An antique armoire can bring a sense of timeless elegance to any home, but not everyone can find a proper use for one — not to mention sufficient space too! In the old days they were used to store clothing and linens back when bedrooms didn’t have closets, and today some people use them to hold their televisions — but that trend perhaps isn’t as big of a deal as it once was now that TV screens are so flat and compact. You just need to have a look around at all your stuff and see what needs a storage area of its own! Here are some great ideas that might pique your interest.
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
You can never have enough storage in the kitchen. If you lack cabinet space but have just enough room along an area of a wall, an armoire can serve as a wonderful pantry. Check out this great example from Decoholic. Alternatively, you could use the same idea as above, but for coffee instead. Ever Evolving Life 4-5 shows the complete transformation this armoire went through to become a cute little coffee bar.
There are a few specific styles and themes which come alive in the bedroom with the addition of a green tinge. The first that comes to mind is here is the exotic tropical style. Whether you wish to combine a hint of tropical charm with modern aesthetics or want to create a guest bedroom that is full of tropical flair, green is the color to turn to. A splash of bright or mossy green can turn your boring bedroom into a fun and playful space that reminds of your recent holiday trip to a stunning tropical getaway. Another look that revels in green is the beach style and you can replace the traditional white and blue blend with white, green and a hint of orange to create a unique and exquisite bedroom.
As we alluded to earlier, green and white is a smart combination that works well in a modern bedroom and balances energetic overtones with a serene backdrop. The amount of green you use here depends on the size of the room and the amount of natural light that floods into your bedroom. Smaller bedrooms with too much green might seem both overwhelming and visually cluttered.
Roger Ferris + Partners completed the Sound House, a modern residence located in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA. The house showcases an original vertical development and is situated on a narrow waterfront site. According to the architects, its design “responds to strict site land coverage and setback requirements, as well as FEMA guidelines regulating first floor elevation and setbacks from the shoreline. Side yard zoning rules limit the building width to less than twenty-eight feet. The angled entry wall creates, within these constraints, an opportunity to capture sunlight, orient views, and provide formal interest“.
Sound House mixes privacy and transparency with an overall harmonious effect. Clad in stained cypress, the residence stands out chromatically and offers a visual treat from afar. Once inside, a potential visitor is likely to be impressed by the perfect views and immaculate modern design: “The interior finishes continue the loft aesthetic, with kitchen cabinets of natural white oak and ribbed glass doors. Counters and back splashes are granite. Floors are white oak throughout. Interior illumination includes indirect up lights and recessed down lights“. Have a look and tell us what you think!
Made in England from glazed earthenware and featuring silk lamp shades from a Parisian Atelier, this animal-inspired collection of table lamps by Atelier Abigail Ahern is sure to put a smile on your face. These bohemian lamps are ever so slightly kitsch but still exude glamour in a fun and youthful way that combines the quirky with the classic. The playful collection consists of four gorgeous lamps featuring a poodle, greyhound, bulldog and pelican that will add a sense of enchantment, whimsey and wit to any interior.
Which one is your favourite? And where would you put it in your house?
Architecture is no exception to the career rules and isn’t a field that can be entered into lightly without understanding the work and cost that goes into such a profession. Image Source: Moore Architects
Your current career path may be a mistake, here’s why: It takes time to know what you love, and even more time to know what you’re willing to love for the next 30 to 40 years. A career is a commitment—and we usually commit to the wrong thing, realizing when it seems too late to take a u-turn. But maybe it’s not too late…
No matter what you set out to do in the world, choosing a career path should be an exercise in contemplating what’s happening in your life today, and where you hope to be in the near and distant future. While this can be a little intimidating, it’s an essential factor when it comes to choosing a career that is going to not only last, but flourish over time.
Architecture is no exception to the career rules and isn’t a field that can be entered into lightly without understanding the work and cost that goes into such a profession. A field built on equal parts brainpower, creativity and dedication, architecture requires those who are in it for the long haul. While it can be fun to imagine building spectacular towers and dazzling bridges, architects don’t begin designing the worlds’ tallest and greatest structures from day one.
But if you have the heart, mind and passion to take on a highly competitive and creative field—you might just want to consider an architecture career. Read here to discover if a career in architecture is right for you:
If you have the heart, mind and passion to take on a highly competitive and creative field—you might just want to consider an architecture career. Image Source: Houlihan Lawrence
When it comes to architecture, there is not just one field of study. Rather, a career in architecture offers a suite of multidisciplinary options to choose from. For instance, do you prefer to work outdoors? Do you love nature and designing natural areas? Then perhaps the field of landscape architecture is fitting for you.
Some of the other architectural career disciplines include, but are not limited to, building, software and naval design— It truly depends on where your passion and skills lie. Here is the tricky part—architects must have a massive skill-set; one that requires equal parts creative and mathematical skills. This is a tough combination that not many of us have.
We suggest that you research into all the possible avenues that an architectural career can take before deciding upon the perfect fit for you. Look into the skills that are required for each type of architect and compare them to your strengths/weaknesses.
