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Our Custom Closet Designers

top shelf bwTop Shelf Design Awards are given out annually by CLOSETS magazine. These awards honor designers from all over the U.S. for their creative home organization and custom closet designs. Judging is done on the basis of overall appearance and ingenuity in solving challenges. It also recognizes exceptional creative and functional custom closet designs based on info and artwork submitted by each entrant. Furthermore, entries are judged on four topics. They are: 25% on appearance, 25% on ingenuity, 25% on creativity, and 25% on functionality by a panel of impartial experts. In 2015, Top Shelf Design Award category winners received a trophy commemorating each winning entry. They were also featured in a special section of CLOSETS magazine in the May 2015 issue.

RGB72 Jewel lightsBoutique style storage space created from converted spare bedrooms was the theme for two projects that tied for the 2015 Closets Top Shelf Design Overall Winner award. Both custom closets designs feature unique touches that add a bit of glamor to the traditional custom home organization systems. The first to win was Closet City, located at that time in Montgomeryville, PA. Their designer, Janet Stevenson, took an unused bedroom situated just off the master bedroom to create a “Personal Boutique” for her client. In addition to visiting this first link that leads you to the magazine’s coverage of the award, you can also read about the project in a series of “Bling” posts on our blog.

2012 Top Shelf Awards

CCity412 Award1 RGBBORT library412012 Winners were announced at a gala reception held during the 6th annual Closets & Home Organization Conference & Expo at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. Among that year’s winners was Janet Stevenson, design consultant for Closets & Cabinetry by Closet City, Montgomeryville PA. Janet took home three awards in two different categories (out of a total of 13 awards presented).


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In the “Home Office, over 150 square feet” category, Janet won an award for her design of a client’s extensive “Gentleman’s Library”. The library featured storage for over 7000 CD’s, an entertainment center, and a home office. Janet and Closet City’s second Top Shelf Design award winner was a custom walk in closet filled with some of the latest organizing accessories. The closet was created for Philadelphia magazine’s 2011 Design Home charity project. The 2012 Top Shelf Awards also included a “first”. It was the People’s Choice Award for the top home organization project, which was voted on through online balloting. Stevenson and Closet City received the most votes for that same Design Home project, which was called “Carol’s Closet“. This earned them their third award.

before dz031eafter dz012eafter dz020eThe 2011 Top Shelf Design competition provided us with another “Honorable Mention” award. This was for an extensive remodeling project in Philadephia. A young girl’s child like bedroom (yellow) was revamped into a bedroom and study for a growing teen (purple). An entire wall was transformed into cabinets and drawers. The room also featured a windowseat, bookshelves, and a desk area.

February 10, 2010: Closet City proudly announced that Janet Stevenson won “Honorable Mention” awards in two categories of the 2010 CLOSETS magazine Top-Shelf Design Competition. These were in the following award categories.

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A large, walk in closet was created by remodeling a “sleeping porch” in a 1900’s Philadelphia home. The walk in included a large center island and a dressing vanity. It also included a window seat, cabinets, and ample storage for both the husband and the wife.

Home Office, 150 Square Feet or Less.
WalkinCloset makeuparea200x250This home office was designed with detailed specifications. It was to be used as a creative space with functional work areas for a home based jewelry business.

And finally, Janet Stevenson is our lead professional design consultant and an exceptional space planner. For more about Janet Stevenson’s skills and to see more custom closet designs, Click here.