I have featured a lot of fun homes over the last few years on my Feature Friday series, as well as many designer showrooms and idea houses from Southern Living. One thing many homes have in common is some fantastic and unique ideas on shelves, storage and organization. We can all use more of that, can’t we?
So, today I’m doing a little recap of some of these fun ideas that I’ve seen fly by here on my blog over the last few years. I love to see different ways of interpreting ideas for the home and hopefully you’ll get some ideas for yourself.
One of the most popular pins on my blog is this one, from the HGTV smart home in Austin, TX that I had the pleasure of visiting early last year. It has gotten so much traction on Pinterest and constantly gets shared and saved. It is truly a brilliant idea for small bathroom storage and if I could figure out where they got those black fasteners and hooks, I might be rich. I would certainly put a link here if I knew!
And look! I just realized I had featured another pic of this same idea from a Southern Living house in Bluffton, SC. I didn’t visit this one in person, but featured the magazine pics. I need to track down these fasteners, someone must be making them. Do you love this look as much as I do?
I loved this Southern Living Idea house in Senoia, GA a few years ago, with Ikea kitchen cabinets and furnished by Ballard Designs. So many great takeaways in this house, like this open shelving idea in the kitchen.
This Ballard Designs Bosch house in Serene, GA had some great kitchen ideas as well. If you have some open cabinets or choose to take off the doors, why not wallpaper or add fabric or craft paper to the backs. That really makes a statement!
This open shelf rustic bakers rack at the same house was used off the kitchen for extra storage. It’s pretty and holds a lot of things so why not keep it out in the open?
Here’s another kitchen shelving idea from the HGTV Dream Home 2014 at Lake Tahoe. They always have so many innovative ideas in these homes and I’ve been so fortunate to visit many of them.
This rustic DIY shelving from Primitive and Proper featured here is another genius idea for extra storage and you can make it yourself.
Here’s another fun shelf idea from one of my previous Feature Friday’s, Erin’s kitchen. She’s not blogging anymore, but this was a cute feature and a great idea for adding some wow and storage to a kitchen.
There are so many fun ways to add shelves to kitchens and I do still love this trend that has been going strong for a few years now. This kitchen from Lily Pad Cottage that I featured a few years ago is one of my favorites.
One of my favorite all time kitchen renovations from Lauren Liess (she has since moved to another house) and this pretty contemporary home update with rustic industrial shelving. It just adds so much to this space.
This house I featured from Serenbe a few years ago has some very unusual kitchen shelves, built right over the windows. It does add a certain appeal to the space and you don’t lose that view with all the open windows.
Shaunna’s beach cottage renovation created this beautiful wall of open shelves for a clean and classic look.
I’ve shared my friend, Traci’s kitchen shelves before but I love the cottage appeal they add to her renovated kitchen.
Cami from Tidbits did an outstanding job in her kitchen renovation and opted for open shelving and I shared her whole house on a Feature Friday.
From Robin’s Heart and Home feature, another over the sink kitchen shelf idea for you, a great place to house plants.
And as I’ve shared many times before, my own open rustic shelves in my kitchen add so much to my small space. It’s just a way to add storage, visual appeal and architectural interest to your rooms.
I hope this gave you some ideas on how to add extra storage and interesting visuals to your spaces and you get inspired to do something new in your own house!
Fall is just around the corner and I’ll be sharing some Fall updates with you real soon. I’m partnering next week with Homegoods and several other fun bloggers for a little blog hop with lots of Fall inspiration. My kitchen shelves are getting some Fall-ish accents added too!
Michelle @Pen & Hive says
I would never have considered putting shelves straight across the windows. It looks amazing and so refreshingly different though! These are all beautiful options!
Of all of those, yours is the pretttiest!
Jean Tice says
I also like the way the first two look. However, I caution how much weight is placed on the shelves. In the second picture you can see how the hooks directly under each shelf are opening up.
Pam Richardson says
Wonderful shelf inspiration, love all the open concepts! Happy Monday, Pam @ Everyday Living
Mandy Williams says
Thinking you might could DIY a similar black iron suspension system with hooks from the garden center. I’ve seen a pretty wide variety and think you could create a similar look ~ and probably for less 😉
Becky in 'Bama says
The open shelving concept would be okay for stationary items that are not used often, BUT for kitchenalia that is used daily (glassware, dishes, cups, etc..) would not be my favorite. Even though there are only two of us in our home, I would obsess if stuff was messy our out of line. In these staged photos it’s all nice and neat – but I want to see photos of how the shelving looks day-to-day. Using my dining room hutch to display my white porcelain and ceramic items is the same idea, and even that can get on my nerves with the dusting. In a kitchen area that is close to a range or cook top – I would imagine one has to deal with grease and grime. (I do like the shelf over the kitchen sink for plants/herbs.)
Ballard Design carries the shelving with the suspension hooks and eyes with very poor reviews. Very nice selection of shelving options!
Hi, Tanya, I didn’t know that, will have to check it out. Would definitely have to be really strong metal for this to hold up.
Farris Huff says
Rhoda, My investigation shows David Brown of David brown interiors made these shelves. His number is 843-757-4700 office, 843-304-4700 cell email [email protected] or [email protected] P.O. box 938 bluff ton, sc 29910
Hi, Farris, wow that’s great investigation. How did you find all this out? Thanks for sharing!
Farris Huff says
I have three sons. I have powers! First I found the online magazine, then I found his name, then I put in David Brown, carpenter. Then this stuff came up. It’s kinda my hobby. My mother was better than me. Teenage years were tough. Farris
Jami barnes says
I LOVE your open shelves!!! Where did you purchase your shelf brackets?!?? I’ve been looking everywhere…
HI, Jami, I bought those several years ago from a place in Alabama. If you search online you should be able to find some brackets. They are more plentiful than they used to be.
Connie Schultz says
Wow this looks great!
Susan H Whetstine says
My question with open shelving has always been about the grease from the stove no matter how far away the shelves are. Is there a problem with build up from that??
HI, Susan, as with anything that’s out, I think there is going to be dust and maybe some grease near the kitchen. I have some open shelves next to my kitchen and they are mostly for looks and for decorating, but I enjoy them and don’t worry too much about the dust. I change them out with the seasons and clean them all periodically.
I love the open shelves over the window idea. I’ve thought about doing it in my kitchen for years! Thanks for the reminder and the inspiration! I think this will be my year!