вторник, 5 июля 2011 г.

Decor 101: Discovering a flair for effective and elegant storage

I believe a person's talent is expressed most fully when they're able to create something out of virtually nothing and completely lose track of time while working on a single project. By the same token, whenever we lack the gifting in a particular area we find ourselves in a stupor when faced even with a simple task, our productivity goes down, we get bored and spend our time watching the clock hand moving. "Time flies when you're having fun," people say in English meaning when you enjoy something your time will fly and you will not consider this "work."

This summer, as my husband and I have moved into a new apartment, my desire has been to explore the not-so-gifted interior designer living inside me to see if it is actually possible to develop a flair for something outside of your gifting. One of the greatest challenges, as I'm sure many of my readers will share, is the ability to find storage in a small apartment, especially when you have a few hundreds of books. Of course, one way is to get rid of them, but we decided we wanted to keep them. Setting up all the books in one room is possible only if you have several rooms and/or you are allowed to drill the walls to put some heavy shelves up.

Instead, I began looking for additional book storage, and you can see one of them in the picture. This is actually my laundry room, and books really are not supposed to be there, but I felt like I managed to put them away from the living room, which was my major goal. This is certainly a work in progress, and in a few days I will show you what I have done to make this look a bit cozier. I will also post a few pictures of two more unexpected storage solutions that might be helpful for my friends. In the meantime, do you have any suggestions on decorating this corner?