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Styling Your Shelves to be Decorative and Functional

By CSC - September 15th, 2016

custom shelf, closet and storage conceptsOften times a bookshelf goes one of two ways: Either it’s filled to the brim with books, trinkets, and miscellaneous items and looks rather messy, or it’s adorned with decorations, figurines, and artwork but doesn’t seem to be fulfilling much of a storage purpose. The latter example leaves us scratching our heads, because although the bookshelf might look nice it appears to be an inefficient use of space. The former example is visible storage that’s gone over the top. Although the bookshelf is providing a great deal of storage space it offers little to no visual appeal. Below we’ve outlined some tips to help you avoid both situations. Your goal should be to create a shelf that’s both decorative and functional. To accomplish it you’ll need two things: A storage system customized to your needs and some creativity when assigning items a home.

1. Utilize visible and nonvisible storage

A problem with many ready-to-install shelves is that they usually offer either visible storage or nonvisible storage, but rarely both. To achieve a balance between the storage and aesthetic functions your bookshelf needs to fulfill, having a bookshelf that offers both types of storage is extremely helpful. This way you can hide items that are less visually appealing, like a plain book, or a set of dishes that don’t match the color scheme you’re looking to create. Visible shelves on the other hand, provide an opportunity to showcase items that are beautiful. Perhaps you have a book with a quirky cover or a small houseplant in a unique-looking vase. You can arrange these on the visible storage sections of your shelf. Closet and Storage Concepts offers custom storage systems, cabinets, and shelving. One of our experts can work with you to design a bookshelf based on the items you’d like to showcase and those that you’d like to store.

2. Get creative

There are a few rules when it comes to arranging items on a bookshelf; our number one tip is to be creative. You can stack visually appealing books both vertically and horizontally to break up the monotonous appearance of books on a shelf. You can also place art in the visible areas of your custom shelving units, which will help personalize your space. What is art is up to you. Maybe it’s a sculpture or a framed picture, or your child’s latest project. Our designers can even include shelves of different shapes, sizes, and depths depending on your needs.

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts we’d love to help you create storage that is not only pleasing to look at, but also serves a purpose. Feel free to contact us today!

Photo by Jay Mantri, licensed under Creative Commons CCO 1.0

How to Visually Declutter a Room

By csc-admin - March 1st, 2016

Modern living room by Emily Go Haus Go.

Although we usually bring you tips to declutter your home and create more storage space, visual clutter can negatively impact your home, too. That’s why our team has compiled some of the best tips to help you visually declutter your space! Read on for more information.

Take One Item Out

One of the easiest ways to make a room appear less busy is to remove one item. Even if you’ve pared down, thinking if there’s one more item you can take away can give a lighter look. This can be as easy as simply finding a new place to keep the item or by putting it into the donation pile. Finding a new place for the item can help you save money on unwanted purchases all while giving your space a new look!

Upgrade Storage

If you do decide to keep the item in storage, make sure it’s properly stored. If you’re no longer able to store all of your items and it’s causing visual clutter, consider this a sign to upgrade. Go with a built-in storage solution. You’ll be able to solve your storage problems in a practical and stylish way. Call in your local organizing professional today! From custom closets, kitchen pantries, or murphy beds – our team is ready to assist you.

Group Items

Narrow down groupings either by completing the steps above or simply by grouping items closer together. By making it obvious that you are grouping like-items, you may find that vignettes look better to the eye. If you haven’t grouped your items, consider doing so to give a streamlined look. Keeping similar items next to each other will make things look less hectic in your space.

Groupings can be done in a variety of ways, but the most common are by type and by color. With types you’ll want to keep books with books, plants with plants, and so on.

Clean!

Clutter comes in all shapes and sizes and dust is one of those culprits. Give your home a good clean. You may find that this simple solution is all that you need to give your space a refresh. Don’t be afraid to get into the tough nooks and crannies. Give your carpets a good shake and vacuum. For more time consuming cleaning projects, clear away countertops of clutter both the visual and physical. This includes small kitchen appliances, mountains of miscellaneous items on your nightstand, and of course, the junk mail.

