Hi lovelies! I am excited to welcome Rebecca to Fashionably Living today! Rebecca is guest posting today and has some fabulous tips on decorating a small space! I hope you enjoy today’s post!
Although small living spaces are often dubbed as the bane of any homeowner’s existence, there are actually lots of positives to having these ‘cozy’ rooms – see glass half full without even trying! Small living spaces not only force you to declutter your life, brutally discarding any pointless possessions, but also to be more creative when it comes to interior design ideas.
With these inspiring and helpful tips, make the best out of your small living spaces.
Get Storage Savvy
When you are short on space, you have to be savy with your storage solutions. Celebrated furniture designer, George Nelson created a number of inspiring storage pieces during his career. These include his Vertical and Horizontal Sideboards. If you are particularly pushed for space, the Vertical Sideboard is an excellent choice as it won’t take up too much space as
George Nelson’s iconic sideboard units are perfect storage solutions for small spaces. During his career, Nelson created the Vertical and Horizontal Sideboards. If you are particularly pushed for space, the Vertical Sideboard is a great option. In terms of the space it takes up compared to the amount of storage you get, it’s a win win situation. With a real wood walnut veneer finish, this stunning piece would be a welcomed addition to any small interior.
In particular, hallways are often cramped spaces, used solely for passing through. If you are short on storage, invest in a neat storage like George Nelson’s Vertical Sideboard from SwivelUK, in order to stylishly hide any clutter, papers etc.
Doors can take up unnecessary space so in order to get back some of this room but still retain some privacy, invest in sliding doors. They are not only a great space-saver but will also make a place feel less cluttered.
With so many materials and designs to choose from including durable, long-lasting, recyclable and eco-friendly, there are sliding doors to suit all interior decor schemes. These space saver solutions will also make your interior look streamlined; perfect for fresh, minimalist, modern spaces.
Go for Cube
Cube-style pieces such as this stunning Ottoman by Le Corbusier doubles up as a footstool, as well as a coffee table to put magazines on etc. Made from individually stitched pieces of leather, this piece would be great in any living area or could even be used as a modern and luxurious bedside table. Pieces with this harmonious shape are easily moved and can fit into awkward spaces or corners so are perfect for small interiors.
If you are short on space and don’t want stark, overhead lighting then a floor lamp can be a great way to create adequate, ambient lighting.
With so many designs to choose from, there are pieces to suit all interior. This Loft style small floor lamp by Jean-Louis Domecq was first created in the 1950s. It has been repeatedly reproduced since it’s creation due to it’s unique blend of functionality and style.
This stunning lamp consists of 6 arms but there is another extension which can be attached. This design allows this piece to be manipulated in any shape or form whilst all moving parts rotate up to a 180 degree angle. This piece is robust, stylish and allows you to create atmosphere lighting without taking up too much space in the process. A great choice for small home offices or cozy living rooms.
All images in this article are copyright and courtesy of SwivelUK.
Author Bio: Rebecca is an interior design aficionado who frequently writes about her musings and findings.Read More
Hi lovelies! Happy Friday! I know I have been telling you my life is crazy busy, and I haven’t been posting as often the past couple weeks, but my blog is super important to me and I want to thank all my followers for your support and sweet comments! It really means a lot to me and I think its important to tell you often, how grateful I am for all of you, I digress!
Today I am excited to talk to you about color! Now that spring is here, a lot of people change out their pillows add flowers to vases, etc. to bring color and life into their home. I wanted to give you 5 helpful and fun tips on how to add color to your home this spring and summer! These tips are inexpensive and super easy!
1. Painting a drab, old dinning room table, your favorite color! Paint is a quick and easy way to add color to furniture.
2. Add pops of color in unexpected places like the inside of bookcases or cabinets.
3. Add colored vases and flowers to a kitchen or any room in your home!
4. Painting curtain rods a bright color is an adorable way to add color to your window!
5. Paint a wall an accent color. If your not brave enough to paint an entire wall, you could paint a small wall like shown below.
Fashionably Living is excited to have Arcadian Home guest post today! Arcadian Home is contributing to the Design Element Series! Since it has been a while, lets recap the first three Design Elements in the Series. The first in the series was lighting. Lighting can make all the difference in a space. The use of light in interior spaces greatly affects the environment and mood. The second Design Element in the series was Space Evaluation. When it comes to evaluating your space you have to see the space for exactly how it is. Slow down and take a good look at your space and how you use it. The third Design Element in the series is all about details! I once heard, “A room with real flair most likely comes from the heart of a risk taker.” Isn’t that the truth?!?
