Sophia 30 Credenza

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Most people, ourselves included, store their clothes in dresser drawers. Others --including, ahem, someone we live with and love dearly-- prefer them stacked on open shelves, for easy scanning.

After accomodating this preference and living for a year with open clothing storage in our bedroom, we've decided that it is exclusively for people with OCD -- or for Gap employees with time on their hands. (Hmm, maybe this is Gap's problem!) Keeping those shelves orderly enough so that we can stand to look at them first thing in the morning takes time, time that we'd rather spend doing. . . almost anything else.

We racked our brains for a solution to our bedroom conflict and arrived at the idea of a credenza, like the ones generally found in diningrooms. With a credenza, clothing can still be stored in easy-to-scan stacks, but if those stacks devolve into unruly piles they will be behind closed doors.

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David Pierce of Ohio Design makes a beautiful, well-scaled credenza, the Sophia 30. The grain-matched cabinet comes in oak, walnut, or maple and has adjustable shelves, and both the under-cabinet supports and the legs are made of steel. It looks built to last-- and hopefully to settle our storage dispute.

$945 by special order. Info on David's site.