Best of 2020Make It Better Magazine — Chicago Fall 2020
Closet Works was honored recently when we were selected to create a custom closet that appeared on cable TV's Home and Garden network. Closet designer Janine Crixell of Closet Works was asked by Chicago's own Alison Victoria to provide the closet for her master suite renovation project. The project was part of in a nationally broadcast design competition between four of the network's top interior designers. Although she didn't win, the master closet was warmly received by the judges, especially the 360 Organizer® Shoe Spinner, as an amenity that increases the home's value and makes it more marketable. Watch the episode and decide for yourself.
The Simple LifeSophisticated Living Magazine — Chicago May/June 2019
Sophisticated Living Magazine interviewed Tom Happ, President of Closet Works, for an enlightening article in their Chicago edition regarding trends in home storage and decluttering:
For many busy people, organization is a top priority in 2019—and this often starts and ends in a person's home. From closets and offices to kitchens and garages, keeping your home organized is key to peace of mind. Closet Works offers many innovative options for kicking your home organization into high gear—and it typically starts with the closet. "You should look at professionally organized closets as an investment for both you and the future value of your home," Happ says. "People like organized spaces, and in the future, this makes your home really marketable. Organization is an investment with a high ROI."
Modern Design Meets Functional Storage in This Commercial CabinetWoodworking Network Magazine November 2018
Sue Trainor of Closet Works was recently interviewed by Woodworking Network regarding one of her recent storage projects. The client was Chicago Academic Tutoring and Test Prep. Chicago Academic tapped into Sue's expertise to solve a storage problem with the company's office supplies. Sue's unconventional solution took advantage of the only available space in the office — a public restroom.
Unfortunately, there wasn't any room in his office or other "typical" locations for any extra cabinets. He did, however, have a large public restroom and wanted to build a storage space in the bathroom toilet area. He wanted a cabinet that would almost blend into the wall, creating a very modern look to coordinate with the tile and rest of the décor, while minimizing the existence of the storage cabinet, if not hiding it altogether.Additionally, there were plumbing issues and handicap accessibility requirements that needed to be taken into consideration. Her final design, titled "Disappearing Storage Cabinet," makes the whole complicated project appear simple and easy.
Combo Laundry and Mudroom Brings Organization to the Back DoorWoodworking Network Magazine October 2018
Gerry Ayala of Closet Works was recently interviewed by Woodworking Network regarding one of his recent storage projects. A home with a rear entry that connects the garage to the house was rennovated to streamline activities for all family members, making it easier to keep everyone organized. A traditional coat closet was removed and the space was reallocated for use as a mud room hall tree/lockers. New laundry room cabinetry was installed to improve efficiency and give the entire space a coordinated look. The family was very pleased with Gerry's efforts:
No one from this busy household will ever be late for an appointment due to an inability to find their matching shoe! Shoes go directly underneath each family members jacket. I also included a basket with the shelf above the coat hooks for keeping keys, wallets and small things — making it simple to find them as you're dashing out the door. I backed each family member's cubby with Shaker-inspired beadboard. It lends a friendly, informal feeling and coordinates seamlessly with the cabinetry from the kitchen located next door.
Designer DialogueClosets Magazine September 2018
Three award-winning designers, including Sue Tinker of Closet Works, share their perspectives on how to balance the art of design versus the business of design. In the words of Closets Magazine, this article is about:
Three top closet designers share their thoughts on a variety of issues arising in the day-to-day operations of a closets firm. All three were participants on the "Designer Dialogue" panel during the 2018 Cabinets & Closets Conference.
A Curated ClosetLakeshore Living Magazine Fall/Winter 2017
Nine essential tips for handling closet chaos, bringing in organization and keeping the clutter at bay. In your home, do closets tend to be afterthought areas? Perhaps they're the spaces that don't receive a lot of aesthetic attention and are simply places to hang clothes or store rarely-used items. Remedy that through these nine tips in which experts weigh in, giving your closets some much needed attention.
Ten Closet Designers On Top of Their Game: Woodworking Network article by national Top Shelf Award Judge Denise Butchko