Closet Picks from the Pros

Wardrobe organization has never been so simple—or so stylish. Check out these designer finds for minimizing clutter and maximizing storage.



bedroom boutique
“What’s unique about Poliform’s Ubik system is that all of the hanging bars, shelves, and drawers are suspended off the back panels, which allows for long, continuous runs and gives the closet space the appearance of a high-end clothing boutique,” says Lorraine Frye, a designer for Today’s Kitchens, which has showrooms in Hartsdale and Stamford, Connecticut, and designs and installs Poliform closet systems. “And the wenge, walnut, and oak melamine are gorgeous, furniture-quality materials meant to be exposed.”

 

divine design
“The key to a great closet is the initial design,” says Stefani Stein, president of Alternative Closet Company in Mount Kisco, designer of this closet. “If the space isn’t laid out according to a client’s wardrobe and lifestyle needs, it doesn’t matter what accessories are included or what finish is used. It all starts with a great design.”

 

   

dazzling organization
“Keeping your favorite jeweled accessories safe and organized can be a storage challenge all its own,” says ClosetMaid authorized dealer Tom Enright of East Coast Closets in Greenwich, Connecticut. “Closet systems like ClosetMaid MasterSuite offer add-ons like this softly lined jewelry tray.” If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, similar systems and jewelry trays are available at Lowe’s stores nationwide.

 

safe side
“This concealed, electronic safe is a client favorite,” says Vic Peer, designer and owner of Hartsdale-based Vic’s Kitchen Studio, which installs Studio Becker closet systems and kitchens. “It’s convenient and secure, and no one would ever know it’s hidden in your closet or dressing room.”


sweet dressing
“Like this one, the best closets offer a variety of storage options, from hanging to shelving. This particular closet showcases library drawers with beveled-glass fronts for intimates and a hanging rail for shirts and jackets above,” says design assistant Amy Matterazzo of Clive Christian Greenwich in Connecticut of this Clive Christian Regency-style dressing room. “Brass shoe racks and tie racks, mirrored wardrobe doors, and chesters with drawers for folded items are elegant and utilitarian. If space allows, an island for folding with an overhang for seating is a great luxury.”

 

 ready, set, drawer
“The cubbied drawer is a phenomenal accessory because it can be used for so many things—ties, belts, scarves. It stores them neatly, without wrinkling or crumpling, and makes it easy to find things,” says Nancy Silvestri Mazzilli, senior designer at New Rochelle-based Transform. “It’s also great for closets that lack wall space or don’t have the length for a belt rack.”
 

 

extra polish
You don’t have to head to the garage or place newspaper on the floor when it’s time to give your shoes a polish. “Studio Becker’s Shoe Rest Insert, with its built-in angled shoe rest and a stainless-steel surface that captures excess polish, is designed to go from drawer to floor,” says Vic Peer.


spectacular space
The Venetian wenge closet, part of California Closet’s new Italian Lago line, creates a perfect nesting place for every item in this his-and-hers walk-in closet. A combination of frosted-glass and solid-front drawers accessorized with sophisticated hardware offers ample storage in addition to abundant shelves, cubbies, and hanging space. “The rich texture and clean lines of the European design work to make this space both incredibly functional and quite beautiful,” says Liz Sleeman, Westchester County sales manager for California Closets in Hawthorne.

 

   de-creased work
“The compact Hafele ironing board folds in half. You slide it back into its space and, when stored, it looks like a drawer,” says Joe Schneider, president of Closets Plus in Pleasantville. “It eliminates the need to find space for a bulky ironing board and it’s stored conveniently near your clothes.”

 

Resources

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Closet Systems

Alternative Closet Company
657 E. Main St. • Mount Kisco
(914) 666-5665 • alternativecloset.com

Bilotta
564 Mamaroneck Ave. • Mamaroneck
(914) 381-7734
175 East Main St. • Mount Kisco
(914) 242-1022
525 North State Rd. • Briarcliff Manor
(914) 762-3432
150 E. 58th St., 9th Fl. • New York City
(212) 486-6338
bilotta.com

California Closets
16 Saw Mill River Rd. • Hawthorne
(914) 592-1001 • californiaclosets.com

Clive Christian Greenwich
40 E. Putnam Ave. • Greenwich, Connecticut
(203) 629-9417 • clive.com

Closet Factory
2291 Fairfield Ave. • Bridgeport, Connecticut
(203) 854-9767 • closetfactory.com

Closets by Design
1017 Grand Blvd. • Deer Park, New York
(631) 242-4302 • closetsbydesign.com

Closets Plus
141 Tompkins Ave. • Pleasantville
(914) 773-1646 • closetsplusny.com

East Coast Closets
Greenwich, Connecticut
(203) 531-1666 • liclosets.com

Poliform
Today’s Kitchens

92 Central Park Ave. • Hartsdale
(914) 220-0200
111 High Ridge Rd. • Stamford, Connecticut
(203) 961-1991 • todayskitchens.net

Studio Becker
Vic’s Kitchen Studio Inc.
163 S. Central Park Ave. • Hartsdale
(914) 683-5396 • studiobecker.com

Transform
20 Jones St. • New Rochelle
(914) 500-1000 • gotransform.com

Garage Systems

The Auto Room
Bedford
(914) 301-3163
theautoroominc.com

GarageTek of Connecticut/GarageTek of Westchester
14B Trowbridge Dr. • Bethel, Connecticut
(203) 743-1242 • garagetek.com

Gladiator GarageWorks
Sears

Cross County Shopping Center
Route 87 and Cross County Pkwy. • Yonkers
(914) 377-2100
275 Main St. • White Plains
(914) 644-1400
gladiatorgw.com

PremierGarage
200 Executive Blvd. • Ossining
(877) 941-8400 • premiergarage.com

Professional Organizers

Debbie Harwin
I Need My Space, Inc.
Larchmont
(914) 833-2626 • ineedmyspace.com

Alicia Leibowitz
The Dotted i
4 Lisa Ct. • Dobbs Ferry
(914) 400-7256 • DOTTEDiNY.com

Catherine Lisi
Lisi Solutions
North Salem
(914) 669-5315 • lisisolutions.com

Robert Mizrahi
Chaos Commandos
294 W. Post Rd. • White Plains
(914) 949-9742
chaoscommandos.com

LifeWorx
400 King St. • Chappaqua
(914) 458-9933
125 Elm St. • New Canaan, Connecticut
(203) 966-3400
lifeworx.net

Linda Samuels
Oh, So Organized!
Croton-on-Hudson
(914) 271-5673 • ohsoorganized.com

Gayle Shaffer
GSProfessional Organizer, LLC
Pelham
(914) 738-4485 • gayleshaffer.biz

Carmela Sirico
Hawthorne
(914) 420-6157 • carmelasirico.com

Marcia Sloman
Under Control
Ossining • (914) 923-1057

Phyllis W. Zahnd, PhD
Hastings-on-Hudson
(914) 478-5718 • pwzahnd.com

 

 

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