Winter can be disheartening, as the winter days are long and possibly gloomy with not enough sunshine (depending on the geographical location of where you live). The good news is that there are ways you can brighten up your home this winter season. By making your home cheerful, you can make winter more tolerable and warm! So, what are some ways you can get rid of winter blues and brighten up your home? Here are some simple interior design tips to help you or to spark creative ideas on your own.
Not only is hanging art great for your home, it is also a great tool to brighten up your space during winter. If you already have some art on your walls, you can always add a few more pieces just for winter. Vibrant, colorful artwork will help brighten up your space and you can choose paintings, photos, or prints with sparkling landscapes or floral cheer.
If you live in any major city from San Francisco to New York to Chicago, most likely you are faced with the challenge of living in a small space. Small spaces can actually come with a host of advantages especially where space is limited. Maybe your rent is cheaper or you get to live in the heart of your favorite bustling city. Small spaces force you to get organized and prioritize what you really need sitting around. Plus it’s less space to clean, and that’s just more time to focus on pressing matters, like your goals for the new year.
But what happens when your New Year’s goals include wanting or needing a home office? Then your small space starts to look like a large nightmare. Where do you even put an office? How do you make room for a table? Maybe you start worrying and thinking that you’ll need to throw out your bed just to have some workspace.
Fear not my friend. There are tons of small office ideas to make your workspace feasible in any living situation, no matter how horizontally challenged your living quarters may be. The better your space is organized, the easier it is to focus on those goals of yours and accomplishing them!
Stack Your Space
In small spaces, it’s challenging to make space horizontally. So what do you do? Go vertical. One of the most common and popular creative small office tactics is to make maximum use of wall space. Shelves will come to your rescue as they allow you to claim previously unused wall space. Before you know it, you’ll have tons of space for books, boxes, accessories, and papers.
In the same vein as using wall space, this wall organizer by Martha Stewart gets it all together for you
Small spaces demand a certain level of innovation. You’re probably in a situation where almost all your space is taken up with the necessities of living like your bed, clothes, seating, and kitchen supplies. That’s when you have to turn your attention to the more unconventional areas.
If you have any nooks and small corner spaces, see if you can create a small table through the use of floating shelves. Any tiny, empty space can become a small office world in and of itself. This person got creative and e made an office out of a small spare closet
The key to using a small space is to think of it like a puzzle. Fitting everything perfectly and creatively together will allow you to not only know where everything is, but also reclaim space that was poorly optimized and just plain wasted. Consider multifunctional furniture, like this armoire that folds out to create a desk and acts as storage the rest of the time.
Other products can help you optimize your space better, like this modular desk organizer from B&A Studio that will help you visualize where everything goes.
February is the month of love and whether you are excited about Valentine’s Day or not, it can be fun to incorporate some of the things Valentine’s Day is known for into your interior decor. Simple things such as candles, flowers, artwork, and the color red can really liven up your space and make it feel warm and inviting setting the tone for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner.
What’s Valentine’s Day without hearts? It’s everywhere from boxes of chocolates, throw pillows, balloons, clothing, cards, and so much more. They are all shaped in the form of hearts to bring home that lovely warm Valentine’s mood. You can incorporate hearts into your design without it being tacky or too overwhelming. Something as simple as a small wall hanging or a wreath can add some love to your space without being too much.
As an interior designer and business woman, I can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of meeting new clients, following up with past clients, preparing proposals, and designing spaces that are magical.So this week, I’m slowing down so I can tell you more about myself and why I chose the path of becoming an interior designer. Knowing a little bit more about the person behind the design is important because you want to work with someone who has the appropriate training, understands design, and most importantly understands you and your lifestyle.
If you are finally taking on the task of getting rid of clutter and organizing your space this year, before you decide to give old items away, see if you can come up with creative ways to upcycle it and make it unique! Re-purposing an old item into something new and different is becoming quite a popular trend these days. Don’t think you have a use for old plastic folding chairs or old hangers? Think again! So, don’t throw away those used wine bottles just yet. You can upcycle them into light fixtures, wall decor, or accessories for the home. Below are some great ideas for re-purposing your give-away items into something stylish, fun, and creative!
Use wine corks as mini planters
Hollow out old corks to create miniature planters. You can even paint the corks in different colors and create patterns to make it sparkle!
Interior designers love to find unique items when designing spaces. Some interior designers go to flea markets in search of antique pieces, travel to other countries to find cultural objects, seek local artisans to create handcrafted items, or go to interior design showrooms to find upscale custom furnishings and accessories only available to the trade. While there are so many different ways for interior designers to look for unique items that fits the needs of clients, I especially love finding stylish home decor products that is a reasonable price for anyone to purchase and I’d like to share some of them with you. Below are a few of my favorite sites for affordable home decor products.
I love West Elm for their colorful products and creative use of patterns. Plus, they feature and support handcrafted work from artisans around the world and they are one of the first home goods retailer to make rugs certified by Fair Trade USA. Their prices may be higher than other home decor sites, but West Elm always has a sale going on and sometimes offer free shipping on select items. I especially love their variety of textured bedding and drapes!
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