Are you OSP (Open Shelving Positive)? Or is it best you leave those cabinet doors on and closed to create your ideal kitchen space? Take this quick, five-question personality quiz to find out.
1. Yes or No: Do you wash your dinner dishes right away?
If the sight of a few messy dishes piled up in the sink is enough to make you go running for your dish gloves, you will do very well with open shelving. If you feel okay letting them sit there for a day or three, we should talk about getting you bonus doors on your cabinets to hide as much mess as possible.
2. Yes or No: Do you have an obvious favorite color?
Do people see yellow things and automatically think of you? Is everything in your closet white or neutral? Is rainbow your favorite color? No matter what the color scheme (or schemes) may be, if you’ve got a go-to color palette, putting those matching dishes on display will look nice and pretty.
3. Yes or No: Do you enjoy setting the table?
Organizing, styling, and paying attention to details on a daily basis can be relaxing, easy, or even fun for some types of personalities, while others liken the practice to torture! If setting a table is a treat for you, then you’ll enjoy arranging (and rearranging) your open shelving.
4. Yes or No: Would you consider yourself a minimalist?
Is the M-word a bad word in your book? Do you believe that more is more? You might not be able to pull off open shelving, but if you embrace minimalism and find that your serving pieces work just fine for everyday dinners and special occasions, then open shelving could work for you. When people start to get in trouble is when they have too much stuff and not enough hidden-away places to store the overflow.
5. Yes or No: Do you organize your shoes?
This is a simple test, and a telling one! Are you the type who lines your shoes up in a row? Maybe by heel height, or color, or brand? If so, open shelving might be calling!
Answer Key: Is Open Shelving Right for You?
If you answered yes to three or more of the questions on this list, go ahead and pull off those cabinet doors! Or better yet, take those old cabinets down entirely and put up some super-pretty bracketed shelves. You can totally handle it!
Though it would seem like life without a closet in your bedroom is an impossible way to live, it’s more than just possible — it can even look stylish. All these beautiful homes below have something in common: The master bedroom either doesn’t have a built-in closet or doesn’t have nearly sufficient closet space. But, these home dwellers were able to come up with an elegant storage solution anyway. Whether you’re in the same no-closet/not-enough-closet boat as they are — or you’re just looking to add more storage to your home — use these storage solutions as inspiration for your own “closet” project.
In this Chicago rental apartment, limited closet space means Matthew was on the hunt for extra room to store clothing. His solution is a rather simple but successful one: a single metal hanging rack gives him room to hang an array of coats and jackets. He chose a white metal which nicely blends into the white walls behind it. The medium height doesn’t make the piece feel imposing in this small room. Using nice wooden hangers adds uniformity. And, it doesn’t hurt that the clothes themselves have a simple palette which minimizes a cluttered look.
Matthew’s accessory choices around the hanging rack are smart; he essentially brought the rack into the decor scheme by balancing it with the asymmetrical baskets above. He doesn’t list the exact hanging rack he uses in his house tour, but this Urban Outfitters one is similar.
Sidonie Warren’s UK home features an expansive, airy master bedroom — and a surprising lack of closet space. So, she too decided to incorporate an extra rack to hang clothing. The modern hanging rail from Fifti Fifti is a sleek solution that doesn’t take up a lot of room or grab a lot of visual attention. Sidonie hung her clothes at eye level, similar to that of a high-end boutique which almost gives the collection an art installation feel.
She also used the same type of hanger to hang all these clothes (though they are in a few different colors), but you’ll see here that she most definitely did not stick to the same neutral color palette. A rainbow of hues meets a mix of bold patterns. So why does it work? The minimal nature of the rest of the bedroom makes room for a corner of clothing that’s a bold composition.
Hayley Francis’ Seattle house actually does have closet space in her bedroom, but it still wasn’t enough for this fashion blogger! So, she turned a spare bedroom into a big walk-in closet. Though few of us have the luxury of a separate room just for our clothes, there’s still an important lesson to be learned from her fabulous fashion space: go custom if you can.
Hayley discovered these copper racks on Etsy and worked with the maker, Little Deer Interiors, to have them customized to her needs. From the material that complements the rest of the space to the built-in shoe shelf that helps her store her shoes, this closet alternative is a success because of the attention to detail to fit Hayley’s storage needs.
