The Hidden Bedroom

If you are live in a studio apartment you understand space is at a premium. Your bedroom is your living room and vice versa. So, how do you have friends over during the day without inviting them directly into your boudoir?

Obviously, you want your apartment to look like a nice, well-kept living area so that having people over is never an issue. With these small steps you can have a beautiful living room and then unbeknownst to anyone else have it turn into a fabulous bedroom at night.

A small wardrobe in the corner of the room is the perfect hiding spot for those items you shouldn’t fold. Dresses, slacks blouses can all be stored in a wardrobe and during the day the wardrobe will look like an entertainment center.

A beautiful Bombe chest can double as a chest of drawers and will look stunning as a piece of living room furniture. This is a perfect place to store all your undergarments, socks, and t-shirts.

A day bed is still the best choice for a studio apartment. It can be used as a couch during the day. Place on the couch a few colorful, fun throw pillows that match the room’s décor. At night simply adjust the day bed and turn it from couch to bed. And if you are wondering where you can keep the sheets and blankets? Why, keep them “hidden” in the chest that doubles as a coffee table during the day. Perfect.

Need a place to store small items such as makeup or jewelry? Purchase side tables that have small drawers and put them on either side of the day bed.

Under bed storage is still a great idea especially for bulkier items such as jeans, sweatshirts and pajamas. Slide those boxes right under the day bed and no one will be the wiser.

These are just some of the smart decorating ideas we have come up with so that your studio apartment will be a fantastic place to unwind and entertain friends after the work week but then turn into a cozy, comfortable sleeping quarter for you at night.

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Spice it up with Mason Jars

 

We love that people are decorating their homes with mason jars.  They are cute and affordable with a rustic flair.  Not to mention there are a lot of options on how to decorate with mason jars, but one of our favorites is decorating the mason jars themselves – spicing them up! – with paint.

The first step is buying a bunch of mason jars.  There are many sizes to choose from so pick the size that is suitable for what you want to use them for.  They could be flower pots (or vases), decorative bathroom containers, etc.  You will also want to buy Mod Podge glue (the glossy version) that they sell at craft stores, and food coloring.

Pour a little bit of the glue inside one jar (about a couple tablespoons), then pour in food coloring and stir around.  Use as much coloring as you want for the correct shade you want.  For example, if you are going for a light green, don’t use as much as you would for a dark green.  Then turn and twist the jar so they glue coats the inside.  You will want to pour excess glue out in the trash.  Place jars upside down on a lined cookie sheet.  After they have dried for about 15-20 minutes, put the cookie sheet into the oven set on warm.  After about 10 minutes, take them out and turn them right side up.  Let them finish drying this way – overnight is best so they fully dry.  Jars will be colorful and ready to adorn!

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Create More Space in a Smaller Kitchen

If you are looking to purchase an older home you may be disheartened to find that many of them have small kitchens with barely, if any pantry space for food. If there is no room in the budget to add an extension or create a larger space, don’t turn away from that dream home, consider some smart decorating ideas. These smart decorating ideas will create in your kitchen a way to help you store everything from food and dishes to appliances.

There are so many useful items to be found at home stores but you need to have a plan before you shop. Look around your kitchen with a new set of eyes and really notice exactly where any free space can be utilized.

Check out how many drawers you have and calculate exactly how much you will need for utensils and flatware. Don’t think about the junk drawer, just yet. The remaining drawers can be used to store food, spices or baking supplies. With available food and can organizers you should be able to utilize a lot of space, especially if there are larger drawers on the bottom of the counters.

Is there any available wall space? This is premium real estate. Use this for putting up shelves. You can then store either your dishes or dry goods and other goods you use often such as cereal, cookies, pretzels, etc.. Make sure, however, you place these goods in beautiful, glass jars. This is a very urban look. You have now freed up some cabinet space for other types of food.

Look for containers that hang from shelves. These containers will almost double the space in a cabinet.

