Maybe it's the weather in LA — intermittently rainy and chilly and cloudy — but the "thing" I've always had for grey rooms just keeps growing. Which may be why the fortuitously named Grey Boutique, a woman's clothing and jewelry shop in Silver Lake, beckoned to us. It wasn't just the merchandise I liked; the display held appeal to our wanna-be DIY selves. Here's the ideas I loved and am storing away for future use.
- Clothing racks are great for homes with limited closet space. These were DIY from plumbling pipes. If you do keep your clothes out, take another page from Grey and, more styled look, merchandise your wardrobe i.e. put all like clothing together and then arrange it by color.
- Old school tables, painted matte black and fitted with wheels, make great dining tables. They're narrow enough to work behind a sofa when dinner's over and, of course, it's always nice to have a big space to spread out on, whether you're working on a novel or sewing up a dress. We like the idea of putting wheels on a table; it's a simple fix that gives you options.
- DIY jewelry cases, made from a window frame and a wooden box, can store collections. Add wheels or small feet to turn them into low coffee tables that can store the remotes and the magazines inside.
- In a simple space, one wall of wallpaper and an ornate lamp can create a great focal point. Actually, it was the wallpaper and that lamp (we heard brass is back and we're beginning to agree) that first beckoned us into the store. We like the idea of a partial wall in a small home, which divides a space without making it feel claustrophobic.
For more information see Grey.
Images: Beth Ziegler