You might need more than just a hanging clothes rack for your storage. Perhaps you need a place to keep shoes, folded clothes and other types of garments. You’ll want to pay attention to the no-closet ideas in this shared San Francisco apartment. None of the bedrooms come with built-in closets, but thanks to smart (and affordable) IKEA products, each room remains uncluttered and organized.
Stephen and Amy’s Philadelphia home has a master bedroom with a masterful conversion of a small corner nook. Stephen DIYed this storage area with pipe and wood, and it has enough room for shoe storage, hanging storage, folded clothing storage and even a little decoration on top.
Adding a plant makes any space instantly cozier. No need to have a large balcony to grow them, there are many species that develop well in living rooms, kitchens, and even bathrooms, with little maintenance as well as space efficient. The vases used also add to the composition of well-decorated environments. Flowers add color and diversity to all environments, but it is worth mentioning that species that do not produce flowers do less photosynthesis and therefore require smaller amounts of sunshine and are therefore more suitable for indoor cultivation. It is also important to note that popular names can be quite different, so you should always pay attention to its scientific names when choosing your species.
Below, we selected 12 ornamental plants ideal for indoor cultivation.
There are several species of Bromelia, most of them are of Brazilian origin, and are great when used both in isolation and in small sets. These epiphytes develop in environments with plenty of direct light and especially damp, internal and external. Most species present a striking contrast in its leaves and inflorescences which are quite ornamental. It requires low maintenance and on very hot days, it is recommended to apply water with a spray in its central part.
Cactus and Succulents
There are several species of succulents and cactus that are widely used for interior decoration, isolated or in small groups. Currently used in the composition of small terrariums, these plants require little maintenance and careful watering, which should not be more than once a week – most do not tolerate excess water as it can rot their roots. The cactus develops best in environments with a lot illumination, while the succulents prefer more indirect light, but for both the direct sun should be avoided.
Jade Plant | Crassula ovata
This slow growing succulent deserves prominence by forming a shrub similar to a small tree when grown. It has lush fragrant flowers in white or pink, especially in winter and spring. These can receive some direct sunlight for at least part of the day. Do not leave the soil very moist after irrigation, which should take place on average once a week.
St. George’s Lance | Sansevieria cylindrica
Highly resistant, this species of African origin has elongated leaves and in cylindrical format is ideal for indoor environments. The leaves of this succulent grow fan-shaped and have grooves in light green color. It can be grown in pots or even in stone-covered gardens, as it is not very demanding in terms of the substrate. Preferably it should not be exposed to direct sunlight and is able to tolerate air-conditioned environments, Watering should be at the base, not the leaves, and on average within a 15 days frequency.
Peace Lily Plant | Spathiphyllum wallisii
Not to be confused with Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), the Peace Lily originates from northern South America, it also has bright dark green leaves and white flowers, but is smaller, much less demanding and more resistant. Commonly offered as a sign of good fortune and peace, it is also attributed to it purifying the air. It develops well in rich organic soils and in indirect light and half shade environments. It can flower all year round, but especially in spring and summer, with odorless flowers. It does not exceed 1m in height, and its leaves suffer if directly exposed to sunlight. Irrigation should ensure that the soil is always moist.
Aloe Vera | Philodendron martianum
Of Brazilian origin, this epiphyte also know as Aloe Vera has a very ornamental foliage. Of short stem, its large dark green leaves are bright and oval, and its characteristic petioles are like pseudobulbs. It can be grown in pots and flower beds or even attached to a tree due to its epiphyte properties. It grows well in half shade and substrates rich in organic matter, kept always moist. It is not very resistant to cold and direct sunlight, which can cause stains on the leaves.
Lady Palm | Rhapis excelsa
Of great use in both internal and external environments, this palm of Asian origin has multiple thin and long stems as it grows erect and in clumps, with dark green and shiny pleated leaves. It develops well in almost any type of lighting, from direct sunlight to low light. Irrigation should be frequent, but do not leave the soil soaked.
Pleomele or Song of India | Dracaena reflexa
Visible and shrubby, this species shows an erect and branched stem with fairly ornamental leaves, with darker green in the center and white or lemon-green borders. It can reach an average height of 2 to 3 meters. Native to East Africa, it does not require direct light, but it develops well near windows and in very bright environments. It should be watered regularly, 2 to 3 times a week.
