I love helping clients design small spaces. You have to be creative and it can certainly be challenging, but the rewards are many.

For one thing, especially in larger cities, the cost of living can be prohibitive.

Or it may be the time in life for downsizing. Moving from 3500 sq. feet to 1500 sq. feet requires a different way of thinking about how you live.

Advantages of living smaller are utilities are less, you need less “stuff,” and your smaller home is certainly easier to keep clean!

Following are 7 ideas that will help you happily live larger in a small space.

TAKE THE DOORS OFF CABINETS

Removing cabinet doors gives a feeling of being more open and expansive. It does, however, require organization so as not to look messy and defeat its purpose.

HORIZONTAL STRIPES
Just as painting vertical stripes help a room appear taller, horizontal stripes make a space seem wider.

FURNISHINGS

Just because a room is small, don’t make the mistake of filling it with doll-house size furnishings.The results will be a room that looks small. You need furniture that is comfortable; just not a lot of it. I actually like having 1 large piece in a small space. Surprisingly, the room will feel larger.

THINK OUT-OF-THE-BOX WITH WALL SPACE
< ho among us isn't in love with shoes? This photo is a great example of how to store them. Using the designer trick of going up if you can't  go wide, it's amazing how many shoes you can hang and see what you have at a glance. HANG CURTAINS HIGH<
Attaching curtains just below the ceiling automatically draws the eye upwards making the ceiling appear higher than it actually is.

MIRRORED FURNITURE

Mirrored finishes reflect light which always makes a room appear larger. Plus, if you like a bit of old Hollywood glamour in your decor, this is a great way to do it.< DEFINE YOUR SPACE WITH AN AREA RUG
Images courtesy HuffPost

If you have one large living area, a rug will define the space so at a glance the room “separation” is evident.

Until next time…

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Nancy

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Have you ever looked around your home and wondered if you just had a little more space?
It happens to all of us whether our home is large or small.
The good news is there very often is but you might not even see it. There are many areas of your home that offer places where, if utilized correctly, can give you that extra space.
This week’s article is all about discovering those hidden spaces that may be going unused or used in a different way. Empty spaces that you may not have thought about.
As a designer, part of my challenge is to make sure every bit of space is used in the most functional way in order to improve my clients’ living.
Take a look at the photos and you may find “hidden” places in your home that can improve your living,too.
Above The Door

above the door

There’s a saying in design that if you can’t build out, build up. This space is usually untouched, but it can be used for books and storage.
The Attic

attic

This is often the catch-all space for everything from Christmas decorations to stuff we may need again but never  or rarely do. This is an area that can really add to the value of your home as well as create  rooms that improve your day-to-day living.
The Bookshelves

bookshelves

This is a great place to hang art. I’ve done it myself and found if I placed the least looked at books behind the artwork, it was never an irritation to have to remove the art to find the book I was looking for.
The Closet
closet
If you have another area for hanging clothing, you can literally create another mini room  that can be used for sewing, crafts, or as a home office.
The Foot Of The Bed
foot of bed
Not only as a place to sit for putting on your shoes, but for extra storage as well.
The Fireplace

fireplace

Instead of being a black hole for those months that it’s not used, the fireplace is a great place for displaying art, beloved objects and floral arrangements.
Nooks

nook

The perfect place for creating a small and cozy reading area or a piece of furniture. I would make sure lighting is available for both function (if reading) and esthetics (highlighting anything beautiful placed on the table).
Under The Stairs

under stairs

The perfect place for creating a small office, a craft space, or any work area for that matter.
Under The Coffee Table
below table
Being mindful of not creating a cluttered look, this can be an area for stacking books or filling a pretty container with children’s toys or housing extra pillows and throws.
The Windowsill

