Open shelves feel hospitable―guests can just grab wineglasses off the shelf―and force you to edit.
“Our rule of thumb?” says Schneider. “If you use it more than once a week, have it out. If you use it a few times a month, stick it in a cabinet. Once or twice a year? It belongs in the basement.”
Nice tip. Using something more than once a week means that it doesn't have time to collect dust and get dirty up on the shelves before it's used and washed and put away again — dust is one of our major hesitations about open shelving.
See more of their beautiful home here; it's a great little tour:
• Play House Bungalow Tour at Sunset
And see more open storage examples here:
(Images: John Granen, Kimberly Brown Seely for Sunset)