Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ideas for Creative Home Seating

Creating a welcoming space for you and your family or guests can be tricky. There are so many factors to setting up the perfect living space. However, one that remains consistent is seating. No living room is complete without a few options for comfortable relaxation. While there is nothing wrong with a traditional set up of couches and chairs, sometimes it is worthwhile to think outside the box. If you’re looking to enhance your home with creative seating options, you have come to the right place!

Window Seating
One of the easiest ways to create a unique sitting area is to add window seating. If you already have a window seat in your home, all it takes for an amazing transformation are cushions and decorative pillows! In a cinch you can create a pretty and cozy area to relax with a book, or converse with family and friends. If you really step it up on the coziness level, a nap may even be in order! If you don’t have a built-in window seat, installing them doesn’t require that much work. Another option for window seating involves maximizing empty space. Do you have room above the landing on your stairs? Add a reading nook! Now you have a loft-style space that is both functional and visually appealing. 

                                                                              Built-in Couches
Rather than adding a few standalone pieces, why not implement built-in seating? Make your couch a permanent part of the room by building it into the room itself. Adding seating such as this creates an extremely comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for your living room. One appealing option for built-in seating is adding a couch that is low to the ground. This creates a communal environment where you can relax or entertain. An alternative for a room where a television is the focal point is large, partially divided seating. This way, you can cozy up with a loved one or pet, or have the seat all to yourself with ample space. These built-in style couches not only look amazing in your home, but provide optimal space and comfort for all your seating needs.

Suspended Seating
Have you ever experienced a hammock or porch swing? Bring that awesome experience indoors with hanging seating! This is perhaps one of the easiest seating choices to implement into your home, as all you need is the seat itself and a little hardware to install. You can pride yourself on the creativity of the seats while enjoying the soothing swinging motion that they offer. The best part is, there literally is no end to the options: 
traditional hammock, porch swing style, 
flat cushions, bean bag, papasan, and so many more!

Adding creative seating to your home is an excellent way to construct a unique space for your home without making any major changes.  There are so many options for easy and fun projects: get started on one today!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Guide to Kitchen Organization

Just as they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the kitchen can be considered the most important room in the house. Its use is unavoidable, every member of the family spends time in it, and it is often the cornerstone for family gatherings and festive occasions. Even if gourmet cooking isn’t your thing, you more than likely still spend a good amount of time in your kitchen. For all these reasons and more, it is very important to have a well-organized kitchen. Planning and executing a large meal is stressful enough by itself-imagine what it is like if your counters are a mess and you can't keep track of your cooking utensils! No matter what size your kitchen is, from teeny tiny to large and sprawling, there are many easy and effective ways to stay organized.

Short on Space
If your kitchen is small and lacking of
 a pantry or island, there are many ways to 
implement storage while also 
dressing up your space! The first cardinal rule of small kitchen storage is utilizing vertical space. Chances are, you have at least one wall in your kitchen that can be used for extra storage. Install shelves in an otherwise unused area, such as above the sink, and you’ve just found a way to store and display dishware or food items. Pegboards are also an extremely clever way to hang multiple items in a very small amount of space. Plus, no more rifling through drawers to find smaller items such as measuring spoons.


                                                                                    Medium-Sized Kitchen
If you have a little more room to spare, you may not need to be as dependent on vertical space. While cabinets and shelving units are always a fantastic way to store and display your kitchenware, having a little bit of extra floor space in the kitchen allows for a plethora of other options. One such choice for a medium sized kitchen is a multifunctional, standalone unit. Kitchen carts come in all shapes and sizes, and are a fantastic alternative to the traditional built-in island. A wood surfaced kitchen cart with wheels serves multiple roles: cutting board, storage area, and portable serving station! If you want something a little more unique, try converting an old dresser into a lovely makeshift island. All you really need is some paint and a few hooks, and you've added so much storage space to your kitchen, as well as a focal centerpiece.

Sizable Storage 
If your house is equipped with a large kitchen, the possibilities are essentially endless. It becomes less about finding room for everything, and more about organizing it in a helpful and aesthetically pleasing fashion. If you have a lot of empty space in your kitchen, bring the pantry out into the open! Bookshelf style shelving is a creative and attractive way to keep your food and cooking items structured and close at hand. And as an added bonus, you’ve freed up pantry space that you can now use to store less desirable items such as cleaning supplies or Tupperware.


No matter what kind of space you are working with, there are plenty of ways to stay organized and take control of your kitchen. Visit our Pinterest for more awesome ideas!