Designing around challenges
June 6, 2019 | 8:20 am CDT
Wendy Scott, ACSP president and co-founder Boutique Closets and Cabinetry
The key to any successful closet or home storage and organization project is not just designing a beautiful space but overcoming the inevitable challenges that pop up during the process.
Whether you’re dealing with a difficult client, a burgeoning budget or no budget at all or challenges with the space you’re trying to revamp – everything from narrow spaces and odd angles to unleveled floors and blind corners - finding simple solutions is critical to the overall success of the project.
Some of the more successful designers tend to be those who can see beyond a beautiful color palette or who have an innate flair for spatial arrangements. Successful designers are more than decorators, they are also problem solvers who can think outside-of-the-box.
For designer Wendy Scott, Association of Closet & Storage Professionals (ACSP) president for 2019-2021 and co-founder of Boutique Closets and Cabinetry, finding creative and unique solutions to design challenges is an important aspect to her work. 
According to Scott, one of her favorite projects was an attic closet - a white dressing room in the attic. “(The client) had all her inspiration pieces saved from Houzz and I was able to make her inspiration come to life in a really nice way - even creating solutions for her that she didn’t know were possible.”
Scott will offer more thoughts on creating successful design solutions at the 2019 AWFS Closets Symposium to be held Tuesday, July 16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Her presentation “Simple Solutions to Typical Design Challenges” will focus on the following:
- common mistakes to avoid
- corner solutions that work
- working with blind cabinetry
- building to the ceiling mishaps and solutions
- lighting tricks
- budgets that don't exist

Design background

In 2005 she left behind kitchen designing and new construction to try her hand at designing closets. In January of this year she and Patty Miller founded Boutique Closets and Cabinetry, LLC. 
After joining the ACSP in 2014, Scott applied for a Board of Directors position the following year. For the last four years she has served as Director of Education for the ACSP, helping bring closet education to the forefront. Leading by example she was the first in New Jersey to achieve the highest level of certification, Master Storage Designer. 
Scott is a two-time speaker at the Cabinets & Closets Conference and has sat on several panels. Her designs have been featured in both Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Make it Organized Magazine. She has been awarded the Best of Houzz for Design, Service, Influencer and the 100k badge with one of her designs garnering over 140, 000 saves. Scott also has won two Top Shelf Design Awards
Learn more about Scott’s design process and simple design solutions at the AWFS Closets Symposium at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Register now.

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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

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.