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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 Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018 – Third Year In A Row

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 “Best Of Houzz” – Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

HOLBROOK, NY, January 22, 2018 – Symmetry Closets of Holbrook, NY has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 8-year old custom closet design company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“It’s exciting to be recognized by Houzz for excellent customer service for three years in a row – we couldn’t be happier!” Bonnie Reich, president of Symmetry Closets.
“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.” Follow Symmetry Closets on Houzz www.houzz.com/pro/symmetryclosets/ About Bonnie Reich Symmetry Closets began in 2010 as a recommendation and referral based business. Bonnie wanted to start a company that put professional space planning first, paired with excellent customer service. Our closet designers love working with interior designers, contractors and builders because we value relationships that put people first. Bonnie is very proud of all the growth and changes Symmetry Closets is experiencing and our continued commitment to providing the highest quality of service to our customers. About Houzz Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com. Symmetry Closets Awarded Best of Houzz 2018 badge

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Spring Cleaning For Storage Spaces

After this long and cold winter, we’ve become accustomed to the collection of gloves, scarves, hats and the pile of shoes by the door. However, once the good weather finally arrives, it’s time for spring sports and all the accompanying muddy gear. Worst of all, this mess is the first impression people have when they arrive at your lovely home. One of the most overlooked essential areas is the coat closet. These closets tend to have a hanging rod and maybe a single shelf. By simply adding some shelves you can create space for boots, shoes, and other gear. If space permits, you can store hats, caps, winter scarves and gloves by adding drawers or baskets that slide out. Closet baskets and drawers are great to have near the bottom of the closet, around a small child’s height, making it easier for the little ones to put away their own stuff and to grab their toys or mittens before running out the door. These are also an excellent place to store the dog toys, leashes, and other gear. Our dog takes his own leash out of the bin when it’s time to go walking! While some homes don’t have a convenient coat closet or have already fully utilized that storage space, many of us have an area that can become a mud room. In this space you can find room for kid’s jackets so that the coat closet can be more formal for dedicated adult use. A mud room can include hooks for hats, scarves, or other grab-and-go items. Alternatively, an attached garage can provide mudroom type storage. The garage is a great way to grab extra space while containing the clutter discretely. The key is to install custom storage that will protect any expensive sports equipment, like storage shelves, drawers and baskets. Shelves can handle the boots, shoes, and cleats; while standing storage bins can hold bats and longer gear. Hooks can also be added to any storage area to catch the baseball hats, dog leashes or other frequently used items. Cabinet doors add a beautiful finishing touch. Spring is almost here—and it’s time to store the winter away while planning for warmer weather. A well designed storage solution can take your gear away from your door, and leave you more time to stop and smell the daffodils. Enjoy!

Ring In The New Year

2015It’s that time of year—the Holidays are here! Around the edges of the holiday bustle, the good times with family and friends, there are usually also the moments of quiet introspection—of being “in the moment.” It’s a good time to take stock of all the experiences we’ve had this year, and what we envision for the new one. The reflective nature of the holidays is encouraged by all the lights and shiny décor we embrace to brighten the long nights and short days around the Winter Solstice. From the twinkling lights to the mercury glass candlesticks, to the ornaments on the tree and hearth, to the fireplace itself—we seek out light and good cheer.  As the holidays wind on down it’s a wonderful opportunity to take the time, and make space for you. It can be as small as scheduling ten minutes a day to breathe or meditate. Or perhaps spending an hour reading a book, or taking a walk one morning a week in the woods or beach with your dog/child/favorite sibling…. Space for yourself can be larger, too. It can manifest as breakfast in bed, a nice bubble bath, or someone helping you clean out the basement/garage/closet/or that drawer in the kitchen.   Some people would request a room of their own—to write, work out, do crafts, sew or knit, watch sports—the possibilities are truly limitless and fully customizable!   Let’s make this year one of fulfillment, in which we get to enjoy achieving our goals. Let’s also make this a year in which we get some of those essential moments to take a breath, sit back and gain some perspective. So in the spirit of acknowledging all the different ways to be reflective this time of year—we wish everyone a Joyous Solstice, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, a Delightful Kwanzaa, and a Healthy, Prosperous New Year.