Sword Fern | Nephrolepis exaltata
The Sword Fern is quite common and is super cool indoors – it is one of the most sold ornamental plants in Brazil. With light green leaves, the most common species in Nephrolepis exaltata, grown in pots and hanging plants. It enjoys a lot of light, and some varieties even tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight, so it should be near windows or in a well-lit environment. It is important to keep the soil always moist with frequent watering but watch for well-drained substrates.
African Evergreen | Syngonium angustatum
With fairly decorative foliage, it has a light green color with white grooved leaves when younger, and darker and smoother green leaves on more mature plants. Perfect for half-light environments, it can also be planted in flower beds and pots with externally composing fodder. It also grows as a creeper if propped up in a trunk. Originating in Central America, it develops well in rich organic matter soil and with a lot of humidity, so it requires regular watering. It also develops well when cultivated in water, in pots and other containers, provided there is a regular water exchange.
Violet | Saintpaulia ionantha
Also known as African Violet, it is perfect for indoor environments because of its compact size and distinctive flowers in various colors, great for small compositions. It should be grown in organic rich soils, and stay close to windows for indirect lighting, where it develops well – It is important to avoid direct sunlight. Watering should be kept to a minimum or only when the substrate is dry, it is also a good idea to avoid watering leaves and flowers.
ZZ Plant | Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Of African origin, this is one of the most used species in indoor environments, due to its rustic appearance. It has bright leaves and shades of dark green that can reach 1m in height. It develops well in low light and also with abundant indirect light, but avoid direct sunlight, which can harm its leaves. It tolerates environments with air conditioning. It is not recommended for spaces where pets or children circulate, as its leaves can be toxic when ingested. It should be grown on a drainable substratum, rich in organic matter. Watering should not exceed once a week.
Watering frequencies vary greatly with the variety of the plant, the time of year and the place where it is being cultivated, very strict rules must be avoided. A practical way to find out the ideal periodicity is to dip your finger lightly on the ground to see if it is wet or not. Watering should always occur on the substrate and not on the leaves;
A well drained soil does very well to any species. If cultivated in pots, they should have the base composed of expanded clay or still pebbles, and substrate composed of two parts of earth and one of sand, for most species;
Watch for the leaves, it always indicate if the plant needs more or less light. In larger leaf species, it is important to wipe a damp cloth from time to time to remove accumulated dust, as it may impact its photosynthesis.
I don’t know about you, but I live for fall — with its cool mornings, crisp air and quiet evenings. Plus, at least one-third of my plants bloom after August, and the trees, shrubs, grasses and perennial flowers bring a rainbow of colors to the garden until early November, long after summer flowers have faded.
There’s always so much going on in a fall garden, from changing colors and plants’ going dormant to wildlife’s preparing for winter. Here are some design strategies you can use to create beauty and function for humans and animals this fall, and every year after.
1. Plant late-summer and fall bloomers to support pollinators. Lots of insects are at their highest population numbers in fall, and many have just emerged to complete their life cycle, migrate or even hibernate. When designing a fall garden to support pollinators, your first goal is to get the flowers pollinators thrive on. You can’t go wrong with astersand goldenrods, two fall staples visited by pollinators, as well as sunflowers.
Consider how these plants reproduce and spread before planting them in your garden. For example, Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) has a tendency to spread and take over in the home landscape, but there are many other more well-behaved goldenrod species. Asters tend to spread by seed, especially in open spots in garden beds, so create thicker plantings where seedlings will have a harder time sprouting, if that is something you are concerned about. While plants started this year won’t bloom this fall, now is the perfect time to put them in the ground for next year.
Groups of flowers are appealing to both humans and pollinators, with massing making the flowers easier for pollinators flying above to see.
2. Cluster plants in groups of three or five. Repeating plants throughout the landscape also lends a subtle cohesiveness for the eye to follow. Aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) is a neat little shrub-like perennial native to the East Coast that looks nice dotted throughout beds and borders. For more vertical interest and early-fall blooms that are dark purple to magenta, try ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata). For a lower-growing plant that does well in wetter conditions, look to blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum).
Most mums for sale aren’t native, but you can still make a good choice for pollinators.
3. Reconsider mums. Mums are probably already for sale at local garden centers and in grocery store parking lots; they are desired for their fall color as well as for their ability to make stellar container plants. While most are bred hybrids from East Asia and aren’t of much use to wildlife like generalist bees and butterflies, some offer ecological benefits to pollinators. Look for pollen-producing and single-ray flowers, or those that look more like asters. These mums will add function as well as beauty to the fall garden.
