Monday Moodboard: Hotel Inspired Bedroom

Luxurious Retreat

The bedroom should be a calming, uncluttered space that we can retreat to and recharge every night. Choose serene colors and patterns. Soft fabrics and furnishing to create a luxurious retreat friom the world

Bedroom in creamy yellows and dramatic navy blue.

Sweet Dreams!

Designingly Yours,
Angela

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Monday Moodboard: Something Blue

Monday Moodboard: A little something blue

An elegant, neutral living room with blue accents.

An elegant blue and neutral living room with glass and gold accents.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Get a free end table styling guide. It has an end table decorating styles along with the links to items used. Easy, breezy decorating done for you.

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Monday Moodboard: Backyard Picnic

Picnic in Your Backyard

Create an elegant picnic spot in your backyard. Layer a few rugs under a beach umbrella, top with some poufs and pillows to lounge on. Pack your favorite picnic food in a cute basket with some pretty melamine dining and drinkware and eat alfresco this summer. For nighttime picnic add lanterns and solar lighting to create a romantic dinner under the stars.

Monday Moodboard Backyard Picnic

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Get a free end table styling guide. It has an end table decorating styles along with the links to items used. Easy, breezy decorating done for you.

New design package, an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. The design includes the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces. Check it out here.

Kitchen Design: Triangle or Zone

Kitchen Design

Nowadays the kitchen is the hub of newly designed or redesigned homes. With the open floor plans prevalent in contemporary home design the kitchen incorporates more than just preparing and storing food. There is sometimes a desk area, coffee bars, or a homework station.

Working in the kitchen should be efficient regardless if you have an older home or new.  The old standard for setting up the kitchen workspace is the kitchen triangle, imaginary lines connecting the refrigerator, stove, and sink. The idea of the triangle started in 1929 with the time and motion studies of Lillian Moller Gilbreth, a psychologist and industrial engineer. You can read an article about her work designing the modern kitchen here.

The Triangle

The kitchen triangle is efficient for preparing, cooking, and cleaning-up in the kitchen. A few guidelines for the kitchen triangle that keeps the workspace efficient are:

  • The sides of the triangle should be less than 4 feet but never more than 9 feet
  • When you add all three sides of the triangle it should be between 13 and 26 feet.
  • There should be no traffic flow through the triangle.
  • Obstacles, like cabinets, should not intersect the triangle by more than 12 inches.

kitchen triangle

It should be a smooth flow from the refrigerator, to the prep area, to the stove, and finally to sink for clean up.

Work Zones

While the kitchen triangle is still an efficient and well-planned way to layout a kitchen, the idea of work zones expands on this idea and incorporates more than just cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The work zone design for the kitchen is customizable for the way you use your kitchen.

There are three common zones that will be in all kitchens. The prep zone, which is counter space for food preparation. The cook zone, where your stove, oven, and other cooking appliances reside plus all the pots and pans used for cooking. And the clean zone, where you have you sink and dishwasher.

kitchen zone

Aside from the three main zones, another zone that is probably going to be used in most kitchen is a food storage zone. This zone would include the refrigeration, pantry, and any cabinets used for food storage. To customize and make your kitchen fit your lifestyle and use you might add a baking zone, a coffee zone, a household command zone. A zone for what ever need and use you have for your kitchen. The idea of zoning is to keep all the items and appliances you use for any given activity grouped in a specific location to make it efficient and easy to use.

Best Use for Your Home

Whether to use the triangle or zoning in the kitchen is up to you and your kitchen designer to decide what works best for your lifestyle. I think a combination would give you the benefits of both and make for an efficient and user-friendly kitchen. Regardless your kitchen should flow from refrigerator, prep zone, cooking zone, to clean zone. The end result should be an efficient, usable, and beautiful kitchen.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Get a free end table styling guide. It has an end table decorating styles along with the links to items used. Easy, breezy decorating done for you.

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Monday Moodboard: End Table

Monday Moodboard: Jade Tiger End Table Styleboard

Happy Monday. Something a bit glam, elegant, and just a touch exotic with the animal print pillow. The jade colored lamp adds just a dash of color to a very modern end table and a few decorative items. Tie in the rest of the room with abstract black and gold and some pillows for a modern, elegant look.

Modern clear end table with a jade colored lamp with a gold bonsai tree, mica pine cone, and floral arrangement. Tie in the rest of the room with abstract black and gold and some pillows for a modern, elegant look.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Get a free end table styling guide. It has a end table decorating styles along with the links to items used. Easy, breezy decorating done for you.

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End Table Styling

Decorating End Tables, Simply

Decorating the flat surfaces in the home seems to be one of the common stumbling blocks when decorating. How do I decorate my – end table, coffee table, bookshelf-  is a frequent question from my clients. There is any number of pictures on Pinterest where you can find inspiration for decorating your end table. Here is a free guide to get you started.

Simple end table styling with just a lamp and a couple of decorative objects, like a vase with greenery and an owl figurine.

Less is More.

My philosophy when decorating tabletops, or pretty much anything, is less is more. I like things to look simple, elegant, and uncluttered. Most end tables are not large. You may have 24 square inches for the top more likely less, so having a lot of decorative pieces plus a lamp make for a cluttered look. And if you want to set a drink down, forget it. Stick to 3 to 5 objects, depending on the size of objects and table, including the lamp. You can use books to elevate and add more provenance to a smaller object.

End table inspiration

Vary heights.

The lamp will probably be the tallest object on your end table, which is as it should be. The other objects should create a visual stair step from tallest to shortest.  For example, the lamp tallest, a houseplant on a stack of books next tallest, and the smallest an elegant table clock.

End table decor

K.I.S.S.

Remember, keep it simple, sweetheart. A lamp, a houseplant, and a decorative object are all you need to decorate an end table. Keep it to 3 to 5 things on the table, including the lamp and decorating will be less of a headache. It doesn’t have to have a lot of things on it to look finished and decorated.

Designingly Yours,
Angela

Don’t forget to get the free styling guide. It has a few simple end table decorating styles along with the links to items used. Easy, breezy decorating done for you.

New design package, an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. The design includes the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces. Check it out here.

 

Monday Moodboard: Home Office

Natural colored home office

A home office can be a place of chaos and stress. A thoughtfully designed office with stroage for papers and other items that seem to accumulate on the desk and shelves can help make this room not only organizd, but beautiful. Add some art and other decorative items that inject your personality into the space.

Natural calming home office with teal accents

Need help with designing and organize your home office contact me to see how I can help you.

New design package ,  an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. The design includes the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces. Check it out here.

Designingly Yours,
Angela