I’m excited to say we are finally going to really get going on this amazing space!
Here is the space:
And here are some ideas for the space including a new railing for the stair case and a window seat!!!
Feeling a little better after getting rid of our tired couch… I wish spring would show it’s pretty little face soon but until them I will be lounging on a comfy new couch set… From of all places Ikea! We figured having a little baby and a plan of having at least one more in the future we would stick to something that if grape juice and sticky fingers found their way on the fabric, we wouldn’t be so upset! Another perk is that they are fully slip covered. So about 3 hours to put together and a little patience it’s a wallet and family friendly option ( couch was about $650 and the sectional was $1100)
The couches go pretty good with my Homesense pillow finds!
1. Rearrange art. I find by it items that go in every room I have the flexibility to switch from room to room!
2. Give things a fresh take. Stack books, group collections on a tray, declutter dumping grounds ( we all have them). By changing things up and decluttering your space will instantly feel fresher and new
3. Add new throw pillows and throws. By putting away all the heavy quilts and adding fun and bright pillows and blankets your mood will have an instant uplift!
4. Purge. Empty the room entirely and start from scratch. Sometimes takes a fresh start at a space – this can allow you to rework and even improve the function.
5. Awaken your senses. Add fresh flowers, springy scented candles or a bowl of dried scented potpourri to bring the smell of spring to your room
6. Paint a feature wall, add some wallpaper or even adding new curtains/ area rug. A bit more drastic, but some rooms may call for that!
7. New sheets and bedding, nothing feels more fresh then crisp sheets.
8. Pick a bright accent color and go with it. Add splashes everywhere from cushions, to candles, to trendy accessories. The key with this is keeping your fixed items fairly neutral.
9. Switch that furniture. We have talked about moving accessories and art around the house, what about furniture! Move tables, lamps, chairs and benches.
10. Open things up, open up those windows, pull back those drapes, lift those blinds! Let the light in and hopefully it lifts the mood
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While beginning (this may take a while!) the planning for my own kitchen I thought I would share this great blog post I stumbled upon!
Here’s to Kitchen Floorplan….planning
Kitchens are the most important room in a house. Kitchens also demand a high level of functionality and performance. Truthfully, some homeowners find their eyes glazing over in the kitchen design planning stages because there is so much involved and the details multiply by the minute. Kitchens aren’t simple but avoiding common mistakes with the following tips can give you a much happier result.
Glass Doors – use frosted or opaque glass not clear. You still get a great design statement but you aren’t forced to keep your cabinets organized to military precision.
Upper Cabinets – these are useful for dishes and spices but not cookware or small appliances. Lower cabinets are more useful. By limiting the upper cabinets to only what’s needed the kitchen feels more open and not so cavernous.
Countertop Clutter – plan appliance garages or pull out appliance lifts to avoid the ugly skyline of random countertop appliances. Place only what you use daily on the countertop. Kitchens counters are not a display area. Function comes first.
Tight Spaces – shave a few inches off to squeeze something in a kitchen is a bad idea resulting in later regret. Here are a few minimum space planning requirements you don’t want to skimp on.
If there is seating, center table or bar, allow 48″ to pullout chairs and move around. I’m very serious on this. Time and time again I watch people stuff in a table and chairs only to learn later they aren’t used because it isn’t easy to get in and out. No shoving chairs against a wall. This is the flaw in the above floorplan showing a table and chairs by a window. It was moved around and became seating for four not six.
Minimum island size = 48″ long by 24″ (standard base cabinet depth) wide. If one side is for counter stools make it 48″ x 36″.
Appliances which open (oven, dishwasher or fridge) really need more than 36″ of clearance between them and opposing cabinetry.
Need at least 30-36″ space between island and cabinets or wall with no appliances.
I like to tape everything out on the floor (or existing counters) or use big boxes to replicate floor cabinets and appliances. Play house and pretend. Get out your pots and pans and move about the space like you would normally. Figure for open drawers and doors too. Take measurements of how you actually move in a space. If you bump into something, move it. Put in the time working out your details and the dividends will be huge. Hey, this is a whole lot cheaper than deciding something doesn’t work once the cabinets are installed.
What is your top kitchen design regret?
My personal regret was doing all dark cabinets, water drips and dust show on all!
Reblogged from: Design Girl
Out with the white, in with the bright! Here’s a fun little post for spring of my favourite trends
Easter style pastels
Although this is black it’s so bold and fresh!
Loving the mixtures of blues mixed with oversized drama and natural events with the wood table
As bright as the sun! This yellow is so cheery…bold but it’s really only accessories!
Pretty and fun with a touch of serenity for everyday
Again look what you can do with a splash of colour!
Again! Liven up those neutrals!
For those who are bold!
Add a bit more heat!
Pretty eclectic mix
Understated yet classy, still feels springy!!