Are you a fan of Danish furniture design? Do you live on the West Coast? Then get yourself to Klassik Living, one of the largest importers of Danish designs on the West Coast. And if you don't live out West, take a gander at the goods online for inspiration.
Corner shelves are great for eliminating dead pockets of space in the corners of walls or counters. In addition to showing off decorative accessories, plants and memorabilia, they keep commonly used items handy, like a go-to cookbook, a telephone or the latest book or magazine.
There's a reason each kid gets his or her own cubby or a locker at school: Because otherwise the hallways and classrooms would become an explosion of muddled coats and backpacks. Same goes for mud rooms and entryways in your own home. Here are some fun ways to nudge (read: coerce) family members (and that means grow-ups as well!) to put their coats and bags and scarves where they belong.
I'll admit that I was a little late jumping onto the Etsy bandwagon. For me, the term "handmade" brings to mind crocheted toilet paper roll cozies and hot glued seashell frames. And while you will still find a wealth of, um, amateurish items on Etsy — many of which are curated for the aptly named Regretsy — Etsy remains the world's largest marketplace of goods crafted by both fledgling hobbyists and skilled artisans. Here is my pick of the best handcrafted items currently available for your home.
We are (and should) becoming less reliant on piles of papers and file cabinets. Our computers are shrinking. So, while I love those fabulous old lawyer's desks (bigger than the average dining room table), they are a tad impractical for most people, especially apartment dwellers. Here are five compact and space-saving desks and workspaces. Not only do they leave a minimal footprint, many of these can be shut up and tucked away when you want to escape from the seductive come-hither of your computer screen. And nothing makes a room look messier than a stack of bills on a messy desk.
Remember the bad old days of CRT televisions? Keeping these boxy behemoths out of sight often meant even bulkier TV cabinets. Thankfully, flat screen TVs have relinquished much of that much-needed living room space. For those who wish to reclaim even more space, Washington, DC area furniture maker Hardwood Artisans has created an elegant, high-tech reimagining of the traditional TV cabinet.
Technology can inspire us in unexpected ways. Take for instance this living room makeover inspired by the new HDTV it was set to receive. Take a look at how IKEA Besta cabinets were used to change this place from drab to fab:
Many of us are IKEA fans but do you ever wish there were more finishes and colors to choose from? Sure, some DIY IKEA hackmasters may be able to put orange cabinets on their Expedit shelves but for the rest of us IKEA is a universe dominated by white and birch. Until now. A new company called Panyl is giving IKEA lovers a way to personalize and customize their favorite flat-pack pieces.
Good closet space is key to living well in any size home. But just because it's behind closed doors doesn't mean you should let your closet become a mess. Maintain your sanity and maximize your storage space by keeping your closet the same as any other room in the house — neat, beautiful and organized.
For the right type of space, these old industrial pipes, repurposed by Stella Bleu Designs into shelves, coat racks, pot racks, and lighting fixtures, are versatile and stylish enough to make you want to keep all your storage out in plain sight.