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Category Archives: storage solutions
In my latest contributor post for La Dolce Vita, I talked about how much I love luxury candles. I mentioned that a bonus is that they often come in beautiful jars, so once you burn them up and finish enjoying their wonderful scents, you can repurpose the jars and use them to store various items. Below are five ideas:
1. Makeup brushes and beauty tools:
2. Q-tips and cottons:
L: Trendenser, R: Skona Hem
3. Fresh flowers:
4. Office supplies – including pens, pencils, scissors, and paper clips:
L: Lonny, R: The Beauty Lookbook
5. Small plants – something I hadn’t thought of until I came across these images:
tutorials >> L: A Pair and a Spare DIY, R: Luxirare
Luxury candle favorites:
Remember the media unit I shared a photo of in this post? Well when we first purchased it, our initial idea was to add two lower drawers for closed storage. After trying out the drawers though, we didn’t like how they looked and opted instead to keep the unit open. That meant though that we had to find alternative options for out of sight storage.
I kept an eye out for stylish boxes and bins and found some at Office Depot that were the perfect size and a lovely creamy neutral color. I went with three box bins for the upper right shelf and two document boxes for the lower left shelf. The bins now hold my husband’s Xbox games, controllers, etc. out of sight while keeping them easily accessible. The boxes hold various card and board games. Here’s how it looks:
More home updates to come!
p.s. In case you’re wondering, we don’t really keep any DVDs in the media unit because most of the movies we watch nowadays are via Netflix, Zune or Blockbuster.
The folks at Office Depot sponsored this post. All ideas/opinions/thoughts are my own.
Pieces that do double duty are so great for small spaces. This piece below, a bookcase turned on its side with a cushion on top, doubles both as a place to store favorite books as well as extra seating. So clever!
image credit: sous style by pippa
Check out this beautiful entryway from the home of Catherine of The Life Styled:
image credits: 1- sarah yates, 2-johnny miller
An old fave from domino. This is such a great idea for a small room with no storage. A loft bed leaves leftover room underneath for a closet system to organize clothes and accessories. Fabric on the loft’s undercarriage and custom curtains dresses things up. Every inch is maximized and the space feels serene and clutter free.
Sometimes inevitably shoes end up in the entryway. If you don’t have a closet to hide them behind, a solution for keeping it from looking too messy, is to have a beautiful basket for them:
image credits: 1- the marion house book, 2- the elegant abode via decor8
Today I’m talking about lacquered boxes over on La Dolce Vita. Click on over to read the post!
Image credit: plantation design
Like the idea of concealing office storage (and injecting some color into the space!) with a beautiful curtain:
From the launch issue of a new online mag – 91 Magazine.
photography by Lisa Cohen
Stylist Rebecca Omweg took plain, inexpensive cardboard bankers boxes and created not just a great storage solution for her space, but also a graphic statement. I love that the uniformity creates a clean and streamlined look. The boxes are placed atop wall mounted shelves and labeled with stenciled numbers. A master list details what’s inside each one so things are accessible and easy to find.
image credit: photography by melanie acevedo via brides
The above bedroom is by designer Adrienne Neff. She used California Closets custom units to create one side with hanging rods and drawers below, plus a tie rack; and the other side with shelves and vertical hanging space for dresses. Shelves above the bed provide a space for off-season clothing. The side storage is concealed with felt cutains suspened from a track, while the shelves above the bed are concealed with a linen-blend roman shade. The custom headboard, the rich chocolate brown paint that matches the shelving, and the swing arm sconces, keep it from having a “living in a closet” feel.
This bedroom is by Sherry and John of Young House Love. They used two Ikea wardrobes on either side of the bed. One for her, one for him, each customized with drawers and rods and hidden behind white curtains hung high. A valance gives it a finished effect and makes it feel like the bed is tucked into a built-in nook.