Best Closet Design Companies

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Closet design is the practice of maximizing the functionality of storage space with the addition of organizational components such as hanging rods, drawers, and shoe racks. The best closet design companies help buyers create a closet that will serve all of their organizational needs.

While some companies design and install the product for the customer, others take a more do-it-yourself approach by allowing the customer to both lay out and install the components. These are the best closet design companies that cover every budget and need and that are available nationwide.


“The Nest” The Ten Best Films of 2020

There are scenes in Sean Durkin’s marital drama “The Nest” that are so raw and real, so specific and vivid, you may feel the need to watch them through splayed fingers. As writer and director, he creates the sensation that you’ve wandered into an intimate space where you don’t belong, watching as a husband and wife tear each other apart with deep-seated resentments and hyperverbal jabs. It’s uncomfortable—but you can’t look away, because the dialogue is so riveting and the performances from Jude Law and Carrie Coon are so exquisite.

Nine years after his debut film “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (my pick for the best film of 2011), Durkin once again explores themes of seeking and striving, of reinventing yourself into an idealized persona with dangerous consequences. The cult that Law’s Rory O’Hara has joined is capitalism, but given that it’s the conspicuous consumption era of Reagan and Thatcher, his yearnings are inevitable. Durkin never spells out that notion, though. Rather, it’s part of the rich atmosphere he creates, as Rory, Coon’s Allison and their two kids relocate from upstate New York to England in pursuit of elusive riches. Rory already lives like he’s made it big, but he’s hustling and schmoozing, relying on his looks and charm to get him in the door at prestigious investment firms, and it’s clear that the tightrope he’s walking will snap beneath his feet at any moment. While he insists on moving his family into a sprawling manor they can’t afford, a building sense of claustrophobia is inescapable.

Within this slow burn, Law and Coon give career-best performances. This is the role Law has been working toward his whole life, playing on both his golden-boy beauty and sinister charisma. And Coon is just a knockout as Law’s fed-up wife. She has a chameleon-like quality as an actress, but no matter the role, she exudes a bracing directness. She always gives you an authentic truth. And when she finally snaps, she’s ferocious.

“The Nest” evokes its 1980s setting in inspired ways, from unexpected wardrobe and production design choices to a varied soundtrack of hits ranging from The Cure to Bronski Beat to Al Jarreau. But while the period details are specific, the story of desire and deceit is timeless. (Christy Lemire)


Avengers Assemble (2012)

The Avengers (2012)

Thanks to the MCU, crossovers have become so frequent now that it’s easy to forget the impact of seeing Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and a recast Hulk combine forces in the Battle of New York. Avengers Assemble, as it’s known in the UK, delivers some great moments during ‘The Battle of New York,’ which becomes a key plot point in the next phase of the story, and in many of the spin-off television series. The film wouldn’t work without the strength of the supporting characters, including Scarlett Johanssen’s Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner’s Hawk-Eye, but it’s Mark Ruffalo’s quieter, more measured take on Banner that provides the best moment.


Extra Attention on Light

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It’s not just “volume rooms” that make a space seem larger, brighter, and dramatic. There is something to be said for large windows when it comes to aesthetics, ambiance, and functionality. House designers are embracing large windows for that extra attention on light. Just visualize an open floor home with wall-to-wall glass windows and that perfect warm glow of sunshine streaming in. Called “daylighting,” the design concept uses architectural elements – such as large windows and skylights – to allow natural light into living spaces.

Even if not primarily facing south, when the large windows are arranged strategically in the open floor areas, they can provide light to the entire space. What a great way to connect with the natural surroundings and add more natural light to the home.


“Ask lots of questions,” says Irving about house

1. Not asking enough questions home
“Ask lots of questions,” says Irving. “There’s no such thing as a dumb one, and besides, it’s your money you’re spending. You should know why and on what.”

2. Making too many changes along the way
Changes that seem simple to you may require a lot of work on the back end, so be sure you check with your designer or builder on even slight adjustments. “Even moving a light switch a few feet can cost $1,500,” reminds Irving.

3. Not setting up a timeline
Work with your contractor to put together a list of items that need to be purchased and deadlines for making decisions. “The last thing you want is to feel under the gun to make an important fixture selection you’ll later regret,” says Chiappone.

