Rebecca West’s Essentials for Containing Clutter

Accessories and furnishings to simplify and organize

By Brigitte Long


October 24, 2016

This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Seattle Magazine.






Arc lamps, like this overarching floor lamp, $299, are a great way to bring architectural interest and good light to a small space. When choosing lighting, be sure it’s practical and that the bulb brightness will satisfy your visual needs while not blinding you. And lighting should add an element of art to the room. Westlake, West Elm, 2201 Westlake Ave.; 206.467.5798;

Wall Storage Shelves
: Hobbies bring us a lot of joy, but they can also bring a lot of clutter. Try to make your hobby part of the atmosphere of your home. For example, if you play guitar, why not hang those beautiful instruments on the wall? For everyday storage, we love these wire wall cubbies, $198, from Anthropologie. Available exclusively online at 

: Few companies do clever, cost-effective storage as well as Ikea. The Kallax system, $159, is a perfect storage system and can be fitted with bins, drawers and cabinet doors to create the best solutions for your specific needs. Renton, 601 SW 41st St.;


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