Saturday, July 16, 2011

Me, wanting to do Laundry?
Tips for making YOUR laundry room an enjoyable one.

Well, I don't know many people who enjoy doing laundry... laundry is one of those dreaded chores no one in the family wants to do. In fact, the laundry room is usually that one room with the door shut that no one bother's to enter. Don't you think the laundry room deserves some TLC too? Read below for some cheap and easy ways to spice up your old and deprived laundry room!

Add cute laundry-related art work. I always think this add some character to a laundry room. If you have a bath/laundry room, this is a great way to create some separation and distinguish the laundry area from the bath area. The above laundry prints are from Ballard designs- click here to see.
Another affordable way to add storage is to add shelves with decorative storage. You might want to base your room around the nautical theme as it is very calming. I suggest you try canvas textured fabrics colored in cremes,yellows, or blues (click here for rugby striped bin from the container store ).You might also want to look into having a counter on top of your washer/dryer. Unfortunately those of you without a front loaders will have to do without. However... if you are lucky enough to have one, adding an additional counter top above might be worthwhile. While this adds an ample amount of storage for your countless loads of laundry... this also adds for a more finished look. 
Turning a closet into a mini wash area is a great DIY for small spaces. Stack your washer and dryer to add more space and install built-ins or shelves for extra storage. Rather than installing doors to your new washroom, add curtains for a cheap alternative. 

Scroll down below to get inspired-

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vintage Lighting
Serena and Lily Seychelles Chandelier here.
Serena and Lily birds Nest Hanging Lamp here.
Anthropologie Ensnared lamp base here.
Etsy vintage 60's Italian style lamp here.
Etsy vintage woven table lamp here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sofas in Middle of Room
Recently, I redesigned my drab basement/playroom. We have an old couch that was pushed against our wall, it was far away from the television and our other couch/chair. EVERYTHING was against the walls, and as you may know, many well known designers claim that is a "no,no" in the interior design world. SO... I experimented. I'm happy to say that our sofa is now happily sitting away from any walls. I guess I am saying that the moral of the story is to be open to new ideas and don't be afraid to put YOUR sofa in the middle of  a room. Just remember to have a focus point!(fireplace, television, etc.). Below are a few sofas sitting freely in the middle of the room. 
As you can see, this room has a focus point(the fireplace) and two sofas. There is a desk lining the back of the first sofa- this is a little trick for you to take note- if your sofa's back is old and scratched up, just put a desk or table in front of it to cover it up... no one will ever know! 
I absolutely LOVE this room, it is so cute and colorful! The room doubles as a kitchen and living room, which is why the sofa is simply used as a divider to separate the two. Again, furniture doesn't always have to be surrendered to a wall- why do people always think that? Think of all the beautifully designed rooms you have seen in magazines and on television- I bet half the time the furniture isn't even against a wall! There's so much more options out there, just look around! 
Finally, we come to a room centered COMPLETELY around the fireplace. Before I go into an explanation as to how this works... I feel as though I should mention the beautiful rustic beams. I mean, come on, I know you were looking at them too! Enough said, this room is definitely well designed. As you saw in the first picture, a table was used behind the sofa. On either side of the it, tables were placed. If you look closely, the tables DO NOT match- that is perfectly okay. It was not a design mistake and they ordered the wrong table, it is fine if you find two side tables you like- just use both, if it works! I think I've said enough- don't be afraid to try different things, after all, it is your house and you can move it back!