Bright Idea: Repurposed Storage

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Show me a women that has ample space for shoes and I’ll show you the Loch Ness Monster. Still, it’s every gal’s dream to have a perfectly organized closet with plenty of room for new additions – color-coordinated and labeled would be nice, too, yes?

Alas, we live in the reality of cramped storage spaces and tiny dwelling dimensions – and too much stuff to stash. Yet by re-purposing a few smart solutions, our reality might be a touch more inspired, yes? Here’s a trick:

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DIY Project: Minimalist Shelving

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I’m one of those antsy homeowners that loves to change up her space every month or so. By switching out art prints or throw pillows or yes, even knick-knacks, I’m continually transforming my home’s personality in an attempt to fight the dreaded decorating boredom. After all, if I freshen up small corners of my home often enough, I’ll keep my eyes from wandering to the bigger projects, yes? (Here’s hoping!)

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Try It: Headboard Storage

I love our bedroom more than any space in our home – it’s cozy, Scandinavian-inspired and features a charming wooden sauna we’ve built in the connecting suite. Yet one thing it does lack? Storage. Although my husband and I both have nightstands, it seems the books, magazines, bedside alarm clocks, hand lotion and baby monitor often pile atop each other until we’ve created a chaotic zone out of a calming retreat. Naturally, this headboard that boasts double-duty storage is calling my name…

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Spotlight: Cube Shelving

Modular shelving has been around for years, and I’ve never exactly been a fan. They always seemed a bit “college dorm room” to me, likely because of those plastic crates I sported for four years during university. (Surely I wasn’t the only one who used them as bookshelves, makeshift dressers and more?)

But then I spotted these images from Petra Bindel’s portfolio, and instantly, my mind shifted. No longer are cubes synonymous with late night pizza and final exams. Instead, modular shelving can suddenly seems chic, smart and incredibly sophisticated.

I suppose it’s all in the styling, yes? Any collection can make or break a room, and when displayed in such an unexpected manner, the look definitely pops.

How do you feel about modular shelving? Yay or nay?

Images: Petra Bindel and All The Way To Paris for Danish MUUTO

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The New Shelf

Long gone are the days of minimal shelving and simple storage. Lately, shelves are getting just as much attention as the objects we lovingly display on them – big or small. The newest trend? Geometric shelving that makes a serious impact:

Above: The T.Shelf houses an extraordinarily large amount of trinkets in its angular nooks and crannies.

Above: Even without the books, the Crash storage system creates a surprising focal point for any wall.

Above: Corner shelving gets a facelift with the A Few of My Favorite Things shelf, made of solid Douglas Fir and handcrafted in Germany.

With so many fun and quirky options, I’ve no excuse for my boring and minimal shelving. Time to upgrade – stat!

 

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