A cherry-paneled family room by Absolute Kitchens, complete with cabinetry and bookshelves.
A sleek master bedroom closet from California Closets.
A home office designed by Vivianna Irizarri of Cachet Furnishings & Interiors.
A whimsical, harlequin-themed kitchen storage area by Vivianna Irizarri.
A corner entertainment unit of lacquered maple from Vivianna Irizarri.
A spacious master bedroom closet by Eco-Nize Closets.

Clutter Be Gone

Storage solutions can be beautiful as well as practical

Clutter Be Gone


Clearing the clutter can be a bear. Even the most fastidious homeowners find that the detritus of daily life catches up with them, making their homes more disorganized than they’d like them to be—while for the rest of us, getting organized can seem like a lost cause. Fortunately, attractive storage solutions abound for every room in the house. Closet organization companies, interior designers and kitchen designers offer innovative storage solutions that can be adapted for bedrooms, libraries and home offices, kitchens, baths, entertainment areas, laundry rooms and garages.

“Behind most custom cabinetry is a need for cleanliness, but you also need to have clean lines in a room so it flows,” says interior designer Vivianna Irizarri, who works with custom cabinetry maker Anthony Rifino of Anthony Rifino, LLC, to create one-of-a-kind storage solutions that double as beautiful furnishings. On these pages, we feature a variety of projects—from closet to kitchen—that illustrate the newest trend in home organization: Storage solutions that are as beautiful as they are practical. 

Clean-Lined Closet
The owners of an Arlington, Virginia, home wanted to convert an irregular space full of recessed corners and nooks into a well-organized master bedroom closet. They called on California Closets to tackle the job, which involved custom-cutting and fitting some of the storage units on site to accommodate the room’s irregularities. The owners chose California Closets’ Classic Line, which is made of light-stained solid cherry and veneers, to complement the style of their home. The finished closet includes shelving for shoes, glass-fronted cabinets for easy viewing of contents and an island with a convenient surface for emptying pockets. DESIGN: California Closets, Fairfax, VA.
Designer Alternatives
Vivianna Irizarri used her designer’s ingenuity for a variety of storage solutions: A corner entertainment unit of lacquered maple furnishes a basement with storage and a sleek, sophisticated look; a home office gets a facelift via a built-in desk and cabinetry of pecan-stained maple with French wire-screened doors so books are visible yet somewhat concealed; a playful harlequin design imparts color and light to a kitchen storage area, which includes shelving for glassware and a built-in bench with storage under the seat . DESIGN: Vivianna Irizarri, Allied Member, ASID, Cachet Furnishings & Interiors, Oakhill, VA. CUSTOM MILLWORK & FABRICATION: Anthony Rifino, Oakhill, VA.
A Place for Everything
A Bowie, Maryland, homeowner hired Eco-Nize Closets to give her
the closet of her dreams. Designer Noel Sweeney converted a former bedroom for the purpose, closing off a door and opening an entry to the new master bedroom. “I analyzed the client’s belongings and tried to accommodate them,” he says of the wall of shelving he installed for her 100 pairs of shoes and eight velvet-lined drawers for jewelry. The homeowner had a dark-stained table she wanted to center in the space, so Sweeney selected eco-friendly mocha-colored laminated cabinetry to match. Crown moldings were added for visual interest. DESIGN: Noel Sweeney, Eco-Nize Closets, Clifton, VA.

Wonderful Wood
A McLean couple wanted to update their family room and connect the space visually with the adjacent kitchen, which is full of cherry cabinetry. They tasked Richard Forbes of Absolute Kitchens—who had previously designed the kitchen and sunroom—with realizing their vision, which included plenty of storage space for games, books and electronics equipment. Forbes’s design more than answered the homeowners’ needs: A wall of built-in shelving and cabinetry in warm, glazed natural cherry flanks the limestone-faced fireplace. Cherry paneling, mantel and millwork complete the look, imbuing the warm and welcoming feel the couple had wanted. DESIGN: Richard Forbes, Absolute Kitchens, Vienna, VA.

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