Decorative Storage Solutions

Getting your house in order and neatly organized is a necessary all things house that make a home activity.  We accumulate scads of stuff in a 365 day period, and organizing it all can be quite the task.  The upside to this sometimes dreaded, always necessary task is decorative storage solutions.  Is your New Year’s resolution to get organized?  If it is, putting the spaces and the places in your home on a diet will help to get the job done. 

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Declutter 

Declutter by definition is removing unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.  Decluttering is a total body workout.

Kinda.

Decluttering is a physical and mental activity.  You stretch, you reach, you bend, you lift, you give thought to.  When you live in a clutter free (or greatly reduced) environment, you can find things easier.  You can get from point A to point B without having to negotiate an obstacle course of stuff.

Decluttering restores order, reduces stress and anxiety (and yes, the guilt), and gives instant visual results.

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Becoming Minimalist

If you haven’t used or admired it or over the last year, the time is now to part ways with it

If you haven’t used, admired, or simply lost that loving feeling for a particular item, the time is now to part ways with it.

Of course, exceptions to this suggestion exist.

Family heirlooms, inherited collections, and items steeped in sentimental value, but not your present day decor choices, may better fit your decor tucked away in a keepsake storage box-container.

Edit

Coco Chanel offered chic pearls of wisdom when she said “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

Coco-ChanelVogue

I apply Coco Chanel’s stellar advice to the placement of decor accessories and accents in a space.  Editing allows you to clear the canvas so you can see the space in a new light.

Taking away from can add to the appearance and flow of a room.

Transferring from Within

Transferring furnishings and decor accessories from one room to another puts a new spin on things.   Groupings with the emphasis placed on cohesiveness will balance the scale of the room.

Absolutely play with the look.

Give placement to each and every “that will never go together” idea.

Some of the best looks I’ve put together began just that way.

If the look doesn’t land you’re keen eye will know it.

“What if I fall?  Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” 
― Erin Hanson

Eloquence

As smart and savvy ideas for decorative storage solutions go, baskets, boxes, compartmentalized organizers, racks, and dividers continue to lead the way in stylish options for honing our home storage and organizational skills.

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House Beautiful

I like to mix things up a bit by bringing antique, vintage, and non-traditional decorative storage solutions into the fold.

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Domino

Antique armoires, sideboards, cupboard cabinets, vintage display cases, bookcases, crates, and trunks make great housing for just about everything we need and use while feathering our nest.

1860’s Traditional Hungarian Armoire

1860’s Traditional Hungarian Armoire

woven square basket set

Woven Square Basket Set

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Traditional Home

Woven Seagrass Basket with LeatherWoven Seagrass Basket with Leather

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Airelle Console TableAirelle Console Table

Storage trunks and coffee tables make excellent 2-for-1 storage options.  You not only get a stylish accent but also a decorative storage solution.

Danita 3 Piece Iron Storage Trunk Set

Danita 3 Piece Iron Storage Trunk Set

I love the look of this coffee table/decorative storage piece.

 

Palm Estates Coffee Table

Palm Estates Coffee Table

So coastal chic!

CABINET Schranksysteme AG, GermanyHouzz

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Storage boxes need not be plain, boring, or lacking in decorative oomph.

Caolan Storage Box - Brown10″ Caolan Storage Box – Brown

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John Derian – Architectural Digest

 

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Vintage Oval Hat Box Dobbs Fifth Avenue

Vintage Oval Hat Box Dobbs Fifth Avenue

Limoges France Cognac Adet Porcelain Ashtray

Limoges France “Cognac Adet” Porcelain Tray

Duck Head Valet Tray

Duck Head Valet Tray

A vintage dish or valet tray is a handsome holder for his cuff links, change, keys, phone or sunglasses.

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Pinterest

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Antique English Mahogany Bookcase

harvest-wire-basketHarvest Wire Storage Basket

Tyler Square Tall Tote Basket with HandlesTyler Square Tall Tote Basket with Handles

To complete the look…

Bent Rej Keith Playing the Piano II" - Keith Richards Backstage Copenhagen

Bent Rej “Keith Playing the Piano II” – Keith Richards Backstage, Copenhagen 1965

You’ve Got Mail!

The quickest way to clutter up the top of your desk is to let the mail stack up on it.

