Posts Tagged ‘space’

Tips for Clearing Clutter

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

Getting rid of clutter goes hand in hand with deep cleaning. Find out how to get rid of clutter the easy way. The best way to cut ties with things you have been holding on to is to ask yourself a few of questions about the item in question.

Do I have the space available to keep storing this item? If the answer is no, then toss or donate the item. Space is so valuable and you always seem to need more of it. If you could store other things, which you use on a regular basis, clear out this space and put it to good use.

Do I have another item that serves the same or similar purpose? If yes then you need to consider which item is more practical. Also consider which item is easier to store and takes up the least amount of space.

Am I holding on to this broken item with intentions to fix it? If yes then you need to consider if it is worth saving. Ask yourself: “Can I fix this in the next two weeks?”  “Do I currently have the resources to fix it?” if your answer is no to either question then you should let the item go.

Have I used this in the last year? If you have been able to go about your day to day life without using this particular thing for a year, then chances are you do not need it. You may want to consider tossing it even if you have only used the item once or twice during the past year. Unless the thing you have been holding on to is Christmas decorations, it should be under serious review.

Have I been keeping this for sentimental reasons? We can become attached to things easily. Just by looking at an item can create a sense of nostalgia and we are leery of losing those feelings forever. Keep smaller sentimental things that can be put into a scrap book or a small box.

Keep this list of questions so you can de-clutter throughout the year. This list will help you keep the important items and cut ties with the rest!

The Qualities of a Perfect Guest Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining, Family

 

Do you have a spare room designated as the guest room; and yet you are unsure where to start decorating the space for a guest? 

Guests spaces don’t need to be confined to a spare bedroom.  Many spots in your home can be converted to make a comfortable, welcoming area for your friends and family to unwind.

First, ask yourself “What makes me feel comfortable and welcome when I am a guest?” A great place to start is to decide where your guest can sleep.  A comfortable bed is a great piece to have, however not everyone can provide the space for an extra bed. Consider a comfortable sofa sleeper, futon or air mattress. Don’t use second-hand sleeping material here – if you don’t want to sleep in it, chances are your guests won’t either!

A second item to set aside for your visitors is storage. To avoid awkward placement of travel gear, storage for at least one suitcase is ideal. 

Providing space for dressing is a nice amenity in a guest room or area. An accent or lounge chair is great for stashing a sweater while not in use or to give a sense of personal space.

Thoughtful touches such as a water glass with small pitcher, alarm clock, tissues and an extra blanket will ensure your guests that they are welcome and cherished.  Lighting makes for a comfortable space and is great when  getting dressed to winding down for sleep.

Most importantly, ensure adequate privacy for your guests. Window coverings, doors or even reassuring guests that the space is theirs after a certain time are a must in any type space.

Following these general guidelines will guarantee visitors will want to return to your company time after time.  

 

Diagonal adds Drama

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

A hotel lobby that caters to an international clientele has to find a good balance between old and new. This room makes it look easy.

To start, the flooring is a traditional wood, but the diagonal installation and light color gives it a modern look. This light-toned floor is perfect to showcase a selection of antique oriental rugs. The rugs come in a variety of patterns but the consistent colors hold them all together.

The columns are original to the building, and the whitewash combines a feel of old and new to their texture. New prevails in the rattan furniture. The modern style and simple white cushions helps the pieces work without distracting from the power of the rest of the décor. The dark tone on the rattan anchors the room and complements the rugs.

In spite of the columns, the opening at the back of the room and the layout of the rugs shows a natural path through the space. However, the diagonal wood floor encourages visitors to move from the main path and stop in one of the conversation areas. The diagonal draws the eye away from the lengthwise pattern of every other element in the room.

Would a diagonal floor enhance one of your rooms? Whether you are drawn to the contrast of dark and light or old and new, take a look at this room and see if you can use any of its ideas in your own home.

Multigenerations: Sharing With Parents

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

Are your parents getting to the age where you worry about them living alone? Sometimes the loss of a spouse can create concerns for an elderly parent. If you are considering bringing a parent into your household, here are a few ideas to make the transition easier.

Spend time before the move talking about goals and expectations. Does your parent have an active social life and will only join you for dinner three or four times a week? Will they have their own space or will some of it such as a bathroom be shared with other family members? Knowing the situation ahead of time can help limit misunderstandings.