Consider Colors and Patterns

While adding in different elements and patterns can help to make a room more lived-in, there’s a fine line before you go overboard. If you feel suffocated by the amount of patterns and textures in a room, take it down a notch by removing one of the patterns or colors. When thinking about colors, keeping the color count to three can be a good way to bring things to more tolerable viewing levels. Same goes with patterns; start off small and add things back in if you feel like it’s needed.

Give our designers a call today to seamlessly blend your storage systems with your existing décor for a clutter free space both physically and visually!

Photo by Emily May of Go Haus Go, used under Creative Commons Attributions License (CC BY 2.0).

Want to Be Healthier? Start With Your Home

By csc-admin - January 30th, 2016

Tips for a Healthier You and Happier Home

Peaceful organized bedroom.

If you’re looking to be healthier, one way to encourage change is by changing your environment. Start in your home. Here are some top tips from the team at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Pare Down

Take some time to declutter. Having an excess of belongings, especially unnecessary items, can be a both a visual and mental stressor. Pare down in key areas throughout your home to start implementing new habits for a healthier you. Think about it as creating a clean slate.

Start with a pantry purge. If you’re looking to lose weight and become more toned say goodbye to the junk food – stop temptation in the bud. While you’re at it, you can toss out your expired products. You’ll be one step closer to a healthier body and your kitchen pantry will be slimmer too.

Declutter throughout your home such as in the bathroom, in your wardrobe, or even your email! Taking the time to pare down can help relieve stress. With fewer items in your wardrobe it will be easier to make outfit decisions and cutting out the spam email means less time spent deleting them and more time with your kids.

Add Color

Give yourself added motivation each day with a jolt of color. Not only can a bright color impact our moods for the better, it can be a great way to revamp your home. It’s also an easy DIY weekend project. If you’re averse to incorporating color, try small batches of it such as with your office supplies. You can always push for more color later depending on your needs.

Add Plants

Much like adding color can boost our moods, adding a few plants can give some added energy. Plus, it’s a great natural way to help purify the air in your home. If you’re a bit scared that you’ll kill a plant, a cactus or succulent can be a great starter plant. Using hanging planters is a great way to try adding a plant without it taking up too much counter space.

Relaxation Destination

Sleep can be a big factor in reducing stress, lowering high blood pressure, and being more energized. Be sure to foster it in your home. Consider saying goodbye to the smartphone scrolling or browsing before bed and try reading a physical book or relaxing bath instead. Also ditch the caffeine at least 2 hours before bed. Be sure to use comforting linens and comforters to make staying asleep just as easy.

No matter what you’re looking to accomplish in the coming year, changing and improving your home can help you be happier and healthier. To stop the stress from your lack of storage, call your local Closet and Storage Concepts designer today. They’ll help you find a storage solution that works for your life.

Photo by Erika Wittlieb, under Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

Closet Details: Lighting

By csc-admin - October 30th, 2015

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The details matter, especially when making home improvement upgrades. From picking a paint color to creating a certain ambience in a room, lighting can effect a large number of decisions. Be sure to pay close attention to lighting in your closet system. Here are some things to consider from the team at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Types of Lighting

Let’s start by going over the three key types of lighting that can come into play in your closet.

Accent

Exactly as it sounds, accent lighting is used to highlight certain pieces. It’s a great way to create a bit of drama in a space. Accent lighting works particularly well for large walk-in closets. Use it to highlight art if you’ve decided to hang any, or for any holy-grail items such as a purse or a pair of shoes. This works well for boutique-styled layouts.

Task

This type of lighting helps you get things done. Whether it’s applying your makeup or choosing an accessory, task lighting can be critical to helping you make decisions as you get ready each morning. Task lighting is most often used in a walk-in closet system, but can also work extremely well with a reach-in system.

Ambient

Think of ambient lighting as the umbrella for the other types of lighting in your space. It provides general illumination and can even overlap as task lighting. Ambient lighting is important for all kinds of closet designs.

Bulbs

Interested in creating a certain atmosphere? Try switching out your bulbs. Here’s what you need to consider. Light bulbs can offer warm or cool tones. Some even provide heat radiance.

