Organized Interiors Participating in the 2017 Winter Coat Drive

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Having enough warm winter clothing becomes especially concerning around this time of year and into the winter. We’ve had some especially frigid winters in Ontario in recent years, which places extra emphasis on the need for warm winter clothing for children.

The Children’s Breakfast Club began their Winter Coat Drive in 2014 to address the need of getting warm winter clothing to those who need it. Organized Interiors is proud to once again be participating with them in their 2017 Winter Coat Drive.

About The Children’s Breakfast Club

The Children’s Breakfast Club is a non-profit charitable organization that began in 1984. They believe every child is entitled to a nutritious breakfast and currently have more than 20 clubs in the Greater Toronto Area that serve an estimated 4,000 meals per week.

The Children’s Breakfast Club’s other main objectives are to:

  • encourage children to develop healthy nutritional, behavioural, and personal hygiene habits
  • provide children with emotional support and social and intellectual stimulation
  • encourage and develop the skills of staff, volunteers, and other community members

What is the Winter Coat Drive?

The Winter Coat Drive collects and distributes new and gently-used winter clothing to children and their families in need of proper winter attire. Specifically, the organization states that “Our overall vision for the 2017 Winter Coat Drive is to ensure no child in Ontario is cold this winter season.”

2015’s Winter Coat Drive collected more than 30,000 items of winter clothing and last year that number grew to more than 40,000 pieces collected. This year’s goal is to collect 50,000 clean, good quality, gently-used coats and items of winter clothing in child and adult sizes.

All donations end up at The Children’s Breakfast Club’s Coat Warehouse in North York, which operates throughout the winter season. Toronto Police will hand out vouchers to families they encounter who are most in need of this winter clothing. The vouchers can then be redeemed by the family members for a winter coat or item of clothing they’re most in need of.

Organized Interiors’ involvement in the Winter Coat Drive

The 2017 Winter Coat Drive will be Organized Interiors’ second year of participation in this worthy cause. Our participation in the 2016 Winter Coat Drive was inspired by Toronto’s very own NBA All-Star, Toronto Raptor Alumni, and Assistant Coach and Community Ambassador Jamaal Magloire. Jamaal challenged all of Toronto to “Donate a Coat” and “Warm a Heart”.

More than four truckloads of coats and winter clothing were collected at Vaughan’s first drop-off centre in the Organized Interiors showroom. The donated items were promptly delivered to the Coat Warehouse to ensure those that needed the items got them as soon as possible.

Organized Interiors wishes to thank the following people for helping to make the 2016 Coat Drive such a great success:

  • our valued new and repeat customers
  • our trade partners The Neat Freak for their generous donation of 160 linear feet of coat racks and coat hangers that will help Coat Warehouse volunteers sort and store donations
  • Gloria DiLecce and the staff from Michael Luisi Couture for their support and donations
  • our corporate neighbours at Garage Living and Better Living Products for their participation and support
  • Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua for visiting the Organized Interiors showroom and bringing attention to the Winter Coat Drive
  • Organized Interiors’ Design Consultants and enthusiastic staff for spreading the word to raise awareness about the Coat Drive
  • the Jamaal Magloire Foundation, which improves the lives of at-risk youth through the power of sport
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The drop-off centre in Organized Interiors’ showroom for 2016’s Winter Coat Drive.

How you can help

You can get involved by making donations for the 2017 Winter Coat Drive at the Coat Drive drop-off centre in the Organized Interiors showroom at 201 Chrislea Road in Vaughan.

Along with new and gently-used winter coats, we’ll also be gratefully accepting donations of any of the following (in all sizes) between November and March:

  • hoodies
  • sweaters
  • hats
  • mitts and gloves
  • scarves

Donations can also be made directly at The Children’s Breakfast Club’s Coat Warehouse, which is located at The Peanut Plaza at 3030 Don Mills Road. Call (437) 836-6222 to make coat drop-off arrangements. Monetary donations can also be made at (a tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20 or more).

You can also help by spreading the word to your family, friends, and co-workers about the 2017 Winter Coat Drive. Be sure to share this blog post on your social media pages!

Donate a coat and warm a heart

Warm winter clothing is something most of us take for granted. But consider the ways in which inadequate winter clothing can impact a child’s daily life.