The Secret History of the Closet

Blog Written by Nancy Mitchell  apartment therapy You probably think of a closet as a little room where you hang up your clothes. But for much of its history, the closet has served a completely different purpose entirely.
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Modern Walk-in Closet

Come back with me, if you will, to the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages having a bedroom was a bit of a privilege — most common folks slept either on the floor of the great hall of the manor where they lived, or in the single room that served them as kitchen, living room, dining room, and bedroom all in one. Only very wealthy people had bedrooms, and they used their bedrooms not just for sleeping but also for working and entertaining important guests. The bedroom, at this time, was not a very private place. So where could you go if you wanted a little time alone? Enter the closet. At the end of the Medieval period, well-to-do homeowners began adding ‘closets’ adjoining their bedrooms. The closet was a place to store treasured possessions, but it was also a place for prayer, reading, and quiet contemplation. It was by far the most private place in the house, and to this day the word “closet” can carry a meaning of secrecy and privacy. If two people retreat to a secluded spot to have a conversation, they can be said to be closeted together. A “closet racist” is someone who hides their views from the world. (This particular meaning of the word closet may have contributed to the phrase ‘come out of the closet’, although according to Mentalfloss this particular metaphor was not used by the gay community until the 1960s.)
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Modern Walk-in Closet

In Europe the closet eventually disappeared, as houses grew larger and other rooms afforded opportunities for privacy. But the Puritans took the idea of a closet with them to the New World — although it had become by then simply a place to store things. Of course, closets are not nearly as prevalent in older houses. There might not even be one in every bedroom, because people then had a lot less clothing, and they were a lot more likely to store their clothes in a chest or armoire than hang them up in a closet. (The coat hanger, in fact, wasn’t even invented until 1869.) Today the closet is enjoying a bit of a zenith, owing to the fact that many modern Americans own (what would have been considered by the Puritans at least) simply enormous amounts of clothes. The mania for luxury closets has even led to closets outfitted with sofas, vanities, or desks, making them a sort of retiring room/boudoir in addition to a storage space. Which means that these closets have, in fact, come completely full circle. This post was inspired by and owes much to Lucy Worley’s fascinating book about the history of the home, If Walls Could Talk. It will make you, I guarantee, a completely fascinating dinner party conversationalist, able to wax eloquent about thing like how often medieval people bathed (spoiler: they didn’t) and historical attitudes towards beards. Author: Nancy Mitchell As a Senior Writer at Apartment Therapy, Nancy splits her time among looking at beautiful pictures, writing about design, and photographing stylish apartments in and around NYC. It’s not a bad gig.

Multitasking Extraordinaire: Spring Clean, Prep for Taxes and Help Charity–all at the same time?

The Start of Long Island NY Spring 2016

This time of year, our thoughts turn to Spring, and Taxes…so logically, Tax Deductions as well.  A conversation with our Tax Adviser got us thinking about these connections.

In honor of the Season, let’s consider some ways that Spring Cleaning can—literally—help the world.  Think that’s a large statement?  Well, try this on for size:

Spring Cleaning:

Clothing:   By February, with the hats and coats, gloves and boots always needed, you may never want to see a sweater again.  That’s a perfect time to take a look at your winter clothing situation.  At this point in the season, if you or your family hasn’t worn it, you really can ask why it’s occupying valuable real estate in your closets.  Now, there may be good reasons.  It was the sweater you were married in…ok, you get a pass.  But, while the weather is still keeping us stuck indoors, let’s start a pile of clothes to give away. Coat Closets:  This is an obvious one—if the winter coat hasn’t been worn by now… Often the coats we don’t wear are the ones we keep around because we liked them once. Of course, keep the dressy coat.  Just so long as it fits.    But when the coat closet is too full for guest’s jackets, because we’re keeping coats that don’t fit or are out of fashion, we certainly have the choice to let those go.  Someone who doesn’t have a coat would love to have one!   And wouldn’t it be nice to have some space in there?  Start a pile. Pantry:  If you’re anything like me, by February, you’ve run through your entire soup and stew repertoire.   You’ve used many canned, jarred, and dried goods.  This is a good time to question:  How committed am I to learning how to cook mung beans?   Or, am I ever actually going to serve this jarred pasta sauce I bought on sale…in September?   Your pantry is likely too full, with pasta you bought two boxes of and just didn’t like, with … you can fill in the blank.  You get the idea—start a pile.  This food is valuable nutrition someone else can use.  And, you get the bonus of freeing up space for food you like and will serve your family.

