Living Large in Under 1000′

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT MINIMALISM DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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Converted warehouses and commercial buildings are another type of building where a minimal decor works very well.  These structures are loaded with architectural details and have an abundance of light from oversize windows. The developers of these conversions do all they can to preserve as many of the original finishes as possible.  What is appealing to so many, however, can be daunting when thinking about creating a comfortable lifestyle….even for the most seasoned minimalist.  Designers, like me, love the possibilities!

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Living Large in Under 2000′

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT A MINIMALISM DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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Are We Ready To Be Minimalists?

THE BEST 5 WAYS TO APPROACH LESS IS MORE DECOR

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We’ve all had several years of being heavily introduced to the concept of minimalism.  It’s hard to troll the internet, read a magazine, or even watch some of the HGTV shows without hearing the word tossed around.  As always, when a new idea comes up, there are people who have written “how to” books on the subject. Nearly everyone thinks they “need this” in their lives now.  But what exactly is it…and can we really do it?

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One In One Out

A SIMPLE HABIT TO MAINTAIN THE LIFE YOU HAVE CREATED

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You didn’t save the ferns from last summer…did you?  Probably not.  If you did how many times did you sweep up those miserable tiny leaves?  To me, there are two perfect days in a Boston Fern’s life.  The day we proudly admire the porch ready for summer and the day we get to toss them in the trash!  It’s a love/hate relationship but one with a lesson.   It’s the One In One Out theory in reverse.

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Been Under Pressure Lately?

DO YOU NEED A MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY?

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We’ve prevailed and the major holiday is in the books!  The preparation, the event, the clean up…it’s exhilarating and exhausting.  Everyone is ready for some well deserved “me time”.  All we need now is permission, or the motivation, to allow ourselves to take it.

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Rising To The Occassion

SETTING A HOLIDAY BUFFET LIKE THE PROS

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With a few simple tips, everyone can become a food stylist at holiday time.  Taking a little extra time can ensure the presentation of our special meals is as memorable as the season.  Setting a table is a breeze…we’ve been doing that for ages.  Styling a buffet is not something we do every day.  A pretty set up eluded me until I learned this one simple secret.

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I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair

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LAUNDRY AREAS FOR REAL PEOPLE

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It’s Monday and we all need a little Motivation to get the laundry done this week.  Half the nation has been on school spring break somewhere.  The rest of us have played hooky from weekend chores and enjoyed a little spring weather.  Regardless, in a lot of homes right now, there is laundry everywhere. Who are we kidding, this week is not too much different from any other week. There is always laundry to be done!  Unsorted, sorted and lying around in piles ready to wash, some in the washer ready to dry, some laying in the dryer wrinkling and hopefully some hanging and folded, ready to put away.

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Tiny House – Terrible or Terrific?

WOULD YOU LIVE IN A TINY HOUSE?

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“In 1931, Airstream began with Wally Byam’s dream: to build a travel trailer that would move like a stream of air, be light enough to be towed by a car, and create first-class accommodations anywhere.

Every inch of an Airstream has a function. Airstream is the most thoroughly tested brand in trailer history.  Its engineering is the culmination of over 80 years of experience plus millions of miles on roads throughout the world.

With Airstream, there is no planned obsolescence. Airstreams of the Thirties are still on the road today, sturdy and modern as ever. They are intended as a lifetime investment in happiness.”-Airsteam Website

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To many of you in the under 50 group, you probably don’t even know what an Airstream is.  To those of us over 50, we remember this was the dream of most of our Dad’s.  If he could have pulled his Airstream with a beautiful Buick all the better.  Reality was more like a Starcraft pulled by a pick up but that would not make a good post so we will stay with the silver bullet above.

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Living in a Big Old Box

5 THINGS TO CONSIDER IN WAREHOUSE LOFT LIVING

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Living in a converted warehouse loft apartment is a dream for a lot of us.  For many it becomes a reality.  There is an excitement about living in a historic space that has been “saved” and repurposed.  Exposed brick, still with markings of where old machinery might have been placed; concrete floors with cracks, chips and holes from years of feet working on them; huge windows and shiny new exposed HVAC; all these elements are so appealing they suck us right into a lease or a purchase at “Hello”.

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It Takes a Village

TO MESS UP OUR HOMES!

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If only this were true and everyone in the house was a trained organizer!

Reality is we have more hunters and gatherers.

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