Stylish storage for your most organized year yet

TThe whirlwind of social media posts regarding the state of the nation’s pantries, laundry rooms and dressers this week has been much more violent than in previous years. Carried by the touching winds of our collective urge to rearrange, whispers of clever spice racks or label makers, self-deriving bragging about pre-pandemic expiration dates and screams of joy at the rediscovering of napkin rings long lost.

This week, I spoke to designers and manufacturers about their tips for organizing around the home, from the kitchen pantry to stairwells and nooks, to try and get to the heart of what drives us. when it comes to a well-organized home. It turns out that the best organizing techniques prioritize functionality and aesthetics, providing access to the essentials and displaying your most precious items.

Peter Erlandsson, co-owner of String

“It’s important to celebrate individual journeys and I think we should all be proud of the items we have collected throughout our lives. Whether it is a collection of specific objects such as crockery or crystal, or simply sentimental pieces, give new life to your clutter. Every ornament, seashell, fridge magnet, and scratched book can be a mosaic of colorful references to your life. The organization, in the traditional sense of the term, should not interfere with this.

“Styling these objects on a simple shelf can be beautiful and decorative. Treat your shelf like a canvas and create a work of art on top of it with a nifty “clutter”. Not only is it fun to create your own organic, changeable artwork based on your own nicknames, but it’s also a great way to save space. When you lift things off the floor and use shelves as a storage solution, you create the illusion of a bigger space. The general rule of thumb when choosing furniture for a room that you want to make larger is to use slim design silhouettes that provide a lighter overall aesthetic. String shelves do just that – not distracting the flow of the room, but making a subtle design statement at the same time.

Opening a double pantry gives the process of cooking and entertaining a real sense of occasion

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Tom Howley, Design Director of Tom Howley

“Efficient storage is, of course, the primary function of the ever popular kitchen pantry. It comes down not only to the inner workings of the cabinet, but also where to integrate it into a kitchen design. Whenever possible, it always helps to keep the pantry next to your fridge, which means your food storage is fully zoned in one area and it looks neat as well. With a bespoke kitchen designer, you’ll be able to design floor-to-ceiling units that offer maximum storage as well as being able to tailor internal components to your storage needs. For me, the most memorable parts of the most fabulous kitchens are the double pantries, loaded with interesting bottles of infused oils, rustling packets of the finest truffles, artisanal potted vegetables, and special seasonings. Opening up a double pantry is truly a moment of wonder and gives the process of cooking and entertaining a real sense of occasion. From a decorative standpoint, choose finishes for the external and internal cabinetry that work together to create contrast, whether subtle or striking.

Incorporating elements into the corners of your living space makes the most of unused areas of the room

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Will Lyne, master designer and co-owner of Christopher Peters Kitchens and Interiors

“Most people are guilty of designing the primary living space of a home based solely on function or form, not both. But there is a trick to harmoniously combine the two: beautiful integrated storage. By integrating elements into the nooks and crannies of your living space, whether on either side of a fireplace mantel or under the stairs, and by painting them in complementary tones to harmonize with the rest of the room. color scheme, you can make the most of unused areas of the room, banishing unsightly remotes and board games for good. Likewise, wooden shelves can be a focal point for trinkets, heirlooms, and favorite books, so be creative when dressing the space.

The hallway can set the mood for the rest of your home

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Emma Deterding, Founder and Creative Director, Kelling Designs

“When it comes to storage, it’s important to consider the design of your hallway. As the main entrance and exit to the house, this is a busy area and a place where you will want to be able to store coats, bags, boots, and shoes, especially if you don’t have a laundry room or shoe room. If built-in carpentry can be incorporated into the design, consider using the space under the stairs or creating a series of cabinets along one wall. Not only will this provide all the storage for things like coats, shoes and bags, but it will keep everything organized and out of sight.

Freestanding rooms such as a console table will not only allow you to display personal touches and valuables, but will also be handy for depositing smaller items such as keys and mail as you enter and leave the house. . It will also give you a surface to add a bit of decor so that people who enter your home have a sense of your personal style and what to expect. Dress the console with vases and decorative objects, display your best family photos and bring a touch of nature with plants. A pair of matching table lamps will help create symmetry and balance, and opting for shades and upholstery in bright colors and bold patterns will allow you to bring your personality into the space, while also creating the mood for the rest of your home.

Taking an alternative approach to storage, grain products celebrate objects rather than hiding them


Jamie Prow, Head of Design at Grain

“Moving away from traditional storage solutions that encourage consumers to hide the clutter, Grain’s product line focuses on celebrating items rather than hiding them, while inspiring the conscious customer to think about their possessions and the way they reflect them as an individual. Using our own smart and adaptable design technology, each product is made from the best, sustainably sourced materials and manufactured in the most ethical manner possible. Each piece can grow and change alongside its user, which means that every Grain piece of furniture can be changed, updated in size, temporarily removed and easily taken apart, ultimately preventing products from being thrown away when they are not. no longer needed and therefore end up in landfill. Responsible design should not only challenge the mistreatment of the natural world, but also the human behaviors that fuel fast consumption. Not only is the Avon storage line circular in its life cycle, but also in its use, it encourages you to ask questions like: do I need these shoes? “

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