4. Not thinking outside the box, literally
Gutters, grading, and roofs may sound boring when there are chandeliers to obsess over, but you’ve got to build a solid envelope if you want your house to hold up. “If you’re faced with a choice of working on the outside or the inside, start on the outside,” says Irving. “No point in putting in a new floor if the roof is getting set to leak.”

5. Sweeping interiors under the rug
On the other hand, too many times, interiors are an afterthought. Newbies often think they can do finish work themselves or throw their old couch into a new room. But if you want to love your space—and increase its value—make sure you leave room in the budget for working on interior design and décor.

6. Underestimating psychological stressors
“Any building project in your own home is fraught with power dynamics,” says Irving, who suggests that couples take on a smaller project—building a birdhouse, say—first. Seriously. You might be surprised how different your styles, ideas, and approaches are. “It’s happening in your nest, with your dough,” adds Irving, “in large amounts. If you can’t do a smaller project first, you should at least know that it would be better if you did.”

7. Skimping on quality
“Spend good money on things you touch every day,” offers Chiappone, “like door hardware, doors, faucets, appliances, kitchen cabinets. The tactile experience sends a daily reminder to you and your guests about the solidity and quality of your home.”

8. Splurging where you should save
On the flip side, she says, “Don’t get locked into the idea that the biggest items should cost the most.” Nice throw pillows can dress up a mid-range sofa. Or mix a low-end dining table with a statement light fixture. Reglazing tile will be far more cost-effective than a total overhaul. “And sisal rugs are economical and always look chic!” she says.

9. Replacing windows
“Think long and hard before you replace your windows. If they’re original to the house and are in half-decent shape, they can and should be resuscitated,” advises Irving. Adding storm windows can do the trick where it comes to energy-efficiency. “Anyone claiming that you will earn your money back in energy savings by installing replacement windows is either misinformed or looking for your money himself.”

10. Not knowing measurements
Once you know what size couches, tables, and sconces you need, write them down and carry that list with you always. You never know when the perfect item will jump into your path. “Don’t fall in love with a 94-inch sofa when you can only fit an 84,” warns Chiappone.

Buying giant furniture
While you’re at it, jot down your door widths, too. “Make sure your new purchases can fit through the front door,” says Chiappone. “You won’t believe how often this gets overlooked.”


Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

Fun and Fancy Free Retro

Instead of a plethora of shorter films, Fun and Fancy Free was sliced right down the middle (like one of Mickey’s beans), featuring two tales that were originally developed as feature films before stalling. That meant that one half of the film was devoted to “Bongo,” a story about a circus bear who finds himself back in nature (a storyline that would be recycled decades later in films like Bolt), narrated by Jiminy Cricket; and “Mickey and the Beanstalk,” the far greater section of the film, which put Walt’s most famous character in the classic fairy tale.

(This had been an idea that had been proposed as early as 1940 as a feature entitled The Legend of Happy Valley.) “Mickey and the Beanstalk” was narrated by Edgar Bergen, who Disney biographer Neal Gabler noted as “one of the very few people” Walt socialized with. While the Mickey section of the film is superior, it also suffers a bit from casting Mickey as just another character (a similar fate befell the Muppets when they were being forced into classic literary adaptations), as Gabler also notes. Maybe it’s telling that this was the first film where Walt didn’t exclusively voice the character himself. Instead, he called sound effects man Jimmy Macdonald into his office and told him he didn’t have the time anymore, although its been theorized that his voice, which took on a gravelly quality due to his chain-smoking filter-less cigarettes, probably had something to do with it. Macdonald would voice the character for the next 38 years. So while the Mickey in this film had drifted far away from the Mouse that was so beloved, it was the start of a version of the character that would last for the next several decades.


Disney+ Passes 100 Million Global Paid Subscribers


Well, Disney certainly isn’t a casualty of the pandemic. With everyone stuck indoors around the world, its streaming platform has managed to surpass expectations and climb the mountain to 100 million-plus paid subscribers.

Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, said: “The enormous success of Disney+ – which has now surpassed 100 million subscribers – has inspired us to be even more ambitious, and to significantly increase our investment in the development of high-quality content.”
The streaming platform, which recently launched new channel Star for i

ts subscribers containing more mature films and TV, has enjoyed significant growth since launching in the US in 2019. It has since rolled out rapidly across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, and most recently, Singapore.

