Posts Tagged 'storage'

One Can Never Have Enough Storage.

Last week I had a little dust getting thrown about my home. My good carpenter/painter Wilfredo and his handy crew installed a small closet “above” my staircase. Literally hanging above the stair case. I really needed a separate spot for any overflow of files and work that I bring home. It’s perfect. An outlet rests inside, wooden floors are carried from the adjacent room and trim is glossy white. I put together some simple shelving from The Container Store, and now it’s filled. Filled. Filled. Next project…

The stairs take a sharp left on that landing. Closet floor and wall up over bottom flight.

The stairs take a sharp left on that landing. There was an opening where the door is now and that square on the right side wall. Closet floor and wall up over bottom flight. More room!

Closet bones complete! Everything in and ready for stuffing.

Closet bones complete! Magnetic door works like a charm. Everything in and ready for stuffing.

Shopped my heart out and getting things put in their rightful spots.

Shopped my heart out and getting things put in their rightful spots.


Oh Starry Night.

Design Within Reach is rocking these fantastic abstract foldable star sculptures design by John Kostick. Handcrafted in Massachusetts, these geometric forms are made of bronze and come in 5″, 9″, and 14″ sizes {really could be used as year round decoration – I would}. I love the linear look and subtle warm gold finish and more importantly that they fold flat for easy storage. Hello urbanites! Great impactful holiday decor across the dining table or hanging from that street front window. Go ahead, invite interaction.DWR gold star decoration

DWR gold star decoration

DWR gold star decoration

Anti-Theft Device for Your Food.

I got a kick out of this… it actually took me a moment to see what “was” the actual anti-theft device. Aha! Anti-theft Lunch Bags are sandwich bags that have green splotches printed on both sides, making your freshly prepared lunch look spoiled. Get your peanut butter and jelly protection at Perpetual Kid.

anti theft lunchbags

Sliding Storage.

Real Simple brings us this wall storage arrangement from designer Karen Schuesller. A simple wooden board is fixed on the wall and supports a number of assorted finish wooden boxes. These storage and display boxes slide freely, and can be easily removed. They are perfect against a white wall as backdrop to appear almost gallery-like.

Storage boxes on wall

storage boxes on wall

Getting Organized for Good.

A recent expedition to Clarendon, VA resulted in a worthy purchase of much needed storage vessels for my new home. Makeup, hairbands, tear sheets, magazines, ticket stubs, and lots of coloring pencils seem to never have a flagship spot on a shelf or in a drawer. So, metal, plastic, and rubber purchases filled up three red Container Store bags and made their way to my stuffed closets and cabinets. My favorite purchase of the trip was the  Acrylic Vanity Tote. This Lucite-looking beauty carries my handy brushes, pressed powders and pink lipsticks perfectly . Its easy to spot and fits in with my homes’ design style. Of course, my other purchases are also extremely efficient and blend in nicely. It’s time to get my life organized for good.

Acrylic Vanity Tote, $20 | Container Store

Acrylic Vanity Tote, $20 | Container Store

Be Square and Get Organized.

I’m planning to change my living space here shortly and am on the search for beautiful items that do double duty in a home. Once such peice is this Storage Cube for West Elm. The colors are serene and I love the textured grass cloth upholstery. One or even three would be  perfect in a living room where closets and drawers are typically lacking. I am all about items that maximize storage while maintaining style.

storage cube west elm

Storage Cube, $99 each | West Elm

Crappy & Cramped to Fab & Functional.

Hello apartment, condo, and dorm room dwellers! I often give decoration or design advice to friends, family, and clients who live in cozy spaces in and around Washington, DC. With these living environments come rental policies, cramped quarters and lack of storage – all are often the biggest complaints. Thanks to My Home Ideas for the following helpful tips. Read on for perfect ways to create a truly comfortable , functional, and very happy home!

My cozy living room after recent move-in.

My cozy living room after recent move-in.

