design tips: vol 2

August 10, 2010

Get out your No. 2 pencils and jot these few design tips down! ūüôā

For the kitchen:¬† know your cooking/baking style.¬† It’s important to design your kitchen for how you will use it!¬† Do you bake for an army?¬† Have an extra oven and room to spread out.¬† Put utensils, dry goods and baking¬†items in the drawers and cupboards near your mixer.

For the dining room:  a mirror reflecting the dining table is said to increase a feeling of abundance.  Mirrors also move natural light around a room which can be helpful if your dining room has just one window. 

For the mudroom:¬† make it easy for everyone in the family to help organize this space.¬† Kids do really well cleaning up when they have hooks, drawers and of course, gentle reminders.¬†¬†Cabinets that can handle the sizes of everyone‚Äôs bags, laptops, books, purses, boots and other things are a must! If all of this can hide behind a door that can be shut, that’s even better!

For the master bedroom:  this space is for you or for you and your spouse only.  Photos of your kids belong somewhere else!  This is the room that should promote relaxation, sleep and intimacy.  A quick and easy way to do that is to relocate the laundry basket and ironing board!

For the kids’ bedrooms: personalize their bedrooms with items that are practical for their age group.¬† An indoor swing with a hand painted wood seat is easy to install and can promote hours of imaginative play.¬† Hula hoops hanging by hooks on the wall or a beanbag with a small table and reading light next to it are inexpensive and add fun!

cheers, amber