Pine that was stained a dark walnut creates the open storage shelves below the counter in the baking center. The shelves resemble a freestanding piece of furniture, with display storage for a bread box, dessert stands, mixing bowls, glass cannisters for flour and sugar and a marble rolling pin. A new window above peeks out to an alluring water view.
Curved cradles turn an ordinary pantry shelf into a beverage storage center and allow you to store wine — or even water or soda — bottles on their sides without fear of them falling off the shelf. Photo courtesy of transFORM
A vintage kitchen cupboard handed down from my parents does double duty in a hallway as storage for gift wrap and shipping supplies, kitchen linens and other items. Figuring out where to store things in a historic home is a perennial problem but not as challenging as in previous homes. A small portion of my vintage suitcase collection on top of the hutch once functioned as a much-needed storage tower of suitcases and room divider in the closet-free two-room apartment where I lived with my husband in New York City's East Village. The "Pray for Atlanta" artwork is by beloved Atlanta artist R. Land. A metal basket holds my son's sports equipment and vintage wooden tennis rackets, which we still use.
A straw hat, venting bucket hat, leather messenger bag, and leather travel bag hang on the satin nickel hooks flanking the bench. A wood wall home organizer with fabric pinboard and wooden push pins above the hooks includes Cincinnati postcards for local flavor and two cubbies for storage of daily mail.
A pair of men’s casual pants and flannel shirt hang on one of the two long rods that offer hanging storage for clothes, making it easy to find the right item or plan a wardrobe for the week ahead. Upper shelves offer space for storing suitcases and overnight bags, and wire and woven baskets for organizing and storing small items.
The Lee tiny home doesn't skimp on storage. These sliding doors hide plenty and the center drawers and cabinets adds a nice decorative detail. Metal hooks keep the sliding doors from slamming when this tiny house goes mobile.
An oversized sideboard with a mirrored front that could be used in a dining room was cleverly integrated into the design of the guest bedroom, to provide storage in an unexpected way. The sideboard is topped with assorted accessories and two bronzed steel table lamps with drum shades.
Often times, getting that chic, edited look you see online and in magazines isn’t as hard as you think. Just don’t overthink small opportunities. For example, this little niche in the corner of the apartment wasn’t built out into an elaborate cubby system to create extra storage, the homeowner simply added ONE bar and three hooks painted out to match the wall color. An elegant solution, now the coats and accessories feel like part of the décor. Their beauty and texture really pop in such a pared down environment.