These shelves set into the wall make room without taking up room. They allow detailed display of books and items and create a focal point of the room. I love the balance in this room of detail and open simplicity.
Another example of shelving that gives detail while keeping a simplified look.
This multipurpose table is a fantastic display of storage and function. It serves as a cooking counter and island, a kitchen table, and extra storage space.
These strategically-placed drawers offer easy access without having to leave the sink and vanity area; and they keep the bathroom open and uncluttered.
Last year my mom had her carpenter installed lockers (much like those found in Pottery Barn Kids) for my three brothers still in school. It revolutionized their organization and avoided much "hey where did I put that math sheet" hassle. When company like me comes to stay, she assigns each guest a locker for coats and purses and a little personal space while visiting.
This is a favorite kitchen photo. The room doesn't need to be large to be fully functional. From the sturdy island to the open shelving (LOVE IT), there appears to be a place for everything--even a gumball jar. All especially important with the quick cluttered messes children can make.
Another angle of the same kitchen, with a dark armoire of storage on the other end of the room.
And a vanity area with plenty of room. Aggressive storage with a feminine touch. Every photo from this group A House in the Hamptons by Mahoney Architects is wonderful.
Another vanity with a cleaner look.
Tucked in shelves here allow for simple and zen-like storage.