How the Dresser gave birth to the Wall Basket!

Tell me if you recognize this scenario.

You buy a new “something”.

You bring it into your house and put it where you know it will look good.

But it doesn’t fit.  So you have to move something else to make it fit.  Which is fine, but once you move that thing, you have to move the painting over it, then the lamp has to be shifted, which means that thing has to be moved to that other thing, which doesn’t match the original thing so you have to go back and take the entire painting down and move it to the other wall, leaving a big space where it used to be.

5 hours later you’ve moved every single thing in the room, cried 4 times and fell asleep on the floor.

No?  Well then you’re  a better person than I.

Because this happens to me pretty much every time I bring anything new into the house whether it’s for my bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or living room.

I’ve been known to go through the same scenario just by buying a new brand of toilet paper.

So it was  no surprise when I bought a new chest of drawers for my living room that it would take a little rearranging.  Turns out I was wrong.  It took a lot of rearranging.

Paintings, lights, accessories.  It was ridiculous.

My decorator sister (the one who owns a pink suede tool belt)  happened to be here at the time and noticing the big space we’d left on one wall where a painting had to be moved.  She disappeared for a second and when I turned around there was a basket hanging on the wall.  Two seconds later there was another basket hanging on the wall.

They were perfect.

Yarn Wall Baskets


Perfect because they weren’t another print or painting, perfect because they added dimension and perfect because I could actually store things in them.
Yarn Wall Basket


Things like yarn.
Wall Yarn Basket 3


The baskets are light and are really just hanging by small nails.  I’d change that to something a bit stronger but … well … we all know what happens when you change one little thing.
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  1. jenny says:

    Hmmm. Weird.

  2. Laura says:

    Great concept! This may be exactly what I’ve been looking for… one room can only take so many picture frames/prints on the walls.

    Looking forward to the newsletter!

  3. Karen says:

    I did that today rearranging plants I had brought in for the winter –took me four hours doing just about the same thing as you did… interesting idea with the baskets. I use a lot of baskets in my kitchen to store fruit, veg and utensils…

    • Pam'a says:

      Those danged plants! I, too, deal with this dilemma. I put them outside all summer so they’ll grow, then curse them every autumn because they’re so damned big. Must rethink this…

  4. Marti says:

    Did you glue that yarn in there? Or is that what the needles are doing? And if that’s the job of the needles… to hold the yarn in the basket… then why aren’t the skeins in the upper basket falling out? Have you started knitting again? Because if not… this is almost false advertising… for Ravelry, isn’t it? PFffft!

    Signed up. Gimme news … in a letter.

    • Karen says:

      Winter is my knitting eason. The balls (saying skeins is for sissies) stay in place all on their own) News in a letter is on its way! ~ karen

  5. SK Farm Girl says:

    You change toilet paper brands?!?!?! Obviously you don’t have a bowel disorder! Once you find a TP that you like, is soft and does the job – you must NEVER deviate from that brand – EVER! If you change brands your bum will retaliate and you won’t win the power struggle! Like they say, “The asshole is always the one in charge!” Just sayin . . . BTW the baskets look great – you should fill them with TP! Again, just sayin . . .

  6. Cathy says:

    Can I borrow your sister?

  7. Sue T. says:

    Wish I had a sister… ‘my’ walls need help too. The baskets are a really cute idea.
    I’m excited about your new newsletter, I can’t get enough ‘ Karen stuff ‘ !!

  8. toekneetoni says:

    Unexpected and funky! Me likey.

  9. Barbie says:

    OMG! Story of my LIFE! I thought I was the only one!!! So good to know others go through this…..lately when I see something I love ….I just DON’T …cause I KNOW I will spend the rest of the day rearranging things. I once bought a chair and a half with an ottoman to match for the bedroom….when my hubs got home and saw it was delivered and sitting in our living room awaiting it’s appointed spot in the bedroom (I wanted to wait until he got home from work so we could take a “moment” to move some things in the bedroom to make room….by 2 am ….my husband looked at me and said this “Barbie we have moved this damn bedroom around in every which way and the only place left is upside down and on the ceiling”!! …”and I’m too tired to do that tonight” The chair was returned….I still dream about that chair and ottoman…they were lovely! 🙁
    PS: I do love those baskets! I’m going to copy that look!

  10. Barbie says:

    ….yes….up late again tonight!

  11. Magpie says:

    Some serious lamp coveting over here.

  12. Laura Bee says:

    Ooh, hubby has something against baskets on the floor – wonder if I can get away wioth this? My balls are always in the way.
    Awaiting more news, every two weeks! Although I miss
    getting snail mail, can I get mine posted please if I send a sase?

    • Karen says:

      LOL! I like real mail too. Everyone does! That’s why I always encourage people to send “real” holiday cards not Internet ones. ~ karen!

  13. Ileana says:

    Greetings from Connecticut!
    I just tried to subscribe to the newsletter, but there was an auto response saying that my email was already registered for the website (even though the newsletter box was checked). Did I miss something?
    Thanks, as always, for your help!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ileana – If you already subscribe to posts, you’ll automatically get the newsletter (with the option to unsubscribe to it). So you’re good! Sorry for the confusion. ~ karen

  14. Kelly says:

    your sister was bang on! if jenny figures it’s a little weird, well, weird is good. Weird is character and personality instead of everybody having the same formula. the baskets are a little unpredictable and that’s nice. btw, figure you make this blog interesting with character, personality and being unpredictable, so.

  15. KimC says:

    Love the baskets and the naturalness ( is that a word?!) of them. Can’t wait for the first newsletter!

  16. Sue says:

    Beautiful!! Love the idea. Can’t wait to get home and dig thru my basket collection. 🙂 Excited about the newsletter, too!!

  17. Suanne says:

    Where’s the picture of the dresser????? 🙂

  18. mayr says:

    The corks!!! Love the corks!!

  19. Wow I take a break and you are re-designing everything….even a newsletter! Signing up! Cheers.

  20. ellen says:

    Nice yarn. If you incorporate it into your decor there are more reasons to enlarge the stash!

  21. Debbie says:

    Love the idea whether or not one knits! The yarn matches the baskets so nicely.

    I had a bit of a runaround trying to sign up for the newsletter. A message flashed that my email was already in use and an email was sent to my inbox to update my preferences. Then I was able to sign up. I wonder if I will get two of everything?

  22. NikiDee says:

    My “spare” or maybe that’s sparse wall is waiting for the bookshelves I’m gonna make…this winter. I found some old barn boards in a delightful state of greyish deterioration & finally talks the hubs into agreeing that some galvanized pipe – sprayed satin black – to hold up each section would be perfect. Blank walls can be great fun! Can’t wait for the newletter!

    • Karen says:

      I have a project in the works with some barn board too! All the smart people in this world love barn board. The bookshelves sound great! ~ karen!

  23. mia pratt says:

    How cool would that be for the bathroom to hold washcloths, soaps and pine cones, hand towels – or the kitchen – oh hell now look what you have done! Bad Karen!

  24. Alex says:

    I know I am supposed to gush about the baskets, but where is the post on that table??? *fans self*

    • Karen says:

      OH! LOL. Yeah, I like it too. It’s a copy of a French designer table (can’t remember the name). Got it at Homesense for cheap when I redid the house! It was a design gift from the Gods. ~ karen!

  25. magali says:

    I reeeealllly hope that the giveaway is what I think it will be. Like that when I don’t win, at least I’ll have won guessing what it was. I reeeeeallly like winning.

  26. Erika says:

    I tried to subscribe to the newsletter but it wouldn’t let me, it said I was already subscribed to web services. May I have the newsletter, Please?

  27. cred says:

    It won’t let me subscribe to the newsletter. It says my email address is already subscribe, perhaps because I follow your blog via email, it is already registered. Does this mean I will already get the newsletter? Or do I have to do something else to sign up?

  28. JebberJay says:

    A tisket a tasket, Karen is a basket (case!) I am a seasonal knitter too, the season has started. :o)

  29. Karen Dyck says:

    ….. And not accessible to cats and dogs.

  30. says:

    YAY more Karen!! in a newsletter….getting closer and closer to that TV show, even tho you say “never again”.

  31. Robert says:

    Hmmm, personally, I think you’re a “basket” case 🙂
    Seriously, my wife would kill me if I hung baskets on the wall. Would deviate from the Zen look she’s focused on. Plus I would likely bump into them constantly. But I appreciate the idea and can see how it really works in a non traffic area.
    On a separate note, thanks for the rare earth magnet gate latch idea, finally installed my setup a week ago and everyone loves it.

  32. jainegayer says:

    You just gave me an idea on how to store all my CDs- rectangular baskets on the wall.
    And Karen, I had the same problem as Cred, comment #7, signing up for the newsletter.

