For Architectural Digest, by Hadley Keller.
As winter’s chill sets in, it’s time to retrieve the extra layers from storage — and we don’t just mean sweaters. While it’s lovely to swaddle yourself in a cashmere blanket while reading by the fire, toss another quilt over your bed on a brisk night, or offer guests a throw after a dinner party, loads of linens can be difficult to store. To avoid the sloppy look of haphazardly folded blankets or piles of throws taking over your sofa, we’ve rounded up some storage options that are both practical and chic. Bring on winter.
1. A multipurpose trunk
An antique trunk makes a great cocktail table, complete with tons of storage inside. If you don’t get lucky at the flea market, RH has a slew of vintage-inspired options, and Target offers a chic faux-croc version. These also fit well at the foot of a bed for additional blankets, quilts, or pillows there.
2. Decorative baskets
Woven baskets are ideal containers for extra blankets beside a sofa. Use an open one, like Williams-Sonoma’s seagrass basket, to store pretty throws, either rolled or folded. Tuck bulkier items away with a lidded basket like West Elm’s graphic printed ones (shown) or Cathedral baskets from All Across Africa.
3. A chic hamper
Hampers can serve as more than a catchall for soiled clothes. Pottery Barn’s woven Perry hamper, the Container Store’s Diamond bamboo hamper, and Crate and Barrel’s slatted Dixon hamper all provide ample storage and look great under a window or at the foot of a bed.
4. Cardboard boxes
While they're a tried-and-true storage option, cardboard boxes of the moving variety are unattractive and unwieldy. Pretty paper-covered or patterned boxes from home or stationery stores are appealing alternatives. IKEA's Fjälla boxes (shown) add a pop of color in cheerful yellow; Ted Baker offers a romantic three-piece set featuring floral patterns and rose-gold fasteners.
5. Cedar storage boxes
Not only does cedar keep blankets smelling fresh, but under-bed boxes made of the hardwood are much better looking than their plastic counterparts. Fifthroom carries hinged versions in a variety of sizes.
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