windowsill

If your architecture allows for it, the windowsill is an ideal place for stacking books and art pieces, as well as for extra seating.
Images courtesy Huff Post Home
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Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
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Every space in your home, whatever its size, should please you in the way it works both functionally and esthetically. But it can seem more challenging when that space is very small.
For this week’s article, we visit the entryway. Even though this area is a pass-through, it is the first introduction to your home and it makes a difference in how both you and your guests feel coming and going. Especially of it’s designed correctly.
Take a look at the video and you’ll see how easy it is to design even the most cramped entryway space.
The tips are from interior designer NATE BERKUS and they were shared on the RACHEL T.V. show.
Nate designs products for Target and he’s used some of his pieces to illustrate this particular design.
IMPORTANT TAKEAWAY TIPS:
  • The small table that can hold keys and a space underneath for shoes or boots.
  • The small, dark area rug that adds warmth and hides dirt.
  • The sculptured wall pieces that add texture and interest. A small mirror could also be used as part of the look.
  • Fresh flowers—always a beautiful and welcoming idea.

 
 
 

Credit: Video via HUFFPOST HOME
 
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Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
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One of my favorite designs to help someone with is that of creating a beautiful and functional home in the smallest of spaces.

Why? Because they’re so challenging. You first have to figure out what you most need in order to fully function in the ways you need it to.

Then, it has to welcome you home. It has to satisfy your vision of what’s beautiful. Color, texture, lighting, furniture all come into play just as they do in larger homes. However, in a small space both need to be accomplished because there is no room for error. Pun intended!

The good news is you can have a beautiful and wonderfully functioning home using mindful interior design. The key is to plan, plan, and then plan some more.

Take a look at these photos from INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS. This particular design and floor plan was done by LERA CURVE and is an excellent example of a super small apartment design.

First things first, you cannot have a tranquil space with all of your random 'stuff' cluttering up your zen. So take a tip from this small open plan space and hide everything away in a generous bank of tall storage units. When there isn't much floor space you should always look up, high ceilings become a clutter-bug’s friend when it comes to finding installation space for cupboards fit for some crafty concealing. These units have been built in a plain white material so that they blend into the surroundings rather than stand out, whilst a couple of display shelves have been picked out in light wood tone, floating against a skyscape of fluffy white clouds.

First things first, you cannot have a tranquil space with all of your random ‘stuff’ cluttering up your zen. So take a tip from this small open plan space and hide everything away in a generous bank of tall storage units. When there isn’t much floor space you should always look up, high ceilings become a clutter-bug’s friend when it comes to finding installation space for cupboards fit for some crafty concealing. These units have been built in a plain white material so that they blend into the surroundings rather than stand out, whilst a couple of display shelves have been picked out in light wood tone, floating against a skyscape of fluffy white clouds.
The home office area extends right out of the storage bank, which gives easy access to files and stationery supplies.

The home office area extends right out of the storage bank, which gives easy access to files and stationery supplies.
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The desk is of a ingenious design that swings away to disappear into a slot left between the cupboards, leaving the living space clear and spacious looking. Over at the windows, roman blinds in a delicate floral fabric introduce playful hints of a countryside setting.

The desk is of a ingenious design that swings away to disappear into a slot left between the cupboards, leaving the living space clear and spacious looking. Over at the windows, roman blinds in a delicate floral fabric introduce playful hints of a countryside setting.
On the opposite wall, bold green tree silhouette wallpaper spans the area, along with two floor to ceiling mirrors that create the illusion of extra space and light.

On the opposite wall, bold green tree silhouette wallpaper spans the area, along with two floor to ceiling mirrors that create the illusion of extra space and light.
A wall mounted entertainment unit prevents the floorspace from being eaten up, and a flatscreen TV keeps things sleek.

A wall mounted entertainment unit prevents the floorspace from being eaten up, and a flatscreen TV keeps things sleek.
Instead of sofa end tables, tiny shelves provide a place for reading lamps and beverages.

Instead of sofa end tables, tiny shelves provide a place for reading lamps and beverages.
Small kitchen design
Small apartment design
Even a small dining area has been made possible in this well thought out space.

Even a small dining area has been made possible in this well thought out space.
Mirrored doors
Colorful choices in the shower room/utility room distract the eye from its limited proportions.

