Julie Morgenstern, author of Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life, suggests that if you have not used something in the last year, place it in a box. Six months later, open the box and decide whether or not you still need the items. If you are undecided whether or not to keep something, then it is probably best you get rid of it—the fact you would question it proves its lack of necessity.
In regards to clutter, only purchase what you really need. Be sure and have proper storage for what you have—storage cleans areas up and makes everything more organized. While organizing everything in suitable storage, it is often found that a lot can be tossed—broken items, or things no longer in use. Recycle what you can, and throw out the rest.
Today's Deal of the Day features a modern craftsman table and chair set featuring iron and wood detailing. The set comes complete with the table and two side chairs.
(30.75"h x 36.25"w x 36.25")
Chair Dimensions: (36.25"h x 17"w x 19")
Today's Deal of the Day Price: $799.99
For the remainder of this week and next, some points will be touched on clutter. To start, put things away as soon as you are finished with them. If you leave things sitting out, it can be easy to forget about them and continue to pile things on countertops. After a while, organization will come second nature! Also, setting a few minutes aside each day to help de-clutter can change your entire lifestyle. By starting small and accomplishing things over time, you are more susceptible to staying organized. Organization means less cleaning and more time to do what you love!
Whether your foyer is small or large, entrance areas to your home should be interesting and present an exciting preview of what’s to come. One of the most important considerations in designing a foyer space, is to keep in mind how much of the surrounding rooms you see from the foyer. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you make your home’s entry space a memorable first impression!
Mirrors? Yes! And don’t skimp on the size! A handsomely framed mirror over a chest or table is always an excellent design option. If your entry way is small, consider mirroring closet doors. And in situations where your front door opens into the living space, try to create a foyer with a mirrored folding screen.
Drama? Yes! Do something dramatic and exciting with your walls. If your wall space is somewhat limited, consider splurging on an exquisite wall covering to set the stage. And how about continuing your wall covering patter on the ceiling! What a great way to incorporate the other colors and mood of your home’s other rooms!
Luxury? Yes! Have you ever considered adding portieres at your foyer doorway? Portieres are drapery panels that not only provide privacy and warmth when closed, but softness and luxury when opened. Portieres are a great design option to consider when your foyer opens to an adjacent room via a wide doorway.
Try following these do’s and don’ts and you’ll be well on your way to having a grand entrance that will certainly make a lasting impression!
“Focus on what you have.” This age-old saying often gets forgotten within interior design. Rather than looking for the perfect art piece to fill an empty space on your wall, go into your storage boxes and re-discover that old painting, a sketch from a friend, or a forgotten photograph. Oftentimes while focusing on what you already have, you will discover timeless beauty that fits into your room flawlessly.
Repoursing old item, or items that have special meaning to you are a big part of creating interesting and personal touches to a space.
Laundry is not a chore most look forward to—and why would they? In most homes, the laundry room is a dingy room, carefully hidden away from visitors. Improve your laundry room by adding color and organization. It is very possible to make even the laundry room easy on the eyes, with a few simple improvements.
Sofa with Chaise - Pick any of the over 200 fabrics color selections. Available in both right and left arm chaise lounge.
This versatile piece can be configured to add a splash of relaxed style to almost any space. The sofa fits nicely in a small apartment, or you can add on the lounge kit to create a comfy chaise in a larger space.W30" H36" D61
Today's Deal of the Day: $1,099.00
Regular Retail: $1,789.00
Do not fear painting a room dark. Dark tones aren’t always a bad decision, and can actually be quite calming. Eggplant, navy, and chocolate brown are all nice alternative colors if black is too dramatic for you.
Afraid that a dark color is going to make the room feel smaller? Try painting the ceiling a tone that is half the strength of the walls. This allows your eye to travel upward without a heavy contrast making the room feel taller and not so closed in.
If you need help selecting a color pallet that works for your space. Contact me to set up a paint consultation.
Want to mix things up, but not sure about committing to wallpaper on all four walls? Consider applying wallpaper to just one wall. It is a way to bring in some extra flair on a budget, and can be a great way to tie together the design of a room.