The Art of Design from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 20 Sep 2020 15:35:09 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss The Art of Design from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/the-art-of-design-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design 8486e7c59dc67ae8225af455766b6621 Cozy Corner or Decompression Room for 09/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/09/20/cozy-corner-or-decompression-room Sat, 19 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Today's breaking news and headlines are enough to give anyone agita. In today's hectic world, we all need a place to relax and unwind. A way to counteract the outside world, whether at home or in the office, is to create what I call a cozy corner. There shouldn't be any dwelling, whether it's a mansion, condo or dorm room, where one doesn't have a designated space to decompress. In some homes, when space is not limited, this area may take the form of a dedicated room where a yoga mat or meditation chair or a stack of pillows and a mirror to observe your poses can be permanently installed for daily use. When space is not as generous, this is where a cozy corner comes into play.</p> <p>In a prepandemic world, I was often asked by some businesses that deal with high-stress situations to redesign an empty office into a "decompression room." Doctors and psychologists often say that 20 minutes is enough to clear your mind from a stressful situation. This time is crucial, not for you to think about the situation or problem, but to simply relax. In these commercial settings, it is crucial to block out almost every outside noise. So, soundproofing is a must, and pipe in either white noise or soft, relaxing music, preferably without lyrics. In a residential setting, noise may be a bit more controllable, sans phones ringing or colleagues conducting business.</p> <p>A comfortable place to sit or recline is necessary. I recommend using &#8212; yes, brace yourselves &#8212; a reclining chair, comfortable chair and ottoman, or chaise lounge. If reading is your refuge, then a small reading light should definitely be paired with your seating. Add a small table with a drawer to put away your eyeglasses, keys and any media device such as your phone, tablet or laptop. These should be turned off. This is your time.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 19, 2020</p> db4eb28664d25b868d4f67181e1ba382 Designing for the Expected Unexpected Forces of Nature for 09/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/09/20/designing-for-the-expected-unexpected-forces-of-nature Sat, 12 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Because our nation is made up of people who have come from all around the world, all our homes are not alike, nor should we expect them to be. Generally, your ethnic background and culture dictate what things you like and what you consider comfortable. Add that to the fact that the climate of the United States is not the same all over; our houses are also built to suit the kind of weather they have to withstand. Much of the country, during the winter months, is covered with deep snow. It rains a great deal in other parts, and it is hot and humid in others. We have mountains and deserts and seacoasts and lakes, so it is no coincidence that our homes vary in design with the differences in location.</p> <p>Although globalization and technology have made architecture and the process of construction rather uniform around the world, the effects of global warming subject our homes to everything from devastating hurricanes to earthquakes to yearly forest fires. The need to adapt our homes and buildings to have an adequate defense against the forces of nature is of utmost importance. Designing your home's exterior and interior to work together should be the main goal. Designers and architects can deliver innovative materials and solutions for everything from passive cooling for when the air conditioner doesn't work to vestibules and anti-spaces to control entry from the outside environment, including germs, into your home.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 12, 2020</p> c1f74fd303fbe415957b0a96d90f79f6 Don't Fail This Fall for 09/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/09/20/dont-fail-this-fall Sat, 05 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As we leave behind the hotter-than-hot summer days and begin to feel the ever-so-subtle cooling breezes, many of us are left with the desire to mark the change of seasons (even where there are none). Homeowners can mark the passage of time by giving their home a facelift. Precluding a home renovation, there are many things you can do to your home. Here are a few designer tips to help your home fall into its best version.</p> <p>Pick one room, such as a powder room or entry hall, and wallpaper the walls with a bold, stop-you-in-your-tracks paper. This will help create an impactful first impression and fool every visitor into thinking you have done an entire renovation. Let them think what they will.</p> <p>Never underestimate the power of color. The look and mood of a space can dramatically change when you alter the colors. For example, ivory and yellow are psychological substitutes for a room that may lack natural light, so they are great choices for creating an uplifting and bright room. A darker color such as black, brown or red creates a mysterious and warmer mood, and pink and green are purported to have a calming effect. Study your room, and determine your desired effect ... and then paint away.