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Spruce up your space

Foot in the door

That first step into your home sets the tone and by keeping the foyer uncomplicated will set the tone for the rest of the house. This entry way is the work of designer Peter Dunham and it is the perfect place to start your journey into the rest of your sanctuary.



Heighten the experience

By adding tall shelves you are taking advantage of all the available space in a room. This office by architect David Mann also functions as a library, where custom shelving units provide enough space for books, photos, and decorative pieces.



Renovate to innovate

Storage space needn’t be uninspired. Take this example of how interior designer Melissa Warner converted a bedroom into an office, by wallpapering the sliding closet doors it gave the room an instant splash of colour and a beautiful storage space.



Antique it

In interior designer Megan Rice Yager's kitchen, this antique French Norman buffet not only provides a unique centerpiece for a country kitchen, it also doubles as a bar. The exposed shelving shows off an assortment of glassware, and the bottom cabinets conceal less attractive items.



Showcase what you have

The best way to ensure that you don’t clutter or hoard, showcase your dishware. It not only forces you to be organised but also makes it easier to work in the kitchen as you can immediately see where everything is. Just like this kitchen by designer Daniel Sachs.



Creatively contained

Photographer Lisa Cohen added a chopping block to her kitchen island, then tucked baskets underneath for onions, garlic, and potatoes. The baskets add texture and visual interest while keeping order.



Work it

An office does not have to be complicated; it just has to fit your needs. A simple desk, a spot for the laptop, and a comfortable chair may be all that's required. Designer Carolyn Espley-Miller shares this office with her husband.



Create the space

Mount shelves on the wall. Interior designer Lindsey Bond eliminated the need for more furniture in this modern media room by installing a low shelf on either side of the fireplace.



Flex the furniture

Pick pieces with flexibility. Designer Marshall Watson chose matching white ottomans to go by the hearth. They offer extra seating, plus double as storage because the tops turn over to become trays.



Switching it up

Seasonal items, from guest bed linens to winter clothes, need to be rotated in and out of long-term storage. Integrate handsome hideaways for these items, rather than just stuffing them in any available space. This green and white bedroom by designer Tom Stringer has a large built-in cabinet.



Bench the extras

Keep clothing and accessories off of the bed, but gain extra surface space using a bench at the foot, like in this bedroom by design consultant Smith Hanes. It serves as a place to stash reading material or extra blankets and pillows.



Basket case

Keeping towels off the floor of the bathroom requires a spot for dry, clean towels and those that are ready for the laundry. In this bath by Hanes, clean towels fit neatly under the sink in baskets.



Go for the unexpected

Incorporate furniture pieces into the bathroom and the space becomes a welcome space to relax, as designer Windsor Smith has done in this Los Angeles home. "I love bathrooms that feel like rooms rather than just a place to bathe," she says. A George III-style secretary bookcase by Robert & Robert takes the place of a traditional built-in vanity and adds ample storage space.





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