Now, Mari from Arcadian Home will be sharing with all of you lovely readers the fourth Design Element in the series!
Hello, lovely blog readers! It’s Mari here from Arcadian Home, a beautiful place to find lots of interior design inspirations, including amazing lighting fixtures, table decor ideas and lovely wall art. I’m so excited to be visiting Fashionably Living today to share a guest post about one of my favorite decorative and functional design elements–mirrors.
From foyer to bath, I hope these rooms will inspire you to bring the beautiful reflective qualities of these beauties into your interior (and exterior) spaces. Please enjoy!
A collection of gently aged mirrors in a wonderful mix of sizes and shapes creates the backdrop for this lovely vintage vignette.
Tall and narrow in a wide black frame, this mirror is perfect for the beautifully paneled space it occupies. All in all this is a chic and stylish look with a gorgeous raspberry silk upholstered bench and lovely contemporary foyer lighting.
Mirrors are often used as focal points over fireplaces. A massive sunburst mirror definitely draws the eye and creates excitement above this white-painted brick fireplace in an eclectic living room.
Another fireplace, this one with a classic look, gets the reflective treatment with a complicated gold-brushed framed rectangular mirror. It leans casually against the wall rather than being hung—an interesting choice for such a formal space.
Oval wall mirrors have their own special look. Here, a fancy feminine frame contrasts nicely with the rustic wood of the vanity.
Interior designer Tobi Fairley created this whimsical lilac and black bedroom for her daughter. A massive black-framed floor mirror mounted on the wall reflects filtered sunlight and the stunning canopied daybed across the space.
A light-filled living room has an appealing global vibe. Twin Moroccan mirrors add an exotic look to the space.
Mirrors can look magnificent in outdoor rooms. Here’s one gorgeous example created with round mirrors set in intricately crafted frames. How beautiful they look against the golden-hued wall.
What do you think of these mirrors, and where would you put them in your home? Leave us your comments and be sure to visit us for more home decor, lighting, and interior inspirations!Read More
Happy New Year! I realized this is my first post in 2013! Sorry its been a while since I posted last; with the holidays coming to an end and finishing my Christmas vacation, I spent a lot of time relaxing! I’m back in full swing and I am ready to have an amazing 2013! I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you again for supporting me and Fashionably Living! Your comments mean the world to me and I have so much fun meeting new people and creating new friendships in the blog world! Cheers to a fabulous and blessed 2013!
In 2013, I want to continue to share with all of you one of my passions and that is Interior Design. Since it has been a while, lets recap the first two. The first in the series was lighting. Lighting can make all the difference in a space. The use of light in interior spaces greatly affects the environment and mood. There are four basic types of lighting: accent, ambient,task and natural light. Each type of lighting plays a specific role and it is important to know how to use each of them. The second Design Element in the series was Space Evaluation. When it comes to evaluating your space you have to see the space for exactly how it is. Slow down and take a good look at your space and how you use it. Decorating is fairly easy; only worry about two things: what items to put in your space and where to place each item. Functional and emotional needs tell us what items to use and where to place them. Both of these Design Elements are very important, but there is more. “Its All In The Details” is the third post in the Design Elements Series! The word DETAILS can take on many meanings in the design world, anything from the architecture of a building to the to the styling of a coffee table. I think for the majority of us Fashion lovers the details are the most exciting part! I once heard, “A room with real flair most likely comes from the heart of a risk taker.” Isn’t that the truth?!? Details are the added touches a designer uses to make a space stand out. My favorite part of design, comes from the details. Details can be large or small. The best part is they don’t have to be showy, sometimes its the smallest details that make the greatest impact.
I mentioned back in December via Twitter and Instagram that I was working on a very special project and I was so excited to share it with you! I also
Instagrammed or Instagram (not sure which is correct) a picture trying to see if anyone could guess the big Interior Design project I was working on. I am ready for the big reveal, and I thought this would be a great way to show you how details can truly make an impact! I painted this all by hand and it took about three days to finish, I was so pleased with the outcome! I hope you love it as much as I do, and it inspires you to add DETAILS to your space!
