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At the Desk
The Space: If you don’t have a dedicated home office, imitate the idea by carving out a small workspace in a sitting room or guest bedroom.
The Space Saver: A long, deep desk drawer stashes a laptop and keeps mail out of sight, making room for pretty desk accessories.
The Styling: Heather placed stationery in a clear glass box and employed decorative containers to hold pencils, stamps, paper clips, and other office supplies.
The Unexpected: A vintage garden stool ups the sophistication factor and offers additional surface space.
In the Linen Cabinet
The Space: A closet with tall shelves works best. The height keeps bedding in plain view.
The Space Saver: Increase your home’s storage square footage with a freestanding linen closet.
The Styling: Color coordinating sheets to indicate size (royal blue for king, beige for queen, etc.) takes the guesswork out of searching for bedding. Assigning a shelf for each room also helps.
The Unexpected: Tired of folding fitted sheets? Wrap each one inside its coordinating flat sheet for crisp, finished stacks.
By the Back Door
The Space: Carve out an unused corner or nook at the top of your basement stairs for a convenient storage spot. Simple, flat molding adds interest to the interior when painted a crisp white.
The Space Saver: Baskets store out-of-season accessories.The lined wire baskets hide clutter and keep the space looking tidy.
The Styling: A leopard-print cushion and bold accent pillow create a cozy spot for taking off and putting on shoes.
The Unexpected: Try hanging photos of the children over the hooks to designate a space for each one’s belongings.
Next to the Stove
The Space: First things first: Clear off those two tiny spaces flanking your stove so you can work with a clean slate.
The Space Saver: A countertop lazy Susan keeps cooking essentials under control and in one place.
The Styling: Choose your cooking staples wisely. Our Test Kitchen staffers, who suggest including sea salt, a pepper grinder, olive oil, plenty of wooden spoons, and a jar of your favorite herb.
The Unexpected: On the other side of the stove, everyday drinking glasses filled with water hold fresh herbs for easy picking. A wicker demijohn filled with oil provides convenient storage and also makes for a pretty decorative element.