Colorful choices in the shower room/utility room distract the eye from its limited proportions.
White yellow bathroom vanity
Small shower room design
Yellow white tiles

Home plan

 

If you are downsizing or know someone who’s living  in a small space and is stuck, I’d love to help. Lera has shared a few design tricks but there are many more.

Until next time…

Blessings fro my home to yours,

Nancy
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Whether by choice or necessity, you may find yourself living in smaller quarters.

While it can be challenging, great design need not be sacrificed even when living in a smaller footprint.

Take a look at these photos from INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS for some terrific design ideas that illustrate how this can be achieved.

When a home is mindfully designed, you truly can become unaware of how small your space actually is. The function, flow, and feel never needs to be compromised.

The wall letters in the bedroom set the tone for the rest of this homes interior, and this is an idea that can be adapted to suit anyones mantra. This one looks great when teamed with the silhouettes of birds in flight, and the imagery of inspirational city scenes.

The wall letters in the bedroom set the tone for the rest of this homes interior, and this is an idea that can be adapted to suit anyones mantra. This one looks great when teamed with the silhouettes of birds in flight, and the imagery of inspirational city scenes.
A huge frameless mirror takes up most of one wall which makes the room appear bigger and brighter whilst almost going unnoticed.

A huge frameless mirror takes up most of one wall which makes the room appear bigger and brighter whilst almost going unnoticed.
The flatscreen television has been mounted with its fixings straight through the wall mirror, meaning the power cable and socket can be recessed into the wall and hidden behind the glass for an uncluttered look.

The flatscreen television has been mounted with its fixings straight through the wall mirror, meaning the power cable and socket can be recessed into the wall and hidden behind the glass for an uncluttered look.
Blue headboard
The double bed has been situated closer to the window, rather than directly in the center of the room, to create space for a small reading couch and coffee table. By creating an extra use for the room the space feels much bigger and more luxurious.

The double bed has been situated closer to the window, rather than directly in the center of the room, to create space for a small reading couch and coffee table. By creating an extra use for the room the space feels much bigger and more luxurious.
A floating vanity unit means more of the floor area is visible, and this in turn gives the illusion of a greater sized bathroom. A unit with storage is a better use of the wall than a simple basin shelves as this will provide an organizational station for cosmetics and towels. An over bath shower solves the problem of shoe-horning in a separate cubicle, and the clear glazed screen keeps the area simple and see-through.

A floating vanity unit means more of the floor area is visible, and this in turn gives the illusion of a greater sized bathroom. A unit with storage is a better use of the wall than a simple basin shelves as this will provide an organizational station for cosmetics and towels. An over bath shower solves the problem of shoe-horning in a separate cubicle, and the clear glazed screen keeps the area simple and see-through.
White basin
You may think that a bold and glamorous tiling design is reserved only for large and sprawling suites, but by creating a striking visual you can trick the beholder into seeing a far more impressive space.

You may think that a bold and glamorous tiling design is reserved only for large and sprawling suites, but by creating a striking visual you can trick the beholder into seeing a far more impressive space.
A nearby shower head transforms a toilet into a bidet in one small corner.

A nearby shower head transforms a toilet into a bidet in one small corner.
Wall mounted accessories keep the floor clear of clutter, and a full length mirror here repeats the trick of visually increasing the space and light.

Wall mounted accessories keep the floor clear of clutter, and a full length mirror here repeats the trick of visually increasing the space and light.
The backsplash shows a sprawling city scene behind a dining table that has been chosen for its circular shape, making it easy to move around it.

The backsplash shows a sprawling city scene behind a dining table that has been chosen for its circular shape, making it easy to move around it.
Kitchen diner
Modern pendant light

Modern fruit bowl

If you find yourself challenged by living in or moving into a small space, please email me at [email protected]. I’d love to help you feel like you’re living large, indeed.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy

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Modern design today favors open spaces such as a family room/kitchen/dining area.

But sometimes rooms that are too open can seem, well, too open. They can lack a feeling of intimacy and a certain comforting coziness.

