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Stylish Storage: Simple Ways to Contain Your Clutter Hardcover – December, 2001

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This book aims to provide "an accessible, inspirational guide for real people who want practical, easy ideas for containing some of the clutter those busy lives generate." Presented here are projects for building wood shelves, potting ledges, sewing pouches, and bags, to name just a few. Although the instructions are sketchy and will be useful only for more experienced do-it-yourselfers, the clever, creative ideas for solving storage problems will make this book valuable in large interior design collections.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


We all have clutter: from piles of magazines in the sitting room, overstuffed drawers in the bedroom, cupboards full of little-used kitchen utensils. How we wish to be more organised as we frantically search high and low for something we know we've put somewhere.. American designer Paige Gilchrist brings order to this chaos in her down-to-earth, understanding and completely unpatronising way. Well-aware of our hording tendencies, she gently persuades us to re-evaluate our stuff, sorting it into used everyday, once a month, once a year and then offering a storage solution to suit. From make-your-own shelves and cupboards to wicker baskets and galvanised buckets, she has ideas to suit every home, both modern and traditional. Moving those magazines into a basket makes them instantly more attractive and portable. Hiding surplus clothes and shoes in boxes under the bed releases space in the wardrobes. Hanging bags, baskets and notes on peg boards, draping towels over ladders in the bathroom and creating a bathroom holder from old bricks are just some of the ideas offered. Not only will your clutter be more organised but it will be transformed into something more appealing than an unidentified heap on the floor. Although some of the projects may appear daunting at first, careful reading will soon dispel this and have you heading for the nearest toolkit to give them a try. But best of all is Paige's refusal to succumb to the 'less is best' mentality, she values your clutter as much as you do and only offers hints at how best to deal with it.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579902375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579902377
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,735,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E Hull on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I took this book out of the library on a whim, hoping for something that would help me out of my milk-crate-and-cardboard-box storage routines. This book is really awesome--it has lots of clever ideas that are really not expensive or hard. You know how a lot of those home decorating books want you to go out and buy lots of expensive ready-made storage systems? This book shows you how to screw pegs into the bottoms of your mirror frames to hang silk scarves/jewelry on, or how to make a peg board to hang your kitchen utensils from. It has a lot of DIY type things, so if you're good with a drill and hammer you can make a pretty painted wooden crate on casters that will look like those chic antique finds but is really just...well, a wooden crate on casters. Pretty easy. But decorative. All in all, very worth it.
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