  1. Use adhesive hooks. If you can’t use hammers and nails, try hanging your pictures on plastic hooks that come with super-strength adhesive. When you move out, simply pull off the adhesive, and leave the wall intact.
  2. Buy extra closet rods. Apartments aren’t known for their spacious, walk-in closets. In fact, they’re known for tiny ones. Deal with this problem by purchasing an extra adjustable rod to place underneath the existing one.
  3. Rotate knickknacks. Sometimes, what makes a home are the little items we attach to precious memories, and apartments can’t always hold them all. Leave your place simple and uncluttered by rotating these treasures and displaying only a few per month.
  4. Maximize storage. Hide household items by storing them under your bed. You can use bed risers to give your bed some height, and then cover them with a longer bed skirt, making room for boxes, books, and other storage items.
  5. Use a reversible bedspread. To keep your decor fresh and new, try a reversible bedspread. Whenever you get tired of one look, flip it over the next time you make up your bed.
  6. Find multifunctional furniture. Nothing saves space like multifunctional furniture. Whenever you shop for your new apartment, try to find flexible items such as futons, which can serve as both couches and beds.
  7. Try mirror tricks. Opening up a cramped space can require a few illusions. Placing large mirrors around a room can make it appear larger and much more spacious than reality.
  8. Decorate with plywood. Many apartment policies prohibit repainting, so an easy way to add life to your home is to paint or wallpaper large pieces of plywood any color you wish, and then simply lean them against the walls. Just make sure the plywood fits the space.
  9. Let there be light. Some policies won’t allow residents to alter their light fixtures, so if you want more light, you will have to bring it with you when you move in. Find interesting lamps that add charm and personality to your rooms.
  10. Let walls be a canvas. Another solution for bare walls is to cover them up with oversized canvases or posters. Found online or in craft stores, they allow you to drape your apartment in simple, solid colors or in wild, intense designs.
  11. Add color with curtains. Try hanging curtains on your walls, as if you were concealing a nook or extra room. This creates the illusion that the apartment is bigger than it actually is, and it adds a little pizzazz to the decor.
  12. Try wall decals. It might seem a bit elementary, but cling stickers can brighten up a bathroom or kitchen. Home improvement and superstores carry a variety of fun and bright stickers such as flowers, polkadots and chic silouhettes. They can give a room a little whimsy without damaging a surface.
  13. Choose accents wisely. Even if you choose to keep the original wall colors, accents and accessories can easily spruce up your rooms. Add decorative throw pillows, rugs, and lamps that reflect your own personal style and create a homey space without upsetting your landlord.

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Designers are so amazing. Thinking like engineers, a few find ways to streamline everyday furniture into folding pieces that fully function yet provide portability and ease of storage. That means extra leg room and more open space to typically tight urban living.

This Clip Chair from Unica Home is a solid beech frame that comes in a white, black or wenge finish. The designers were inspired by a foldable basket while strolling around a Bulgarian market. Identical slats form a comfortable spacious seating space and a sculptural object whether open or folded.

Moooi Clip Chair | $892

Moooi Clip Chair | $892

Blu Dot makes a chair that fold completely flat. It looks a bit uncomfortable but still sleek and edgy modern. This Real Good Chair sold at 2Modern comes in white, aqua, red and black and makes space saving a breeze.

Real Good Chair by Blue Dot | $129

Real Good Chair by Blue Dot | $129

Every home needs a well-maintained bar by night and buffet by day. Make room for the Flip Trolley by Kartell. Folding completely flat to store in your closet or under a bed, this well scaled cart combined plastic trays and metal frames.

Flip Trolly by Kartell | $828

Flip Trolly by Kartell | $828

Skip those CVS and Rite Aid folding blue and green nylon seats and nestle into this classy outdoor chair from Design Within Reach. An ingenious folding mechanism, paired with lightweight and durable canvas, allows it to be repeatedly brought in and out for impromptu dining and conveniently stored. Made of bamboo, aluminum, stainless steel, and casual canvas. I can smell the beach already.

Outdoor Folding Chair | $128

Outdoor Folding Chair | $128

Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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