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.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER SARAH WOLF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER JOHN GRANEN

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.

IN­DUS­TRIAL

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

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