A new segment to the Closet Factory CO blog, the Meet the Designer articles will allow clients to get to know our front line – those who go out to our client’s houses, measure, discuss space, finishes and the client’s inventory and create the perfect storage solution.
Ann Failing is one of our Senior Designers who has been with us since almost the beginning. Her dedication and customer care over the years have been an inspiration and the designs she has come up with are divine! Enjoy getting to know Ann!
1. How long have you been with Closet Factory?: Over 19 years
2. What trends have you seen throughout the years, either in the way closets are being built structurally or in the way people are wanting them organized?: The trend is that people now want their closet to coordinate with their cabinet or furniture style – modern or traditional. There is also more interest in wood grain finishes and “dressing room” elements.
3. What has changed since you began working in the industry?: Clients are more educated and savvy about closet options.
4. What is your fondest memory/favorite job you designed?: Too many to decide!
5. What made you want to become a designer?: It was really an accident that I started working at Closet Factory. I knew [Closet Factory President] Polly [Lestikow] and she told me her husband Mark was starting a new closet business and was looking for sales/designers. After I met Mark at his first Home Show closet display, I was ‘hooked’!
6.What is your favorite part of the job?: I am a people person – I love the initial meeting with a client and understanding their needs and style. But I LOVE the design process – putting the puzzle together and accommodating all of their needs, budget and style.
7. Tell us a little about you: I live in Centennial with my husband Kreig and 2 kitties. My daughter Katy is married and lives in Littleton. My daughter Maggy goes to the University of Oregon where she studies Business and Communication.
8. What is your favorite organizing tip?: Don’t overstuff your closet with clothes that are seldom worn. Try to accommodate the ‘Top 5″ features: hanging, shoes, drawers, hamper and accessories.
9. What features do you think every closet should have?: Adjustable rods and shelves.
To book a free in-home consultation with Ann, call (303) 690-6901!