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Multifunctional Furniture Saves Space and Can Be Fun!

A piece of multifunctional furniture is a space saver, and it can be great fun, too. I have seen a lot of ottomans with storage space inside them; that’s a great trend. Have you seen some other kinds of multifunctional furniture?

 Multifunctional Furniture Can Be Both Simple and Clever

Multifunctional Furniture - Tray & Stool

Photo Credit: Dezeen Magazine

When I saw this tray which can be used as a stool, and vice versa, I thought it looked very sharp and cool. That could be a real conversation piece, no matter what the setting.


Surrounded by Books

Multifunctional furniture bookshelf

Photo Credit: World of Novelty

I love it! A bookshelf you can sit on while reading and being surrounded by books. Isn’t that the ultimate in reading pleasure?

Let yourself think outside the box, and you can discover amazing multifunctional furniture and other objects. They range from snazzy to serious and should definitely be considered, either as a space saver, a fun thing, or both!

Call us at 206-774-0630 for a design consultation.

Countertops and Finishes

Here are some quick tips to consider when thinking about buying stone for new countertops. If you are confused by what kind of stone to buy, you’re not alone. Everyone has heard of granite countertops, but there are other kinds as well.


orion quartz for countertops

Photo Credit: Cosentino Group

Quartz (above) is very popular, and we use it a lot in our design work. Quartz absorbs almost no water, so it is good for kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Stain-resistant
  • Acid-resistant
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Impact-resistant



dekton for countertops

Photo Credit: Cosentino Group

Have you ever heard of Dekton (above)? It’s the latest thing in finishes. It’s a very innovative finish that looks like stone, but it is not stone. Dekton is a completely manufactured, or handmade, product. (Glass is, too.) Dekton is another one that we use a lot of in our design work, because it is:

  • Stain-resistant
  • Acid-resistant
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Impact-resistant


Since Dekton is completely non-porous, it is even more resistant than quartz. Furthermore, Dekton can be:

  • Used for stairs, countertops, flooring–you name it–anything and everything.
  • Used indoors and outdoors.
  • Manufactured in any color, to look like any finish and texture–rippled metal–you name it.


Interior Visions will help you select the right finish for your next remodeling project. Please contact us at 206-774-0630 for any additional questions.


Tips for Buying a New Rug — Parameters to Consider

You’re going to buy a new rug, and wish you knew which parameters to consider. The purpose of having rugs is to help you define and soften spaces. What do I mean by that? Say, for example, in a living-room type of space, a good rug will help you define the area by bringing a pop of color or interesting pattern that should be part of your design concept. We’ll give you some tips. So pour yourself a glass of wine or a cuppa joe, sit back, and get inspired!


Photo Credit: Camerich

Construction of Rugs

Rugs can be divided into two categories of construction: handmade or machine made. Most handmade rugs cost thousands of dollars. Machine-made rugs are inexpensive replicas.

Material of Rugs

Rugs can also be divided into two categories of material: they can be made from natural fibers, such as wool or cotton; or they can be synthetic, such as polyester. One of the best of the natural materials is wool. Another one of the best natural materials is flokati — similar in appearance to shag, but flokati is natural and shag is synthetic.

Choosing the Right Rug

Which construction and material of rug you choose depends, in the end, on the cost and on your budget. Area rugs can be an investment, both visual and financial. They can make or break a room and instantly change the way the space feels. For example, shown below is a wool rug from Room & Board. The light colors and pattern help tie together the modern living room of this lovely space.


Photo Credit: Room & Board


Actually, choosing the right type of rug is not as easy as it may seem. Some factors to consider when shopping for area rugs are:

     What type of lifestyle do you have? Do you have children running around? Do you have dogs with dirty paws?

     What’s the purpose of the rug? Would you like the rug to make a statement in your living room? Or will it be located in a place where people can sit while playing board games in the family room?

     What’s the style of your home? Look to complement the style of the space. An area rug doesn’t necessarily need to match something in the room, but it should work with the tones and textures of the existing furnishings.

     How are you planning to maintain the rug? A high-end rug is going to have to go to a professional at least once a year. Therefore, I’d like not to incorporate an expensive rug in a hallway type of space.

     What about comfort?  I like the use of natural fibers such as wools or cottons. If you want a lush, deep pile, synthetic fibers can give you a similar feel. It truly is a taste preference when it comes to feel.

     What about cost? Spending a bit more on a high-quality area rug may be more worth it to you in the long run than buying a mediocre-quality rug at a bargain store. However, nowadays you can score amazing area rugs at great prices by shopping online.

