ISSUE 29  |  The Simple Life

Steal This Look: The Organized Utility Closet, Complete with Sink

July 21, 2015 9:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

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Spotted (and envied) on the Style Files: 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 re-create 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 the following elements.


Above: The American Standard All-Purpose Sink is designed be wall-hung and measures 22 by 30 by 9 1/2 inches; $680.16 from Amazon. 


Above: The Elements of Design Vintage Wall-Mounted Vessel Sink Faucet with Double Cross Handles has a 9 3/4-inch spout reach from the wall; $113.99 in polished chrome via Wayfair. 


Above: Ikea offers several basic white shelving options. The Ekby Hemnes, 31 1/8 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches deep, is $14.99. Companion brackets also available.


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. For ready-made options, take a look at 11 Favorites: Pegboard Storage Organizers and 6 Wooden Storage Pegs


Above: The Kaico Coffee Pot by designer Makoto Koizumi is made in Japan of enamel-coated 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 $70 (marked down from $93) at Williams-Sonoma. Looking for more options? See 10 Easy Pieces: Cast Iron Dutch Ovens and The World’s Most Beautiful Dutch Oven (By Way of SF).

Above: The One Gallon Amber Glass Jug with a handle and cap is $8.69 from My World Hut. 

Above: A six-inch-deep crocheted Hanging Storage Basket is $25 from Etsy seller A&B Design Studio of Arizona. Shown here in cream; other colors available.

Above: These Scissors are made by a Chinese scissor and knife company in business since 1663; $16 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; $25 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: Matte on the outside, high gloss inside, Yield Design’s Ceramic Pitchers come in gray or white; $95. See the design put to use as a French press in our post Beautiful Brew

If, like us, you love looking at storage options, peruse our image gallery of Laundry & Utility Rooms. Also see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Inventive Wood Wall Hooks

This post is a rerun; the original ran on December 2, 2013, as part of our Early Bird issue.