LEFT: Wide shallow drawers hold placemats
and napkins. ABOVE, LEFT: Deep kitchen
drawers are a hostess’s dream. This one holds
candles, florist supplies and small bowls for
condiments. ABOVE, RIGHT: Behind the
panelling in my study there’s room for the bar.
IF THE PROMISE OF A CLEAN CLOSET
KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT, READ ON.
Handsome woven baskets are
practical and great looking.
I stained cutlery baskets in dark ebony;
they look great in my white drawers.
BY LYNDA REEVES
Just last week we did an exercise with our H&H product
design team where each person listed the top 10 things
they crave for their own home. Without exception,
everyone wanted some kind of container, storage bin,
drawer liner or organizational “something.” The
possibility of a clutter-free, perfectly ordered home is
supremely seductive. For many, it’s the stuff of dreams.
Certainly, it wasn’t always this way for me. One day
I went from being a rebellious teenager who stashed dirty
dishes and laundry under her bed to being a total neat
freak who delights in finding new and stylish ways to
store things. I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but
I suppose it had to do with growing up, having my own
place, and discovering that a person’s ability to function
is severely hampered when she can’t find anything.
Becoming a stepmother with kids coming and going,
forever forgetting something, had a big impact. That was
when I brought in the bin system and learned to collect
and stash, collect and stash. That was Organizing 101.
Today, I have a doctorate. How could I not? After years
of learning storage tips from the best stylists in the
country and touring countless homes tidied up to
perfection so I could inspect their closets, TV cameras
in tow, I’d better have learned a thing or two.
The design trend of the day is to display your stuff
in chic ways. Here are some favourite tips CONTINUED
This hanging closet
shelf unit holds all
my small bags.
LEFT: Smart-looking grey
house my recipe
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Photography by Felix Wedgwood (hanging shoe holder, magazine file, shoe box)
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