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Closet Works Wins Three Awards for 2021

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The Top Shelf Closet Design awards ceremony took place the evening of June 9 in West Palm Beach Florida. This annual event is the highest award given by the trade (our Oscars). Closet Works designer Nicole Cohen won in 3 categories. She walked away with 1st place in the specialty category for a laundry/mudroom design, 1st place for office under 150 sq. feet, and an honorable mention in the reach-in closet category. Congratulations Nicole!

2021 Top Shelf Design Categories

Closet Works designers entered a total of 8 beautiful projects for consideration. Each design was a gem in and of itself, representing a personal best for the designer. Categories included:

  • Garage: under 600 square feet; Garage: over 600 square feet
  • Home Office: under 150 square feet; Home Office: over 150 square feet
  • Closet: Closet: Laminate under 18 linear feet; Laminate over 18 linear feet; Closet: Wood over 18 linear feet; Closet: Reach in
  • Specialty: (craft, pantry, laundry, mudroom)
  • Wine Cellar

Winning Designs

Closet Works designer Nicole Cohen was nominated by the Top Shelf judges for three designs. Each took home a prize.

"There's No Place Like Home" Nicole Cohen

Combination laundry room, mudroom, pet station, and coat closet for rear entry.
Laundry room storage ideas with mud room organizers provide a combination space that includes a laundry room, mud room, and pet room.
Top Shelf Award Winner

1st Place in the Specialty Storage Category

This project encompassed a complete organization system for the rear entrance(s) of the home. It was new construction, and the room was an empty slate to start with. This includes a laundry room with plenty of built-in storage and amenities like a hidden ironing board, tilt-out hamper, pull-out folding table, slide-out trash compartment, and a cushy bench to sit down on and rest your feet. An area for a flat-screen TV installation over the sitting bench provides entertainment while standing at the sink and sorting or washing clothes. This TV viewing area also includes a dedicated pet center with a built-in dog bed and feeding station, plus cabinets and storage for pet accessories. The project also includes small mudroom bench/cubby with hooks for jackets, an overhead cabinet for hats, and a lower cabinet for shoes. The family’s main coat and shoe storage are located in a small walk-in closet next to the garage door.

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Work from Home Bliss Nicole Cohen

Home office with media center, cabinets, shelving, and reading corner.
Work from home office with custom built-in storage to inspire creativity.
Top Shelf Award Winner

1st Place in the Small Home Office Category

With so much time spent working from home this past year, the client wanted a new home office where she could feel inspired and be productive. It needed to allow for quiet concentration while also keeping her available for her school-age son(s). Since this workspace is also her personal residence, she wanted the room to reflect her personality — it should be a bright and cheerful space that makes one feel open to exploring new ideas.

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A Place for All Her Treasures Nicole Cohen

Home office with media center, cabinets, shelving, and reading corner.
We removed the doors and added a built-in closet dresser to this reach-in. Hanging was moved to the deep returns on either end of the closet. This made the bedroom seem much larger.
Top Shelf Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention in the Reach-in Closet Category

Children's closets present special challenges. Although most child closets aren't very large, kids usually have a lot of stuff — and most of it isn't clothing. But the space needs to be flexible because these needs change rapidly as they grow. Budgets are usually tight when it comes to a child's closet. This closet presented all of those challenges. It's part of a small bedroom that belongs to a little girl. The space was manageable as long as she's in a child size bed pushed against the wall. However, the parents wanted more storage for toys with the possibility of being able to remove the dressers from the bedroom later on to make room for a different/larger bed. The closet needed to provide more storage for this to happen.

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