EXPERT ADVICE: FIELD NOTES
Two rooms—an office and a studio—serve as the Seattlearea headquarters for a homegrown textile business. Owner Janna Lufkin, right, ensures their efficiency is matched only by their rugged good looks.
A designer maximizes efficiency in her home office and studio.
READY TO ROLL Employ this sturdy dispenser to keep kraft paper at the ready for cushioning packages or occupying the kids with crayons. It also works for gift wrap. 24- inch industrial horizontal kraft paper dispenser (Model No. 3252–24; paper sold separately), $121; completepackagingproducts.com
PROBLEM: JANNA NEEDS TO STORE TONS OF SUPPLIES
WITHOUT OVERCROWDING HER HOUSE. Janna transformed her garage into a studio, above, where three restaurant-style shelving units hold stacks of inventory. Galvanized bins at various workstations keep packing essentials and other supplies nearby but contained. In her office, a trio of matching bookcases and more multiples of the same drawer unit hold projects and materials. A mix of glass-front storage and closed cabinets allow her to conceal mundane items and display pretty ones.
PROBLEM: FURNITURE AND DECOR HAD TO BE FLEXIBLE.
Wanting the ability to convert the office back into a bedroom, Janna steered clear of fancy furniture and finishes. Instead, she shopped her house for a desk (it’s the former dining table) and hung magnetic inspiration boards from the picture rail rather than nailing holes in the walls.
ATTITUDE These galvanized metal containers are wide and deep, and their handles make them easy to carry. Better Homes & Gardens Galvanized Bin, $9–$15; walmart.com
A CLEAR WINNER
Large glass jars can collect tall or odd-shaped items with ease— and it’s a cinch to see what’s inside. Large Biscotti Jar, $20; williams- sonoma.com
SLIM AND STACKABLE
Featuring removable casters, this drawer unit is a portable powerhouse for stashing papers, crafts, and other items. Helmer drawer unit, $ 40; ikea.com
HEAVY DUTY The light weight and portability of this cotton canvas basket disguise its industrial strength. Steele Canvas Small Basket ( 2 bushel), $94; steelecanvas.com
FROM KITCHEN TO DESKTOP
Office products are great, but sometimes the best solutions are designed for other rooms of the house. These porcelain dishes are perfect for pushpins and binder clips. White Porcelain Square Dip Bowls, 10 for $15; pier1.com