You don’t want floor- to- ceiling walls, but you may want a room that is open but still gives a feeling of defined spaces.

The best way to have the best of both worlds is using room dividers and partitions.

And there are so many ways to design them that fit the architecture and style of your home and the feeling you wish to convey.

Take a look at these examples, some use nature and others incorporate various materials.

Using plants as partitions is a particularly creative and beautiful solution to the room divider issue. These vines climb up ropes to create an indoor jungle that also separates spaces.
This plant divider is a bit more opaque and requires regular trimming (along with water) to keep its sleek shape.

This plant divider is a bit more opaque and requires regular trimming (along with water) to keep its sleek shape.
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An even more vertical solution, this wall with built in planters is part room divider, part garden.

An even more vertical solution, this wall with built in planters is part room divider, part garden.
In this modern office space, both plants and furniture divide the area with tall spiky greenery emerging from the back of a low modern couch.

In this modern office space, both plants and furniture divide the area with tall spiky greenery emerging from the back of a low modern couch.
This curtain of hanging planters rounds out our green room partitions. It would be simple enough to hang this in a sunny space and fill each planter with a different herb, making this option both beautiful and delicious.

This curtain of hanging planters rounds out our green room partitions. It would be simple enough to hang this in a sunny space and fill each planter with a different herb, making this option both beautiful and delicious.
Too many walls and a room can feel small and cramps, but not enough and distractions abound. This half wall with beams and a beaded curtain lets in plenty of light and air while still keeping the office area removed from the rest of the house.

This amazing room divider actually hides an entire room away. Just fold in the wall and create a perfect cozy reading nook. Fold it away for sleep without distraction.

Sliding doors are another creative room divider option. These are made from reclaimed wood and can be left open for air flow and space or closed off for privacy.

Sliding doors are another creative room divider option. These are made from reclaimed wood and can be left open for air flow and space or closed off for privacy.

A bit less privacy is possible with these wooden slat sliding doors, but the elegant appearance more than makes up for it.

A bit less privacy is possible with these wooden slat sliding doors, but the elegant appearance more than makes up for it.
Using a massive bookshelf to divide a room is a great practical use of space as seen here. The more books you amass, the more separate things get.

Using a massive bookshelf to divide a room is a great practical use of space as seen here. The more books you amass, the more separate things get.
This low marble wall conceals an office space and also acts as a mount for a flatscreen.

This low marble wall conceals an office space and also acts as a mount for a flatscreen.
Gauzy white curtains don't do much to keep out noise, but sometimes the suggestion of division is enough to make a space more comfortable.

Gauzy white curtains don’t do much to keep out noise, but sometimes the suggestion of division is enough to make a space more comfortable.
Installing an entire wall is not always an option. This large panel only affixes in a few places, making installation and removal easy. As you can see, it also gives a perfect place to display art.

Installing an entire wall is not always an option. This large panel only affixes in a few places, making installation and removal easy. As you can see, it also gives a perfect place to display art.
Another easily installed piece, these wooden slats take inspiration from Japanese design and perfectly separate the dining area from the breakfast nook in this simply elegant home.

Another easily installed piece, these wooden slats take inspiration from Japanese design and perfectly separate the dining area from the breakfast nook in this simply elegant home.
Of course, there are also those times that intricacy wins out over simplicity, like in the delicately carved wood partition.

Of course, there are also those times that intricacy wins out over simplicity, like in the delicately carved wood partition.
This medal room divider appears almost pixelated, letting it blend easily with the industrial design of this urban loft.

This medal room divider appears almost pixelated, letting it blend easily with the industrial design of this urban loft.
geometric room divider
Some room dividers are more nightclub than midcentury. The gold sparkles in this handing curtain are brash and playful in a glorious middle eastern way.
These luxurious beaded curtains would never be found in a dorm.
Part art installation, part partition, this bright snowflake design also has pockets for reading material or other décor.

Part art installation, part partition, this bright snowflake design also has pockets for reading material or other décor.
Decidedly mod, almost like a martini olive, this room divider is fun and funky without devolving into kitsch.

