Small Bedroom Space? Here Are Some Ideas To Help You Make The Most Of What You’ve Got.

small bedroom1The reality is that many of us live in small spaces. For some of us it is because we want to make a smaller ecological foot print and for others it is the reality of the rental market. Living in small spaces can be a challenge, but it is worth putting some time, energy and resources into your bedroom sanctuary. Here are some suggestions of how to make the best of your small bedroom space.

Begin with your bed. For comfort, purchase a queen- or king-sized bed, and be sure you have at least 2” on three sides to make it up. Unless it’s a platform style, consider raising it up 7” or so to gain room for storage bins or baskets underneath as college kids do, says New York designer Libby Langdon. Instead of positioning your bed against the wall closest to the door when you enter the room, Langdon suggests arranging your headboard against the opposite wall, so you view the entire bed right away, which will make your room look larger.

Optimize storage. Rather than squeezing a chair and matching ottoman into your limited space, Langdon recommends a bench or ottomans for sitting, which often open up to include storage. Because a small bedroom may not have room for a chest, many designers recommend hiring a professional closet organizer to maximize this space, no matter how small. Designer and author Marianne Cusato suggests getting as much “stuff” out of your bedroom and into the closet as possible to make the space look bigger.

Choose practical tables. When looking for bedside tables, go for a matching pair that fit the scale of your bed and room. Choose a flat surface on top for books, a water glass and lamp.

small bedroom 2Find comfortable flooring. Lay wall-to-wall carpet for a warmer effect. If you have nice wood floors and want to show them off, consider placing an area rug on top, but one that covers the majority of the floor space, so you have 6” of surrounding bare floor.

Add colors and patterns. Whether you use paint or wallpaper, a soft palette is best on walls for a tranquil mood that inspires good sleep. Los Angeles designer Erica Islas of EMI Interior Design likes to use wallpaper to keep the eye moving all around the space. You might paint one wall a rich color or use a darker tone near the ceiling to make the room seem a bit bigger, says designer Barbara Elliot of Decorating Den Interiors.

Light the right areas. Good lighting should come from multiple sources. If you like to read in bed, Langdon suggests installing swing-arm lamps on either side of the bed for better task lighting. Islas always includes one overhead source that provides illumination in all directions, and makes it dimmable for different light levels.

Accessorize. Mirrors do wonders in small rooms to magnify dimensions, particularly in bedrooms where they offer a way to check clothing and makeup in private.

To find the original article on HGTV.com click here.

Tips For Decorating Your New Rental Space!

Summer is a very popular time to move into new rental apartments, houses, townhomes, or condominiums. I’ve compiled some great tips from three leading blogs to help guide the decorating process, all while ensuring you get your security deposit back in full!

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 Unlike your permanent dream-home, your rental will only be where you live for one (or a few years.) It’s always best to decorate accordingly: think temporary!

 Walls: have great curtains you want to hang? Hang that rod on two command hooks! Do the walls look drab? Instead of painting them, buy and put up a temporary decal! The pattern brightens up the room, and you can remove it with no mess when you move out.

 Furniture and accessories: Worried about hanging things up on the walls? Lean them against instead! Large artwork or a mirror would look great on your mantle- if you lean it against the top, there is no need for permanent damage (say hello to the full refund of your security deposit!)

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Get Creative (http://www.frontdoor.com/houses/dos-and-donts-of-decorating-a-rental)

The bloggers at Frontdoor.com encourage you to get creative with your décor and mixing and matching. They say that whatever you do (any changes, that is), get the landlord’s written permission first! Great advice!

 That being said, the blogger (TheRentalGirl) encourages a mixture of fancy and cheap. This can be implemented in lighting, curtains, rugs etc. Wondering where to find cool vintage items? Estate sales, garage sales, or flea markets often have some gems that no one else has!

Another great non-permanent way to brighten up a room? Get plants! They not only help clean the air, but flowers and plants look and smell great and bring an airiness to any room.

