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April 11, 2017

Top 5 Designer Picks: Smart Storage

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Free interior design advice? Yes, please! It sometimes feels like we are constantly cleaning and reorganising our homes, so we asked three of our talented Homewings designers to give us their top storage picks to keep your home feeling decluttered, and looking beautiful From smart storage to luxurious storage, to full on outside-of-the-box storage, read on for your expert guide.

designer-picks-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart Image: Loaf

For the Quirky Scandi:

Kirsty Whitfield's top picks...

1 | Start with a Green Slate

“I would combine feature greenery items with further storage options, such as these Slate storage boxes

designer-picks-interior-design Images: Made in Design; Indulgy.com

“These boxes can be drawn on too, and are great additions to shelves being used for children, or perhaps in a study. It is a quirky alternative to the usual canvas/cardboard storage boxes, but will still keep that Scandi vibe. It also works as an elegant little item to keep smaller valuable items in, i.e keys, in a hallway or a kitchen”.

2 | Head in the Clouds

“I love this Rockett St. George toilet roll holder. It’s really unique and allows you to store your toilet rolls in an attractive way without having to keep them in a cupboard!”

designer-picks-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart Images: The Artist’s Studio; Uncommon Goods

3 | Polygon With the Wind

“The Polygon shelves from Made are some of my favourite shelves out there, as they are such an unusual shape. And with Made.com, you can always count on reliable quality”.

designer-picks-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart Images: Made.com

4 | Geometric Luxury

“Cb2 is my go to brand to create the feeling of luxury. For the price, their design and quality is amazing! Really unique pieces like this fab cabinet with brass geometric details.”

designer-picks-interior-design Images: Cb2


For the Industrial Lover with an Elegant Flare:

Charlotte Thomas’s top picks…

1 | Sitting Storage

“Loaf has some amazing storage solutions, but none quite as good as the Whatsit! The aptly named piece of furniture gives abundances of possibilities for your storage needs. It would work grandly in the entrance of any home for bag and shoe storage, and provides a place to perch whilst putting your shoes on! It’s a great little piece of smart storage for households with children, and means that they can settle their bottoms somewhere during rushed mornings. This delightful piece can also be used as a window seat with storage, or even a feature at the end of the bed. The options are endless with this piece of decluttering bliss!”

designer-picks-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart Image: Loaf

2 | Luxurious Storage

“Don't we all dream of a piece of furniture that oozes style, opulence and practicality? Well, let’s talk about the Stasher. The Stasher is Loafs way of showing that furniture that makes our lives easier doesn't have to be dowdy or boring. The Stasher comes in a huge variety of fabrics, the top of the pouffe lifts up and provides abundant storage space for blankets, cushions or whatever else you could fit in it! It's a gem of a storage solution that will keep your room looking clutter free and beautiful.”

designer-picks-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart-living-room Images: The Sparkle; Loaf

3 | Alert the Media!

“I think a lot can be said for media units. They are often overlooked as space consuming and eyesores, but that doesn't have to be the case. Media Units can be the best piece of furniture for decluttering your living room. As well as housing wires, cables and game consoles, they can provide you with so much more! Units such as the Axel from loaf gives you the space for your DVDs, spare wires, games and anything else that you want to pop into the cupboards. This takes the clutter away from the eye and leaves you with the beautiful sleek exterior of the console cabinet - something no one can complain about!”

designer-picks-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart Images: Swoon; Better Homes and Gardens

4 | Minimalist Masterpiece

“Shelves give us so much scope to make our homes less cluttered and more refined. The days of cramming your shelves with everything you can find are over. Shelves should be seen as a display, they really allow you to consider what you need and what you don't need. Pick a few statement items, some books, a photo frame (or two!) and a wonderfully scented candle and voila! Your shelf is transformed into a refined statement piece. You don't need a fussy shelving unit either, try Aero from Swoon Editions for a marvellously minimalist look.”

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For the Chic Eclectic:

Benita Barretto’s top picks…

1 | Mid-Century Storage, 21st Century De-Cluttering

“The Clerkenwell walnut sideboard is a modern, clean lined piece with a good mix of open shelving for displaying favourite items and storage drawers below. I particularly like the warm walnut finish - a mid-century twist that sets it apart from more industrial options.”

designer-picks-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart-living-room Images: Habitat; West Elm

2 | Vintage Value

This vintage vitrine is a fantastic example of making good on an old cupboard. Design Vintage are particularly good at sourcing these types of cupboards (mainly from Hungary) and then restoring and repainting them in ever-on-trend greys and charcoals.”

designer-picks-wood-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart-living-room Images: Black Baloon Photgraphy; Tracey Ayton Photography

3 | Industrial Elegance

“Mirrored glass shelves and antique brass capped feet give the Tiered tower bookcase from West Elm and elegance and style that makes it a strong addition to any living room area!”

designer-picks-wood-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart-living-room Images: West Elm

4 | Fun, Flirty Luxury

“The Blink cabinet from Stellar Works is simply divine, with its petite proportions and perfect finish - and those cabinet door handles! I adore this small touch of fun and humour”

designer-picks-wood-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart-living-room Images: Stellar Works

5 | Traveling Treasure

“Add a different vibe with this stand-out ethnic wood-carved sideboard. A must-have item for any globe trotter, it works especially well as a statement piece in a hallway.”

designer-picks-wood-interior-design-shelving-unit-storage-smart-living-room Images: Maison Du Monde


You are now ready to take on the clutter in style! If you’re loving what you’re reading, but have no idea where to start, our Homewings designers are here to take your space to the next level.

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