OK, now we can think about what the rug will look like. The Home Decorators Collection website gives us several elements to consider when buying a rug: size, shape, weave, color (including possible pattern), style, and material.

With our tips for buying a new rug, your project will be painless and, dare we say, fun!

Call us with questions at (206) 774-0630.

Pop of Color: Transform Your Home to Welcome Spring!

Emerging from our gray and rainy winter in Seattle, we Pacific Northwesterners are amazed to see such a beautiful color blue in the sky! How about bringing this gorgeous sky blue, or another color, into a room–or your whole house, for that matter–to make it look like spring? Spending as much or as little time and money as you wish, try transforming a room with a pop of color–here are a few tips.

Roman Shades Can Add a Pop of Color 

Indulge in some Roman shades for the window(s). Roman shades are one kind of shade. They come in different styles, too. This blue Roman shade certainly adds some comfort to the home or office.

Blue Roman Shades for a Pop of Color

Photo Credit: NH Blinds


Aren’t these red stools a brilliant pop of color (photo, below)? Your pop of color can be as outrageous or subdued as you like!

Red stools add a pop of color

Photo Credit: Dwell Magazine

Accent Wall 

If you’d like to be really bold and go all out, choose a wall to paint as an accent wall in some color. Get some ideas from this bedroom below. Inspired by the bedding, the homeowner chose this light blue color for the accent wall. How relaxing it must be to fall asleep in a bedroom like this!

Sofa Pillows to Colorfully Accessorize

If you prefer to experiment with baby steps instead, get one or two pillows for your sofa. Think about color and presence or absence of a pattern. You can even go “hog wild” (see photo below) and get a throw to coordinate with the colors in the pillows. In this picture, the greens of the pillows and the throw seem to be echoing the green of the tree leaves outside the window.


Give us a call at (206) 774-0630 if you’d like a design consultation. Happy Pop of Coloring!

Creating a Home Improvement Plan

Is remodeling on your radar screen? If you are thinking about remodeling and feel overwhelmed by the possibilities and scope of it all, then you are not alone!

As a design professional, I meet so many families that are unsure about how to move forward. Before you actually do anything, first create a plan for how to carry out your home improvement. But it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds.

I’d like to give you a few steps to consider taking — whether you are doing your home improvements yourself, or planning to work with a professional interior designer.

Home improvement plan

Home Improvement Plan: Interior Visions, LLC

  • Understand Your Design Style: If you have one, that is. Or create your design style. Off to the Internet! Searching the web for “design styles” can help you understand or create a design style that excites you. Windermere Real Estate’s website lists a compilation of the most popular design styles.


  • Create a Budget: Whether we like it or not, money is the name of the remodeling game, as far as what and how much of it you’re going to do. So sit down with a notepad and a cup of coffee or tea (or wine — I do some of my best thinking over a cocktail!), put on your thinking cap, and calculate, calculate, calculate!


  • Get Inspiration: This is the fun part! Think surfing, as in “surf the web.” There are so many great online design websites (like Houzz, Pinterest, etc.) out there these days that it should be easy to find one or two that speak to you. I often like to look on Houzz.


  • Create a Color Palette: Think through your color palette for your home as a whole, instead of thinking about color for one room at a time. You might like to check out the Sherwin-Williams website for some color inspiration.


  • Value the Importance of Drawings: Whether doing the remodel yourself or working with a professional, first make sure that drawings are done of your floor plan, and wall elevations done of a kitchen or bath, to ensure that everything will fit according to the design plan.


Don’t all these bits and pieces remind you of a jigsaw puzzle? It is crucial to consider how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and relate to one another – and they do relate – prior to you making any major purchases.

Please contact us for a consultation to help you plan your next remodel: 206-774-0630

How to Hang Your Art

People are always asking me about hanging pictures in their homes. Are you on the lookout for new ideas about hanging paintings and/or photographs on your walls?

Option 1: Making a statement with a single picture

Hanging one on a wall is, of course, simple enough. If you’d like to hang just one picture, make sure that the picture has an interesting frame or mat:


Option 2: Grouping your artwork

Another way to make a statement is by grouping pictures. I like to group those with one common denominator. This could be the color and style of the frames or mats. A very inexpensive way to match pictures is to spray paint the frames with the same color, and group them together. Displaying artwork in groupings can instantly make a room look and feel both chic and eclectic:

But hanging artwork in a stylistic form is sometimes easier said than done. If you don’t have an eye for arranging pictures, here are a few templates and ideas to use as a guide:

The Offset Grid: This arrangement balances a feeling of movement with symmetry, and is easy to build on over time.

