Monday, July 25, 2016

Small home office ideas

Inspiration for a small home office

I'm lucky that I finally now have a dedicated room in my home to serve as my office, but I wasn't always so fortunate. I've worked in home office arrangements that include the laundry closet of my NYC apartment, at a secretary desk by my bed, and behind the sofa in a nook of my last one bedroom apartment.

If you need a dedicated workspace in your home but don't have a room to serve as a home office, never fear...we've got lots of small home office ideas and tips for you below...

Even a nightstand can serve as a desk in tight spots.  A hall or foyer with unutilized square footage might just work as a home office with the right desk.

I love this ode to the traditional secretary. A glossy finish makes it fit in with the rest of the fancy space.  If this is too traditional for you, their are many, many modern secretary desks to be found.

An oldie but a goodie.  Convert a closet into your office!  The genius behind this idea is that you can close the office doors and hide your office when your work is done.  Install vertical storage solutions like the rod with hooks, and use a sconce for lighting to save valuable desk storage.

via Pinterest via IHeart Organizing

Don't worry if you can't "hide" your office in a closet.  Just give your work space the same thoughtful consideration as you would any other room in your home.  Choose a color scheme, matching accessories, art, etc.  If you office is out in the open it will be important to keep it tidy!

Another office in a closet.  Notice how well utilized the shelves are with containers and bins to keep things organized.  This clever creative even stores his/her sewing machine there!

An unutilized wall in a living room or bedroom can not only give you a workspace but also add to the beauty of your home if you carefully consider that your furniture and accessories complement the room it's sharing.

I hope you've found these small office ideas inspiring!

All images via Domino unless otherwise noted

Friday, July 22, 2016

Powder rooms that make me squeal!

I have no idea why I have an obsession with well decorated powder rooms, but I do! It's the one place a guest will go that you can guarantee that they'll be checking out the space from head to toe.

There's nothing better than opening a door to a beautiful bathroom! Well cleanliness is a major one too, but you know what I mean.

White and gray powder room features walls clad in gray geometric wallpaper lined with a white single washstand topped with carrera marble placed under a silver leaf beaded mirror illuminated by Worlds Away Delilah Silver Wall Sconces.:
via decorpad

These are rooms that are fairly easy to upgrade too! A little paint or wallpaper can make a major statement.

Elegant printed wallpaper in blue and white with gold accents and mirror above the sink with white bathroom cabinets. Stunning bathroom design idea!:

Some upgraded hardware and a stunning mirror can be so eye-catching! Fresh flowers are a big win for me too. 

Bathroom with green walls, white subway tiles and antique vanity in a beautiful Swedish home in calm, muted tones. Entrance, Anders Bergstedt.:

I can't be the only one who has a huge heart for decorated powder rooms?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Kids Rooms That Rock!

I've always pictured how fun it would be to decorate a kids room. Since the nursery phase doesn't last long, I've been scouring the web to find some pretty awesome kids rooms. Here's what I found:

mommo design: 10 ROOMS FOR LITTLE BOYS:

A campers dream come true with room for a friend!

for the girl ill have one day:

Extra space to play is a must have for a busy toddler!

Floating shelves:
via pinterest

Room for tea and place to put everything. That is a mom's dream room too!

Upgrade your child’s bed panels like this creative parent did using scraps from floral wallpaper. This is just one of the many creative kids room ideas.:

A space to hideout and hangout!

Dream Big With These Imaginative Kids Bedrooms – Design Sticker:

A room you wouldn't mind sharing!

Have you made your kids room a dream come true? What did you do?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Old barns converted into beautiful family homes!

Historic barns turned into functional living spaces

I spent the better part of this weekend scrubbing out my barn and stalls by hand this weekend due to a broken pressure washer, so I have barns on the brain.  Our barn is just a small metal pole barn with two stalls, but it doesn't make it hard to imagine the amazing open concept layout someone could create with a grand old barn of wood or stone.  Here are some pretty examples I found.

I love the contrast of the dark wood floors and the white walls and beams.
via Architectural Digest

If the wood is kept dark, it's a good idea to incorporate large windows for natural light and white or light walls (unless you like dark interiors!)
via Architectural Digest

via OneKindDesign

I'm not a fan of taxidermy as decor, but that door opening to the yard is pretty fantastic!
via OneKindDesign

Beautiful light stone and natural wood floors make this barn conversion quaint and pretty.
via OneKindDesign

I think the photo above and below are from the same barn.  I don't know if I could live on concrete floors, but I like the white plank walls and the rustic furnishings.
via OneKindDesign

via OneKindDesign

Okay, this may not be for everyone, but how amazing would it be to be able to keep watch over and observe your animals while going about your daily household duties!
via Great American Country

So pretty in every way!  The large windows, vaulted ceiling, and character-rich hardwood floors are so pretty.

via OneKindDesign

The barn exteriors are often just as beautiful as the interiors!
via Architectural Digest

via Architectural Digest

Monday, July 18, 2016

Small living room ideas and inspiration

Inspiring small living rooms

Most of us don't live in vast estates, and we don't even live in a two story home.  Just a humble rancher for us - but we love it.  That being said, living in a smaller space requires more creativity on your part to find solutions to seating, decor, and storage issues.

Strong lines that are clean and modern keep attention on the moulding and ceiling, making the room look taller.  I love the fresh color palette too.
via House

Take decor all the way to the top.  Don't be afraid to hang artwork all the way to the ceiling.  It draws the eye up and creates the illusion of a higher ceiling.
via Domino

Even if your living room is small, you can furnish it as you would a large one if you keep the furniture at a smaller scale.  Two benches serve as seating when the living room is used for conversation, and tuck under the TV console when it's used for watching TV.
via Domino

This small living room doesn't lack in furniture because furniture is kept small,  and the chairs and sofa have narrow arms.  The console on the back wall is also narrow and doesn't obstruct the view of the wall, helping the room look more open.
via Domino

This small living room is cozy and inviting through the use of warm colors and layering textures.
via Domino

The illusion of height is created in this super small living room by hanging curtains at the top of the walls, and a light reflecting mirror above the door.

via House


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