Hello! I'm Kara Paslay and that handsome fella in the photo below is my husband, Tim. We write the blog Kara Paslay Designs, and we are super excited to be here today!
I have to admit when Mrs. Limestone told me the topic of discussion for this series of guest posts, I was a little bit bummed. . . mainly because the couple of closets that I do have in my home are nothing special. They are somewhat organized, but definitely not worthy of a blog post. So I started to think about an issue that I'm guessing many of us have.
Living in an older cottage style house, our storage space is pretty limited. This style of house was built with small closets that are few and far between. Because of this, I have found ways to conceal a lot of my
clutter necesseities. Today I am going to go over one of those ways, but you can pop over to my blog to see more storage ideas- both hidden and exposed! :)
Buying or building pieces of furniture that have lots of drawers provide you with instant organization! Below you can see the media console that my husband and I built with a bunch of old drawers we found at flea markets.
In order to build this piece, we gathered a bunch of mismatched drawers from a local flea market. Then Tim (my husband) built boxes for each drawer to fit in. We also bought a few metal files and a mirror for a special project!
After the individual drawer boxes were built, Tim built one large box to hold all the drawers. Here are a few pictures we took as we were trying to figure out exactly how things would fit together.
We designed the piece so that the overall feel was a structured and clean even though there is a lot going on. The whole project took a lot of planning, figuring, and refiguring but in the end we were happy with the result! :)
We not only love the look, but we love that each drawer or space is used to organize/hide a different thing, like this drawer which fits our DVD's perfectly.
And like this mirror that rotates to reveal our DVD player on movie night, but conceals it the rest of the time. You can watch this this video of us showing how it works on The Nate Berkus Show.
We also designed the piece to have an opening that perfectly fits a collection of our magazines.
One drawer is used to store all my design consulting materials: graph paper, current catalogs, paint fans, and more.
So that's our 1 stop shop for clutter concealing! We hope that you've enjoyed reading about it and might be inspired to built something similar for yourself!
Thanks so much to Stefanie for having me!