Offset Grid Image for Picture Hanging

Illustration Credit: Room & Board


The Organic Arrangement: Breaking out of the box, this layout invites mixing of sizes and styles, and works for both large and small spaces. It is fun to follow the handwritten “Quick Tip: Align the frame edges along a vertical or horizontal axis and this style will look deliberate, not messy.” What a difference the two vertical alignments make in this graphic!

Organic Arrangement Image for Picture Hanging

Illustration Credit: Room & Board

For example:

Picture Hanging - Organic Arrangement

Photo Credit: Room & Board


The Adaptable Gallery: Using picture ledges allows you to move, change, and rearrange images as often as you’d like. You could overlap at least one frame, or add a small decorative item for even more dimension or visual interest. This way is good for flexibly displaying, not hanging, smaller photographs in groups. If you acquire more photographs than paintings, you’ll have the chance to experiment with varied arrangements.

Adaptable Gallery Image for Picture Hanging

Illustration Credit: Room & Board

For example:

Picture Hanging - Adaptable Gallery

Photo Credit: Room & Board


The Long Line: Extend a row of frames beyond the width of your furniture to create a gallery look. It looks surprisingly inviting–it really does look like a gallery!

Long Line Image for Picture Hanging

Photo Credit: Room & Board

For example:

Call us at 206-774-0630 to schedule a complimentary consultation on helping you simplify your life and fall in love with your home.

Turn Your Home into a Mid-Century Style Modern Showcase

Do you watch Mad Men? Have you been inspired by the 1960s décor? I am a huge fan of mid-century style Modern furnishings and accessories — what better way to bring the popular style of the Mad Men series into your own home?

Mad Men has been one of my favorite TV shows. It’s known as much for its historical accuracy and visual style as for its storyline. How can you not just fall in love with the fabulous 60s-themed set designs? I visualize how I can use some of those throwback accents in the rooms I am currently designing. The pieces of nostalgia, whether they are from your own childhood or your grandparents’, add that spectacular vintage touch with an air of comfort and familiarity.

I’d like to share with you some of this fascinating mid-century style with an article written by Lee Wallender, who began writing about home remodeling for About.com’s About Home Renovations in 2006. Lee is interested in vintage design, architecture, travel, and bicycling.

I found this information absolutely fascinating, as it provides an accurate history of the timeless mid-century Modern style and ways you can bring it into your own home.

One of my favorite resources for mid-century style Modern furnishings and accessories is Design Within Reach. It is the credit of the featured image of this blog.

I hope you enjoy this post! – Fabian

Why I believe that mid-century style Modern is timeless

Clothing trends, no matter how lovely or awful, never quite die. Pick the most hideous fashion fad – Crocs, for example – and you can bet that within 20 years Crocs nostalgia will sweep the world.

Yet many home décor trends get buried and lost forever in the never-ending cycle of retro revivals. Homes are difficult and expensive to remodel. It is far cheaper to strap on a pair of vintage shoes than to invest several thousand dollars in reviving a retro home trend that might look ridiculous once completed.

For decades, the 1960s were solidified in popular imagination as a psychedelic swirl of Woodstock, protest marches, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, peace, love, and understanding. This time was also fun, goofy, and whimsical. If anyone cared to deck out a home in late-1960s style, it was easy and cheap to do. Blow up inflatable chairs, hang a few beads, drape the sofa in wild paisley prints, add a papa-san chair: done.

Anything prior to 1966 was viewed as suspect – the work of “the establishment, man” – forgotten at best, reviled at worst. It was as if the styles during the period from 1960 to 1966 had been wiped clean and censored from history books. If that period was remembered, it was deemed unsexy, prehistoric, and ponderous.

Then the AMC television series Mad Men came along in 2007 and changed the paradigm, forcing us to reconsider an era we thought had been lost.

It’s 1948. Let the Sixties Begin.

Roots of 1960s Modern style began soon after World War II. Servicemen, flush with enthusiasm and G.I. Bill cash, returned home. Women who had toiled in war production factories also returned to the home. All grabbed the zeitgeist of the era and ran with it.

