Beyond cinnamon and nutmeg

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Everyday Spaces | Comments Off on Beyond cinnamon and nutmeg

Beyond cinnamon and nutmeg

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to take those holiday boxes out of storage and dress-up the house. Every holiday season is the same. Ornaments and decorations collected over the years and displayed in the same way. And while we agree that family tradition and the ever-impressive red and green or blue and silver  are stunning, this holiday season we’re feeling adventurous. The beauty of decorating for the holidays is that it isn’t permanent, so you can be creative and try new things without costly investments in design. You can start with what you’ve already got, or go in a completely new direction. There are so many styles to choose from. Rustic. Simple. Elaborate. Elegant. Traditional. Contemporary. Anything your heart desires. It can be overwhelming, but have no fear, we’ve put together a pin board to help you get going. >> Get your pinners ready in 1, 2, 3… A wonderful and fun way to add to your seasonal decorations is to swap out your everyday artwork in place of seasonal pieces. Vintage prints, DIY crafts, and our personal favorite, all those holiday photos from years gone by, add endless joy to your home for the few weeks they’re on display. >> Seasonal artwork and ideas ahead… And now that we’ve got you thinking beyond the normal cinnamon and nutmeg of holiday decor, have a look at our Creative Holidays pin board for (too) many crafty and creative ideas to jazz up your home this holiday season. >> So many pin-worthy...

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Not your grandmother’s table

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Everyday Spaces | Comments Off on Not your grandmother’s table

Not your grandmother’s table

For decades the holiday table was seen as a formal affair, with a coordinated table-setting for 12 and guests spread uniformly along a rectangular mahogany table. Pa carving the turkey at the head of the table and Ma entertaining her guests at the other end, while the family dog waits ever-so-patiently for the first bits of the holiday feast to fall to the floor.  As lovely as that image seems, it’s not 1975 anymore and home designs, and its inhabitants, have changed. Homes aren’t coming equipped with formal dining spaces any longer and the kitchen is now the hub of excitement and family meals. Open floor plans and multi-use rooms are standard issue. Dining tables come in an eye-boggling variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Non-traditional entertaining styles are common, if not necessary.  So, whether you’re holiday is formal or casual, your table rectangular or round, or your goodies served on China or paper, we’ve gathered pin-boards full of eye-candy to help you pull-together a dining space that showcases your smorgasbord of goodies and encourages long conversations with friends and relatives. >> Dining space eye-candy  Plus, who knows — if the décor is pleasant enough you may not mind spending hours chatting with that long lost relative that seems just a bit too weird to even be a part of your family. { And if you’re feeling a bit DIY’ish and creative this season, pop on over and have a look at what we’ve pinned to help you get your creative juices flowing. }    ...

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Falling for inspiration

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Everyday Spaces, Latest News | 0 comments

Falling for inspiration

We know it may not feel like Fall right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make-believe. Take full advantage of the fun that Autumn brings and enjoy a Florida-style Fall that doesn’t include raking a single leaf or garden-destroying October frosts. Fall color palettes and Autumn decor add warmth to your home and get you in the pre-holiday spirit. Come time for Halloween, nothing is more welcoming than an entryway decorated with freshly-carved Jack ‘O Lanterns, haystacks, FSU colored wreaths, and cinnamon sticks. Our Fall-inspired Pinterest boards are sure to get your creative apple ciders flowing. From Autumnizing your outdoor spaces to incorporating Fall colors into your living spaces, we’ve done the research and pulled together lust-worthy designs for you to enjoy. So, go ahead, make some apple pie, light your cinnamon candle, and get pinning. Click through now to be inspired…                                    ...

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Pre-holiday dining prep

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Everyday Spaces, Latest News | 0 comments

Pre-holiday dining prep

Oh, the stress of the holidays. House guests, preparing lavish meals for twenty, entertaining distant relatives, driving here, there, and everywhere. We’re breaking into a cold sweat just thinking about it. However, this holiday season will not be like the others… We hope. This year we are resolved to keep the anxiety out of the festivities and simply enjoy the time that we’ve got with each other. And since nothing is more stressful, in our opinion, than the BIG dinner, we’ve committed ourselves to prepping our dining spaces a few weeks early. Perhaps we’ll even have a Halloween get-together to give our new space a trial run before the turkey even hits the table. Take a look at what we’ve got in mind and let us know if any of these will work in your spaces. And hey, if you want to have a trial run in your new space, we’ll be glad to accept your invitation. Click through to start the holiday preparations…...

