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How to work with your Closet/Storage Designer

master closet, closet ideas, white shaker, white cabinets, organized storgae, master walk in closetStorage designers can organize your life and add luxury to your spaces for a very reasonable investment.  Many people don’t realize the flexibility of styles available, and that your storage designer can tie the design closely to your home décor.  Your closet specialist can work with your interior designer and your contractor by scheduling installations in a way that makes sense for your project.

Tip #1:  Schedule time for an in-home consultation with your closet designer.  A thorough consultation ranges from 1-2 hours.   He will measure your space, assess your storage needs, and if time allows, start planning the layout and design while you’re still together.  Meeting in your home allows your storage design specialist to work with you to fine-tune your design, choose color pairings, and door/drawer selections that complement the mood and style you enjoy. Tip #2:  Make sure to remove enough items from the closet, pantry or other space so that your designer can properly measure.  Being able to see the corners and ceiling, to observe hidden utility panels or molding, can make all the difference in the end result: a tightly fitting, custom sized storage system.  Provide an inventory of your possessions and if possible, show her the items for a quick measurement.  Similarly, let her know if you store your shoes in boxes so that she can build in customized shelves to accommodate them perfectly. Tip #3:  If you’re already working with an interior designer or contractor to complete your remodel, introduce your closet designer to the other professionals involved in the project.  This will simplify any necessary coordination of scheduling and deliveries, ensuring that everything goes smoothly.  A simple change of floor molding size, ceiling height or door opening can be communicated this way, before the storage system is manufactured.  Of course, if you’re looking for a great painter or interior designer—ask your closet designer—there’s nothing like a recommendation! Tip #4:  Your schedule for painting, carpet or flooring installation/finishing, and other tasks is crucial information for your closet designer.  Your new custom storage system should be installed at the end of your remodel or renovation project. Tip #5:  For those who live in a condo/co-op or other multi-unit building, it’s helpful for you to facilitate the conversations with building management.  You probably haven’t thought about it in a while unless you’ve done other recent construction, but as a rule, buildings have strict requirements regarding insurance, scheduling time to use the freight elevator, and service entrance.   Your assistance with those conversations can save a lot of frustration.

Symmetry Closets—The Long Island Based Custom Closet Company Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Angies List Award 2014

Symmetry Closets has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014. “We are delighted to receive the prestigious Angie’s List Super Service Award—two years in a row,” said President Bonnie Reich. “People invite us into their homes, to customize their bedroom closet storage, or ask us to design closet organizers for their kitchen pantry and other spaces. We’re so appreciative that everyone takes the time to write on Angie’s List about how happy they are with their new built in closet organizers. It truly makes our day!” “Only about 5 percent of the Custom Closet companies on Long Island have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.   Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Symmetry Closets Receives Interior Design Society Award for Charitable Work

Symmetry Closets Receives National Interior Design Society IMPACT Award: First Annual Charitable Design Recipients Announced

 

Snoa Garrigan, IDS and Bonnie Reich, Symmetry Closers

NEW YORK, April 15, 2016 – The Interior Design Society (IDS) announced award recipients for its first annual charitable design competition – the #idsIMPACT Awards – on Friday, April 1. Symmetry Closets is thrilled and honored to receive the Industry Partner IMPACT Award for their work on a charitable project. The Individual and Group IMPACT award winners were selected based on the widespread effect that each project had on its respective community. The Sponsor and Industry Partner IMPACT award recipients were selected based on how each company’s donations of product and/or service helped the group or individual complete the project.

The #idsIMPACT award recipients are:

Industry Partner IMPACT Award: 1st place: Symmetry Closets, donated a custom cabinet with cubbies

Individual IMPACT Award:

1st place (tie): Karen Ferreyra, Karen Ferreyra Interiors, East Meadow, N.Y. Project: Family & Children’s Association, residential home for homeless veterans 1st place (tie): Wendy Lepkoff, Wendy Interiors, Baldwin Harbor, N.Y. Project: Restoring a home devastated by Superstorm Sandy 2nd place: Tanna Edler, Tanna By Design, Snohomish, Wash. Project: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, teen center transformation 3rd place: Kimberly Joi McDonald, Designing JOI, Las Vegas, Nev. Project: Baby’s Bounty, baby nursery and mom’s retreat