However, we do warn you that if you don’t have the strong combination of creativity and mathematics that is required, then you may have a tough time breaking into this field of study. But those who succeed try, try again, right?
Research into all the possible avenues that an architectural career can take before deciding upon the perfect fit for you. Image Source: Baran Studio
Much like any other highly professional field, architecture is a field of experts requiring significant education and experience. Before pen is ever laid to paper in the hopes of designing the next big building, the education behind the profession must be understood and completed.
Colleges and universities offering a bachelor’s degree in architecture are going to be your best bet when it comes to achieving the right education in this field. However, the job really starts at getting accepted into these programs. An architecture program most often requires a student to prove that throughout high school, they have excelled in mathematical studies and maybe even had some hands on experience doing a relevant internship or job shadow.
Once you’ve obtained a bachelor’s degree in architecture, the majority of architects take their education a step further and go for a master’s in the field as a way to create a competitive edge in the market. As the face of cities and architecture in general changes, an architect that wants to lead the way and succeed must be willing to continue their education throughout the span of their career.
Finally, it’s important to understand that architects must be licensed in their profession in order to practice. This means completing a set number of internship or apprenticeship hours and completing exams to prove you know your stuff.
Much like any other highly professional field, architecture is a field of experts requiring significant education and experience. Image Source: Site Specific Designs
Once upon a time, architecture was a field people entered into as a way to create huge, grandiose buildings and structures that left a legacy. Today, the face of architecture is changing significantly as urban spaces continue to sprawl and concrete jungles close in around transportation systems and open spaces.
For aspiring architects, this new reality means greater competition post-education. Coming into the field of architecture isn’t a guaranteed success as space diminishes, and competition around open and potential projects intensifies. This isn’t to say that architects have little chance of succeeding, it only means that those wanting to go into the field today need to have a vision and passion for their work that can surpass heavy competition or wavering economies.
Those who become the best architects are those that can push through adversity with strength, and face competition with sheer determination.
It’s best if you know what you want from the start. For example, if you’ve set out to design functional urban spaces, keep that goal ahead of you and make educational plans that promote that goal specifically. If you are someone who wants to work toward sustainable building, make that your competitive edge right from the beginning.
Coming into the field of architecture isn’t a guaranteed success as space diminishes, and competition increases. Image Source: Jauregui Architect
With an increasingly competitive work market for architects comes the need and willingness to network. Becoming an architect is an exercise in continuous education and advancement through personal contacts.
The education of architecture doesn’t stop with a diploma. In fact, many architecture firms and companies will insist on employees taking part in continuing education courses to keep up with new techniques and design strategies. Getting special accreditations such as LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) puts you ahead of the pack. To sum it up—those who love to learn make fantastic architects because their desire for knowledge fine-tunes their craft in the field.
Similarly, those with a knack for everything social will find themselves succeeding in the world of architecture. Networking is an integral part of the business as working relationships inevitably open doors to potential projects down the line. Networking is also a great way to get in touch with prospective clients, especially if you’re setting out to do more independent work.
In addition, many architects are paired up with a mentor, whom they not only learn from initially, but collaborate with professionally throughout their career. Having a go-to person is essential in a business that thrives on cooperation. The idea of a mentor/mentee relationship in the field of architecture is extremely common, and works well for those who are geared towards teamwork.
Becoming an architect is an exercise in continuous education and advancement through personal contacts. Image Source: Dalgleish
While it’s important to keep those visions of grandiose structures alive and well in your architectural spirit, the best architects are those who have the flexibility and willingness to learn from the small projects too. This is important because in the beginning of your career, there’s a good chance this will be your only reality.
Starting small and working one’s way up is the best way to guarantee you’ll be ready for the extraordinary project when it finally comes your way. These smaller projects are also a great way to get to know your peers in the field, and give you time to ask questions along the way.
On a similar smaller scale, it’s important to note that not every day as an architect will be a hard-hat wearing occasion. In fact, the majority of an architect’s time is spent designing in front of a computer. There is a need for an architect to be able to balance the physical labor of the job to the mental labor, because both are equally important in this field.
Starting small and working one’s way up is the best way to guarantee you’ll be ready for the extraordinary project when it finally comes your way. Image Source: Field Crest Builders
Patience is a virtue in life as it is with architecture. Before you decide to enter the field, be sure to sit back and ask yourself what your true patience level is. If you’re willing to take the time it requires to really perfect your craft and learn from the greats that are out there, then a career in architecture may be right for you.
Before you decide indefinitely on architecture, sit down and actually talk with an architect. Ask the questions you need to in order to understand if this professional field is the best fit for you.
Do you dream of becoming an architect?
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
Staging your home requires perfection. Image Source: Platinum Series Homes
There are plenty of typical things to do before listing your home for sale — cleaning, de-cluttering, staging, and so on. We all know of these obvious tasks, but what are some of the less obvious ways to make your home sell fast and stand out amongst the sea of For Sale signs?
Here at our site we understand that readers want new, helpful hints — ones that are not already pasted all over the internet. When homes are hot, you need to try every possible method to make your home stand out — even some unconventional methods.