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Converting the recently converted

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Everyday Spaces | Comments Off on Converting the recently converted

Converting the recently converted

Remember way back when you were feeling the affects of an empty house and suddenly had an extra space and simply nothing to do with it? We were there for you with tips on how to manage that Empty Nest feeling. But now that summer is here (not technically, of course, but it is Florida), and your college students are home for a few months and your relatives are heading south to enjoy the oppressive heat at our wonderful beaches and theme parks, its time to reconvert those converted spaces to indoor spaces with room to accommodate the flock. We hope that you took our advice and purchased or repurposed pieces that could work double-duty for your space. <crossing our fingers> Now all you have to do is make them work for visitors staying more than just a night or two. Take stock of your space. See what pieces are necessary and temporarily remove the ones that are not (or shuttle them into the closet). Consider moving the bed/futon/sleeper sofa to a position that will make it easy to fold/unfold everyday. Fill your storage pieces with toiletries, stationery, additional bedding, and books. This serves two purposes: It makes your guests comfortable and gives them a bit of freedom to linger and enjoy their own space, and it also keeps them from having to ask you every time they need something extra. Make room. Guests come with stuff and lots of it. Long-term guests are going to have months worth or items that need space and those short-term guests will suitcases full of beach gear and trinkets purchased at every tourist shop. A bedside chest, under bed storage pieces, or open shelving will fit the bill perfectly.   When you’re all set, take some photos for us so we can see how your space worked out for everyone. Enjoy your...

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Last good day of the season?

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Everyday Spaces | Comments Off on Last good day of the season?

Last good day of the season?

As the Memorial Day holiday creeps up on us from around the corner, many of us here in the south are already spending more time indoors for fear of melting on our beautiful patio. But in keeping in the spirit of this honorable day, lets spend what might be the last tolerable day of the season outside enjoying our friends and neighbors. Here’s what you’ll need to get your outdoor spaces ready for the fun. First things first. Pop outside and see what you’ve got for seating. Take special care on the spacing of that seating. Nothing is worse than spending your day moving your legs about as though someone is walking in front of you in a movie theatre. Have the seating close enough for natural conversation but not too close that you can share a plate (unless, of course, they got the last piece of cake). If additional seating is necessary, have a BYOC (Bring your own chair) get-together. Keep the seating out of the way of the grill so the crowds awaiting the perfectly cooked burgers aren’t standing on top of your seated guests.     Cleaning and organizing. We know this is the part that is dreaded, but it is certainly necessary for having a fun and successful party. Take a look around and organize side tables, serving areas, and garbage disposal opportunities to make sure that everyone is comfortable, has what they need, and aren’t in and out of the house like bored school kids. Get creative with your pieces as well. Non-traditional items can make excellent side tables and serving areas. See what you’ve got lying around the house and garage. Look at it sideways and upside down. Anything that is sturdy and has a flat surface will make do for a table. If nothing fits the need, come on down and say hello to us and we’ll gladly set you in the right direction. Once everything is sorted and organized, freshen everything up with a nice cleaning. Wipe off the pollen, wash cushion covers, and sweep or spray down the patio flooring (or set your bored school kid to the task).   Accessorize The best designs always come together with the accessories. Just because your outdoor space is, well, outdoors, doesn’t mean that your decor options are limited. Anything with fabric is a great way to add color and coordinate multiple pieces. Throw pillows, table runners, foot stools, and table cloths with like colors, patterns, or themes will bring it all together. Lighting is important as well. Standard lighting options are necessary, particularly for the later crowd, and will need to be placed around the area. Consider purchasing the yellow-tinted bulbs that don’t attract our pesky seasonal bugs. Additional lighting, such as candles and lanterns, not only supplements the traditional sources but adds to the design and ambiance of the area. Finish off your made-over space with fresh flowers and seasonal fruit. Pops of color and grab-and-go foods are excellent additions to any space, especially those outside. When you’re all set up and ready to go, take a few photos and send them our way. We’d love to see what you accomplished.      ...

