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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

OUR FEATURED DESIGNER Anne Marie Virgilio, Interiors by Anne Marie

Anne Marie

How Symmetry Closets and Anne Marie Virgilio Began a Design Collaboration:

Anne Marie met us at Symmetry Closets through The Interior Design Society, Long Island Chapter, about two years ago – she was looking for custom closet design services to pair with her interior design projects. Since we’re both part of the same design-focused trade group, we work well together–it was a perfect fit. We originally met at a local IDS meeting – she had a project with Symmetry Closets in mind. Anne Marie met with one of our closet designers at her project site, where we worked out the design concept with her and developed plans and 3D renderings to discuss with the client. We’ve collaborated on several projects since.
About Anne Marie

Anne Marie Virgilio, of Interiors by Anne Marie, has established a reputation among her clients for her timeless and sophisticated interior design for the home. Anne Marie has a talent of combining classic style with modern elegance. Her vast experience in the study of color is evident throughout her design schemes and wide range of interior design services.

With over 2 decades of experience, Anne Marie takes the time to listen to what her clients’ needs are and is able to implement their vision into a dream come true. She oversees every aspect of the project and takes her client from inspiration to installation. Interiors by Anne Marie is a full-service design firm. Anne Marie is an associate member of the Interior Design Society.

INTERIORS BY ANNE MARIE

OUR FIRST FEATURED PROJECT-Playful and Practical

Photography by Nicole Larson
Kids, play area, symmetry closets, custom built ins, white cabinets, organized space, organized kids area, custom bench

The Kids Room-Converts to Home Entertainment Concept

This family has young children who required a centralized play space. We repurposed this area, between the living room & kitchen, to become a beautiful kids room, with toy storage space—with the ability to quickly put away toys behind doors and in drawers, and still stay organized. There’s a window seat, shelving for toys and books, and more. All with elegant shaker style cabinets and crown molding.

Symmetry closets, custom storage, white cabinets, custom kids storageChildren Grow Up So Fast

Of course, one day soon the children will no longer need this play space next to the family room & kitchen. What then? Anne Marie commissioned the proportions of the shorter wall unit to be a suitable future buffet and dry bar area. A simple change-out of the playful knobs, some decorative items on the counter surface, and this kid’s play area becomes a sophisticated home entertainment area.

symmetry closets, custom built ins, custom bench, organized kids area, kids play area, kids toy optionsWhy Custom Built-Ins?

As you can see in this image, built-in cabinets are the most efficient way to fit storage into narrow spaces—because you don’t even need to leave space for the base trim! Consider built-in wall storage for a hallway or a narrow dining room. We added the decorative side panels here to harmonize with the formal dining room to the right.

OUR SECOND FEATURED PROJECT-New World Home Office, Old World Elegance

Photography by Nicole Larson

                                        Efficient, Compact Office Space Planning

Symmetry closets, custom desk, custom home office, custom built ins, work area, custom design The client needed a handsome and functional home office work environment, easy to clean up and comfortable enough to work in all day. Anne Marie combined all her client’s needs into this efficient space using some tricks:
  • The room isn’t that big but the ceiling is tall. Running the custom office cabinets to the ceiling with crown molding makes this small home office seem huge.
  • Deep home office desk with shallower upper storage cabinets keep the tall unit feeling light despite the medium wood tone.

symmetry closets, custom home office, custom built ins, custom deskHome Office Organization Tip:

It’s so important to keep the home office from taking over the home—keep clutter at bay and invite serenity into the space. Cabinet doors and drawers are necessary to keep a home office neat, and open shelves keep it visually airy with pretty mementos and collectables feeling right at home. INTERIORS BY ANNE MARIE Website: www.amvdesigns.com Cell: 516-241-8094 HOUZZ: https://www.houzz.com/pro/amvdesigns/interiors-by-anne-marie—anne-marie-virgilio IDS

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)!