Stay tidy (http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/10/10-tips-for-decorating-small-rented-spaces.html)

Some rentals, as we know, are not the biggest spaces. Elise and Emma, bloggers on A Beautiful Mess, post some wonderful tips to make the most of that cozy (small) rental space!

 If your walls are full and your carpet is a bit drab, invest in a small contrasting rug to keep interest in the center of your room. It will keep it from looking sparse, and add color or a pattern too!

Need some extra color and can’t paint the walls? Paint your furniture! It gives a fun pop of color. Don’t be afraid to be bold! (their example was a bright salmon colored desk), you can always re-paint in a few months.

For seating options: go lightweight! That way you can rearrange when guests come, and move items easily.

Feeling too claustrophobic in your small space? Use mirrors to break up the monotonous walls, and to add depth and perceived space.

 

Now that you are fully equipped with these tips and ideas, happy decorating!

Live Music is Everywhere! Check Out Your Free Summer Music Options

streetfaire-museLive music seems to be ubiquitous in the summer. But where do you find these fun, live, free shows? Here are some great options of where you can go to get your groove on or just enjoy a mellow evening listening to music on a sublime summer night.

Noon Tunes

This is a fun line up of free live music for the lunch crowd happening every Friday throughout the summer. Head down to Pearl Street for live daytime music. Get a bite to eat at the food carts or restaurants that line the Pearl Street Mall and enjoy the afternoon. Fridays, Noon to 1:30pm. More information on this event and to see the line up click here.

Bands on the Bricks

This is a true Boulder classic. This annual event brings amazing live musical acts to Pearl Street Mall every Wednesday throughout the summer. Wednesdays, 7 to 9pm. More information on this event and to see the line up click here.Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 7.34.09 AM

Twenty Ninth Street Live

Saturday nights throughout the summer the Twenty Ninth Street Mall in Boulder transforms into a musical mecca. They bring in a fun line up of free live music that will beg you to come out to share the streets with family and friends over and over. Saturdays, 7 to 10pm. More information on this event and to see the line up click here.

Boulder Parks & Recreation Summer Concert Series

Live music can be found in the parks on Monday nights throughout Boulder. Find your neighborhood park and plan a night out with friends, family and neighbors. Mondays, 7 to 8pm. More information on this event and to see the line up click here.

The Louisville Town Faire

Friday nights throughout the summer Louisville brings rocking live music to town. The musical line up is a part of the Louisville Town Faire, so head down, pick up some delicious food, and plan to stay for a free live show. Fridays, 6:30 to 9pm. More information on this event and to see the line up click here.

Being Water Wise to Save $

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The summer is heating up! We live in a beautiful, but arid land and we all find our water bills skyrocketing in the summers. It is not the indoor environment that needs more water, but all things growing outdoors. There are a few things you can do as the summer heats up and the water bills increase:

  • Ensure your sprinkler system is in good working order. This means that all systems are set up and working at their optimal. This will make sure your water use is as low as possible.
  • Water in the evening or early morning when the sun is not up. This will increase the amount of water that gets to your grass and plants by reducing evaporation.
  • Prepare your lawn: aerate your lawn to start the year off right. This allows water and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. It is not too late.
  • Mow your lawn on the highest setting. Taller grass holds water more efficiently.

Here are some great ideas for how to conserve water in your outdoor landscape.

Water Conservation Tips
If you are ready to save some water and some money you may be interested in a FREE sprinkler inspection. The Center for ReSource Conservation is offering these comprehensive inspections to ensure your system is functioning efficiently and you are saving resources. This is a great first step!

Slow the Flow: Colorado Sprinkler Inspection Program

You can schedule a FREE sprinkler inspection to ensure your system is working optimally. This is a great opportunity to ensure proper functioning and maximum water conservation. They will test and set your system, you have to have it up and running! To schedule an inspection click here.

Do you have any water conservation steps you use to save resources and money? We would love to hear your tips!