Short on Storage Space? No Problem!

If you take a few minutes to dissect these Pottery Barn shelves, you can get a ton of great storage ideas!

My friend Margie was showing me some clever ideas she had snipped from magazines and catalogs the other night and one in particular really caught my eye. She has a great ritual of clipping ideas and putting them into binders with plastic sleeves for reference at a later date. I used to do this all the time when I had my design business. It was a great tool to share with clients to get an idea of their likes and dislikes, especially when working with a couple. It’s a great habit to develop, especially for future decorating projects  

Below (and above) is the photo that really caught my eye…if you’re short on storage space and have room for a simple shelving unit, there are some really clever ideas within the examples of one shelf unit found at Pottery barn Check it out…  

I really love the different uses they show for the baskets on the shelf. They're used for storing wine, books, magazines, and water bottles. You could also stack dishes or store linens for the table. The ideas are endless.

And look at these clear vases and pitchers storing lemons and's convenient and pretty. Use clear glass containers to display a group of items with color that adds to the charm of your decor.

Look at the dishes. They are pretty and functional...ready to use. There are coffee cups around a french press, glasses layered with a wood tray (very smart), Utensils in clear glasses and various dishes included a set of stacked plates. Did you notice the wine rack next to the stacked plates...

This was the photo in the catalog, the photo above was used online. I love that this tray of glasses is ready to pick up and transport. And look at the white ceramic container holding utensils. Very clever. It would be easy to spray paint an inexpensive vase a color to match your decor

A wire basket is adorable, provides a nice change of texture and holds a daily newspaper and mail

The key to these shelves is threefold. To get this look AND successfully store lots of items here are some tips…  

Concentrate on the color scheme, use of texture and balance.  

  1. COLOR: They basically used white, natural wood tones, stainless and glass as a back drop for anything that went on the shelves. Additionally, anything stored fit with the color scheme and became an accent or was placed inside a basket. 
  2. TEXTURE: The use of wicker, stainless, ceramic, glass and glass also provided a bit of nature and glam.
  3. BALANCE: It’s important when arranging a shelf to balance items. Note that the natural wood color sprinkled throughout the shelves as is the use of white ceramics and glass items. Color, texture and the feeling of weight is equally dispersed.

It’s really fun to do. Arrange everything, step back, and look. If something “feels” wrong, move it around.  

Have a great day! xoxoxo Amy

Are you a Hooker?

A pretty and practical way to store robes and more!


I’m a hooker, she’s a hooker, don’t you wanna be a hooker too? Captain Hook watchout…A friend of mine has me hooked on hooks…big hooks, little hooks, square hooks, rounded hooks – if it’s a hook, chances are I want it. Check out these great uses of hooks at home. They are such a simple and inexpensive detail, but provide a simple solution to store everything from wash cloths for guest to utensils for cooking. Enough talk…check it out!    

The long bar on this island is actually a door pull with S hooks. To the right is a triangle towel holder attached with adhesive in which an S hook is added to hold the tabbed towel.


Here's a hook (Container Store) with a clip on a shelf above a stove to hold a recipe.


Not only do these storage cups from IKEA hang from a hook with utensils over a stove, but additional items are hung from the rim of the cups.


A simple cup hook on the side of a wood cabinet stores the keys used to open the double deadbolt out of sight and out of reach of the door glass panes.



A caddy with hooks for silverware sits beautifully on a countertop for quick access.


Oversized plastic S hooks (that fit over the shower rod) from the Container Store are a great way to hang wet towels after showering or to provide clean towels for guests.


A double drapery rod in a bathroom(Restoration Hardware) can hang draperies and the secondary rod can be used to hang towels, robes, and more and still have the secondary drapery. I think this an amazing way to add storage for small spaces. The rod was hung wider than the window to accomodate the towels and robes.


I love these tabbed wash cloths from IKEA. Suspended from a hook over a wired basket shelf - the colored tabs proved a smart way for kids and guests to identify which one is theirs.


This French metal basket is hung in a corner above a bar counter looking into a kitchen. Not only does it look fabulous, but it stores wine corks from previously enjoyed wine for future uses .


 Are you hooked? xoxox Amy