Decidedly mod, almost like a martini olive, this room divider is fun and funky without devolving into kitsch.
Perfectly contemporary, this artistic white partition suggests separation more than it actually separates.

Perfectly contemporary, this artistic white partition suggests separation more than it actually separates.
No one said a room divider had to be boring. This pink plush tunnel makes it a bit more fun for kids to share a room.

No one said a room divider had to be boring. This pink plush tunnel makes it a bit more fun for kids to share a room.
The waterfall effect in this partition is ultra luxurious.

The waterfall effect in this partition is ultra luxurious.
Nautical and modern, this rope room divider is actually a fairly easy DIY.

Nautical and modern, this rope room divider is actually a fairly easy DIY.
Using shelving to divide a room also offers extra storage and display space.

Using shelving to divide a room also offers extra storage and display space.
In this urban space, the kitchen itself acts as a central divider.

In this urban space, the kitchen itself acts as a central divider.
Sliding glass doors don't give a lot of privacy, but they do give a lot of contemporary elegance.

Sliding glass doors don’t give a lot of privacy, but they do give a lot of contemporary elegance.
The wood slats that float up with this staircase are a beautiful design element in this wood heavy home.

The wood slats that float up with this staircase are a beautiful design element in this wood heavy home.
Taking the partition to the next level, this particular en suite does not even have a whole wall separating the bedroom from the bath, instead using frosted glass.

Taking the partition to the next level, this particular en suite does not even have a whole wall separating the bedroom from the bath, instead using frosted glass.

Translucent walls separate a concrete hallway from a contemporary living room with a Japanese flair.

Translucent walls separate a concrete hallway from a contemporary living room with a Japanese flair.
Photo credits: INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS

If you have an area in your home where you feel a room divider or partition could enhance your space, please send me an email at [email protected]. I’d love to help you design one that’s perfect for you and your home.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy

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As I write this, I’m doing a virtual design for a re-model of a very small guest bathroom. So this week’s article is very top of mind for me.

As always in designing small spaces, the challenge is to include everything needed for functionality and still appear beautiful.

Challenging? Yes.

Impossible? No.

It just takes thinking mindfully and always being aware of the 3 F’s:

  • Form
  • Function
  • Feel

Take a look at the 12 photos and you’ll see good examples of how to make a small bathroom work for you.

1. Install a corner sink. Sometimes even a pedestal sink can disrupt the only available traffic lane in a bathroom.

In this case placing a corner sink across from the toilet works better than a sink across from the shower. The opening and closing of the shower door usually creates an awkward walk-around condition.

2. Use a shower curtain. A shower curtain that moves back and forth saves space over a glass door that moves in and out. Shower-tub combos actually can fit into small spaces, with some tubs coming in at 60 inches in length.
3. Float the vanity. Besides just visually helping the bathroom appear bigger, mounting a vanity above the floor frees up a little space for small items.
4. Round the vanity. Tight spaces can make sharp corners hip hazards. If the corners of a vanity would get in the way, opt for a rounded style. Yes, a round vanity can work in a square space. No more bruised hips!
5. Extend the counter over the toilet. This banjo-style arrangement can be done with stone or a wood slab. The extended counter creates just enough space for a few needed items. Toilet placement is not affected, and the look is minimalist and clean.
6. Use a large-scale pattern. A large-scale pattern, like this wide stripe, can trick the eye into seeing expanded space. The square footage might stay the same, but the bathroom will feel bigger.

7. Skip the shower door. If your bathroom is about 5 feet wide, that’s just enough space to squeeze in a toilet and a 30- by 60-inch tub. With tight conditions such as these, consider a glass panel instead of a glass shower door. It will keep most of the water in the shower and will free up needed elbow room.
8. Expand the mirror. In the tightest spaces, having a mirror stretch across the wall instead of just the vanity can enable two people to use it at once. In less-than-ideal space conditions, every inch helps.
9. Mount the towel bar on a door. Where can I put my towels? I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard that question.