Decorating is half know-how and half self-confidence! I hope by the end of the Design Elements Series you will feel more confident in your decorating decisions. The key to decorating = be yourself! You don’t have to be super artistic or extremely stylish, because decorating is simply about creating a space that makes you happy! The second design element of the series is “space evaluation!” Obviously, I am not going in order, because the first design element of the series was “lighting!” But stick with me, and we will put them all together and even in order, when I wrap up the series!
When it comes to evaluating your space you have to see the space for exactly how it is. Slow down and take a good look at your space and how you use it. Don’t clean your space up and then evaluate it, leave the space just how it is. The best way to understand your space is to see exactly how you use it, even though it can be difficult to see how you really live. Take a photo and look and what’s not working. Do you have too much empty space, too many dark corners, is your lighting too bright, is it too hard to have a conversation, do you need window treatments, do you need more counter space, do have enough seating, do you have too much stuff, do you need more storage space, etc.? Obviously, these questions vary depending on the room you’re evaluating, but you need to ask yourself all of these questions. Once you have figured what you need and what you don’t need, it’s now time to tackle all your current items (i.e. décor and furniture) in your space. Many people think when you redecorate you have to ditch everything, but that’s not true at all. You usually have everything you need; you just need to use it differently and more efficiently. What pieces in your room do you use regularly (be honest)? Which pieces are you holding onto, just because?
Don’t spend hours around town trying to find the perfect piece of furniture when you may already have it. But be careful not to keep an item because you feel guilty for getting rid of it or it’s convenient to keep it. Make sure the furniture or other items in the room fit the following criteria: (1) It must be easy to use and comfortable, (2) compatible with your emotional wants (3) functionally necessary. You should make three piles: the goner’s, the keeper’s, and the maybes. The goner’s don’t fit the necessary criteria, the keeper’s fit the criteria, and the maybes fit the criteria but you don’t love it or hate it. Decorating is fairly easy; only worry about two things: what items to put in your space and where to place each item. Next decide your functional an emotional needs of those items. I want to leave you with this statement, be sure to analyze it: “Functional and emotional needs tell us what items to use and where to place them.” If you have further questions and need more directions please message me, I would love to help!
That’s a lot of information to digest, but I hope that helped you get started! There will be more to come, but let’s stop there! Now go evaluate your space, see what you need, what you need to get rid of!
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Hello Lovelies! I am going to be starting a new series on the blog called “Design Elements” – a couple times a week I will share with you my favorite design elements and how to incorporate them into your spaces. You will be able to find “Design Elements” series under Fashionably Living Interior Design, if you miss any! I wanted to start the series out with one of my absolute favorite design elements, lighting! Lighting can make all the difference in a space. The use of light in interior spaces greatly affects the environment and mood. There are four basic types of lighting: accent, ambient,task and natural light. Each type of lighting plays a specific role and it is important to know how to use each of them.
Accent Lighting can also be referred to as highlighting, because you are trying to draw attention to particular objects or sections within a space. Many times you will find recessed or tacking lighting used.
Example of Accent Lighting:
Ambient Lighting is known as general lighting. Ambient lighting provides overall illumination for a space. In most cases, when you walk into a room and flip on a light switch, ambient lighting illuminates the space. There are many types of ambient lighting fixtures such as: floor lamps, wall sconces and recessed fixtures.
Example of Ambient Lighting:
Task Lighting can best be known as target lighting. Task lighting is intended to illuminate a specific function within a space. For example a kitchen counter where you prep food requires task lighting. An office desk would also be a great example for task lighting.
Example of Task Lighting:
A fourth type of lighting I want you to also consider is the use of natural light. There are some of us, depending on where we live, that have the ability to use more natural lighting in our spaces than others. To be honest, other than accent lighting and the need for ambient and task lighting, natural light is my favorite! A space (home) filled with natural light is warm, cherry and inviting! Throughout the day, the sun marks time subtly changing the color and shape of rooms. Liberal use of glass is the most obvious way to bring natural light into a space. Balancing light is as important as orienting it properly. If you’re splurging on a wall of windows, make certain sunlight enters from at least one other direction. Light coming from only one side creates glare and casts shadows, darkening the back of the room.
Example of Natural Lighting:
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I hope you enjoyed the first post of the “Design Elements” series! Have a fabulous Tuesday!