Once you finish off that crate of wine, reuse it as stylish shelving in the bathroom (or ask your local wine shop for an old wine crate to use). The wood crate will add a rustic style to your loo — and create an open shelving solution for bath salts, big bottles of shampoo or even a pretty vase of fresh market flowers.
“Innovative storage solutions were key to making the most of every room in this waterfront cottage,” says designer Elizabeth Swartz. “This included the use of some wonderful hardware, such as this Hafele pull-out unit in the master bath to organize even the smallest of spaces efficiently.”
When renovating a bath in a historic home, designer Mark Williams had to work within a small footprint. “Baths were not as luxuriously proportioned back then so we had to get creative with storage solutions,” he says. “We built in a large piece—designed to look like an armoire—but is actually linen storage above, and a hamper below. The antiqued mirror insets in the upper cabinet doors make the whole space feel larger.”
Bring new functionality into your kitchen by maximizing the countertop space with thoughtful storage solutions, such as counter-level drawers. This kitchen by David Heide Design Studio, based in Minneapolis, was a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association award winner and features custom drawers and cabinets. But you could buy a simple modular drawer (or two) and paint it to match your cabinets for a streamlined look.
Don’t ignore small spaces! A shelf is the perfect solution to storage scarcity in smaller bathrooms. Place one over the tub for towels, candles or shower gel or near the toilet for spare toilet paper and hand towels. Designer Karina Bryant of K_Souki Design Studio has a set of shelves wired for music or a TV hookup for bath time relaxation in her home, built by Imery Group.
Bathed in marble, this elegant, Mid-Century modern masterpiece is both stylish and functional. With several feet of counter space on either side of the range as well as a large kitchen island, meal prep and serving in this kitchen is a breeze. Storage is not a problem in this kitchen, either. With unique storage solutions like baseboard cabinets and a devices charging wall, it is easy to stay organized and plugged in. To complete the design, this kitchen has fun, modern artwork and gold accents to create this sophisticated space.