What is flow? Flow is the ease of movement through a space. It means we aren’t tripping over ottomans, weaving betweens chairs or scooting around coffee tables when we try to move through a living room.
There is no reason your living room should not flow.
If it does not flow it typically means one of two things. First, there’s just too much stuff. Get rid of what is unnecessary. Store it, sell it or donate it. Second, you didn’t plan. You should always know your measurements. Know the measurements of the space, the furniture you’re trying to put in the space and the negative space.
Negative space is the area you actually live in. It’s the space between the coffee table and sofa where your legs go. It’s the space that you use to float that pouf between your chairs and sofa. When you plan the space for actual room to function and live in you will find the flow throughout the space.
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We love being outside during summer time and in Southern California we try to find any excuse to get outdoors. That means we’re going to want to get the family outside and enjoy dinner as much as possible. Why wouldn’t we?
It should be no surprise that a summer home trend would be all about outdoor dining. The weather’s right, the food is warm and the good times are plenty. It’s the perfect combination for all to enjoy. Plus it’s an easy way to entertain any guests coming over. Set up shop outside and keep the mess to a minimum and the laughter to a maximum.
We grabbed a couple photos to show you what others are doing outside, but don’t just sit here and wish you could do this! Make it happen and bring your families dinner outdoors tonight!
A mirror is a great piece to add to your entryway or a vignette. They can help bring light to the space and add a different look than the usual wall art. To take it up a design notch, try incorporating a round mirror. They offer a unique look and style that the typical mirror cannot.
People often ask, what are the rules to hanging mirrors or artwork? What are the measurements? Let us sum it up quickly and easily for you guys:
1. The mirror or artwork should be two-thirds (2/3) or three-fourths (3/4) as wide as the side console. Get out those rulers and start measuring!
2. If you are hanging a mirror or artwork above a side console or furniture you typically hang it 3-8 inches above the furniture. This is a general height that can be adjusted to your liking and will depend on how large or small the piece you are hanging is.
3. If you are hanging a mirror or piece of artwork on a wall on its own, depending on the size of the piece being hung, you typically hang it 55-65 inches above the floor. The general measurement depends on how high the wall is and what is to be hung.
These measurements are of course general guidelines that will get you started on your designing you space. At the end of the day, it’s your mirror or artwork being hung so do what you think looks best. If you want your art to bigger than your side console than be our guest. It is your home after all.
I know we got lost in the measurements, but a round mirror is a fun piece to add to you home. Check out these round mirrors to get inspired by the look and play with the idea of one hanging in your home.
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Set yourself up to enjoy your patio or porch this summer and grab yourself a swing! Don’t miss out on swinging those summer days and nights away!
Swings are a great way to just relax and enjoy being outside. Since they typically need to be mounted to a sturdy, overhead structure, you will have the much needed shade to help maximize those enjoyable summer days.
When it comes to swing options you have many choices. Go for a classic swinging bench with comfy pillow tops, a cozy day bed style would offer endless napping opportunities and you can even opt for individual chair swings which are perfect for limited spaces. Get inspired by these swings and look into setting yourself up this summer!
When summer is in full swing we have one destination in mind, the beach! The beach is the ultimate summer spot, so why not make your entry way beach ready? You can do this with a couple key accessories and pieces! You need a minimum of three essential pieces in the entry way. You can use more, but we all know less is more so keep it simple!
The first thing you need is a place to sit. This can be a chair, a small bench or even a stool. You just need something where you can kick off those sandals and dust off the sand covered toes. No more tracking sand throughout the house. If your seat is something light and easy to move you can easily reach in a grab it and clean outside the front door.
The second thing you will need is a place to set your stuff down. A side table or even a wide ottoman can get the job done. Create a place you can easy unload after a beach day. This way you can drop it and forget it for the time being. Another option is to use a wicker style basket so you can place your beach towels or blankets in it so it can easily be transported to the laundry room.
The third and final piece to the beach ready entryway is a place to hang stuff. We’re talking an entry way shelf, a coast rack or at the very least a couple mounted hooks. This is a great place to hang the towels, your sun hat or your beach tote. Basically it’s another place to quickly unload form the beach.
Those are the three essential pieces that make the perfect summer entryway! It’s all about creating a space that helps you quickly and easily unload after a glorious day at the beach. Hopefully this helps you this summer and lets you enjoy those beach days more!
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It’s time to get that patio ready for spring and summer! Make up the lemonade because it’s time to get outside! It’s beautiful out here in Laguna Beach and we’re hoping it’s the same for everyone else no matter where you are! The patio is a great place to chill out, relax and even soak up some vitamin D. Set your patio up with a beautiful outdoor sofa or a set of rocking chairs to rock the day away in.
The patio gives you an excuse to be outside. Who doesn’t want to be outside on a beautiful day? We know we do! Plus once you set up your patio you’ve created an outdoor office if you work from home. Looks like work just got a little better 😉
So what are you waiting for?? Take some tips from these designers and see how they set up these stunning patios! Don’t miss out on this beautiful weather!
Garden stools are no longer limited to the outdoors. Can they still be used outdoors? Of course! But why limit yourself to just outside? They can be used inside or outside and they work great!
A garden stool can be used as a side table or even group them together creating a larger table look. It’s a fun and unique way to change up the design in your home! They come in multiple colors and styles giving everyone the ability to match any decor in any home.
Check out how these designers have used garden stools in indoor and outdoor spaces. Get inspired and try one out in your home or garden this spring!