Archive for September, 2009


LivingEtc. “Get the Look”

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Wow! Thanks editorial team for featuring our various storage solutions in the “get the look” section and also showing our neat kitchen storage jars elsewhere in your September publication.

This year we’ve brought in a great new range of glass storage jars for preserving etc. but they look equally at home as tea, coffee and sugar storage canisters.


Press Release: Howards Storage World Coming to UK

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Shoppers in Scotland will no longer have an excuse for unnecessary clutter as Australian brand, Howards Storage World, gets set to open its first store in the UK.

Howards Storage World, which specialises in storage and organisation solutions for the home, will open in The Centre, Livingston, in October. The retailer will offer hundreds of clever and innovative storage ideas to promote a fresh and simple approach to organised living.

From clever kitchen helpers that make food preparation easier, ingenious wine stacking solutions, tools to give your drawers an instant makeover and organisational systems for the bedroom, Howards Storage World offers countless functional and flexible solutions for every room in the house to help you love your living space.

With quality and innovation at the forefront of the HSW concept, which has been welcomed the world over, the retailer offers shoppers something a little different with a collection of unique products including ‘onion goggles’, ‘chalkboard labels’ and ‘wine wedges’ to name but a few.

Martin Brown, Managing Director of HSW UK Limited and UK Master Franchisee who is launching the first store in Livingston and hoping to open another 50 stores across the UK in the next five years, is thrilled to be bringing the brand to Scotland.

He said: “The UK is renowned for being a nation of hoarders and now, more than ever, people are deciding to stay in their current home instead of upsizing. These factors highlight the fact that making the best use of space has become paramount to many families.

“The secret is simple – create a place for everything and make it easy to keep everything in its place. We have found that customers find it enormously satisfying to take control of their space, and that’s why this great Australian retail concept is a worldwide success story.

“Bringing Howards Storage World to the UK market has been a long time in the making but I am delighted with our product range and expect customers will agree. Our unique products matched with our exceptional customer service will help us revolutionise homes.”

The internationally successful retail concept combines a fantastic range of Howards Storage World branded products as well as well-known international names including Elfa, Brabantia and simplehuman – mixed with helpful advice and great customer service from the friendly staff in store.

Customers in the rest of the UK need not wait until Howards Storage World expands further as the launch of the Livingston store in October will be closely followed by its UK website launch ( allowing customers across the country to easily purchase the unique items. Prior to the website launch customers can also order products via the Livingston store.


Paul Smith does home storage solutions!?!

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

I had no idea that pre-eminent fashion designer Paul Smith also owns a rather funky antique / vintage furniture shop in Albemarle Street London selling some really interesting pieces of storage furniture.

Paul Smiths vintage storage solutions!

Situated in the heart of Mayfair on the corner of Albermarle Street and Stafford Street (just off Bond St) the shop  has a really funky range of vintage storage furniture dotted around the place and is, well…er…amazingly expensive but unique of course!

Apart from the various vintage book shelving, my favourite other piece of storage based furniture is Raymond Loewy’s space saving writing desk which is so typically early 1950’s US styling. The desk was designed by Loewy for Megel Furniture Co. and it’s great to see Loewy’s utilitarian design incorporating such useful storage solutions with the fold-down writing area and an array of cubbies and storage drawers to organise your space. In fact the only thing I don’t like about this space saving desk is the price, £6,200, ouch!

For vintage storage solutions and unique pieces of furniture, Paul Smith at 9 Albemarle Street is well worth a look and as says:  “The shop houses a rich and varied selection of original and unique antiques, objects art and curiosities sourced from around the world”


Storage S.P.A.C.E

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I found this acronym in an old book on storage and organisation.

It’s cheesy but good to remember the next time you’re trying to declutter your S.P.A.C.E…

1. S ort out  – Have a good tidy up and decide what you want to keep
2. P urge  -Be ruthless! Throw everything away that you don’t want.
3. A ssign a home  – Give everything a suitable home
4. C ontainerise  – Put things in boxes, on shelves and in an organised manner
5. E njoy  – Sit back, relax and enjoy your new ordered space and mind!

...S.P.A.C.E The Final Frontier


SHE Magazine – Stylish Storage from STORE

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The September issue of SHE Magazine concentrated on kitchen storage solutions featuring our utensil holders amongst other clever storage solutions for the kitchen.  They suggested that we also have “clever clutter-busting solutions for every room”.

Thanks SHE Magazine we’re trying our best to keep a good assortment of home storage solutions in stock and constantly looking for more.


Fab New Overdoor Clothing & Garment Rail

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

We’ve just brought this fantastic clothes rail from Canada into stock called the Hangover that slips over the back of a door and can hold shirts, suits etc. on coat hangers across the back of the door in a similar style to a wardrobe clothes rail.

It’s such a fab idea and great for a guest bedroom where you don’t have any spare wardrobe storage.  Having said that our portable garment rail at £22 is a really good portable storage solution for a spare bedroom, guest room or even just as overflow storage for your own wardrobe.


Hall Storage Ideas

Monday, September 7th, 2009

A good way to organise your hallway is to sort your hall storage according to your lifestyle and family. There’s no point storing all your shoes neatly stacked in lovely clear shoe storage boxes if what you really need is a family sized shoe rack in the hall.

Hallway storage is mostly short-term – a place for things you use, and indeed lose, every day. The key to maintaining order is making it easy and automatic to be organised at the start and end of the day.

Our cubby organiser has space for coats, post and the keys etc

For the optimum amount of family co-operation (!), place storage at every level: hooks to hang hats and jackets, a table or say wicker storage basket for post and keys, a basket or stand for umbrellas, a side table with storage for a briefcase or rucksacks below etc. And when it comes to smaller items, little storage containers – bowls, jars or pots designed to hold pens and pencils, post and keys – go a long way towards taming the chaos.


Period House and our Seagrass Baskets

Friday, September 4th, 2009

An old favourite here at STORE, our quality seagrass storage baskets were photographed in Period Home for their August publication.

We’ve stocked this quality range of seagrass storage from day one and we love ’em. They’re both stylish and functional storage and really good quality. Equally at home in the kitchen, bedroom or lounge seagrass storage boxes and baskets are a real winner with us when it comes to clearing the clutter.