Many blazing stars, like meadow blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis), offer fall color as vibrant as the changing leaves of trees.
4. Think about fall foliage differently. Does your landscape lack colorful autumn foliage? This is the perfect time to plant new trees and shrubs, as cooler temperatures and increased rain will help them take root and become established with less transplant shock. For shrubs with attractive fall color, chokecherry(Prunus virginiana) and viburnum species are solid choices. Native trees to plant include serviceberry, elm and sweetgum. Many native perennial flowers and grasses, including bluestar (Amsonia spp.), blazing star (Liatris spp.), American senna (Senna hebecarpa) and little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), feature attractive fall color.11 Trees for Brilliant Fall Color
Giant coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) holds on to its seed heads through most of the winter.
5. Don’t clean up your garden. Sure, this sounds like the opposite of creating an attractive fall garden, because everyone wants a neat and tidy landscape heading into winter. However, you’re missing two important details: 1. Many plants look fantastic in winter, including rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium), roundhead lespedeza (Lespedeza capitata), Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum), coneflowers (Echinacea spp.), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and various grasses; and 2. wildlife needs shelter, and plants left standing with a carpet of leaves are critical habitat for hibernating insects and birds looking for a winter snack.
As a key communal area in a home, the living room can end up being used for everything — eating breakfast in the morning, doing homework after school, kicking back at the end of the day, and entertaining family and friends on weekends. So it often accumulates all sorts of stuff that can hinder the function and enjoyment of the room. Stepping back to re-evaluate a space you’re very familiar with can be hard, but by tackling the common clutter culprits with these suggestions, you’ll be able create a more peaceful living room.
1. Pare down to a single remote. Remote controls seem to multiply and then disappear with alarming regularity. Although some households corral them in a basket, another good option is a universal remote. By programming a single remote to control all your devices, you’ll never need to hunt for the right one again. This can even be done with a free app on your smartphone, and then everyone has their own universal remote, which in turn can be rung the next time it’s misplaced!
2. Organize the hearth. The trend for cozy fireplaces continues unabated. In the summer, it makes sense to put away tools, logs and kindling, perhaps filling the space with candles or fairy lights for a seasonal alternative. However, come autumn, having an attractive basket for logs and kindling will help keep the hearth tidy, so choose one to best suit the style of your living room.
3. Curate your pillows. The humble pillow can divide opinion — too many or too few? If you’ve accumulated a bunch of them, then a little culling may be in order. Consider the purpose of your pillows: Are they decorative or practical, for use on the sofa or the floor, for people or pets, washable for everyday use or dry-clean for occasional use only? This can be the starting point of your edit.
See if you can donate the ones you don’t want to your local thrift shop or animal shelter.
4. Manage your magazines. Maybe the issue of magazine storage is slowly fading as we go digital, but there’s still something satisfying about settling down with a cup of coffee and an inspiring periodical. If you hold on to magazines with the intention of clipping and storing articles for future reference, start doing it now. If after a few weeks it still hasn’t become routine, be realistic that it’s probably never going to happen.
Ditch any magazines older than a year, and review any subscriptions you have to determine whether you’re getting value from them. If you’ve accumulated a stack of unopened issues, unsubscribe for a few months to see if you really do miss the magazine. If you do, you can always sign up again.
5. Tuck away game consoles. Small and large gadgets are another common multiplier: We buy new ones but often don’t get rid of the old ones, which can lead to chaos. Get rid of anything that is broken, and encourage family members to sell old gadgets to contribute toward the purchase of any new ones — but act fast. If you wait too long, the old version will quickly become obsolete and no longer salable. Closed storage can help keep the remaining electronics safe, clean and out of sight.
6. Release your knickknacks. It’s easy to collect trinkets from travels or gifts from well-meaning friends and family. And certainly many are beautiful and appreciated. However, as tastes, fashion and needs change, these sentimental decorations remain the same and often become difficult to let go of. This can be because of guilt about getting rid of them, but it’s worth remembering that your memory and the love shared aren’t bound up in the object.
If it helps to discard only one thing at a time (maybe once a week or month), rather than sorting through a whole collection in one go, try that. As you’re thinking about what to keep and what to pass on for others to enjoy, consider the time it takes to keep the item clean, the worry spent wondering if a child or pet will break it, and the space it occupies. Think about what benefits letting go will bring you, and keep reminding yourself of those perks as you choose to release each item from your home.