Clear Magazine Slipcase

Clear Magazine Slipcase

Not all of us have gone paperless or digital (e.g., bills and magazines), and I still love sending and getting greeting cards through the USPS however, they do tend to stack up.

Wall hanging letter baskets solve the problem, free up valuable desktop space, and look smashing.

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Black Wire Wall Letter Basket  ||  Rattique Lidded Wall Mail Holder  ||  Wall Hanging Basket with Leather Strap – Smith & Hawken™

A vintage biscuit barrel finds a new use as a decorative office supplies holder.

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Antique English Oak and Silver Plated Biscuit Barrel

Giving the Dog a Bone

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Beau, the wonder Shepherd, loves his afternoon treats.  Each afternoon at promptly 3:00 p.m. he appears at the French doors ready for his afternoon snack.

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The Ziploc bag I presently store the box of bones in gets the job done, but isn’t exactly what one would deem stylish storage solutions.

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

 

Anchor Hocking 3 Qt. Heritage Hill JarAnchor Hocking 3 Qt. Heritage Hill Jar

Gold Wire Bone Metal Basket

Gold Wire Bone Metal Basket

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Southern Home Magazine – Photography by Emily Followill

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Vintage pitchers make a charming choice of housing for kitchen utensils.

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Kathy Ireland – House Beautiful

SMALL ASSORTED BEECHWOOD SPOONS (SET OF 6)

McGee & Co. 

Once upon a time function and style was an either-or situation.

Bracey Decorative Metal Wall Mounted Coat Rack1

Bracey Decorative Metal Wall Mounted Coat Rack

Fortunately, designers and retailers got the memo, and the decorative storage solutions in today’s market offer both.

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Metal Wall Decor With Hooks

 

Damask Tile Wall Decor With Hooks

Damask Tile Wall Decor With Hooks 

gabrielle-system-hanging-utility-basketGabrielle System Hanging Utility Basket

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Alphabet hooks from Pottery Barn spell out organization.

Lion Wall Hook - GoldLion Wall Hook – Gold

Towels, keys, leashes, coats, backpacks, messenger bags, purses, jewelry,  scarves, and robes hang in style on decorative wall hooks.

Houser Dog Wall Hook

Houser Dog Wall Hook

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Decorative storage solutions bring style to the job of getting organized by offering options big on both function and style.

Love your style!

Organize and Declutter In Style: Decorative Storage Ideas

Don’t you just love the hope and motivation a new year or a new season brings?  Resolutions made for a new year or a new season usually involve vows of getting all things house that make a home organized. Personally, I don’t make resolutions.

Why?

Because I am perfect, and there is absolutely no room in my life or home for improvement.

If only I could find decorative storage ideas for that load of bullstuff.

Saturday Evening Post

It appears from the onslaught of tips for a new year-new season-new you tutorials, most of us lead a messy, cluttered and disorganized household existence.  All things house that make a home tradition dictates that cleaning up our domestic acts at the first of every new year or new season is job number one.

I’ll be the first to admit that some of the areas, drawers and closets at Places In The Home leave a lot to be organized and desired, but where to store the I need that-that’s an heirloom-we might need it stuff is the question?

built-in-storageBetter Homes and Gardens

The life lived inside our homes can be one messy, cluttered, and disorganized situation.  Decorative storage ideas can help get the house to home organization and storage job done.   If you’ve got to get organized, get organized in style.

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Adore Magazine

Decorative storage ideas are proof gorgeous works as seen in the images in this post.

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Striped La Jolla Baskets

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 Smith & Hawken™ Round Kaboo Basket

AHL, Holiday House

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Auburn square basketAuburn Square Basket

Decorative baskets, boxes and suitcases make a strong case for decorative storage solutions.

firewood-storage-basket Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Kitchen storage is a much sought after commodity.  Smart kitchen solutions such as storage drawers is standard organization procedure in today’s kitchen.

kitchen drawer dividersThe Kitchn

Houzz recently released the Kitchen Trends Study.

built-in-cookie-sheet-cabinetBetter Homes and Gardens

One particular finding to note from the 2,707 users polled shows 53% of homeowners are incorporating cookie sheet/tray organizers into their cabinetry.

cookie-sheet-organizer

Customized cabinet built-ins not in your all things house that make a home project future?  You’ve got affordable kitchen cabinet and counter top organizers options!

kitchen-pantry-estateHayburn & Co. 