  33. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    The basket look great..Excited about the newsletter!

  34. Jennie Gilbert says:

    Ok – so where did the baskets come from?
    And what did you rearrange to make up for their sudden absence in THAT room?


  35. theresa says:

    had to laugh as this weekend I found 6 balls of lux looking yarn (actual balls that I made up from substantial amounts of left over yarn) that are just perfect in my favorite mirrored bowl in the living room
    Newsletters w/behind the scenes pic?!? I am in

  36. Call Me Patty says:

    Mmmmm not convinced. A little too country. AND that’s definitely a throw back from the 70’s. can’t get onboard with that one.

  37. Paula says:

    I can’t believe you’ve got a Cleo lamp. Cannot believe it. Sooooo utterly jealous – been coveting this lamp for years and just can’t bring myself to pay that kind of money for it. But I still want it. BADLY. Yay for you for going for it – looks fabulous! Also, I now want a pink suede tool belt. Thanks for giving me something else to covet. Grrrr…

    • Karen says:

      I LOVE that lamp and have never had even the slightest bit of buyer’s remorse. And I know it’s one of those things I’ll probably love for the rest of my life. 🙂 ~ karen!

  38. Jeannie B says:

    An interesting idea Karen, to put baskets on a wall where they’re not going to interfere with traffic patterns. Looks great! Myself, I can see, where they would be excellent sleep perches for a cat or two. With a soft small cushion for them to curl up on. I wonder if your Cleo, has already tried one out. Or, attempted, to try one out. And, I’m looking forward to your newsletter.

  39. Melanie says:

    Can’t wait until the cats figure out how to get in there.

    • Linda S in NE says:

      I don’t think they will…not with a teeny-tiny nail holding the baskets up on the wall. I only hope Karen is saving all her income from our Amazon purchases. I hear that teeny-tiny casts that fit teeny-tiny cat legs are very expensive. And talk about having to rearrange the house…you haven’t seen anything until you try to make room for a kitty on crutches!!

  40. amy w says:

    I am a bit of a basket freak…yea have a bunch of ’em 🙂 I love the ones I have hanging on my wall, I have books in some square ones and kitchen towels in a couple in the kitchen, also have some hanging in the guest bath, soap…towels….etc…Love that your sister has a pink suede toolbelt…where did she get it? I want one…Can’t wait for the newsletter…..

  41. Abra says:

    I love the side table. How did you get the corks to stay put?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Abra – It isn’t actually corks, although corks is a good idea! They’re tree branches that have been cut across the diameter. I was actually in the process of figuring out how to make the table myself when I came across this table at my local Homesense. (equivelant to Homegoods) ~ karen!

  42. Carol says:

    Huh…that happened to us in our first house when we decided to change the bathroom light fixture. It led to changing the medicine cabinet, then the sink, then the vanity. We decided to move before we ripped out the entire bathroom!

  43. Donna says:

    Show us the new dresser please. I just painted an old one and with new knobs it looks great and gives me lots of storage space. Love your blog.

  44. Shawna says:

    I love it! That is the perfect way to keep the cat from stealing my knitting! Or maybe not. I can see her thinking it would be a great adventure to get up inside one of those baskets.

  45. Jane says:

    By subscribing to the newsletter will we just be getting the newsletter from you or will the addresses be shared?

  46. Ellen says:

    No. 1….. I need a support group for those who are constantly moving furniture.
    No. 2…. Darn you, funny Canadian girl…… I’m going to be moving furniture and pictures, etc. all day tomorrow because NOW I know what to do with all my baskets that I haven’t known what to do with.
    darndarndarn but yeahyeahyeah

  47. Marlene says:

    Somehow I don’t see that solution for the wall being “YOU”…

  48. gabrielle says:

    Yes, this happens to me regularly; we call the first displacing placement a “cascade event”. I started one yesterday that continued through today and ended with our cat Bebop neatly avoiding taking his evening pill by popping into the new space that had been lastly created by my skootching the couch away from the wall just so.

    “This one’s on you” sayeth my partner.

  49. Tara says:

    Very cool. This is one of those things where it would sound weird in concept, but seeing it in action makes me love it! Awesome that it can actually hold stuff, too.

  50. Shauna says:

    I already get your posts by email, but I’m not sure if I got the newsletter. I am behind though, so I guess I lost out on the great giveaway and the great newsletter. I’d better get my ass back in gear.

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