If you haven't already seen translucent furniture, and I can't imagine why not, then I'm here to show you, they are sexy. What makes translucent furniture sexy, you may ask? The design reinterprets the traditional furniture to its basic shapes and structure into a nakid form. You can see through it; yet, see it and touch it and follow its intriguing lines and curves.
Spare bedrooms and Dining rooms become offices, study and reading rooms, movie rooms or children's playrooms. Living rooms become studios. Garages are transformed into lanai-like spaces or his man cave get away. Even family rooms have not escaped the alternate room syndrome but have become production spaces for making things or conducting business.
Whether we're entrepreneurs using the space for our business, providers for homeschooling or simply living our lives "out of the box," we’ve turned our attention to making the best use of the space we have.
Spare or Guest bedroom
Even if you have a small apartment or condo, you may have a spare bedroom ideal for an office. But at other times, you need it serve as a guest bedroom. Stick a bed, a desk and file draw in the room. That’s functional. But you’re going for an “out of the box” approach, a stylish approach that makes every minute you spend in that an absolute pleasure. Here’s a few things to consider:
Use wall units that have doors. Stored items can easily be hidden. This is especially helpful when you have overnight guests.
Murphy beds are still in style!
Add an attractive daybed. One with a trundle expands to a full size bed.
Use the closet in the spare bedroom for a small office. See my post on How To Create A Closet Office.
An under used dining room offers great space to create an office, a space for homeschooling, project room, a media room or even a combination of multple activities.
an example of an office or a study/library
For more examples on repurposing a dining room, check out Better Ways to Use Your Dining Room, by Catherine Smith on Houzz.
This dining room became a playroom that can also be used as a homeschool study room.
This dining room serves two activities: a traditional dining space and a libary
A small room, such as small dining room, offers a cozy T.V. room.
Single and double size garage
The village apartment community where I live also includes townhomes with garages. Almost every tenant uses their garage for storage, a sitting area or a workspace with table saw and the like. Some are very comfortable with pictures on the walls, comfy chairs and small tables. Garages make the perfect man cave space, media and game rooms.
A garage shares space for a very comfortable T.V. and dining space.
What man wouldn’t love to enjoy this garage man cave.
Living in a small space means efficiently utilizing every inch of floor space. Reserving a second bedroom, garage space or even a small dining for just one activity is wasted space in contemporary lifestyle. Re-purpose the room or create a room that serves multiple activities. To make the transformation successful, here are some things to consider.
Of course, decide on how you want to use the room.
Create a furniture placement and color scheme. If, for example, the dining room will be changed to a media room, place the T.V where it will not face a window. If this is not possible, prepare to install window treatment to block outdoor light. Remember, new paint on the wall is one of the quickest and cheapest way to make decor changes.
Determine if you will need electrical, cable and internet outlet installations.
Assess the furniture you already have and select, if possible, what can be used in the “new” room
If working with a short budget, check out such places as Ikea, garage sales and consignment shops.
Don’t forget to have fun!!
You may also be interested in these decor ideas
Plan a black and white New Year’s party and just ask guests to wear at least one black item. Then you just reduce some of the other colors in your small living space, store them in a closet, even under the bed. Break out as much black and white you have—or not. Just set up a lovely buffet of drinks, snacks and sweets.
Check out these simple ideas, get to a party store and start selecting . . .
Looking to be inspired for a Christmas tablescape that will wow your guests? Whipping up my courage, I’ll venture to say there are about four basic design styles: traditional, rustic, eclectic, contemporary/minimal, and glam.
Christmas vignettes can make you smile. Christmas vignettes can warm your heart or take your thoughts to a special world or bring the world to you. And Christmas vignettes are simply great for small spaces and small space living.
Whether you live in a small or very large space, the glowing flames of a fire and a table beautifully set with china, glass and food creates intimacy. It caresses you with the feeling of comfort, a time to reflect, a time for soft quiet discussions.
Pumpkins aren’t always orange, fortunately! Now we can enjoy them an array of colors that compliment our decor. So if you’re creating a fabulous tablescape in neutrals, such as white, here are 23 white pumpkin centerpieces. They’re great for a fall tablescape, as well as a neutral Thanksgiving tablesetting.
You’ve seen them. Right? White bedrooms that too often look sterile and unapproachable. Yet, you long for the calming peacfulness of a soft dreamy white bedroom. It’s inviting, alluring you to daydrem and let your thoughts float. So how do you create this haven?
Read on to discover five elements of a dreamy white bedroom.
Start with the idea that Thanksgiving is going to be great and you’re going to make it so!
It’s that scary time of the year when doors, tables, and windows are dressed in their ghouly best! From pumpkin horror cut faces to loose skeletal heads and bodies lying around to greet you to fake spiders and web hangings.
There are so many, many drop-dead gorgeous flowers to love, so many to plant in a garden. But why love the pansy flower?
For many of us who live in apartments, the living room is where we most often relax, entertain and spend a lot of our decorating budget. It's generally the first room we see when we enter our small space. And so, the apartment living room reflects who we are, our personalities, our dreams, our creative side.
Are you like me, living in an apartment and desperate for a home office? Do you work a lot at home or work full time at home? Have you found yourelf standing in the doorway of a closet and day dreaming how to make better use of it. Well, I have. One option is to make that poorly or under-used closet a home office closet. I had once . . . .
No matter how small or how big is your apartment or how small or big your budget, enrich your apartment living with fresh cut flowers! There simply isn’t any other substitute. Okay, a special other or even a dog could top a bunch of flowers in a vase. But I say why not have it all?
They're over sized. Some are very ornate, others clean and modern. Are these over-sized-lean-against-the-wall mirrors just for the young and beautiful? For the hopelessly narcissistic? For dogs and cats to check themselves out? What do you think of them?
You can tastefully inject elements found in coastal apartment lifestyles. It's important to understand that there are some differences in coastal decors found on the East Coast, the Southern Coasts and the West Coast. I'll lay out some of these differences as we look at 13 classic examples of coastal decors.
From my experience, studio apartments were dark and horribly decorated. They were the kind of spaces you just slept in and escape to the outdoor world as much as possible. Thank heaven that's no longer true!!
Here are 17 examples of white studio apartments that beautifully illustrate one decorating option: how to create a white studio apartment.
How to create rooms with pops of color can be drawn from other rooms with pops of color. I selected these 21 rooms to illustrate just that. Now, admittedly, these are large, glamorous rooms--not small living spaces. That really doesn't matter. The same principles would be applied but on a smaller scale.
Almost every morning, when the weather is nice, right after feeding and walking the dog, I get a glass of orange juicepaddle off to my apartment balcony, a bench, my bistro table and collect my thoughts. Spring through fall, that's where I dine bistro style -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and a coffee.
The visual appeal, comfort and practical use of the ottoman is almost endless, making it very easy to adapt to your lifestyle and taste. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, they can be moved around with great ease.