If there is space to put a bookshelf or entertainment center this is the best idea for creating mores space for items. If you can find one with double doors this will work as a make shift pantry. If there is a small island in the kitchen consider adding a small shelf at the end for recipe books or smaller appliances.

Is the laundry room nearby? Consider adding some shelving in there for items and appliances that are not used daily or for stocking up on items.

Before panicking about the lack of space in your kitchen for food, really take a look at your kitchen. Look at all the available space from top to bottom and consider utilizing that space in a different way that will allow you to eventually put everything in its place.

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Balance Furniture with Accessories

When purchasing furniture, you should consider the size, functionality and finish of every piece of furniture in a room and also consider how they will all relate to each other. Traffic flow, visual balance, and color coordination are all important factors to be considered.

Some ways to create interest:

Pictures – A large single picture creates dramatic impact behind a sofa or on a sizeable blank wall.

Dead corners can be wrapped with pictures and shelves. Mix pictures with brackets and shelves for more visual appeal (shelves give you added display space for small accessories). This will draw attention to a single furniture item which would be otherwise overlooked in a room. A china cabinet can be flanked by pairs of pictures, brackets, or sconces.

High Pieces/Bookcases – Angle accessories – especially books! No shelves are more boring than those with books lined up together like a procession of soldiers. Formal china cabinets often demand formal balance and are best filled with stemware and china. Informal pine and oak china cabinets and hutch tops best convey a country look with “organized clutter.”

Remove shelves to place larger, more impactful items – mix accessories with tableware. Accessory color is a key consideration – color coordinate accessories to the room’s color scheme and balance dark items with light items.

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That Lived-In Look

One way to individualize the design of your home is with furniture and accessories that have a warm, inviting appeal. The décor should capture the personality of the homeowner in some ways.

Consider magazines rolled in a basket, an open book on an end table, desk or nightstand or coffee cups, glasses or stemware with napkins, often on a tray, placed on a table or hutch. All of these convey a lived-in look – just don’t overdo them lest your gallery looks cluttered and housekeeping grows too difficult.

A grouping of pictures over a sofa gives more visual interest and conveys a cozier feeling than one large picture (perfect for a country room). When arranging a grouping behind a sofa, there should be a straight line at the base several inches above the upholstery.

The tops of high pieces like chests, armoires, china cabinets and bookcases have a more finished look when accessories are utilized on them. Simple symmetrical arrangements in bookcases look more formal, while asymmetrical arrangements convey informality. There is absolutely no need to leave all the shelves in an étagère or bookcase – stagger them or remove a couple. This will enable to you utilize larger, more impactful accessories. Don’t just fill shelves with books – pictures, plants and other large accessories look great, too.

Utilize unexpected items – oriental fans, baskets, a collection – not just books or small china objects.

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Give the Illusion of a Bigger Space

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a home with a lot of space. If your home is tiny and the walls are closing in, here are three tricks to make your rooms feel bigger. 

  • Go light. Light colors are the key to making a room appear bigger. Dark colors are warm and cozy, but they also absorb light and can make a small room feel smaller. If you want to give the illusion of a larger space, go with lighter tones. These colors reflect light and can make the room look bigger and brighter.
  • Hang mirrors. The more mirrors in a small space, the better. Hang a mirror over a focal point, such as a fireplace or a table. The mirror will reflect natural and artificial light, plus give the illusion of an open and larger space.
  • Remove large furniture. Select size-appropriate furniture for your home. Large pieces take up a lot of space and draw attention to a small interior.
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Playing with Chalk

There is something about chalkboards in the home that are playful and comforting yet elegant and chic. If you are looking for a cute and modern way to bring in some unique decorative elements to your kitchen, or anywhere in your home for that matter, a DIY chalkboard is a great idea.

