Inside Job: 8 Interior Hacks We Picked Up From Designer Home and Studio Tours

You know what’s great about getting access to somebody else’s place, besides getting to be all voyeuristic? Sometimes you can learn a thing or two, especially if you’re visiting the space of a super-creative type—like, hey, the designers we feature on this here site. Dive into some of our favorite discoveries that can be translated to you own home, whether or not you’re way-handy with drills and glue guns. —erica

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Don’t feel like you have to tuck everything away.
Those paper towels and supplies look weirdly chic hanging over the sink at Blanca Monrós Gómez’s Gowanus studio. (Think we spy a Grundtal rail and accessories from Ikea?)
Get the deets.

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Embrace low-key overhead lights.
Don’t make things too complicated! Check out how sick (and carefree) the bedroom of Kathleen Whitaker’s L.A. house looks with that pendant lamp.
Get the deets.

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Store things on your kitchen shelves besides dishes.
Asia Ragland keeps her camera collection on display right above her bowls—it makes her cooking setup look as cool as it is utilitarian.
Get the deets.

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Let your books be wall art.
Something your Kindle can’t do: Jazz up your walls. Get a load of what Bridie Picot of Thing Industries did with concealed bookshelves. Adorbs, huh?
Get the deets.

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Have some fun with doors.
At the Draught Dry Goods HQ in Portland, this is what you see when you enter. When you leave, you get this message painted on the other side: Make yourself scarce. (Snap.)
Get the deets.

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Understand the magic of a curtain.
Not just for windows! Sara Barner’s spot looks a whole lot airier with one as a room divider than it would had she constructed a wall.
Get the deets.

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Frame things besides pictures.
See those flags in Nikki Chasin’s space? They’re actually tobacco silks from an antique market (that once came with cigarettes).
Get the deets.

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Think of fabric as wallpaper for people who can’t commit.
At her Bushwick, Brooklyn, pad, Hayley Boyd of Marais USA uses a blanket as a backdrop for her dining table—which makes it feel like it has its own little niche.
Get the deets.

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The color scheme of this Draught Dry Goods backpack isn’t so optimistic that it seems out-of-place when the ground is frozen. In other wears: Carry it now. —erica

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If a Prada backpack went to Montana, you’d get this Draught Dry Goods wonder. —erica

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