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 05, 2020</p> 25a94a90ba1770285ffa9b4ec23cee39 Get a Notebook for 08/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/08/20/get-a-notebook Sat, 29 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Once in a while, designers emerge to challenge the ideas about how we live and how we <i>could</i> live. They are ready to experiment with an idea, some that are quite beautiful and some that can even take your breath away. The greatest fault of some designers and homeowners is the follow through. Many times, it is just not there. Some interior designers have earned the profession of designers a reputation of being lackadaisical or unreliable. Some of this can be excused because designers can be so busy that things fall through the cracks, but other designers don't think that way. ...They just can't.</p> <p>For all you DIYers and homemakers, I'm going to give you the ultimate design tip. Invest in a notebook. It doesn't matter if it's a spiral-bound or book-bound type. For your purposes, it can be a three-ring binder with loose-leaf paper. The best design tool is a notebook. While a large part of any project involves creativity and ideas, a much larger part is the sourcing, pricing and tracking of all the hundreds of details that go into the making of an interior design.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It doesn't matter whether you consider this notebook a design journal or a project management tool or a running budget. It is all three.</span> Your book could have torn pages from magazines, paint swatches, furniture specifications, a floor plan &#8212; house goals, however attainable or unattainable they may be. Notes can help identify areas to be redesigned or serve as a laundry list of wants or design issues. You can refer back to these notes prior to ordering materials or furniture to see if you have resolved the issue at hand.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 29, 2020</p> 57fadb780623d959c78a904037d8e75b Inspirational Overload for 08/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/08/20/inspirational-overload Sat, 22 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I have always had a serious case of wanderlust. Traveling is one of those educational experiences that truly is priceless. Experiences had over a proper cup of tea in an English tea room or while savoring the best marinara sauce on a trattoria's streetside table in Italy or during a quiet moment of silence in a Buddhist temple in Nepal are moments that inform our aesthetic psyche. Great rooms and awe-inspiring interior design are often the results of such instances in one's life.</p> <p>Being inspired by such travel doesn't necessarily mean carbon copying a room and reproducing it thousands of miles away, because part of the beauty of such a room might be the location itself &#8212; the quality of light streaming in through a window or the heaviness of a particular fabric woven out materials that are indigenous to an area. Inspiration in interior design should just be a point of departure, a nuance, but you should allow the geographic location of a project to inform the project from there.</p> <p>A few years ago, I had clients who had returned from a trip to Tuscany ... and wanted me to transform their Florida beachside condo into a Tuscan villa. While I am partial to Tuscan design, their insistence in being literal about the design caused many problems and headaches, and after a few years passed, they agreed with me that their stubbornness about the design was a bit heavy-handed. Soon thereafter, they called me once again to de-Tuscanify their beach place. <p>Updated: Sat Aug 22, 2020</p> 7c7dd24245482e96f358b9c07cbb6905 Design Destination: Camden, Maine for 08/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/08/20/design-destination-camden-maine Sat, 15 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Why do people love Maine so much? Imagine a small enclave on the Atlantic dotted with shingle-covered buildings, blankets of fog rolling in and out and the chime of clanking hardware against the masts of sailboats small and large. This sight is typical of some American towns up and down the coast of the Northeast. None can be more beautiful than the town of Camden, Maine.</p> <p>The shade of weathered wood against gleaming white or hunter green trim is typical of the vernacular architecture, which ranges from craftsman cottages and barns to neoclassical mansions. The summer landscape is green in all its intensities, from dark, almost black, to striking chartreuse. Several times a year, flowers abound everywhere in bombastic bushels of hydrangeas side by side with tiger lilies and winter cabbage and patches of daffodils, all set against huge tall evergreens. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It is no wonder that this is the seasonal home to many artists and writers seeking inspiration.