Monthly Archives: February 2010

Shopping for architectural salvage

I fell across the most wonderful website for architectural parts and I thought I would share. Located in Rochester NY, the actual store is just as wonderful as the website. At Historic House Parts, everything is organized, tagged and priced. So many places that do this throw things into barrels and make you rummage for what you want. While the treasure hunt can be fun, it can also be time consuming. It’s clear they love what they do as they really respect their merchandise. The staff is readily available and very knowledgeable but all this came after I found them on the web looking for something in particular. Everything on their site is photographed meticulously and if there is a flaw, there are multiple photographs. Thanks for not trying to fool us. There are pages and pages of hardware and bath accessories but even so, if you can’t find something, don’t assume they don’t have it as things come in every day. A call to Cindy Hunt in their office yielded a quick picture of something I needed that was not on the site. Oh, and they have a great selection of reproduction hardware too. So there you have it. Visit Historic House Parts in person or on the web if you need something to complete your vintage project.

Organize a coat closet

coatclosetEvery week we look at closets that have an existing shelf and rod. What can you do if you don’t want to remove the rod but want to add storage? Check out our friend’s closet. She has a nice collection of hats and gloves so we suspended an easy to reach cabinet under the existing shelf that has open shelving and 3 drawers. The hooks that are hanging the boots up will fit on any standard rod. The freestanding shelf that holds more boots has an invisible wall bracket that is easily installed. Notice that long coats are hung to the left of this shelf and jackets above it, making it more accessible. Check out the closet here!

The ACSP Pioneer Award goes to Neil Balter, founder of California Closets

A little bit of history took place last week as I presented the 3rd Annual Pioneer Award to Neil Balter, founder of California Closets. This was one of my last official acts as ACSP President and certainly one to be remembered. Neil started California Closets in his father’s garage at age 17 and by 27 had 166 franchises. At age 30, he sold out to Williams-Sonoma. His vision of the closet industry was the fore-father of what we know today. Many have come and gone since Neil started his company but none have done it better. I was very proud to be able to honor his achievement. Click on link to see 2009 winner, Charles Costa of Sidelines, for his development of the whisper glide basket system as well as other innovations and 2008 winner, Mike Carson for founding of the National Closet Group and the ACSP.

Another great find for your home office

ggjklvThere are a lot of utilitarian bulletin boards in the market place and even some decent fabric options but few as nice as these I found on my shopping trip. I love the designer fabric options and if you can wait a week or two, you can pick out the fabric you love the most and we can custom order for you. A bulletin board gets a lot of use. How great that it can be pretty to look at and functional as well. These should be in the store and on the website at the end of March. See what I  found- discovering great bulletin boards