A feeling of optimism prevailed. Forward, upward, and spaceward thinking expressed itself in Googie designs such as Seattle’s Space Needle, Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, Palm Springs’ spaceship-like homes, and even Los Angeles’ dramatic finned, winged diners that looked as if they were about to lift off the ground at any second.¹

Architectural Influence

Architectural Influence

Urban city cores emptied out and people headed to the suburbs. Dense East Coast population centers migrated westward. Frank Lloyd Wright’s decades-old Prairie Style finally percolated down to the masses and saw fruition in the form of wide, low, and very horizontal Ranch and Rambler homes.

Horizontality is found in the desert as well, with its long, flat landscapes interrupted by few obstacles. Desert communities such as Phoenix, Scottsdale, Palm Springs, and Tucson burgeoned under the influx of émigrés seeking not just sun, but room to live: open spaces where a person could breathe.

It was a grand idea – in theory, at least. But by the 1970s, Modern had begun to flatline.

Death and Rebirth of Modern Style

In 1981, things reached such a low point for Modern style that novelist and social commentator Tom Wolfe declared it “exhausted, finished.”

He considered the Modern style to be soulless, dictatorial, cold. He wrote of architect-designed summer houses that looked like “insecticide refineries” and schools that resembled “duplicating machine replacement parts…warehouses.” ²

Architect Michael Graves designed the whimsical Portland Building in 1982 and it was branded one of the very first post-modern buildings in the U.S. <³> With that prefix of post-, it was clear Modern style was dead.

Mad Men show creator Matthew Weiner, long a closet fan of Modern, was acutely aware of this. He says “When I finished the [spec] script in 1999, there was still this feeling that mid-century was bad.”

Mid Century Furniture

Mid-Century Furniture

A Certain Kind of Style

Almost as soon as it aired, Mad Men fueled a red-hot madness for vintage-anything: clothing, cars, food, and cocktails. Every hipster tossing back “artisanal” martinis would not be doing so if not for the influence of the series.

The show’s eight-year run dropped several home décor styles upon us, though not all deserve to be remembered and maintained. Flip through any period Better Homes and Gardens and you will come across styles that burst into existence, burned for all of five seconds, and then disappeared forever.

One reason why some home styles are relegated to the dustbin of history is because they were misbegotten in the first place. You may find a few eccentrics who love the Knotty Pine Kitchen: twee and cheaply-built pine cabinets dressed up with loads of varnish and frosted with faux-Swiss cutouts and trim. As prevalent as this style was in the 1960s, you will find few homeowners today duplicating that style.

Weiner notes that, in the process of developing the show, he learned that period home styles were rigidly demarcated; to his surprise, he found out that there was both an East Coast and a West Coast version of the mid-century Danish Modern style.

It is no mistake that the most-favored Mad Men home style is not Don and Betty Draper’s 1960-era Ossining, N.Y., house with its blue palette, fake shutters, plaid wallpaper, metal-edged Formica counters, and, yes, knotty pine cabinets. The style that captures our imagination is Don and Megan Draper’s swanky, upscale, cool mid-1960s Manhattan apartment, so of-the-moment that it is furnished with a refrigerator from the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Weiner says that the Draper apartment, designed by set decorator Claudette Didul, is his favorite in the series. He comments, “(The space) satisfies a lot of my fantasies. It’s very sexy. There’s texture, wood. It’s open, but you feel protected. It’s very cosmopolitan. You feel smart there. You feel handsome.” 4

Turn Your House into a Mid-Century Modern Showcase

Think of your house as a set and yourself as a set designer. Begin with the more complex elements and work towards the easier, simpler ones:

Knock Down a Wall

For centuries, kitchens were kept separate from living quarters because theory dictated it was more prudent to keep this smoke-filled “workshop” away from cleaner living areas. It was thought that a woman’s place was in the kitchen.

Socially, the 1960s were all about knocking down walls: racial and gender barriers came crashing down. Physical walls fell, too. Soon, many suburban homes were designed around the open floor plan. Kitchen, dining rooms, and living areas all flowed together when walls were removed.

Load-bearing interior walls carry the weight of floors or the roof above. They can be removed only when replaced by load-carrying beams, a difficult project that requires the intercession of a contractor and structural engineer.

But few homeowners are aware that many interior walls are non-load-bearing and thus can be removed. Ample information is available online for methods that help you detect which walls carry weight and which do not. For instance, when a wall runs parallel to the joists above, it is generally not load-bearing.



Expose Those Beams

Modernists loved to show the underlying structure of buildings. The king of all Modernists, architect Mies van der Rohe, designed his famed Lakeshore Drive Chicago apartments to expose parts of the steel beam structure.

