Efficient Decorating Ideas
If you're like me, you've already filled up every closet, every shelf, your garage and any attic, basement or spare room with stuff you feel you ought to keep but need
to put out of sight. I have two college grads that moved back home after graduation, bringing with them all their computers and music equipment and instruments and a ton of
more clothes. We are stuffed. As a result, I'm always on the lookout for ways to add to my storage capacity without having to buy a larger home.
Since so many homes and computers are going wireless nowadays, we are seeing a new
popularity in secretaries. I don't mean the human kind. I mean the storage kind. These units are fabulous for home stagers and redesigners who have added a home business
to their lives. Now you can create an instant office in any room of your home. With many styles and colors to choose from on the marketplace, you should be able to
find one to blend with your decor.
Check out your local furniture stores for some. You can also browse some of these websites: www.rlhome.polo.com, www.bakerfurniture.com, www.wshome.com, as well as
Pottery Barn, IKEA. Don't forget your local office supply stores.
Add a counter extension to your present kitchen or bathroom counters. The space underneath the
extension can be filled with additional shelving. I know it's difficult to see here, but there are two shelf units underneath the curved extension in this kitchen.
Cubed shelf units are very popular now and are great for holding tons of books, especially
tall ones. My son is a D.J. and has hundreds of vinyl records that fit perfectly into his cube shelf unit which he picked up for a little over $100 at IKEA. They are
easy to put together too. And if you buy units that fill an entire wall like this, they even give the appearance of being built-in shelving.
One of the other advantages of the cubed shelf units is that you don't have to buy bookends. You can load up the shelves with nothing but books for the "library look", or you can
intersperse plants and display your collectibles for a more artistic look.
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