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Home visit: a stylist’s storage update

Storage needs to be functional, but it can look good too. We asked interior stylist Katie to show us how she turned an uninspiring storage solution into a useful and attractive display.

Textiles and tableware displayed on open storage.
Textiles and tableware displayed on open storage.

Solve a storage challenge

As stylists, Katie and her flatmate need to store lots of props and textiles. They used to keep everything in large plastic crates, which took up a lot of space. ‘Every time we wanted to pick out props, we had to unstack all the boxes,’ says Katie. Replacing the boxes with a slim open-storage system has given them a solution that suits their lifestyle. ‘Now, our props are organised and accessible, and they can be displayed in a way that’s visually pleasing.’

How to create displays

Choose storage that suits the rest of your home and your personality. ‘I like open storage because I’m a very visual person,’ says Katie. ‘It allows me to be playful with how I display things, and putting the shelves in at varying heights means we can customise our storage. It’s a good idea to group certain items together – I layer textiles in their colour groups and keep all of our glassware together. We keep one shelf for storing an overspill of bathroom accessories.’

Things are always moving and changing around in our flat, so it’s important for us to have a storage solution that reflects this

Katie, London

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

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Interior stylist: Katie Phillips
Photographer: Polly Wreford