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Everyday Spaces Extra: Making room for game day

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Everyday Spaces | Comments Off on Everyday Spaces Extra: Making room for game day

Everyday Spaces Extra: Making room for game day

So you want to throw a football party (or two) but aren’t thrilled about the disruption and chaos that a house full of football fans may bring. Fear no more. We’ve put together a few tips and ideas to get you partying and BBQing your way through the football season. | 1 | Be a mover and a shaker. – Move all items from the coffee table to the television wall unit. Shake things up a little and display those oversized coffee table books like they do in the bookstores: use book holders or even plate stands to create that Barnes & Nobles’ look. Fill in the gaps with your smaller pieces and photos. | 2 | Get creative. – Get creative with your seating. – seating why not use ottomans and decorative step stools for additional seating? During the week, use those items as side tables or place them under your coffee table. Stop in the store to see our inventory of tables that will help you pull this off. | 3| Cover up. – BBQ sauce, hot wings, and fizzy drinks can wreak havoc on your floors. Put an inexpensive area rug down during the season to keep your existing floors sparkling...

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Everyday Spaces Extra: Getting back outside

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Everyday Spaces | Comments Off on Everyday Spaces Extra: Getting back outside

Everyday Spaces Extra: Getting back outside

Is it finally coming to an end? Summer, that is … it’s been so hot and humid out there for so long, so we know that you are all inside enjoying your fantastically designed everyday spaces. But to pull you back outdoors we’re giving you some ideas to make your outdoor grilling spaces more inviting for all those backyard chefs and your non-football fan friends (gasp!). | 1 | Commentator Booth – Encourage conversation by creating smaller seating areas. | 2 | Halftime – Make the grilling area chef friendly by adding a few side tables and work spaces so they can really get cooking. | 3 | End Zone – Provide some shade, who knows people may stay outside for a while and spare your indoor...

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Everyday Spaces Extra: Empty Nest

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Everyday Spaces | Comments Off on Everyday Spaces Extra: Empty Nest

Everyday Spaces Extra: Empty Nest

Empty nesters, divert your attention to redesigning your newly vacant room. An empty room holds endless possibilities for your home. Get the most out of this new space by making it work double-duty. The Room Exchange team has compiled a few tips to help you create a space that functions as an organized home office and comfortable guest room.   | Replace the traditional bed for a double-duty piece like a daybed or sofa-bed. Futons are a great option as well, but look for ones that fold easily and have a firm mattress. Add accent pillows to the piece to enhance the look and add support for a fully functioning seating area. | Transform the closet into a hidden office. Wall-mounted shelves and a counter can transform an ordinary closet into a neat and organized work space. Unsightly electronic equipment and wires can be kept behind closed doors as well. When guests occupy the space, simply close the doors and your office disappears. | Re-purpose a piece. Tight spaces and rooms that have more than one function offer you a little leeway to be creative with the pieces of furniture that you choose. Dressers, wardrobes, and sofa tables are great pieces that can be re-purposed into additional storage, a television table, or a desk. Take a fresh perspective with you when you go shopping for your next great...

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Everyday Spaces Extra: Back to school

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Everyday Spaces | Comments Off on Everyday Spaces Extra: Back to school

Everyday Spaces Extra: Back to school

  It’s back to school time, and that means a lot more activity in your home office or perhaps even a newly vacant room that needs an identity. We’ve put together easy and creative ways to design and organize an office space that is not only functional, but livable. And to give your new everyday space an identity, we’ve compiled a list of ways to get the most out of that new space by making it do double-duty for your home. Don’t forget to check out what The Room Exchange Team offers you this issue as well as view the amazing rooms submitted by one of our customers. Here are a few easy tips and tricks from The Room Exchange team to help you get your office space ready. | Skip the office supply store. Fill your everyday office space with furniture, art, and accessories that create a warm and inviting space. Purchase items that fit your personality and make you happy. A well-decorated office is a productive office. | Avoid any furniture resembling a cubicle. Purchase furniture that allows you to appreciate that you are working at home. Don’t close yourself in. This will allow you to remain part of the family while working in your everyday office space. | Imaginative storage options. There are many storage options available now. Update your storage with some of these fresh and creative options. | Fabric covered baskets | Hat boxes | Leather covered bins or baskets | Woven...

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