Inadequate winter clothing can cause kids to get sick more often, which may affect their school attendance. Unsuitable winter clothing also limits the ability of children to participate in outdoor winter activities.

Your generous donation can help make this winter a little more comfortable for someone in need. We look forward to seeing you at our 2017 Winter Coat Drive drop-off centre in our showroom!

Save on the Perfect Custom Cabinetry Finish

Premium Finishes on sale

In many areas of life, it’s not how you start that really counts, but how you finish.

The same is true of the shelving and cabinetry in your home: the finish is the first thing people see when they walk in the door. And that means the finish you choose for your storage areas makes a huge difference in the overall impression your home makes.

That’s why you don’t want to skimp on the finish. Choosing an elegant, durable finish that complements the style of the rest of your home is one of the key elements of good design.

The good news is that modern technology has led to significant advances in the manufacturing of finishes. It’s now possible to find high-quality, durable finishes that can blend in with any home décor.

There are a couple of questions you should ask yourself when thinking about what finish is right for your shelving or cabinetry.

Where will the storage area be? Obviously, what’s right for custom cabinetry in your bedroom probably won’t work in the laundry area.

What style is right for your home? A lot of times, this comes down to a choice between two basic options: a modern solid finish, or the more traditional look of wood. At Organized Interiors, we offer a wide range of wood grain and solid colour finishes for you to choose from.

Wood grain finishes

Technology now allows us to precisely duplicate the appearance of wood without the problems of warping that come with real wooden cabinetry.

A darker wood finish can give your cabinetry or shelving a classy, traditional look, while lighter options can work with more modern décor.

At Organized Interiors, these are our five most popular wood finishes:

Spring Blossom
Spring Blossom
Summer Breeze
Summer Breeze
Latitude North
Latitude North
Latitude East
Latitude East
Latitude West
Latitude West

Solid colour finishes

Solid finishes create a smooth, modern look that can add a touch of contemporary elegance to your home.
These are our five most popular solid colour finishes:

Ice Grey
Ice Grey
Avalanche Stone
Avalanche Stone
Modern Grey
Modern Grey

Save on finishes for a limited time

And best of all, until September 20, 2014, all 10 of these finishes are on sale.

Visit our showroom to see all of the finishes or schedule a free in-home consultation and find out how you can get the perfect finish—for less.

Choosing Custom Cabinetry Finishes That Last

Why is it called a finish when it’s one of the first things you have to choose?

It actually makes sense. Think of it like a jigsaw puzzle. You look at the box and see the whole finished picture, but when you open it there are only pieces inside.

It’s a process to make everything fit properly to complete the picture. Creating a well-designed, functional space follows a similar process.

Where do you begin?

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It starts with a vision. Whether it comes from a picture, a design consultation, or an idea of your own, that vision is the ‘picture on the box’ and to complete the picture you have to assemble the pieces.

A finish is what you see on the outside of cabinetry. It covers shelving, desks, closet fixtures, cupboards drawers and more. It’s the colour, tone, texture and style of your cabinetry that give your room a finished look.

If it’s a home office, laundry room or closet, the cabinetry, desks and shelving – open or closed – take up a lot of real estate, visually speaking. So you want to choose the right finishes.

No matter what your decorating style, there is a finish for you

Whether you like a modern flat panel in a solid, contemporary colour or you prefer an exotic species of wood, you may be surprised to know that virtually any finish is achievable now thanks to modern technology.

Through today’s manufacturing methods, wood grain patterns and textures can be duplicated with strong, man-made products like melamine that are built to last.

Solid wood looks beautiful and is versatile, but it can expand and contract depending on the moisture levels in the air. This can lead to warping and cracking.

With today’s veneers, you get the beauty of real wood but with the added benefit of custom-cut, warp and crack-resistant construction at a lower cost than wood.

So, back to your vision.

Imagine luxurious floor-to-ceiling shelf-lined walls surrounding an expansive desk in your home office. You see a subtle light wood grain in a tight, linear pattern that creates a room showpiece.

Big box retail options

You have a choice. You can make a small investment at a big box store where you will have some choice of styles, finishes and sizes. Not quite the style or finish you imagined, but close enough.

