welcome 2015

January 20th, 2015

Yes, it is the THIRD week of January and I’m just getting around to my first entry of the new year.  So far it has been somewhat of an uncomfortable start to 2015.  Like many, I am looking ahead, setting goals, and developing strategies for success.  But in order to grow, I’m also taking an honest look back to see how I can learn from 2014.  It’s a bit of a weird space I’m in, and one I’m not sure how to describe.  In any case, here are some thoughts to celebrate and inspire the potential of a new beginning.

socrates

purpose

special

I canfaith

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

so this is Christmas…

December 25th, 2014

Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday! <3

christmas

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blissful bedrooms

December 2nd, 2014

As we jump back on our tour of incredible spaces, let’s adjourn to the bedroom.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:    Think COMFORT – soft textures, pleasant lighting, cozy furniture.  Think RELAXING – chose colors and patterns that make you happy and peaceful.  Think PERSONAL – this is one of the most private and sacred rooms in your home.  Create a space to nurture and honor yourself.

bed 1

bed 2

bed 3

bed 4

bed 5

    Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

many thanks

November 27th, 2014

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

thankful

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sensational stairs

November 25th, 2014

Stair systems can be pretty standard.  Rise, run, railing – end of story.  But that doesn’t have to be the case.  The following images illustrate how a staircase can contribute to the interest and character of a home.

stair 1

stair 2

stair 3

stair 4

stair 5

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

cozy corners

November 11th, 2014

If you ask me, every home should have a cozy corner of some sort.  Check these out:

nook 1

nook 2

nook 3

nook 4

nook 5

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

lovely living rooms

October 29th, 2014

Depending on the size of the home, some families may have both a living room and a family room.  For others, these terms may be interchangeable.  I consider living rooms to be more mature, slightly more formal in nature, whereas family rooms are kid-friendly and casual.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  comfortable seating, appropriate materials, and extra pillows or blankets for snuggly moments.  Carefully consider what activities this room must accommodate as well.  For example, include a side table and lamp for reading, flexible furniture arrangement for morning yoga or family dance party, and storage for board games/movies/books/etc.

living 1

living 2

living 3

living 4

living 5

living 6

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 56

dandy dining rooms

October 14th, 2014

Next on our merry tour of wonderful spaces, the dining room.  Often reserved for more formal occasions, I would love to see this room evolve into a functional medley of sorts.  For example, large tables work exceptionally well for puzzle making, crafting, homework, gift-wrapping, and more.  A word of caution: be tidy and organized – you don’t want this to become the largest catch-all in your home.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  storage for specialty dinnerware/ linens/candlesticks/etc., layers of (dimmable) light can help create the right mood, and be mindful of chair movement and table proportions when selecting an area rug.

dining 1

dining 2

dining 3

dining 4

dining 5

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

pleasing pantries

September 30th, 2014

Beg your pardon while I pause to peruse these pictures of pleasant pantries :)

pantry 1

pantry 2

pantry 3

pantry 4

pantry 5

pantry 6

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

captivating kitchens

September 16th, 2014

As we continue our tour of sensational spaces, we move from the mudroom to the kitchen.  This is one of the most important rooms in your home – not just for daily function and family time, but as a major selling point for your house.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  durable/easy to clean materials, an efficient work triangle, and several layers of effective lighting.  Other details to consider include quality cabinetry, abundant storage opportunities, desk area for bill paying or homework, and well-suited for conversation/entertaining.

kitchen 1

kitchen 2

kitchen 3

kitchen 4

kitchen 5

 Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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