Decorating & Design

May 8, 2015

Incorporating Hidden Storage

Storage is the one thing we just can’t get enough of.

Toronto realtor Emily Norris cleverly capitalized on the empty wall in her lakeside bungalow kitchen by installing an open bookcase. This simple addition provided her with an entire wall of storage for items that she uses daily, which can easily be covered with a white curtain when she wants a tidier space.

Not only is this a functional solution, but a curtain is also inexpensive and offers easy access to everyday items, as opposed to storing them in a closet or storage room. This type of storage can be incorporated into any space: an unused wall in a bedroom, bathroom or entryway. Be creative! For a less cluttered look, you can substitute the bookcases with inexpensive floating shelves from a big box store.

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Author: Jennifer Koper & Marina Stamatakos

Ashley Capp


Shelves, drapes, Ikea; white dishes, William Ashley China; rug, Elte.


House & Home June 2012 issue

Stylist: Emily Norris