5 Surprising New Uses For Everyday Objects

Julia Millay Walsh
In her new book Remodelista, Julie Carlson, Editor in Chief of the design and remodeling site of the same name, offers us a manual "for the considered home," with tours of enviable abodes, a user's guide to kitchens and bathrooms, and design ideas for would-be remodelers. One of our favourite features is Carlson's genius home hacks or "new uses for familiar things." See a few of our favourites below. _header1
1 If you live in an older home, you may have encountered a missing door knob here or there. If so, take note of this tried-and-true trick: "slip a piece of grosgrain ribbon through the door plate and anchor it with a silver bell." Offray Single Face Satin Ribbon, $4, Joann
2 Never settle. If you want a workspace where you can spread your paperwork out, and perhaps work alongside a family member, follow Carlson's advice. "Dining tables make excellent desks -- and not only in executive suites." Tarendo Table, $39, IKEA
3 Medicine cabinets never seem to have enough storage for all the beauty and skincare products we wind up with. If you've reached your limit, a vintage first aid box could be the answer to your storage prayers. Available in a range of sizes and colours and designed to be hung on a wall, Carlson calls these affordable vintage finds "ideal bathroom cabinets." Vintage First Aid Red Cross Metal Box, $30, Etsy
5 Bar carts may be all the rage, but we love the idea of this slimmer, temperature-controlled alternative, which is designed for on-the-go mixology. As Carlson's friend Catherine Dann puts it: "I can roll around the cart and make drinks, serve hors d'oeuvres, and grab cold bottles, and never leave my guests." Airline Food & Beverage Trolley, $401, Ebay
6 Some of us keep little more at our bedside than our smartphones and a glass of water (or wine). If you're a minimalist when it comes to bedtime necessities, skip the hefty nightstand and "simplify the setup with a small shelf." A piece of wood, a pair of L brackets, and screws are all you'll need to build it. Queen Anne's Lace Bracket, $32, Anthropologie
Copy of Cover_Remodelista Want to learn more innovative uses for familiar things? Pick up a copy of Remodelista by Julie Carlson, $22.
Check out more inventive solutions for your home on our Pinterest board. Photographs: Courtesy of Remodelista
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