Do you remember how great it is to find something you were not expecting? Well I have found something that I would like everyone to know as a potential resource to expand their design possibilities. It may already be well known to others, yet others may not know about this secret that I have found. I stumbled on it when I went to look for UV film for the windows. With the window advancements in insulation, many times window treatments are not needed as much to keep the weather conditions outside of your home. So now it is time to start thinking of alternative window treatments.
Jul 10, 2013 9:52:12 AM
Jul 5, 2013 10:01:15 AM
Personalizing your office space can prove beneficial in easing your stress at work. While you don’t want to be audacious, you do want to personalize your work area with sentimental things or items that bring a smile to your face. Consider personalizing a few office supplies such as your stapler, rulers, organization tools, calendar, pictures, mantra’s or sayings that you believe strongly about. You can also personalize your space with a plant or two. Maybe you can bring in a small bulletin board and place it in your workspace to remind you of what is important to you. Your pictures will also help remind you of why you are working in the first place, to provide for yourself and your family.
Jul 3, 2013 9:52:09 AM
Search engines are the best ways to find design ideas, especially with the images function. The key to design, inspiration, and creativity is to feed your brain with as many quality images and look outward for inspiration. Sometimes you will get an epiphany, but in my experience, the more one exposes themselves to other ideas, the easier it is to synthesize one’s own ideas. Not everyone is ingenious to think up things out of the blue, sometimes we just need a little kick start. Conceptualization comes when it comes. You could be taking a shower or walking the dog and all of a sudden the answer you have been trying to figure out comes to you.
Jun 17, 2013 9:46:28 AM
There is a wonderful trend out there in the designing and architectural world that is gaining more and more attention. We all know that including houseplants here and there in a homes and buildings is quiet common. But there has been a rise in even more plant inclusion in exteriors and interiors. An association by the name of Green Roof’s for Healthy Cities includes architects, landscape architects, engineers, and horticulturists are trying to get the word out as to why and how plants improve our living environment.
Jun 10, 2013 9:19:00 AM
The first thing needed when designing a room is the space plan. There are many ways to situate a room and depending upon your needs, that will determine how you will situate your furniture. Make a checklist of what the furniture pieces that you are already using, but furniture that may be elsewhere that could be a good fit once again.
May 20, 2013 9:31:27 AM
I am not a very artsy and crafty person really. I would like to be but I haven’t really developed that side of me yet. I have great admiration for those of you who are, who not only dream up an idea but act on your imaginative side. I was thumbing through some books this weekend and found an inspiring book.
May 17, 2013 9:34:40 AM
With the growing epidemic in obesity in children and adults it is time to rethink our societal habits and norms that promote it. I speak from my own observations in and around my own life. I see that a young family member is becoming obese and know it can be reversed for him and many others. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or friend of the family, we all need to be accountable when we see things going in the wrong direction. It is our duty for the sake of the children’s welfare to say something or at least broach the subject or offer suggestions in a non offensive way.
May 15, 2013 9:32:17 AM
Let’s face it, lighting can be complicated. With terminologies such as lumens, foot candles, and wattages, what is a person to do? There are different kinds of lighting made for different uses. First is general lighting or ambient lighting. This is for generalized lighting overall. Task lighting is for as the name implies working light. Some forms of task lighting are desk lamps, counter lights, and table light. These lights are planned and placed where there is work to be done. Next there is lighting for cabinets and underneath shelves. For lighting pictures, art, or any other item you want to highlight on walls use track lighting, recessed wall washers, or recessed adjustable fixtures.
May 3, 2013 9:54:17 AM
In any type of design or artistic application you are faced with planning out how the final outcome will look. The process of planning and choosing how the room turns out is in fact, designing. General patterns emerge from looking and comparing various forms of artistic expression.
May 1, 2013 9:49:25 AM
Okay the process is pretty simple and fun. First enlist someone to help you measure. Measure the length and width of the room in a straight line. Also measure the height of the walls from floor to ceiling. Multiply the length of each wall by the height of the wall. This will be your square footage for the walls.