Element of Surprise: Offbeat Storage

Element of Surprise: Offbeat Storage

Grace Shu
Sep 25, 2009

Anyone looking for more storage space in their home? Yep, join the club! While it's certainly easy to drop into Ikea and pick up the ever-popular Expedit (more on that below the jump), we've found a few refreshing alternatives that are pretty interesting and inspiring...

The armoire in the top photo may seem stuffy and ornate, but the bold purple paint job gives it a whole new attitude. What could have been destined for the yard sale is now a strong statement piece for the bedroom.

In contrast to the monochromatic dressing room in the first photo, this corner with its parrot-green lacquer dresser has such a great combination of colors. It's Asian-inspired, but with a modern twist: Green, yellow and orange with that gorgeous stem of orchids just looks chic and even simple enough to to try in our own home.

Got an Expedit? Hm, perhaps the real question is: Who doesn't? These versatile bookcases became an instant classic in homes and offices (and even gyms). But in case you're feeling bored of yours, try this idea: Pick up one of Ikea's wire-curtain hanging system with the clips and hide your Expedit behind a curtain.

We see these popping up pretty regularly on Craigslist: vintage barrister bookcases. But instead of keeping the dust out of tomes, these could be used as an interesting way to put your collections on display--be it shoes or Pez dispensers.

We're fairly certain this photo has been posted before, but still a creative idea: a birdhouse nightstand. Despite the horror that bibliophiles will feel when seeing a book propped like this (or stored like this), the concept is pretty neat, and it's a nice little nook to stow bedside essentials.

(Images: Living Etc.)

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