January 27, 2009

storage beds

pottery barn's stratton bed with drawers

west elm's storage bed frame

With a small apartment one tries really hard to come up with creative ways to store stuff. I'll admit that our closet is stuffed to the brim and that these storage beds would come in very helpful. It seems that if you were handy this would be a fairly simple bed to create. There are so many great ways to hide things like with beautiful baskets stored under your bed or on shelves in your closet. I keep wanting to go out and buy pretty baskets to put all our linens in so when you open our linen closet you see neat baskets labeled, "fitted sheets", "flat sheets", etc.. That way whether your sheets are actually folded perfectly or not, everyone will think they are because they are hidden in very organized looking baskets! I need to just do it! You can find some really cute bins and baskets out there, not to mention old suitcases or ottomans that open up for storage. The options are endless!

January 21, 2009

Growing desire..

So I can't help but notice all the super cute upholstery pieces throughout Pottery Barn and anthropologie. I have this growing desire to learn how to reupholster things from ottomans to couches. I've covered a few chair seats in my time, but that was nothing compared to all the tools and time you need for reupholstering a wing back chair. What an amazing thing to be able to create new pieces from old not so cute chairs or couches. So I bought a few books and it doesn't seem impossible to learn. If anyone has some tips or encouragement, perhaps you too have tried reupholstering something of your own, I'd love to hear about it!