Let me start by saying Happy New Year! I know I have a good feeling about all 2011 has to offer. And with the idea of starting something new, today’s blog is about change – or changing spaces at least. This post is to really encourage you to take an inventory of the spaces in your home and see what works and what doesn’t. It might be time to convert that office you don’t use into a den with a sleeper sofa to accommodate one more guest during the holidays. Or maybe you are finding that the way you have the spaces organized in your home is inefficient for your actual lifestyle. A really common example is people who have designated rooms in their homes, but overtime one or more of those spaces just becomes a place for storage and renders it useless. Take advantage of all the space in your home! I made a post earlier about some organizational tips for people who are having to downsize. You don’t have to be downsizing to need a little cleanse and organization, and spring cleaning is just around the corner.
If you do decide to transform one of the spaces into something more usable, there are some simple design tricks to make that space feel more custom; like it was always meant to be that way. One example is using bookcases. No matter what space it is, free standing enclosed bookcases can be disguised as a built-in feature. Any room can use a bookcase and it makes the space appear permanently planned. If you are combining rooms for multiple functions, use features and furniture that have multiple uses. Put a gorgeous screen behind your sofa as wall ornament, and when the sofa becomes a bed you now have a unique headboard. There are many more examples that will come to you depending on your individual project. If you find that your space set up is in alignment with your lifestyle, at least consider purging your stuff for a clutter free start to the new year!
I don’t have many specific photo examples for this post so I think I will just post some gorgeous images that I have seen around the blogosphere:
La Dolce Vita