Back in action..

Hello all!

Sorry for not blogging these last few months. It has been a crazy rollercoaster ride of interesting events going on. But I am back in action with more organizing design ideas to share. I will be making some changes in what I will be blogging about from now on. You will still get to enjoy the creative organizing techniques and ideas but I am going to add in some more day-by-day photographs. These photographs will be of architecture, flowers, furniture, anything and everything that catches the eye. Not only will there be photographs but we all know of the very popular website Pinterest. I will be searching through this site to bring you amazing ideas for the home but also DIY projects that will improve the functionality of your home and day-to-day activities.

I hope you enjoy what is to come and stay tuned!

Your space…

Everyone likes to have that one room that is completely theirs and no one else’s.  It is also a space that is used for many activities and most importantly a place to lay their head at night.  In most cases it is a bedroom that is used for a young adult or teenager that asks for it to be theirs. This space has to have the needs and wants that the person wants but at the same time has the storage for the many items they have.  It is important to have this great space that is their own and that suits the needs that they want while being functional at the same time.

The first you need to figure out is the multiple uses that the space would be used for.  In this case it would be somewhere to sleep and to store your clothes. Not only does it have these uses but it will also need storage space and sometimes if it is a younger person, a place to study.

It is a beneficial idea to clear out the clutter before you decide to design a room that you want.  There is no point in making a space that will end up cluttered and not being able to function at the same time.  After de-cluttering the space you need to find that right amount of storage and sleep space in the room.  This could be having a bed and a few other storage dressers.  The items that could be used are a nightstand that holds the essential storage for when you go to bed.  A shelf that can have books, games, decorative pieces that you have, a dresser for more storage of clothes, and maybe a desk depending on the uses that is needed in the particular room.  When picking the furniture, be sure to get the essentials first and then the accent pieces after, depending on the space that you have.

The other efficient way to keep the room the way you want it is to find decorate pieces for the wall that represents you.  Be creative, if you are a sports nut use sports memorabilia or if you are into music decorate with the music aspect in mind.  No matter how you decorate it, it is your space and that is the reason you are creating it. 

When designing this room be sure to make it your own because this is the one area you go to when you want to be alone, have important homework to finish, or especially to sleep.  So keep it creative but functional while decorating YOUR space.

The easy and simple…

In many individuals home it is hard to find the best decorating ideas for your space in a low cost way.  It could be with just wanting to update a room or space or trying to figure out what is the best way to utilize your furnishing and space effectively. Here are some helpful tips to utilize your space on a low budget but getting the most out of the space you want.

One way to try and make a small space appear and feel bigger is to brighten the space with the use of mirrors.  The best way to do this is to cover a wall or a section of a wall with a large mirror or smaller mirrors. You can find these inexpensive mirrors in many places.  The mirrors you chose can be in a wide range of sizes, they can also be painted to match the ideal color of your room, and the placement of the mirrors can be random.  The placement can be random but make sure they are at chest level or higher. 

The next tip is to use picture frames to create a new focal point in your space.  You can find old frames at yard sales or other frames that you have lying around.  It is great to use all different sizes and shapes to make it a collage while being creative at the same time.  Find enough frames to cover a section of the wall that is adequate for the space you want covered. Once you have all the frames start taking off the backs and the glass of the frames and toss them.  Then take your frames and hang them on the desired wall in no particular order.  Once that is done find a quote or saying that you particularly like and place it within this area of the frames or on the outside.  Whatever you chose it will become a creative focal point to the space, and definitely a conversational piece that you can have.

Another idea to make an inexpensive decoration piece easy and affordable is flower arrangements.  You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy new flowers every time you want something pretty for the season.  All you need to do is go to a local craft store and find the particular colors and style you want.  Once you have chosen your flowers, spice it up with a vase or a sconce on the wall that you can put them in.  It is a nice colorful touch that is easy to do and makes the space feel more at home.

This next idea is to create a stunning affect to your space.  Pick a room and paint one wall a drastic color that enhances the space.  Be sure to remain in the same family paint colors that you have in your home. You don’t want to have a wall that is too overdone. It takes away from all the other aspects other the space but it is a great way to make a stunning affect to a room.

