We love the way Rachael’s house contains so many original shelving and storage ideas. They were just too good not to steal!
WALL-MOUNTED HOME OFFICE
In rooms where space is at a premium or where solid, chunky furniture won’t suit, a wallmounted rack supporting a desk, shelves and cabinets is a flexible and often economical choice. Metal supports add an industrial touch to the timber and, on a practical note, if you buy slotted wall stripping you can adjust the shelves and change the function or design later on. A unit with closed cabinets similar to the one pictured left works just as well in dining areas and hallways as it does in a designated office area.
With their multiple nooks, cube units are a contemporary, affordable and versatile storage and display option. If you’re building or renovating, take a tip from Rachael and Simon and inset your cube unit into a wall! The couple bought matching cube units from Ikea, constructed timber frames and then gyprocked around them. To create interesting backgrounds for some of the cubes, Rachael wrapped pieces of fabric around cardboard squares – you could also use wallpaper offcuts or contact.
SWEET LITTLE SHELVES
Blank walls can be boring – but a little shelf or two makes an immediate impact. Play around with position: make the shelf the focal point of a space, in view as you enter. Or try an unexpected location as Rachael has done at the bottom of her staircase. Use traditional brackets for support or on-trend strap and floating shelves. Rachael’s shelf and pretty vignette add a surprise element to the usual wall of photos and pictures.
Hang it up With cabinets, shelves and a desktop, this versatile unit makes good use of vertical space.
FOR ANY ROOM Industrial modular
bookshelf, 84cm, $1199, from West Elm. SOLID WOOD Southport teak tall shelf, $1375, from GlobeWest.
RAISE IT UP Home Republic “Picasso” pot on stand in White/Black, $24.95, from Adairs.
SQUARE IT Dompen basket, $14.99, from Ikea.
TWO OPTIONS Double-sided wrap in Black/White, 69cm x 48cm, $16.50 for 3 sheets, from Rachel Kennedy Designs.
Mix it up Try an assortment of background colours, boxes and books stacked in different ways.
NICE & NEAT PS 2014 storage combination in Bamboo/Light Green, $140, from Ikea.
SIMPLE STYLE Home Republic “Hanoi” hanging shelf in White, $49.95, from Adairs.
WELL HUNG Leather strap shelf in Black/Blackbutt, small, $155, from H+G Designs.
FAB FAUX Home Republic standing terrarium, $39.95, from Adairs.
Small space? Put up an easy-to-install wall shelf.