Saturday, June 23, 2012

Kid's Art Display

I'm always getting the 
cutest things home from 
from kids' art classes 
like every mom 
and needed a solution 
for a display 
that could accommodate 
different sizes of art 
and something easy 
to change out.

This idea popped into my 
head while doing laundry.  

I am always thinking and 
wishing I were out of 
the laundry room and 
these hangers caused just 
the distraction I needed to escape.   
Of course...I could not finish 
the load as I needed to 
see this idea in 
action right away!

So simple...3 kids...three hangers

Here is my 
changing art wall:

Monday, June 11, 2012

Add a little kick with pattern

I am always finding fabrics 
that I "have to have" 
somewhere in my home.

Many times, I buy fabric just 
because I love it 
...even if I don't think 
it will go anywhere in particular.

Once I get it home,
I usually have 5 or 6 places 
it can go so end up being 
torn about where to use it.
The key to using a loud fabric 
is to use it in the right 
place and in the right amount.

See example below
LOVED this polka dot material.
....Would never use it on a big
piece of furniture.

I did use it on my bench 
cushions in my kitchen...
shown in a previous post.

I don't like to use the same 
fabric twice but I this is 
what happens when you are 
so torn...

so I did also recover this
foot stool with it in the 
living room.

What I love is that this little piece
of furniture has a big impact.
It gives this corner the 
little kick 
it needed.

I topped off the 
brown and cream 
polka dots
with a brown and cream 
accent pillow 
to coordinate the two.

The nice thing is that 
when I get tired of 
these polka dots, 
I used it in a minimal way 
so it is easy to 
change in the future...

However...I think they 
will be here for a while.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Playing with Space Planning

When working on a space for a client, 
I love to play with things the homeowner has to 
see how things look and flow
to develop space planning.
When I am dealing with an empty space,
I use this simple space planner...
These are magnetized furniture pieces
so I can lay things out to scale.

I am not a high tech girl.

The fact can upload and 
blog is a miracle. 

Anyone can appreciate a visual when 
trying to make decisions....
especially when spending money 
is involved.

Below I explored with a family room 
layout to show a client...
had about 5 options before I saw the winner.

Space Planning Wish List:
1.  fireplace to be the focal point
2.  opportunity for conversation 
 3.  as much seating without overcrowding

I started with facing a sofa opposite 
the focal point to balance the space.

One rule I normally start with is to put 
my largest piece on the longest wall....

That rule applied this time..does not always.
(I break my own rules all the time.
That is how you keep things interesting.)

I added a sofa and love seat
rectangular table that follows the 
length of sofa and love seat.
...long side with sofa
...short side with love seat

Was not happy once I saw it
so I kept playing with different options.

Below....This was the winner after exploring.

I liked the clean look with 
two sofas 
and felt like a waste 
to not add a second sofa
when there was plenty of space.

I added a round cocktail table
to compliment the 
length of the couches.

Two sofas also felt
 like a more updated choice
and less predictable.

I liked less tables too to stay 
away from overcrowding.
(An area rug was added 
to connect this arrangement.)

The next step was to shop...
but this is the place to start
space planning....
so important!