Archive for March, 2012

Decor – Standing Out from the Crowd

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints, Tips and Advice

Some people like to blend in with the crowd, following what their neighbors and friends do. Others prefer to stand out from the crowd as trendsetters and individualists. In a sea of black umbrellas, would you be the red umbrella or another black umbrella. When it comes to home decorating, the majority of us are more comfortable being in the middle of the crowd rather than ahead or behind everyone else.

Standing out from the crowd can be a good thing. With most new home construction your neighbor down the street or even next door might have the same exact floor plan as yours. In many neighborhoods today, homeowner associations dictate how the exterior of the home should look. In this case, the only way to stand out from the crowd is how you decorate the interior of your home.

Upgrades and custom options for buyers from the builder are the first step in making your home your own. Implementing which upgrades you want, and can afford, will help your home stand out from your neighbors. Any changes to the builder’s basics will give your home more of a custom touch. Changing carpet color, switching from carpet to hardwood, adding a focal wall or color to the walls are all options you can chose when building new. Fixtures, lighting and counters are also typical areas that offer upgrades and options when working with a builder on new home construction.

In a crowd of black umbrellas, be bold and be the red umbrella. Or if you prefer, be blue, green or yellow!

Trend Spotting: Wood for the Dining Table

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints, Tips and Advice, Kitchen and Bath

Wood in the dining room is nothing new. Wood dining tables are the standard for most homes for their durability and beauty. Other wood furniture in the dining room can included a buffet or sideboard or china cabinet. Wood floors are a great flooring option for the dining room because you don’t have to worry about stains or spills. But today we’re going to talk about wood on the table, specifically wood plates and cutlery.

Have you seen this trend on blogs, shelter magazines or your favorite retailer? Wood plates, chargers and even cutlery is showing up on the table. As an alternate to disposable plastic or paper plates that can clog landfills if they aren’t recyclable, wood can be used more than once and is a considered a green product because it will biodegrade unlike plastic.

Wood used as serving dishes is nothing new. Wooden bread plates and salad bowls have been used for generations. Wood serving pieces like tongs and salad servers have also been around for years as have wooden chop sticks. Wood handles on other serving pieces and knives are nothing new. Wood place settings are just following in a long line of using wood on the table.

Wood chargers can be placed under traditional ceramic or porcelain place setting. Wood plates can add a natural touch and are beautiful on their own or when mixed with ceramic, glass or porcelain pieces. Wood cutlery, which is sometimes made from bamboo, can be used everyday but should not be placed in the dishwasher; rather it should be hand washed.

Flooring – Details Underfoot

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In design, like life, it is the little things that count. A row of tassel trim on a pillow. A stripe on a rug that coordinates with the sofa and the curtains. These small details are what separate good design from excellent design. Having an eye for detail in a room from floor to ceiling will make the room feel polished and put together, even if it was not decorated by a pro.

Take this wood floor for example. The dark band of inlay or stain creates a border around the room’s perimeter that draws attention to the shape of the room and the architectural details. The stripe also adds an extra bit of design to the room that turns a beautiful wood floor into something even more special.

Adding these little design touches on the floor is a great way to draw the eye around the space. Inlaid or stained patterns can be done on wood floors. Tile floors could have a pattern or a random accent tile; something that is common in traditional white hexagonal tile floors that have a random pattern of black tiles. A solid colored area rug with a contrasting color on the edging or a sisal rug with colored banding are other examples of small design touches for flooring that can have big impacts.

When adding the finishing touches to a room design, don’t forget the floor. Floors are typically 30% of a room and a great place to add special design touches and details.

White Carpet and Furniture with Kids and Pets?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Family, Floors

Does the idea of white shag carpet in a house with kids or pets make you shudder? Many people avoid white carpets and white furniture when they have kids and pets. If you have the perfect children and the perfect pets who never spill or track in dirt, you might be fine with all white carpet or furniture. Is white really off limits for the rest of us? With today’s high tech fabrics and stain protectors, white can once again be a choice for furniture and flooring, even with those messy pets and kids.

Taking off shoes and avoiding tracking in dirt and water from outside is a good habit to get into for any flooring. Preventing the dirt from being brought into the home will put you ahead of the game when it comes to battling dirt. Blotting and treating spills and stains as they happen is also a good habit to get into whatever your carpet or flooring. Home steamers and steam cleaners are more readily available and more effective.

If you love the look of white furniture, consider slipcovers. White cotton slipcovers can be custom made or bought premade in a variety of sizes and styles. If you make a custom slipcover yourself or have it made by an upholsterer, you will get the best fit for your sofa or chair. You can choose a slipcover with a skirt that is box pleated, ruffled or straight; or one that does not have a skirt and exposes the legs.

Floor To Ceiling Storage in the Kitchen

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Every design evolves over the years and decades. Kitchen design is continually evolving as trends and styles come in and out of fashion. For many years soffits between the top of the upper cabinets and ceiling were popular design elements in kitchens. Unless there is a venting issue, most kitchen design today does away with soffits, replacing them with additional storage.

The number of kitchen cabinet options has grown over the years. Yes there are still standard heights for upper and lower cabinets but upper cabinets can now have two levels. The height of lower cabinets is more standard to accommodate a counter work surface. Upper cabinet heights can vary to accommodate different ceiling heights as well as storage needs.

This kitchen shows that you can put storage from the floor to the ceiling, even in a kitchen with a small footprint. Cabinets above the standard row of upper cabinets can be used to store less often used items. A stylish footstool can be used to reach these tall cabinets. Keeping the cabinets light like the tile floor helps the room feel light and airy, rather than overwhelmed by cabinetry.

Kitchen islands are another place for additional storage in the kitchen. Drawers and cupboards in a kitchen island provide more places to store kitchen essentials. Heavier items like big pots and slow cookers can be stored below the island. Peninsulas are also perfect for adding more storage if an island doesn’t work in your layout.

No matter your kitchen’s size, maximize storage by going from floor to ceiling with your cabinets.

Bedside Lighting

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Lighting

The exaggerated height of the bedside lamps in this bedroom makes the lamps a standout feature in the room. The black headboard anchors the bed area while the tall lamps appear to soar. Bedside lighting can be more than functional; it can become a beautiful design element in the bedroom.

Bedside lighting is essential in the bedroom. Whether it is for a master bedroom, a guest room or child’s room, having a light next to the bed is a must. Even if you have overhead lighting, reaching the switch to turn it off or on might not be convenient from the bed. Adding a lamp to the bedside table or nightstand will make flipping on or off the lighting in the room more convenient.

Lighting in the bedroom, like most rooms in the home, should be layered. Overhead lighting is great for getting dressed or looking for a lost earring in the carpet. It can be bright and too harsh for other times. Pairing an overhead light with bedside lighting creates lighting zones and layers of light.

Reading in bed or using the laptop is better done with bedside lighting that can create pools of light rather than washing the entire room in light. Stylish bedside lamps can be sat on the nightstand or mounted as wall lamps bedside the bed. Either provides adequate lighting for reading in bed. Look for a pair or near pair of table lamps that are keeping in scale with your nightstand and headboard for stylish and functional bedside lighting.