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Expert Advice: how to create storage

Interior designer Kerri Lipsitz shares her tips for clever storage solutions

kitchen in primrose hill designed by kerri lipsitz
Kitchen in Primrose Hill designed by Kerri Lipsitz

Consider period details. I always encourage my clients to create storage that’s in keeping with the age of the property. Most of my joinery is influenced by the elegant but simple aesthetic of the Georgian period. When I’m designing something bespoke for a kitchen or the bedroom, I always return to that aesthetic.

house in north london designed by kerri lipsitz
House in North London designed by Kerri Lipsitz
House in North London designed by Kerri Lipsitz

Try reeded glass. A lot of people are apprehensive about glass cupboard doors because they think what’s inside has to be kept neat all the time. Reeded glass doesn’t have total visibility; instead, it has a lovely textural quality and reflects light beautifully.

primrose hill kitchen designed by kerri lipsitz
Primrose Hill kitchen designed by KerrI Lipsitz
Primrose Hill kitchen designed by KerrI Lipsitz

Make the most of high ceilings. If a house has them, it’s a great opportunity to create neat storage. In a recent project I worked on – a townhouse in Hampstead – I designed a half wall of ceiling-high kitchen cupboards. Inside one was a double larder – an easy fix for hiding small appliances and keeping herbs and spices together.

Kitchen in Hampstead designed by Kerri Lipsitz
Kitchen in Hampstead designed by Kerri Lipsitz

Its all in the detail. Install a pull-out shoe drawer in your wardrobe so your clothes aren’t touching any shoes and you can easily see what you have, even when they’re stored at the back. kerrilipsitz.com

This article appeared in the April 2020 issue of ELLE Decoration.

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