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The perks of hav­ing a wall unit

There’s no short­age of dec­o­rat­ing ad­vice these days.

If, like me, you fol­low a few de­sign sites, you’ve prob­a­bly seen ev­ery­thing from how to cre­ate the per­fect cof­fee ta­ble vi­gnette to the ul­ti­mate guide to or­gan­is­ing your pantry. I par­tic­u­larly en­joy the ones about mak­ing your wall unit into a de­sign show­case.

I’m not sure about you but in my house­hold, the main rea­son for buy­ing or in­stalling stor­age like a book­case or wall unit is to ... store things.

Try as I might, that’s not al­ways a feast for the eyes.

We’re lucky enough to have a beau­ti­ful stor­age unit hand­crafted in tim­ber by a friend a long time ago.

He clearly went above and be­yond what­ever we paid him be­cause it is still as lovely — and func­tional — as when he de­liv­ered it al­most 20 years ago.

I’ve been try­ing to live up to that com­mit­ment to crafts­man­ship and de­sign ever since, with limited suc­cess.

At the mo­ment, it is over­flow­ing with cof­fee ta­ble books on de­sign (a bit of an oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ard), as well as my col­lec­tion of sewing no­tions from pretty vin­tage cot­ton reels to ev­ery­day tools like my grand­mother’s dress­mak­ing scis­sors. At its cen­tre, it also houses our aged but still work­ing CD player and a small col­lec­tion of vinyl records which I can play on the old at­tached turntable.

The piece de re­sis­tance is a pair of built-in draw­ers for hold­ing CDs which still run as smoothly as they did on the day they were filled. I know we live in a dig­i­tal age but this is also over­flow­ing with mu­si­cal mem­o­ries.

I did spend one af­ter­noon colour coding the books and sewing para­pher­na­lia, which looked quite good. Given it’s a work­ing space that gets used a lot, the af­fect didn’t last long.

I sup­pose I’ll just have en­joy the wall unit tableaux on­line a while longer.

SOUND WAVES

This take-any­where speaker will get the party started. Bang and Olufsen, Beo­play A1 por­ta­ble speaker, $379 from Hard to Find, hardtofind.co.au

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