These are just a few tips that can change a room in a simple and non-expensive way.  It is more of an upgrade to the decoration that you already have.  So by utilizing the space and effectively trying to create a new change is a great way to decorate in an easy manner. But is also good to remember to go with your instinct and do something that is creative for you. It is your space and you need to make it your own and it doesn’t take a fortune to do it.

What’s your entry like…

An important part to building an entryway is the creativity and impression you want to bring to the space.  This is the place where the guests come in and create that first impression of your home.  They say the first impression is the last impression, so by knowing that the entry way should be decorated carefully and with thought behind it.  Not only do you have to worry about the decoration of the entry way you also need to look at lighting, lighting plays a key role in the decoration of any space.  This is especially true with entryways and their lighting.

There are specific types of lighting that is great to use in entryways.  The general lighting for the entryway is the ambient light that brings a more comfortable look. Another good idea is to place mirrors in the entryway, which is necessary for providing task lighting. For large entryways it is great to use accent lighting that helps create the focal points of the space.  With these types of lighting, it is very useful to emphasize particular objects like picture frames and flowers in your entryway.

When deciding the best light for your entryway, it all depends on the size.  The size and the space of the entryway gives you the best advice on picking the best light. These recommendations for lighting on entryways will help you enhance your space.  For large entryways the best light fixtures to use are chandeliers, sconces, and pendent lights. These three types of lighting create a soft and charming effect to your entryway. Although in small entryways pendant lighting should be used and a single wall sconce can be used in these particular sized spaces.

When placing your lighting, be sure to put them in the most appropriate place to create a good impact.  To create a good effect with sconces lighting, be sure to place the sconces eye level or higher above the floor and the spacing between the sconces should not be more than arms width apart from each other.  The appropriate placement with all lighting is important because you want the most out of your entryway and be able to enhance the space.

So when choosing your entryway light, be sure that it attracts the right amount of light for your space. Also the placement and focal points you want to emphasize in the entryway will give you the ideal look that you want.

A cramped kitchen to a luxurious kitchen…

In some homes or apartments you don’t have the luxury to have the lavish kitchen appliances or space that you would want. In these situations the kitchen is cramped and small and you can’t figure out the most efficient way to store all your appliances and supplies used for a kitchen.   It is important not to feel frustrated with the lack of space.  It could seem impossible to figure out the right solutions for making a small kitchen into a functional space to prepare food.  But in every situation there is always a solution to the tightest kitchen spaces to make them functional.  There are just a few places that need to have the most attention when trying to make more room in your kitchen.

The first is the amount of counter space and appliances.  This is an important factor in making a small kitchen efficient.  This is significant both to the design standpoint and the function standpoint because large appliances normally take up large amounts of space.  Most manufacturers make two different kinds of appliances.  They make the standard and they have also designed smaller ones for smaller spaces such as these.  If you have the larger version of appliances, this could be the reason why that you have been frustrated with the lack of room.  So the best way to keep these appliances down to a minimum is to focus on less is more concept.  I would recommend keeping a toaster, if it is the smaller version, and a coffee maker; this is if you drink coffee.  Also if there is not a built-in microwave in your small kitchen, this is the last appliance that I would keep on the counters because these are the ones that are used most. The rest of the appliances that you have, store them in a place that is quick and convenient to get to when needed, but keep them off the counters for the reason of having more counter space to prepare food.

The second part of a kitchen that will need to keep close attention to is the cabinetry.  The cabinetry is key to storage space for a kitchen.  The less cabinetry that you have the more difficult the task will be to store all you items such as, cups, plates, bowls, bake goods, and the like.  By placing the glasses, plates, utensils, and bowls closest to the sink will help with emptying and loading of the dishwasher.  The pots and pans should be placed nearest to the stove or range, depending on which one you have, this is also a good place to put the baking pans.  By having these items near the range or stove you will have an efficient and organized kitchen being utilized with the little amount of space that you have.  The other extra items that are cookie jars, vases, and the like can be stored in the upper cabinets that aren’t used on a daily basis.

These are the most important aspects to making a tight and cramped kitchen into your own luxurious space.  It just takes a few organizing solutions and figuring out how to utilize the space you have to your benefit.  It could take time to figure out what is more important to put where, but the end result is what matters most.  A small kitchen that is organized for the efficient use of preparing food and the everyday needs is the goal to making your kitchen luxurious.

