The tides have officially turned, and while a custom experience is still the end goal, the actual manner of getting there is oh so very different. You see, it was not a great many moons ago that tricked out Billy and Besta shelves, made to look like custom built-ins, were all the rage. A “choose your own adventure in configuration and layout with a bit of your favorite trim and some fancy nail gun action,” and truly it was difficult to tell they were not in fact built right in. This current trend toward modular shelving, however, while still entirely customizable in most cases, celebrates that experience in a much different manner.
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From the iconic String Shelves to some very clever IKEA Hacks, these mod shelving wunderkind let it all hang out, quite literally. In fact for many of these units the parts are in fact a great deal more important than the whole, and are to be celebrated right alongside the clever functionality of the systems in general. From industrial strength brackets to wing nut fasteners that adjust to hold the shelves in precisely the location you desire, the machinery and inter-workings are on display just as much as the items that will ultimately live on those shelves later.
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So what gives? Are we becoming more in tune with our orderly instincts and honing our color coding skill-set? I would love to think this all stems from a society that simply cannot wait to deck the walls in perfect organizational bliss, but somehow I think we are simply channeling our gypsy inspired selves, wanting a more carefree lifestyle with a few less permanent fixtures holding us down. I suppose the answer could be much simpler for a great majority of us and maybe we only seek a budget friendly option to house our wares.
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Regardless, while the more DIY friendly seeming versions of these customizable systems might be a bit easier on the wallet, this is not so for the vintage cado shelving units, some of the modern floor to ceiling beauties, or the designer systems from our Danish and Swedish friends from colder climes. So while the style itself may seem less than permanent in all of its adjustable glory, the investment cost for many of these pieces may be anything but. In fact, a few of these systems might actually set you back for something akin to the price of an entire living room set of furniture and perhaps even a bit more. So the question begs to be asked, how do you feel about this style? Does it feel modern and functional to you or solve for your quirky storage and display needs like nothing else has? Or maybe it feels fleeting and not as favorable as a good solid built-in unit? Inquiring minds want to know…
You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Repurposed wooden crates offer plenty of storage in this outdoor mudroom, which frees up cabinet space in the kitchen for other items.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Cathy is the winner of this month’s HGTV magazine and an Anthropologie bird feeder. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
Just look at what Jenny Komenda from The Little Green Notebook was able to do with store-bought IKEA bookshelves.
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Remember how I said I was obsessed with finding ways to maximize space because I live in a small apartment (and also because I get the same thrill out of it that I get when I am shopping in a thrift store and find something amazing)? I have a feeling the Rolly Shelf by Matt Carr on Umbra is about to be my new best friend.
What a pretty little baby! The walnut unit has “multiple stacking configurations,” so you don’t have to put it together exactly as shown, and can customize it to best fit your space. I also love that it would play very well with the Danish modern furniture that I already own. This is one baby you SHOULD put in a corner!
(Totally wrote this whole piece just so I could work in that last line. Could you tell?)
Yesterday was National Pie Day, so as you can imagine I had baking on the brain like crazy. I had to involve the kitchen somehow in today’s how-to, so I decided to keep the focus on beginning-of-the-year organization and pull in these functional and super-handy magnetic shelves and boards. It’s safe to say we’re all about convenience these days, and there’s nothing more suitable than the grab-and-go convenience of these magnetic accessories right within reach. They’re the perfect solution to a disheveled kitchen and empty, white wall space. I’d definitely use my magnetic boards just like designer Ana White by posting recipes, hanging often-used kitchen utensils and displaying/storing my favorite tea. What about you?
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These functional boards are easy to make; simply cut particle board to the desired length and add an extra two inches to this length for the flashing. Cut the corners of the flashing and bend it around the particle board. On the back side, hammer flashing down and bend to make flush with the board. Attach a picture-hanging kit to the back of each board in the center. Once complete, the possibilities are endless — you can hang your boards vertically (like in the picture above) or create a two-by-two box, for example.
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After making the magnetic boards, you can create ledges, shelves and backsplashes with ease. Ana dresses up hers with steel canisters, clear clothespins and metal hooks. She says the easiest way to make a non-magnetic accessory magnetic is to simply glue magnetic tape to the back. So, go crazy and get organized in the process. Put your favorite kitchen food and accessories on display.
Need some inspiration to get started? Check out some kitchen design ideas you’ll love to look at.
Which type of kitchen accessories would you keep stored on your shelves? Corkscrew? Spices? Potholder? Tell us in the comments below.
We’ve been trying to make some improvements to the apartment lately, but one of the biggest challenges is space. Rearranging a small apartment is like a really annoying game of Tetris. You can move the pieces around, but they still all have to fit together tightly in the end. Anyway, I’m realizing that our home bar is a bit big for our living room, and while I’m attached to it, if I was shopping for one today, I’d probably go with a wall-mounted option instead, like this Brooklyn TV Quilt with Bar from Think Fabricate.
The small shelves all piece together to form one attractive unit (hence, the quilt reference). I love that it has the open element, so you can still display pretty bottles and decanters, without taking up half of your available floor space to do it. Now that’s something all of us apartment renters and small-space dwellers can raise a glass to!
The Blog on the Bookshelf
Designers and architects are thinking outside of the box when it comes to how we display our books and knick-knacks. Check out these great finds: