Hide & Chic

Flexible furnishings, clever storage and smart design bring order to chaos.


From the living room and bedroom to the kitchen (and even your home office), there’s room for improvement. Local home-furnishing pros provide inspiration for functioning rooms that hide all the clutter and cut right to the chic.

When designing a room, there are a few elements to consider: from a sense of stylish design, a level of comfort and (finally) simple strategies to hide all your stuff. This search leads us on a hunt for the perfect living room set with hidden compartments to a survey of kitchen models for just the right amount of cabinet space. To show us the way to a world of chic camouflaging, four of Pittsburgh’s finest retailers — Levin Furniture, PerLora, Today’s Home and Weisshouse — offer assistance. Their advice will help you achieve the ultimate goal: drastically transform a mediocre room into a place that has everything … in its place.

The Kitchen

A highly functional kitchen needs to be versatile — and you should be able to easily maneuver about while putting together delicious dishes atop your counter space. To attain that desired setup, consider your kitchen type and the continuous activity, and think about ways to make the most of every inch. At Weisshouse, kitchens with functional yet fiercely clever and chic solutions are boiling over; for example, Poliform’s contemporary Varenna line offers unique solutions and a compositional system of aesthetically varied design elements. “It’s very easy to play ‘hide and chic’ with our Varenna kitchens. Just about everything can be stored behind the cabinetry,” explains Ron Reinheimer, a Weisshouse designer. “You can hide your recyclables, as well as everyday appliances, which can be stashed behind the garage doors.” What’s more, you can even disguise the refrigerator and dishwasher to look like cabinetry, he says.

Get the Look
Hide your cookbooks, dishes and small appliances in this tube steel frame console with chrome and white laminate finish, aluminum drawer pulls and a depth of 3 inches (which can also serve as a contemporary buffet). For a piece that’s built around visionary strategy and high-quality materials, this Scandinavian-designed bar table and chairs set works with any surroundings. To hide simple ingredients, use these French Dry Ingredients Canisters. Prices available upon request.

324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside

The Bedroom

Rest Assured
The room in the house where you retreat should be a visual treat. “Today’s bedroom design has turned to simple clean lines without clutter that create a sense of calm and tranquility,” says Jeffrey A. Lenchner, president and CEO of Today’s Home.

“Clean lines without clutter create a sense of calm and tranquility.”

Get the Look
Today’s Home carries Bernhardt’s classic Monterey line. The featured pieces (shown here in Dove finish) include the Oval Bachelor’s Chest with three drawers and adjustable glides; a tall chest with six drawers, featuring a jewelry tray in the top left drawer; a nightstand with a single drawer; and metal pedestal and bench for relaxing, as you enjoy the comfort of your well-organized bedroom. All prices available upon request.

Today’s Home
7601 McKnight Road, North Hills,
412/364-4760; and 1840 Greentree Road, Green Tree, 412/343-0505
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Home Office

Work It
To maximize your home office space, don’t clutter it with underused desks and cabinets. Fully utilize your space, and be sure to work in symmetrical displays and clean lines to spark creativity. At PerLora, home offices with attractive details make working from home anything but boring. “With the introduction of the iPad, smartphone, laptop and wireless printer, the home office can be very streamlined in today’s settings,” says Craig McDonald, an interior designer at PerLora. “The storage needs are reduced, as there is less space required for modern equipment. And everything has its place in the best of our beautiful, organized home-office systems — making work easier and more efficient.”

“The home office can be very streamlined in today’s settings.”

Get the Look
Furnish your home office and make the most of every inch with this master desk ($2,589). Surround it with this Wally bookcase ($2,079), Chicago TV wall shelving ($1,459 each) in clear glass and Deco office room divider by Tonelli Deco (price available upon request).

2220 E. Carson St., South Side

PerLora Leather
2837 Smallman St., Strip District

Living Room

Living Large
Make the most of your living room by going beyond the obvious use of bookshelves to conquer clutter; look toward your furniture to hide a few of those odds and ends. At Levin Furniture, the living room is just as much the heart of the home as the kitchen. “Every home could use more storage space, and you don’t have to sacrifice style for function,” says Emily Androski, buyer at Levin Furniture. “Whether it’s reading lights, heat and massage — or even a “frosty fridge” — sometimes a space just needs a little added interest, allowing it to reflect your personality.”

“Storage is more than shelving, and it can be a thing of beauty.”

Get the Look
Easy organization is built into much of Levin Furniture’s selection of motion furniture — such as this Corinthian living room set in crimson that includes a reclining sofa with a drop-down table with massage, cup holders and storage arms with laptop tray; and a reclining loveseat featuring a console with massage, storage, cup holders and storage arm with laptop tray and a recliner featuring storage arms and a laptop tray. This lift-top cocktail table by Ashley features two storage drawers in the front and two side storage drawers, while the cocktail table by Ashley features two stow-away stools. This living room set by Franklin, which includes four recliners, features a drop-down table with cup holders, a storage drawer with a refrigerator and massage. Add a shelving entertainment unit by Bassett Mirror or easel by Bassett Mirror to use as a TV stand. All prices available upon request.

Levin Furniture
All area locations

Levin Mattress
5846 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill, 412/421-1008

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