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Get Organized: Storage Envy

Great storage solutions are key when it comes to getting organized—once and for all. Want some unrivaled inspiration for your conquest? Check out these drool-worthy spaces.

Written by Sally Finder Weepie
  • Not everyone has the square footage or the budget for a swank dressing room—but we can dream, can't we? This closet, decorated to evoke Old Hollywood glam, is a shoe-lover's paradise that's fit for a starlet. Maybe you can't squeeze a swank chandelier or luxurious seating into your space, but go ahead and steal the idea of see-and-grab shelves for shoes. You'll never waste time hunting for lost soles again.

    Design: Philip Nimmo

  • Werner Straube

    Fashion Statement

    The two-story master bath/closet in Bill and Giuliana Rancic's Chicago home is ready for its red-carpet close-up. Wall cabinets are fitted with rods, drawers, and shelves to organize the fashionable homeowners' wardrobes. Even if you lack a dressing room with a view, the idea of a closet organization system is a good one. You can customize the space you have to keep clothes organized and looking good.


    Design: Loni Paul

  • Bright Ideas

    A dressing room adjacent to the bath makes a whole lot of sense. It can store both clothing and bath supplies such as towels and tissue. Here, white-painted cabinets with glass-front and mirrored doors bring high function and enviable glamour. Pick the style that's best for you: Glass fronts let you instantly find what you need; mirrored doors hide any clutter yet reflect light and give you a good view of your outfit for the day. Another practical touch: An ottoman offers a gracious place to slip on tights or shoes.


    Design:  Berkley Vallone

  • All the Options

    Glass doors pair with drawers and open racks for a variety of smart, functional storage in designer Louise Brooks's dressing room. Brooks, known for her white and ivory interiors, called on bright-painted cabinets, soft neutral carpet, and ample natural light for this space, where the pop of lively color comes from the clothing itself. Metal hanger knobs put tomorrow's outfit at hand, along with often-used bags or scarves.

    Design: Louise Brooks

  • Novel Approach

    Bibliophiles, here's your dream space: a room wrapped with books that stretch from floor to ceiling. It feels indulgent, but maybe it's not out of reach. Consider transforming a spare bedroom into a combination home office/library. Built-in shelves make the most of wall space; mingling in art and collected pieces keeps an airy attitude—you won't be absolutely buried in books. A workspace built into the wall unit accommodates a computer, while an antique desk layers in character. Don't forget a couple of comfy chairs—for reading or for just sitting and enjoying your organizational masterpiece.


    Design: Kerry Howard

  • Werner Straube

    Cook's Delight

    Kitchen designer extraordinaire Mick De Giulio has the recipe for a storage-rich kitchen. In this space, he paired dark-stained and stainless-steel wall cabinets with white-painted island cabinetry for a bonanza of options for stowing pots, pans, plates, dishes—pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. Park your pretties in the glass cabinets; hide the utilitarian goodies behind closed, solid doors. A hanging unit for pots is super smart: You can store a lot in a little space, yet the doors keep dust out—so much better than an over-island pot rack. Dividers keep baking sheets and cutting boards upright and easy to access.


    Design: Mick De Giulio

  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Perfect Hideaway

    In this kitchen, the pantry door is integrated into the cabinets, creating the effect of an elegant paneled wall. It's drop-dead gorgeous and also amazingly functional. Behind the door, there's space for glassware, cooking oils, and serving pieces.


    Design: Matthew Quinn

  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Drink It In

    There's beauty galore in this wet bar, where a mirrored wall lining a dramatic barrel-arch niche creates a focal point and an attractive spot for guests to gather. Glass-front cabinets for stemware let the crystal add to the mirror's sparkle. Closed storage around the sink is also a good move—alcohol and barware can be tucked away. Make the space work even smarter by including a wine refrigerator in the set-up.


    Architect: Tim Adams

    Interior design: Nicole Metzheiser

  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Wine and Dine

    A utility room adjacent to the dining room in this home was converted into a temperature- and humidy-controlled storage space for wine. Talk about convenient storage solutions! We'll drink to that.


    Design: Carolyn Griffith

  • Peter Rimwyd

    Doggone Cute 

    A sliver of space near the back door can become a handy, high-style mudroom. A pair of cabinets—one high, one low—keep necessities at hand. Coat hooks corral jackets, bags, scarfs, and dog leashes so they're ready at a moment's notice. The bottom cabinet doubles as a handy bench, perfect for slipping on shoes. And there's even a comfy bed—plus food storage—for good old Fido. 


    Design: Lisa Mende

  • John Merkl

    Outdoor Oasis

    Alfresco gatherings tend to happen around the grill. Life is a whole lot easier for the cook when there's not just a grill, but an entire outdoor kitchen in which to create culinary delights. Cabinets around the cooking zone store utensils, seasonings, and serving pieces. An island adds another stow zone—and stands ready for buffet duty. 


    Design: Hillary Thomas

  • Werner Straube

    What a Gift

    A station that corrals all your gift-wrapping or crafting essentials would sure make life easier. Hanging rolls of paper and ribbon on dowels in an open built-in cabinet keeps things ultra-organized. No more digging in the closet! Bonus: An open spot in the lower wall of cabinets stows a sweet bed for your furry best friend. 


    Design: Kim Zimmer

  • Storage Central

    A walk-in pantry stores all your food staples, dishware, baking pans, and even the mixer—all out of the kitchen work area and away from entertaining spaces. A counter even sneaks in a little extra work space. If you don't have room for an organizational luxury on this scale, consider transforming a closet into pantry space. It's still a great way to keep your kitchen essentials at hand, not to mention neat and tidy.

  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.