“Spring Cleaning”! is here and once the weather becomes warmer and the days longer we yearn for organization of our space. Winter creates this sense of hibernation, of status quo, and now Spring is here and we feel the need to de- clutter, to organize, re-evaluate and sometimes, purge. More often this begins with the “purge”, we look around and determine what we need and what we do not need anymore, be it clothes, books, furnishing, objects…basically anything that when we look at it we say “do I need this?” as we whisper to ourselves, maybe again…”do I really need this?”
It begins with a bag or a box and a fierce motivation to be productive, to rid ourselves of unwanted items and inevitably, make room for new ones. Part of this purge is to create space for that new item, new piece of furniture, new wardrobe, new shoes… We have to be honest and admit that we like new things…
There is also a desire to organize the spaces we do have to create more efficiency… more space…
I think one of the most essential elements to a home is Closets. What “type A” organizational type does not love the words “walk in closet”. It has a symphony of possibilities. Well appointed closets make us feel grown up and “together”.
When I am designing a new home or doing a renovation I always ask my Client to highlight what is most important to them in their home and a vast majority say ” more storage”, be it closets with built in shelving, a Kitchen island with large pull outs or a Pantry or Cabinet that conceals all their belongings behind a luxurious piece of furniture.
In these images presented are custom closets in two of my NYC Projects: Both Modern and both offering the client space, ingenuity, function and beauty. I designed specific areas for every item of personal clothing, shoes, accessories. When you enter the closet you are able to find things quickly and store things in their place. It becomes an oasis of calm in comparison to a chaotic world. It can be used as a dressing area along with providing storage. The boxes within the closet that is dark wood, only takes that organizational aesthetic to a new level. Without being obtrusive, these boxes are elegant and also maintain a sense of privacy and safety for fragile items.
The glass and white closets are a window to the heart of a truly organized and pristine vision for a closet. Beautiful crisp shirts lined up with space in between to avoid any wrinkles is really a dream . In the way that the storage boxes conceal, this glass front creates a display case for the belongings inside. Storage areas are a necessity to an efficient space that works with you, not against you. Having functional and well designed closets are a luxury and essential for the maintenance of a well run home.
As a Designer we must tap into the needs of our Clients and Closets are primary in their vision for a wonderful space.
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