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Houzz.com: Space Saver: Rotate the Bed

modern kids by Marie Burgos Design

Space Saver: Rotate the Bed

Try putting the long side of the bed against the wall for a more flexible furniture arrangement

by: Shawn Gauthier

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Trying to create more room in your bedroom? Or perhaps you’re working with a long, narrow space? Instead of placing your bed with the head against the wall, consider placing it lengthwise. In some instances, this means pushing it into a nook, in others, it means positioning it along the center of the wall and leaving the head of the bed without any boundary. There are several options for this layout, and each can benefit your space in its own way.

More: Cozy Up in a Built-In Bed Cubby

contemporary kids by Michael Fullen Design Group

by Michael Fullen Design Group

Consider placing your bed lengthwise along the center of the wall, leaving the head of the bed open. In this space, a lengthwise position proves a better complement to the three horizontal windows. Naturally, always consider the present architecture: It’s likely to dictate the best positioning for furniture.

modern kids by Marie Burgos Design

by Marie Burgos Design

In this shot, the bed is accompanied by a keyboard and desk in a somewhat small room; leaving space on both ends of the bed helps it to feel less cramped and opens room near the closet.

contemporary kids by Shoshana Gosselin

by Shoshana Gosselin

In this space, a lengthwise bed with the head and foot open provides room for extra storage.

traditional bedroom by Chambers + Chambers Architects

by Chambers + Chambers Architects

Consider the view in your room. Will positioning your bed lengthwise maximize it? This designer could have easily placed the head of the bed against the window, but this layout allows the view to be enjoyed from the bed.

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by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Here’s another example where the view is maximized by a lengthwise placement. If you’re considering a renovation, built-in storage around the bed will create a hiding place for everything.

traditional bedroom by Z3 Diseño

by Z3 Diseño

Trying to fit two beds into one room but can’t make it work? It’s possible that placing them lengthwise will provide the solution. A dresser in the middle creates a slight separation in addition to storage.

contemporary kids by Alder and Tweed

by Alder and Tweed

Often, placing a bed lengthwise allows you to make best use of the rest of the space. This room manages to sleep four and double as a living room.

by HUISSTYLING

A lengthwise bed is great for a kid's room since it likely doubles as a play area. Sneak storage beneath the bed via drawers or even portable bins to keep things properly stowed.

by Lauren Liess Interiors

Daybeds, by design, are generally placed lengthwise against a wall. They’re another great option for kids' rooms, as they keep the space open and are a good transition bed after the crib.

modern bedroom by Roger Hirsch Architect

by Roger Hirsch Architect

Lofts and studios can be especially tricky when trying to fit in all types of furniture in an organized fashion. This designer successfully created a bedroom in this tight space using the lengthwise bed trick, in this case, in a drop-down bed.

traditional kids by GDC Construction

When going lengthwise, you can create room for multiple beds, including a crib! It's the perfect layout to create the ultimate bunkhouse.

Enhancing a small space

Often a small space can pose the biggest design challenge. Never fear, a few techniques can expand your world.

The interior decorating trend of using wallpaper is making a come back. Walls everywhere are getting a much needed facelift, thanks to the updated modern designs and new wall decor products available. When you want to add height to a room, try using wallpaper with a vertical pattern. Instantly, your room will appear taller.

Lighting sets the stage in any room but in a small room it can become the lead.  A small but cozy space is illuminated with the flick of the switch. Use an interesting pendant that casts shadows on the walls to establish an intriguing atmosphere.

The use of magic also tricks the eye and mind to perceive the room as spacious.  The magic of an optical illusions that is. A full length mirror or collection of smaller mirrors bounce the natural light of a room around like a kaleidoscope.

Floating shelves are a modern way to display different items in a clean and crisp way. By eliminating the visual cue of supports the shelves lift up the room appearing open and organized.

When all else fails, camouflage! Hallways are lined with doorways and interesting corners with little wall space to improve the aesthetic. Painting the wall, trim and doors elongates and simplifies the space.

