Chris McKenry, Chief Organizing Officer of Closets by McKenry, is this year’s recipient of the Designer of the Year Award for Closets from the Interior Design Society. The announcement was made at the IDS Awards Gala in Palm Springs on May 4th. Presented by celebrity designers Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia, the award recognizes the creation McKenry did for the Master Closet in the 2018 Alzheimer’s Tennessee Designer Home and Garden Tour.
“While it was a privilege to have been chosen to participate in the inaugural Home and Garden Tour, this national recognition for my closet design is truly humbling,” said Chris.
This year the Interior Design Society had the largest ever number of submissions from across the county, and each award was chosen by a panel of 16 leaders in the interior design field.
When asked about the specifics of this project, McKenry shared, “The homeowner’s needs were considered, as well as the craftsman style of the home. The footprint of the master closet totaled 175 square feet. In the closet, gray melamine with mission fronts complemented the master bath design. Antique mirrors were inserted into the doors above the custom dresser, which was topped with white quartz.
“The entry is in her Lady’s Boutique and features an island with hamper and jewelry drawers under a white quartz top. Above hanging garment and shoe shelves are high cabinets available to store out-of-season items.
“The smaller Gentleman’s Haberdashery contains open cabinets for his hanging garments with shoe storage and drawers and cabinets above for long-term storage behind doors. This area leads to the laundry, which is divided by an 8′ dark stained pocket door. For this reason, the entire system is 101″ high and features base and thin top trim to not compete with the crown molding in the room.”
Closets by McKenry was opened in 2015 after Chris returned to Knoxville after 15 years in Los Angeles, where he was a professional organizer. McKenry said that when he was in LA, he often found that new closets did not always meet the storage needs of the client.
“I just love the beauty of an organized home, and my first step to design is a thorough assessment of needs,” he said, adding that the last step is the follow-up after installation.
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