imagination, you’ll be on your way in no time.

When Halloween is over and you’re ready to start getting your home organized, contact Closet and Storage Concepts for any number of home storage solutions. Happy Halloween to everyone, and contact Closet and Storage Concepts today to get on the path to a more organized life!

The Biggest Benefits of a Well Organized Home

By csc-admin - October 20th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts when it comes to home storage solutions. Whether you’re in need of a new kitchen pantry or a better-organized garage, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. Before you spring for a new home organizing system, you may be asking yourself, “Just what are the benefits of a well organized home?” Aside from the general aesthetics of a clean and organized space, there are a number of reasons why getting your home’s storage system in order will have a big effect on your life. We’ve put together a few of the biggest benefits of a well organized home, so read on to find out what a new storage system from Closet and Storage Concepts can do for you and your family!
Makes You Far More Productive
Most of us are so busy with the day-to-day activities family life requires that the rest of our time is at a premium. If your home is a disorganized mess, it can make that extra time you have that much less productive. If you work from the home, this point is even more salient: imagine the time you’ll save not having to look for that one item you need for twenty minutes. When your home is well organized, you’ll save tons of time completing tasks and projects because you won’t have to waste any time looking for this or that. Productivity tends to skyrocket in a well-organized space, and your home is no different from the office in that regard. If you can create a great storage system in your home, you’ll likely see your general productivity begin to climb.
Cuts Down On Stress
When you’re forced to spend forty five minutes trying to find your spare hair dryer, not only are you cutting into time you could be spending on other projects, you’re also creating a lot of unnecessary stress for yourself. There’s nothing more infuriating than looking for a single item for a long period of time, and it’s in these situations that we can often see stress levels start to shoot up. Not only does stress have a negative impact on your relationships with others, it can also be a detriment to your health. Imagine this scenario: rather than digging through your junk drawer to find your spare key, you know exactly where it is every time you need to use it. That’s a whole lot of stress suddenly caught from your day-to-day.
Great Effects On Your Family Life
This last point is tied to the prior two in some ways, but it’s still worth mentioning: a well organized home can have myriad positive effects on your family life. Not only will you be less stressed out and far more productive, but also those improvements will lead to better quality time with your family. If you don’t have to spend every morning digging through your son’s closet to find his rain gear, you’ll buy some extra time to sit together and have breakfast. Not only does an organized home get you more time to spend with your family, but it is also a great influence on your growing children, helping them to build habits that will benefit them for the rest of their life. If there’s a better reason to get your storage system in order than that, we sure can’t think of it.
Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re always proud to help our customers get their home in tip-top organizational shape. Contact us today to start exploring the options available for your home!

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