Californian studio Able + Baker (A+B) imagined an idea that can hide clutter while giving the impression of displaying different book spines. The Modern Library Storage Bin constructs a design adapted to library shelves that serves the purpose of stylishly storing CDs and DVDs, pieces of papers, pens, magazines, you name it – as long as they fit in the 12? x 12? x 8? format. These wooden boxes were adorned with repurposed library books, easy to integrate into a library or bookshelf, between your own real books. Designers say that the Modern Library Storage Bin fits great with the Ikea Expedit bookcase, but these fun and creative wooden storage boxes can be showcased on any shelf, any bookcase they fit in or even be left out on the table. These book spine-displaying boxes can also come with drawer hardware and they are hand crafted from ply maple. Each of the bins are unique – books are carefully chosen and artfully displayed to become part of the storage compartments.
Don’t worry about making your shelf picture-perfect. Displaying a collection of toys is a simple, eye-catching solution, and the resulting vignette just might double as wall art! Below we see the Radial Wall Shelf from The Land of Nod. To cut down on the cluttered look, try grouping items by color! These Color Bar Ledges from The Land of Nod make the job easy. Use the shelves themselves to create an artful wall vignette, especially if you purchase intriguing pieces like these Shape Shifter Wall Shelves. This Land of Nod hinged metal shelving allows for a range of configurations, from rectangles to arrows. And don’t forget about creative ideas such as placing patterned paper at the back of your shelving to create a vibrant backdrop. These Honeycomb Wall Shelves are styled with shades of turquoise. Do you have any shelf styling tips to share? Leave a comment below.
It’s no surprise that our friends Down Under know how to get low when it comes to their living rooms. Designed by Georgia Ezra of G. A.B. B. E. Studio, the cool and contemporary Brighton Escape home is made a bit more comfy thanks to a dropped seating area lined with the same wood that accents the ceiling, walls and stairs. Located in Merida, Mexico, Casa Sisal‘s vast great room boasts a recessed sitting area that emphasizes its modern splendor by creating a symmetry with the home’s 3-sided infinity edge swimming pool.The best part? This opulent 2-bedroom home is available for rent for a mere $299 a night so that you can snuggle up there yourself.