There’s one area of the home that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.
That would be the foyer.
Because it’s a pass-through place and not where we linger, it’s often not given the consideration that the other rooms are given.
Yet, the foyer is where we greet our guests, the first place where we introduce them into our home. It also may be the entrance you use and why shouldn’t you feel as gracefully welcomed as your guests?
Here are 11 ways that show how your foyer can be as mindfully designed as all of the areas of your home.
We often paint the outside of the front door, but consider doing the same to the inside as you see in this photo. It’s unexpected making it a wonderful surprise.

If you don’t have a high enough ceiling for a chandelier, you can still find a light fixture that will bedazzle instead of having a plain flush-mounted one.

Beach Style Entry by Ethos Interiors

If you have a small foyer, consider a door with flair such as the one in this photo. The window panes can be glazed or textured if you need privacy.

Another trick for a small entrance, is the tried and true mirror. It bounces light and makes the area feel larger.
Instead of a squared corner table, consider a rounded one. It’s good feng shui as well because it allows energy to flow more easily. This is an exceptional piece. It’s not only an unusually designed table, but with no legs it feels suspended taking up less visual space.

Natural wood and fabric pieces add texture and always have a warm and homey feel to them that make it easy to say “welcome home.”

In a narrow entrance, an unusual and narrow side table, art piece, and a plant are all that’s needed to make a welcoming design statement.
This entry has a rather long hallway, so consider using a wall to display a collection as this owner as done. You start sharing your personal story before your guests have even reached the living room.
Imagine stepping into your home and smelling something delicious like the roses in this photo. Appealing to all of our senses is an integral part of Mindful Interior Design because we use all 6 senses everyday, not just visual.
Another of our senses is hearing, and the entrance to our home can be a lovely place to have wind chimes. Just make sure you’re hearing a soft singing of chimes and not a gong sound which would be jarring and irritating.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Photos via HOUZZ
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What price space? Many of us choose to live in a large city where in most cases, square footage is at a premium. Perhaps you’re downsizing and moving into the city in order to be close to great shopping, museums, theaters, fabulous restaurants, and excellent medical care.
No matter the reason, a smaller home will be your best choice both in terms of cost and convenience. Best of all, a smaller home requires less upkeep.
Smaller spaces, however, need clever design tricks to make your home functional, beautiful, and feel larger than it actually is.
Here are some HOUZZ examples that show you how:
COMBINING SMALL PIECES WITH REGULAR SIZE
Use stools and ottomans along with regular size furniture. They will give you more seating without taking up a lot of space. What you don’t want is all small-sized furniture. It will make the room appear even smaller
KEEPING COLOR UNIFORM

By using a paint color that is close in color to furniture fabric allows a blending into the room and gives the feeling of more space.

FLOATING CABINETRY

By keeping legs off of the floor, the eye sees less cluttered and feels more open.
GLASS OR ACRYLIC FURNITURE
Using glass or acrylic makes the furniture appear almost invisible. However, watch your legs when passing to avoid bumps and bruises!
ADD A MIRROR

The oldest design trick in the book, mirrors almost always double the illusion of space. Plus you receive the added advantage of bouncing light around the room.

TALL BOOKCASES
By taking bookcases all the way to the ceiling, the eye goes upward giving the appearance of a higher ceiling and more space. Also, adding another sofa across from the existing one would have cramped the space. The single chair is perfect.

EVERY BIT OF SPACE COUNTS

Modern Family Room by Scott Weston Architecture Design PL
If you have stairs, utilize the space underneath. In this space, it’s the perfect place for extra storage and who among us has too much of that? Especially true in a smaller home.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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Also called screens,panels, privacy walls, or room partitions,, this design feature can serve so many different purposes in your home.
Room dividers can be functional, beautiful, and even provide psychological benefit by creating private and cozy spaces where you may wish to be connected, yet separated from adjacent spaces.
Made from many different materials, they primarily allow light to pass through and maintain a feeling of openness
Take a look at these photos for some great examples on how room dividers can be successfully used. You may see one that would be a great addition to your home.
Photos via HOUZZ
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Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live yours—not the other way around
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We all know we’re supposed to stay physically fit for any number of good reasons.
However, knowing and doing are two different things.
Take a look at the following helpful design tips shared by JAMIE WIEKE for ELLE DECOR.
They can inspire you to actually create a fitness space that will have you feeling better both emotionally and physically. What could be better than that?

1. Choose peaceful colors. Whites and light grays are traditional picks, but there’s no need to stick to neutrals: Blues, purples, and yellows can be peaceful, too. While we do recommend staying away from bold colors like red and orange, really, it’s about making yourself feel at ease. So if there’s a color you love, paint it!

2. Unclutter. It’s hard to be mindful with a stack of papers sitting a foot from your right knee. Think about how clutter makes you feel: Scattered, disorganized, and anxious. To create a healthy area you’re excited to be in, focus on clearing the clutter — no matter how big the space is.

 3. Add houseplants. Bringing nature into your workout space is a great substitute for working out outside. Plants help filter the air, but they also create a calming environment that feels more natural. Don’t go wild — a few plants is all you need — but adding a little greenery can make your daily workout just a little more pleasant.

4. Take advantage of natural light. No one wants to work out under harsh fluorescent lights. Instead, try to select a workout area that gets plenty of natural light, which is more energizing and relaxing than harsh lights from above. And if you’re working out at night — or if natural light is out of the picture — think “calming,” not bright, choosing sconces and lamps instead of overhead lights.

5. Think minimalistic. It’s so easy to get distracted during a workout — ooh, I should read that book! Fend off potential distractors by removing them entirely. There are plenty of opportunities to go decor-wild in your home, but leave your fitness area simple.

6. Indulge in organization. Fitness equipment isn’t known for being super-attractive, even if you’ve got a minimal set (a few weights and bands and a yoga mat). While its by no means a requirement, don’t feel bad indulging in an attractive bookcase or storage solution.

7. Make space for movement. Forgive me, this may be obvious, but: Fitness takes space. All that lunging, vinyasa flow-ing, and running in place means you need at least a few free feet in every direction. After all, what’s fun about hitting your head on your coffee table while doing push-ups? (Nothing. Not fun at all.)

8. Don’t forget about scent. The best fitness rooms feel spa-like: A calm space in the middle of the hubbub of everyday life. One essential — but often overlooked — ingredient is scent. Whether you opt for diffusers or potpourri or candles or the fresh mountain air floating in through your windows (jealous), don’t skip this important step in creating a peaceful space.

9. Select inspiring artwork. No, don’t clutter your walls. But a few well-placed prints will make your room more beautiful — and more inspiring. Choose panoramas of vistas you love or artwork that pushes you to do your best, even in the middle of a tough workout.

Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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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…

Blessings from my home to yours,
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
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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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
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around

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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 me@nancymeadowsdesigns.com. I’d love to help you feel like you’re living large, indeed.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy

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

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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 me@nancymeadowsdesigns.com. 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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