Achieve a stained glass effect without changing your windows. A kitchen or pantry window is a great place to install shelves to store colored glassware, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." “The light just comes right through it and really shows them off,” she says.
This tiny house is big on style! We enter into the kitchen and are immediately struck by the simple yet bold palette of cobalt blue, crisp white, and gray. Its contemporary vibe is grounded by the use of classic rustic elements. The brass details (current design trend), chunky shelves, cantilevered tables and the tufted sofa help to create an undeniably elevated look in this tiny home. I especially admire the restraint practiced by matching the white sink to the white counter to the white walls. It seems simple but it creates visual space, which is always valuable in a tiny home.
The circular wine room below the rear turret of this Tudor-style home is filled with custom built-in wine racks and stone shelves. Natural stone is used on most of the walls in the space, and reclaimed brick covers all of the floors. The entire space is "reclaimed" since it replaces what was once a garage and basement. Very little heat (or cooling) is used to make these subterranean spaces function properly.
You would expect a lot from the master suite closet of a $35 million dollar Beverly Hills home, and you’d get it here. More spacious than some people’s entire apartments, this closet features a flat-screen TV, a fireplace, bathroom fixtures, a small refrigerator and a grand leather chaise. An overhead skylight lets in natural lighting, while recessed lighting and a modern, crystal-draped chandelier provide illumination at night. Light wood floors and dark wood shelving give the feeling of a luxurious retail showroom rather than a closet, befitting this 15,500-square-foot mansion just a stone's throw from the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel. Shelly and Avi Osadon, the husband and wife duo behind SEE Materials and SEE Construction, created the home.
Designers wanted to create a bright, open space for the homeowners, but the second wall in the kitchen was load bearing, so instead of taking it out, they maximized the kitchen's functional space by adding shelves for storage and display space and lower cabinets for counter space. To keep the space bright, under cabinet lighting was added, as well as a row of pendant lights running down the middle of the space.
This beautiful Asian spa in spired master bathroom is the ultimate place to relax in this on-the-go city. Twenty six floors above the Las Vegas Strip, this bathroom feels like a quick trip to their orient. The double sink vanity is custom made from zebra wood, which gives the space a more authentic look. A large soaker tub is tucked away behind a small wall so that bathers can still enjoy the view from the sky, but are also given a bit of privacy. The accents in the space also help to give it that private, spa feel. The koi fish on the wall bring in the Asian inspiration, while the cherry ladder shelving houses spa essentials as well as antique Asian accessories.
This modern fireplace features custom touches that turn it into a focal point of this Texas living room. Stacked stone matches stone used on the exterior of the home. Decorative wood above the mantel serves as an art piece in and of itself, while narrow glass shelves display collected art glass. Copper on either side of the fire box adds warmth and reflects the firelight.
These homeowners were very interested in bringing their love for the natural beauty of the outdoors inside and mixing it with the modern design style they already love. This photo shows that they succeeded. The large window overlooking the sink brings in plenty of natural light, allowing nature into the space. The live edge wood shelving shows the raw beauty of nature, while the colors on the wall and the backsplash are earthy shades of green, yellow and gray. These natural elements blend perfectly with the clean lines of the countertop and the modern pendant light, bringing the couple's ideas of an eco modern design to life.
Knowing few people take the time to formally hang their clothes during a trip to the beach, designer Kristina Crestin opted to add a minimalistic, open closet space in the master bedroom of this beach house. Shelves and bins make for easy spots to toss bathing suits and t-shirts. The brass stool on the floor is more than meets the eye. It's concealing a PVC pipe that couldn't be removed and had to remain accessible for plumbing purposes.
If you have a dining room, letting it serve double duty as a library is a great use of space -- plus your dining area will benefit from the style and warmth that comes with books. Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” says you could also put shelves in a dining area of an eat-in kitchen, even if they only came up halfway, which would be much more budget friendly.
The shelves that make up most of the office space are a brilliant way to keep everything that a business requires neatly compartmented and within arms reach. But there’s more to this design than convenient storage. Kalyn’s office is not just a masterpiece of efficiency, it’s a study in color theory as well. Colorful bursts dot the landscape of this office, with Kalyn keeping the brightest, most energizing tones of orange and pink closest to her.
The matte finish of the black buffet allows it to stand out against the white wall without being too overpowering in this bright room. Southwestern style pottery is tucked in the middle, open shelves of the piece drawing the eye to the pop of color and pattern. Lighter pieces on top of the buffet keep the space looking open with bright yellow flowers adding a lively finish.
The clever location of this wet bar makes great use of an often-wasted space. The placement, in an entry foyer easily accessible from formal living areas, is perfect. And, says architect Alex Heyko-Porebski, “when not in use the bar can be closed off behind bi-folding joinery panels that match the staircase, so it can remain unnoticed.” Timber veneered cabinets and shelves and mirrored panels on the walls add glamour to the bar’s interior.
Since the renewed basement space was meant as a comfortable playroom for the owners' two boys, designers wanted to create a space where toys are a bold, colorful part of the design rather than items that need to be hidden away in a bin. To achieve this, the space's existing shelves were repainted and repurposed as display space for the boys' toys, providing them easy access to their things, but also allowing the space to honor its purpose.
It takes a lot to stand out on very crowded wine shelves these days. So like movie trailers and posters, wineries are doing what they can to distinguish their vino from the pack. The Walking Dead Wines, in addition to tapping into that television show's loyal fan base, also feature distinctive labels that talk back when you download the accompanying app.
With its focus on functionality and hardwearing materials, the bathroom can be one of the hardest spaces in the home for DIY design. Still, Tamara found a way to put her own stamp on this room over time. “I worked on our house myself over the last few years,” she remembers. “I DIYed open shelves in the bathroom. I also continued my painting venture in the shower, and stenciled the bathroom floors.” The result is a beautiful, spa-type feel from the floor up, accented by lots of bright, leafy green plants.
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.
Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family. This little reading nook is my favorite vignette. It is my client's favorite spot in the house. She has her morning coffee there daily. The chair was hers but the shelves were added to have storage and interest go up the wall and showcase their family pictures and items I sourced in flea markets all over Atlanta! The pouf and blanket were "must haves" from the very beginning.