Among the winners of CLOSETS magazine’s 2012 Top Shelf Design Awards, announced at the 6th annual Closets & Home Organization Conference & Expo in Austin, TX, was Janet Stevenson, design consultant for Closet City, Montgomeryville PA, who took home 3 awards in 2 categories.
Online PR News – 25-June-2012 – Montgomeryville PA – Winners of the 2012 CLOSETS magazine Top Shelf Design Awards were announced at a gala reception held during the 6th annual Closets & Home Organization Conference & Expo at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. Among this year’s winners was Janet Stevenson, design consultant for Closets & Cabinetry by Closet City, Montgomeryville PA, who took home three awards in two different categories (out of a total of 13 awards presented).
In the “Home Office, over 150 square feet” category, Janet won an award for her design of a client’s extensive “Gentleman’s Library” that featured storage for over 7000 CD’s, an entertainment center, and home office. A custom walk-in closet filled with some of the latest innovative organizing accessories, created for Philadelphia magazine’s 2011 Design Home charity project, was Janet and Closet City’s second Top Shelf Design award winner. This year’s Top Shelf Awards included a first: The People's Choice Award for the top home organization project, voted upon through online balloting. Stevenson and Closet City received the most votes for that same Design Home project, "Carol's Closet", thus earning them their third award.
The Top Shelf Design Awards are given annually to honor designers for their creative closet and home organizational designs. Judging was done on the basis of overall appearance, ingenuity in solving challenges, design creativity and functionality, according to information and artwork submitted by each entrant. Entries are judged 25% on appearance, 25% on ingenuity, 25% on creativity, and 25% on functionality by a panel of impartial experts. This year’s Top Shelf Design Award category winners received a trophy commemorating each winning entry and were featured in a special section of CLOSETS magazine in the March/April 2012 issue.
Winning Project Details
The homeowner (Carol) was moving into a stately 1920’s Tudor home that was beautiful but not space-efficient for closets. The repurposing of an attic area off the master suite allowed for a dressing room “addition” that gave Carol closet space she needed. Carol wanted the room to look modern, yet still be fitting in a home of its era. The need to design “grandly” was always at the forefront of the design. Carol admitted that she is an “accessory girl” with more accessories to accent an outfit than actual hanging clothes, so storage for all of these items was of prime importance to her. She wanted everything in the one room, and not all over the house.
PROBLEM – Although the footprint was adequate for a closet, Closet City was faced with several challenges. Each wall had an angle different from the others, the room featured two windows that were somewhat difficult to work around, and a new steam unit was included in the closet, which the homeowner did not want visible. Also, the room entrance was long and narrow, so Stevenson needed to make the transition into the closet comfortable but efficient, practical, and use every inch for some sort of storage.
SOLUTION – To give the homeowner that “modern” look, Stevenson highlighted the closet with modern, gloss-finished drawer fronts and accented those with gloss countertops in Carol’s favorite color – orange! Stevenson added a beautiful jewelry armoire to house all of Carol’s jewelry, and also provided a pull-out pivoting mirror, ironing board, and a double hamper pull-out – all hidden behind drawers and cabinet doors. The tall wall (on the left) became the hanging wall which was accented with crown molding befitting the home, but again in a gloss finish to add sleek design touches to modernize the room. All of the other walls, with windows and deeper angles, became Carol’s accessory areas for shoes, hampers and ironing, deep drawers for folded garments, and a cabinet to hide the steamer unit. The finished product satisfied every one of Carol’s “wish list” items, and Closet City is happy to announce that because of their success with this project, they are now working on Carol’s mother-in-law’s new home.
About the Company
Closets & Cabinetry by Closet City and Janet Stevenson are no strangers to winning awards as they have received Honorable Mention awards in both the 2010 and 2011 Top Shelf Design Award competitions, as well as receiving “Contractor of the Year” awards from the Bucks-Mont chapter of NARI (National Association for the Remodeling Industry) each year since 2010.
Located in Montgomeryville PA, Closet City’s product offerings have grown over their 28-year history from initially installing closet organizing systems exclusively to now also providing extensive interior remodeling options for laundry rooms, pantries, entertainment centers, home offices, garages and more. The company also offers custom-built Murphy Bed units, cabinet refacing, and custom cabinetry. Closets & Cabinetry by Closet City custom designs, manufactures, and installs each client’s project themselves, as well as offering products and materials for DIY customers.