A place for EV­ERY­THING Se­lect fur­ni­ture that looks great AND PRO­VIDES STOR­AGE

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

IN my fan­tasy world, I have un­lim­ited stor­age in my home. Noth­ing is cram-packed into too-small spa­ces, and I have scads of open draw­ers and cab­i­nets in which to ef­fort­lessly or­ga­nize my essen­tials. But back here in the real world, I live in a bun­ga­low with very lit­tle stor­age. So I have got­ten re­ally good at find­ing cre­ative ways to not only store and stash stuff, but to also add to the look of my decor in the process. You can do it, too! If you live in a home where there is not a lot of ded­i­cated stor­age space, the se­cret to fit­ting in all your stuff is to se­lect fur­nish­ings that not only bump up the style of your rooms, but also have the horse­power to dou­ble as stor­age con­tain­ers. Here are my fa­vorites:

Cre­ative cub­bies Or­ga­ni­za­tion has got­ten to be an art form, and I could not be more thrilled. De­sign­ers are cre­at­ing fur­ni­ture that makes our daily lives eas­ier by giv­ing us fab­u­lous tools. Cub­bies are an awe­some ad­di­tion to just about any room in the house: By the back door. Fill the cubes with all the stuff you need dur­ing the day: kids’ back­packs, your purse, books to go back to the li­brary, out­go­ing mail ... In the kitchen. This is a great way to not only store but dis­play pretty pots, pans, serv­ing pieces, stacks of dishes, cook­books ... The nurs­ery, child’s room or play­room. First, an­chor the chest to the wall to make it safe. Then fill it with stuff like di­a­pers, books, cloth­ing, toys. Laun­dry room. This is one of the hard­est work­ing rooms in the house, and you prob­a­bly need a spot to stash soap, the iron, folded clean cloths. Craft room. Crafters al­ways need spots for stuff like pretty pa­per, fab­rics and all the tools. Large chests Just about ev­ery room, whether it’s small or large, can use the drama of a large book­case or hutch or side­board. Th­ese bold pieces an­chor a room, give it lots of char­ac­ter AND of­fer tons and tons of stor­age. Book­cases are one of my favourite or­ga­ni­za­tional tools. Be­cause we have so many books, I’ve had lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­per­i­ment with how to dec­o­rate them. I like to mix a va­ri­ety of items on the shelves, not just books. Fill a shelf about half full, then cre­ate a dis­play in the open area us­ing items you need to store, like pretty serv­ing dishes. Tuck in an at­trac­tive bas­ket full of items you need to store, like pho­tos and pa­pers or ex­tra ta­ble linens. We dish ad­dicts are al­ways look­ing for spots to dis­play our dishes and store oth­ers. Noth­ing works bet­ter than a hutch. I love them in tra­di­tional spots, like your dining room or kitchen, or in sur­pris­ing places, like a hall­way or living room. How about putting one in your bath­room to hold tow­els and bath prod­ucts, or in the laun­dry room filled with sup­plies? I like to lib­er­ate chests of draw­ers from the bed­room and use them in more public rooms, treat­ing them as stor­age con­tain­ers. Side­boards or buf­fets are a nat­u­ral in your dining room, where they can hold spare dishes, sil­ver and linens. But they also are a great pick for other rooms where you need stor­age. Put one in your fam­ily room to hold the TV, fill­ing the cabi­net be­low with DVDs or video games. Built-ins If your home has built-in book­cases and draw­ers, fab­u­lous! Fill ‘em full. If not, con­sider adding them. When Dan and I ren­o­vated our lit­tle lake house, we knew we needed to build in lots and lots of shelves to hold Dan’s zil­lions of books. In our lit­tle dining space, right off our kitchen, we built a row of draw­ers un­der the book­cases and this sweet lit­tle win­dow seat, where we could stash more stuff Since many of my kitchen cabi­net doors are glass, I have be­come a mas­ter at pack­ing them full of dishes, but ar­rang­ing them so they are vis­ually ap­peal­ing.

COLOURCHECK ATOME

The Atome stor­age bed is made by Nex­era.

This stor­age chest on wheels is a great place

to al­low your overnight guests

to store their per­sonal ef­fects. Be­low, Crate & Bar­rel’s Bowery queen bed has

draw­ers un­der­neath.

HIVE

IKEA

The Hemnes stor­age bench by IKEA is ideal for stor­ing toys. Far right, Blu Dot’s Mo­du­li­cious twin

stor­age bed.

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