I live in a 2000 square foot home in Texas, which sounds huge compared to the 1400 square foot home I came from in California. What I’ve noticed here though, is that storage space is completely missing and when it comes to practicality, most of that square footage is upstairs where the bedrooms are.
The downstairs living space, which includes the dining room, living room, kitchen, powder room and utility room/pantry is only 600 square feet! This forces one to get creative with utilizing every inch as if it were a premium.
I’ve got this little space at the end of my hallway off the kitchen, between the doors that lead to the powder room and the utility room that is just wasted space, if you ask me. I’ve been trying forever to figure out how to best use it:
Because of the window, I’ve been struggling with how to use it
(for the record, that tree died not long after this photo was taken. R.I.P. little palm)
There’s no view outside that window, just a nice shot at the brick work of the neighbor’s house so except for bringing in some natural light, it’s pretty useless.
Then a few weeks ago, I came across this photo in Wisteria
and a light bulb went off when I saw this:
I love the look of industrial pipes and I could use a tall narrow shelf in that space to house my jars of flour, sugar, etc. I’m constantly struggling with fitting place mats and cloth napkins in drawers or keeping them accessible on shelves. This could be the answer and it looks very easy to do, not to mention inexpensive (my favorite word).
Here are some other examples of industrial pipe furniture that I love:
I think I’m going to give this a whirl and see what happens. What do you think?
I’m off to look at granite with a client today!
You know how I LOVE granite yards…
Have a great day,