7. Rotate and donate toys. Children love toys, and a toy collection can grow at an alarming rate, especially with kids of different ages in the same home. For young children, a toy rotation system (you store some toys away for a month at a time and then swap them around) can work well. A more limited collection will help prevent little ones from becoming overwhelmed with choices and help them stay more focused during playtime.
When considering a new toy purchase, introduce your kids to the concept of “one in, one out,” and encourage them to think about any toys they have outgrown that they can then donate to a local charity shop. This way, other children can continue to enjoy the toys.
8. Designate a bits-and-pieces space. Every home has an assortment of odd things that don’t quite fall into one clear category. This is where the junk drawer comes into play. Everything should have a home, and this is the home of those odd doodads, tools and useful things. Add drawer organizers to instill a bit of order, or you won’t find what you’re looking for when you need it. And be ruthless — store only things you know you actually need, and be sure to have a clean-out if the contents start to overflow!
9. Opt for a hideaway office. Whether you work from home or just need a little space for dealing with personal admin, then a desk in a closet may be the perfect solution for tucking away your computer, papers and files. Building in a pullout desk, for instance, and being able to close it off behind doors means that you can quickly go from work mode to rest without having to tidy things away every day — a much better solution than working from your dining table.
10. Minimize pet paraphernalia. Pets can often end up having more toys and blankets than children have! Although you may enjoy buying new things for your cat, dog or hamster to play with, try to hang on to only a few at any one time, and store them in a neat box or basket. Pets, like kids, often have favorite toys and will seek out a special ball, for example, each time it gets stuck behind the sofa.
Excess space is a luxury that most of us do not enjoy while our kids are living at home. But many of my clients find that once their grown children have moved out of the house and established their own households, they suddenly have extra unused spaces. At some point, those childhood bedrooms get cleaned out and stand waiting for a fresh coat of paint and a new purpose.
If you’re lucky enough to have extra square footage in your nest, here are eight ideas for turning that space into something fit for your current lifestyle.
1. A walk-in closet and dressing room. I love the idea of transforming an extra bedroom into a beautiful walk-in closet and dressing room. Several of my clients have done this, gaining both functionality and luxury. One client was even able to connect her new dressing room to her master bath — a nice perk if your floor plan allows. Many companies specialize in custom cabinetry and closets and can help you add this extra bit of comfort to your home.
2. A home office. Some people telecommute, others finish work projects or emails after hours at home, while still others simply enjoy having a dedicated home office for paying bills and taking care of other personal business. An extra bedroom is a perfect option for a home office because the door can be closed for solitude and focus or to hide clutter. You might line closets in the room with custom shelving and cabinets. Or, if this level of construction is not in your budget, you might purchase some beautiful storage solutions at furniture stores that can help you create a good-looking and organized home office.
3. A guest bedroom. Perhaps your adult children live out of town and stay for several nights when they visit. Or maybe other friends or family members often bunk in your home. A dedicated guest room might be just what you need. To make this a relatively inexpensive project, you might repurpose some furniture from a child’s former bedroom. A fresh coat of paint, new bedding, and updated accessories may be all you need to complete its new look.
4. A craft room. If you are someone who enjoys scrapbooking, jewelry making, sewing or similar hobbies, a dedicated craft room may be exactly what you crave. Frequently, craft projects span days or even weeks, and putting supplies away in the middle of a project can be cumbersome. Even if your funds do not allow for built-ins, a large table and wall shelving can work wonders for storing and organizing craft materials.
5. A reading nook. Maybe you have been longing for a quiet, comfortable place to relax with a good book — a small spare bedroom easily could be outfitted for this purpose. You may be able to relocate a comfortable chair from elsewhere in your home. Add a good reading lamp and a small book shelf and, if you want to go further, paint the walls a new color and add accessories, artwork and throw pillows. A cozy blanket in a bright color is another inexpensive way to add style to your reading spot.
6. An exercise gym. Outfit a small extra bedroom with exercise equipment and a wall-mounted television. Watching your favorite show while working out can make the time much more pleasant — I’m speaking from experience here. Also, large wall mirrors not only make a small bedroom appear larger but can help you ensure correct form and prevent injuries.
