The Perfect Starter Piece

Great Starter Furniture

Yay, it’s that time of year! The one where college students step into their brand new dorm room full of possibilities (mostly fungal in nature), and young couples are starting a fall lease in their new apartment. Not to mention those buying a home and moving to a new location before the kid’s school year begins!

Well, whether you are newly decorating an existing space or moving into a new home (or dorm), I have the perfect starter piece to your room-of-possibilities. No, it isn’t seating…of course you might need that, but while you’re getting ready to bring in lots of new items and do much rearranging, consider that the room is about to get worst before it gets better. Ever notice how decorating and organizing tends to make a huge disaster?

Whether you are newly decorating a space or moving into a new home (or dorm), I have the perfect starter piece to your room-of-possibilities.


I’m partnering with BHG Live Better at Walmart to bring you this great tip to reduce the chances of “disaster” status when decorating or organizing a new space. Ready? Here’s my advice: Always begin with the perfect starter piece, which is shelving for storage!

BHG Cube Organizer

Now as you move boxes and bags of stuff into the space, you can use it as a temporary “catch-all”.

No don’t dump everything on your shelves… go ahead and strategically group like items together on each shelf. Later you can arrange it to be pretty. For now, it helps keep a sense of order and function as you bring new things into the space. It also keeps things off the floor and out of piles.

Storage cubbies - bedroom

As you can see, one of my favorite shelf storage pieces is the BHG Cube Organizer. I love shelving that actually allows me divide and conquer while creating small zones. I especially love it as a storage solution for small space dwellers. You can put every type of item from every type of space into one large storage unit, and somehow it all works! See what I mean? This cube organizer currently occupies items from almost every space in my house. Sure, it’s temporary until I finish remodeling my other spaces, but also helpful when moving in (or for a dorm!) as a permanent solution.

Great storage for multi spaces

There is something quite satisfying in knowing where everything is, and knowing it will stay organized since it is separated. Oh and for those of you in apartments or other small spaces, it can become a great room divider!

Better Homes and Gardens Cubes

BHG Storage cubes

So until you can get all moved in, or get other spaces in your house under control, this makes for a great command center! It has all the important items you use regularly, and keeps them off the floor and easily in reach and in sight.

I’d love to know, what do think the 2nd best starter piece is to bring into a new home or space? And why?

*I am always honored (and excited!) to be part of the Better Homes and Gardens Live Better network, and to share a few of my favorite things, projects, and my original ideas with you. Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart for sponsoring this post. Follow them on  FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.



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15 Comments on The Perfect Starter Piece

  1. Sherry Valentine
    January 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm (5 years ago)

    Loved this idea I went right out and bought them. On SALE for 68.00. I’m using them in a guest bedroom. I’ll put them together tomorrow. Wish me luck with that

    • Ursula Carmona
      January 24, 2017 at 10:48 am (5 years ago)

      Lucky you! You got it for a great price!! I love these too…

  2. Shonee Smith
    September 29, 2015 at 5:54 pm (6 years ago)

    Ursula, I love the way you styled these shelves! I agree, organization can be beautiful. Love that showed you can use thes shelves for storing things for,every room in the house. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Corinna - A Designer At Home
    August 18, 2015 at 8:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Such a good tip! You make this room divider look so high end with your modpodge of pretty things.

  4. Pat Dowd
    August 14, 2015 at 5:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I agree – the storage shelves are the best starter piece! And don’t forget, they can be placed horizontally with pillows on top for a window seat or a bench!
    The second starter piece is a lamp. Most rooms have no overhead lighting and lighting is necessary for daytime and the evenings. I even like overhead lighting in every room so I can clean properly. So I’m a champion of lighting! It gets my vote.

      • Alison
        May 10, 2020 at 8:25 am (1 year ago)

        Hi Ursula x I love the way u do designs using the cubes. I was wondering if u can help me please I have small bedroom which I am turning into a study. I have a two desks. One is a small corner one and the other is a medium long desk. I also have three cube units. One is four cube high and the other two r nine cubes but they start with four on the bottom then three then two and then one . I would love to fix the two big ones to the wall but how do I go about it pleade? Xxx

        • Ursula Carmona
          May 10, 2020 at 10:10 am (1 year ago)

          What a fun project! Have you considered just using a simple corner brace, and spray painting it the same color as the shelf? That is just to secure it… if you mean you want to make it a floating shelf, then that is just a little more complicated. Lol!

  5. Ashley @ Cherished Bliss
    August 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm (6 years ago)

    I agree! Storage cubes are awesome! : ) Love what you did with these and how your whole space turned out! It’s absolutely stunning!

    • Ursula Carmona
      August 12, 2015 at 8:49 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Ashley! I appreciate that girly!

    • Ursula Carmona
      August 12, 2015 at 8:53 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Laura! I’m really enjoying it!


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