Making a rental feel like home can sometimes feel impossible. In many cases, you may have to work with what you have in the individual space, and make it feel like your own. The easiest way to transform a space by far, is using furniture and accessories. You would be amazed at how big of a difference smart space planning can make, or selecting the right scale of furniture for the space. Throwing in some pillows, and other accessories is an easy way to add some character and some personality to your new home. But there are so many other ways that you can make that rental feel like home, and less like a temporary crash pad.
This one I truly do not understand. So many people think that we just give advice and don’t actually do any work, which also brings us back to the point I made earlier. Lots of people ask me to come to their homes for a consultation where they show me their space, tell me what they want it to look like or what they don’t like about it, and then I answer all of their questions and give them ideas based off of my opinion. For many people, that’s all they think an interior designer does. So they meet with several different interior designers and just repeat the process until they think they’re ready to tackle it themselves. But here is my question for you: how exactly do you plan on executing the design if you don’t have a complete understanding of it?
I can't tell you how many times people have referred to me as a decorator, because they simple don't understand that there is a difference between the two. But in fact, there is quite a large difference between the two from education, to practice, and what our jobs entail. The NCIDQ describes the difference between the two professions the best: "Many people use the terms "interior design" and "interior decorating" interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical walls. Interior design is the art and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decorating is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.
A little while ago I wrote a blog for Urban Bard about my couch and all it’s amazing condo versatility goodness. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. Here’s the link, you now have no excuses! But, living in a small space definitely presents its own set of design challenges, but with a little ingenuity, and outside the (condo) box thinking, you too can have that perfectly functional space you’ve been dreaming of. So, since I’m so nice, I’ve rounded up all my favourite double duty furniture pieces to help you get the most out of your little box in the sky.
I saved the best for last! This master bedroom is massive. In fact, the bedroom alone is larger than my entire condo, and that doesn’t include the equally large washroom or his and hers walk-in closets. With lots of square footage, high ceilings, and a wall of windows that slides open to the backyard and a view of the mountains, this bedroom is what master bedroom dreams are made of. At least it certainly had the potential to be.
The master bedroom is another space that received a very dramatic transformation. Considering the size of this massive master bedroom, the previous design of this space made the bedroom feel much smaller that it really was.
Sunny California is the perfect place to design the perfect outdoor living space oasis. I for one could spend all day every day outside in this amazing outdoor living space. Who wouldn’t want to sit outside reading a good book, soaking up some sun, going for a dip in the pool, or maybe enjoying a little cocktail on the weekend? Backyards should really be considered as an extension of your interior living space. This means that your design of the interior of your home and the exterior should blend seamlessly.
Like the rest of the house, the backyard had too much going on in it with little space for you to breathe and take it all in.