Entries in grown up spaces (2)

Friday
Mar212014

Sleek and Sophisticated Family Apartment

 

Happy Friday! As the weather finally seems to be catching on this concept we like to call Spring, I thought it would be a good time to share some photos of a bright and airy family apartment that I recently completed.

For their new family home, the mother wanted sophistication, while the father wanted practicality (oh, and a mudroom, he really wanted a mudroom!). The kids? Their two year old daughter wanted to be able to color on the sofa (no, not color while sitting on the sofa - Color. On. The. Sofa.) and their newborn son, well he was really quite content to stare at the ceiling. (I'm kidding. Not really.) While the daughter may still not have express permission to color on the sofa, we chose a fabric where her parents would be none the wiser if she did. Not that we encourage stealthy behavior around these parts... 

 

 

 

 

Monday
Feb042013

Ode to craft paper

It's going to be a busy week around here - a big site visit coming up, a photoshoot on the horizon, and two new projects in the works. All good things and lots of interesting posts in the making, but I wanted to share a quick one with you while I had a few seconds. 

I have a few strange loves in life. You know, those little things that always make you happy. For me, it's a trip to Ikea, a good garden gnome (yep, I love them), and craft paper. Yes, I have 2-3 rolls of 4ft wide craft paper stashed around my house at all times. Why? Well, because you never know when you're going to need to protect a floor, wrap a present, or create an instant mural wall. And, really, who wants to schlep those rolls around the house?

Maybe I'll do a post on the many joys of craft paper another time, but for today, I wanted to focus on using craft paper to plan out a room before purchasing new furniture. I am currently helping a client turn her finished basement into a playroom for her daughter and, in preparation for an upcoming site visit, I spent the duration of the Super Bowl cutting out full size mock ups of all the furniture we'll be purchasing. Here's a shot of the end product:

My client, like many of us, is having a hard time picturing her space differently from what she is used to seeing (an empty room with toys strewn randomly about). We've worked through numerous layouts on floorplans, elevations, and sketches to get to this point, but before we purchase a thing, we're going to take some time to mock up the entire room by taping cutouts of the pieces she's considering onto the floors and walls, so that she can get a feel for how it will look when everything is installed. 

This is something that is so easy to do and can make a huge difference in saving you time, anxiety and money when ordering a new piece of furniture. Simply go to the hardware store and pick up a roll of 4ft wide craft paper. Measure, mark and cut the dimensions of the piece or pieces of furniture you're considering (you can do this for rugs too). You want to make sure to create mock-ups for all of the dimensions that will be relevant in a space. For example, if it's a chest of drawers that will go against a wall, make one cutout of the height and width of the piece to tape to the wall and another of the width and depth to tape to the floor.

Don't feel pressured to make a decision right away. Live with your cutouts for a while. Get to know them. See if that new console by the door will be helpful in the morning, or if it will make your front hallway too narrow to navigate with bags and children in tow. And what about that glider you've been eyeing for the nursery? Does it make it too hard to reach the window shades? Would you be better off with a smaller chair? We can always ask ourselves these questions when viewing our space in two dimensions, but sometimes is just easier to live with furniture before we purchase it. (Wouldn't that be nice?)

So go ahead. Grab some paper, a pen, and a pair of scissors and make yourself a lifesize floorplan before your next furniture purchase. Believe me, you'll be glad that you did!