So yeah, we said DIY chalkboard. As in Do It Yourself. Pass on the typical square wooden chalkboard you fiend everywhere and create your own! You can start with making a fun trip to a vintage or flea market or just your local home-accent store. Buy an attractive frame, tray or even a decorate box (be as creative as you want!). This will be the base for your chalkboard. For example, if you buy a large frame, the wooden area where the picture would normally go is where the chalkboard will be. Clean this area so it is free of any dust or imperfections. Next, you will apply chalkboard paint with a brush to this area. You can buy chalkboard paint at any local craft store. Once you have applied a layer of paint, let this dry for a few days before starting to use. Lastly, hang or place in a spot where it will be admired and used!

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A Fresh Face for Home Photos

Most of us adorn our homes with photos of our loved ones, beautiful sites and happy times. You may have a photo wall in your living room or tabletops covered from end to end. They are the typical 4×6, 5×7 and the occasional 8×10. However, as photo taking has been transformed with the use of smart phones, we now have these amazing Instagrams on our phones – why wouldn’t we want to hang them in our homes? We will soon be looking at a lot of retro-looking square images such as 4×4 or 7×7 plastered around our home once more people start printing these photos (which can be done by many apps on a smartphone).

This may not seem newsworthy to some, but to others who are picture fanatics, this could change a lot. For instance, how many people have a supply of square frames in their home? Not only just stand-alone square frames, but collage frames with square inserts within. After doing some research square frames are actually not easy to find. The frame world hasn’t yet caught up with the photo-taking world. But rather than finding this frustrating, we should embrace this development and fresh take on our photos.

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Tie it All Together

When buying furniture, one must consider the size, functionality and finish of every piece and also consider how they will all relate to each other. Traffic flow, visual balance, and color coordination are all important factors.

Accessories will tie everything together. A large single picture creates dramatic impact behind a sofa or on a sizeable blank wall. A grouping of pictures over a sofa can give more visual interest and conveys a cozier feeling (perfect for a country room). When arranging a grouping behind a sofa there should be a straight line at the base several inches above the upholstery.

The tops of high pieces like chests, armoires, china cabinets and bookcases have a more finished look when accessories are utilized on them. Simple symmetrical arrangements in bookcases look more formal, while “cluttered” arrangements convey informality. There is absolutely no need to leave all the shelves in an étagère or bookcase – stagger them or remove a couple. This will enable to you utilize larger, more impactful accessories.

Color coordinate your accessories to match the room’s color scheme. Utilize unexpected items – oriental fans, pictures, baskets, collections – not just books or small china objects.

Magazines rolled in a basket, an open book on an end table, desk, or nightstand, glasses or stemware with napkins, often on a tray, convey a lived-in look. Just don’t overdo them lest your room looks cluttered and housekeeping grows too difficult.

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Four Tips For Decorating Your Home

 

There is no reason why you should find decorating your home difficult. There are a few simple rules that you can follow that will get your home in tip top shape with little stress on your part. Consider the following rules before you start. Smart decorating ideas start with taking the time to consider what look you are after.

One Room At A Time

Don’t try to hit every room at once but instead try Bedroom decorating to start.  If this isn’t the room you want to start with that’s fine. Consider your office or your bathroom or even the kitchen. The idea is to start with one room first before moving anywhere else in the house. If you tend to get overwhelmed with decorating then choose to start with a small room first or even a hall.

Choose A Theme

For instance when you are decorating your bathroom, you can choose seashells or a color or a modern theme and stick with that. This will help you when selecting items such as paint, rugs and everything in between for the bathroom. 

Look Through Magazines Or Online For Inspiration

Decorating your office can be difficult and time consuming for some. It can be easy to get lost but if you flip through a magazine you’ll likely find inspiration and different ideas. If you are a tech person then simply go online. This will also make it easy to start your shopping as well.

Keep It Simple

Decorating your kitchen can be easily overdone, as can many rooms in the home. You’ll do much better if you choose to make it simple and paired down. This will give a clean, classy look. 

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