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Images: www.okgreat.com,  www.activerain.com, www.gardenlightingoptions.com, www.decorpad.com, www.housebeautiful.com

Touch of the blues

The easiest way to brighten up or add a little extra personality to a room is through the use of accent colors. Color can unite separate rooms such as an entryway and a living space or even create a consistent theme throughout an entire space. Accents also allow the homeowner the chance to experiment with a color that they might typically shy away from. Start by adding pillows, a throw blanket or artwork and let the color splash grow from there.

Certain colors evoke different memories, thoughts or moods. Always consider the mood of the room prior to choosing the right shade to complement.  Red often evokes a romantic or sultry ambiance, green is fresh or crisp and yellow brings on a happy, carefree vibe.

Royal blue is used throughout this space creating a classic, tranquil environment.

The bedroom’s soft seafoam green walls, framed by white crown molding, create a relaxing space. The accent color is used to highlight the glass french double doors in the form of drapes and through pillows and a sophisticated lining on the linens.

A stark white room can be soothing and inviting when you add a bright rug in royal blue.

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Images: www.wherethesidewalkbegins.com

Eco-friendly living has never looked so good.

Country Living’s 2010 House of the Year, Home Green Home, is the result of a dynamic collaboration between New World Home and interior designer Katie Ridder.  This prefab cottage packs a punch of country charm into only 1,607 square feet.  And every inch is delicately designed from floor to ceiling.

A warm organic wallpaper in the foyer grabs attention upon entering the home. Next you might notice chicken wire has been added to the seemingly simple white cabinets for texture and dimension. And the soft light in the room is spilling out of the recycled-aluminum light fixture.

The kitchen has a bright country charm with antique white beadboard cabinets and a white apron-front sink.  The focal point of the room is awarded to the stunning barn-wood island, rugged with a cool hue.

Multiple prints were framed from Art Forms in Nature to create an intriguing climb to the second floor.

The beadboard in the master bedroom was installed horizontally to make the room appear wider.

This closet is to die for!  The built-ins, crafted from 100 percent post-consumer wood fiber, provide practical yet stylish organization. Overall the space radiates a vintage feel through the wall paper and accessories.

The master bathroom is full of quaint charm.  The mirrors are framed with old-fashioned bourbon barrels and the vanity is a refinished dresser.

Lilac paint camouflages the storage built-ins in the guest room giving the illusion of more space. Tucked in the corner, the adorable chair was revived with new upholstery.

The sunshine streams in the screened wraparound porch making it the perfect place to put your feet up and relax.

Vintage wallpaper, a white pedestal sink and old fashion fixtures make this powder room captivating.

The home is eco-friendly and oh so charming!

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Images: www.CountryLiving.com

A Black & White Design Affaire

Black and white is a very celebrated contemporary design trend. Black and White is classic and classy!

A Black and White design can also be called a Yin and Yang Design. Yin & Yang are these two opposite natural  forces such as day and night, hot and cold,  sun and a moon which both need to exist... In the Tai Chi Yin & Yang symbol, both sides come together as one to create balance. I believe that Black and White are these two colors which by their very essence create a positive and a negative, a mat and a shiny  and a hard and soft look and come together elegantly to create harmony in a space.

Many designers have created amazing, sophisticated and timeless designs just using these two colors. Let's discover some fabulous examples together...

Above, a very chic contemporary black white style home design photographed by Moris Moreno. Lots of great contrasts, with soft and hard surfaces as well as mat and glossy objects. Also, the introduction of natural elements such as wood sticks, flower, the horses paint really ties everything together harmoniously.

This black-and-white duo is both flirty and sophisticated! Two floor-length mirrors complement the black wood-framed bed and highlight two glass chandeliers. Above the bed, three floating shelves allow for space to display photographs or other favorite accessories.

