Spotted (and envied) on the Style Files blog: a closet converted into a practical utility space, complete with a sink and homemade built-in shelving. Styled by Dutch interior designer Kim Timmerman, it's the perfectly ordered and sparkling extra storage everyone could use. Here, a look at the closet and how to recreate it.
Above: A utility room that serves as a space for storing kitchenwares and washing up, it's tidily covered in white tiles and kitted out with shelves resting on brackets made from pegs. The same pegs are used as simple hooks over the sink. One of reasons the setup is so pleasing to the eye is its simple palette of black, white, and gray. Photograph by Louis Lemaire Fotografie.
Steal This Look with these elements:
Above: The American Standard All-Purpose Sink is designed be wall hung and measures 22 by 30 by 9.5 inches; $607.72 from Amazon.
Above: The Elements of Design Vintage Wall-Mounted Vessel Sink Faucet with Double Cross Handles has a 9.75-inch spout reach from the wall; $97.47 in polished chrome via Wayfair.
Above: Ikea offers several basic white shelving options. The Antonius Shelf is 31 1/8 inches wide and 11 inches deep; $5 each.
Above: To create shelf brackets and wall hooks, consider Wooden Building Blocks or a Hardwood Dowel cut into the desired lengths and painted white. Drill a hole in the back of each, insert a screw, and attach to the wall using anchors. See our post DIY Instant Hallway Hooks Made from Blocks for tips.
Above: The Kaico Coffee Pot by designer Makoto Koizumi is made in Japan of enamel-coasted steel with a maple knob; $130 from Emmo Home.
Above: The French-made Staub Cast-Iron Mini Cocotte in matte black is currently on sale for $50 (marked down from $72) at Williams-Sonoma. Looking for more options? See 10 Easy Pieces: Cast Iron Dutch Ovens.
Above: The One Gallon Amber Glass Jug with a handle and cap is $8.69 from My World Hut.
Above: Ikea's handmade Lidan Basket comes with a loop for hanging; $9.99 for a set of two.
Above: These Scissors are made by a Chinese scissor and knife company in business since 1663; $12 from Brook Farm General Store.
Above: Sized for ice cream, the Dessert Bowl in onyx is part of the Heath Coupe Line designed in the 1940s; $24 from Heath Ceramics.
Above: The Ilse Container is an all-brass receptacle designed by Ilse Crawford for Georg Jensen; $275 via The Future Perfect.
Above: Chicago artist Susan Dwyer hand builds ceramics, including this Large Light Gray Pitcher; $58 from Dwyer's studio, Up In the Air Somewhere.