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June 28, 2013
When storage is an issue like it is in our kitchen, you’re forced to get creative. As we are short on surface space, I wanted something to hang and take up some vertical space instead. Enter the hanging basket. We’re familiar with them in our gardens, but not so much in our homes it seems. Well, at least not in the UK, as I searched high and low and finally tracked one down to an eBay seller in the US.
When it arrived, the copper was much shinier than I imagined, but I actually really like it now. It works a treat hanging above the kitchen work bench, next to our upcycled spice crate. What do you reckon? What creative storage solutions have you used in the kitchen?
Here's my inspiration:
March 14, 2012
Image: The White Company
If your magazine addiction is as bad as mine you’ve probably got piles of them all over the place and a stack by the sofa that slides all over the floor when you accidentally kick it… or maybe that’s just me! Anyway, it is getting ridiculous so I need some small storage solutions and a couple of wicker baskets are just the ticket.
I love the natural simplicity of wicker and jute. As you can see, Toast and The White Company have some great examples, but there are some great cheaper alternatives around too. I love the news bag from Idyll Home and the colour baskets from Rice are perfect to inject a bright splash to a neutral room.
March 13, 2012
I’m excited to share our latest piece of furniture with you today: an upcycled oak blanket chest called Matilda. I also thought you might like to see a peek at our inspiration and design process from some pics we quickly snapped during a magazine photoshoot at the studio last week (more news on that next month!).
Chests and trunks have proved to be our most popular pieces at Ruby Rhino and it’s actually not surprising considering how handy they are. They are incredibly useful for providing discreet storage for everything from spare linen and bedding, to books, magazines, kids toys or whatever else you need to hand but don’t want on display.
I love to see them at the end of a bed but the extra bonus for use in a living room is that they can double up as a coffee table to give a fabulous vintage centrepiece.
Below is the initial mooboard for Matilda. You'll notice how ideas of purples and greys evolved into the dusty pink palette that we finally created to highlight the inlaid panels. We decided to use our unique cloudy paint effect, which involves several layers of colour building to create a really deep, dreamy finish. See more close-up pictures here.
We couldn't be happier with how Matilda turned out. In fact, when I popped my pillows in for some quick styling, I was so tempted to make a new home for her in my bedroom. The perils of creating something you love is that you never want to give it up!
September 21, 2011
I’m always on the look out for clever storage ideas and one of my favourites is giving an older ladder a new use. Small ones make great bedside tables or plant displays, while larger ones are great for hanging from the kitchen ceiling for pot holders or leaning against a wall to stash towels, blankets, or even books and magazines.
They’re pretty easy to get your hands on too – eBay usually has plenty on offer, and Bubbledrum and Elemental tend to have one or two in stock. If you like the idea but not the beat-up dirty look (which I love!) then good old M&S has a ladder-style bookshelf in a few different colours which is cool for a sleeker look.
September 1, 2011
We're off to Hungary this morning for a mini holiday and our friends wedding in Budapest at the weekend. I'll still be posting each day, but in the meantime, have you checked out The Glitter Guide? It is my new favourite daily read and dose of utter girlie-ness. The Style at Home feature is great to get a peek into the pads of stylish ladies and see gems like this magpie’s nest belonging to Catherine – owner of cute boutique Hallelu.
Just look at all those rings! Aside from being in awe of her jewellery collection, I love her storage idea of what looks like an old thimble case. I often come across them at auctions and flea markets and now have just the use for one – just got to stock up my ring collection to fill it.