Then, after getting all the pieces home, you still must assemble and install them into place. Visually, it may look great but quality and endurance will be the test, especially if you have to move and reassemble the furniture in a new place.

Quality custom cabinetry

What’s the alternative? Make the investment into beautiful, strong, long-lasting custom cabinetry.

Now imagine your finished room with built-ins that are custom-fit to your space in your chosen finish. You now have a well-designed, sophisticated, and one-of-a-kind finished space that adds value to your home.

Invisible finishes

Maybe you have a multi-purpose room that requires lots of storage but instead of the cabinetry being the focal point, you want it to disappear or blend into the room.

Pick a solid finish in a colour you will repeat elsewhere. If you’re looking for dramatic and sophisticated, consider a deep, inky Gunmetal Grey, or if you’re looking for a great neutral that adds a crisp finish try an earthy colour like Avalanche Stone.


Avalanche Stone
Avalanche Stone

The key is to wrap that colour throughout the space to blend in. This lays a solid foundation of timeless, practical cabinetry and allows interchangeable accessories and other furnishings to add a pop of colour and texture.

There’s a reason they’re called finishes. It means completion, done, the icing on the cake. And who doesn’t want to enjoy the icing first?

Learn more about our premium finishes

To find out more about our premium bespoke cabinetry finishes, visit our showroom or schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our designers.

Radiant Orchid and Organized Interiors

radiant-orchidPantone’s colour of the year for 2014 is called Radiant Orchid — a captivating purple that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health” according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Organized Interiors has been using a similar orchid colour for years to brand the company which also inspires health and joy through its home organization products.
A tidy and organized living space can reduce stress and improve your emotional health. When you’re buried in clutter and can’t find things in your home it leads to frustration and wastes time on a regular basis. Design consultants at Organized Interiors love looking at your clutter and providing you with custom solutions to organize your closet, home office or laundry room.
When it comes to interior spaces, Radiant Orchid can brighten up a room as a paint colour, when used in room accessories or furniture pieces. Pantone describes the colour as “uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.” We love this description because eliminating clutter can also reenergize a room and inspire — something we strive for in a dressing room or home office.
Radiant Orchid
Expect to see a lot more of Radiant Orchid in 2014 when it comes to furniture, bedding, accessories and accent colours.

How We Work at Organized Interiors

If your home is in desperate need of organizing, you have come to the right place.

Organized Interiors is a premiere interior design firm that takes every individual customer’s needs to heart.

You can trust that you will never be treated as just a job. We get to know our clients on a personal level, because we know that at the end of the day that this is the only way to establish a mutually successful relationship.

If you are thinking about organizing a room in your home or just have some questions about how we work, then sit back and relax.

We know how hard it can be to stay organized. We all live hectic lives, so we understand why clutter happens.

The first step towards getting everything back in order is recognizing the problem and addressing it with an open mind. That is where we come into play.

Here is a brief summary of how our services work. We hope that you will find this information helpful, but urge you to call or email if there are any questions we didn’t answer. The last thing we want you to be is confused or unsure of whether our firm is the right option for your organizational needs.

Our aim is to make the process as quick and easy as possible, and we are proud to say that this is a goal we surpass with every one of our customers!

The Organized Interiors Difference

Free consultation — the first step to resolving that cluttered space is to draw up a workable plan of attack and our consultants are some of the brightest minds around.

When you step foot into our showroom, you will instantly be greeted by a consultant, who will then kick off the design process. We typically ask a series of questions to get a better understanding of your needs.

Don’t be afraid to speak your mind – your satisfaction is our primary concern, which is why we take all client input into consideration. If you are not satisfied with the direction the consultation is going, just let us know.

During this initial meeting, you will also be presented with a design Idea Book. Keep in mind that although there is a wealth of options to choose from, our team will be there every step of the way to help you.

The intent is not to bombard with you choices, but rather to give you a better understanding of the design possibilities.

Customization — once you have made your furniture selections, our staff will go to the drawing board. We custom manufacture every product to meet the personal specifications of each project, so you don’t have to worry about getting a cookie-cutter design.

Professional installation — once the furniture has been built and tested for quality assurance, our technicians will deliver and install everything for you, which means you can feel free to sit back and watch the transformation happen!

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us today.