Decorative Storage Solutions

Getting your house in order and neatly organized is a necessary all things house that make a home activity.

Real life calls this week (the nerve), so in order to not leave you all without a post this week today’s post is a refreshed read for the new year.

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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.

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 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 gives instant visual results.

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 décor choices, may better fit your décor tucked away in a keepsake storage box-container.

Edit

Editing allows you to clear the canvas so you can see the space in a new light.

Taking away from often adds to the flow of a space and promotes a comprehensive appearance.

Transferring from Within

Transferring furnishings and décor 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 thought to placement; mixing and mingling about the space furnishings and accents at first glance may not seem to play beautifully together.  Some of the best looks I’ve ever put together began just this way.

If the look doesn’t work your keen eye will know it.

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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Virginia Living

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

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 W Design Collective

Antique Armoire, French Provincial Carved Oak Wedding, Cabriole Legs

Antique Armoire, French Provincial Carved Oak Wedding, Cabriole Legs

Antique Hand Paint Decorated Wardrobe Armoire

Antique Hand Paint Decorated Wardrobe Armoire

Maison Jansen French Louis XV Style Large Partial Gilt Painted Armoire Cabinet

Maison Jansen French Louis XV Style Large Partial Gilt Painted Armoire Cabinet

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House & Garden – Photography by Paul Massey

Tracking in the outdoors wreaks havoc on our floors, rugs, and carpets. Stopping tracked in stuff in its tracks may not be completely doable, but what you can do is mitigate the problem by having decorative storage solutions utilized in entryways and mudrooms to house, store, and organize at the ready.

There’s a place for everything, and built in cubbies allow organized storage housing for shoes, backpacks, pet leashes and the like.

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House & Home- Photography by Sarah Shields

Hooks strategically hung hold coats, jackets, hats, sweaters, and raincoats.

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House & Home – Photography  by John Gruen

Containers, tubs, and baskets for umbrellas, shoes, boots, and seasonal gear.

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House & Home

Safavieh Sidonie Grey Natural Rattan Storage TrunkSafavieh Sidonie Grey Natural Rattan Storage Trunk

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Tyler Square Tall Tote Basket with Handles

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House & Garden

Trunks, chests, benches, and coffee tables make excellent 2-for-1 storage options.

Farmhouse Country Pine Antique 1840s Immigrant Trunk or Blanket Chest

Blankets and quilts in all their warm, cozy, and thick wonder take up a lot of valuable real estate in the linen closet.

Enter the blanket chest- the perfect storage solution and gorgeous addition to any space.

Ashban Natural Trunk

Ashban Natural Trunk

Small Sea Grass Wicker Storage Chest

Small Sea Grass Wicker Storage Chest

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Amy Morris Interiors

WYNDENHALL Hampshire SOLID WOOD 42 inch Wide Traditional Entryway Storage Bench

Wyndenhall Hampshire Solid Wood Traditional Entryway Storage Bench

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Back in our flipping days, Dave the Builder thought I had lost my mind when I campaigned for converting small, basic utilitarian spaces such as side porches, nondescript alcoves, or even a bedroom into a large closet.

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Most of the houses built in the 30s-40s-50s did not offer adequate closet space, especially by modern day standards.

Storage space is a hot commodity, as witnessed by the in demand designer closet suites of today.

Designer Danielle Rollins

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Key Largo Kubu Rattan Set Of 3 Storage Trunks

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Seaton Round Woven Storage Baskets with Lids Set of 3

Set of 3 Rectangular Seagrass Baskets with Lids by Trademark Innovations

Set of 3 Rectangular Seagrass Baskets with Lids by Trademark Innovations

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Stack, store, and display decor need not be plain, boring, or lacking in decorative oomph.

Household Essentials® Collapsible Storage Boxes with Lids in Orange (Set of 2)

Household Essentials® Collapsible Storage Boxes with Lids in Orange (Set of 2)

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Hard Large Orange Gift Box with Lid

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Duck Trinket Tray

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Vie en Bleu

Small decorative plates, bone dishes, seashells by the seashore all make great jewelry holders.

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Pick them up at discount-home-resale-antiques stores, sites, and garage sales and scatter them about vanity-table-counter tops to holder everything from earrings to bracelets to eyeglass/readers.

The Pioneer Woman Jade Salad Plate

The Pioneer Woman Jade Salad Plate

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Photo by Kathleen Jacobson, The Couture Closet

Gold Lacquered Boxes

Gold Lacquered Boxes

Leigh Chiu Designs closet

Leigh Chiu Designs

Lindy 2 Piece Decorative Trunk SetLindy Decorative Trunk Set

European Grain Pantry Box

 Grain Pantry Box

Modern Mudroom Polypropylene Storage in Orange

Modern Mudroom Polypropylene Storage in Orange

Pack away memories, photos, papers, collectibles, ties, socks, dress shirts, etc…

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Black Memory Box by Simply Tidy™

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Copper & Mocha Woven Kiva Storage Bins

Versatile and affordable, collapsible fabric storage cubes suit your storage needs in an array of sizes and designs.