7. A yoga or pilates studio. With an available bedroom, a quiet dedicated space for yoga or pilates may be an attainable luxury. If your space and budget allow, enhancing a new studio by adding sliding doors out to a private garden is a wonderful way to create a special place with plenty of light and fresh air. A bubbling fountain augments the mood. Painting the walls a cool, calming color such as blue or gray can also boost the tranquility.
8. A multifunctional space. If you have only one spare bedroom but a variety of needs, a Murphy bed or wall bed may be the solution for you. Multiple companies specialize in beds that fold effortlessly into an attractive wall cabinet when not needed. That way, you can use your spare room as a home office, craft space or exercise studio without a bed taking up floor space — at least not until just before your visiting children arrive.
I have a hard time letting go of shapely, glass containers, so I’m always looking for ways to decorate and reuse them around the home. For this tutorial, I’ve chosen to reuse fancy glass yogurt containers because, if I’m being honest, it’s the only way I can justify spending over $5 on a (very delicious) jar of perishable food!
While covering old glass in traditional spray paint or glass paint could do just fine, I like the idea of being able to see what I’m storing in my jars. Thus, I decided to try a more transparent option using Sea Glass Aerosol Paint.
So, next time you’re in the grocery store, or about to take your recycling out, take a second to look and make sure you don’t miss out on the plethora of opportunities to create something more mindful with your waste.
Step 2. Cut washi tape into different sizes and apply your desired pattern to the surface of the glass. The washi tape represents the area that will remain transparent. I used a different pattern for each jar. Press each piece of tape to ensure the spray paint doesn’t seep underneath.
Step 4. Carefully spray paint each jar, one light layer at a time until you build the coverage you prefer. I noticed that too much paint resulted in drips and blotches, so start light, and rotate frequently. Once you’re done, you can set the jars on top of your washi tape rolls or on some newspaper to dry. Dripping may occur during the drying process, so be aware that newspaper might stick to the bottom.
The longer a water-damaged home is left sitting, the more the damage will increase. The tasks after a hurricane are daunting, but it’s important to start them right away. Over the years I’ve worked on many restoration jobs caused by water damage, and here I’ll tell you the first steps you should take after your home has been damaged by water. Hopefully this will help minimize the damage and make the recovery process as smooth as it can be.
1. Contact your insurance company. Do not do anything to your home until you have contacted your insurance company. If you need to remove anything right away, make sure you document it with pictures or video. The insurance company should send out a water remediation specialist immediately.
2. Call the right specialists. Get a water remediation specialist in your home as soon as possible. These specialists remove all the damaged contents and start the process of drying everything out. I recommend bringing in a mold specialist as well once everything is dried out to make sure the remediation process was successful. You want to be sure everything is dry and all the mold has been removed before you start any remodeling. Of course you want to get back into your home as soon as possible, but rushing can lead to future mold problems.
3. Avoid dealing with mold on your own. For natural disasters the magnitude of Harvey, remediation should be left to a professional. If you have to start the process by yourself, take extreme caution. The more you disturb the mold, the greater the chance it can spread throughout your house and become hazardous to your health.
4. Turn off the power. Before you do any work, turn off the power to the areas you will be working on.
Furniture. Any furniture that has been saturated should be thrown away.
Carpet. If your carpet has been saturated, dispose of it. The best way to remove it is to cut it into manageable sections with a box cutter or knife. Roll up the sections, leaving the carpet pad, then cut the pad into strips and dispose of them too. Carpet is held down by wooden tack strips — thin strips of wood lined with hundreds of upside-down nails. These can be removed with a chisel and a hammer.
Millwork and Sheetrock. Any millwork, such as baseboards, should be removed and discarded. Remove wet Sheetrock and any wet insulation behind it.
Cabinetry. If water has gone underneath your cabinets, you may need to remove these as well. If only a small amount of water went beneath them, you may be able to save them. You can drill or cut holes in the toe kick — the bottom-most part of the cabinet that sits on the floor. The toe kick is slightly recessed from the rest of the cabinet, so drilling into it will allow air to flow under the cabinet and dry it out. These holes are fairly easy to patch when you begin the reconstruction.
Flooring. Just because your tile or hardwoods look and feel dry on the surface does not mean they are completely dry. When hardwoods are installed, a layer of roofing felt is placed between the subfloor (plywood) and the hardwood flooring. This creates an excellent moisture barrier for the floor. Unfortunately, it also holds much of the water that falls on the floors. However, there are machines that can pull the water through the floors without removing them. I have had middling success with this process. If water is still present after you try this, you will need to remove the hardwood flooring. Tile often has the same issue — water can become trapped between the tile and subfloor — so you may need to remove your tile floors as well.
