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Wendy Lepkoff, Owner of Wendy Interiors

Wendy Lepkoff, Owner of Wendy Interiors

How Symmetry Closets and Wendy Interiors Began Collaborating

Wendy and Bonnie have worked together on projects for several years, and have since cultivated a wonderful rapport through working together at the Interior Design Society, Long Island Chapter. “Wendy’s concern with her clients is to not only make her client’s home more beautiful but much more functional. She fully appreciates how important solving storage issues are. And she works through those details, of what they want to keep or what they want to replace, with her clients. By making storage a priority, she is able to deliver a clean, highly functional interior space, and her clients love and appreciate it.” – Bonnie Reich, president of Symmetry Closets
About Wendy Lepkoff Long Island, New York based Wendy Lepkoff specializes in residential interior design projects. Wendy Interiors, Inc. is a full service design studio offering design consultation, space planning, custom furniture design and space renovations.Wendy Interiors Wendy creates custom interiors with a collected feel that reflect the personality/vision of her clients. She seeks out furniture and accessories and assembles collections of unique pieces for her projects. Wendy is an excellent guide throughout the design process. Knowledgeable and intuitive, she has an ability to articulate visually and verbally exactly what her clients seek. From the grand view, down to the most intricate detail, Wendy’s finesse enlivens any room.

Design Backstory: East Hampton Vibes

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Kitchen in East Meadow, NY. Photo courtesy of: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

This home began as a bachelor pad. When the homeowner got married, he promised his wife that they would redo the townhouse. The wife is a very organized person and preferred everything to have its place. The clients wanted to make the most out of the limited space they had. This was a challenge because the 2-bedroom townhome did not have a garage or basement for extra storage. Wendy needed to find a way to utilize every possible space. Wendy and Bonnie determined how to overcome this obstacle. The result: the neutral, relaxed design remained consistent throughout the kitchen and living room area, into the home office and other built in storage areas. All-white, shaker style, custom built ins in the home office created a clean-cut and streamlined appearance.
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Home office in East Meadow, NY. Photo courtesy of: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

Although the home office has more of a contemporary vibe than the rest of the interior design, there are still seaside details distributed lightly throughout the space.

Classic White Bedroom Closet —Storage with Style

The theme throughout the home was an updated, fresh and organized look. From the light fixtures to the lighter pieces of wood placed in different areas of the home, and the silver and chrome hardware – the home has a complete, consistent vision—and Wendy makes the whole project appear effortless. To ensure the space was utilized to its greatest organizational potential, Bonnie measured everything the clients own, including vacuum cleaners, cat carriers, coolers, beach chairs, folding chairs, blankets, wrapping paper, etc. The client was able to fit everything into their new closet with room to spare.
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Washer/Dryer space in East Meadow, NY. Photo courtesy of: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

A Charming Kitchen and Living Room With Maximum Cabinet Space

Wendy needed to find creative storage solutions for the clients. She was able to do that by moving their washer/dryer upstairs, adding pantry space. She continued the kitchen cabinetry into the dining room, to create a generous amount of counter space and cabinet space.

“I came, I went, I conquered, that felt so good.” – Wendy Interiors

Wendy explains a little bit about why she enjoys working with Bonnie on these special projects, “Having Symmetry Closets do the clients wall of bedroom closets and walk in closet saved them the space they needed for a closet in their office as there was no clothing overflow from the bedroom. The office closet literally became their garage/basement.
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Reach In Closet in East Meadow, NY. Photo courtesy of: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

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East Meadow, NY, redesigned bathroom with new double sink vanity. Photo courtesy: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

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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)!

