Colorful cubbies add storage and accentuate the theme of the room
Keith Scott Morton

De-clutter Built-in Cubbies

The big idea: Consider turning extra wall space into a useful niche, like the high nooks in this playroom that maintain order and store infrequently used items. When building a new cottage or renovating an older one, look for inventive ways to conceal life's daily clutter, keeping favorite items within easy reach.

Notice the details: Deep boxes and baskets maximize storage. Remember to mix it up: While baskets may be ideal for bulky toys, boxes with dividers work well to organize crayons, markers, and construction paper. Choose colorful or patterned containers to serve as accents in the room.

Find it: Spherical paper lantern, $2.50-$30.50, from Pearl River; 800/878-2446 or

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