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Michaelle Bradford
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Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Managing Editor for Woodworking Network. She has more than 19 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.

Wine rooms take center stage

Many homeowners are requesting ultra-modern and luxurious wine rooms. These rooms are not just relegated to the basement or cellar, but they are taking center stage in living rooms and entertainment areas and being used as the aesthetic focal point.
 
See how winners of the 2020 Top Shelf Design Awards wine room category describe their winning designs:
 
Robert Bass, Kessick Wine Storage Systems, “Dallas Modern Wine Room”: This is a black modern wine room housed in glass and centrally located in the house. This wine room was designed to be an aesthetic focal point and an entertainment space. Contemporary features include black textured panel construction, white marble tasting niche, Parallel wine display rods and LED lighting. Installed by Vineyard Wine Cellars, Dallas, TX.
 
Wine cabinets are constructed using 8mm dowels and Confrimat screws. All four sides of each panel are edge-banded to protect the engineered core from humidity.
 
Materials used include Nature Plus black textured melamine U129 cabinet panels along with Hafele Parallel wine hardware 521.99.333 and LED Loox lighting.
 
Darryl  Hogeback, Savante Wine Cellars, “Modern Rustic Wine Room”: A new custom home wine cellar combining a modern feel with rustic details, inspired by the curves of a wine barrel's staves. The tasting area is flanked by red wine space and a white wine space. The cabinetry area has upper liquor display behind glass doors. And a floating, shadow box style, wall shelf to compliment the wine inspired collectables. Custom box beams  support rustic tongue and groove white oak ceiling paneling.
 
Reclaimed wine barrel staves were used for the racking and diamond storage in the Red Room and for the diamond storage in the White room. Each bottle space and diamond space have lasered numbers for collector’s inventory control. The wine room counters were made from T&G reclaimed wine barrel heads. The White Room has steam bent curved corners above and below. The door and wall shelf design were inspired by the shape of the barrel stave to create a curve flow throughout the room. The ceiling beams were lock mitered circle sawn rough oak along with the cabinet drawer and door faces to continue the rustic appeal. Aligned ceiling T&G above the beams in rustic oak are highlighted by LED ribbon lights.
 
The wood throughout the room was white oak, fumed to replicate aged material and fumed and oiled for the wine racks. Reclaimed wine barrel staves were used for the diamond storage, purple side up wine barrel-head oak was used for the Red Wine Room counter and Cooper Stamp up wine barrel-head oak was used for the White Wine Room. The beams were build using circle sawn oak  as well as the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. The project has custom metal doors and framework. 
2021 Top Shelf Design Awards
Closets and home storage organization designers will have until March 25 to enter the 2021 contest, so enter now.
 
 
The Top Shelf Design Awards are given annually to honor designers for their creative closet and home organizational designs. Each entry is judged based on the following criteria: 50 percent appearance/design (emphasizing design creativity) and 50 percent functionality and quality of construction/materials.
 
The Top Shelf Design Awards reception, sponsored by CCF Industries and KCD Software, will be held Wednesday, June 9 in the gardens of the Hilton Hotel, during the 2021 Closets Conference & Expo, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Registration for the event is open now.
 
 

4 award-winning garage designs

Garage design can encompass a wide range of options depending on client needs. Winners of the 2020 Top Shelf Design Awards garage category noted a few of those demands with everything from storage space for a high-end corvette to mudrooms and more.
 
Cynthia Padden, Valet Custom Cabinet & Closets, “Toscana Gold”: A stunning showcase Toscana Gold garage with 8' high, deep Edgewood Textured Toscana cabinets and Cherry Red Acrylic accented workbench. All cabinets are complimented with a mix of 12-inch gold and black bar pulls along with 1-1/2 inch gold knobs.  The corner half-blind cabinet allows for full space utilization and custom upper cabinets float over the stainless refrigerator and large American Security gun safe creating a seamless look. All end cabinets are completed with matching end panels and expertly scribed to the adjoining walls.  The 9-foot long special-order workbench is 1-3/8-inch Maple Butcher Block extended 33-inch deep with Cherry Red Acrylic upper doors with under cabinet lighting. The Toscana cabinets are complimented with freshly painted walls complete base molding, gorgeous wood garage doors and beautiful Graphite Grey 1/4-inch Chip Epoxy Floor.  
 
David McKim, Closet Envy, “Alyssa’s Garage”: A previous garage client called us to help out in her new house. This house was already familiar to us as we did the closets for the previous owner. This customer needed a garage to park two cars in, as well as "tons of storage", and a mudroom area where their kids can put on shoes, store their school bags, and shoes too. The kids' sports gear needed a home also, along with bikes for each family member.  In addition to the slatwall, overhead racking, and cabinets, we also did an epoxy floor to make the space brighter, cleaner, and properly finished. 
 
Bill Curran, Closet Organizing Systems, “Start Your Engines”: The custom cabinetry system was designed for a 2.5 car garage space area under the homes main living quarters. This would be the 2nd garage storage space for the homeowner's ultra-limited-edition C7R Corvette which was modeled after grand tourer racing car built by Pratt Miller Engineering and Chevrolet and is 1 of only 500 production vehicles produced. The garage area would also be the future storage space of a newly redesigned matching yellow 2020 C8 Corvette which is now on order.
 
Shaun Oriold, Closet Envy, “The Girliest of Girly Garages”: The custom cabinetry system was designed for a 2.5 car garage space area under the homes main living quarters. This would be the 2nd garage storage space for the homeowner's ultra-limited-edition C7R Corvette which was modeled after grand tourer racing car built by Pratt Miller Engineering and Chevrolet and is 1 of only 500 production vehicles produced. The garage area would also be the future storage space of a newly redesigned matching yellow 2020 C8 Corvette which is now on order.
2021 Top Shelf Design Awards
Closets and home storage organization designers will have until March 25 to enter the 2021 contest, so enter now.
 
 
The Top Shelf Design Awards are given annually to honor designers for their creative closet and home organizational designs. Each entry is judged based on the following criteria: 50 percent appearance/design (emphasizing design creativity) and 50 percent functionality and quality of construction/materials.
 
The Top Shelf Design Awards reception, sponsored by CCF Industries and KCD Software, will be held Wednesday, June 9 in the gardens of the Hilton Hotel, during the 2021 Closets Conference & Expo, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Registration for the event is open now.

Eric Marshall named ACSP president

The Association of Closet and Storage Professionals (ACSP) board of directors is proud to announce that it has named Eric Marshall, Master Storage Designer (MSD) as its new president effective March 2021.
By ACSP