HOME — 11 May 2012
Design: Elegant storage solutions


BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB 

Whether it is shoes piled high in the closet, dishes stacked in the cupboards or gardening supplies unorganized in the garage, our possessions seem
to overflow.

We searched for some attractive solutions to declutter your home.

1. Sleek service 

Furniture designers have awakened to the fact that some of their large storage pieces are difficult to deliver so they sell them in pieces. This trio of Paulette Servers is multi-purpose. It can be used in the dining room for serving, in the family room as a bar or in the kitchen for prep and storage. You can adjust the two shelves in the hutch to accommodate your display. Two small drawers are sectioned for silverware and serving pieces. A slim drawer in each section is perfect for napkins and place mats. The trio is $2,999 plus delivery at www.ballarddesigns.com

 

2. Double duty 

One great way to justify a purchase is to buy a storage unit that can be used for more than one purpose. Kincaid has created the Homecoming Wine Safe that can be used to store 40 wine bottles or, when the eight shelves are flipped to the smooth side, for food, linens or china. Another option is transforming it into a potting shed on a porch. The 60-inch high by 48-inch wide by 18-inch deep piece features wood framed doors with wire inserts and eight shelves. Suggested retail is $1,399. Available at La-Z-Boy stores, www.la-z-boy.com.

 

 

3. Haute closure 

These days closets can be as high fashion as the clothing you hang in them. This example, from the Divisio Line by Ornare, was created for a private home in Miami Beach by Michelina Mottolese Interiors Design of Sunny Isles Beach. The leather doors are printed to look like crocodile skin and trimmed with stainless steel. Prices available upon request for custom designs. Available from Ornare, 3930 NE Second Ave., Suite 102/103, Miami 33137, 305-438-0260, www.ornare.com.

 

4. Bathroom bounty 

Do we ever have enough room to store everything in the bathroom? A cube organizer that can be used inside or just outside the bathroom is the perfect solution to store towels, soaps, bath salts and other essentials. The all-wood piece with a cherry finish works well in smaller homes and apartments because it has a small footprint – 40-inches wide by 38-inches high by 13-inches deep. The suggested retail is $330. It is available at Baer’s, see www.baers.com for locations.

 

5. Classic closet 

When you have space to create a large closet, there is no limit to what you can do. This traditional closet in antique white with a chocolate glaze features fluted columns, corbels (architectural brackets), a full length 3-way mirror, a granite-topped island with 16 drawers and a hamper. It can be designed in Melamine with Thermofoil fronts or entirely in wood. Price available upon request. Custom designs available from Beyond Closets, 1405 N. Congress Ave., Suite 3-4, Delray Beach 33445, 561-278-6183, www.beyondclosets.net.

 

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