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Friday, September 19

Smarter Walls

Three great reasons to swap your art for storage.

Insufficient storage may seem like a deal breaker, but luckily, an abundance of chic, new storage units make it easy to get the benefits of built-ins without the cost. There's a catch — you'll have to give up some wall space, which means fewer spots for wall art, but it's worth it. Standing cabinets may take up a little more room, but they go a long way to cut down on small-space clutter. Here are three reasons why we love this idea.

1. Bright, reflective cabinets trick the eye. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, sacrificing 20" along one wall can make your room feel larger — as long as you use the right materials! Choose cabinets with a light, reflective surface. They'll bounce light, working like a mirror to make your room look brighter and more spacious.

2. One art-free wall focuses your home gallery on another wall. As important as art is in the home, lavishly decorated walls can look messy, especially in a small room. Instead, group your favourite pieces on a smaller wall, and use a larger wall for storage. Smooth, handle-free cabinets will help create that clean, curated look in your home.

3. They're budget-friendly. Custom-built cabinets can be a huge investment, but many furniture brands offer fantastic freestanding storage solutions at affordable prices. These Ikea cabinets (above) look super-stylish and can be installed in a single afternoon. Easy!

Photographer:

Michael Graydon

Products:

Cabinets, rugs, armchair, boxes, Ikea.

Source:

House & Home August 2014 issue

Stylist: Sarah Hartill
Friday, September 12

Clutter-Free Living Rooms

Three tips for maximizing space.

Sure, we all dream of having dedicated guest quarters, an entertainment room or even just lots of storage, but unfortunately for most of us, that kind of space is a real luxury. In most homes, a single room has to do double — or even triple — duty and with all that multitasking, the clutter has a way of piling up. Here are three tips for a tidier, more spacious living room, no matter how many roles it has to play.

1. Use a basket or box as a side table. Choose a sturdy piece with a flat top that will hold its shape under your mug or books. A lightweight basket works particularly well, since it can be moved around easily within the room. Stash your winter throws and extra remotes inside it and no one will be the wiser!

2. Skip a regular sofa in favour of a daybed or sofa bed. Frequent hosts can get more mileage out of the living room with a sofa that doubles as a bed. Try creating your own daybed out of two hollow ottomans with a layer of foam on top. Voila! Extra storage, seating and a guest bed in one.

3. Downsize your coffee table. Bigger isn't always better! Often, a low side table works just fine in front of the sofa. Better yet, take your cue from card tables and camping gear and search out a foldaway piece. They're easy to put away and visually lightweight, which helps your space look larger.

Designer:

Deb Nelson

Photographer:

Janet Kimber

Products:

Stuva bench, Ikea; artwork, rug, pillows, basket and glass-top table, Nelson & Co.

Source:

House & Home September 2012 issue

Friday, September 5

Making The Most Of A Tiny Entryway

Three simple ways to maximize your space.

Unless you're lucky enough to have a house with a grand foyer, entryways are almost always small spaces. And there's always a lot going on, which means it's easy for a tiny entry to feel crowded, cluttered and downright dull. Here are three simple ways to maximize this functional small space without skimping on style.

1. Paint furniture the same colour as the walls. Visually, it'll help the bench fade into the background, giving the entry the illusion of space. It's a daring move that doesn't require a huge investment — and the best part is, you don't have to sacrifice function.

2. Keep clutter contained. Creating dedicated spaces for often-used accessories will help keep them from hanging about underfoot, and it's an easy way to add some of your signature style. Here, we wrangled umbrellas in a cool, sculptural stand.

3. Go with a light hue underfoot. A light, bright tile visually opens up the space. Just go with an easy-to-clean option, since this is an area that has to handle lots of foot traffic and bears the brunt of the weather outside.

Photographer:

Angus Fergusson

Products:

Sonny bench, Crate & Barrel; umbrella stand, Vintage Fine Objects; umbrellas, Raindrops; dog collar, The Bay; wall colour, Babouche (223), Farrow & Ball.

Source:

House & Home April 2013 issue

Friday, August 29

Fun & Functional Kids' Workspaces

Five tips to get them ready for back-to-school.

Back to school is more than a chance to hit the stationery store — though who doesn't love a good highlighter haul? It's also the perfect time to create an organized, functional homework spot for your little scholars. Here's our best advice for creating the ideal kids' workspace.

1. Find the right spot. Some kids need quiet so they can focus, while others will get distracted too easily if left unattended. Figuring out the right place to set up shop is the first step to success.

2. Don't skimp on space. Kids need enough room to spread out, so choose a desk or table where they have the space to see all their books and homework sheets at once.

3. Go with a comfy chair. The right seat eliminates squirminess so your child can focus on what's important.

4. Choose a space with storage. Keep supplies close at hand so there's no mid-worksheet wandering.

5. Make use of the walls. Hang a cork or magnet board to display accomplishments like a good test score. Turn part of it into a DIY calendar and it'll help everyone keep track of upcoming tasks and assignments.

Photographer:

Stacey Brandford

Products:

Bed, West Elm; desk, chair, Shelter; pillows, ABC Carpet & Home.

Source:

House & Home March 2014 issue

Friday, August 22

Conquer Office Clutter

Organize a desk with various containers.

Keep office supplies neat and tidy in small bowls and cups. Add a DIY painted wicker basket or two for interest.

Photographer:

Angus Fergusson

Products:

Baskets, Bacon Basketware; small horn dish, Elte; grey dish, Hollace Cluny; stationery, The Paper Place.

Source:

House & Home April 2013 issue

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