Incandescent

This is the most common type of light bulb, and is most associated with electricity. It is also the least energy efficient as most of the energy produces heat rather than light. In fact, many home improvement stores are reducing the amount of incandescent lights they carry. They can be used in fixtures that create all three types of lighting.

CFL

Compact Fluorescent Lights are most easily identified as lights with a curly tube inside the bulb. These are more energy efficient although the one major complaint is that they tend to take a longer time to shine or warm up. They use to be quite common in fluorescent under-the-cabinet lights.

LED

These bulbs have been increasingly popular as they are extremely energy efficient and the price to purchase them decreases. They have been popular for accent and task lighting although they can be used for all three types of lighting. Choose this type of bulb in your closet so you can reduce the amount of time you have to replace your lights – some have been known to have a lifespan of 20 years!

Fixtures and Styles

Recessed

These are by some of the most common types of light fixtures, especially in newer homes. These lights can create all types of light and ambience in your home but are particularly good for general lighting and accent lighting.

Track Lights

With this fixture, the lights are aligned on a track, although you don’t have to settle for the plain white linear track anymore. There is a wide selection of styles and many use LED bulbs. These are great to help create accent or overall ambience to your space.

Under-the-cabinet

These are particularly useful for task lighting. They can help you select a piece of jewelry or compare certain accessories. They go perfect with a set of drawers that house your jewelry, cuff links, or other small items.

Chandeliers and Pendants

Give your closet an added design touch with a miniature chandelier or strategically placed pendants. They can give added drama while providing essential lighting.

Be sure to plan your closet design with the details in mind. Consult with one of our expert designers at Closet and Storage Concepts today to start creating and organizing your home today!

More Information/ Sources:
https://www.americanlightingassoc.com/Lighting-Fundamentals/3-Types-of-Lighting.aspx
http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/lighting-choices-save-you-money
Photo by Designatic, under Public Domain through Creative Commons License Zero (CC0 1.0)

Halloween Planning: Guests (and Ghosts)

By csc-admin - October 27th, 2015

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The holidays are coming whether you like it or not and that means that guests will soon be at your front door! With Halloween in sight, you may also be seeing more guests (and maybe even a few ghosts)! No matter if you’re preparing guests or ghosts this season, your local Closet and Storage Concepts team is ready to help you prepare for any that might be coming your way.

Impressions First: The Doorstep

Create a ghoulish display from the very first step. There are so many options to choose from especially when considering the direction you want to go in. From the haunting to the sparkly, there’s no shortage of design options. For a subtle look try spray-painting your pumpkins with chalkboard paint to write a scary message. Or you can go all out with “cobwebs”, lights, and other décor. With enough luck you might even come across a ghost or two on Halloween.

Beds & Bedding

No more squeaky and scary sounding mattresses – upgrade! Don’t forget to tend to any murphy or wall beds. If you’re in need of a wall bed update be sure to call us today! We may even be able to offer you with some solutions for the springs or other mechanisms.

Bedding is a great easy way to incorporate the holidays from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. You can change the color scheme to match the holiday, incorporate thematic pillows, or choose any combination of other options to create a space as festive as you’d like.

Sensory Details

Greet guests and create a Halloween atmosphere by using sound devices triggered by motion. For a fun gift, try a small sound machine that releases horror screams, creaky doors and floors, or fantastical beasts at the touch of a button. 

Use fluffy spider webs on mirrors to give a spooky vibe, and welcome guests with fluffy towels. Towels and bedding can be a great point of comfort for traveling and weary guests.

Bring on the scents! Try making your own and storing them in a fun cauldron shaped container. You’ll be sure to find seasonal options in almost any home or furniture store. Candles and diffusers can help give your guests a sense of a retreat or being a home away from home.

No matter if you’re planning on welcoming ghosts or guests, you’ll be ready with these tips. Use them in your home today to get a head start on the holidays! Need more tips on how to create room for guests or maybe cleaning out a spare room? Call in the organizational experts at Closet and Storage Concepts today! We may even give you more scary good storage tips!