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Mainstays Collapsible Fabric Cube Storage Bin- Rustic Wood

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Kimberley Harrison Interior Design

Carbon Loft Lochhead Vintage Decorative Suitcase (Set of 3)

Carbon Loft Lochhead Vintage Decorative Suitcase (Set of 3)

Area rugs may not immediately come to mind when considering decorative storage solutions,  but certainly qualify as an excellent choice of prominent décor accent to complement.

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Carson Carrington Ytlings Animal Grey Area Rug

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Fresh Home

Aria 2 Door Modern High Gloss Wardrobe Armoire

Aria 2 Door Modern High Gloss Wardrobe Armoire

Espresso Media Storage

Espresso Media Storage

Dry Oak Wood 18-shelf Standard Bookcase with Adjustable Shelves

Dry Oak Wood 18-shelf Standard Bookcase with Adjustable Shelves

Antique Arts & Crafts Quarter Sawn Oak Glass Front Triple Bookcase, Circa 1900

Antique Arts & Crafts Quarter Sawn Oak Glass Front Triple Bookcase, Circa 1900

The Gray Barn Combe Magna Wood China Cabinet in Weathered Barley

The Gray Barn Combe Magna Wood China Cabinet in Weathered Barley

Bountiful Wood and Glass Tall Cabinet - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Wood and Glass Tall Cabinet – Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Alternatives open up a world of decorative options.

Silver Trimmed Faux Leather Lockable Square Lined Storage Trunk, End Table on Metal Stand

Silver Trimmed Faux Leather Lockable Square Lined Storage Trunk

Army Canvas Laundry Basket

Army Canvas Laundry Basket

SAFAVIEH Sidonie Dark Natural Rattan Storage Trunk

SAFAVIEH Sidonie Dark Natural Rattan Storage Trunk

Better Homes & Gardens Large Wood and Poly Rattan Cane Weave Storage Crate

Better Homes & Gardens Large Wood and Poly Rattan Cane Weave Storage Crate

Wooden Trunk Blue Trunk

Wooden Trunk Blue Trunk

Industrial in style.

Fabulous in color choice.

These decorative storage solutions report for two for one duty as home décor pieces and smart storage options.

Red Metal 5-shelf Cart Bookcase with Adjustable Shelves

Red Metal 5-shelf Cart Bookcase with Adjustable Shelves

Vintage Churchill Hats Hat Box

Vintage Churchill Hats Hat Box

Mix and mingle your choice of decorative storage solutions throughout the space to broaden the style perimeters and achieve a custom layered effect.

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American Art Decor Large Storage Crate with Wheels

Wooden Treasure Chest Box for Home Decor, Suitcase Style Storage

Wooden Suitcase Style Storage

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Storage Basket with Lid
Round Wooden Box
Wire Round Basket Copper Handle with Mesh Bottom Pewter  
Large Wire Basket in Gold
Metal Storage Basket
Extra Large Round Wire Decorative Storage Bin with Handles Copper

Mainstays Medium Round Wire Copper Basket - 4 Pack

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Mainstays Medium Round Wire Copper Basket – 4 Pack

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How stinking cute is this mushroom basket!

Mushroom Storage Bin

Mushroom Storage Bin

Round Paper Box - Pillowfort™

Round Paper Box – Pillowfort™

Vintage Style Multi-colored Wood Book-Shaped Storage Boxes, Set of 6

Vintage Style Multi-colored Wood Book-Shaped Storage Boxes, Set of 6

Unique vintage boxes, a spot dish, or Toby mug becomes a handsome alternative to the customary dresser tray as a holder for cuff links, change, keys, phone, jewelry, or sunglasses.

Vintage Italian Florentine-Gilded-Box

Vintage Italian Florentine Gilded Box

Antique Victorian Inlaid Wooden Jewelry Box

Antique Victorian Inlaid Wooden Jewelry Box

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Beefeater Toby Mug Royal Doulton

Items that make one pretty look polished and organized when housed in vintage silver tea set pieces.

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1900s Silver Sugar Bowl Claw Foot Etched Flowers

1900s Silver Sugar Bowl Claw Foot Etched Flowers

Antique Webster & Son silver plated Fancy 2 handle sugar bowl

Antique Webster & Son Silver Plated Fancy 2 Handle Sugar Bowl

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Pinterest

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

Antique Style Vintage Letter Holder

Antique Style Vintage Letter Holder

Not all of us have gone paperless or digital (e.g., bills and magazines).

Marble Vanity Box

Marble Vanity Box

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As much as I love receiving greeting cards through the USPS/snail mail, they do tend to stack up.

Tapered Oval Seagrass Braided Basket Natural - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Oval Seagrass Braided Basket Natural 

Woven baskets, bins, and decorative trays solve the problem, free up valuable desktop space, and look smashing.

