The Fundamentals of Space Planning Your Bedroom

2017-08-09_12-44-25So you just moved in (that, or you’re itching to move some things around in your existing home). Now what? I don’t know about you, but I’m always so excited at the prospects of a blank canvas floor plan, until I actually have to start making decisions on where to put everything. I start questioning everything! Is my rug the right size? Should my sofa go against the wall or float in the room? Do my nightstands have to match? Before I know it, I’m completely paralyzed by the whole situation and need my trusted design friends to rush over and help ease me into the right decisions. I rationalize my indecisiveness to the fact that space planning and room layouts are so crucial to the overall vibe a home puts forth.

To help, we turned to California designer Becki Owens to lay out some fundamentals when it comes to the art of placement. She consistently creates fresh, swoon-worthy interiors that always feel right on the mark. Below, Becki outlines four things to remember when setting up a bedroom to introduce good, healthy flow. Sleep tight!

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The 5 Things Interior Designers Always Notice in Your Home

what-interior-designers-notice-homesWouldn’t it be so nice to know what an interior designer actually notices in your home? Having this information would make it that much easier when you clean or decorate new spaces, or even when you decide what to renovate and what to leave as is. It can be somewhat difficult to take a critical eye to your own space that you see consistently day after day, but knowing where to place your focus and creative energy would certainly help to take out some of that guesswork, so we decided to reach out to design professional Shelly Gerritsma from Canter Lane Interiors instead. Read on to learn the five design elements she always notices first and wants you to focus on first as well.

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Declutter (In a Big Way!)

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I recently moved to a new place, and most of my things came with me. The moving process gave me a much-needed opportunity to survey the things I own and decide if I wanted to keep them and bring them to the new place, or find a new home for them (which, yeah, includes the trash can in a few instances).

It was tough to decide what would stay and what would go, but one question helped me along the way:

If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?

Imagine you’re in a store, holding the object in your hand. Would you pay to bring it home? If so, then it’s an easy addition to the “keep” pile. If not, you have a little more fuel to help you decide it needs to find its way out of your home.

It applies to clothes and decor, to tech and to tools. And this one question causes you to weigh in on a few other considerations at the same time:

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Add Impact Above The Sofa

11-decoration-ideas-above-the-sofa-homebncYour couch is the hub of family activity and a place that guests will gravitate to. That empty space is the perfect opportunity to make a bold, gorgeous visual statement. We’ve rounded up some captivating, inspiring ideas sure to add major impact. Decorating over the couch can be tricky. The space is usually big, blank, and highly visible. That prime decorating space is usually between six to eight feet wide. That is a huge area and should be treated as a huge area when thinking of accessories that will work. It other words, think big!

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10 WAYS TO GIVE YOUR HOME BOUTIQUE HOTEL VIBES

how-get-boutique-hotel-styleThe great thing about staying in a hotel is that you don’t have to clean up after yourself. Is there anything better than coming back from a day of sightseeing to find your room spotless and welcoming? Yes, there is something better — and that is the white fluffy robe that you get to drape around yourself as you watch TV. And then there’s the room service; hello, cheeseburger on demand! So we’ve got the robe, the room service, and the fact that someone else makes your bed. Oh, and fancy ice buckets . . . On second thought, there are a million great things about staying in a chic hotel!

So when you’re not on vacation, staying in a trendy boutique hotel with luxury and relaxation at your fingertips, why not re-create the feeling at home? With a few simple decor choices, you can give your space a boutique hotel vibe. Just keep in mind, you can’t conjure up room service or cleaning maids through the power of decorating; sorry.

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NEW TOWNHOME DESIGNS WITH FIRST-FLOOR MASTER SUITES UNVEILED AT THE MEADOWS AT PANTHER VALLEY

baker_meadows-exterior_dusk_1235-rev5-11x8ALLAMUCHY, NJ – The Meadows at Panther Valley, the collection of townhomes rising in this desirable Allamuchy Township neighborhood, has officially unveiled five new floorplans with sought-after first floor master bedroom suites.

Priced from the $300,000s, the townhomes offer all the luxury, space and comfort that has made The Meadows one of northwestern New Jersey’s most popular new home communities, with the added ease and convenience of both the main living area and master bedroom on the entry level.

“Buyers anxiously awaiting the arrival of these floorplans now have the first opportunity to purchase one of the exciting new designs,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for developer Baker Residential.   “We expect a tremendous response from empty-nesters looking to eliminate the daily hassle of climbing stairs, as well as young homebuyers who want added convenience without sacrificing space.”

In all, nine three-bedroom floorplans are offered at The Meadows, ranging from 1,904 to 2,847 square-feet.  The townhomes provide two-car garages, 2.5 baths, and designer appointments including gourmet inspired kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, master suites with volume ceilings, walk-in closets and expansive living areas with hardwood floors. Finished walk-out basements are also provided on select homesites. Continue reading “NEW TOWNHOME DESIGNS WITH FIRST-FLOOR MASTER SUITES UNVEILED AT THE MEADOWS AT PANTHER VALLEY”

CEREMONIES IN WAKE COUNTY, N.C. TOWN OF CARY MARK START OF CONSTRUCTION AT PROVIDENCE AT YATES POND

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Left to Right: Joseph P. Conlan, William P. Yadusky, Deveraux Hamilton, Ronald Yoho, Randy Westbrook

Officials from Baker Residential’s Raleigh, NC Division officially welcomed their newest community, Providence at Yates Pond, with a special ground breaking ceremony.  Located in the town of Cary, Providence at Yates Pond will feature 88 estate-inspired homes.

Division President Joseph P. Conlan was joined by General Manager Deveraux Hamilton and members of the homebuilder’s team for the event which signified construction has begun on the community’s model home.

“We’re now one step closer to delivering an upscale, well-planned community to the greater Raleigh marketplace,” remarked Mr. Conlan.  “We’ve already made tremendous progress on the infrastructure and are excited to begin construction on the first homes at Providence at Yates Pond and bring this much-anticipated residential offering to the market.”

Baker Residential is preparing to schedule the first of its VIP Preview appointments for the opening of Providence at Yates Pond.  Homebuyers who have placed their name on the community’s Interest List will soon be invited to visit the sales center and obtain an up close look at floorplans, interior finishes and community details.  Prospects eager to participate in the VIP Preview can visit www.ProvidenceatYatesPond.com to join the Interest List. Continue reading “CEREMONIES IN WAKE COUNTY, N.C. TOWN OF CARY MARK START OF CONSTRUCTION AT PROVIDENCE AT YATES POND”