Put the Kibosh Dryer Chaos

Even if my toilet weren’t the size of a postage stamp, I would still have hair drier issues. Somehow, it always appears to be in the manner: cable snaking across the vanity top, sexy nozzle burning my leg as I lean in the mirror, the entire thing crashing into the ground when I nudge it with a elbow.

As with so many problems, the response comes down to “a place for everything and everything in its place” My dryer is supposed to remain in a basket on the counter when it’s not being used, but clearly that strategy isn’t working. If you are confronted with the same frustration, then try one of these storage suggestions to keep things easy and compact.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Multitasking at its best: Custom slots in this pullout cupboard are sized to maintain not just the hair drier, but in addition a curling iron and a brush.

This drawer takes the same notion one step farther. Not only do electric styling tools have their own pockets, but brushes, sprays and gels as well as other pampering paraphernalia go in slots that are designated as well.

S&W Kitchens

Who understood the solution might be as simple as a hook on the back of a cupboard? Electrical sockets within mean you can leave the drier and other grooming appliances plugged in if you would like. As with any electric appliance, you’d just have to be careful to keep water away from the plugs.

Angela Todd Designs, Portland, OR

Or, rather than conventional cabinet doors, go to get a garage-style cubby like this one. The lift-up mechanism ensures the door remains out of the way.

Laura Britt Design

A profound shelf in this pullout corrals styling tools and their strings without allowing them to slip and slide into the ground.

Geneva Cabinet Company, LLC

How come I’ve never thought of this? A very simple rack mounted within a cabinet door, just like the ones designed to maintain dish soap or additional paper towels, generates a ready-made spot for the drier when you are finished with it.

Metric Design Centre

This nifty little gadget is a cheap solution to the hair drier hassle. Just plop it on your counter and stick the hair drier in to keep it out of the way.

Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc..

Of course, you could opt for the ultimate in convenience: a wall-mounted dryer model that minds its own business when you are finished with it. Problem sidestepped!

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Designer's Touch: The Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is usually the room in your home where you start and end daily. Make it a distance worth spending time in by implementing a number of these cheap, functional ideas.

Castro Design Studio

1. Center stage. During your master bathroom remodel, opt for a freestanding bathtub rather than the classic wall-to-wall model, and watch as the others swoon over the mere idea of utter comfort. Nothing says “Take me away” over an old-world bathtub.

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2. Mirror mirror on the wall. Pick up a few secondhand frames at any garage sale, dust off them, paint them your preferred color and apply a mirror into the back. Install your new treasures right on top of your current bathroom mirror. You just might realize your master bathroom is going to probably be the fairest of them.

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3. Going to the top. Extending your master bathroom’s vanity cabinets all the way into the ceiling is an easy solution for more storage. You will be amazed at just how much more will fit in the smallest master bathroom.

Cornerstone Architects

4. Tile that ceiling. Create that serene spa atmosphere by carrying your wall tile onto the ceiling of your master bathroom for a seamless appearance. Ceilings are not simply for the shower.

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5. Double your delight. If a master bathroom is bigger than you would like, add wall-to-wall mirrors around the room and watch your square footage double by reflection.

Amoroso Design

6. Shelf life. Maximize distance and arrange everything around the bathtub with easy-to-reach shelves and cubbies. Display personal things amongst your bathing requirements without the stress of getting them wet.

Dara Rosenfeld Design

7. Rock wall. Change your master bathroom to a pure wonder by installing rock tile onto the focal point. This is a great way to bring the outdoors inside.

David Wilkes Builders

8. Grand illusion. Transform your master bathroom to a zero-gravity illusion using a floating vanity that frees up your floor space. Mount a towel rack beneath the dressing table for perfect demonstration of hand towels.

Janine Terstriep/The Decorative Touch Ltd

9. Soft environment. Swaddle yourself in textiles for absolute softness inside your master bathroom. Who says the living room is the sole place for draperies, rugs, pillows, throws and upholstered pieces? Adding unexpected levels of relaxation creates shock.

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10. Take it off. A simple way to save money on your own master bathroom remodel is to just take off your shower door. Place the doorless entry toward the rear of the shower to avoid overspray.

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