Gray Washed Woven Willow Storage Basket

Gray Washed Woven Willow Storage Basket

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Organizing in style doesn’t stop at the desktop.

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Bergdorf Goodman

Open, under, over or behind doors- shelves hold the key to clever storage solution success.

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House & Garden

Vintage Large Wicker Basket with Lid

Vintage Large Wicker Basket with Lid

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Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale

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Vintage pitchers, tins, containers, and crocks make a charming choice of housing for kitchen utensils.

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Steel Cookware Stand w/ 6 Shelves

Steel Cookware Stand w/ 6 Shelves

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

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

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Waterpipe Metal Wall Decor With Hooks

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M. Parker Design

Wicker Laundry Basket with White Liner

Wicker Laundry Basket with White Liner

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Michael Aram Clothespin Pull

Bonanza Olive 2-Door Metal Locker Storage Cabinet

Bonanza Olive 2-Door Metal Locker Storage Cabinet

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Anchor Hocking Glass Storage Heritage Hill Jar, 1 Gal

Vintage Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket Hamper

Vintage Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket Hamper

GrayNatural Nesting Paper Straw Laundry Baskets with Handles Set of 3

Gray Natural Nesting Paper Straw Laundry Baskets with Handles Set of 3

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

DII Bone Dry Small Wicker-Like Bone Shape Storage Basket

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I Wuff You Canister

DII Bone Dry Small Hyacinth Bone Shape Storage BasketDII Bone Dry Small Hyacinth Bone Shape Storage Basket

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Riverside Homes

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

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Lion Wall Hook - GoldLion Wall Hook – Gold

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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, motivation, and get your act together decorative storage ideas a new year or a new season brings.

Saturday Evening Post

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.

Stylish options for storing the I need that-that’s an heirloom-we might need it stuff is the question.

built-in-storageBetter Homes and Gardens

Let’s face it, the life lived inside our homes can be one messy, cluttered, and disorganized situation.

And there’s always this scenario-

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Decorative storage ideas can help get the house to home organization and storage job done.

Oceane Acrylic Trunk - Clear

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Mod Locker

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Striped La Jolla Baskets

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AHL, Holiday House

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Tyler Square Basket With Rope Handle Low

Tyler Square Basket With Rope Handle Low

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Target

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.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Smart kitchen solutions such as cabinet dividers and storage drawers is standard organization procedure in today’s kitchen.

kitchen drawer dividersThe Kitchn

Houzz recently released the U. S. kitchen trends study.

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

One particular finding to note from the 2,598 polled shows 50% of U. S. homeowners are incorporating cookie sheet/tray organizers into cabinetry.

 

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Customized cabinet built-ins not in your all things house that make a home project future?

No problem.

Affordable and stylish (the ultimate combination) kitchen cabinet and counter top organizers options exist.

Let’s take a look at just that.

kitchen-pantry-estateHayburn & Co. 

Counters fill quickly, and it seems there is 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.

Home Depot

Decorative onlays and 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

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

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Rafterhouse

Staying in the vintage-repurpose theme, hit up your local antiques stores, flea markets, and curiosity shops for items such as a vintage wine cabinet for housing all things kitchen.

More times than not the price is right, the look anything but cookie-cutter, and the end result a stylish storage option showstopper.

vintage-wine-cabinetBetter Homes & Gardens

A keen eye sees a vintage window and how to brilliantly convert it into a spice cupboard.

Talk about a conversation piece.

vintage window spice cupboardAlison Anderson Interiors- Photo by Paul Craig

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Lynk Professional® Spice Rack Tray Drawer Organizer for Kitchen Cabinets

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Plain English Design

Crates easily become unique pantry drawers.

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House Beautiful – Rory Gardiner

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

Alison Anderson Interiors

Alison Anderson Interiors

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.

kitchen-pantry-organizationDecorPad

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.

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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.

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

Pot Rack with Studio Lights

Urban Archaeology

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St. Charles of New York

Oh my gorgeous!

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Andrew Flesher

French Style Brass, Glass, and White Marble Pastry Stand, 20th Century

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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

Drawer organizers bring order to the chaos.

Clear Acrylic Stackable Drawer Organizers Gold Trim Set of 6Clear Acrylic Stackable Drawer Organizers Gold Trim Set of 6

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?

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.

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Tea cups, trays, platters, small plates, creamers, pitchers- put your imagination and your personal style on display.

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Vintage creamers easily make the transition from collectible to workable storage solution for beauty products.

bone dish jewelry holder

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

beauty-trayThe Zoe Report

Clever!

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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

custom laundry roomStefani Stein Inc.

storage closet photo lincoln barbourBetter Homes & Gardens- Photo by Lincoln Barbour

the-essentials

laundry room essentials

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.

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Architectural Digest

Vintage trunks and suitcases have found a second life as coffee tables and beside tables, while often becoming the focal point of the space.

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!