Photo by Ronile, under Public Domain through Creative Commons License Zero (CC0 1.0).

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.

Three Projects For Getting Your Kitchen Organized

By csc-admin - July 15th, 2014

 

When it comes to home storage and organization, there’s one room that typically tends to fall into chaos more often than others: the kitchen. Most homeowners are painfully aware of the common problems found in the kitchen organized, whether it’s an overflowing utensil drawer or a pantry that looks like a grenade has gone off inside of it. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we specialize in providing solutions for these storage needs, so we’ve put together a list of some of the most effective techniques and strategies for keeping your kitchen in tip top shape. Read on to find out what you can do to get your kitchen organized and under control.

Install Some Corner Drawers

One thing we’ve noticed over the years when it comes to kitchen organization is that space is always at a premium. Due to the value of real estate in the kitchen, why is that most kitchen cabinet systems ignore the possibility of utilizing corner space? In the past, many homeowners had Lazy Susans installed in corner spots, but those systems tend to lead to more disorganization than they add. Luckily, some incredible cabinet companies are starting to introduce beautifully crafted corner shelving systems. Click here to get an idea of the way in which one company is changing how we view that extra space between walls.

Custom Pantries By Closet and Storage Concepts

Every homeowner dreams of their own uniquely designed pantry, as every family has their own habits in the kitchen. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we custom craft incredible solutions catered to your home’s needs. Is your pantry tight on space, and you’re just not able to stock up on everything your family needs? Closet and Storage Concepts has a storage design sure to get more bang for your buck. Trying to switch over to using more dried goods throughout the week? We’re sure to have a system that will make organizing as easy as one, two, three. Remember, we don’t offer one-size-fits-all solutions for your home; we craft unique shelves and closets that form fit with your home. Click here to see some incredible pictures, and find out more about how our custom pantries can transform your kitchen from a disorganized mess into a space Martha Stewart would compliment.

Install a Rolling Cabinet

When it comes to getting the most of your kitchen’s space, it’s all about maximization. One thing that can really help in this department is getting multiple uses out of a single item. In the same way Closet and Storage Concepts can set up a master closet for storing both clothing and general wares, so too can you install fixtures that offer multiple solutions. One such strategy is creating a roll out cabinet. As you can see in the above post, companies are now creating kitchen cabinets that roll out to become cutting boards and usable surfaces. If you’re looking for some extra surface space, this might be the solution for your kitchen.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re full of ideas on getting the most out of your space. If you’re looking to expand your storage capabilities, or need some advice on getting your home better organized, contact us today!

 

Ingenious Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

By csc-admin - June 17th, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we love a good challenge. One of the most common needs with our clientele is crafting storage solutions for smaller homes and apartments. Whether that means installing a gorgeous new murphy bed or renovating an out of date closet, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have the answer your home is looking for. We’ve put together a few ingenious and creative storage solutions designed with small spaces in mind. Read on to find a few ideas for getting the most out of your home’s floor plan!

Turn Your French Doors Into Shelving

When working with a small space, it can pay dividends to find storage solutions where you wouldn’t normally consider them. For instance, many one bedrooms typically have French doors separating the bedroom from the main living area. Anyone who’s tried to cram all of their belongings into a small apartment knows that any and every space needs to be utilized in order to get the most out of the arrangement. If you have French doors and need more storage room, consider attaching bookshelves to them. We’ve seen this strategy implemented many times, and not only does it create a great look, it also provides a storage solution if you’re low on closet space.

Make More Out of Your Staircase

When you’re stuck needing more storage in your home, every unused space starts to look like a viable solution. If you just don’t have the closet storage that you need in your home, but you have a fairly large staircase leading to your second floor, consider converting the space beneath the staircase into a shelving area. This post on Houzz showcases some truly inventive ways to create storage space in an area that would typically remain unused. If you’re willing to get creative with your staircase, the options are endless. Whether you install an entertainment center, some quality bookshelves, or simply a small storage nook, your staircase offers you the ability to be so much more than a way to get to the second floor.

Look Above You!

