As you are gearing up to spend more time inside your home, this might be a good time to think about organization. It also might be a time to follow-up on one of your New Year’s resolutions. “Getting organized” is said to be the second most possible vow made when the year turns to a new one. So, you can either complete the resolution you made or get a head start on next year’s.
As a little more incentive, here’s a list of some of the benefits you will gain from tackling that chore:
· You will be able to relax more. I’ve read that we often waste two hours in a single day looking for something. Organization can help you find things faster.
· You’ll feel better about your home
· You’ll be healthier by reducing stress.
· You’ll be a better role model for others.
· You’ll save money because many purchases actually never get used because they can’t be found once they’re brought home. You will buy items that you have place for.
Start with your bedroom. Shouldn’t you have a closet that makes you feel better at the start and end of every day? Then look at your entry way—the one you use most often. How does that make you feel every time you use it? Then move on to your pantry, laundry, each bedroom, the garage, etc. View them each as an opportunity to make you feel better. A time to purge.
Today, there are closet, shelving and storage systems that will fit anywhere in the home or office. And they don’t have to be ordinary. There are inspirational designs for every room or space. The combinations are limitless and there are extensive, stylish design options ranging from traditional to contemporary.
We use two systems that provide us the ability to adapt to every need. The endless configuration options achieve multiple uses such as room dividers, a display system, shelving, storage or a fabulous walk-in closet. Whatever the space, we can create a personalized furniture system just for you.
Tight on space? Systems like these can help you transform any space into one that is not only functional, but looks great too. Whether it be a space to entertain the family, putting space under a staircase to good use, or a place for display, there is a system that will work.
While these and others can be designed and installed by the more accomplished do-it-yourselfers, you might find it advantageous to use a professional.
Before that decision, however, you’ll need to give some thought to such factors as: Are there seasonal changes in the contents to be stored? Are there bulky items? For closets, do you want shoes on the floor or on shelves? Are you aiming to store smaller items like jewelry?
Then there are the measurements: Measure how much space your clothes take up now. Measure both the front and back dimensions of a closet. Be sure to account for the baseboard and any inside trim. Like the proverb says: Measure twice, cut once.
Web sites like those mentioned can help you design and plan your system. If you’re working with a professional, be sure to have a clear understanding of such things as who will move the contents out of the space being re-done? Who will remove any current molding, baseboard, etc. and repair the damage? In other words, who will get it ready for the installation?
It may seem daunting, but remember those benefits. And you won’t have to make getting organized one of your resolutions for the New Year.
Design Trend:: Color Blocking. This trend first appeared on the runways and now it has transitioned to home decor. It's done by using blocks of solid color rather than textures or patterns. The best part is, it can look beautiful whether you use striking, contrasting colors or subtle, monochromatic versions. We love how it's used on the walls and window treatments in this bedroom!
Room of the Week: This couple was dreaming of a luxurious retreat for friends, family and each other to enjoy company and relaxation. A design palette of gray and purple was chosen to utilize the existing carpet. Soft gray draperies were installed on the windows and a deep purple velour sectional and ottoman replaced the outdated sofa. The gray upholstered chairs were studded with nail head trim to coordinate with the ottoman. Table lamps and glamorous mirrored side tables reflect light around the room. A light, patterned area rug breaks up the solid carpeting to add visual interest. And finally, lots of pillows were added for luxurious comfort, texture and eye appeal.
This is a fantastic example of a clean line elegant space. Its a very warm and inviting space and pops of color as class
Create some glamour in your home by surrounding your rooms in the beauty of texture. Mother Nature herself provides us with so many awesome texture combinations – bark, grasses, stone, sand – just to name a few. Why not mimic her great texture combinations? Here we see the glory of textured tone on tone brocade fabric, richly upholstered on these dining chairs, combined with silk window treatments, crystal accents on a dramatic chandelier, and dark and light wood tones, combined with glass to make this room a real design standout.
Room of the Week: The master bathroom of a recently married couple was looking dull, and they were hoping to add style by creating a spa-like feel. The makeover began with a fresh coat of paint. From there, lighting was designed to give the feel of a luxury spa. The shower was updated with frameless glass, giving it a fresh and open feeling. To add to the luxury, a smoke crystal chandelier was placed above the tub and a red and cream coral print was used on the custom belair roman shade. Artwork, accessories and a new wool rug completed the space. Love the new look!