Group IMPACT Award:

  • 1st place: IDS Chicago & Suburban Chapter Project: Little Angels, redecoration of two children’s rooms
  • 2nd place: IDS Naples Chapter Project: Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, furnishing of a model home
  • 3rd place: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Project: Feeding Children Everywhere, contributed to feeing 8,308 school children on free or reduced lunch plans

Sponsor IMPACT Award:

  • 1st place: Sherwin-Williams, donated paint and tools to four projects
  • 2nd place: Hansgrohe, donated a faucet and shower components
The award recipients were selected by judges Leslie Carothers and Kelli Ellis. These judges both possess backgrounds in interior design and harbor a strong commitment to community. To learn more about the #idsIMPACT projects and to see photographs, visit www.interiordesignsociety.org/impactwinners.  

About Symmetry Closets

At Symmetry Closets we have a passion for creating the best possible space for your needs and budget. We can help you organize your home and bring luxury to your spaces. At Symmetry Closets, we guide our customers through the process of designing a custom closet that’s right for them. As a business that is built on recommendations and referrals, customer satisfaction is our primary concern. We rely on our customers’ recommendations to family and friends. Our company’s foundation is built upon a solid reputation of reliability, and quality. Symmetry Closets is based in Long Island, NY.

About the Interior Design Society

The Interior Design Society (IDS) is an association of professional interior design entrepreneurs focused on helping our members grow their businesses, develop their talents, inspire each other, and impact their communities. One of the country’s largest design organizations dedicated to serving the residential interior design industry, IDS embraces four core values including professionalism, community, influence and growth. The IDS National headquarters is located in High Point, N.C.

About #idsIMPACT

#idsIMPACT is a community-engagement initiative of the Interior Design Society that was launched at 2015 IDS National Conference. Commitment to community is a core value of IDS. Beginning in 2016, IDS strongly encourages each member to report the number of hours per year provided in pro bono design services to benefit their community. The work can be of general benefit for the community such as a park or community center, or the work can be for a non-profit, religious, or other charitable cause.

Media Contact: Sheree Jeanes-Marketing Consultant 631-553-2775 sheree@symmetrycloset.com

Symmetry Closet Receives Super Service Award: Angie’s List 2015

Super Service Award: Angie's List 2015

Symmetry Closet Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award Reflects Symmetry Closet’s consistently higher level of customer service

Symmetry Closet has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“We are honored to receive this celebrated recognition of our commitment to customer service and excellent storage,”

said Bill Kahn, Vice President, SYMMETRY CLOSETS

“We love working with our Angie’s List clients, and we look forward to building beautiful home offices, laundry rooms, pantries, garages, mud rooms, entertainment storage, and of course closets, for many years to come.”

“Only about 5% of Custom Closets companies in the New York Metro Area have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks.  “It’s a really high standard.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Symmetry Closets Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care.  Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local services experience for both consumers and service professionals.

How to Move In with Your Better Half (and Not Break Up in the Process)

Organizing Your Home for the Holidays

thanksgiving, table setting, fall, orange, fall colorsAs the air starts to crisp, the fall and winter holidays are just ahead. This is a time of year when good storage can truly make everything go smoothly. Inside the house, it’s time to plan for Thanksgiving and the other winter holidays. These tips will help you have an organized and relaxed holiday home. A few weeks before Thanksgiving:
  • Pull out your platters, gravy boats, goblets and other special dishes.
  • Examine everything for nicks and clean/set aside the serving dishes and silverware that will be needed for the big meal. If anything is needed to supplement, you’ll have the time to shop for it.
  • If you’re using equipment that you haven’t seen since last year—like a turkey fryer, a pressure cooker, crock pot or bread maker—check that it is all in working order.
  • Sort through the tablecloths, napkins and table decorations to make sure there aren’t stains on the only napkins that match.
Strategy: Set up a holiday zone in your pantry:
  • Set aside an area of the pantry for the special food items, like rice or cornmeal, chicken broth and stuffing mix. Having this zone makes it easier to drop the designated groceries into an easily accessible place in the kitchen.
  • If the pantry has enough space, the serving dishes, tablecloth and other table wear, flower vases and other items can be stored conveniently in the holiday zone.
  • Once the meal is done, everything can go back in this area. There’s less chance of broken special serving pieces, and the organized storage of everything can be carefully staged from there.
Plan ahead: Stock up on holiday goods:
  • Now is the time to check supplies of candles and batteries. The stores have plenty of these now, but sometimes run out later in the season.
  • It’s also a good time to find the good sales on fire logs or to get the big drop of firewood.
With these tips, you’ll have a more organized, much calmer holiday season. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season!

