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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 8/3/2018

When you have a family, there’s many different needs and personalities at play within your home. Trying to please all of those different ways of life can cause some confusion. There are many ways that you can create an all-in-one space without creating a major construction zone. You need to think in terms of spaces that accommodate large groups of people from entertaining to gathering around the television for a movie or sporting event. Combine Several Rooms Into One When rooms aren’t connected, sometimes bringing the rooms together can bring more flow into the home. Consider knocking down walls or bringing aspects of one room into another room, like a countertop or island through parts of kitchen and living spaces. Get creative! In some spaces, simply knocking down just one wall can make the entire floor of the home feel bigger. Make The Use Of The Square Footage You Have One wall can cause you to miss out on the full use of the space your home provides. Clearing away walls between rooms not only allows your home to feel more open and airy, but it gives you as a homeowner more use of your space. You don’t always need to add on to your home in order to make the home feel bigger. Tuck Things Away Keeping stools under countertops, for example, is a great way to have a multi-use and multipurpose area. A television will be perfect in a cabinet. The cabinet can be used for both storage and TV viewing. Make sure you position it in a place where the TV can be seen from all corners of the room. This way everyone will have a space for their DVDs and there’s not a bad seat in the room to watch TV from. Use Furniture As Room Dividers Your furniture can multi-task by serving as a room divider. If you need to have a study in your living room, use a bookshelf to separate the area. It’s easy to do and will keep the flow of a room without disturbing your established setup. Use Rugs For Unity Nothing unifies a room quite like an area rug. Everything on or near the rug signifies a space. If you need to separate areas within the room, try an area rug for one purpose and hardwood, bare floor for the other use. Rugs are always cozy in reading rooms, for example. Hardwood floors may work better for a computer desk and rolling office chair. The position of everything in a room helps to identify what that part of the room will be used for. Marry The Rooms That Are Used Together If your family tends to hang out and use the kitchen and living room the most, make sure they have open space between them. You should consider adding a study for the students of the house in either room to make it easier to call everyone for dinner and provide homework help. As a bonus, it’s a great idea that you can keep an eye on the kids’ computer activity while you’re cooking! Most of all, no matter what room you’re working with, you want to make sure there’s a space for everything and everyone. That’s how you please an entire family with home design!





Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 1/19/2018

Bedrooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You bedroom is more than a place for sleeping. They have become multi-purpose rooms over the years. Depending on your circumstances, bedrooms may need to house a home office, a playroom, or a tv and movie hub in addition to a bed. The most important role your bedroom plays is providing you with a good night’s rest. We have a bunch of different ideas here to help you maximize your space and style in the most comfortable way possible. Consider What The Space Will Be Used For Will your bedroom be used as a reading room? If so, you need to add a comfy chair to the space. If your bedroom has a multi-purpose as a home office, you’ll need to add a comfy desk and chair to the room for your working hours. Plan the room around the pieces that must be in there. Many pieces of furniture can also be double purposed like a table that can also be used as a desk. It’s All In Where You Place Things The biggest decision that you’ll need to make is where to put the furniture. If you place things strategically, you’ll be able to fit everything you need in the room without sacrificing charm and style. Placing the bed near the windows is a great way to save space and let light in, since a bed won’t completely block the window. Add Your Character To The Space If your bedroom represents the things that you love, you can’t go wrong in the space. While it’s usually not recommended that we work and sleep in the same space, sometimes it’s unavoidable. There are ways that you can separate the two worlds with a room screen, for example. Whatever your bedroom space is being used for, be sure to provide balance to the room. As long as an object is pleasing to you, you can’t go wrong placing it in the bedroom. Think outside of the box with objects like benches, love seats and even antique radios. If you can use it and it makes you happy, there’s a way to make the object fit within the purpose of your bedroom. Lighting No matter what your bedroom will be used for, lighting is extremely important. Make sure that there’s lights near each side of the bed. These will be useful for many different things from early morning risers to reading in bed to night owls. Planning Makes The Process Smoother Remember that the most important thing that you can do for your bedroom furniture arrangement- or any room for that matter- is to plan. With careful measurements of the pieces that must go into the room and careful thought of what you’d like to go into the room, you can create the perfect bedroom.





Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 9/22/2017

Window treatments do more than offer your home curb appeal, inviting light in or casting shade across your floors. Window treatments narrow or broaden your vision of your neighborhood. You have dozens of window treatment types to choose from. Yet, not every type will highlight the best features in your home. Drapes and curtains are traditional window treatments and are available in a rainbow of colors and designs. Solid colors, particularly solid neutral colors like brown, beige, sky blue and white, are good because they complement many furniture styles and accessories like floral arrangements, candle centerpieces, tall greenery and weaved baskets. Blinds – Wood, faux wood, fabric, vinyl and metal are materials that blinds are made with. Additionally, blinds come in horizontal and vertical designs. Mini blinds are more lightweight than traditional blinds. They work well with small windows. Because these blinds are thinner, they are easier to bend or damage. Therefore, it’s recommended that they be installed in rooms that young children and pets don’t frequent. Shutters – Heavier than blinds and shades, shutters, are available in horizontal and vertical designs. It’s possible to install shutters in windows that cover a room corner. You may need to install three horizontal shutters to cover all of the windows. Hang a decorative ceiling light above the center window for an elegant look and feel. Shades – Shades come in Roman, bamboo and roller styles. Different lift or raise options are available with shades. Unlike blinds, shades can expose your entire window when they are lifted, allowing more light inside your home. For example, you can install shades that leave the top foot of your windows exposed. Solar shades can help protect your furniture from over exposure to sun rays, keeping fabric colors vibrant. Cord or cordless – Blinds, shades and shutters come with cords. Should you choose the cord route, make sure that you lock or tie up cords, so that children do not play with them and so that people don’t trip on the cords. You can also select cordless window treatments. Cordless window treatments may be a perfect option for children’s rooms, especially over windows that are near baby cribs. Custom styles – Organic window treatments are environmentally safe. Other custom styles include window treatments that are cut, sewn and designed specifically for one or more rooms of your home. Insulated window treatments – Window treatments with added insulation help to lower utility bills. Examples of these window treatments are double or triple layered shutters. Liners can also be added to drapes and curtains for added insulation. Black window treatments help to keep light out. They can also help to reduce the amount of outside noise that penetrates a room at your house. This option works well if you’re a photographer or an artist who needs to focus and work in a quieter space. Additionally, darker colored drapes and curtains help to keep a house warmer during winter, while lighter drapes can help a house stay cooler when it’s hot outside. Measure your windows before purchasing any window treatments. Use a tape measure or slide ruler to measure the width and height of your windows. Get measurements for the top, base and middle of each of your windows. Measurements will determine the size rods, drapes, curtains or other window treatment types that you need.




