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Back to School Organizers (for Theoretically Organized College Students)

As your superstars head off to the dormitories, we’d feel left out not to chime in ourselves with some Back to School 2¢.  So here below, we’ve got 5 products, some obvious, some not so obvious, that may give you the momentary hope that your freshmen will weather the wrinkled rigors and survive their year the orderly bedside caddyabandon that only an underclassman can ever pull off.

6 POCKET POLYESTER BEDSIDE STORAGE CADDY

Bedside storage space is practically nonexistent in those cramped little dormitories.  I mean, there isn’t exactly room for an nightstand with drawers and shelves – it’s usually elbow to elbow desks, laptops and smelly shoes.  So tuck a little serenity between the sheets so that your student can relax and study up on a wee bit of Cosmo before getting a good night’s rest!

HMP-03542-2_2BRIGHT LAUNDRY TOTE

Unless your “young adult” is an established laundry A-lister, chances are, you’re concerned about failing grades due to the noxious gases those clothes will be emitting by week 5 of classes.  We recommend not skimping in any way on products that might encourage your teen to spend a few timely minutes in the washroom.  Lightweight, durable, easy to carry and brightly colored, this tote will be an in-their face reminder that dirty duds and necessary suds await.

lg_H12001CLUTTERBUSTER VALET HINGE-IT

Do you remember where your wet towels dried in your dormitory days?  Properly sopping wet on your bed.  Most rooms don’t exactly come with generous portions of towel racks.  And if your student has long locks and extra towel needs?  Well.  We can pretty much guarantee that the space they may have been given is fairly insufficient.  Attaching to the top and bottom hinges of most standard doors, this hanging system offers 4 bars that transform unused space into 6′ of functional storage paradise. A perfect piece to travel with them year after year.  And then into their first apartment.  Maybe even their first home, years down the road.

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ROLLING OFFICE CART

Standard issue college desks are… how can we say this nicely?? Not always ideal on usable storage space.  Especially as new dormitories move towards slimline, utilitarian units, you may be at a loss to help your nervous student find a place for pencils AND paperclips.  Help them maximize on limited space, keep track of important accessories, and start learning the importance of filing, all in one rolling swoop.

BRD-01350_500pxOVER THE DOOR IRONING BOARD

Even we admit to some disbelief here.

However.

On the off-chance they decide to look 100% presentable for that presentation? We think the chances of them deciding to go the extra mile may well be determined by how easy that ironing board is to access.  And hanging right there on the back of the door, access is undeniably easy.

So go forth our young Jedi’s.  May the Force of Organization be with you.

Think Ahead

Life is about stages, isn’t it. This is not a question. It’s a statement. At each stage our interests are piqued and driven by events around us. What was a focus at 25 is likely not a focus at 50. Sometimes we give something up to make room for more pressing issues and then come back to it years later. Sometimes we never come back to it at all. Maybe it was a trend or perhaps we just lost interest. For me, sewing is a good example. At one point, I sewed clothing and pajamas for my children because I found nothing warm and cozy about flame retardant fabrics regardless of what the ads said. My head is in a different place now. I rarely sew anything of consequence. I’m more of a mender. The machine is there, just not up front and center.

This is why adding flexibility to your storage system is so important. It’s also an example of why a good designer can add value to your design process. Their exposure to the various stages of life through their own customer base is invaluable. They can envision how the space may be used years later and guide you to making choices that will add longevity to it’s value.

I will never sew as I did. My children are gone and I don’t have the time at home anymore but my sewing area still functions for gift-wrapping and craft projects that engage me so much more now. I’m glad I didn’t build a sewing center that was so dedicated to the one hobby that it limited my use later. May the projects begin!

Semper Paratus: Like a Scout, my Murphy Bed is Always Ready

Please excuse my short essay on all things Amazing Murphy Bed — I’m in love and just can’t seem to stop talking about it!

Have you ever apologized for your guest room when showing your holiday visitors where they’re going to sleep?  Have you ever been so embarrassed by your guest situation that you take the couch while your parents get your nice comfy bed?  

Lay your shame to REST and get a Murphy Bed!

Murphy Beds, or wall beds, are real, honest beds, so I never have to sacrifice the comfort of my visitors while maintaining a practical guest solution.  The Murphy Bed accommodates an actual, comfortable, fantastic mattress up to 11” thick, just like any normal bed.  So choose any mattress from any store just like you would choose a new one for yourself and treat your guests to hotel-worthy at the touch of your fingertips. 

No matter how large your home is, space is a premium for everyone.  When not in use, wall beds swing up and closed, completely out of the way of all the other activities such a space can be utilized for when guests are not around: leaving your office/play room/craft room/living room area free and uninhibited for actual living space.