Enjoying an Orderly Pantry

Pantry Organizing The pantry is a catch all for so many types of kitchen equipment, serving implements, packaged food and spices, table linens and more. The purpose of a pantry is to be useful additional space—but just like other types of storage, a well-used space sometimes gets messy. We recommend a seasonal re-organization of the pantry, in the Fall and Spring. Functionally, most of us use different items in the winter and summer. Culturally, we celebrate some different holidays, etc, so your organizational plan can be adapted as needed. Overall: Select a shelf to start.
  • Remove all the cans, containers, spices or dishes and linens.
  • Clean the shelf, and start sorting the dry goods.
  • Many of us tend to cook versions of the same recipe frequently. One organizational technique is to store the ingredients for your muffins with the tin, or to keep the bread flours and flavorings with your bread-maker or baking sheet.
Structurally: Many user-friendly pantries follow these guidelines.
  • Tall stuff (vases) and bulky stuff (lobster pots) go up high.
  • Leave space below the bottom shelf for bulky or heavy items to be stored on the floor, like the recycling bins or pallets of water.
  • More frequently used appliances, like perhaps the blender or food processor, should be more accessible.
  • Spice bottles are small, and have tiny lettering; they need to be easy to read and reach for with ease. These should be at eye level. There are great accessories like slide-out spice racks that make this organization much easier.
  • If space allows, you can include slide-out or swing-out wine racks.
  • Drawers or baskets at child-height makes the grab and go easier for the little ones, and keeps the teenagers out of your dinner supplies; these can also be a great trick to keep the healthier foods easily accessible—or to keep the indulgent ones out of sight.
  • It’s so awkward to store platters flat, struggling to get out the one you need from the bottom. The better method is to utilize dividers or custom sized cubbies to allow your plates and serving bowls to stand upright, perfect for easy use.
Seasonally: These tips will make the seasonal switch simpler.
  • Try to group seasonal items together. Store the seasonal winter table linens, holiday serving items, pretty wine glasses and center-pieces in the same general area. Keep your off-season items in an out of the way place in the pantry.
  • When it’s time to change the seasonal clothes in the closet, it’s time to do the pantry.
  • Take the opportunity to examine everything. If something is stained or chipped, now’s the time to deal with it. If it’s beyond dry cleaning or another fix, there’s the opportunity for off season shopping for a replacement. This way, you’ll never be scrambling when company is coming.
Just using a few of these tips will enhance your pantry experience. You’ll be less likely to buy a spice you didn’t know you already had, and it’ll be easier to unpack the supermarket bags. You’ll feel really together when you open your panty door. Perhaps most important of all, an organized pantry will make it simpler to compose an elegant dinner party or to throw together a quick meal with friends.

Community Service

Bonnie received the following letter of appreciation this past week in regards to her commitment to and involvement with the Pay-It-Forward committee of IDS, and their work at the Walkabout Residence for homeless youth.  We are happy (and will continue) to donate our time and resources to such worthy causes.

12/9/14

Family & Children's

To: Board Members and Pay-it-forward Committee of the Long Island Chapter of the Interior Design Society

