Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Main Living Spaces - Your Living Room/Dining Room - Month 6, Week 3

Here are some great resources for more ideas.....

How to arrange a combined space:

How to work with a smaller budget:

Beachy to Modern and great resources:

Small Living Room/Dining room ideas:

It's great to check out lots of resources so you can see what you like and MORE important, what you DON'T like.  Sometimes it's finding the dislikes that really help you key in on what feels more beautiful and comfortable to you.

Remember Devonshire Design, Ltd is always here to help!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Main Living Spaces - Your Living Room/Dining Room - Month 6 Weeks 1&2

First, I want to announce that the winner of the $25 Pier One card was Tracy C.!  Just need to send that out to you...Thanks for the feedback...

So, let's talk about Living Rooms and Dining Rooms.  In our parents day, most homes had that "formal" living room and dining room that were used only for special occasions and especially were only for the adults.  How many of us remember the plastic "slipcovers" that were on that furniture - even on the dining room chair seats!

And what did us kid's have?  That basement rec room....always cold, but we could get as loud as we wanted, leave our toys everywhere and sometimes we even had our own TV down there.... it was heaven.

Well, a lot had changed since then and many of us STILL don't use our Living Room or Dining Room except for formal occasions.  Maybe it should not be that way, or maybe it's the perfect space to read, relax and enjoy family dinner.  Why does dinner have to be at a kitchen table - or worse yet, in the family room in front of the TV?

Let's review the steps for decorating a room.  The five steps are:

1) Set a budget
2) Choose a color scheme
3) Create a room board including the layout
4) Choose the big pieces of furniture
5) Accessorize & Organize

For these rooms I believe we need to add a step.  Determine how the rooms will be used.  Will you be creating a Dining room that is for everyone or only for those big family meals?  Is your Living room going to have a TV or do you want a quiet space?

Of our steps, if the rooms are linked (i.e. in a l-shape or the same room divided) it's very important to perform step 3 - creating a room board with layout.  You'll need to know what fits and how (This is where a decorator can really help)!

Below are some clever ideas - the bamboo divider in the top photo provides separation without losing that open feel.  In the bottom photo you can see how ever a small space can be used for both.

Let me know what's going on with your living and dining rooms - what's the best and what needs help?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Creative Ideas for Collections - Month 5, Week 4

May has flown by and I have been so busy with a large project (Staging a home for a friend who has lived there for almost 20 years - pictures and post to come soon); that I forgot to finish my posts for May about collections.  So while cleaning out and packing up for my friend and while cleaning out my own garage this weekend, I developed the following list of questions to ask yourself about your collections.

1)  Do I love this enough to share it with my world?
     Is that collection of matchbook covers so important to you that you want to share the stories, the reasons      that they are special to you?

2)  Am I someone who cannot stand clutter?
     If clutter is an issue for you, then you need to find a way to display your collection without creating more  angst (or cleaning) for you.  Will it fit in a shadowbox, or some other enclosed space or is it too large for   those solutions?

3)  Is this (insert items here) collection mine or was it grown because people thought I loved (insert item        here)?
     I once had a collection of owls, only because my Grammie got me one once and I fussed over it.            Suddenly, everyone was getting me owl things and my joy at the lovely gift was turning into a "hoot"...and not in a good way.  I had to put a stop to it and today I only have the original owl all wrapped up and   tucked away as a memory.

4)  Has this become my hobby?
     Do you have a room dedicated to collections?  Are you always on the lookout for new or different things to add to your Star Trek collection, your button collection or your Art collection?  Then maybe you are truly collecting something you love and want to share with the world....

....and I say more power to you!  Enjoy!

Here are a few more great ideas for display......
How cool would this be with POSTCARDS?????

For my tea drinking friends.....

How clever to add the name of the beach where the shells are collected?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Creative Ideas for Collections - Month 5, Week 1

It's May and time to really get outdoors and appreciate all there is around us!  And one of the more exciting aspects of the world around us is all of the things we love, and collect....and then have no idea how to display or store them.

Or if we should even keep them....

That's what May is all about - Collections.  How we grow to love them, how we should store and display them and maybe a bit of - should we keep them.

Collections are not all about museums or history or expense, but they are valuable emotionally.  Collections are an opportunity to remember good times, a vacation, a special person or something that just makes you happy.  Your collection of tea sets may remind you of the time you spent as a child having tea parties with your parents, or your collection of owls might have happened by accident when you got one as a gift and then the "gifts" kept coming.

So what do we do with the collections we love?  How do we decide how to display them?  Size, shape, space and value are just a few of the considerations.  We will look at that and more this month.

So back in this post on bookcases, I showed you some lovely larger type displays for book collections, but what about other collection types?  These sure are fun and pretty....

Who would have thought mini-helmets could look so cool - although it needs a place other than the kitchen counter and could we organize them by color or American/National league for more interest?

These are questions to solve as we will look at different type of collections and the best ways to display them, plus ask ourselves if we are keeping a collection out of real passion or just because....

So, what do YOU collect?