Here you can see a glimpse of Nicky Hilton’s 1950/ Rockn'roll LA home decor which she has arranged herself with the help of her designer grand mother. One of my favorites... She has also found this vintage Chanel serving tray. What an amazing find! So Stylish! - Instyle Magazine

The home of Anna Sui, fashion designer is also full of sophistication! Her elegant powder room features a black lacquered vanity with matching framed mirror, white subway tiles and  cashmere  style wallpaper.

Ice Wharf- Black and White Interior photo by fabulous photographer Ken Hayden. Love those black painted beams against the crisp white ceiling! They really make the room.

Fashion designer Naeem Khan created a simple black-and-white dining space illuminated by an elegant crystal chandelier. The visual impact came from intricate embroidery on the white linen chair covers and a highly decorative black linen table covering.
At the Diffa dining for a design benefit. So beautiful!
A beautiful Black and white combination in this vintage style bathroom via apartment Therapy. Love the cast iron tub... but kind of grey... isn't it?!
Very dramatic white/black contrast in this lounge space! It is all about the impact.
Wine barrel chandelier, black round pedestal table, ivory linen sofas, limestone fireplace, black & white pillows, flat screen TV, built-ins cabinets and shelves,white & gray drapes, nesting accent tables, and brass floor lamps. Classy interior! Michael Graydon Photography
Love this shiny, bright kitchen with crisp white kitchen cabinets, sleek black granite countertops  and black & white glass tile backsplash! Love the natural roman shade stained black, crystal chandelier and white leather modern counter bar stools! It is such a Candice Olson design signature!
Love this bedroom!  It is so well balanced!  It adorns chic Black headboards, hotel bedding with black ribbon border trim, fluffy black pillows, black & white bedding and bolster pillows. Even the Piero Fornasetti decorative wall plates vertical art gallery is black and white! Finally, this little  glossy black lacquer nightstand is a great find!  With the mirrored lamp with black shade and white black green rug this room really looks well put together. via coco + kelly
So now, let's just seat and relax together in this comfortable black and white living space, with a touch of turquoise, to contemplate all these elegant interiors one more time and discuss which one do you like most...
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Living in Color!

If you like color, you will LOVE Toronto decorator Holly Dymant.

She has a fabulous eye for design and is widely acclaimed for her fearless use of color.

From yellow walls in the living room, purple velvet headboard, orange painted staircases to electric wall paper color of sky in the powder-room . Her designs really liven up your life!

Hope you will enjoy her design panache and love of color as much as I do!

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10 best spots to lounge around...

During summer, hours are longer and we tend to lounge around a bit longer with a book, on the phone, talking with friends, napping or just relaxing...

Have you thought about the best spot to lounge around in your home? if you don't have a favorite place yet, here are some great design lounge spaces for all these relaxing moments.

A beautiful sunny yellow skim bathes this alcove space for the perfect lounging time with a book or just a nap.

Chic lounge by the fire in this all pink bedroom by Drake Design. I love it. The fabrics are so rich and luxurious.

A little bit of vintage look for this corner under the window lounge. Perfect spot in a country home to forget about the city and enjoy the countryside.

This very classic library design is brought alive by the vibrant red of the lounge chair and the fun small leopard pillow.

Lounge space by the window

Very regency glamour this interior with a Californian view!

This lounge space in a citrus and white palette is very refreshing yet relaxing. Beautiful work by Amanda Nisbet.

Velvet and fringes bring a lot of character to this elegant lounge ensemble. Seems comfortable enough for a long nap.

Lots of beautiful fabrics are used here. Love the Asian influence!

Now, this is for the extra long naps! This lounge space is comfortable and very inviting. It is even big enough for two!

Which one of these lounges spaces is your favorite?

Please let me know by leaving me a comment on the Blog. Thanks

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A multitude of little Green Chairs...

I  have noticed that more and more designers use green fabrics or green leather for their chairs designs.

Green is a fun color there are so many shades and it can be paired with white, blue, yellow, red...

Check out the many combinations below...

