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Custom Closet Design With A Place For Every Item!


As design consultants, we work closely with our clients to do our best to make sure their custom closets work for them in the best possible way.

So when design consultant Lynn Casanova met with this client, there was lots to strategize about as she wanted to be sure absolutely everything in her wardrobe had a home.

The client wanted purses organized so she could grab and change them out easily, she wanted to be able to see her shoes and have an appropriate place for her boots. 

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Divders for sweaters and shirts was important, as was the location and amount of hanging.

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So together the designer and the client worked through the revisions and the math as well as the aesthetic to create a custom storage solutions that qualifies as a "dream closet" for this happy client.

Wonderful Wall Bed


Working in an urban setting where space is quite the commodity, most rooms do double duty in terms of function.

And one of the most popular "double duty" purposes is putting in a wall bed so a room can be used as an office or den - but then accomodate guests when they visit.

Award winning team member Sue Trainor worked on a really special one.

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"My goal on this project was to design a queen wall bed for a small townhouse in Chicago. The home did not have an extra guest bedroom so we needed to create this space in their family room for overnite guests" says Trainor.

With that in mind, the colors needed to work with the decor in the room- light maple floor with dark brown contemporary furniture.

"My client wanted a mix of four color combinations; cocoa, maple, alloy silver and white" says Trainor. She also designed space for some hanging, drawers and a light bridge across the top.

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And additonal design element that adds alot of interest is that the unit has three depths. The far left cabinet is 25 inches deep to accommodate hanging, the center wall bed is 21 inches deep and the far right section needed to be 12 inches deep so as not to block the window.

We hid the electrical chords with a back panel that was set forward. There are flip up doors above the bed and 1 1/2 inch thick floating shelves on the right - all of which give this highly functional piece a really high level of beauty.

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As Trainor puts it, "The unit looks great in the room and my client was really happy with the end result. It's not always easy to pick color combinations that work well together but this was perfect."

Don't you agree?

Is Clutter Related To Weight Gain?


Any chance those extra "piles to be organized" laying around your house are actually contributing to your weight gain?

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According to several experts on the Dr. Oz Show, those extra items inside your closet - and inside your refrigerator - can actually be contributing to the extra inches on your waistline.

Ask yourself the following questions and check out their solutions for ways to help you move towards a more fit and organized life:

1)Are there UFO's (Unidentified Food Objects) in your refrigerator? Perhaps some holiday casseroles chinese takeout?

The solution for getting rid of all kinds of stuff in your frig' whose contents or "use by" dates are unknown is to put all leftovers in clear containers with labels.

And if you can't quite get yourself to the uber organized state of easily being able to label all your leftovers, at least get the clear containers. They make life so much easier in any storage area of your home and garage because you stand a much better chance of at guessing correctly about what's inside the container.

2)Are there any clothing items laying on the floor in either your bedroom or closet?  Experts feel that clutter leads to people having a more difficult time sleeping.

People who have a difficult time sleeping are often tired.

When we're tired we tend to just 'grab and go" - not taking the time or energy to make sure what we're putting in our mouths is actually good for our bodies.


clothes on floor 1024Solutions to help with this include taking a serious look at all the clothes you're saving for the "one day I'll fit in to this" celebration to arrive. If you have five pair of jeans that are hanging around (literally) waiting for you to lose ten pounds, that's serving no purpose except defeating yourself. Keep one pair for inspiration and donate the rest to someone who can make use them NOW!

3)Are the colors of your dining room or dishes red? Studies suggest that the color red actually stimulates the appetitie.  Think about it - the logos of eateries like McDonald's and Wendy's often involve the color red. And Christmas holidays filled with red and green often lead us to overindulge "in the spirit of the season" with no regard to the colors of the tablecloths, napkins or dishes.

The solution is to tone it down.  Think blue.  This color is believed to relax people. And while there aren't many foods that are actually blue (with the obvious exception of blueberries), you can incorporate these soothing colors into linens, dishes, even the wall or seat coloring. Personally, I love the timelessness and flexibility of white dishes. You can change the look easily without making a big new investment. But if you are thinking about making such a change - use smaller plates.  Studies also show that the larger the plate, the larger the portion.






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