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Organized in Vintage Americana Style 

In keeping with celebrating America’s culture and history during the month of July, it’s a great time to consider adding a layer of interest to your home’s storage and organization that characterizes the spirit of Americana. Americana-style is not limited to stars and stripes. It draws inspiration from several eras throughout American history.

Industrial Americana reflects America’s Industrial Era.  I love the juxtaposition of industrial touches with more traditional furnishings.  Consider incorporating industrial touches in your decor that have the additional benefit of storage potential…

1. Vintage storage boxes from an old Pennsylvania shoe factory, via Three Potato Four.  2. Wall pockets, inspired from an antique well pulley, provide organization to mail and home-office supplies, via Layla Grace   3. Antique box, from VandM.com, can minimize the visual clutter of small random items like keys, sunglasses, spare change, and receipts.  4. Restoration Hardware’s reproduction pharmacy cabinet offers storage for the bath that is quintessential of industrial-chic style.   5. Wisteria’s metal basket shelf is a charming multi-purpose solution for any room.   6. Weathered green metal bins were upcycled to hold art supplies, via OldCrowFarm.   7. Tuck away odds and ends in storage baskets, inspired by the rugged wire bins found in industrial settings, from Restoration Hardware.   8. A chic vintage dental table can be repurposed in a home’s entryway to catch miscellaneous items. Image via apartmenttherapy.com.   9. Slim wire baskets add a little Industrial Americana to your space while helping you stay clutter-free.

Vintage Milk Glass – Organize jewelry, cosmetics, office supplies, or stationery in a collection of vintage milk glass…

1. Desk organizer, image via Simply Stoked Blogspot   2. Milk glass pedestal vase filled with cosmetic brushes, image from Etsy   3. Unique jewelry storage solution that’s pretty and perfect for compartmentalizing, via Petit Elefant blog.   4. Style meets function with a milk glass vase repurposed to hold drinking straws, via shelterpop.

Shaker-style Peg Rails provide versatile storage opportunities to any room…

1. Shaker-style peg rail in the entryway, via CountryLiving.com   2. Take advantage of wall space and organize outdoor essentials in the garage with Shaker-style peg rails, via CountryLiving.com   3.  Display a collection of hats on Shaker pegs screwed into strips of flat pine molding, via CountryLiving.com   4. Peg rails function beautifully in the laundry room, via CountryLiving.com   5. Pegs help save closet space and are easy for kids to use too, via Pottery Barn Kids.   6. A space saving peg rail shelf to organize kitchen clutter, via RealSimple.com

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