Be sure to let your parent or parents know how much space they will have. Measure it so that their furniture decisions will be realistic. If possible, plan for providing their own bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. Be sure to include a personal television so program differences are taken care of.

Do a safety check in your home. Since falls are one of the most common sources of medical problems for the elderly, look for tripping hazards. Make sure that all of your rugs have non-slip pads under them, and check all of the flooring transitions from room to room. Consider adding safety bars and non-slip pads to the designated shower or bathtub.

Provide as much storage space as possible for personal items. It’s hard enough leaving a home and giving up almost all of their possessions. These valued items may not look important to you, but they may have a strong emotional value for your parent or parents. Something like a well-seasoned cast iron pot or a set of wrenches can be hard to part with, so find space as much as possible. If necessary, encourage them to rent some storage space.

Does your mother like to make a big Sunday dinner? Is your dad good in the garden? Don’t force them into a passive role in your home. Let them help out based on their ability and inclination. The more you incorporate them into your daily life, the better the situation will work for all of you.

Plan for Baking with your Children

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath

Certain activities are fun to share with a child. Baking cookies is definitely one of them. It can be a learning activity that covers math, following instructions and accurate measuring. Baking also has the advantage of providing its own snacks at the end of the effort.

Preparation makes the difference between fun and frustration with this sort of project. First, don’t overestimate your capabilities. If you’re a regular baker, go ahead and make cookies from scratch. If not, take a shortcut with a mix or even pre-made dough.

No matter what level of baking you plan, be sure to have all of the ingredients and tools you need ready. Children have limited patience, so it’s better not to have them wait while you search for something. Prepare your baking area, adding a stool if needed so your child can reach the countertop.

Kitchen floors are designed to handle messes. In spite of that, children can make big messes quickly. Have cleaning supplies ready to address any spills so the floor doesn’t have a chance to get slippery.

Plan for fun decorating elements such as sprinkles or food coloring to liven up the final product. If cookie cutters are involved, have your child choose which ones to use.

For clean up, take advantage of the time when the cookies bake. Start with the utensils, placing them in the sink. Then go over the countertops. Finish with the floor, to handle any spills that might have occurred during the other clean-up activities. Have your child help with clean-up too – it’s part of baking. Finally, check their hands and the bottoms of their shoes before they run off to less forgiving flooring.

Ideas from a Classic Hawaii Hotel

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The Fairmont Orchid hotel in Hawaii has an amazing balance of traditional and exotic décor. This room is one of the most strongly traditional spaces at the hotel, but it still demonstrates a tropical undercurrent.

The mood starts with the area rug. Unlike most rugs today, this was commissioned for the space. The style and colors indicate that it may date to the 1920’s, but the furniture and other elements are much newer. Not surprising, this rug was an investment designed to last past the other pieces in the room. The molding and floral oil painting to the right are also investment choices. This molding style is echoed in other rooms of this hotel.

The Fairmont line of hotels specialized in understated luxury. The furnishings are standard but well upholstered and coordinated to the rug. Another mildly exotic feel comes from the grass cloth wallpaper on the right wall. Floral curtains frame the window but don’t hide the view.

Do want your living area to focus on a classic style while still retaining some elements of your region? Look for area rugs, art, accessories and fabrics that bring your location into the room while staying traditional with your main furniture pieces the way The Fairmont Orchid hotel did with this room and you will reach your goal.

Go Rustic with Wide Planks

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate

While this room is clearly part of an older house, you can do a number of things to get a similar feel in your own home.

Choosing a wide plank wood floor provides a great starting point. This type of floor sets the tone for the space. It also works better in a long narrow room such as this one. This floor has a matte finish so that it feels like it’s been walked on for decades. A hand-scraped floor – available in a number of finishes – also feels like something from another time.

The wide hand-hewn fireplace would be difficult to reproduce. Think about a natural stone hearth and surround to re-create the feel of a fireplace from yesterday. The extra-large hearth provides room for rustic accessories. Farmhouse tables such as the one shown are available in both new and antique furniture stores.

Accessories such as hand-turned bowls and handmade pottery keep the craft-oriented focus. The braided rug to the left and the open shelving on the back wall also spell out a time when people did things for themselves.

If you are not handy with wood or fabric, you can still have that hand-crafted feel to your home. Take the time to explore antique shops and craft fairs to find handmade accessories and furniture. Use dried grasses and flowers to add features such as the wreath over the fireplace. And consider a warm wide-plank wood floor to help set the tone.