We loved the look of the arches, but our house was seriously lacking in storage. The arches also made our house feel like one big room. We needed separation and storage in a bad way.
So we went from this:(a few steps in between) and then to this...
I am amazed at how much storage there is. It has been fun putting everything away now that there is a place for things to go! We also really like having the division between the living room area and the kitchen/family room area.
I love having everything I need for canning all in one place. It's nice to see what we have left and even have a place to put the empty bottles. I have a lot of work to do, but the inner organizer in me is having a blast.