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Wouldn’t you though?

If you’re just about to start sculpting your socks into neat little packages, let me stop you right there. And if you’re about to embark on the cull at home, in a New Year, New You, blitz, hold on! Cleansing your interior is about keeping what’s useful and beautiful, not chucking out detritus. At least I think so. To clear up any confusion, you would do well to take a look at these clean and simple numbers from Nikki Kreis at Kreisdesign.

As a writer, I suffer from piles, but I often fantasise of a clean, tight, workship with a carefully curated capsule – steady on – of vital yet beautiful items. In your dreams, you might think. But surely New Year is a time for a little dream or two? This nifty corner shelf is a good start for how things could be. Here are the vitals: L 30cm, D 15cm, H 10cm. Price £65

Little corner shelf by Kreisdesign

During a family get together on New Year’s Day, I had the pleasure of seeing the inside of a relative’s ‘useful’ drawer. You know the kind. Buttons and bows, tickets from that Kim Wilde concert in 1998, and tricksy little cracker presents that just seem too potentially useful to be recycled with alacrity. Once again, in my dream life, all handy items that keep life working smoothly would be on permanent display. On a peg board like this one, perhaps.


Why store your succulents on the kitchen windowsill when they could stand to attention on a birch plywood shelf? I did actually give my aunt a small succulent as a gift, in a charmingly rustic (or so I thought) pot and she told me that she’d put it in the kitchen. If only I’d given her a shelf for display purposes.


Nikki Kreis’s peg boards and shelves are all made out of sustainably-sourced birch plywood, and made not that far from Herts – in Uxbridge. You can read more about Nikki at Kreisdesign where she also sells her shelves, peg boards and other delights. I’m off to find her products in local Hertfordshire shops. I’ll keep you posted.


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