We love the way Rachael’s house con­tains so many orig­i­nal shelv­ing and stor­age ideas. They were just too good not to steal!

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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.


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.

in­spired by...

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.

Pretty prac­ti­cal

Small space? Put up an easy-to-in­stall wall shelf.

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