</span><p>Updated: Sat Aug 15, 2020</p> 81f6bf2122b8a93b2c8b58980a6ad891 Loving an Imperfect Home for 08/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/08/20/loving-an-imperfect-home Sat, 08 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Depending on real estate market conditions, finding the perfect home may be an impossible feat. Forget the swooning and immediate pictures of life ever-after. This is where the imperfect home steps in. Like marrying a less-than-perfect mate, buying an imperfect home is sometimes what life throws at you. Believe it or not, 90% or more of homes all require work to make you love them or to make them work for your lifestyle, at the very least. So, what do you do? Throw your hands in the air? Not in my book. You have got to dig down deep and find the features that are valuable, like "good bones," a coveted location or maybe just adequate square footage to accommodate your family.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Almost everything that is wrong with a property can be fixed, remedied or even recycled so you end up loving your home.</span> In today's age of social sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook, all homes look perfect. Items have been placed in a certain way &#8212; pillows perfectly fluffed and tablescapes looking like still-life paintings. Just keep in mind most of these shots are smoke and mirrors. Behind those items may be crumpled paper or pins holding things in place. Loving an imperfect home takes elbow grease, flexibility of plans and some cash. Here are some tips on reworking your home:</p> <p>&#8212; Closet standards have changed. For rooms with minimal or no closets, I recommend an armoire or creating your own hanging rack from plumbing hardware. Metal tubing can be painted black or rust for an industrial or loftlike feeling, and copper tubing will patinate over time, which can foil perfectly in a country or traditional interior design.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 08, 2020</p> 8c625d419cc9d0386eca18d97e8068bd Wallpaper for Walls and More for 08/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/07/20/wallpaper-for-walls-and-more Sat, 01 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Wallpaper goes in and out of fashion as much as the length of women's hemlines. I happen to like wallpaper, as it helps dress a room. Rooms look a bit more finished when the walls are covered in beautifully colored wallcoverings. Wallpaper brings another layer that can be in the form of a pattern, large or small, or a texture that makes an ordinary color seem interesting. I always suggest my clients order a bit more than what is needed. It is a great idea in case you have an area that gets damaged in the future; you can always repair the spot without having to do the entire room. After every job, there is usually some leftover wallpaper. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Let's explore the ways that you can use those leftover pieces, whether it's one piece or a couple of rolls.</span></p> <p>Wallpaper can be used on other items besides walls. For example, a great way to invigorate an antique bookcase or china cabinet is to cover the back surface with a wallcovering that is strongly colored or patterned. This can be done with a stop-you-in-your-tracks wallcovering that may be too much for an entire wall, but as an accent inside a piece of furniture, why not? Another alternative is to line your shelves with a wallcovering. That will always put a smile on your face when putting away your linens.</p> <p>Believe it or not, lining the insides of your drawers gives a posh feeling to your furniture and, in some cases, can help protect your clothing or whatever items you have in the drawer. Imagine opening up the pencil drawer of a desk and seeing a beautiful pattern that recalls marbleized artisan paper made for fine Italian furniture. But don't stop there; cover your waste paper basket, a small tumbler for holding pens and pencils, and a rectangular board or piece of wood for a desk pad. You will have a bespoke and expensive-looking desk set.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 01, 2020</p> bccd4355c607a3e98570a7a98d1e830c What Makes a Great Vacation Home? for 07/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/07/20/what-makes-a-great-vacation-home Sat, 25 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>No matter where in the world you are or where you wish you were, the idea of a vacation is a great idea. Wanderlust &#8212; the desire to travel &#8212; is quite appealing to most individuals. Many opt to book hotel rooms for trips from Paris to Timbuktu. Some choose this lodging style because everything is done for you: meals, sightseeing tickets and housekeeping is all taken care of, to make for a seamless vacation. Others, however, choose to do a bit of the legwork themselves and may end up with a more authentic experience while exploring their chosen destination. A great deal of the vacation's success involves finding lodging. But what exactly makes a great vacation home?</p> <p>Most of us start by looking for a stylish place to stay. I would like to think that style and comfort are at the forefront of the selection process. But let's face it; that can mean something different for each person. I believe most choose a vacation rental that either reflects a bit of their personal style &#8212; sometimes a better version of what their home is like &#8212; or choose a place that is stylistically opposite to their home. This second choice is the one that makes you really feel like you have gone somewhere different.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Vacation homes should project the lighter side of life.