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10 Summer Wardrobe Items Every Woman Should Own

By csc-admin - June 26th, 2015

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With a new season comes a new look. If you’re struggling to find pieces to wear with the warmer weather, Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help. We want to help you create a closet you love, and that includes the clothes in them! Consider adding any of these items to your wardrobe and removing any old and out of date items for increased style for you and your closet.

  1. Sunglasses

With the increasing sunshine, now’s a great time to find the perfect shades. Whether you’re after an aviator or a cat eye, protect your pieces with the proper storage. Sunglasses protect your eyes; do the same for them by treating them with care. On the go, choose a soft-shelled case to store in your handbag or in the car. At home, you can opt for custom storage, especially if you have a larger collection that you want to protect.

  1. Jean Jacket

Jean jackets are a classic summer staple and are available in a variety of styles and washes, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your needs. Denim is versatile enough that it can be dressed up or down, and it’s great for covering up during cool summer evenings.

  1. Sneakers

A good pair of sneakers is the perfect way to appeal to the casual vibes of summer. Choose classic Chuck Taylors or a trendy slip-on variety such as Toms; the possibilities are nearly endless. If you’re not a sneaker gal, consider a versatile sandal instead. To house your shoes, consider over-the-door units, or shoe racks in your entryway or garage. Adjustable shoe racks are a great way for your closet to transition with you.

  1. Scarf

A summer scarf helps to add a bit of interest to jeans and a tee shirt. Scarves are also perfect if you need a cover up to protect against the sun, and you can even use them as makeshift blankets for spontaneous summer picnics! Opt for materials in linen or cotton versus wool. Use, or make, a scarf hanger to keep scarves in their place.

  1. Sundress

Sundresses are a quintessential item for summer. Like the denim jacket, sundresses are also versatile enough to be dressed up for work or down for a summer barbeque. With endless styles, cuts, and patterns you’re likely to find an option that’s perfect for you.

  1. White Tee

Switch out your darker palette in favor of a lighter one this summer, starting with your tee shirts. Replace long sleeves with short or sleeveless options to reflect the change in the weather. For a little spice, consider a classic striped option that will give your wardrobe a characteristically summery nautical look. Take this opportunity to purge any tops that no longer interest or fit you.

  1. Jean or Khaki Shorts

A great pair of shorts should see you through multiple summers. Jeans or khakis are a great material to look for, and can be mixed and matched with a variety of items, including many that can be found on this list. They can also be used as transitional pieces.

  1. Nude Nail

The nude nail is great in all seasons, but can look particularly good in the summer months, especially as your skin tans up a bit. If you have a bit of a crazy nail collection, look to organize your bathroom with under-the-sink options, or even try storing your polishes in over-the-door shoe holders.

  1. Swimsuit

If you’re planning a beach trip this summer, you’ll probably need a swimsuit. Be sure to check if you really need that cute new bikini, or if you already have one that might have been stored away for the winter. Once you bring out your swimsuit, be sure to store away winter items like coats, sweaters, and turtlenecks for next year.

  1. Strappy Heels

We listed a casual shoe choice above, but a formal option like a strappy heel in a bright or nude color is a classic summer staple for your wardrobe. Heels can be paired with a number of items on this list, from a t-shirt and shorts to a sundress. Use proper storage and organization solutions to keep your heels in good condition.

Need a closet makeover? Give Closet and Storage Concepts a call today. We can’t wait to help you create a place for every piece including your summer staples.

Photo by Maegan Tintari, used under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.0).

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!

 

Classic Closet Scenes In Cinema

By csc-admin - August 29th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re pretty big film buffs, as you can tell by this post we wrote on Murphy beds in great films. Similar in many ways to the classic Murphy bed trope in cinema is the equally ubiquitous use of closets as a plot device. Seeing as though we’re in the business of outfitting homes with incredible custom closets and storage solutions, it’s probably not a big surprise that we love scenes that prominently rely on the use of closets. Whether someone’s hiding out and listening to other characters spill their secrets, or getting locked in a closet only to have to someone find their way out, closets have featured prominently in a number of our favorite movies. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite scenes largely revolving closets and storage spaces, so read on to find out which famous moments we love the most, and don’t forget to contact Closet and Storage Concepts the next time you’re in need of a custom storage solution!

Groucho Marx in Monkey Business

One of the earliest examples of the now famous “hiding in the closet” trope, Groucho Marx delivers an excellent example of utilizing the confines of a closet to hide from the eyes of other characters. Trapped on a boat with the other Marx brothers, Groucho realizes a woman he’s been seeing is also on board with a notorious gangster. Wanting to see the woman while also trying to stay out of the eyes of her dangerous paramour, Groucho sneaks into their bedroom pretending to be the maid. While the other two characters are arguing back and forth, Groucho steps into the closet to listen and wait. Lo and behold, the gangster eventually storms out, leaving Groucho to emerge from the stuffy closet and be with his beloved. It’s an early example of closets in film, and one of the best.

