If you have a lot of clothes that require life on hangers, devote an entire wall to clothing rods to free up space for surrounding shelves and storage solutions. In this walk-in, a majority of the clothes are neatly hung on the back wall, while folded pants, sweaters and shoes are housed on shelves along the side.
Let’s face it, kids aren’t all that great at hanging things up on hangers, but they CAN handle a basic wall hook. Install a few at their level to help them wrangle dress up clothes, art smocks or jackets.
With apologies to Kenny Rogers, “you gotta know when to fold ‘em.” Folding boards, like these FlipFOLD by Debbee, save time in the laundry room, but also save valuable space in closets and drawers. Clothing folds flatter, which also comes in handy when packing a suitcase.
This modern, geometric pattern is inspired by the Ndop textiles of the Bamileke people of Cameroon. One of Africa’s most artistically lauded cultures, the Bamileke resist dye raffia fibers to create their amazing designs. Featured on a pouf (https://www.themine.com/poufs/aphrochic-ndop-pouf_g2928138.html) in black and gold this striped Ndop pattern adds a striking detail to any room in the form of extra seating.
When designing small task spaces, create visual interest through the art of layering. Here the back wall is given depth with a linear-patterned wallpaper that looks like rustic barn siding. For contrast, the closet doors are covered in a fabric with a more fluid pattern that pulls in the same blues and whites.
A pre-existing bench that was reupholstered with a shimmering black fabric with coordinating cording was used as a comfortable sitting area in this boutique. The pillow fabric was also used as a wallpaper application in the dressing room and behind the cashier counter.
African textiles don’t only just stand out for their patterned designs, it’s the colorways as well. Interior designer Genevieve Gorder developed a version of mud cloth where the color palette stands out. Her Mali Mud Cloth Inked Pillow (https://www.tonicliving.com/products/mali-mud-cloth-inked-pillow) features faded black and cream. According to Gorder the faded shade provides a “grounding effect”.
Party favors have become more and more sophisticated over the years. You don’t need to have a bag full of gifts, but instead why not consider something more practical that guests can use at the party and take home for future use? Here, cloth napkins were stitched with crafting fabric in the initial of each guest’s first name. Not only do they work as place holders during the event, but they also provide a nostalgic keepsake.