Displaying posts labeled "Shelving"

Brooklyn Heights Loft

Posted on Mon, 17 Mar 2014 by midcenturyjo

Imagine living in a loft awash with light and space. Line the walls with books and art, fall back into your comfy couch and you’re home. What’s not to love about this Brooklyn loft by Ensemble Architecture? I’m still oggling the impressive wall of books. Yes please!

A dump turned jewel

Posted on Thu, 9 Jan 2014 by KiM

About a month ago my husband and I took on a quick project in our home that was literally life changing. I wanted to share it with you all now that I finally have photos thanks to a bit of free time over the holidays. My house is quite small as I have complained MANY times here, and has no decent storage. We eat at home alot, and despite having a fabulous new kitchen, there was still not enough storage for food after our trips to the grocery store. Another dilemma we have with this house is there is NO closet on the main floor. When you walk in the front door you are smack in the middle of the living room. This is Ottawa, so having no adequate space to dump wet snowy jackets and boots was beyond annoying. There is a room at the back of the house just beyond the kitchen. We decided to turn the space into a pantry/cold storage(LOL)/coat room. Here is a post of it when I redecorated and made it my office. I am so freaking happy with the space now. We have FOUR Ikea shelving units to store the majority of our food, some dishes, and office supplies! YESSS!!! My husband also built a storage unit to house all of our coats, boots and seasonal accoutrements. 🙂 A dump of a space turned out to be one of the most useful in the house, and it’s pretty cute to boot! (Sorry, I took an overabundance of photos)

This room is not wired for lighting so we had to improvise and bought some cute clamp lights for the top of the shelves. We can finally see in there!

A photo by my friend Maura and my beloved South African Wonki Ware dishes from Green Light District

The microwave is plugged in and now lives on the firt shelf so it’s easy to get to. LOVE not having it on the kitchen counter.

We bought 7 or 8 of the hanging baskets above – they’re GREAT!

Thanks to all this shelving I was able to utilize a bunch of my vintage storage containers (I’m a bit obsessed) – apple baskets, metal locker bins, crates… and that’s Pheoebe. I could not find a black and white runner anywhere so red for now.

I found an old can of charcoal grey paint in the basement so I painted 2 walls with it, as well as the front vertical sections of the shelving.

I didn’t want the table above in the space but I brought in that succulent planter for the winter and had no other place for it, and one of my cats Lucky adores that hammock so it had to stay. It needs a paint job (we found it in the AS IS section at Ikea for about $50). The white shelving to the right is the cat perch made out of an Ikea baby change table that we chopped in half and mounted to the wall.

The back door is now our main entrance. And that’s Felix. He’s huge.

My husband whipped up this unit out of some plywood one afternoon. It’s been over 6 years since I’ve had a proper place to hang my jackets. 🙂 I decided to leave it unpainted because it was too damn cold out and I like raw plywood.

Felix (and Mimin’s tongue)


Favourite shelves – why not?

Posted on Sun, 29 Dec 2013 by midcenturyjo

in Him’s interior design

Posted on Thu, 5 Dec 2013 by KiM

Being an interior design firm must be a bit tough in a city where space is at a premium. in Him’s interior design is based in Hong Kong and clearly have to deal with very small spaces – and it doesn’t seem to hinder them one bit. Our interiors showcase signature designs that are understated yet sophisticated, straightforward, elegant and functional.  Balance, light, space and color factor into every design, creating a timeless effect.  Clean lines and simple but well-crafted furnishings, with an attention to texture and the highest quality materials are essentials to our designs. 

A masculine bedroom (that’s tidy!)

Posted on Tue, 26 Nov 2013 by KiM

I love this bedroom! It belongs to photographer Taylor Hoff, and was captured by Benjamin Grimes. It’s so handmade and rustic and OMG organized!!! That’s a pretty incredible feat for a guy. LOL!

Bonus: a few more awesome photos by Benjamin Grimes

(Benjamin’s home)

(Benjamin’s brother)

(a chair by Jared Rusten)