Blue Velvet’s Eerie Take

With a slightly more sinister take, we find David Lynch’s nightmarish classic Blue Velvet. With a nearly identical setup, we find Kyle McLaughlin’s character entangled in a love triangle with a gorgeous lounge singer and her murderous boyfriend, Dennis Hopper. Having stolen a moment with the incredible Isabella Rossellini, McLaughlin is forced to hide in the closet when an enraged Dennis Hopper suddenly drops by. In this scene we see a perfect illustration of the closet film trope, as McLaughlin listens in while peering through the blinds on the front of the closet. All of the suspense and intrigue found in the best “hidden in the closet” scenes is found here, and it’s a perfect example of the way closets function in thrilling fashion throughout movie history.

A Twist In The Breakfast Club

Now that we’ve looked at two “hide in the closet” scenes, lets turn to The Breakfast Club for another famous version of this set up. Rather than hiding himself away in a closet, here we find Judd Nelson’s Bender character being locked in a closet by the jaded Principal Richard Vernon. Not only is this an example of the common “locked in the closet” cliché, we also see Bender utilize in the classic ‘crawl through the air ducts” move. Similar to the movie Airheads, Bender makes his way back and forth from the janitor’s closet to various areas in the school via the ventilation shafts, cementing one of the best know versions of the closet plot device.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we have the expertise to design and install the closet of your dreams, whether you’ll spend time hiding in them or not. Contact us today to make one more step towards the home of your dreams!

Three Incredible Treasures Found During A Remodel

By csc-admin - February 28th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we do work on a wide variety of homes and offices, from early 20th Century apartments to brand new condominiums. Throughout our time working on some of the older properties we’ve had the pleasure of updating, we’re constantly surprised by the amount of objects often hidden within the closet walls of these old homes. From long lost family photos to early porcelain dolls, there are often tiny treasures stuffed away in the long forgotten areas of an antique house. In the spirit of these discoveries, we’ve put together a list of some of the coolest items found during remodels of old homes. Read on to see what kind of treasures may be lurking behind your walls.

That’s Some Expensive Insulation

David Gonzalez, a general contractor in Hoffman, Minnesota, decided that it was time to update his master bedroom, including taking out a wall to expand his closet. As a contractor in an area with older homes, Gonzalez was used to seeing old newspaper used as insulation in homes. When he found an original copy of Action Comics #1 stuffed into the walls, to say he was surprised would be quite the understatement. The issue in which Superman makes his debut, Gonzalez’s copy of Action Comics recently sold at auction for $175,000. Considering he bought the home for around $10,000, it’s safe to say Gonzalez came out on top in this one.

A Head Above The Rest

When spring comes along, most of us find ourselves doing some deep cleaning, be it giving the kitchen a good once over or reorganizing our closets. When Stephane Gabet, a French journalist, went to clean out the attic of his newly purchased home, he found something slightly stranger than most: a 400-year-old skull. Gabet, unsure of what exactly to do with this ancient head, took it to a prominent university in Paris to get to the bottom of just how old his new find was. Turns out, not only was the skull over 400-years-old, it was also determined to have belonged to none other than King Henry IV, who ruled France until 1610. Although we don’t recommend storing the remains of famous monarchs in your attic, it must be at least a little fun for Gabet to bring his discovery out every Halloween.

Bottoms Up

Patricia Hill purchased a turn-of-the-century mansion outside of Pittsburgh with the intention of turning it into a five star bed and breakfast. While doing some extensive renovations on the property, she uncovered some proof that the former inhabitants had been fond of a drink or two: nine cases of revered Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey buried in the basement. A pre-Prohibition distillery, Old Farm produced some of the most beloved American Whiskey in history, and Hill’s trove was estimated to be worth nearly $800,000 dollars. Things didn’t turn out perfectly for Hill, though: after spending the winter vacationing someplace warm, she returned to find that her caretaker had imbibed nearly 52 bottles of the historic hooch, putting the homeowner out nearly $200,000 dollars.

Although we can’t promise we’ll unearth any buried treasure in your home, we can assure you that we’ll put in a closet or storage system that’ll make your home the star of the neighborhood. Call Closet and Storage Concepts today to find out just how transformative one of our closet systems can be in your home.

