Category Archives: Tales and Memories

Take a Tour of the Completed Tuscan Villa

The Buffalo Home and Garden Show was a complete success. Over 40,000 attendees enjoyed a walk through the Tuscan Villa Designed by the Interior Design Association. Creative Storage completed a fantastic coat room and wine room as their contributions. View the finished project ..Click here!

Tour the Buffalo Home and Garden Show Tuscan Villa Sneak Preview

We participate in the Buffalo Home and Garden Show every year. This year’s feature is a Tuscan Villa which is being built on the main show floor. We will be installing a rustic coat room and a 200 bottle wine room as part of the main feature. We  thought you would like to see the “before scenes” so you can truly appreciate the “after” views. The house has been designed by 7 interior designers from the Interior Design Association of WNY. It has a lot of interesting features as you will soon see. See the Villa under construction…click 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.