A little bit of old world with this apple green and white dining chairs.

So glamorous! This yellow-green velvet tufted armchair is the perfect element to Amanda Nisbet's impeccable designs.

Very contemporary and chic looking. It green accent color through out this design makes this little green chair pop!

These matching pair of comfortable tufted armchair create the perfect spot to spend an sunny afternoon by the window chatting...

I love the big tropical leaves design. It is really special!

Very unexpected  these little acrylic and apple green chairs! They look modern, comfortable and bring a lot of color to this white and glass space.

Very elegant forest green fabric!

This little green chair with a very organic shape adds a lot of character to this home office space

Which one is your favorite?

Let me know by leaving me a comment on the blog!

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The Yellow stripes Look in Design

Bathroom design with Yellow stripes tiles

Love this small mosaic tiles! This Bathroom Design reminds me of a chic Moroccan style bathroom of a fabulous hotel resort.

With the arrival of spring, it is time to use  light, sunny, happy colors for your home for more enjoyment of the warm season. Yellow stripes help achieve a really happy design look. You can use them on walls, furniture pieces, accessories, even ceilings!

Discover some great ways to apply yellow & white stripes all around your home.

Headboard with Yellow Stripes - Design Laura Casey

Elegant headboard design stripe look designed by Laura Casey.

Kelly Wearstler's take on yellow and black stripes. This decor definitely has that California, Hollywood Regency feel to it.

Yellow and white stripes sofa

Doesn't it look extremely inviting? The stripes pattern gives a chic beach look to this classic style sofa.

Very Pretty vanity design with a distinctive yellow and white stripe wallpaper. The yellow pouf is really adds a very comfortable feminine touch.

Nursery

This beautiful nursery design showcases a yellow and white stripes ceiling. A fun ceiling pattern for a baby to stare at...

Bedroom design with yellow and white stripes wallpaper. Very relaxing setting for this bohemian look bedroom design.

Yellow White Stripes Cotton Pillow

Yellow White Stripes Cotton Pillow from Etsy

Bathroom Design with yellow stripes

Bathroom Design with yellow stripes. Very elegant! The details of the straw shade and huge sea shell create a theme that makes me think of vacations...

Beautiful yellow stripes curtains

These yellow and white curtains give a very sunny look to this elegant drawing room.

Hope you have seen some great ways to create sunny rooms for the upcoming summer season... it is all about using yellow stripes!

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Seashells, capiz shells and mother of pearl used in interior design

Blue capiz side table Capiz shells and mother of pearl shells are one of the most popular sea shell component and specimen and natural material that is used for home decor because they are beautiful and elegant.

Capiz shells are carefully processed to make beautiful Capiz mother of pearl tiles and wall panels and all kinds of natural wall covering.

Capiz seashells are also used to make beautiful home decor, kitchen decor and kitchen utensils.

Capiz home decor can make your home and kitchen elegant and luxurious.

Dining room design with Seashell chandelier by ashley-whittaker-design

Starfish  mirror- Photographed by Eric Roth

I wonder, how many starfish did it take to create this mirror? Photographed by Eric Roth.

Living room design with seashell accent -Jill Shevlin from Intrinsic Design

Mother of pearl wall design by Maya Romanoff

This wall is a work of art. It has a wonderful texture, looks absolutely stunning, create a warm feel with its tan color and reflects light in a magical way!

Interior with capiz chandelier by Brooke Giannetti

A very comfortable beach look for this relaxing master bedroom.

Seashell artwork gallery- Design by Tobi Fairley

The round capiz shells called capiz Shell strings and capiz shell strands are used to make Capiz chandeliers, lamps, windchimes and capiz curtains.

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Capiz seashells can also be use as home and kitchen decor and utensils such as capiz napkin rings, plates, bowls and glass.

Mother of pearl lamp and utensils, Capiz bath vanity, plate and box- Horchow

Hope you have enjoyed these beautiful images.

Which look or application of the beautiful sea element is your favorite?

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