Tuesday’s Tips: Hide a tv in the mouth of a fireplace

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Some people don’t use their fireplaces so if you don’t you can always place the tv there. The tv goes unnoticed and is a good way to prevent the tv from being the focal point. In this case the tv is only placed in front but still works.

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Tuesday’s Tips: cramp spaces can still have big style

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You can see how small this space is and it still has so much style. We can take a cue from hotel design. The ceiling height is taken advantage of by having a high wingback chair, armoire and a huge painting that keeps our eyes drawn upward. Placing a desk behind the sofa instead of a console table makes it functional for work and relaxing. It’s really all about creating zones and spaces in small rooms.

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Tuesday’s Tips: eliminate stress by having a hostess storage cabinet or drawer

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I think the best thing you can do is have a hostess drawer, china cabinet, or closet that contains everything you will need to host an event. You would include itema like patterned straws, tablecloths and linen, napkins, napkin rings, table runners, unscented candles, gold or fancy flatware, cupcake holders and cake stands, wine glasses, basically all of the things you could use to help create a tablescape on a whim.

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Think of it as a junk drawer but a neatly curated area  of all of the things you need for impromptu dinner parties.

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Tuesday’s Tips: laundry room ideas

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Why bend down when you can stand and do laundry? This idea is so genius and much better for your back…

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Place a piece of plywood or a shelf on top of the washer and dryer for folding clothes when space is an issue…

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Use a curtain rod to create a skirted look to hide an out of date appliance eyesore.

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Tuesday’s Tips: Buy the best that you can afford

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Whether you’re buying materials or furniture, sometimes buying the cheapest will cost you more in the long run if you need to replace it. I am frugal but sometimes you get what you pay for and you need to make wise choices on what you spend on investments and things that need to withstand years. So buy quality mattresses, sofas, and save on decor and little things. By no means am I suggesting live beyond your means but know that cheaper quality furniture may not last in the long run.

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Sorry for the week long absense. My uncle, who was my second client allowing me to decorate his entire condo, passed away. Between the funeral preperarions, pricing everything for an estate sale and spending time with family I haven’t seen in years, I’ve had no time to do much anything let alone blog or check emails. I ask that if you send an email, don’t send a follow up. It will just take me longer to reply. Please be patient as I get back in the swing of things…

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Tuesday’s Tips: small space ideas for attics and apartments

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If you have a sloped ceiling or need to make an attic space liveable, simply arrange the furniture in a way that makes the most sense. Here you see the dresser is against the shorter wall which is smart because you don’t need much clearance above a dresser. Turning cubed bookshelves on the side or making built ins on the shorter walls are also smart solutions without compromising storage. Floating shelves over file cabinets can create long desk space. Instead of a mirror over the dresser, they opted for a tall one that’s hung against the full sized wall.

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When you’re working with a small area, buy individual furniture pieces instead of sets. Buying sets may be a better deal but they are harder to squeeze in rooms and when you have furniture too large, the space ends up feeling smaller. Buying tables on legs allows for floor pillows, small ottomans and poufs to tuck under easily. They can be used for additional seating. Tulip tables and others made pedestal style are great in smaller areas.  If you have one sofa, consider buying one or two chairs instead of loveseats as it’s easier to move around a chair in an awkward layout. Use dressers for tv stands which can hide unsightly cords and dvds etc. Not convinced about a dresser? See examples here.

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Tuesday’s Tips: 3 closet/storage ideas to make life easier

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You may not have enough drawer or closet shelves but if you have a bookshelf, simply scoot the decor to the side and double for folding sweaters or jeans. It’s best to color coordinate with the decor so it looks intentional…

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Summer is out so now is the time to make use of those cheap pool noodles by repurposing them for boots…

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Over the door hooks placed on the edge of a shelf, can allow you to easily hang the next day’s attire and purse. When you have a spot for setting out clothes, you will be more inclined to do so the night before giving you more sleep time and less morning stress. Happy organizing!

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Tuesday’s Tips: renting a room? Keep it neutral…

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I’m baaack. I needed that week off from blogging. Anwyay I like to browse airbnb.com and look at homes you can rent and I’m always amazed at the design styles of people. Personally, if I were using a room or a home as a rental, I would keep it as neutral as possible and try to take cues from hotels. Maybe it’s the designer in me but I’ve come across way too many homes with dark busy bedding which would make me think of dirt. I even prefer hotels that at least have all white sheets. Dark and busy patterns is a way to hide dirt and spots. I think it doesn’t mean you have to be boring just stick with lighter shades and light patterns or maybe add some funky pillows to the mix. I simply think the less taste specific, the better in guest or rental rooms.

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