In my book Organizing Your Life, I talk a lot about dual-purpose decorating and organizing at the same time throughout a home. Choosing beautiful storage pieces that are not only beautiful but that also help contain the clutter can make a huge impact. Today for Moody Monday, I want to show you some beautiful key furniture pieces, along with accessories that can really help when it comes to incorporating beautiful and functional dual-purpose pieces into a home.
So here’s today’s Moody Monday design/mood board and you will find the links to products directly below the mood board (affiliate links):
I very rarely buy a piece of furniture that does not have an abundance of storage. I need ALL the help I can get in my home and it’s such a waste of storage opportunity if the piece won’t help me contain the clutter in the space. The great news is that today, more than ever, there are so many beautiful storage pieces for all rooms in a home and if you creatively look at the possibilities, you will be so amazed by how much storage you can create!
Let me show you what I mean…
In a living room, instead of choosing a console table that does not have any storage, consider a long credenza or chest that has closed storage and plenty of drawers. This credenza below has 12 drawers that could be used to store seasonal decor, candles, accessories and so much more!
A piece like this would also be perfect as a storage buffet in a dining room or kitchen instead of open buffets that provide no storage.
Smaller dressers/chests are a fantastic alternative to side tables/decorative tables in living rooms that have no storage. Here are a few of my favorites that are both beautiful and provide lots of closed storage space.
via Pottery Barn
via Pottery Barn
Dressers like these above are all nice enough to be in living/family room areas and will give you extra hidden storage space.
If you have a wall in your kitchen, instead of using an open buffet that has very little storage, consider incorporating a tall storage hutch that is loaded floor-to-ceiling with storage that is perfect for storing extra dishes and serving pieces. I recently purchased this beautiful storage hutch from Haverty’s that you can see that stores so much. I was able to free up kitchen cabinet space, which I desperately needed.
It is amazing how much I was able to layer and store in this hutch!
So as you choose new furniture for your home, look for the creative possibilities with storage pieces that can help you create storage solutions for spaces that can contain the clutter.
Accessories and Decor
Another great way to help with creating storage solutions for clutter is to choose accessories, accents and decor pieces that are great for tossing and storing the smaller items. For example, decorative boxes on a coffee or side table can add a pop color but they are also great for storing the little stuff like remotes, decks of cards, channel guides, etc..
Of course, baskets are always a great storage option but baskets are a great dual-purpose storage/accent piece that can also add color/texture while at the same time an easy way to store magazines, throw blankets, books, etc..
These baskets below are beautiful but are deep and wide enough for storing just about anything!
Decorative bowls and trays are another great way to store the little stuff. I keep this wood tray/bowl below on my kitchen counter that I use as a catch-all for keys, mail and all the little stuff that can pile up on the kitchen counter.
Creating easy storage solutions throughout your home really add up and can make a big impact. If everything has a home, your family knows where it goes and can help to put things away. Even if it’s a simple a tossing magazines in a basket or slipping games into a drawer.
For today’s mood/design board, I wanted to show you how beautiful storage furniture pieces and key accessories can actually enhance your decor while at the same time creating storage space. It’s so easy to do today with all of the beautiful storage solutions on the market.
I hope you have found something here that inspires you and can help you solve some organizational challenges in your own home!
If you want to check out past Moody Mondays, you can look through them here.
Thanks for stopping by today friends!
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Thelma Tone says
Could you share with me the source for purchasing the storage baskets and the rug on the right…#13.
I always look forward to the ideas from Creative Exchange.
Thank you so much Thelma for such kind words! All of the links for sources are below the mood board with the numbers on it. I see an ad is popped up directly under the image, so you will see the numbered links directly below the ad. I hope that helps! 🙂
Dawn Jumper says
Hi, I just discovered your site! I love it! I’m considering painting my son’s bathroom cabinets. They are white and I’m thinking about painting them black. Is this color on your mood board a good choice- Abyss? Do you recommend a particular finish- satin, flat, etc?
can you share a link to the source for the rug #13?
I found the links! BOY! Those were hidden under ads. I looked up and down twice before and clicked all the pictures. Somehow I spotted the link numbers on my 3rd or 4th pass. (is there a way to make those easier to find? keep them next to the picture instead of hidden under an unrelated advertisement? I don’t know the answer, maybe you don’t have that kind of control over the format?
Thanks for your note Melissa! Ironically, we have been working on that very solution with our ad network this last week and it makes me crazy as well. I’m so sorry for the trouble and hopefully our fix will be up this week. Thanks!!