When space is at a minimum, mounting a towel bar on the shower door keeps towels handy. You might need to store the bulk of your towels in a nearby linen closet, but having that one towel close by to dry off with is essential.

10. Install a trough sink. The narrow, clean styling of a trough sink is a good-looking space solution. Trough sinks have a low profile. When wall mounted, they free up floor space as well for storage or foot traffic.
11. Select a vanity with one shelf. Pedestal design has gotten smarter. Even a pedestal style with one shelf can hold towels or a basket for toilet paper. I personally love the way fresh, clean towels look folded neatly in a bathroom.

12. Use a wall-mounted faucet. Mounting a faucet on the wall allows for a narrower sink or vanity, which in turn frees up square footage in the total bathroom. Don’t be afraid to try a wall-mounted faucet in traditional design. It works anywhere!
Photo credits: HOUZZ
Photo copy: CHARMEAN NEITHART, HOUZZ
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If you need help designing or re-designing your guest bath, please email me at [email protected], Whether it’s full-on design or a consultation to guide you in the right direction, I’d love to help.

Until next time…

Blessings,

Nancy

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Mindful Interior Design

November 1st, 2013

This week I want to share an article and photos from HOME DECOR ARCADE that talks about designing hallways. Like entry ways, we don’t always give them the design attention that we do other areas of our home, yet they offer wonderful a space to showcase our unique story.

Take a look:

A house is always designed in such a way, that there is enough mobility around without really getting obstructed. We do not design rooms that are attached to each other; rather we build houses where the rooms are connected in an organized way with the help of a hallway or gallery. That is why we always design hallways to bring about sync in the home design. The gallery or hallway is the area which provides passage to us moving from one room to another; hence many people tend to ignore the hallway completely. Not much attention is given to the hallway as people are more focused in decorating the living room and bedrooms.

The hallway is one of the very first impressions of the home that your guests and visitors come across. As soon as a guest enters your house, and at times even before reaching the living room, the guest moves across the hallway and hence it is not a good idea to ignore the hallways appearance. Here are some beautiful hallway décor ideas that would give you quite a few pointers to decorate your own hallway. These range from the traditional décor styles to contemporary and modern ones. The time spent at the hallway is actually the most impressionable time spent by the guest at your home. There are a lot of ways by which you can bring up your hallway decoration. It is a good practice to decorate your home yourself rather than hiring professionals. First of all, the professional touch would not give you enough attachment with the home as you would not be as attached to it as you would if you had designed and decorated it yourself. Your hallway could double up as a window to show off your collection of paintings, decorations, table lamps, artifacts. You can decorate the hallway in a particular theme of your choice it is always a good idea to place an object that would grab the visitors attention as soon as they step in.

Flower vases of different sizes lined up on a side table look really attractive, you can even put a huge mirror with a stylish frame on the hallway wall. There is no need to clutter the tables and walls with all that you have got rather you should rotate things from time to time. This will add freshness to the décor as well as give you a chance to show off all the interesting purchases you have made over time. Here are some very interesting hallways for your interest.

Hallway Decor Ideas Built In Bench
hallway decor ideas built in bench

Hallway Decor Ideas Wooden Flooring
hallway decor ideas wooden flooring

Hallway Decor Ideas Traditional Glass Pocket Doors
hallway decor ideas traditional glass pocket doors

Hallway Decor Ideas Traditional
hallway decor ideas traditional

Hallway Decor Ideas Stylish And Modern
hallway decor ideas stylish and modern

Hallway Decor Ideas Rustic Flooring
hallway decor ideas rustic flooring

Hallway Decor Ideas Rift Oak Hardwood Flooring
hallway decor ideas rift oak hardwood flooring

Hallway Decor Ideas Contemporary
hallway decor ideas contemporary

Hallway Decor Ideas Built In Bench
hallway decor ideas classy

 

If you need help decorating your hallways, please email me at:  [email protected] I’d love to help.

Until next time…

Blessings,

Nancy

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Do you cringe when you look into your bathroom/dressing room mirror?

