{random inspiration}

I instantly fell for the idea of using library storage as a sophisticated display case, because some shoes and clutches are little works of art and far too pretty to hide away. {For a sleeker alternative, I also found a similar style in stainless steel at an antique shop.}

A charming built-in shelf beneath a kitchen window provides a space for two with a view . . .

A glass-topped table is a great workspace with room for storage and display, perfect for your stylish pens and keepsakes.

British girls Lucy and Fiona are behind Malinki, a company that sources French tailors' mannequins, known to be among the finest in the world, and upholsters them in bright florals and vintage silks, as well as bespoke options.

I once saw a glass etching project in a book that looked fantastic, but also a little difficult . . . And being hopelessly short on time these days, I was happy to discover Brume window film, which has an etched glass effect, offers privacy, yet still lets in natural light. You can also customize designs with an inspirational quote or any combination of patterns, numbers, and letters.

{images 1-3: Living etc.}

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Blogger Mamma Millan said...

ooo, what a lovely blog you have!!
So pretty thihgs!!

Millan Sweden

February 27, 2008  
Anonymous Nay-K said...

aww! the first picture with the storage for shoes and handbags is so beautiful!!! great idea!

February 27, 2008  
Blogger Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I missed a few posts while I was out shopping! :-)

I love the idea of using pretty shoes and clutches and clothing items for display. That is so me. I love everyday stuff that is pretty, books, dishes, etc. that make a room lovely without trying so hard. And storing those shoes in that cabinet is genius.

And that film on the window is great!


February 27, 2008  
Blogger coco said...

the second room is pure style
great post

February 27, 2008  
Blogger Rare Autumn said...

i own that desk! and it's just pure wonderful!

i really really love the idea of library storage for beautiful shoes and bags - i have something similar at home, but it hasn't felt quite right and that image just clarified it for me! thank you :)

i really love your blog and think it's incredibly beautiful and inspiring - mentioned it a while ago on my blog...

February 27, 2008  
Blogger girl meets glamour said...

how stunning is that mannequin!!


February 27, 2008  
Blogger Nicole said...

I want that desk! Is this the same one I saw in the Ikea catalog a few months back? I almost purchased it but got a deal on the Mason desk from Williams and Sonoma Home. Great blog btw...you are on my "Daily Reads" list. Thx, nicole

February 27, 2008  
Blogger Easy and Elegant Life said...

Hello TIG, Great post. I do love that desk. Mrs. E. and I have used a lawyer's bookcase as display space for my collection of 50's silver rimmed Rosenthal glasses and my cocktail paraphernalia in the bar. It would work beautifully in a walk in closet or dressing room as shown!

February 28, 2008  
Blogger Carolina Eclectic said...

The window w/ the etched address is so fun! Love the idea.

February 28, 2008  
Blogger Claudia said...

I love that idea - the shoes in the cabinet!! It occurs to me that I may need to start eyeing my father-in-law's cabinets - he was an attorney and has a bunch of those... hmmm.... :-)

February 29, 2008  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, Mamma Millan, glad you’ve found your way here :)

Thanks, Rare Autumn—lovely of you to say, and I will stop by your blog right now to have a look at your mention . . .

Nicole—it may well be the same desk, although I’ll have to check—it’s from a story in Living etc.

Hello Elegant! Your lawyer’s bookcase display sounds really lovely (as do your Rosenthal glasses)—definitely a great idea. The steel library case I saw was much taller than the one pictured here, and I could really see the storage possibilities.

March 01, 2008  
Blogger Pigtown-Design said...

I have all of my cashmere sweaters stored in my library or barrister's bookcases. It looks like a funky rainbow.

March 01, 2008  

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