Monday, August 20, 2012

It's that time of the Year Again...Time to Organize!

As women today, we all have many hats to wear and that means multi-tasking all the time.  My best strategy to deal with many things going on at once is to keep an organized space.  The more organized I am the better I seem to be at juggling my activities and priorities.  

Every year when back to school time rolls around, I try to get the entire family involved in this organizing activity.  We go thru the clothes in our closets and donate anything we don't need to a friend or charity that may have need for them.  This makes room for the new items we need to purchase.  I try to do the same in other areas of our house and my office as well.  

I thought it might be fun to take a look at some creative ways to organise your home.  Perhaps you will find some new ideas for getting your things in order.  These images focus on the home office, craft space or central hub which is a good place to start in our "reigning in" activity.
 Remember to use soothing colors like this beautiful "spa blue" which has a natural calming effect.  Color can have a powerful impact on our mood and it is so easy and affordable to paint a wall any color that you love.  Warm colors tend to energise us and cool colors sooth.  Give it a try and see how it works for your family.
Having a system that takes everything off the desk top and still keeps it within reach and eyesight can be very helpful.
Try using chalkboard paint to create your own bulletin board any shape or size you wish.  It is an easy and inexpensive project that the whole family can use.  The kids might even want to help!

A great way to unify your organizing products is to paint them all the same accent color.  In this case they are all black, but why not try red or any other color you wish.
 There is something about stacks of colorful paper that makes me want to make something!  Getting your craft items out of the closet and in full view is a great way to generate creative activites!
Your space should always reflect your lifestyle and personality, this beachy space could be anywhere in the world even in Manhatten or another big city.  In other words, don't save the beach style for a beach house, if you love this weathered "laid back" feel inject it into your home no matter where it is located!
Colorful clipboards, so simple and impactful!

 Later this week we will tke a look at creatice products that can be used in your organizing.  So stay tuned..

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Reading Nooks

We have had such great feedback on our article and post on Home Library design that we thought we would continue the theme and explore creative reading nooks.  Those cozy environments that beckon us to take the time to relax and unwind with a good book!

This is a great example of how a stand alone bench can be added to any window to create that window seat look. 
These bookshelves create a custoim built-in feeling with the sofa, a high end look!
If you were going to read would you choose the chair or that fabulous built-in bed?! 
The rail makes this a good space for children.  You could have closet storage below with a door to access.

Dramatic rich color makes this space more cozy and unique.

I can't get enough of window seats.  They are an easy way to add a bit of architecture to the environment.  This one feels very tucked in because of the walled arch and enclosure that it creates.
This feels like you are sitting in a treehouse.  A center table could also be added to this.
Wow, love this...don't forget to consider the color of the back of your shelves.  IT is a simple way to add more visual interest.  Wallpaper also works well.
I love the clever way this designer added the ability to control the seatback angle.  Just like the chairs we use at the beach.
Simple and fabulous, I love the shape of this window.  Sometimes simple is best.
What child wouldn't go crazy about this space?  I knopw that mine would never fight over who would get to sit in the window seat! Adding unusual shapes adds a touch of wimsy and playfulness to any space.

A great modern chair and ottoman surrounded by bookshelves looks like a perfect reading spot.
Find your cozy space and grab your favorite hot beverage and escape into a fantastic book!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Get inspired: Home Library Design

Whether you are an avid reader or not, home libraries are a great way to add a bit of your personality to your home.  The style of your library should reflect your personal taste. Whether you prefer a more casual comfortable environment or a formal sophisticated space, select the details that best define your true style.  Here are a few of our favorite library spaces to get the ideas flowing. 

 Chloe Warner

 David Kaihoi
Stacy Jacobi
 David Howell Design
 Smith & Vansant Architects

 David Kleinberg
 Gene Meyer
 Harrison Design Associates
Jerry Jacobs
Color, materials, location and finish details are all important when designing your library, but no matter what details you choose, a wall of books is a great way to utilize the vertical spoace you have and create a wonderful focal point.

For more information on how to design your Home Library take a look at our article that appeared in the North Central Florida's Home Magazine August issue,

How are you defining your Home Library?  Let us know what has been successful for you.  Happy reading!