Watch your spacing…

When decorating a room the hardest part is normally where to put everything.  This is especially in the case of a living room or entertaining spot.  In each instance we want to maximize the amount of space in the room while also maintain the flow and comfort. It is normally like a puzzle figuring out where which piece fits the best where.  Here are some tricks of the trade to make this process easier in every situation.

To start you need to ask yourself how you want the room to be used.  This could be for entertaining? Watching television? Or it could be a place to just come home to and relax.  No matter what the room is for, becoming familiar with how your space will be used will make it much easier for you to arrange your furniture accordingly.  Another way to help is brainstorming this way because it will make it easier for you to figure out which furniture pieces will work the best in this room and even to eliminate the ones that are just too much.

Next you need to consider whether your room will be used as a pathway or a walk through room. By figuring this out it will be easier for you to position the sofas and chairs close together so it doesn’t intervene with whatever is going on in the room at the time.  You and you visitors will appreciate having a space that is allowed for comfort and not as a disruption spot when others are walking through.

One tool that has helped me in the past, and is also a design tool is space planning. Space planning is a technique that is used when trying to figure out the best place for your furniture.  The easiest way to utilize this tool is to draw out your room in a piece of paper. Once the room is drawn out, cut out your furniture pieces on different sheets and arrange and rearrange until you are fully satisfied with the position of your pieces.  This is beneficial because it takes away from the heavy lifting you would do if you moved the furniture pieces multiple times. So use space planning to help with this.

Also you need to think U shaped when laying out a design for your room.  By selecting a U shaped layout, it creates a more inviting space while making it easy for everyone to communicate with each other. So avoid the dreadful L shape format as much as possible.  This layout normally tends to be uncomfortable in social settings and usually leaves someone out of the conversation.

Other thing to consider is pairing, which helps with the balance of your room.  This includes finding similar size end tables, lamps, and matching chairs that will bring consistency to your space while inviting everyone to stop and enjoy the room.  The biggest thing to remember is to make sure you balance your space.  Do not overcrowd the room with large objects that do not belong.  Be sure to visualize your room as it is being decorated.

The last thing to consider when placing your items in your room is what is your focal point.  Every room has one; it could be a flat screen TV that is going in the room, a fireplace, or even a window that has a spectacular view.  No matter what is consider the room to be decorated around that point.  By doing this you will find that your room is a great place that is inviting and comfortable.

The Bedroom on a Budget…

When having a bedroom that is decorated and has been that way for a long period of time, it is hard to figure out what to do to change it.  This is also difficult if you don’t want to spend a fortune in the process of redecorating the entire room.  But there are solutions for this problem and easy ones at that.  The options are not to get rid of your furniture or items that you love just spice them up.

To get started you want to figure out the items you love and don’t want to mess with.  When you have separated those from the rest you can then get your hands dirty, and this is literally.  In most cases the items that you don’t like are either just old and need a new paint job or are items that just don’t match with the rest of the room.  If this is true, paint them.  The best way to change something without having to go around looking for something new is to paint it.  It also is an easy way to match how you want your room decorated.  The best part is, it is a cheaper way of decorating. 

Once the furniture, walls, or even shelves are painted to the way you like, think of the bed.  The best option to change a bed and not spend a fortune on a brand new bed set is to just fix the comforter, most importantly a duvet.  Duvets can last for decades and can be updated again and again with only the spending your money on the new cover. By just splurging on a new cover for your room, it gives the right amount of change that you want and that can last for months or even years.

The last change that can be done is to develop a dramatic headboard that can be the bedroom focal point.  The best thing is you can make a headboard out of almost anything with some creativity. Some ideas to consider are a vintage door, wood shutters, folding screens or an antique fireplace mantel. Whatever you chose to do above your bed is your choice and using the creativity you have will make it yours and unique to you.

Also don’t forget the personality by bringing in the unique accents that represent you.  Little things such as a lamp that changes the mood of the room or a piece of artwork you want to add on the wall. No matter what you chose to put on the walls, side tables, or other furniture it is your room and the creativity that you have will shine.  And it will be all done on a budget that is affordable to you. So if you need to spice up your room, change it, but think of the low cost ways that it can be done so you don’t have to spend a fortune.