Pretty & Pretty Helpful
when form & function collide
As a designer more often than not I’m faced with the challenge of filling my clients homes with pieces that prove both stylish and with purpose. Should be easy right? Well not always, but through my journeys over the years in interior design I have come across pieces that nail it across the board in form and function. The ideal space is an extension of the people who live in it, it’s specific, it’s inspiring, and more than anything it works. Below are my top ten design items that will transform your home from boring to beautiful and icky to organized.
With its simple color block palette and sturdy low maintenance materials, the sharp design of this bench hits on all cylinders. Its lower shelf allows for extra storage of any old thing, while keeping quite clean with its perforated metal material.
One? Two? Three? Stack away! However much or little storage you may need these stackable trays let you customize your table top to whatever your needs may be. The sleek teak finish is flexible to suit a variety of rooms and styles.
Let’s face it, a kitchen with everything out of sight looks great…on the pages of a magazine, but in real life you just need a spatula on the ready now and again. This simple yet solid kitchen rack does the job three times over with its combo of shelving, hooks, and rods to house all your cooking go to’s in one spot!
Did you know that part of living an organized life is eliminating how many steps it takes to complete any sort of process? This mirror proves that life is better when you can grab, use, and go (your hairspray of course), rather than digging around under the sink for 4 minutes spilling an entire box of q-tips along the way. Me? I’ve never done that.
The first thing I ask my design newbie clients is “have you ever tried a sconce?”, the second thing being “did you know they can plug into the wall?” The often forgotten or dismissed wall sconce is the quickest way to up your design strategy and improve your environment leaving you with ambient light and ample space on your table top.
You know the best way to hide a mess? Close the door! This wall mounted shelf does double duty with its shiny white display ledge capabilities and fully closed storage capacity. You hide and I’ll count to ten…
Moving over to your table can get old, so let this table move to you. With it’s classic C shape and four caster wheels this table can roll from bed side to seat side or wherever you may need it.
Is it a console? A bar cart? A nightstand? Try all of them. Small “case goods” as we like to call them are the most versatile piece of furniture them all, with closed storage and a slim silhouette they can fit most anywhere and hold most anything, all while looking darn cute.
In these dividing times, I stand strong that there is one thing we can all agree on…stacks of paper are a nightmare! I’ve yet to come across a soul who is happy to see an unruly stack of mail and magazines hanging out by the front door or on the coffee table. This wall mounted box with a lid puts a closed system in place so NO one has to look as the piles.
Meet my favorite variety of furniture, the accent stool. I could shop for stools the live long day. Used as seating, or tables, or plant stands alike, this versatile little piece come at a very affordable rate and can help you out in every room in nearly every way. Consider a ceramic stool for flexible indoor/outdoor use as well.
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