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Storage on Display: 16 Unexpected Items to Incorporate Into Your Decor

August 31, 2017

If you live in a small home or apartment, your closets and cabinets can quickly become filled to capacity. Free up some of that storage space by putting favorite items on display instead of hiding them away.

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Photo: Mary Costa Photography. From: Jessica McClendon.

In the Kitchen: Cutting Boards

Pretty wood or stone cutting boards don't need to be shoved in a cabinet when they're not in use. Instead, display them in layers against your backsplash, as designer Jessica McClendon did here. The wood adds a warm touch against the white subway tile.

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Photo: Jen Woodhouse

In the Kitchen: Pots and Pans

Tired of digging through your kitchen cabinets every time you need a skillet? Make this oversized pegboard shelving system for easy-access storage. You can customize the shelves and pegs to stylishly display your favorite pots, pans and utensils. Get step-by-step instructions >>

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In the Kitchen: Utensils

You probably haven't given much thought to the sides of your kitchen island or the ends of your cabinets, but these are great places to sneak in extra storage. In this space, designer Brian Patrick Flynn added antique brass coat hooks and knobs to hold kitchen tools. Simple wood utensils look attractive against the crimson paint color.

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Photo: Jen Woodhouse

In the Kitchen: Coffee Mugs

If your cabinets are chock full of coffee mugs, free up some of that space with this easy DIY display — you can make it in an afternoon for about $25. Add some coffee-making essentials underneath, and voila! You have yourself a stylish self-serve coffee bar. Get step-by-step instructions >>

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