</span> Playful, comfortable, easygoing and casual are all good adjectives for a vacation home. Colors, quality of light and style all play an intrinsic role in great, memorable lodging. Comfortable seating and bedding are always the place to start in decorating a vacation home. It is always recommended to mix in items, accessories or furnishings that nod to the location. For example, bamboo furniture is suitable for a beach location, whereas wood and leather seating might be great for a mountain perch or a lakeside cabin. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 25, 2020</p> 8afe60a23c8de74197e8cf2acfda120a Dining in the Time of COVID-19 for 07/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/07/20/dining-in-the-time-of-covid-19 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If any good has come from COVID-19, it's the fact that many homeowners have rekindled the love of being home, cooking and nesting, even if at the request of a stay-at-home order. Cooking and dining at home has led to the rediscovery of the dining room. This inevitable global experience has taught us to rethink our homes and to not overlook any aspects of the decor, furnishings or layout of a dining room. Eating should be a celebration, and your dining room should be an expression of such an occasion </p> <p>The ideal dining room should be furnished with maximum care so that it continues to be the center of conviviality and, at the same time, keep to the guidelines of social distancing. Take into account the shape and proportions of your room, the furniture selections, and the materials and tactile surfaces for a stylish and safe room.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The main feature of a dining room is and always will be the dining table. Selecting the wrong table for your dining room can be disastrous for the flow of guests and service to the table. </span>In many rooms, rectangular or square tables are fine to use, as the excess space around the table ensures you won't be running into the sharp edge of the table. Round and oval tables are the preferred shape for dining rooms or areas where space is restricted. The softer shapes of these tables are less prone to accidents. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 18, 2020</p> b323e3c764a80840194cb980c6e25341 Summertime for 07/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/07/20/summertime Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There is nothing that says summer better than to be in touch with nature: going to the beach, swimming in a lake or planting flower beds. Most of us love the casual comfort, color and charm of a garden setting. It is easy to transform your home into a garden oasis with a few simple design moves. It is even easier to refresh your home with a few botanical motifs. Nature as a guiding theme in decor is classic. The relaxed appeal of outdoor inspired interiors is one that your family and friends are sure to love. </p> <p>The easiest and most obvious way to "garden up" your room is to bring in plants and flowers &#8212; the more, the better. On one hand, plants are recommended to help improve the quality of the air in a room. On the other hand, select your plants with care, especially if someone in your household suffers from allergies.</p> <p>Creating an inviting retreat needn't require a complete redo of an entire room. Seek out a sunny corner or an underused space of any room. This can be transformed into the perfect place to read your favorite book or have a tall glass of iced tea. The casual character of gardens means that any light piece of furniture can start to create your garden-inspired space. A grouping of a director's chair, a skirted round table, a small rag area rug and a potted orchid are just enough to convey the spirit of an inviting retreat.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 11, 2020</p> 87937f4fbb4320a695b01198962aff2c Good Things in Small Packages for 07/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/07/20/good-things-in-small-packages-abdc3 Sat, 04 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The saying goes that "Good things come in small packages." That is true when it comes to perfume and jewelry, but in regard to real estate, it's something completely different. Everyone always wants more space, but it is amazing to compare what is considered adequate living space is different places around the world. </p> <p>In the United States, an average home is 2300 sq. ft., which is considered the norm...but size is also dependent on where in the U.S. A New York City one-bedroom condo averages at 600 sq. ft. However, in Florida, the same one-bedroom condo is usually 1000 sq. ft. In Spain the average home is 1100 sq. ft. with one bedroom condos averaging around 400 sq. ft. Small homes can be comfortable, wonderful and extremely stylish.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 04, 2020</p> a47d566edc3b134379eff4c33bc771ae Some Commonsense Advice for Your Home for 06/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/06/20/some-commonsense-advice-for-your-home Sat, 27 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Your home is not a museum, so mix your styles freely. If you layer a space with color, texture and an array of styles, your decor choices will have a much longer life and feel personal. Accessories are an affordable way to make sure a space doesn't get locked into one period or thematic look.