Next ten posts will focus on how you can simultaneously organize and show off your prized possessions. We all have them — my first ideaBook is about spotlighting, curating, choreographing and framing mine.
I spent first sixteen formative years of life in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia). My affinity for Russian culture is not intentional, rather ingrained — layered and woven through, even subconscious. It sets the tone. Although I am a fully assimilated Los Angelino, you can still discern a nod to that Russian heritage in my collections of books, teapots and wooden spoons.
Growing up in the Soviet Union, I was painfully shy and quiet. Perhaps arranging objects that were near and dear to me exactly the way I liked it was a way of communicating, gaining control — revealing. Hmmm. Has acquiring a voice been an overarching theme of my entire career? Interesting. I have come a long way — confidently providing home design advice, consulting DIY enthusiasts online, teaching. I thrive on encouraging creativity and self-reliance.
Hence, design tip #1:
REVEAL (remodeling design idea)
Problem: Impossible to hide new electrical conduits within the existing raw redbrick wall.
Solution: Conceal eloquently — create an additional layer.
Introduce a freestanding hollow partition to house everything required.
Added Benefit: “Wire management” wall reveals a provocative niche.
I delight in designing ledges, display rails and stands to feature personal treasures, interpreting the expression “all at your fingertips” in a private language — focusing on beauty while striving for efficiency.
Hence, design tip #1a:
CONSOLIDATE (small home design idea)
Problem: Relocating 10 years later.
Solution: Downsize intelligently — crop the shelves to cantilever from one bracket.
Added Benefit: Enough wood left over to use on a custom valance; virtually zero waste.
As mentioned above, this post and nine to follow are based on the ideaBOOK 01 Displaying & Organizing available for a free download here.
If you have any questions, please address them to me in your comments below. I am at your service as an online architectural consultant and DIY ally.