DIY Open Shelves for Stylish Storage

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This space near a kitchen nook has always been a challenge for Sara Davis
(of the blog Sincerely Sara D) since the day her family moved in. While the wall is a large area, it’s an awkward fit without much circulation in the space.

Originally, she thought of building a narrow buffet for a custom fit, but, “One day it clicked, and I dreamed up simple but elegant DIY shelving,” Sara remembers. “It would fill the boring blank wall without taking up much space, while providing storage.”

Even without carpentry skills, Sara was able to execute this low-cost DIY project and so can you by following her tips below!

Add and subtract: Maximize your space by using your walls for vertical storage. Unlike furniture pieces, which can take up precious floor space and look cluttered, open shelves add storage and interest to any space, while keeping the area open.

Move on up: Sara needed to think high rather than low. In the end, her solution supplies storage without taking up space.

Style and curate: When styling open shelves, be practical. These shelves are in Sara’s kitchen, so it includes attractive things she needs on a semi-regular basis, like cake stands. Styling the shelves with dishes similar in style and color. Elegant pieces with creams, white, golds and bronzes and adding plants look neatly curated.


Find the Perfect Farmhouse Trestle Table

The trestle table feels right at home in a farmhouse setting. Photo by Bret Gum

Although the trestle table is a mainstay of the contemporary American farmhouse-styled home, its history traces back to England’s medieval period when similar furniture pieces were more functional than design statement and were used in the humblest of homes as well as castles and manors.

Characterized by two or three trestle supports, a cross-member and a large board on top, the trestle table was simple yet sturdy and folded up to be stored away. With its narrow tabletop, a trestle table allowed servants to easily deliver meals to diners, but at a moment’s notice it could also double as a shield when flipped over to protect from intruders. Its popularity later waned when gateleg and refectory tables came on the scene, but we still appreciate the trestle table today for its trusty and timeless design.

The trestle table comes in a variety of styles, from its most utilitarian form to more elegant versions that make for beautiful dining in well-designed spaces.

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Eloquence® pickled white St. Remy trestle table in pickled white finish. Visit

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Peyton trestle extension table. Visit

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Nantes dining table by Zentique. Visit

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Country French trestle dining table. Visit

Less is More: 3 Tips to Edit Any Room

Heirloom pumpkins add color to Courtney Allison's curated collection of servingware
Courtney’s hutch is carefully curated with her collection of servingware and styled for fall with heirloom pumpkins.

In spaces big and small, maximizing your space and clearing clutter are musts. No matter your home’s layout or style, work with the space you have and highlight the details that matter most to you. Follow these tips to edit each room to look its best.

Minimize everything: Reduce each room to the most basic furniture pieces (multifunctional pieces are ideal) and only decorate with a few key accents to truly shine.

Make it personal: Personal and sentimental touches, from children’s art to sweet family photos, make a house feel like home.

Seasonal flair: Bring the beautiful colors and textures of the season to your home with freshly picked flowers and fruits for an extra dose of color and whimsy.