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Adding in Hidden Storage to Built-Ins

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ANSWERED BY ASHLEY MECHAM • SEP 11, 2019

Hi Erika,

Storage is so important and makes a much more effecient and functioning household! So converting part of the built in to a closet is a great way to conceal the need for a linen closet, but also keep it as a place to display accessories for a classy look. The best option I think you have with the way the space is designed is to convert th...

Hi Itza,

Having your laundry right off your kitchen is not ideal, but I see why you were working to create a multi-functioning space, because you need it to be. However pantry items, mixed near laundry detergerents is a great option, so seperating them and adding baskets in is a great way to k...

Hi Siddhika,

Keeping a dryer in the living room is a very uncommon practice, but if you are short on space and need to keep it there, I have a couple of ideas on how you could make this work in a place you use for relaxing and entertaining.

- You could build a cabinet to house your dryer th...

Hi Troy,

With the pieces you have selected already for your bedroom you have created a neutral and monochromatic theme. So to add a little contrast to the space but...

Hi Yvonne,

Structual elements like poles and columns can make for a sore thumb in a space, but I've got a few ideas to help dress up the look!

First thought would be to frame it and create a more square looking column for that traditional coastal look you love. You could also wrap it anothe...

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Creating a Functional Entryway in a Small Space

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ANSWERED BY ASHLEY MECHAM • MAY 29, 2019

Hi Hilary,

Adding a small entry table is a great way to give you a more organized space. In a small entry way, function is totally necessary for a tidy look. Narrow console tables...

Hi May,

Adding storage to a study space is key in creating a functional space that keeps everything you need within a quick reach. I think you are on the right track with what you have sketched out. I am leaning more towards the option you were thinking with the shelf. Vertical stoarge is perf...

Hi Betty,

A leather ottoman is such a versatile piece for your living room that can double as a coffee table or even have storage built in adding in an additional f...

Hi Ashley,

Thank you for coming to the Design Bar for online interior design help. The key to creating a space with good flow is to maximize storage. I would suggest a few things to give you the best flow in your space, first; move your dresser into your closer to open up the space, you h...

Hi Robert,

Thank you for coming to the Design Bar for online interior design help!

Because you have warm finishes in the space, I would keep with that feel for a...

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