Three Great Smartphone Apps for Organizing Your Closet

By csc-admin - January 16th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of providing unique and effective storage solutions for a variety of different homes and needs. From closet systems to wall beds, we’re experts in crafting space-saving designs for every customer. As much as a well-organized, stunningly built closet will do for keeping track of your life, sometimes a little more is needed. If you’ve got a smartphone, there are plenty of apps currently being developed specifically for the purpose of keeping your closet in tip-top shape. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite smartphone apps for organizing your closet and keeping track of your wardrobe.

Stylebook – http://www.stylebookapp.com/

Stylebook is an app developed in New York by two fashion-obsessed programmers looking to help people carefully curate their wardrobe. Founded in 2009, Stylebook keeps track of item count, total closet value, and the 10 least and most worn outfits in your arsenal. People that take advantage of Stylebook can upload every piece in their closet and then use the app to plan future outfits and make packing list. Best of all, there’s a “worn history log” that tracks every time you wear a specific article of clothing, so that the next time you have a date you can be sure it isn’t an outfit you’ve already worn.

My Gear Pack – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mygearpack.android.mgp

Organizing your camping and hiking gear can be difficult, even with plenty of storage space; luckily, My Gear Pack has been developed expressly to help keep your outdoor gear inventoried and categorized. My Gear Pack allows you to input all of your outdoor equipment, including pictures and descriptions. You’re able to add tags to all of your items, so that you can keep a list of exactly where you’ve stored certain gear. My Gear Pack is also set up to let you plan for certain trips, so that once you have your trip outlined, the app will let you know where all of the tools you need are stored. Furthermore, My Gear Pack has a library installed with all of the other users’ gear, which allows you to browse equipment you may need but don’t have yet. If you’re an avid outdoorsman or woman, My Gear Pack is sure to help make all of your trips that much easier.

Doxo Mobile – https://www.doxo.com/

One of the major contributors to closet clutter has always been bills, receipts, and other filed paperwork. With the advent of smartphones, consumers are now able to make this space-filler a thing of the past. Doxo, a company initially formed in 2011, is an app that connects all of your online bill profiles and accounts in one place and under one password in an attempt to simplify the bill paying process. Even better, Doxo files all of your paperwork digitally, so that not only do you no longer have to organize all of your bills and paperwork, but you also no longer have to deal with physical copies of them. Doxo is a godsend for anyone looking to get rid of that filing cabinet taking up half of your hallway closet, and it’s a great way to make your life better organized and easier to manage.

Coupled with a new closet designed by Closet and Storage Concepts, these apps will help you on your way to organizing an amazing closet as we head into the New Year. There’s nothing like starting with a clean slate, so let Closet and Storage Concepts help you find the solution for all your home organization needs.

The Closet Personality Test: What Does Your Closet Say About You?

By csc-admin - December 19th, 2013

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There are a million and one personality tests floating around out there, with nearly all of them claiming to be definitive. While we may not be trained in Freudian psychoanalysis or Jungian archetypes, we can tell you one thing from experience: a person’s closet says a lot about them, and a look into this often sacred space can reveal quite a bit about someone’s habits, passions, and inclinations. We’ve put together a handful of typical closet scenarios and have paired them with the personality types most commonly associated with them. We encourage you to take a peek into your own closet before reading through to see just how accurate we’ve been with our assessment, and let us know in the comments if we’re on track or off the rails.

The Romantic

The most obvious sign that you’re dealing with a Romantic personality type is the copious amounts of nostalgia hanging around. The Romantic probably doesn’t keep the most organized closet, as they’re never able to throw anything even slightly meaningful away. It’s a safe bet to assume there’s a giant box of old love letters stuck in the corner, as well as a huge stack of T-shirts the Romantic hasn’t worn since high school but just can’t seem to part with. Every Christmas card Grandma ever sent, every baseball jersey they wore in Little League, and a binder full of old concert ticket stubs is sure to be found somewhere in the confines of the Romantic’s veritable time capsule of a closet.  If you’re ever helping the Romantic move or organize, make sure not to throw anything away without asking first: you can never be sure just what they’ve been saving from that date they had freshman year of college.

The Idealist

The Idealist is described by most psychologists as introspective, feeling, and optimistic. We all have family and friends that fit into this category, and it’s fairly easy to imagine what their closets would like. Well organized is probably a given, as most Idealists tend to be of the scheduling variety according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test. It’s probably safe to assume that the Idealist’s closet places an emphasis not only on the things they need immediately at hand, but also items they’re hoping they might get to use sometime soon. So, the Idealist might have a bathing suit hanging around towards the front of their closet even in February, or their soccer cleats washed and ready to go even though they haven’t played since high school. Throw in an inspirational poster or two hung on the doors, maybe next to a picture of their personal hero, and you’ve got a closet typical of someone with an Idealist streak in them.