6. Order a dumpster. When ordering a dumpster or another garbage bin, get the largest one available. The price difference between the various sizes is usually minimal. Then have a plan in place before loading it up. You want to get the maximum amount of debris into the minimum amount of space.
Break down items before you throw them away, and make sure that they lie flat on top of one another.
Place the lighter items on the bottom.
Make sure you can open the door to the bin, located on one end. If you throw items over the top, you will not be able to pack the bin efficiently.
7. Work closely with your adjustor. Make sure you are onsite when the adjustor visits your house. If you have a contractor that you’re working with, make sure that person is onsite as well. They can both look at the damage and offer opinions about what it will take to rectify the situation. Together, they can also point out areas that may have damage that cannot be seen yet.
Asano’s home in Fukushima is composed of nine overlapping cuboids, creating a complex interior arrangement of double- and triple-height rooms. The building’s wooden grid structure, which has been left completely bare inside, can also function as shelving.
A plywood bookshelf complete with fold-out desk has been integrated into the double-height living area of this cabin by Bornstein Lyckefors Architects. The room opens up to views of the surrounding Swedish countryside.
The second storey of this beachfront home by Jeff Jordan Architects features a double-height glass wall that offers impressive vistas of the New Jersey coastline. The interior contains a kitchen, living and dining room in open-plan configuration.
The central void of this townhouse in Montreal is actually triple-height, not double, and has been painted entirely white to reflect light from a glass opening at its top. Black accents on the staircase and light fixtures help create contrast in the otherwise minimalist space.
A pale clay brick wall acts as the backdrop to the double-height living area in this Sydney home. A large window with no visible frame sits at the top of the wall, giving the illusion that the space is fully open to the outdoor elements.
This double-height living room with vaulted windows sits within Cast Iron House, a 135-year-old building in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood that is being transformed into apartments by Shigeru Ban. Interior designer Brad Ford chose vintage furnishings in neutral tones to complement the light and airy space.
Color, pattern and plenty of punch – the Union Jack has it all. Making an appearance on everything ranging from celebrity attire to custom handbag clutches, it is pretty much everywhere these days. Its many variants have also found their way into home décor and design with throw pillows, rugs and art work bringing the Union Jack into your home. Today, we turn our attention towards kids’ rooms and how we can add the red, blue and white of the Union Jack to these already fun-filled and colorful spaces. It is bound to be a vivacious and exceptional ride!
Using flags as decorative piece in home design is nothing new. And the two most popular in this regard are undoubtedly the stars and stripes of the US national flag and the Union Jack. Both of them bring more or less the same hues and yet that Union Jack seems a touch more prominent and dramatic thanks to its design. Of course, many creative variants of the basic design allow you to usher in colors beyond just red and blue even while giving the kids’ room an instant facelift. Time to get started –
Power of a Vivacious Rug
The power of a bright and visually captivating rug in a room draped in neutral hues is truly immense. This becomes even more apparent when you have a design like the Union Jack imprinted on the rug. Allowing you to keep the rest of the room as neutral and curated as possible, it is the rug that brings all the color one needs; and it does so without overpowering the other decorative elements in the room. Of course, repeating the colors of the rug elsewhere gives the room a stylish and more polished appeal.
Gorgeously Framed Union Jack!
Maybe you would prefer to display the Union proudly on the walls of the kids’ room instead of using a rug with the motif. Finding the right wall art piece with the Union Jack incorporated depends both on the style of the kids’ room and its existing color palette. Rustic, shabby chic and eclectic spaces demand a decorative piece with a jaded and worn-out finish. A smart choice here would be to find an old Union Jack and to frame it beautifully; giving it a tasteful finish that still reflects the true texture of the flag. Custom wall murals and decals offer a pricier alternative that involves a bit more work, but the final ambiance of the room makes it all worth it.
Bedding and Throw Pillows
Does adding a rug or a large wall art piece with the Union Jack feel like a decorating commitment that is far too huge? Then throw pillows and bedding are your next best alternative. They allow you to try out the eternally popular motif in the kids’ room without fully committing to it. If your little one or young adult at home is unimpressed by the look, then switching to a different pattern is all too easy and inexpensive. In case of throw pillows with Union Jack design, one can even reuse them in the family room or living space with ease.