Here are some great tips to make your home stand out to potential buyers — tips that you may not have thought of until now. You will also want to reference these other our site posts: Why Interior Design Is Essential When Listing Your Home and How To Make Your Home Look Like You Hired An Interior Decorator
This stone and cedar home will certainly attract plenty of buyers. Image Source: JK and Sons
The hiring of a home inspector is usually done by interested buyers who have already put a contingent offer on your home. However, if you live in an area where there are a lot of homes for sale, then you want to stand out, and nothing makes you stand out better than a sign in your front yard that says, “Inspected by XXX”.
Home shoppers will drive by and see that you already had a full home inspection done and saved them the cost of doing one. Buyers may end up wanting to hire their own inspector afterward, but this will certainly pique initial buyer interest.
Ask your home inspector to show you the top 5 or 10 repairs that they think should be done before listing the home. Fix these items before listing your home and you will be well ahead of the game.
Quality home inspectors will go over every inch of your home. Image Source: Sicora
Not all of us are social media experts. In fact, some of us are still trying to decipher the difference between hashtags and tweets.
Social media can be a powerful thing when it comes to selling your home. Realtors should do some of the social media for you via online house tours and photos, but there is more that can be done.
Most realtors do not run Facebook campaigns, or tweet pictures of your home, or post images via Linkedin, Google+, and Pinterest (some expert realtors may do this, so just ask). These online outlets are all amazing modern ways to bring your home to more buyers.
Imagine if one of your ‘friends’ on Facebook shared your ‘Home for Sale’ post, and it was viewed by someone who fell in love with your home — someone who otherwise may never have known it was for sale. That’s how social media campaigns work — you reach more people with your message!
If you don’t know the difference between tweeting and texting, then maybe consider asking a friend to help you. It is worth the effort to reach potentially hundreds more people than your realtor normally would.
Placing images of your home on social media may help it sell faster. Image Source: Garrison Hullinger
Have you ever been on a tour of a model home? Model homes are like well-dressed women or expensive hotel rooms; they are classy, modern, yet not overdone.
Go on a couple model home tours and take a cue from the decor. On most tours, you will notice airy, open rooms with simple, stylish furnishings. Tables will be set for dinner with floral centerpieces and crystal glassware; kitchens will have open, clutter-free countertops; windows will be dressed in high-end curtains; hors d’oeuvres will be offered, and floors will shine.
These are all the things to replicate in your own home — clean, stylish, and uncluttered with a generic modern decor that appeals to almost everyone. Buyers love to see luxury interiors, so consider these ideas to bring a luxe appeal to your home.
If you do this in your home, you will surely attract more buyers — you may even end up with a bidding war!
Stage your home by setting the table for guests. Image Source: Vendome Press
This seems like a lot of work, but packing up half of your household belongings is a smart strategy to de-cluttering.
Go through all your closets and pack away all the clothes and shoes that you don’t need for the next few months. Same goes for your kitchen cupboards and countertops — pack away all the glassware and appliances you don’t use everyday. Also consider packing your personal pictures and knick knacks because these personal items really do deter buyers.
Essentially, cut out all of the clutter and make your rooms and closets seem bigger by packing away those items you don’t use everyday. Buyers want to see large, airy rooms where they can imagine themselves — not cluttered rooms full of someone else’s personal belongings. Once your belongings are packed you may start thinking about the move to your new home, so read this first 10 Things to Consider Before Buying A New Home in 2014
Large airy rooms sell fast. Image Source: CGA partners
Sometimes we don’t see our homes for what they really are. We don’t notice the boxes of cereal stacked on top of the fridge because that’s where we have put them for years, or we don’t notice the big leather chair in the den is blocking an amazing view of our backyard because, again, it’s been there for years.
This is where a good, honest friend can come in handy. Ask a friend to come through your home and point out all the things they see as potential distractions for buyers.
Yes, you can have your realtor do this, too (and you should), but when this advice is coming from a friend it is much easier to take and is more readily listened to. After all, honest advice is what friends are for!
Asking a friend for help with decluttering your home is a smart move. Image Source: Miller Wright
We all want to sell our homes fast and reach as many buyers as possible. Here are the main points to take away: Think outside the box by hiring a home inspector before you even put the house on the market; dive into a social media marketing campaign for your home; tour a model home and mimic its aesthetic; have a packing day where you pack away half of your belongings, and finally, have a good honest friend go through your home to help you find unappealing areas of clutter.
These methods, along with all the typical home preparation tips, will surely make your home shine above the rest. Aside from what’s mentioned here, can you think of something else that will make a home stand out to buyers?
Another great use of tiles to give the kitchen its dose of yellow and gray, this is an idea for those who are not too keen on too much yellow disturbing the existing color scheme of their home. The dozen or so lemon yellow tiles combined with gray and white pieces still make plenty of visual impact and yet also seem to gently melt away into the backdrop. Notice here how the LED strip lighting literally puts the smart backsplash under the spotlight.