WHY VISITING EXPERTS AT A HOME PRODUCTS SHOWROOM IS A MUST

By Sharon McGovern, Editor of NARI NYC/LI Design & Remodel Sure it’s great to do your research online before making any large home improvement purchase – in fact most homeowners search the internet to select products. But do you really know the quality, benefits and features of what you’re getting? Our NYC/LI NARI experts want you to know why it’s imperative that you test drive products before making a major purchase for your home.
“For large purchases you want to make sure you’re spending your money wisely, you owe it to yourself to see the range of what’s possible”
“Most customers think they know what they want, and then they see all the options available and change their minds,” said Jason Ashe, National Sales Manager for WindowRama. “We understand the importance of a customer touching and trying out products – windows and doors can be big ticket items in larger renovation projects,” he added. WindowRama offers 40 different brands of windows and doors, so the product selection process can be overwhelming. “Our showrooms are a destination – customers can see windows and doors in a real world atmosphere – similar to rooms in their own home,” Ashe said.
A popular trend in home renovation and design is indoor/ outdoor living. WindowRama’s 6000 square foot superstore in Farmingdale showcases multi-fold patio doors and screens so homeowners can see how these large doors operate. “We want the consumer to be excited about their purchase,” Ashe added. Green Art Plumbing Supply also implements the latest and greatest innovations for the home into their showrooms. Customers can explore possibilities that were merely ideas, until now. Green Art Plumbing Supply’s Huntington Station showroom features exquisite kitchens and baths as functional displays – providing a chance to experience products firsthand before making a decision.
“We put ourselves in our customer’s shoes,” said Stephanie Kurtzman, Marketing Director for Green Art Plumbing Supply. “Instead of buying online, visit a showroom to make sure the products you’re selecting fit your daily lifestyle and the unique look of your home,” she said. Green Art Plumbing Supply offers customers a truly unique showroom experience at their Huntington Station location – come in a bathing suit and try out a steam shower system in person! Custom closet design is generally an in-home shopping experience, says Bonnie Reich, owner of Symmetry Closets. “We measure, get a customer’s likes and dislikes, and can quickly provide a design and 3-D space plan. But you can’t get the experience of actually seeing materials in person and trying out options, unless you visit our showroom,” she said. “For example, there are all different grades of hardware – sometimes what you see in a picture may not be right for you. You need to engage with the product, and you just can’t replicate that experience.”
Lighting really makes a difference when you’re looking at materials, especially in custom closet and organization design. There’s LED lighting, strip lighting, drawers that light up and motion sensors that light up a space when you open a door. “There are so many lighting choices – cool, warm – unless you visit a showroom, you can’t experience that for yourself,” said Reich. According to Cambria USA spokesperson Aliki Vrohidis, different lighting can also affect the way you read colors, tones and movement in each of Cambria’s natural quartz countertop designs. “Additionally, our HighGloss and Cambria Matte surface finishes reflect light differently, so it’s important to see them both in person and in the correct lighting to see which you prefer,” she added. Cambria’s natural quartz design samples are a small select cut from a slab; they do not fully exhibit all the design characteristics of the final installed product. Variations in the natural quartz stone color, pattern, size, shape and shade are unique and inherent characteristics of the product. “Prior to making a purchase, we recommend viewing a full slab of the design’s movement in one of our showrooms or galleries,” Vrohidis said. Equally important to the experience of the showroom is a great team to work with. “Our incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and dedicated staff provide the best personalized service in the industry,” said Green Art Plumbing Supply’s Stephanie Kurtzman.
For those customers who already have a trade professional to work with, the team at WindowRama offers ‘contractor concierge service.’ “We invite customers to come in and meet with a specialist to select products and build a portfolio of features,” said Jason Ashe. WindowRama’s staff then work with the contractor’s measurements to place the order. Need an installer or financing? WindowRama offers those services as well. Working with an expert in person can make all the difference says Bonnie Reich of Symmetry Closets. “There are things you don’t even think of – for example, your height makes a difference in designing a closet. Many times we have to modify standard cabinetry to work for your specific needs,” she said. “For large purchases you want to make sure you’re spending your money wisely,” she added, “you owe it to yourself to see the range of what’s possible!” This article originally appeared in Design & Remodel Magazine