It is our great pleasure to send you this note of thanks for the amazing transformation you performed on the living room of our Walkabout residence for homeless youth. We appreciate the hard work that went into every detail of this make-over and are overwhelmed by the level of commitment of the entire Long Island Chapter and those who visited the project site. It did not escape our notice that you repurposed those items that were salvageable and obtained donations of high end items, electronics and accessories to give our space the amazing upgrade that it so desperately needed. We learned from staff that the residents, homeless youth between the ages of 16-21, have started using the living room almost exclusively – choosing to relax, read, watch TV and socialize in this space which used to be ignored. Our weekly house meetings can now accommodate the entire household, something that we’ve struggled to achieve in the past. And, expanding the project to improve the lighting in the dining room was a welcomed bonus. We are planning an evening on January 12th at 5:30 p.m. for all chapter members to visit Walkabout to see the fruits of your labor and meet some of the residents and staff. We know you’ll enjoy the architecture of this beautiful old house and the fellowship of the young people who call it home. (The address of Walkabout is 155 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport, NY). Again, thank you very much for fundraising for this project and for turning an uninspired and tired room into an inviting and inspirational space. You helped us demonstrate to our young people that amazing things can happen when individuals combine their talent, training and generous spirit. Warm wishes for a joyful holiday and we’ll see you on January 12th (please RSVP to jamullen@familyandchildrens.org by 1/8/15)!

Bonnie Reich Awarded Prestigious “Sub-Contractor Member Of The Year” for 2017

NARI, NYC, Long Island, Award

National Association of the Remodeling Industry NARI Sub-Contractor Contractor NYC Long Island Dash Windows, Boston Cedar

John Hogan, Chairman of the Board, NARI; Bonnie Reich, President Symmetry Closets; Dan Vazquez, President, NARI

Symmetry Closets’ president Bonnie Reich awarded the 2017 “Sub-Contractor Member Of The Year Award” from NYC/LI National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)

We are honored and so happy to receive this prestigious award; we appreciate the recognition of our hard work and commitment to excellence!  The NYC/LI NARI Sub-Contractor Member of the Year Award recognizes a sub-contractor who has demonstrated a strong commitment to NARI, the professional remodeling industry and the communities in which they do business. NARI is the only not-for-profit trade association dedicated solely to the Remodeling Industry. The Evening of Excellence and The Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards were held Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Flowerfield in St. James. The CotY Awards are a local competition acknowledging the high quality of work being done locally right here in Long Island and NYC. It’s a showcase for the best projects of our region’s top talent in the remodeling industry. From one-person shops to the largest remodeling firms, companies have reported that winning this award is a major factor in enhancing their image within the industry, and with prospective customers. The judging for The CotY Awards is focused on innovation, craftsmanship and overall quality of work. The Evening of Excellence is an opportunity to recognize exceptional workmanship, as well as to enhance and promote NARI’s mission— Remodeling Done Right. The event was attended by more than 125 of the industry’s elite and was sponsored by Local NARI Members, Trio East Wholesalers, Inc., Kohler Co., and Samsung Electronics America. Symmetry Closet is a two-time recipient of NYC/LI NARI awards: The CotY Award in 2014, and the Sub-Contractor Member of the Year Award this year.
National Association of the Remodeling Industry NARI Sub-Contractor Contractor NYC Long Island Wendy Interiors Symmetry Closets

Wendy Lepkoff, Board of Directors, NARI; Bonnie Reich, President, Symmetry Closets

Back to School Organization

BCustom Desk, Custom Built ins, Custom cabinets, custom storage, working deskack to school can bring lots of clutter in several areas around the home.  As storage professionals, we see all kinds of storage and work space problems develop while school gets into high gear.

Here are a few tips to alleviate the added stress: (1)    Organize the family coat closet. If space allows, consider adding double hanging for the shorter jackets. Adding a shelf or two for a few extra pair of shoes and the kids’ back packs does a lot to clear up the floor space. (2)    This year, don’t let the kids store their books and homework on the kitchen table; find a comfy space where they can do their homework and store their school supplies. This area can be just a small table or desk or even a big comfy reading chair with a bookcase for storage nearby. This way, all the school work and books can be contained in one area instead of overflowing throughout the family space.Back to School Organization (3)    Keep the sports gear all in one dedicated space; an attached garage can be the perfect location. Just add a few hooks and baskets for cleats, helmets and pads and a tall bin or two for lacrosse or hockey sticks and baseball bats. You’re freed from having all this gear stuffed into your front coat closet, or scattered in the entryway or child’s bedroom. (4)    Finally, if you have a mud room area — make the most of it. Using some hooks for the jackets, shelves for shoes, a few baskets for hats or gloves and a couple of bins for book bags can go a long way toward keeping your home clutter free and happy. And remember to include a small bench so the kids can put on their shoes before they dash off to class! Have a happy autumn.