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Design Your Pantry to Include More Appliances

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Nothing clutters up a kitchen faster than appliances that take up too much counter space. So where are people tucking away these much needed appliances when they're not using them? The answer: the kitchen pantry. The pantry is the ideal location to store away appliances as it hides them from view, but still makes them easily accessible when needed. Obviously, the size of the pantry will help dictate the number of appliances that can be stored in the space, and Houzz outlines some helpful points to consider when designing the perfect pantry for storage:
  • First, consider the size of the appliances that might be tucked away in the pantry. You can keep these dimensions in mind as you determine the sizes of the pantry shelves.
  • If you have a lot of pantry space to work with it would be wise to consider adding electrical outlets along the countertops or behind the shelf space, so that the heavier appliances could be used inside the pantry space.
  • Don't forget to add task lighting under the cabinets to make it easier for items to be located in the pantry in a hurry.
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How to Make Your Living Room Comforting

[caption id="attachment_3164" align="aligncenter" width="550"]iiving room design Source: DesignSourceCt[/caption] Aside from the kitchen, the living room is the heart of the home and the space where much entertaining and living is done. The trick is designing a space that is attractive, but still comfortable and relaxing for the family. Here are some interior design tips to consider for a casual living room:

  • To achieve a more classic look, consider working with calming coastal colors, and spare no expense when it comes to selecting comfortable seating. Upholstered furniture pieces with soft edges are ideal for this space.
  • To create an inviting atmosphere that will encourage family and guests to kick back and relax, throw pillows and blankets should be placed close to hand. Also, striped pillows tend to evoke a more casual setting.
  • For those that prefer a more formal style, you may want to consider incorporating a more casual piece of furniture such as a wooden coffee table with more orderly pieces. You can help tone down the look with some lighthearted pillows.
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Start Decorating for Fall With Some Subtle Touches

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Many of us look forward to the cooler weather and the colorful foliage that the fall brings. One of the best ways to celebrate this time of the year is to incorporate some seasonal touches into the home. Whether your client will be hosting an upcoming party in his or her home to welcome the new season, or just desires a more cozy atmosphere, here are some fall decorating tips to try out:
  • A fireplace is naturally a focal point in most rooms, and you can further accentuate the fireplace as well as add some texture to the room by stockpiling firewood by the mantel. Of course, this is ideal for wood burning fireplaces, but can also still serve as a nice accent for a gas fireplace as well.
  • Candles are always a nice compliment to any room, especially during the cooler seasons. For maximum impact, go for the big-boy-sized candles.
  • Switch out the lighter throw blankets for faux fur or wool. This will help to create a cozier setting, and are ideal for snuggling up under on a chilly fall evening.
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Inspirational Study Spaces for Children

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A popular interior design dilemma that many homeowners are faced with is what to do with play rooms that their children have outgrown. One solution is to re-design this space into an inspirational study space to serve the needs of older children and teens. Houzz shares some critical elements to consider when designing study spaces for children:
  • Chalkboard paint is on the rise, and allowing one wall in the room to serve as a chalkboard can not only be useful when it comes to working out long-division math problems, but also can encourage creativity and provide a space for children to post and show off their latest art projects.
  • Storage for school supplies is essential in a study room, especially if more than one child will be utilizing in. Consider incorporating oversized shelving that can accommodate several baskets filled with study supplies to help keep everything in order.
  • When designing a study space, it's critical that the area can be closed off from noise and distractions that may be happening around the rest of the house.
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Utilizing the Space at the Foot of the Bed

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When it comes to bedroom design, an area that is easily forgotten about is the foot of the bed. This is unfortunate because this space provides so many opportunities to add function and create another point of interest. Outlined below are some interior design trends for the foot of the bed that you may want to consider trying out:
  • Vintage trunk. There is just something nostalgic about an old trunk, and it often provides a great excuse to introduce a new texture or contrast in a room. It's also incredibly functional as it provides an additional storage solution for tucking away extra bedding and blankets.
  • Low bench. This is what we most often tend to see at the foot of a bed if a designer chooses to pay attention to this area. As a rule of thumb, the bench should typically be 17 to 19 inches in height and 16 to 20 inches in width (of course, this all depends on the size of the bed it is anchoring).
  • Sitting area. Create a cozy reading nook at the foot of the bed, and don't be afraid to coordinate this with your choice of bedding.
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