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7 Clever & Charming Built-Ins

I love when built-in storage and architectural detail is tucked into little nooks and crannies in a home. Built-ins are not only charming but oh-so-practical, especially in small spaces where furniture can feel crowded. My far away dream is to build a house with custom built-ins everywhere. How fun would that be? So for a little fun weekend dreaming, here are seven ideas for clever and charming built-ins.

1) Don’t waste an inch.

Yes, there could have been just regular drywall around that door (above). But why have a plain ordinary wall next to a door when you can have fun cubbies for trays, breadboards and pretty bowls?

7 Clever & Charming Built-Ins

2) Hallways can be more than just a pass through.

If your hallway or stairway landing is wide enough, I think tucking in a library would be the most charming idea. I mean, I would vote for a library in any room of the house, but something about this hallway just makes me certain I would forget where I was headed and find myself lost in a novel all afternoon.

7 Clever & Charming Built-Ins

3) Doggie mudrooms should be a must.

OK, so at our house we are forever carrying dogs upstairs to wash off their muddy feet and faces after fun in the rain. But this idea? Imagine this perfect doggie shower tucked into a corner of the garage or a mudroom, with built-in space for dog towels and accessories. I vote yes for this.

4) Efficiency can be charming, too.

So if you don’t have the extra space for a dedicated laundry room, this could be an efficient way to keep up with your laundry while you fix dinner or drink your morning coffee! Many of us don’t have the luxury of spacious rooms for every thing we want or need in our home, so you might as well make efficiency in small spaces feel charming and intentional.

7 Clever & Charming Built-Ins

5) Little nooks with big style.

Dying. I love this built-in desk under the window, surrounded by bookshelves and drawers. What could be more inspiring than a charming spot designed to sit and write a letter, catch up on reading or writing, or pay a bill?

7 Clever & Charming Built-Ins

6) Why be ordinary if you can be special?

So I love the little built-in bookcase space next to the stairs. But I can’t help but be drawn to the dutch door, too. While maybe it wouldn’t be what most of us think in when we say “built-in” it is a functional, practical and delightful feature to include in a home.

7 Clever & Charming Built-Ins

7) Built-in beds and bookcases are a win in small spaces.

I mean, can you imagine daydreaming the afternoon away in a built-in bed cubby like this?

Okay, if you could have just one of these built-ins in your home, which would you pick?

Decluttering Things You Love

Decluttering Things You Love

I‘ve been on a decluttering rampage. Nothing has been safe from my decluttering mission. If there is one thing I have grown more certain of since we have lived here, it’s that I don’t like keeping (or the possibility of moving) random stuff. We downsized tremendously to move into this house (our old house was twice as big), but even after years of decluttering, we still had SO MUCH STUFF. TOO MUCH STUFF.

It wasn’t all mine. Some belonged to others. We had family members moving over the past few years and we hung onto things we liked that they might want (they didn’t end up needing them). I hung on to things we liked and thought we might use someday (we didn’t). I had a special box of broken things I loved that I planned to fix (and never did). We had nice stuff that was given to us that we finally acknowledged we will never use. Our house was slowly decluttered over the six years we’ve lived here, but our garage was still full even though every year we cleared it out a little more.

Finally when faced with the idea of moving it all, we got serious. We were ruthless declutterers. We gave away SO MUCH stuff, even stuff we liked. And you know what? Giving things away you’ve hung on to for far too long is therapeutic, even if you happen to really like what you gave away! You know what brings me more joy than holding on to boxes of stuff I like just in case I might find a use for them someday? Giving away things I like but no longer use or don’t have the space for.

Today over at The Decluttered Home I’m pondering some of the issues surrounding decluttering things we love, come join me!