Add two simple reclaimed-wood slabs, and presto! This recessed niche, just inside the backyard door, becomes a mudroom. Barker Freeman Design Office architects needed little more than the shelving and a few hooks to create an ideal setup for removing shoes and stashing flotsam. Keeping the wall color the same as in the rest of the room allows for continuity, but the paler hue on the surrounding wall helps to define the space.
Waste not, want not: Instead of heading to the lumber yard, more and more furniture designers are looking to the past for their materials. This Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island, $475, from Herb’s Furnishings is one great example. Handcrafted of 100% reclaimed wood from Baltimore, Md., the island’s frame is crafted from old beams, and its shelves are reclaimed pine paneling. The butcher's block top is made of reclaimed hardwood flooring, which is sealed with food-safe mineral oil and beeswax. The island sits on leveling stems to ensure a flat cutting surface, and it includes a steel bar with S hooks for hanging pots and other utensils.
Wood and Brass Kitchen Shelves
These brass-and-wood kitchen shelves add instant warmth to the kitchen and are a home for pretty decor. White subway tiles make a clean, crisp backdrop for the various colors and textures.
As seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation, this remodeled kitchen is a mixture of rustic and sleek elements that creates a functional space with modern appliances. A floating cabinet allows for the pet's food and water to be out of the way – genius!
This vintage hutch has been turned into unique kitchen storage, with a wicker basket on top. Three natural wood shelves store kitchen goods, including a butter plate, bowl, pair of pitchers, turkey plate and books.
In this kitchen's makeover, shortening the window over the sink freed up room to expand the peninsula countertop and add two floating shelves. The white palette keeps the space light and bright, even with the window a little smaller.