</p> <p>While we are on the conversation of mixing, all-matching wood tones can look too perfect. Mixing wood shades and finishes can make a room more interesting and personal, like it took shape over time. Consider refinishing your vintage furnishings. Don't be afraid to paint a vintage piece. Every piece of furniture shouldn't be brown.</p> <p>Against popular opinion, I also say mixing up the seating at your dining table makes for an interesting roomscape. Having eight identical chairs in your dining area is rather expected. If this is too much for you to bear, at least consider different host chairs. By the way, the most durable fabric for dining chairs is leather or vinyl, especially if you want white, off-white or another light color.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 27, 2020</p> ba8cbc1174cad9283ef11fe0d468ee76 Stoned for 06/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/06/20/stoned Sat, 20 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Before you get carried away, it's not that kind of "stoned" that I am talking about. Lately, in the homes of several friends, I've noticed semiprecious stones laying around their coffee tables, in a bowl or near a window with a small votive candle lit next to it. <span class="column--highlighted-text">At first, I thought: "Oh, my friends are getting New Age-y on me. The next thing I know, they'll invite me over for a tea leaves reading and a sage smoke smudging." </span>But as I looked through some accessories and some online catalogs, I saw that this "new hippy" style, which includes decorating with stones, is actually a thing.</p> <p>Hippies and those who are spiritually inspired have always used stones in and around their homes, but now, due to their sparkling appeal, these stones have been incorporated into bowls, sculptures and even embellishments on uber expensive lamps. I have always coveted a chandelier covered in rock crystal; maybe I'll have one when I grow up.</p> <p>Aesthetically, the appeal of semiprecious stones are the irregularities in shape and pattern that each stone has. The organic patterns found inside each stone are different from one another, and some are as beautiful as a work of art. For these reasons, they make eye-catching tabletop pieces &#8212; the larger, the better. They serve as foils to sculptures. Stones are also great to be used as bookends on a shelf or by a windows as sun-catchers. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 20, 2020</p> 3ba09afd34c67831f55d98525186f7e2 That Old Black Magic for 06/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/06/20/that-old-black-magic Sat, 13 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Like the lyrics to the song "That Old Black Magic," black rooms have me under their spell. Lately, it seems that black has assumed the role of the new neutral color for interiors. White, beige, gray and greige rooms step aside to make room for a dark, bold change. Classic rooms have always known the allure of black accents, both in traditional decor and contemporary design. Now it seems black has hit an all-time high in popularity with entire rooms swathed in black.</p> <p>Black is a color that is stable; it symbolizes order and control. It is sophisticated and authoritative. In the furniture world, dark, almost-black finishes such as ebony or wenge have been popularized for casegoods and even wood floor finishes. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets have also embraced black, which harkens back to a retro look. Black finishes or almost-black, oil-rubbed bronze on plumbing fixtures have become mainstream when paired with almost any color cabinet for a very custom look.</p> <p>Contrary to popular belief, dark rooms, especially black ones, make the walls recede, and the occupant loses the sense of depth perception. A great example of this is in black box theaters, where the volume, even in a small theater, is lost. The same trompe l'oeil occurs in almost any room that is painted black. Some may view a black room as an expression of sadness or depression, but nothing is further from the truth. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 13, 2020</p> 8c071ca51637d0b109cbe8a84a800251 Inspired Design for 06/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/06/20/inspired-design Sat, 06 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Often when I design rooms in show houses or the lobby of a condo or hotel, the viewing public always asks questions that make you truly think about the design process. Besides asking questions about where I find my furnishings or the particulars of a certain fabric, people always ask about what inspired the room. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but there is a thought-and-editing process that happens three layers inside my brain. While they are looking for a brief, one-word answer, the truth is I cannot describe the inspiration or thought process briefly. So, here goes.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Generally, if a client asks for a "country" interior, after looking over their design file of what they like and what that type of interiors means to them, I try to imagine what the complete opposite would look like. </span>This "reverse" process allows room for new inspiration to come to life rather than just replicating some of what has already been done. Somewhere in between their preconceived ideas and my inflection into their design lays the inspired interior.