Stor­age spe­cial: Prac­ti­cal magic Es­sen­tial ideas for an or­gan­ised life

TAKE A TOUR OF A HOME PACKED WITH SMART STOR­AGE IDEAS, SHOW­CAS­ING HOW GOOD DE­SIGN CAN SIM­PLIFY YOUR LIFE

Home Beautiful - - CONTENTS - WORDS SHEL­LEY TUSTIN STYLING BECK SI­MON PHOTOGRAPHY SHA­NIA SHEGEDYN

“CAB­I­NETRY NEEDS TO BE DE­SIGNED FOR prac­ti­cal­ity and ease, WHILE HAV­ING A BAL­ANCED AND GRACE­FUL AES­THETIC” – JANE, IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER

HAV­ING DE­SIGNED MORE in­te­ri­ors than she can count, Jane How­ell has learnt that stor­age space is ev­ery­thing. Quite sim­ply, it can change the way a home feels. “We both have a fun­da­men­tal be­lief that your sur­round­ings have a pro­found ef­fect on how you feel,” says the in­te­rior de­signer, who works with her hus­band, Chris, in their de­sign and con­struc­tion busi­ness, North­bay Con­struc­tions. “Well-planned spa­ces feel wel­com­ing. They com­fort and in­spire.”

The el­e­gant, well-or­dered Mel­bourne home that she and Chris built for them­selves and their teenage sons, Jonah, 17, and Sam,

14, is a case in point. “I started by work­ing out what I have and what I need, and then de­signed stor­age from there,” says Jane, who en­gaged plenty of tried-and-tested tricks, as well as some ge­nius ideas. These in­clude kitchen cab­i­nets that go to the ceil­ing; re­cessed shav­ing cup­boards that max­imise space in the bath­rooms; ex­tra-wide draw­ers in the boys’ rooms to cater for unan­tic­i­pated mis­cel­lanea; and a smart laun­dry sys­tem.

Though Jane is an old hand at cre­at­ing houses with smart stor­age, she still ap­pre­ci­ates the dif­fer­ence in­stalling clever sys­tems in her own home makes to her own life. “This is such an easy house to look af­ter,” she says. “There is some­where to put ev­ery­thing away.” Here, Jane shares the ideas that make her own home stor­age heaven.

This stream­lined open-plan din­ing zone is a les­son in clut­ter-free liv­ing, thanks to mul­ti­ple ad­ja­cent stor­age spa­ces that al­low life’s daily de­tri­tus to be stashed in style.

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