The Friday Five: Shoe Storage in Style

Have I been doing it all wrong? Shoe storage, that is. I’ve got my shoes in these and these, but maybe I should put them in places that look like these:

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Recycled Consign & Design via Pinterest

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Jamie Chung via Elle

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Tabitha Simmons via Escapade

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Whitney Port via The Coveteur

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Whitney Port via The Coveteur

Yeah, right. My shoe collection would look ridiculous if it was anywhere but in the closet. Nobody needs to see my classic ballet flats or practical rain boots leaning against my crystal stemware.

Hope you all have a have a wonderfully luxurious long weekend!

Interiors: Open Shelving in the Kitchen

I had open shelving in my kitchen for a couple of months while I waited for a few cupboard doors to be made and installed. I didn’t quite work for me. Sure, there was one less barrier separating me and my plate, but the overall look was much too messy for me (yes, even¬†considering¬†my dishes are white and neatly stacked).¬†But when I look at the kitchens below, I think the open shelves look completely¬†fine and liveable.

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white kitchen with open shelving, via Southern Living

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white kitchen with open shelving, via Southern Living

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white kitchen with open shelving, via Happy Hour Mom

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white kitchen with open shelving, via House Beautiful

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white kitchen with open shelving, via The Simply Luxurious Life

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white kitchen with open shelving, via CocoCozy

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white kitchen with open shelving, via Maria Killam

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white kitchen with open shelving, source unknown

Marketplace: Z Gallerie Storage Solution

I don’t know about you but if I used a suitcase as a decorative storage solution I would probably be depressed. A constant reminder that I’m not on vacation!?

Veneto suitcases, $79.95, Z Gallerie

Thoughts?

p.s. Is anyone else surprised at the price of these storage containers? Do people really pay $80 for storage boxes? A better-for-your-budget option – buy an old suitcase at a thrift store and paint it white! Genius!