Helping the World & Charitable Tax Deductions:

There are two ways you can help the world by giving away stuff you don’t need:
  • You free up your personal emotional energy. This is a serious statement.  By keeping stuff we don’t need or even want, every time you open the closet/pantry/coat closet, you see this stuff that causes you stress.  You know that that coat hasn’t fit in a while.  And you know that you just don’t like that pasta and feel like you wasted money on it.  We can all use less stress.  We actually feel lighter when we release this stuff.  And, you free up room on your shelves and closet rods for new opportunities.  You make space for trying a new look, for trying the quinoa recipe or even for buying that bread machine you’ve wanted but couldn’t fit on your shelves.  Give it a try—you’ll like it.
  • You help other people who live right here, nearby—who can really use the stuff we don’t want. And this is the Tax Deduction for next year.  We’ve compiled a list of local charities we know and love.  We suggest that if you want to clear up some space by donating clothing or other items, that you consider these worthy charities:

Donate to Charities:

  • Dress for Success: Donate professional women’s clothing in good condition.    The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. https://newyork.dressforsuccess.org/
  • Veterans House, Family & Children’s Association: Donate men’s clothing, coats, pantry goods, blankets, special request for a bath scale with slip resistance.  Please contact Velma Berry for details. vberry@familyandchildrens.org
  • Mercy First: Provides a home for children who need one and offers life skills programs for older children, including cooking, food safety, etc.  Donate dishes, pots, kitchen supplies.  Also can use tables & chairs for young folks moving into permanent adult housing.  Please contact Ellen Miller 516-921-0808.
  • ReStore: Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.   http://www.habitat.org/restores
  • The Book Fairies:  Donate gently used children’s books to this tax deductible charity.  The books go to schools, libraries and non-profit organizations to enrich the lives of children by encouraging a love of reading.  Contact info@thebookfairies.org for details.
  • Long Island Cares:  Works with affiliates to bring food to food pantries.  Food Locator link http://www.licares.org/find-help/food-locator/
  • Ronald McDonald House of LI.  Once a house is built, it is completely supported by charitable donations, which can include household items and packaged food.  The foundation only supports the initial construction of each house.  Contact: Jennifer Nicholson, Director of Special Projects 718-343-5683/516-775-5683 x158, jnicholson@rmhlongisland.org
It’s truly a win-win.  You can free up your storage space and clear out emotional baggage too.  This is a convenient way to help our neighbors, and to help ourselves too—while banking some Tax Deductions for next year!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

How to Play with Color and Texture

Every year, the design community selects a color of the year for décor, and for fashion.  This year, it’s Marsala!  The rich ruby color is everywhere—from fashion runways to accessories.  If you work with an interior designer, they’ll have the colors and styles factored into their unique design for your space.  When we partner with designers, they help select the paint colors that will illuminate your rooms, and also the coordinating wallpaper, fabric textures and closet color to enhance your experience of your spaces. Home office, symmetry closets, custom desk, red paint, office computer, office phone, white hciar, white office, white desk When it comes to storage design, we can customize that to almost any use.   For visual impact, the key factors are shown well in the handsome Long Island office shown to the right. There’s a dramatic contrast between the white cabinets and the limited use of the stunning wall color.  The strong linear impact of the door/drawer pulls and the curvy wallpaper pattern make for a highly functional and beautiful working space.

The complementary colors are chosen to pair well with Marsala.  As you can see in the selection below, these can be utilized to modulate the dominant color, or can be simply used on their own.

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We’ve designed closets to complement these shades in many contexts.  Pantries are an area truly designed for “tasty” colors.  Whether it’s an open or closed door space, it’s an opportunity for a fun shot of color—in a way that doesn’t require the commitment of a whole room.

Another color-friendly space for those new to color is the children’s closets.  These are fantastic spaces for a touch of whimsy—and given a little time, the kids will grow into a new space anyway.  You can design these to your colorful heart’s content!

Engage by Häfele: Closet Accessories

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Divided Deep Drawer

Product details:
  • A sophisticated bulk storage solution specifically designed for the closet
  • Fully lined fabric basket with a deep divider and rigid wooden base
  • Dividers are lined with the Engage fabric, creating a luxurious space
  • The 204 mm (8″) deep basket is large enough to organize but not too deep to lose things
  • 18″ width supplied with one divider, 24″ and 30″ supplied with two dividers
  • Dividers can be set at any spacing required – 100% customizable compartments

Pull Out Shelf

Product details:
  • Easily reconfigured to meet your storage needs
  • Jewelry trays and dividers customize the pull-out shelf
  • Fabric lined bottom is standard
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Pull Out Shoe Organizer

Product details:
  • The perfect solution for shoes to utilize depth and make shoes easy to access.
  • 18″ holds up to 6 pairs, 24″ holds up to 9 pairs, 30″ up to 12 pairs & 36″ up to 15 pairs
  • Comes with specially designed Sandal Clips to turn the front row into sandal storage.

