Here comes a trick question. How many baskets can a home have? The answer is… lots. If your space is small, then you need even more baskets. So no matter what number you say, the answer is more. The thing with baskets, and why I love any type of storage container, is that they keep everything organized.
Baskets are magic. They really are a chic, simple way to control clutter. Baskets add texture and warmth to a space and they make a room take on a casual air. That’s not to say you can’t use them in formal spaces. Baskets add just enough casualness to make a room appear friendly and welcoming.
One of our favourite places to pick up baskets is Crate and Barrel. They have classic shaped baskets that are beautifully handwoven. Quality baskets like these will last a long time. Any of the baskets above will look great no matter where you put them.
For our tiny bedroom at the cottage, and believe me it’s tiny, I have four baskets that are visible. Notice I said visible – because the entire under-the-bed is filled with baskets and so is the wardrobe. Getting back to the visible baskets, there’s one on top of the closet for extra blankets, one on each side of the bed filled with books and one for laundry. I figured if I had to have a laundry basket that everyone could see, it couldn’t be plastic. I found the one below at Walmart. You just never know.
No one has to know what you keep in your baskets. They can sit proudly on display and it’s like a secret. Inside can be anything and it doesn’t have to be pretty or organized. Shelving with built in baskets is another great way to bring some texture into a room and keep clutter to a minimum.
When styling, we often designate a smaller basket with a lid as the place to keep phone cords. Who doesn’t have 200 charging cords laying around – and don’t they look messy? Throw them in, put on lid, everything is neat. The Pottery Barn baskets below would be perfect for cords and they’re so pretty that it’s okay to have them sitting on a table or shelf.
I love the little stool below. A few years ago I picked it up at Superstore. It’s perfect for sitting, keeping my purse on, and best of all, it opens up for extra storage. Notice it’s filled with paperbacks. We do seem to have a book infatuation.
The basket below looks like it’s filled with cozy throw blankets. Dig deep and you’ll see that hidden at the bottom are children’s books. When I was helping my neighbour refresh her space at the lake, she had a bunch of kids books for when the little nieces and nephews come over. We didn’t know where to keep them because the books had to be handy, but not visible. Now they’re hidden at the bottom of the blanket basket and it’ll be a book treasure hunt when the kids come to visit.
Clutter looks better, and even artistic, when displayed in some type of tray or basket. As long as items are contained and grouped, they don’t look messy. We’ve learned that it’s really important to have a proper home for the remote control or else too much time is spent trying to find it. The little basket below works perfectly as a holding place – now everyone can easily put the remote back in it’s cozy little home.
It’s not just baskets I go gaga over, it’s really any type of storage container. I’ve realized over the years that I am a bit obsessed with boxes, bowls and even cute jars. I like having things around that do double duty – look pretty and hold things.
Chapters and Indigo have interesting things in their gift department. They have some really different storage ideas and their baskets are pretty great too. I put together a grouping of some stylish storage ideas from their spring and summer collections. Now that the stores are putting out their Autumn collections, there will be lots of new things for the home.
I know, it’s hard to believe it when you go into the stores and see all the summer things on sale and the shelves being loaded up with Autumny things. Summer goes way too quickly.
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