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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10 Design Trends You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere This Year

design-trends-try-2017The Spring season is the perfect time to reinvigorate any and all areas of your life that you wish, especially when it comes to your most cherished space: your home! If you are feeling that your interior space is becoming a little bit old, outdated, or just generally in need of a solid design makeover, it may be time to consider trying out some of the latest up-and-coming 2017 decor trends. Read on as we have gathered the 10 chicest selections that are sure to make a fashion-forward statement all year long.

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The Journey to a Calm & Happy Home

2017-03-16_10-05-48There’s more to a beautiful home than just the decor and furnishings you put into it. Your home also needs to function well, and be a calm and happy respite from the rest of your hectic life. If you can’t say those things about your space, then it’s likely you might feel a little off-balance in your life, overall. A happy home is the finishing touch on a happy life.

How this particular deficit might manifest in your life is an overall feeling like you don’t have a good routine down; like you’re always catching up instead of keeping up. Instead of being a consistently calm environment, your home functions in cycles, first into a chaotic mess and then—after the resulting tornado of cleaning—spotless but short-lived harmony.

In order to bring your life into balance, it can help to see a top-down, bird’s-eye view.

If that sounds all too familiar, you need to find homeostasis. And a routine that works for you. Read through some of these resources to see if you can figure out how to bring this part of your life back into balance.

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THE HOME OF DESIGNER FINN JUHL

2017-02-15_14-10-49I’ve always been fascinated by the homes of the designers who created the furniture that we love, and one of the most fascinating is the home of Danish designer Finn Juhl. Although his designs aren’t nearly as well-known as those of Charles and Ray Eames, his home is even more widely publicized, perhaps owing to its timeless minimalism, and to the lovely, intentional way he set pieces into the space, letting his furniture, and the way it was grouped together, inform the shape of the house itself.

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Confident, Composed, Comfortable

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It’s now 2017, which means one thing: It’s time to discuss which home decor trends will define the year.

On the color front, sophisticated hues are poised to take center stage, according to Behr, which has predictions for colors to keep an eye on in 2017. The paint company has divided its selections into three palettes — Confident, Composed, and Comfortable — and if they are any indication, we’ll be drawing decor inspiration from our personalities in the year ahead.

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