Jewelry Organizer

Product details:
  • The perfect jewelry storage solution that tucks under a fixed shelf and occupies a minimal amount of space.
  • A completely customizable grid that is specifically sized for jewelry, ties, glasses and more
  • Any combination of grid dividers can be removed, changing the spacing so that it is perfectly sized for sunglasses, belts, larger jewelry, mobile phones etc.
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Divided Lingerie Drawer

Product details:
  • Designed specifically for lingerie that organizes more pieces in less space than conventional drawer.
  • Included dividers are lined with the ENGAGE fabric, creating a luxurious space.
  • Dividers can be set at any spacing required – 100% customizable compartment.

Laundry Bag

Product details:
  • Beautiful, deep, removable laundry hampers that come in 12″, 15″ and 18″ widths.
  • Configured with two specifically sized hampers allowing for easy laundry sorting.
  • Hampers are simple to remove and carry to the laundry room with one hand.
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Pant Rack Pull-Out Frame

Product details:
  • Plastic strips allow the pant hangers to glide effortlessly.
  • Uses the same hangers as the existing Synergy pant rack.
  • Garment clips can be added for hanging skirts or pants by the cuff.

Storage Box

Product details:
  • Available in the same Slate & Beach fabric, to match the entire ENGAGE collection.
  • 14″ deep and come in 15″, 18″, 24″, perfectly sized to fit into the 18″, 24″, 30″ closet sections.
  • At 7.5″ tall, fits perfectly on the top shelf of an 86″ high closet, given an 8ft ceiling.
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Also check out the Häfele Synergy Elite closet accessories we offer!

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!

Get Connected With Häfele’s Loox LED Lighting System

Press release via Hafele
  • Häfele brings innovation to the smart home space

  • From RGB and Multi-White strips to pucks and flat fixtures, Loox lights all

  • You can easily design with Loox. Or we can do the design work for you.

We describe Häfele’s Loox LED Lighting System in three simple terms—smart, easy and convenient. Whether it’s a fixture, puck or LED strip light, our products hold to that motto—and we think you’ll feel the same. Häfele is always thinking ahead, and with the addition of the Häfele Connect app, any current or future Loox lighting installation can be easily controlled by a Bluetooth enabled smartphone or tablet—a system like never before.
“The ability to control any Loox light from an app is a huge step forward into the connected home,” said Jeff Ratkus, category manager for Häfele. “This advance has a tremendous effect from the perspective of functionality and design as well as everyday livability and use.”
Now available in the Android and iOS app stores, the Häfele Connect app allows users to easily bring smart home technology to their home and work spaces. The app allows for real-time, programmed and customizable control of all Loox LED lighting fixtures and components through an easy to navigate and intuitive interface. Whether on a tablet or smartphone, the Häfele Connect App will make all current and future Loox LED installations smarter and enormously more functional.
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Control lighting anywhere in your home

The combination of the Häfele Connect app and the Häfele BLE Box—the hardware that makes the magic possible—means that lighting in cabinets, drawers and cubbies in any space can be infinitely customized and personalized. Whatever the fixture, color temperature or color, it can be controlled with a simple swipe of the finger from your device. The Brightest, Boldest Kitchen Opening a drawer and having it immediately light up and then turn off when closed adds wow. As well as convenience and functionality. The same goes for pantries, cabinetry and any other darkened recess of the kitchen space. Under counter lights? Of course Loox can do that. All elements can be brought together to ensure years of brilliant, reliable and efficient performance for you and your customers.
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With the addition of innovative switching options such as a Loox Push Button Dimmer or Loox Door Switch, you can add and control light in any scenario at any time

Know That Your Socks Match Your Outfit Being able to integrate Loox strip lighting, pucks and fixtures into closet designs is a game changer for you and your clients. With the range of color temperatures available with Loox, it means that colors on the hanger and in pull-outs and drawers are as true in your closet as they will be when you step outside. Every time. Have items you’d like to highlight or call attention to? Add a Loox Glass Edge Profile light for accent and awe. Shine the Light You Want Where You Want Whether it’s a child’s little league trophy case, your collection of top shelf spirits or the album collection you’ve tireless collated, Loox is an ideal system for illuminating your particular sources of pride and joy. With the addition of innovative switching options such as a Loox Push Button Dimmer or Loox Door Switch, you can add and control light in any scenario at any time. With plug and play installation, it’s also easy to place anywhere a standard outlet can be found or installed.