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Monday, January 19, 2015

Storage

Since I lost the use of 2/3 of my house, I have desperately needed more storage options. I don't just need storage for extra stuff, I need storage for necessities. Of course, I got rid of stuff, still need to get rid of stuff, but never mind that. I found the perfect solution. It my not be your cup of tea. I don't even drink cups of tea, but this idea is perfect and just my style. This idea would free up floor space even if a person is not desperate for storage of even basics.


I often find small pieces of solid wood furniture that is entirely too short of is just too small. Sometimes, it is too wide and too short but has lots of storage. Never again will I reject a piece of solid wood furniture if it is cheap. Look where this furniture is used. Painting everything the color of the wall keeps you from imagining it is going to fall on your head.


Go take a look at this fabulous IDEA.


Your turn
Come back and tell me what you think. Do you like the look of furniture on the wall where you can still have the same floor space? Does this suit your sense of aesthetics? How would you like it if several pieces only used the floor real estate of one piece of furniture?

21 comments:

  1. I need a mixture of colors. It's the difference between England and Spain, the one being monotone, and the other being an interplay.

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    1. Snowbrush,
      Oh, I do like the different colors. But, over my head, I don't know if several colors would work. I would be willing to give it try.

      Most of my walls and all my curtains are white because I need the clear outdoor light inside. However, I have lots of color in all rooms.

      Some of this overhead furniture might look good in its natural wood colors. Maybe not.

      Thanks for helping me think in different way and consider the idea of different colors.

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    2. I used to paint both walls and ceilings the same shade of white. Peggy finally insisted on having the walls a color other than white, and Peggy was right. My favorite is pink, so my room and the living room are now pink. Her room is green, and the other rooms are other colors. I need warm pastels to help me survive the Oregon winters. The all white in the photo would drive me crazy.

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    3. Snowbrush,
      I do agree that the picture is rather stark. It was the idea of furniture on the walls that intrigued me. My rooms have enough color, guaranteed even with white walls. Pink walls in the living room sounds cozy. My bedroom walls are pink with two other darker shades from the same color card on the wood trim.

      My living room is Botticelli Red, not shy at all. Remember, this room was rarely used, not the room in which I sit or watch tv. Maybe you need some Southern or Mississippi winters. just kidding If Oregon is that cold, I would not like to live there.

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    4. Winters in the Willamette Valley are no colder on average than winters where you are. They’re just gray and drizzly, and the days are a lot shorter due to being halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. Eastern Oregon is desert and mountains, and it gets really cold there because the Cascades block the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean on its weather. Here, I’m only 60 miles from the ocean, and the ocean keeps the winters from getting all that cold.

      " It was the idea of furniture on the walls that intrigued me.”

      I can understand that. I love lots of storage, and if it’s off the floor, that’s a real good thing.

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  2. It's a nifty idea, but I think I'd rather whittle my possessions down as much as I could. Just my personality.. I feel much more calm when there's less stuff in my space, whether it be stored away or not :)

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    1. tlc,
      Of course, this picture shows a real abundance of furniture. I would prefer maybe a bit fewer pieces. Even one piece in a bathroom would be helpful without being overwhelming.
      I don't mind stuff, but suddenly there is not enough storage for even a minimalist in here. Thanks for your opinion.

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  3. That bathroom would send me crazy. Too cluttered for me. Says the woman whose whole house is cluttered.
    I want/need more space, not to make more use of the space I have. Whittling down is a better option for me.

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  4. EC,
    It is sort of intimidating to me. I would like less on the wall, but the idea is intriguing to me and usable with tweaking. I want/need more space, too. Whittling and decluttering is slowly happening! Thanks.

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  5. I love the photos. I think those are brilliant solutions. After seeing a house that won an award from This Old House magazine for solving storage problems, I've been thinking about things I might try the next time I need to make changes to my house.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie,
      They are brilliant. I might prefer a few less, but they are an option for pieces of furniture that aren't quite usable because they would take up floor space. Can you email me the pictures from TOH? or the site?
      Thanks.

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    2. I'm sorry. I don't know which issue of the magazine it was in, and I think it was a year or so ago. It was one of the houses I saw on the Amelia Island historic home holiday tour. She did brilliant things such as putting drawers and cabinets under her stairs.

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  6. Hi Linda...some really intriguing ideas there. I wonder how you get to the high cabinets? My goal is to reduce the need for storage, but I never seem to get there,

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    1. I would put seasonal things up high. But, you and I should not climb that high. Maybe painted ladder? Unless we have only two dresses on pegs on the wall and one towel, I suppose we will always need some storage. My goal with books was to reduce the books until all fit on my seven book shelves, not add more shelves to accommodate the books I had. Thanks.

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  7. It was interesting, but that would drive me nuts, and I have a very non traditional home. I like the idea of using vertical space, but this is just a bit over the top for me.

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    1. Anne,
      You made me laugh. Well, it is not for everyone. Thanks for the perspective.

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  8. LOL! I live in earthquake country, and this is a bad idea for me!

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    1. tana50,
      These are attached to the wall. If I lived in earthquake country, I would have all doors on high and low cabinets securely fastened, anyway. Of course, a dresser on the head is not a good idea. Thanks.

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  9. I think it is a great idea - for some people in some houses. We have standard 8 1/2 ft ceilings in BRs & Baths - wall hung storage pieces would make the space feel claustrophobic. We have cathedral (or as they are called here volume) ceilings in the LR/DR/Kitchen. Am not sure it would work there.

    I don't remember what it's called but in Japan? they have storage units comprised of various sizes stacked in a triangle shape. Probably something like that could be built of various pieces of furniture - attached to the wall for safety - it could be as large as needed and built as pieces of furniture were accumulated.

    For us, with no basement or attic, we're going for the spartan look. Less to deal with, less to clean, less for family to take care when we die and most importantly - less to remember where in heck we put it!!

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  10. Bellen,
    The bathroom in the picture must have 10' ceilings. In old houses like mine, the bathrooms are often 10' and 12' high because the bathrooms were added later with no storage places. My friend finally put wire shelving in her tallll bath to store hundreds of rolls of tp. After having seen her bathroom, I dodge the wire shelves that are up at least 8' up.

    Since I had basement and attic for 35 years, storing was snap. I always went in every few years and asked myself why things were there and tossed things.

    I always knew where things were. NO MORE!

    Thanks for the perspective.

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