invitingly messy stacks of books

Among the things we find heartening and inspiring, are messy stacks of books just ready for exploring… (…a far cry from the ubiquitous, impossible-to-actually-get-into stacks of artbooks used as home decor elements.) via Covet Garden via SF Girl By the Bay Related posts: stacked-book display cases and other great ideas via scott newkirk sighting: shelves made…

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how to use fabric to disappear eyesores and clutter

I frequently do Skype consultations with people who need clever, inexpensive fixes for their spaces and are having difficulty envisioning possibilities. Often, they are only able to describe the change in feeling that they’d like to achieve. In the many spaces I’ve looked at, I’ve seen a common problem: there is a lot of visual…

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a curtain rod for storing chairs ‘n things

We love this tiny bit of brilliance found at Desire to Inspire. A chair stored up and out of the way by hooking it to a curtain rod placed in a corner up near the ceiling. That rod-and-hook method could work for all kinds of things, including paintings, stools, lighting, baskets, crates, folding tables ……

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staircase as bookshelf

Spotted at Desire to Inspire: this Alec Hemer‘s photograph of a flight of stairs whose extra room at the side makes a fine, surprising set of bookshelves. Related posts: staircase of succulents + succulent sculpture reverse-painted stairs (a carpet of wood) stairs in colors

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a busy office disappears behind hafele’s sliding wall

For the renovation of my 1,000-square-foot ‘Laboratory’ in New York City, my mission was to open up the space to the spectacular park view AND fluidly accomodate an open kitchen, workspace, dining area, and living area. To do this, I removed a small bedroom to dramatically expand the main room and built an office area along one 15′ wall…

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simple style: side-by-side ikea cabinets

White steel Ikea PS cabinets ($99 each) lined up side-by-side, and stacked high with books, become curiously chic.   via Desire to Inspire; photo by Sabrina Rothe Related posts:  xhackism: the infinite diy possibilities of ikea’s LÖBBO shadex 16 REALLY clever uses for binder clips found: frosta/alvar aalto stool knock-off!!! an artist hacks ikea’s ‘billy’ bookcase cool…

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diy or buy: ladder shelves

Spotted in Design Milk’s recent story about Rua Confettora, unconventional, international design shop in Brescia, Italy: a white-painted ladder used as the support for glass shelves: instant, rustic/modern chic, made from ordinary materials. When we hunted around, we discovered that Lab::Istanbul’s had created a line of shelving based on the idea:

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soapbox: stylish, durable ikea alternative

(Video link here.) Recently, while discussing  a particuarly stylish Ikea creation, our friend Maria remarked: “I figure Ikea’s stuff is only good for about 5 years.” Suddenly, we flashed on all the discarded particle board Ikea storage units we’d seen on New York City streets. In the long run, Ikea can simply be a waste…

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a solution to the busy visuals of vertical book towers?

When we first saw the Sapien vertical book shelf, we were smitten. What a great idea: an impermanent shelf that stacks books vertically, making use of odd spaces. We bought one, well, er, a less expensive knockoff. Once we actually stacked it with books, we realized how problematic it actually was; it was too heavy to…

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