Chapek told senior Disney figures that ambitions have evolved as a result of Disney+’s success and that its “direct-to-consumer business is the company’s top priority” with its “robust pipeline of content” continuing “to fuel its growth.”


Volumes and spaces of a contemporary house

Originating from an new vision or a reinterpretation of traditional architecture, a contemporary house is characterized above all by beautiful volumes and the opening of large spaces in simple but ambitious geometries. Indoor spaces are connected to the outside through an original relationship with the land and the natural environment: gardens, terraces, swimming pools, patios, flat roofs, cantilevered elements, covered outdoor spaces.

Wooden house in cubes

The use of large openings, zenith lighting, large windows, sometimes with unusual shapes, giving onto large living rooms with great heights in connection traditional architecture with the outside, creates a particular luminosity and new perspectives on a transfigured environment.

The definition of different “blocks” according to their arrangement or their levels and their articulations through the contrast of volumes, purified lines and minimalist forms, modifies the perceptions of everyday life. Contemporary architectural design strongly influences life in a new form of living in linked to the home, and occasionally also integrated with professional activities


What are the ingredients for a great movie?


Only 10 perfect movies have ever been made (“Casablanca,” “The Godfather,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Citizen Kane,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Searchers,” “The Maltese Falcon” and “GoodFellas”).

There seems to be a common formula among these films. Most of them weren’t even expected to be anything special, but all of them got everything right.

For now, let’s pretend we’re attempting to make a great movie, because a perfect movie is out of our control.

The script is the most important thing in every movie. The dialogue needs to be sharp, smart and witty. The characters and plot need to develop as it moves along. There should be no point where the audience loses interest. Maybe the characters and plot are symbolic or easy to relate to without ever being clichéd. This is what draws audiences, as well as critics.

Let’s say I wrote an action film script that was fast-paced with smart, witty dialogue and surprising twists and turns with some great character development. Maybe it symbolizes society today.

A director must be signed on who understands the script and conveys the message and symbolism, without making it overbearing. They must bring out the best in themselves and in their actors.

Martin Scorsese is the best director living, closely followed by Steven Spielberg and then Christopher Nolan, Ben Affleck, David O. Russell and Joss Whedon. For an action film that is supposed to be very brisk, I would probably choose Affleck for his great work on “Argo” last year.

Actors are also essential to a great movie. There needs to be a lead actor who sets the tone for the movie and carries the emotional heft. For my lead, I’d choose Denzel Washington, the best actor out there right now. He’s playing an aging, sarcastic rogue.

Now comes the role of his understudy. I’ll pick Matt Damon. He would bring out the naivety in his character perfectly alongside Denzel’s character.

Then, there’s the guy sent to pursue them. Christian Bale fits those roles just fine. In this role, he’ll be playing a more complex version of that character who’s struggling internally because of the corruptness that surrounds him.

There also needs to be some wise-aleck character, the kind Robert Downey Jr. plays to perfection.

We’ll also add in Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young agent, Natalie Portman as Bale’s wife, Anne Hathaway as a femme fatale, Gary Oldman as a corrupt official, Sean Bean as his right-hand man, and even Adam Sandler as a reluctant professor (Bruce Banner type). These heavy roles would allow for a lot of character development and bring out the very best in the performers who portray them.

Another important aspect is the cinematography, which needs to be atmospheric and symbolic (see: Wally Pfister in “Inception”).

The editing must not be choppy, but well thought through (see: Christopher Rouse in “The Bourne Ultimatum”). A scene can’t last too long. If interest starts waning, cut it.

The soundtrack tells much about a film. Songs and the score need to be reflective of the action occurring onscreen. For a movie like this, I’d choose U2, Coldplay and Lupe Fiasco, each of whom can bring some heavy themes in their music and mirror the internal complexities in the movie. Hans Zimmer would be a terrific choice for the score; just look at his music from “The Lion King” to “Inception.”

As you can see, making a great movie takes a lot of thought and work. But it’s all worth it in the end, for the sake of bringing the world a possible masterpiece and conveying your thoughts on things.

This is why cinema is the perfect outlet for storytelling and imagination.


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