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