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According to Done & Done Home, a New York-based firm that helps clients organize their homes, a chaotic bedroom can cause stress and prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. If that’s the case, this lingerie chest from American Drew’s Southbury collection (left) may not only bring order to the bedroom but sweet dreams to its owner. Hidden jewelry storage on both sides help keep small accessories organized. About $999. www.americandrew.com
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Although pictured against a wall, these elegant étagères are finished on both sides to serve as a room divider. Whether alone or in a pair as shown, each gold-plated metal frame includes two sets of strategically-placed
drawers. The base offers two full-size file drawers (see below). The piece retails for about $3,295 and is part of the Sporty collection from Cynthia Rowley for Hooker.
Even wall décor can provide an additional means for organizing and decluttering your home. The Garonne Wine Rack from French Heritage is a practical and attractive way to incorporate a wine collection into smaller living spaces. The slender design holds eight bottles of wine in a durable metal rack mounted to the center of a sturdy wood plaque with a distressed finish. About $675. www.frenchheritage.com
Country singer Trisha Yearwood is hosting her fourth season of “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” on the Food Network, while her first collection of home furnishings for Klaussner has just arrived in retail stores – including the $999 Miss Yearwood kitchen island. Painted off-white with a stainless steel top, it offers hooks on all four corners, two top drawers and two deep bottom drawers for storage. A new collection coming this spring, “Music City” will also include a kitchen island. www.klaussner.com
La-Z-Boy offers 44 different styles of ottomans in a variety of sizes and shapes, but the Depot is the granddaddy of them all. The giant lift top is upholstered on both sides and conceals a cavernous storage well. Closed, it seats a crowd. About $999 and available in hundreds of different fabrics and leathers. www.la-z-boy.com
The kitchen island in Legacy Classic’s Metalworks collection has a stainless steel top and two drawers plus a double-door cabinet in the base. Locking casters are an added bonus, allowing the piece to be mobile. In April the company will introduce the Rachel Ray Home collection, which includes three different groups, each with its own distinct style and its own kitchen island.
MAGNOLIA HOME FURNITURE
Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” fame designed her Magnolia Home line of furnishings with both style and function in mind. The Boho Valet (left) includes a low profile drawer console with a mid- century modern vibe. The unique, pivoting mirror and metal pipe clothes rack is an optional attachment. The Farmhouse Craft Room Table (right) keeps homework, crafts and hobbies organized with its wide top surface and corner storage legs. The Magnolia Home Collection is due to arrive in stores nationwide this spring. www.magnoliahomefurniture.com
Back door entries and mud rooms are classic clutter-catchers, but the all-in-one pet bed/hall organizer keeps the chaos at bay. In addition to providing a comfortable perch for a pooch, the Entryway Dog Bed (left) offers hooks for collars, leashes and toys, or perhaps coats and umbrellas. The bottom drawer can hold additional pet supplies. The Entryway Dog Bed sells for about $395 and is part of an entire line of pet furniture from Sauder Woodworking. Have trouble remembering what you’ve stashed where? The Barrister Lane shelving unit (right) is one of several Sauder offers with a spot for labeling each shelf – particularly handy when using baskets or boxes. With eight cubbies and two lower shelves, this piece sells for about $199. Find a host of ideas on how to use this piece on the Sauder website, www.sauder.com.
In addition to providing ample storage with drawers and shelves, Mademoiselle’s Couture Closet in SmartStuff Furniture’s Genevieve youth collection offers the added benefit of full-length, mirrored doors and a felt-backed jewelry panel inside one door. It sells for about $1,560. www.smartstufffurniture.com
The River House Utility Cabinet is only 43 inches wide and 22 inches deep. But the 87-inch tall double doors hide four tray drawers and two spacious, adjustable shelves for organizing (and hiding) household clutter. About $2,685. www.universalfurniture.com
Freestanding kitchen islands are so popular that furniture makers are including them as integral pieces in new “whole home” furniture collections – particularly those that are licensed by celebrity chefs! The Dogwood kitchen island is a signature piece in the Paula Deen Home collection. The top is 36 inches square, and the base offers five storage drawers and two cabinet doors. About $2,685. www.universalfurniture.com