Exposed interior wood beams play off that desire for structural honesty. It is inadvisable to peel back your ceiling drywall to expose beams, as you will not achieve the desired effect. Structural beams originally meant to be hidden should stay hidden.

Instead, faux ceiling beams made of high-density polyurethane look incredibly like real wood, since they are cast from molds created from real wood. Manufacturers have improved the polyurethane mix so it perfectly duplicates wood’s exact colors.


wood paneling

Wood Paneling

Bring on the Wood Paneling

The words “wood paneling” may evoke thoughts of cut-rate paneling in rec rooms with ping pong tables. Regular department-store wood paneling deservedly got a bad rap: it was awful stuff. But the wood paneling you see gracing the Draper Manhattan apartment is sleek hardwood, not vinyl laminate atop chip board.

You can purchase and self-install paneling veneered in exotic hardwoods such as wenge, mahogany, zebrawood, or teak. These panels come in sizes that are easy to handle, ranging from two by four feet to three by six feet. With so-called invisible fasteners, they easily attach edge-to-edge. Veneer-wrapped edges mean you do not have to hide the edges as you must with the cheap chipboard variety.




“Bring the outside in” has been the goal of many architects over the years, and the 1960s saw this in full force when natural stonework began to enter the home. Partially this is the influence of the desert, a place where flagstone is found in abundance.

Building with real stone is tough and is best left in the hands of stone masons. But an acceptable substitute called “manufactured veneer stone” (or even more euphemistically, “cultured stone”) is a mixture of Portland cement, expanded aggregate, and binding resins. Thirty percent lighter than real stone and with pieces designed to interlock, it is easy work for a do-it-yourselfer to veneer a fireplace, den or living room wall, or home exterior.

Period Windows

Windows are a big-ticket item, so you should not change them out solely to achieve a Modern style. But if you are already in need of new windows, you might be pleased to know that window manufacturers have wised up to the fact that consumer-grade windows should architecturally match the home.

Andersen produces windows specifically for homes that aim to revive or maintain the Modern style. “Simple geometry, clean lines and the overt abandonment of architectural ornamentation characterize Modernism,” says Andersen.

In keeping with that edict, Andersen’s casement windows emphasize clean vertical rectangles and eschew all unnecessary ornaments.

color and patterns

Colors and Patterns

Furniture and Color That Make the Room

Low-and-flat is the order of the day with any Modern-style sofa. Sofas in Don and Megan Draper’s apartment are so low you could almost miss them as you scan the room.

Sofas in the Wells Collection at Room & Board are low, long, angular, and rectangular. You will find barely a curve in these harshly geometric beauties.

Be sure to go bold with colors, too. By the mid 1960s, pastels were passé, a sickening reminder of too-cheery Eisenhower America.

Homes were dominated by colors that were rich, vibrant, and earthy. Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams says “avocado green, burnt orange, cherry red, sage or copper” are the little “pops” that show against Mad Men’s restrained backdrops of black, white, or smoky gray. The best thing about designing with color is that most paint retailers can mix and match any color you show them.

Get Started

Renovating in a vintage style may seem intimidating, but take comfort in knowing you are covering ground that is already tested, tried, and true.

Mad Men-style remodeling means emphasizing:

  • Good, solid shapes, such as rectangles and squares
  • Underlying structural elements
  • Bold colors
  • Sleek, sophisticated wood and rugged stone
Madmen Style

Mad Men Style


1 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/google-architecture-of-the-space-age-122837470/?no-ist
2 Wolfe, Tom. From Bauhaus To Our House. 1981.
3 http://www.planetizen.com/node/66791
4 http://www.interiordesign.net/projects/detail/2343-welcome-to-1969-mad-mens-award-winning-set-design/
5 http://www.andersenwindows.com/home-styles/modern
6 http://www.roomandboard.com/catalog/living/sofas/wells-leather-sofas
7 http://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/project-profiles/residential/sw-art-stir-madmeninf.html

The Perfect Balance of Warm and Cool Tones in Your Color Scheme

Before having your home interior painted, first look at the finishes around the home — the flooring, fireplace, windows, etc. I have seen hundreds of homes that don’t have a balanced coordination of colors between the walls and the finishes.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, our winters are rainy and long. That is why I am a big fan of choosing a warm tone as the main color for the home. Furthermore, as an interior designer who likes to simplify spaces, I always create a clean color palette to keep the design simple, yet with a twist of drama, such as in one of our remodels:

The beige of the wall at the far end of the living room is in a slightly darker shade than the beige of the other walls. Use of different shades of the same color is my designer signature when working with colors.