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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 12/23/2016

Guest rooms, often unused most of the year, all too often end up as a holding area for clutter you're too attached to toss but not quite in love with enough to put out in a frequently used room. Moving into a new home creates the perfect clean slate for setting up a guest room that is a luxurious home away from home for visiting friends and family. Keep reading to learn how to set up a guest room that wows visitors.

Start with the essentials:

If nothing else, be sure to put out plenty of blankets and pillows for your overnight guests to sleep comfortably in your home. Make sure to have at least one lightweight blanket and one heavy one to suit varying temperatures.

Try spending at least one night in your guest room to get a feel for the room. Is it extra drafty? Is the sun overbearing in the morning or maybe the room is poorly lit for the nighttime. Having first-hand experience with staying in your guest room helps you to thoughtfully furnish the room. 

If your guest bedroom doesn’t have its own bathroom hang a mirror up for guests to get ready in the comfort of their own room. 

Put items for guests to use out in plain sight so that they do not need to feel like a snoop going through drawers to find an extra blanket or spare toothbrush. When setting up the room get creative with ways you can tastefully leave these items out instead of just cluttering up available surfaces.

Speaking of a spare toothbrush, earn bonus hospitality points by leaving out spare and travel size personal care items for your guests who may have forgotten their own. You’ll also want to stock the bathroom with extra toilet paper, tissues, and towels.

Little extras that make a big impression:

For guests who are staying for a few days or longer, you should provide plenty of available hooks and hangers as well as at least one empty drawer. You may also want to include a bedside clock with an alarm feature.

Bring in the comforts of home by providing a bedside light, books and magazines as well as a comfortable chair to sit in with a side table. Fresh cut flowers or houseplants always make a room feel more pulled together and lived in.

Leave out some entertainment options for guests who may be night owls or early risers. Whether you add magazines, books or a few movies make sure they are current and interesting. In the age of the mobile phone be sure to also include your home’s wifi password out in the open, perhaps even framed, and spare charging cords.

Add lastly, you can add a touch of luxury by including an electric kettle, mugs, packets of tea, instant coffee and packets of creamer and sugar. Consider also putting out a few snacks and drinking water.

When having friends and family stay overnight the hope is always for them to feel at home. You can avoid a cold, unwelcoming guest room by employing just a few of the above tips. After all, it’s the little things that count and your extra efforts surely won’t go unnoticed!




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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 7/8/2016

Try these home decoration ideas if your house is screaming for an uplift. Some of the ideas only take a few minutes to complete. Each idea works best if you allow your creativity to flow and let your unique personality and style shine. Brighten up bookcases – Top bookcases off with wooden or metal figurines or memorabilia from favorite towns or countries that you’ve visited. Intersperse books with similar items or ceramic art pieces. Beautiful kitchen canisters – Store dry food like flour, sugar and rice in decorative canisters. You have an array of options, including glass, acrylic plastic, metal and ceramic canisters that come in a rainbow of colors. For example, you can choose from brown or silver metal canisters, Navy blue, purple or red acrylic plastic canisters or glass canisters decorated with floral designs. Install new faucets – Single hole, center set, widespread and three hole faucets with handles can liven up your bathroom or kitchen. Choose from brass, bronze, antique and contemporary and modern faucets. Change room or door colors – Paint exterior or interior doors. If you’re feeling particularly bold, repaint the walls of one or more rooms. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas – Seasonal and modern wreaths work year round. Change wreaths during major holidays or to complement seasonal changes. Pick wreaths that have inspiring messages on them to get more zing for your buck. Mirrors work wonders – Of all home decoration ideas, this one may be among the easiest to implement. Choose mirrors that have unique shapes and gorgeous frames. You could hang an antique brass framed mirror in a hallway or you could hang an oblong all-glass mirror in the living room above a mantel. Pillows add to any room – You’ve probably seen how pillows liven up a bedroom. Use them to brighten up the living room sofa, family room chairs and outdoor porch and patio furniture. Cover your bed with style – Plain sets or comforter sets with artistic designs on them give your bedroom a spark. Go for a comforter that is machine washable for easy care. Accentuate floors with colorful rugs – Yard sales, antique and department stores are great places where you can find floor rugs. Add throw rugs to doorway entrances or hard wood floors. Not only are they stylish, they can help to keep your floors clean. Flowers are always a treat – If you have a flower garden, pick fresh flowers and place them inside a glass vase. Silk floral arrangements are great as well. Place floral arrangements on tables, desks or in windows. Simple home décor additions can give your home a new look and feel. Make the additions fun and easy by implementing one to two changes a week or a month rather than trying to install each of the home decorations at once.







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