Turn a bookcase into a headboard. Jo Torrijos, a blogger from Atlanta, transformed a freebie bookcase from a friend into a functional and fashionable headboard in this bedroom. “Since I need room to store books, magazines and styling props, using this as a headboard provides plenty of storage and also doubles as nightstands where I can place a pair of lamps and any other bedside necessities,” says Torrijos.
This custom built-in settee resides in a space typically slated for bookcases. Since we had enough storage and this is an entertaining family: why not more seating? I also imagined this corner being the perfect spot to curl up with a good book, with a cozy fire going and a fave snack. I specified this piece be upholstered in white to blend in with the walls and also not compete with the sofa.
This creative storage space was designed by TriplePoint Design Build to accommodate books and living room knickknacks in the entryway of this remodeled home. The bookcases and columns, which were painted white to match to ceiling and trim of the home, divide the foyer from the living room. The size of the cubby space mirrors the sidelight cutouts above the front door for an interesting effect.
This Asian-inspired media room is both sleek and comfortable. The cabinetry, with recessed lighting, allows for easy access to media and storage, but is easily concealed when reading a book or entertaining guests. The zebra wood drawer faces and Asian-inspired coffee table provide a world traveler feel to the room. Faded burgundy sofas are arranged around a square wood coffee table accessorized with two small elephant statues.
With the television being the focal point of this living room space, designers wanted to frame it elegantly as well as add some functionality to the bare wall around it, so custom shelves were built to surround it. Above the TV, open shelves display photographs and knick knacks that add a personal touch to the home, while below, open storage gives the homeowners a place to keep their books and movies within arm's reach.
In this space, designers have created a nursery/playroom combination for the homeowners. Beautiful wood doors that are original to the home open to reveal an elegant nursery on the other side of the play space. The walls in the two spaces have been clothed in a unique, teal color, creating a bold space for the kids to enjoy. On floating shelves, an extensive collection of children's books awaits reading hour, while woven baskets provide a stylish place for toy storage.
Susan Brunstrum designed this casual media room with comfortable furniture and simple lines, but in the same color palette as the great room and other areas of the home. Guests can gather for a fun evening on the cream leather sectional or take a seat in one of the recliners upholstered in leather and faux fur. She painted the walls a gray-blue and placed informal book shelves and a large console table against one wall for storage and display.
Designer Claire Paquin carefully designed this child's bedroom in shades of white, gray and hot pink with an eye on what she might like in years to come. She kept the main elements of the design in a neutral palette and added pops of pink in the pillows and other knickknacks that can change as tastes do. A built-in window seat and bookcases are perfect storage solutions for toys, books and games. And what little girl wouldn't love a crystal chandelier of her very own?
Designer James Farmer feels that when it comes to historic furniture, engagement goes a long way. "Remember what the pieces — a sideboard, a storage chest, a secretary — were intended to be. They were meant to be used! I like to use them today, whether for their intended purposes or to display collections. Whether it's painting the back of a secretary a nice color or filling a chest with toys, puzzles and books for the kids, the most important thing about living with antiques is continuing to use them. That takes the seriousness out of them."
Create interest and texture with a collection of everyday and vintage bathroom items. This Victorian Gothic wall cabinet is filled with vintage cosmetic jars, ivory grooming implements, shells, sponges, towels and soaps. “If you have glass-fronted shelves, use it as an opportunity not just for storage but for display of interesting objects,” says Susan Sully, author of the book “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” in which this home was featured. Sully also recommends painting the back of a cabinet a dark color to make light objects really stand out.
This shoe closet is so big it can only be captured with a wide-angle lens. Note how the shoes are placed on sliding shelves on a rail system, much like some public libraries use for books in England. That’s where Walter James got this idea, when trying to devise a storage system for his wife Tiffany’s more than 600 pairs of shoes. Walter designed the closet with three stationary back shelves and three additional rows of double shelves on a track with wheels and a header on top to hold the shelves in place and to keep them stable. The entire closet is made of cedar.
To create this soothing area of the room, designers used items that the homeowners currently owned or were given to add a frugal touch to this area of the nursery. Two vintage trunks, used as storage for the abundance of baby items, are stacked to create a side table as well as help create the travel theme. The comfortable glider, a gift for the parents to be, adds a soft place for middle of the night wake ups and afternoon readings, while chalk trays keep books at arm's length, creating a chic space for feeding and reading.
When updating a historic home in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, Sabine Klingler Kane designed the kitchen around her clients’ butcher-block island. “My client had the island long before we started the remodel,” she says. “It looks perfectly vintage, but it is actually a reproduction made from reclaimed wood. It is ideal for their young daughter as she does not need to be careful with her crayons and spilling food. It has drawers on both sides, and wine storage underneath as well as shelves for cook books. But the best thing is: Two compartments on top have been outfitted with electrical outlets to plug in tablets, laptops, phones and small appliances. It also has towel bars and a bottle opener attached to it — it is not only great looking, but also totally practical and functional.”