Surprise Guests will always be in turn surprised by your amazing ability to create a place to stay in a real snap.  When you tell someone to come on over whenever they want, you will truly mean it.  Murphy beds are ALWAYS ready at a moment’s notice and that means so are you.  Because they’re out of the way, they’re not collecting dust or papers or off-season paraphernalia because it was the only other open space left in your house.  If you’re someone who struggles to keep your guest room ready, a Murphy Bed can be the ultimate life saver.  

And just THINK of all the comments your guests will be making behind your back!  You’ll be the talk of the town; envy is sure to ensue!  Let’s face it: Murphy Beds are COOL!  And now you will have one and they will want one.  So dress to impress but don’t worry about it over-much, your Murphy Bed takes all the hard work out of knocking your guests socks off.  If they’re not spending the night, they’ll wish they were!

Finally, it’s impossible not to smile when I pull those handles and my Murphy Bed magically appears; because every time I open my Murphy Bed, I’m imagining every Three Stooges Murphy Bed scene, and singing the Murphy Bed song in my head.  But What is O’Reilley Doin’ in the Murphy Bed?  We all need  more happiness in our lives, it’s impossible to overdose: less stress and more laughter, less preparation and more enjoyment of the spur-of-the moment.  

Life is short.  Enjoy more spontaneous moments by getting ever-ready for merriment and joy: you’ll always be ready for anything if you’ve got a Murphy Bed.  

Particularly Picky

I threw an Oktoberfest party 2 weeks ago. I had bid on the catering at a charity auction so half the work was done for me. The fun part was choosing the menu. I asked for bratwurst from a local German market, apple strudel from a local German restaurant and De Maas Oktoberfest brew from the Community Beer Works, a local brewery. Homemade German potato salad and German chocolate cake (what else?) completed the selections. The caterer would not have sourced all the products from those particular provisioners. She told me so and added that, of course, I need to have things just so. She wasn’t trying to pigeonhole me as being picky. She was more admiring that I am particular…and I am. The good news is that same level of attention spills into every corner of my life including the details of jobs I design for my customers. It doesn’t do to waste 6 inches of space in a pantry if I can put a compact folding ladder there. I will sweat out how to use every last inch in a closet, manipulating the components until every last wardrobe piece is accounted for. I am concerned about how things line up, meet in corners and maximize the use of space. I demand it for myself and I demand it for my customers. Why settle for mediocre if we can have exceptional? Nope, I’m not picky, I’m just particular and it shows…in every installation we do.

Trend Towards Downtown Living

Buffalo, NY is a town with short commutes for most people. In large cities, people choose downtown living to mitigate a long commute but here, there is no such thing. So why are people flocking to live in our downtown? We recently won the contract for one of Buffalo’s premier adresses, The Avant building. Now we think we know part of the answer. The Avant has spectacular views of the city and Lake Erie. The apartments are well outfitted with high end finishes but most importantly, the building has all kind of accomodations such as a pool, meeting rooms, fitness center, a restaurant and underground parking. All the common areas are beautiful and they set the stage for the apartments. It’s within walking distance of numerous restaurants and entertainments venues. Who wouldn’t want to live here? Owners who have come from other markets have told us that they couldn’t touch such a quality apartment in their old city for the prices at the Avant. So, take a virtual tour by clicking here..the Avant and tell us what you think. With the right accommodations, downtown living is hot.

A White Closet Can Still be a Custom Closet

People often think that the color of closet shelving and architectural elements is what makes it custom. No, it’s the layout of the space, the consideration of your body mechanics and how you store your wardrobe. I just visited a small closet we installed for a customer who is 6’3″. View the video of his space by clicking here. You might notice there is no shoe storage. The customer requested this. He keeps his shoes downstairs at the back door and didn’t want to waste valuable closet space for them. You also may wonder where his ties and belts are. Well, he rarely wears them so we tucked them behind the closet door where they are easy to access but not part of his everyday work space. Here’s the most amazing part. Like many of our male customers, he didn’t think it was worth it to spend money on his closet. “Just give me a shelf and rod. That’s all I need.” He called me recently to tell me that we revolutionized the way he gets dressed and now he’s a raving fan. His wife told me that he talks about his closet almost every day. He’s obviously pleased with the end result of this project but we’re even more pleased. There isn’t anything we love more than unleashing a raving fan.

We’re EGGstatic!

After much planning, the Creative Storage store displays are undergoing an upgrade. After all, we have to make room for all the new products we’ve been bringing in! The transition is already underway. Our new espresso dressing room is sleek, sophisticated and loaded with features. We have installed a new craft room display, added some wonderful hamper baskets made in Cambodia and our fabulous new line of steel garage cabinets is on it’s way. Spring is all about freshening things up and we are right there with you!