Do you get the feeling that as you’re applying your makeup in the morning, the the fairy with a grudge made a visit during the night and etched a few more wrinkles onto your face?

Or, how is it that the bags under your eyes appear enlarged and you didn’t eat too much salt the day before?

For many years I owned a day spa. As a makeup artist as well, the lighting design was always of paramount importance because it was critical how my clients would see themselves.

I wanted smiles, not frowns, as they looked at their own reflection.

As women, we have the tendency to exaggerate every flaw we see. We see “flaws” that nobody else sees and poor lighting plays right into that vision that is almost always inaccurate.

I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you prepare for the day or evening ahead and the right lighting can do this. It’s not a matter of using any “tricks” either. It’s simply using the magic of good lighting that allows you to see and feel your own beauty in a real way. When this happens, it’s exactly what others will see and feel as well.

One thing is critical: When you look into a magnified mirror, concentrate on the area of your face that you are working on. DON’T look at your entire face because everything is magnified. Anyone else is not seeing you 5, 8, 10x’s larger than life.

I remember a client who said to me, “The pores on my nose are enormous!” I looked at her and truthfully saw very normal-sized pores.  In fact, I could barely see them. She said whenever she looked into her mirror they were enlarged. Well, her mirror was magnified 8x’s. I rest my case!

The best lighting is always on both sides of the mirror because it removes shadows which are the death knell for any of our faces. When light is evenly distributed a truer picture of your face is reflected.

Take a look at these photos and you’ll see some excellent examples.  Ideas that you can use to make getting ready a more joyful experience.

Swing-arm mirrors extend away from the wall, swivel and tilt. Men as well as women will appreciate getting in close for a shave or makeup application. This particular mirror is a hardwired version with the on-off switch on the mounting plate. Pricing starts at around $120 for hardwired wall mirrors.
This one even has an electrical outlet in the mounting plate.
Vertical light bars on the mirrors offer maximum even lighting here, while the lighted swing-arm vanity mirror makes close-up grooming easier.
This swing-arm mirror is placed at the appropriate height for a seated user. To install your mirror at the right height for sitting, sit in a chair and measure from the floor to the middle of your eye, and transfer that measurement to your wall. This location will ensure the mirror is positioned at the right height so that you’re not bending over or stretching to see yourself, and that the light will not cast any shadows.
Here is another example of using a lighted mirror for practical purposes, adding an extra bit of light in a small space.
This portable mirror is a cordless, battery-powered version — great for easy transfers to other rooms or when you can’t hardwire the mirror.
And for those who are really brave and ready for their close-up, behold this full-length lighted floor mirror. It has a cord and a plug with an in-line floor switch.
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This lighted mirror is stationary, but it also serves as a medicine cabinet.
modern bathroom square vessel sink; wall mounted mirror; medicine cabinet; windowless bath  

I love how this bathroom combines several mirrors for different functions. The sink mirror, additional swing-arm mirror and side mirror offer views from many angles.

Photos: Houzz

If you need help with your bathroom lighting, please email me at [email protected] for a lighting consultation. I’d love to help you love your close-up!

Until next time…

Blessings,

Nancy

Dedicated to help you live your rooms—not the other way around

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Every home has an entrance area. Some are small, others palatial, and some appear to be non-existent. You open the door and you’re immediately in the living room. Even in this case, an entrance “feeling” can be created.

It might seem as though the entryway (or foyer) is simply a pass-through area.

But it’s much more than that.

This particular space is the first area that a visitor sees before they even step inside. It sets the tone for the rest of your home and you want that introduction to proudly say “welcome.”

Take a look at these photos. They may very well inspire you to want to make a few changes, or even re-do your own entryway. The questions you want to ask are “when someone enters my home, does my foyer tell my unique design story? Does it give a true picture of who I am and how I want people to feel when they enter my home?”


Photos: Huff Post Home

If you need some help freshening up or re-designing your own entryway,
please email me at [email protected] I’d love to help you.

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

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