One of the dictates of getting more out of small spaces is to think up. Often times, this implies tall, narrow bookshelves and closets rather than stout spread out ones. Similarly, it always pays to consider the ways in which overhead storage systems can alleviate some of your need for space. If it’s the garage that you’re hoping to overhaul, many people have turned to ceiling racks to store some of their excess belongings. This post outlines a brilliant way to install tracks on your ceiling that can then easily hold multiple storage bins. This strategy isn’t just limited to your garage; there are all kinds of ways to apply the same solution inside your home, be it overhead cabinets in the bathroom or a headboard that features modest shelving at the top. Here’s a great collection of indoor overhead storage systems to give you an idea of just how much can be done with that ceiling space you’re not currently using.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re constantly discovering smarter and better ways to solve your storage needs, whether that involves remodeling a tiny closet to offer more space or working with a small apartment that needs a more creative solution. If you’re in need of a better storage system, contact us today to discover the possibilities made possible by Closet and Storage Concepts!

Stop “Toying” Around and Get Organized!

By csc-admin - November 30th, 2012

Playroom Storage UnitThe holidays are a time where space is truly at a premium and organization is key.  For anyone out there with children you know exactly what that playroom will look like come the end of the holiday season.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an adjustable, durable yet attractive playroom storage system designed specifically for your unique needs?  Well our Closet & Storage Concepts design professionals are prepared to help with a few tips to get you started:

  • Adjustable shelving is key.  These shelves can be moved up and down to accommodate bulky items.
  • Smaller items can be stored away in a container and placed on the shelves as well.
  • Sliding baskets with removable/ washable canvas bags are great for small toys and art supplies.
  • Rounded corners should be used on lower bench areas to create a “child friendly” experience.

 

 

Ready to get started?   Contact us today for your free in-home consultation  with one of our design professionals.

A Slide Rule That Even a Closet Fashionista Will Adore

By csc-admin - August 23rd, 2012

A “slide rule”, by its ordinary definition, is hardly much to get worked-up over. Unless one is a collector of antiquated computing devises, or enjoys the “geek-chic” look of a mini slide rule provocatively peeking out from the protective lining of a breast pocket (also known as a “nerd shirt”), there really isn’t much ado about the common definition of such a device.
Ah, but there is another “slide” rule that is deceptively simple, yet extravagant, cool yet practical, and so chic that even Carrie Bradshaw would gasp and demand of Mr. Big that she have one for herself. This “slide” rules the custom closet, yet fits in a space just over 3” wide. This “slide” is a pull-out mirror accessory from the custom closet design accessories available at Closet & Storage Concepts.

This sliding pull-out mirror is one of the best selling accessories available at Closet & Storage Concepts — for good reason. The pullout mirror is cleverly mounted so that it is tucked away, Closet Design Accessories Include Slide Out Mirrorleaving full access to hanging clothes and other stored items. When a mirror is needed, it slides out well beyond the clothes and stored items and rotates open to reveal a full-length swivel mirror. Once you are done assembling a perfect NYC out-on-the-town ensemble or, if you’re like me, toss on a modern take on classic bohemian, the mirror then slides back into place and seemingly disappears from view.

This is a perfect solution for those who need regular use of a full length mirror, but do not want to have a mirror permanently installed on the wall or as a part of a free-standing wardrobe—both of which stare back at you ceaselessly, even when you don’t necessary desire that reflection.

In addition to adjustability and ease of use, the design of the pullout mirror eliminates the safety concerns that come with full-length mirror installation, especially in a youth bedroom. The youngster can enjoy the use of a full-length view that they are often denied with bureau-top mirrors, without the safety concerns of a mirror flimsily secured to a wall. Young muscles can be flexed and hairbrushes can be sung into, without the concern of a mirror mishap.

Jewelry drawers, wall safes, wall-mounted ironing boards, valet rods and shoe racks are just a few examples of the many closet design accessories available to the designers at Closet & Storage Concepts. Let our closet designers help you decide what is important to you, and then provide the solutions necessary to create the closet design or your dreams!

Carrie Bradshaw would be envious.

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