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A Vanity Affair

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Ever wished you had a private space where you could sit and put on your make up and jewelry (ladies – I’m talking toCustom Makeup Vanity you on this one)? A spot that was comfy, functional, well organized and well lit? You know, so you’d be able to get a good look at how good you look.

Good news – you can! In our continual quest at being award winning design specialists of truly custom storage solutions – we’ve been fortunate to create two such customized spaces for our clients – making their vanity dreams come true.

One solution flips and one reflects from underneath.

The one that flips is actually hidden under a countertop that hinges at the back side and has a lighted mirror attached.Custom Makeup Vanity 2 There’s space below the countertop that doubles as a desk storage area when the top is not in use and flipped down.

And the one that lights from underneath illuminates the frosted glass top so you can get great, even lighting without shadows for putting on makeup. We created a desk surface with a light box underneath, which from the front, this looks like a drawer. And the back wall is mirrored with two side hinge mirrors for 3-way viewing.

Pretty cool, huh?

So which one would you choose if you could include it in your dream closet? And are there any other features you’d incorporate to make it uniquely yours?

How to get the most out of your home storage project

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The decision to have a custom storage solution designed and built in your home can bring you long lasting results and satisfaction.

It can also be a daunting process because you’re working with someone to “create a one of a kind original from nothing”, so to speak.

You’ve got the designated space where you want this storage solution to “live” – and you likely have an idea of the kinds of things you need stored there (files, books, clothes, electronic equipment, etc.).

Now you need a design/build professional to work with to make this all happen.

The most important variables to consider as you’re working on this project are form, fit and function.


This is the “look” and “feel” you want your project to have. 

Do you want it to blend in with the rest of your décor, or stand out and make a dramatic statement?

Do you like a rustic, knotted wood or a smooth, high-gloss, lacquered finish?

Do you want open storage, closed storage, or both?

And what about shelves, drawers and doors?

An experienced design consultant can guide you through this part and will be sure to ask you all the questions that you didn’t even know you had to answer!


Making sure a built-in fits the space is crucial – otherwise – it’s no longer a built in – it’s a mistake.

All obstacles need to be considered in terms of allowing access and making sure the pieces are manufactured so they work and fit correctly.  This includes outlets and vents as well as sprinkler heads and anything else that resides in that space.

Any special AV or office equipment that will be stored within the units need to be measured and incorporated into the design – so there’s no such thing as “it’s just a standard printer” or “40” flat screen” when communicating with your designer.  We need to know the precise measurements of any special equipment that you plan to incorporate into the design.


Function is the place where a skilled designer can really take your project to the next level.  Any woodworker can make a box and add shelves or drawers.  It takes experience to know that 24” deep shelves aren’t good for much in a closet space unless they pull out.  And that shallow shelving as well as deep shelving increase functionality in areas like pantries and home offices.  And that corner shelves in lower cabinets end up becoming “big, black holes”.

Having an experienced design consultant, like one of the team members at Closet Organizing Systems, that can work with you to make your dreams come true – is – well – quite frankly – a dream come true.

So how can we make your dreams come true?


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