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Ah, spring is finally here. The allure of vibrant flowers and lush green plants drives most of us to our favorite nursery to replenish our existing planters or add some more greenery and color to our space. Besides embellishing our interiors and outdoor landscape, live plants clean our air and replenish it with fresh oxygen. They decrease our stress and ignite our productivity.
Therefore, the right thing to do is to place your plants in the most stylish, artistic planters that enhance their natural color, design and growth patterns. Here are ten of my favorite modern and artistic indoor/outdoor planters to add to your decor with your favorite flowers and plants.
Check out these 10 modern furniture solutions for your deck, patio or balcony.
Microdwellings are readily gaining popularity throughout the states. However, our American taste for vast space has spawned planned communities with 3,000 sq ft homes on large lots, McMansions in suburban subdivisions and a thirst for more garage space, storage space and in essence, stuff.
So, let’s face it. Although microdwellings are on the rise, the process to downsize from several thousand square feet to 600 to 1,000 sq. feet bodes some serious consideration. What will you keep? How can you have great style in such a small space? How does your day-to-day life function? My biggest question, where am I going to store all of my shoes? Answering these types of questions require a clear, intentional plan.
It can be done. From personal experience in choosing to downsize to researching hundreds of microdwellings, you can live in less space and with less than you might first think. In my recent Big Style ~ Small Space presentation, I shared the following tips for planning your smaller space for functionality while retaining your personal style:
A change is physical dimensions requires a different set of objects with multiple functions. My tips include:
- Reduce the size of furniture in relation to the scale of the space.
- Select multi-functional pieces like nesting tables, ottomans that serve as tables and convertible furniture that can adjust to your needs as necessary.
- Pop up furniture (my term), like the blue chair below, is crafted by an Amsterdam firm and provides sturdy support with gorgeous contemporary lines and is easy to assemble and stack.
- Incorporate lucite furniture to add what you need with no visual weight. Tables, chairs and desks in lucite are fantastic solutions for room and style. The Kartell Ghost Chair is one of my absolute favs.
- Break the rules! Traditionally, living rooms feature a sofa, loveseat, a few chairs and tables. You can have chairs vs. sofas; loveseats vs. couches. Think differently and try new options.
- There is a resurging interest and need for murphy beds. The new ones are smart and clever such as the one below that serves multiple functions within a space maximizing every square inch.
Mirrors and reflective surfaces such as lacquers are two great secrets to adding more light and thus the illusion of space to any room in any size of home. The example below makes this mirror area a focal point. It could hide a Murphy bed or serve as a storage or wardrobe unit. Oversized mirrors such as the image below are perfectly fine in a small space. Try bold looks.
Use your wall space and functional space like stairs for storage and to add design details that won’t work on the floor of your space. And, for any home, there are many beautiful and creative ways to hide your junk in plain sight by making the storage boxes a part of your décor. You can add them to a dresser, console, desk or shelf. You can consider hanging baskets as art and storage as well.
These tips are just a few ways to individualize your microdwelling interiors.The exciting thing about microdwellings is that once you define your style and space functionality, the existing and customized design solutions make the process very, very fun.
Microdwellings, in various forms, have been a part of numerous European and South American cultures for years. Within the past decade, Americans are becoming familiar and embracing the movement to reduce their living space and explore alternative dwellings in which to inhabit. The recent recession has spurred both necessity and desire to explore this way of living throughout the country from dense cities like Manhattan to the rambling fields of the Midwest and green hills of the South.
In Phoenix, sustainable living and microdwelling pioneer, Patrick McCue, plans an annual exhibit at Shemer Art Center and Museum featuring design features of modular structures, sustainable living tips and workshops.
According to Mr. McCue, “The goal of the movement of Microdwelling is to infuse the community with ideas about availability of building materials and resources, affordability, and to demonstrate hands-on construction techniques. It is the desire to of the organizers of this series of events that Microdwelling will be a springboard for a groundswell of activity that takes sustainable living to a new, more widespread level within the community.”
Some people may feel like sacrificing space means sacrificing style. That is not true. Learn how to maximize space and reflect your style in a small structure. Join me on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 1:00pm to 1:45pm for my free presentation about interior design ideas from furniture to technology for microdwellings.
Some houses just have great bones. You know the ones that are chameleons and can support a range of styles to suit the inhabitants. This house was such a house. The original owners had very traditional tastes with some outdated colors. The new owner had a vision for a contemporary, cool space. All it took was some paint, the right furniture and a love for contemporary and mid-century modern furniture in a classy mash-up and honoring the bones.
Here is a visual transformation of one room. Bye-bye salmon walls.
What does your space want to become? Let’s discuss. Contact me here.