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Stylish Storage: Functional Pieces That Put Plastic Bins to Shame


We’ve all been in this situation: You arrange all your furniture, put your decorations where you’d like them and get everything looking absolutely stunning. Then, you turn around and have to deal with the large pile of shoes, knick-knacks and kid’s school supplies that don’t fit anywhere.

What a way to mess up the aesthetic of your otherwise beautiful home.

Before you decide to start throwing items into any available closet or under your bed, there’s a better option: stylish storage. While this may conjure up images of large plastic bins and crates, you won’t have to sacrifice the style of your home for functional stowaway space.

Let’s unpack some impressive compartment options you’ll want to keep on full display.

Wicker Baskets

You may have saved your favorite plaited baskets for summer picnics, but it’s time to bring them inside. Instead of sandwiches and fresh fruits, try putting magazines or books, shoes, toys, puzzles or any other smaller items that will fit nicely into your woven container. This works for baskets with or without lids, depending on whether or not you want people to be able to see what’s inside.

Another version of this type of storage is a rattan hamper, perfect for throwing dirty clothes in your bedroom or putting clean laundry when it’s ready to be folded.

Vanities or Bureaus

You know what works great for those tricky extra items always lying around? A multifunctional vanity with big drawers. If you’re sick of shoes piling up by the door or art supplies being left on the dining room table, make drawers designated for those things near where they’re used the most. For example, a small dresser can work wonders when used as a television stand, with lots of space for your movies, charging cords and remotes. As a bonus, place a vanity box on the dresser surface to store rogue pens, sticky notes and hair ties in style.

storage ottomanStow away blankets and remotes out of sight with a storage ottoman.

Storage Ottoman

There’s one piece of furniture that’s a true superhero for your living room and bedroom, working overtime to ensure everyone has a place to kick up their feet. A storage ottoman is an excellent hideaway for cozy blankets. Better yet, you don’t even have to stand up to grab a throw as you settle in to read or watch a show.

It’s beneficial to pick one that matches the rest of your furniture. So, if you have a modern home, opt for a leather ottoman. Or, for those of you with a farmhouse-chic look present, a thick, wooden and cream poof will look to die for. No matter your home’s aesthetic, a storage ottoman can work wonders and visually complete the space.

Floating Shelves

Let’s say the items you want stored are too pretty to keep in a box in your basement. In that case, utilizing floating shelves will do just the trick. Finally, have a place to display your great-grandma’s antique tea cup collection or your cache of multi-colored vases — out of the way, but not out of sight.

If your kids love books but can’t seem to find a place to put them all, acrylic bookshelves help declutter the room and look sleek. Set up a chaise lounge or rocking chair by the shelving and you have yourself a nook fit for a bookworm.

shelvesExtra shelves can work as great storage for items you don’t know where else to put.

Stylish Storage Solutions From Decorating Den Interiors

While these ideas may give you inspiration for your own home, it’s hard to know where to start when looking at stacks of objects you don’t want on exhibit for all to see. Lucky for you, our team at Decorating Den Interiors has some storage tricks up our sleeves, and we can help you discover the most functional and artful way to stow away those prized — or not-so-prized — possessions.

All it takes is a simple phone call for your storage problems to disappear (think of us as your fairy godmother but for your interior rather than a night at the ball). We’ll meet with you, get a feel and understanding of your space and storage problems and come up with a magical solution that will take all the burden off your shoulders.

Ready to get started? Contact Decorating Den Interiors today.

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