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 06, 2020</p> a5e553476e3f683e9fe9e1389b5f932f Midlife Real Estate Crisis for 05/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/05/20/midlife-real-estate-crisis Sat, 30 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I bet my realtor is going to roll his eyes when he reads this. After child-rearing, being single again and empty-nesting for a bit, I decided I needed to downsize and to give up the calm of the golf course for the verve of living in the city. So, after surviving a triple bypass, a brush with the dreaded coronavirus and three months of homelessness until I finally closed on my city place, I thought I would be in bliss. Now that I have been in my new, much smaller space, I am questioning myself. Maybe I should give it some time, but I think I am having a midlife real estate crisis.</p> <p>The thing I am torn about is whether it is better to be in a single-family home or a high-rise condo. One ensures privacy, while the other can combat any feelings of loneliness. I deal with the design of homes and real estate on a daily basis, and I thought I knew what I wanted &#8212; but perhaps I don't know myself as well as I thought. Knowing yourself when it comes to what kind of home best suits your life is extremely important. Perhaps a three-story townhome is fine while you are in your thirties with a growing family, but after you hit that half-century mark, your knees and hips may not appreciate the climb. </p> <p>As you get older, what once were "musts" fade, and other creature comforts take precedence. Don't get me wrong; aesthetics matter at any age, perhaps more so now as our physical appearances are not what they used to be. Many older homeowners feel their home represents their face to the world. A great deal of pride and self-worth comes from having a home that represents you, and that, above all, is comfortable.<p>Updated: Sat May 30, 2020</p> 3fe198a9cd003443a0ff9db6396a621e Yours, Mine, Ours for 05/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/05/20/yours-mine-ours Sat, 23 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The one thing some of us have learned recently is how to navigate being with your significant other 24/7. Second to sharing a bed, sharing a bathroom is the most intimate experience two people can have. Bathrooms are spaces that host many activities, from physiological to hygienic to hours of gazing and asking, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall ..." </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">While many couples do not mind sharing space, others cannot possibly live with a "yours, mine, ours" space concept. </span>Different organizational habits give rise to disagreements about bathrooms between people that otherwise enjoy each other's company.<p>Updated: Sat May 23, 2020</p> 9e7a79d0aff958cb8cd83e9cb61930c4 Are You Ready for a Mini Makeover? for 05/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/05/20/are-you-ready-for-a-mini-makeover Sat, 16 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So, after months of adhering to strict quarantine standards, by now, you've probably spent more time in your home than you have in years. <span class="column--highlighted-text">This has probably given you time to peruse every nook and cranny of your home and find the flaws and shortcomings your home may have. </span>So, here are some tips for a quick mini makeover that will make you happier with your abode. With a few simple tweaks, you'll be in love with your home all over again.</p> <p>An immediate way to enhance your living rooms or main rooms of your home is to add or remove some of the furniture in it. If your room seems cluttered, take a piece away and shuffle the rest of the furnishings. If you have an empty corner, try adding an occasional chair and side table. This will give you more seating and allow for easier conversation. Some homeowners, myself included, design their rooms to look like showrooms; why not make them look like they are lived in? Add a stack of magazines, a beautiful plant, like an orchid, and a photo or two of your family. After all, this is your home.<p>Updated: Sat May 16, 2020</p> 525ff4343180c9f958a1462cf1e6b69e A Stress-Free Home for 05/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/the-art-of-design/05/20/a-stress-free-home Sat, 09 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Caves were the first form of shelter known to man. Humans have always sought shelter to feel safe and protected. This need for a home and shelter is considered a primal necessity, and homes should be considered the most sacred place, as they affect where and how we eat, relax, sleep and interact with friends and family. Therefore, creating a calm environment should be at the forefront when arranging your home. </p> <p>A stress-free space can mean many different things depending on who you ask. <span class="column--highlighted-text">We all have different ideas of what a stress-free design means. It is just as subjective as the concept of beauty. </span>Therefore, in whatever design you choose, when there is more than one person occupying the space, the room should be able to adapt in order to accommodate the daily activities of all occupants. Still, there are some general ideas that can help promote a stress-free design.<p>Updated: Sat May 09, 2020</p>