When you don’t have a lot of space, you have to be super creative about how you use every inch of valuable real estate. Our little round house is small, really small so we had to start getting crafty with our storage. Like this large, hammered metal urn.
We added a fake topiary on top to keep out the dust and to bring some greenery indoors. But don’t be fooled, she’s more than just a pretty accessory. We also use her to store our picnic blanket and other crucial beach goodies.
The metal fish on the other hand is just for decoration. Isn’t she beautiful? I wish I could remember the artist’s name who made it. I love her simple lines and the contrast between metal and wood. She’s chunky and solid yet she still conveys a sense of grace and elegance.
In the main bedroom we use a large basket on top of our cupboard to store all our bed linen and some spare pillows.
Two more baskets in the open plan lounge, that doubles up as a second bedroom and kitchenette, serve the same purpose.
We also re-purposed this beautiful old suitcase into a table that also acts as storage for all our board games. Adding wheels makes it easier to move out of the way when the lounge becomes a bedroom.
We use ammo boxes, which we screwed into the walls in the kitchenette, as cupboards.
The ammo box lids make stunning rustic shelves. We simply used L-shaped brackets to hang them up. In the bathroom downstairs we’ve hung a bookshelf on the wall which it gives us lots of extra space for all those little luxuries that makes a bathroom a relaxing haven.
Don’t you just love that sign, lol!! It’s so me. We also added a ladder in an odd corner between the toilet and shower for some towels.
See that cute little beach handbag? It’s a pocket we cut from a pair of shorts that were falling apart. It’s got sunscreen and all the must haves to protect ourselves from the harsh African sun. The kids already know when mom says “grab the pocket and let’s go” we’re on our way to the beach.
To free up counter space in our kitchen downstairs we spray painted some hanging buckets we found at a garden center and use them to store all our washing up paraphernalia (look mom I used a BIG word 😎 )
We also re-purposed a wooden fishing tackle box and an office cupboard to make a kitchen island (you can see how we did it here). Look at all that extra storage space. Whoop, whoop 🙂
And don’t forget the space under the stairs in the kitchen. We made this gorgeous door out of old pallets (Note to self – please remember to post that tutorial……).
We use the cupboard under the stairs to store all those bits and pieces that are an eye sore, like our grungy mop and feather duster. Hubby cut up some 50mm conduit and screwed them into the wall. They’re perfect for storing those odd bits that usually get shoved in some corner.
Clever hey? We attached these funky baskets that we got on Amazon to the inside of the door. They were soooo easy to install and the plastic coating means it won’t rust down at the coast. Bonus!!!
I’m pretty sure if I look hard enough I can find a few more spots for extra storage, and if you’ve got any tips please share, I’d love to hear from you.
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