Various Shades of a Color for Your Color Scheme

Using various shades of a color lets you experiment and create a sense of depth in the space. Then comes the fun part! Bring out some of your personality by adding accent colors. This is your chance to bring a pop of color to your space with a cool tone; the picture below uses a green color as the main accent color without disrupting the flow of the home.

For example, in another home remodel we did,  we painted the family room walls in two shades of warm tones. Then we selected sage green, seen in Nature, and incorporated those tones into the color scheme.

The result of that makeover is a tranquil combination of warm neutral and cool tones that flow from one space into the other. The new color scheme provides a cozy ambience that the family truly enjoys. Almost a member of the family, Nature was the inspiration for this color scheme.


Family Room Design

Family Room Design. Source: Interior Visions, LLC


Testing Colors for Your Color Scheme

Color Testing

Color Testing

Always test your colors on the walls before committing to them. The color you see in the paint deck is never the same color when you apply it to the wall, especially when you are working with neutrals.

Create at least 10″ x 10″ square perimeters on the wall with a tape called ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. In each square, paint a certain color for testing. When the paint is semi-dry, pull off the tape. Look at the color for a week in different light conditions before you commit to it. Creating a color scheme is not as simple as it may seem, but do your research or call a pro before your next paint job.

Let these ideas be food for thought! We are here to help you to create your perfect color scheme. Give us a call at 206-774-0630 to schedule a complimentary color consultation.

Quick Tips to Simplify a Home Makeover

Are you thinking about organizing and doing a makeover of your home? It is an overwhelming project for most families! Wouldn’t it be nice to hire an interior designer to do that… But if you don’t want to or can’t, you can still do a home makeover on your own. You can simplify your life. Any of us can make a change in our homes.

Makeover Recipe

However, to do so, you will follow a “recipe.” You must use these special ingredients: a) a bit of creativity, b) a dash of inspiration, and c) a sprinkle of willingness! So get ready… Here are the first steps toward transforming your home:

1) Collecting. Get started by collecting materials, colors, fabric samples, etc. You are limited only by your imagination! Then arrange the gorgeous pieces on a bulletin board or any other kind of board. You are creating a visual board for inspiration.


2) Sorting. You’re going to be going through and sorting your items to get them out of the way. (Eventually you’ll be doing some purging.) Don’t throw up your hands! Start with one room at a time; small steps equal large gains.

3) Grouping. When you sort, group items in clear plastic containers or bins. Get four or five bins. (You don’t have to make any purging decisions right away.)

4) Designing. If you are planning to remodel, this is the perfect time to design and be creative with color schemes, finishes, etc. Keep referring to your Inspiration Board.

Makeover of Kitchen Countertop

Once the makeover is completed, let your beautiful finishes shine! Keep countertop items to a minimum, which will help in highlighting the lovely architectural features of your home. (Of course, you’re “allowed” to keep your coffee/tea maker on the countertop.)


We did a home makeover for a client, who commented, “The [sorting, purging, and] packing were a rejuvenating process. That ultimately helped me transition to a new and happier life style.” Agree? Remember the phrase “simplify your life”? Sometimes “less is more.” And you will feel lighter!

Happy autumn! We are here to help you with your home decor. Call us with any questions: 206-774-0630.

Open Space and Furniture Arrangement

Furniture takes up space — no doubt about it!  If you’re tired of that feeling, look at these quick tips to help you understand open space: how to rearrange your furniture the next time you are thinking about doing something different with your living space.

  • Arrange furniture mostly along the sides of the room. In this way, you are opening up the space.
  • Be sure to keep in mind the dimensions of the space, and plan your furniture layout when striving for open space. Be conscious about the scale of the furniture.
  • Have some furniture that is multipurpose. This is one way to keep down or decrease the amount of furniture you have. Embrace versatility! For example, you could have an ottoman that can become an extra bed for a sudden overnight guest. Another example: A couple of extra chairs off to the side that are table height may also be used at the dining table when you have guests.
  • Keep only furniture that you love, or, at least, that you like.
  • Rugs are a great way to soften an open space and help define a space with multiple functions. For example, the rug in the picture below helps define the living room area of the open space.


Feel better now? It’s heartening when you feel a sense of encouragement that what you’d like to do is possible. I hope these tips inspire you to suddenly realize you can open up space with furniture. Get in touch with your interior designer, or DIY. Maybe an idea will pop into your mind about just what piece of furniture you can replace… or extend…or repurpose… Have fun!