The Artist

Surely we’re all familiar with this entry on our list. The Artist’s closet shows little to no organization to the average person, but ask about it and the Artist is quick to assure you there’s some kind of system. Much like the Romantic, very little tends to get thrown away, just in case someone someday wants to release that seldom heard demo of psychedelic polka music the Artist crafted ten years ago. Another tell-tale sign you’ve got an Artist on your hands is a lack of matching socks sitting aside a giant pile of band t-shirts, because, according to the Artist, only “the man” matches clothes. Although the Artist may seem to lack much organization, make sure not to move anything in their closet, as you’re sure to have problems if suddenly their favorite Bauhaus shirt isn’t in its usual spot.

The Social Butterfly

Our last personality type, the Social Butterfly’s closet is an essential part of his or her daily experience. A look inside will surely display a number of tells, from the mountain of different shoes (every occasion calls for the perfect pair) to the variety of clothes. There are shirts for going out in, workout gear for sports and the gym, business suits, travel luggage, snow gear for the winter time, and a plethora of different accents perfect for every occasion. The Social Butterfly isn’t necessarily known to be well organized, but when you have one of everything for every occasion, it can be hard to keep a system in line. Whether it’s the dead of night or 6 AM on a Sunday morning, the Social Butterfly has to be ready for whatever event springs up on their calendar, requiring a heavily stocked closet with as many options as possible.  If you always keep a pair of hiking boots in between your ballet slippers and your ice skates, it’s probably safe to assume you may just be a Social Butterfly yourself.

Although this list only scratches the surface of what a closet can say about its owner, we hope it gives you a good idea about what your things, and the way you keep them, may say about you. And remember, if you’re ever in need of a better way to organize all those old high school jerseys or your stack of paintings from that De Kooning phase you had, Closet and Storage Concepts is always ready to help you choose and install the perfect closet system, whether you’re a Social Butterfly, Idealist, or somewhere in between.

Strong Recovery For The Housing Market

By csc-admin - July 22nd, 2013

It has been a challenging couple of years for homeowner values, but fortunately for everyone the housing market is showing signs of a strong recovery.  So many people are looking to buy that inventories of homes for sale are running low and a shift is being made into a seller’s market.  We have done some research and found the top upgrades that new buyers are looking for.  More than 60% of home buyers are willing to pay more for central air conditioning, new kitchen appliances and a custom walk-in closet in the master bedroom.  It is no surprise to us that custom walk in closets are at the top of home buyers lists!  Whether you are looking to sell your home or improve it a custom Closet & Storage Concepts system is always a great choice.  Contact us today for your Free In-Home Estimate!

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Reach In Closet Designs

By csc-admin - March 21st, 2012

Utilizing existing space in a reach in closet is the best solution. Creating a functional and stylish space is the key.Closet Designs - Closet Storage System

Adding a closet storage system, you will gain new space:

  • Drawers
  • Double hanging area
  • Tie-rack and shoe racks
  • Adjustable shelving

All can create a neat accessible closet bringing a whole new look to any room.

You deserve to have a well designed closet tailored to your personality. By organizing your closet, you organize your life saving you time and energy.

Our closet designers can help you transform your existing closet design into an organized solution. Our closet systems are designed to fit the way you live.

Contact us for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation or call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567)

 

Closet Designer

By csc-admin - March 21st, 2012

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When a customer calls our office, we offer an in-home, no obligation design consultation at no charge. During this visit in the customer’s home, our closet designer will

  • Measure the closet
  • Show the customer photographs of our closet products
  • Perform a closet analysis

Using all of the information gathered, the closet designer will create a plan for a closet system which best serves the customer’s needs and budget.

Custom closet design options include features like:

  • Built-in drawers for socks and underwear
  • Pull-out baskets for storage or laundry
  • Jewelry drawers,
  • Belt and tie racks
  • Shelf-dividers

and much more!

Our closet designer can create a completely custom designed closet system – custom built and custom installed by company trained and employed installers.

Contact us for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation or call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567)

 

Walk-In Closet Organizers

By csc-admin - March 21st, 2012

The ultimate walk-in closet begins with a custom closet design to make the most of space.

  • Use long, medium and double hang areas to maximize closet space.
  • Use adjustable closet shelving to easily adapt to your new,
  • Add a Valet Rod to your closet to get your clothes ready for the next day
  • Add a tilt-out hamper
  • Add Shoe Racks to keep them organized

 

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Contact Closet & Storage Concepts for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation.

  • Our designer will come to your home and measure the closet or area in need of organization
  • Show you photographs of available products
  • Perform a wardrobe analysis
  • Create a plan for a custom closet or storage system that will best serve you

Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567)

 

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