Friday, May 30, 2014

Designing Small Spaces

I'm a big fan of Apartment Therapy.  Right now they are having a Small Cool Contest.  Readers are submitting photos of their small homes for a chance to have theirs voted as the coolest.  These homes are all under 1000 square feet but are very stylish and well designed.  There are five categories: Teeny Tiny (under 400 sq ft), Tiny (400-600 sq ft), Little (600-800 sq ft), Small (800-1000 sq ft), and International (under 1000 sq ft).  I picked my favorite from each category to share with you. 

Teeny Tiny: This apartment is 210 square feet in Washington, DC.  It includes a swiveling table that functions as a kitchen island, desk, dining table, and desk.  It is all open with no walls.  The bed also folds away to make more floor space when not in use.  I love the floors and even though the space is small, it stills looks very open.


Tiny: New York is known for it's small living spaces and this one comes in at 500 square feet.  I love the exposed bring in this home.  She used lots of drawers and shelves for storage.  Ana's tip is to use a minimum amount of furniture.  She uses an ottoman topped with a tray to use it as a coffee table.

Little: This home is 720 square feet in Dallas, TX.  They used bright colors to open up the space.  Using space under the bed and shelving systems, they were able to make more storage.

Small: This home is located in Covington, KY and is 900 square feet.  The living room is open and the wood floors unite the rooms.  Again, the walls are white but the accessories bring in the color.  The furniture has clean lines and is functional.  The guest bedroom is also the office and crafting space.  I love the dark vanity in the bathroom.


International: This home is 990 square feet located in Canada.  I love that the walls are white but the colorful accessories give the place some personality.  A few tips from the homeowner include use smaller furniture to create more space and make sure all the colors throughout the space work together.

All of these homes are well designed.  I can't imagine living in such a small space now with all the room we currently have.  I do like going in Ikea and seeing the mock ups they have of small spaces.  From all the spaces entered, a lot of them use lighter colored walls and allow the decor around the room to do the talking.

There's still time to submit your small home!  Last day for entries is June 2.

"You don't need to live large to have a wonderful home." - Apartment Therapy

You're reading Designing Small Spaces by Andrea, originally posted on Decorating Cents.  If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Andrea on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Hometalk.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Displaying Kids Art

Do you ever wonder what to do with all your kids' artwork?  Now that the school year is ending, the teachers are sending all of my daughter's artwork home.  I really appreciate the art coming home, but now I have a huge stack on paper building up on my kitchen counter.  I don't want to toss it but I need to come up with a way to store it.  Yes, some does get tossed because I can't keep everything.  I've been caught where my daughter goes to throw something away and one of her masterpieces is on the top.  Oooops.  I have a folder upstairs with art from the last few years and it's getting pretty full as well.  The side of the refrigerator has also begun to get cluttered with art pieces.

I decided to look for some ways to display some of her art pieces.  Displaying them in an organized manner will not only look good, but will also make her feel good that I took time to actually display them.  I want her to know her creative efforts are recognized.

Gallery Wall: Create a display of frames to create a focal point


Board and clips: Art can easily be changed out


Use picture ledges:

Cable system: Art is strung on a line and can be changed out

Framed mini prints: Show off all the art pieces in one frame

There are lots of great ideas out there.  I need to get to it before I can't see my kitchen counter anymore.

You're reading Displaying Kids Art by Andrea, originally posted on Decorating Cents.  If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Andrea on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Hometalk.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Formal Dining Rooms Turned Playrooms

A while back I showed you some dining rooms turned offices.  They were great ideas on turning that un-used dining space into something usable.  This time, let's talk about play spaces.  My kids like to play downstairs in the evenings, and some of their toys end up downstairs as well.  I often see photos of play rooms and wonder what it would be like to have a dedicated play space for the kids.  I wouldn't have to pick up toys or clean up behind them because that would be a place for them to play.  I wouldn't be so intent on picking up the room.  Right now, I like them to have clean rooms when the toys are not in use.

With a playroom being downstairs, the kids are still within reach and you can keep an eye on them while they are playing.  My only issue would be seeing those toys on the floor as I walk through from upstairs to the family room.  Here are several ideas for changing that dining room into a playroom for the kids.

Anyone turn their formal dining room into a playroom?  How about any other room in the house?

You're reading Formal Dining Rooms Turned Playrooms by Andrea, originally posted on Decorating Cents.  If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Andrea on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Hometalk.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a restful and peaceful day.


A big thank you to all those who have served our country!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Sales!

I think my inbox is going to explode!  I don't realize how many email lists I'm on until there's a sale and my inbox floods.  Just wanted to let you know of some home sales going on this Memorial Day weekend.

West Elm: Up to 25% off entire purchase

RugsUSA: Up to 80% off rugs

Home Decorators: Free Shipping

 Kirkland's: $20 off purchase of $100 or more

JC Penney: 15% off entire purchase

 Pottery Barn: Up to 60% off

Pier 1: All Outdoor on sale

Z Gallerie: 20% off Accessories and 15% off Furniture

Furbish: 15% off everything

Hurry because most sales end Monday!  Here's to a long, fabulous 3 day weekend!

Accent Walls In Nurseries

I absolutely love looking at nurseries.  Maybe it's the thought that some precious baby will sleep there.  While browsing through photos of nurseries, I noticed one popular trend, accent walls.

I remember showing this photo to hubby while we were designing our nursery and he really liked it.  The plank wall behind the crib is stunning!

The most popular accent wall trend is probably stripes.  I painted gray and white stripes in my son's nursery.

I toyed with the idea of doing a blue and white stripe like this.  In this nursery, the blue and white add a pop of color to the otherwise neutral palette.

I love this herringbone wall in this nursery.  The coral, gray, white, and turquoise all coordinate so well together.  Ever wonder what your nursery would look like had your child been of another sex?  These may have been my girl colors.

Check out the plaid wall in this nursery.  I can only imagine how much time it took to tape and paint that.

Recently, it seems like parents are getting more creative with their baby's room.  With all the inspiration out there, there are endless possibilities to make your child's room fun and personal.

Have you designed a nursery lately?  Did it have an accent wall?

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