Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:09:32 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Leave your shoes at the door. Now that your bedroom is clutter‐free and clean, it's time to commit to keeping it that way. Start a no‐shoes policy – in your whole house if you can, but at least in the bedroom. Place a table or basket outside your bedroom door to remind you to drop work materials, cell phones and other gadgets before entering your new zone of calm. Create an organic bed. If you are in need of a new mattress (and can afford to spring for it) by all means go for one of the wonderful organic versions on the market today. But if not, that doesn't mean you can't green up your bed. Try topping your mattress with a natural mattress pad and adding organic pillows and sheets. Organic goods are so mainstream now, they can be found at all price points. Consider the walls and floors. While it does take more effort than any of the previous steps, addressing your walls and floors is an important part of creating a more ecofriendly bedroom. If you are looking to change the wall color, seek out paint containing low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If you have old, peeling paint that may contain lead, use caution and seek professional guidance for the best way to cover it. For the floor, I recommend choosing hard flooring over wall‐to‐wall carpeting, which is notoriously difficult to clean and tends to contain VOCs. If you already have wall‐to‐wall carpeting in place, you can choose to have it removed or simply cover much of it with a natural fiber area rug. Choose the right color palette for your needs.
Published at Thursday, June 01st 2017, 16:10:11 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Budget box. Make the most of a breakfast nook by installing a complete compartment that keeps diners out of the way of the cooking action in the kitchen. Additionally, those on a budget will benefit from copying the style of the boxed‐in nook pictured here. Inexpensive wood can be painted white to make the area bright. To add value, choose a more expensive tabletop and treat it with a good sealant oil to keep it looking good with use.
Published at Thursday, June 01st 2017, 16:10:04 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Settle on a shape that will work in most rooms. Round tables look good in compact rooms and living areas that have square dining zones. They also offer flexible seating. If you buy a six‐seater, eight can usually be accommodated at a pinch – the larger the diameter, the more people can be seated. On the other hand, rectangular tables have limited seating spots due to the position of the table legs and because only one person can be seated at each end. However, if you choose a rectangular table with leaves, the table can be extended to accommodate extra guests whenever an event is planned, such as for a family Christmas or birthday party.
Published at Tuesday, May 30th 2017, 06:20:13 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Lots of white. Just as with floral upholstery, if you have a bold stripe that is threatening to overwhelm your room, try whiting it out with crisp white walls and white slipcovered furniture.
Published at Monday, May 29th 2017, 17:30:30 PM by Edda Braune. Interior. A touch of luxury. Leather is synonymous with luxury. Here the touchable headboard doubles as a room divider and is offset with white cast‐concrete light fittings to keep the look contemporary and interesting.
Published at Monday, May 29th 2017, 15:20:10 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Be honest about what is used in this room and make space for it. Do you craft while watching TV? Do the kids use the living room as their playroom? Stop the constant struggle to clean up these items and put them where they "belong". Instead, work in some permanent living room storage space for toys, crafts, games and so on. If you need to make room first, take out items that are not frequently used in the living room. Books that you want to keep but that no one is likely to read again anytime soon could go on shelves in a bedroom, for instance.
Published at Monday, May 29th 2017, 08:15:26 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Put some "speed bumps" in your entry. If your front door opens directly into your living room, it's all too easy (especially at the end of a long day) to zoom through the entry and plop down on the sofa, leaving a trail of bags, shoes and mail as you go. Slow the pace of entry by putting in some strategically placed "speed bumps" along the way – a bench to sit on to take off your shoes, hooks and floating shelves on the wall, a sofa table with storage below and a tray for collecting mail can all help.
Published at Monday, May 29th 2017, 06:24:17 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Choose bilevel furniture. Clear surfaces look great – but let's face it, they are hard to keep clear. One way to solve that problem is by picking out coffee and side tables with a lower shelf. You can spread out your stuff when you're home alone, and then stack it up and stash it on the bottom shelf when company comes.