Counters fill quickly, and it seems there are never enough cabinets when we need them.  Kitchen pantries equipped with the storage within storage feature go a long way in the task of eliminating kitchen counter and cabinet congestion.

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Home Depot

While we are on the topic of decorative ideas …

Onlays and decorative appliques offer an affordable way to dress up to impress kitchen cabinets, drawer fronts and casings with the look of custom millwork.

antique-door-pantryRafterhouse

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Rafterhouse

Repurpose with a kitchen pantry door purpose- antique doors pair function with unique style for interior spaces.

plate-rack-on-wallCountry Living

Plate racks decoratively display dinnerware while standing out in the world of kitchen custom space saving features.

kitchen-pantry-organizationDecorPad

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Fritz Galvanized 3 Tier Stand

I love the usefulness and display value of the 3 tier stand.  I store root vegetables on the bottom tier, crunchy granola and fruit bars find a home on the middle tier, and assorted package clips, bands and ties live on the top tier.  The boxes that house products such as breakfast bars and the like take up quite a bit of room on the cabinet/pantry shelf.  Unpack and free up, I say.

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Apothecary and vintage jars, tiered stands, canisters with clamp top lids, collectible canisters, dollar store glass containers and a plethora of storage basket options continue to be a favorite way to display dry ingredients, sweet treats, beans, farmers market finds and dry pastas in many kitchens.

foyer-entry-mirrorElle Decor

Keeping order and organization in an entryway can prove to be quite a feat, especially when it is a designated high traffic area.

entryway-storagePinterest

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Decorative hooks of the most unique and imaginative kind, umbrella stands, rattan baskets in assorted sizes and shapes, coat racks, and benches are the storage options that can help to tame the savage clutter beast.

joe-schmelzer-design Joe Schmelzer

Cookware storage within view and reach “rights” a practical and purposeful recipe for kitchen organization.

linda-ruderman-interiors-inc-portfolio-architecture-interiors-contemporary-eclectic-transitional-kitchenLinda Ruderman Interiors Inc on Dering Hall

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St. Charles of New York

OMGorgeous!

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Andrew Flesher

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Double decker pastry stand = ooh la la counter display

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Towel bar and hooks = pot and pan holder

kitchen-organization-towel-rackHouse Beautiful

Stairs doing double duty as a storage feature is space utilization 101. The genius of design meets decorative storage ideas meets resale appeal. Haven’t you heard?  Plenty of space and storage tops the list of what to look for when buying a house.

under-the-stairs-pull-out-cabinets-yellow-striped-runnerTerraCotta Properties – DecorPad

Kitchen banquettes create a cozy feel, offer a unique seating option and storage outlet, and remain a versatile decor choice.

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Anne Hepfer Designs

corner banquetteMidwest Living

Junk drawers unite!  Drawer organizers bring order to the chaos.

Am I the only person in the world who methodically cleans and organizes the junque (takes the sting out of the mess when you get all ooh la la with the word) drawer and then can’t seem to make heads or tails of the order?

House Beautiful

Think outside the storage box when it comes to jewelry and beauty products storage options.

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Stylish options for housing jewelry and our favorite beauty products and brushes are simply an antiques, vintage or thrift shop shopping excursion away.  Tea cups, trays, platters, small plates, creamers, pitchers- put your imagination and your personal style on display.

tea-cups-storageBrit + Co

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Love how a Jo Malone candle holder is reinvented as a makeup brush and tool holder.

beauty-trayThe Zoe Report

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Traditional Home

Rustically beautiful and simple in on trend design, wire laundry baskets and French hampers complement and stylishly achieve the purpose of decluttering a space.

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Vintage Wire Laundry Hamper

Vintage inspired pharmacy and industrial metal cabinets make great options for linen storage.

Restoration Hardware

metal-cabinetGamino Metal Accent Cabinet

Trunks work a room well as a storage option.  Vintage trunks have found a second life as coffee tables and beside tables, while often becoming the focal point of the space.

louis-vuitton-coffee-table-brook-shields-homeArchitectural Digest

louis-vuitton-end-table-lonny My Domaine

trunk-at-end-of-bedMy Domaine

It’s amazing how quick we accumulate stuff, things, mementos, collectibles- and it all has to go somewhere.  These are just a few decorative storage ideas, options, suggestions and solutions for resolving storage and organization dilemmas in your home.

Love your style!