I'm not sure why I think of these shelves as Scandinavian (wood + white? Ikea?) but I always have and that makes me happy. Built for me of gorgeous repurposed wood and cheap white bins, they hold all my past, future, and current projects, paperwork, and more...
Images: Tess Wilson
- The hardwood shelves are so pretty and rich they always remind me of the top of a piano. The were bought for a song at Building REsources, and painfully schlepped home on buses. Not fun, but so worth it.
- I first bought just a few of the white bins from Ikea to see how I liked them- they worked and stacked great, so I trekked back on BART and the Emery-Go-Round for as many of them as I could carry. I can't seem to find these particular bins on Ikea's website, so I hope I never need more of them!
- I've tried so many different labels and stickers. Either they left residue when I needed to change them, or were discontinued when I needed more, or just annoyed me. I recently started using brown packing tape and really like it so far. It peels off cleanly, and my 60yard roll should last...forever.
- Finally, the perfect spot for all my magazines: a stack of recent Martha Stewart Livings, a stack of "vintage" Martha Stewarts bought at Community Thrift for 25cents each, and a stack of Vogues.
- The bins on the top shelf are where I stash all the larger and more plentiful things: overflowing embroidery supplies, Print Gocco and inks, etc.
- I keep a little stepladder at the ready for reaching the top shelf.
- I try to always have a couple empty bins, ready to accommodate new projects. It gives me a spot to start collecting materials before beginning, without cluttering up my work table. In theory, at least!