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March 18, 2013
Organization is key for the aficionados of crockery, records, cameras, and ceramics featured in the pages of Dwell. To prevent their growing collections from mushrooming into a chaotic mess, they found creative ways to showcase their prized possessions—from shelves built into staircases to a DIY pegboard to simple perches for pottery.
Wooden staircase with kitchen shelves
A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen.
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Andrew Meredith 2007
Originally appeared in An Obsessed Designer Fills Her Home with Vintage Finds
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The office houses the letter “U" as well as cameras.

Typographer Erik Spiekermann's Berlin abode boasts a two-story bookshelf accessed via a mountaineer's harness, a sleek stainless steel kitchen, and modern furniture. But his collection of vintage Leica cameras is what won us over.

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Originally appeared in A Rational Approach
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The kitchen has incorporated Congdon's collections and Walsh's minimalism to achieving a bright balance between form and function.

Designer Lisa Congdon's San Francisco house is filled with vintage crockery, all hand-selected. Here, a fleet of plates adds a bit of eye candy to the white walls.

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Originally appeared in Search and Display
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Modern custom wooden shelves with object collections

Kenneth Montague's Toronto house is filled with an enviable array of contemporary art, photography, sculpture, and furniture. And one of the most comprehensive collections of salt and pepper shakers. "I’ve got valuable paintings and historic photos next to tear-outs from magazines. These things all together tell stories and reflect my passion about black culture and about modernism," he says.

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© 2012 Naomi Finlay
Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
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Black chalkboard pegboard by Margaret Oomen

Two coats of black chalkboard paint transform a simple pegboard into a display piece for a series of wooden spoons. “I love the contrast of the warm golden woods against the black,” says designer Margaret Oomen.

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Originally appeared in DIY Black Chalkboard Pegboard by Margaret Oomen
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Manhattan live work loft

Scandinavian pottery adorns the living room in Bob Weinstein’s New York City live/work loft.

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Justin Reid
Originally appeared in A Mid-Century Manhattan Loft
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Small details add to the overall design.

Hunderds of records are neatly stowed away in the renovated Los Angeles residence of Ramona Trent and Anthony Pearson.

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Originally appeared in How a Bungalow Went from Bland to Brilliant
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vibrant typography and printmaking

Instead of art, designer Susanna Vento displays a colorful medly of postcards and magazine tearouts on the walls of her modern Finnish apartment—inexpensive and easy to swap out.

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Petra Bindel
Originally appeared in Just My Type
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Wooden staircase with kitchen shelves
A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen. Photo by Andrew Meredith. Image courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.

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