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Retail therapy with a designer, its just what the doctor ordered

Shopping for just the right accessories can give the room that "wow" factor

Shopping for just the right accessories can give the room that “wow” factor

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What do you say to a naked room?

Sounds like a funny question, but whether you have a new room or one that you want to re-do the first thing you have to do is literally strip the space down to examine what you have to work with. Once the room is naked you can analyze the space and determine a plan of action.

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But many people feel overwhelmed with a blank canvas like an empty or “Naked room”. The important things to remember are that this is a chance for you to make a space be whatever you want it to be. Just because the floor plan from the builder or landlord says its a dining room doesn’t mean the space has to be used that way.

Homes should be a reflection of the user so as you stare at the nakedness of our space and panic over where to begin start by asking yourself how will the space be used, what am I missing, what are my needs? Don’t just follow the ordinary uses but look at an empty room as a chance to give it a new identity.

Start with what you need it to do, consider giving the room an job interview so to speak. What do you need to store in there, what activities will happen, how many people will use the space, is it public or private? Will it be used for more than one purpose or activity? Once you have established the function look at the architecture of the room.

So many people make the mistake of ignoring the actual “space” of a room. For example, instead of focusing on two rectangle walls, a square floor, and a slanted ceiling, the normal person focuses their attention on the fact that the room is cold, empty, and has funky angles. With that attitude the decorating result is usually a cluttered space that has no real function or character. Just as we embrace our own body shapes, sizes and differences we must embrace the architectural aspects of a room in order to really appreciate it.

So remember to speak nicely to your “naked room” and use the space wisely while highlighting the architectural features instead of fighting them much like embracing our own bodies in front of the mirror!

Once you have analyzed the space and have noted its function, purpose, and features you can better prepare a list of furnishings, accessories, and colors to use the space in a whole new way. So stay tuned for more articles to come on great new topics.

Time to Purge!

Some people say spring is the time to clean but I like to start off the new year with a home purge. While putting away all the holiday decorations its always a good time to sift through broken ornaments, beat up garland and outdated trinkets. Then when I am in the process of putting back all my regular home accessories its nice to rearrange furniture and change things up. So don’t be afraid to completely move your furniture and say good bye to last years dust bunnies all while giving your room a whole new feel. Move the sofa on an angle, swap walls for the tv, move accessories from one room to another. Homes that feel stagnant now can easily be fluffed and rearranged to bring new life without having to spend a lot of money.

This is also a great time to make a home to do list, going room by room and making a list of all the little projects. It may seem overwhelming at first but if you break down each room into small projects and designate a time on your calendar for each one, before you know it your home will be looking and feeling great.

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Here’s an example of some of my home to do’s this year:

1. Go through each closet and purge, purchase organizing containers, new hangers, and storage bins

2. Purchase new bakeware and throw out old cookie sheets and utensils no one uses

3. Get new office supplies and great colored organizers for mail, bills, and kids activities

4. Replace any old plastic blinds with broken strings

5. Get new throw pillows for sofa

6. New bathroom towels and accent rugs

7. Put new knobs on kitchen cabinets for updated look

8. Go through all medicine and bathroom vanities and replace for upcoming cold and flu season

9. Clean out pantry and get fun clear jars to put oatmeal, pasta, and beans in

10. Save up for new bedroom furniture

11. Paint hallway and entry for a fresh new welcoming feeling

So don’t let the winter season get you down, use this “inside” time as a way of getting rid of the old and getting ready and prepped for the new! This year is going to be full of great design so lets make this your first step.