Heather over at Domaphile was grappling with two problems: one was how to use a long, low, open shelf in her eat-in kitchen, and the other was how to store the various beans, grains and spices that she loves to cook with but tends to lose in the dark recesses of her cabinets. Can you guess how she solved both problems at once? Heather bought 48 stackable canisters of various sizes from Anchor Hocking, arranged the stacks to be the same height, and filled each jar with pasta, nuts, beans and other dry goods. "Now we can see them all," Heather says, "and are actually using them." Stacking them like bricks, she created a decorative effect that almost looks like glass tiles, enlivened by the colorful contents of the canisters.
Heather is a librarian, and so she calls this shelf a "visual library of food," and has fully catalogued it so that she know what everything is and how fresh it is. This is open shelving that actually looks neater with more stuff in it, and also takes full advantage of the aesthetic qualities of food!
Could this work for your own kitchen?
Images courtesy of Domaphile.
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