Posts Tagged ‘home’

Have you started your spring cleaning and de-cluttering regimen yet? Out with the old to make room for the new, as I like to call it.

Here are a few spring cleaning tips to de-clutter and organize your home whether you are putting it on the market or just want to feel fresh and renewed for spring.

Spring cleaning is a big deal for many people. It helps de-clutter after the big holiday season, it reduces unnecessary belongings, frees up valuable real estate and make a space feel good.

Everyone has their own way of cleaning but the best way is to start at the top (may that be your attic or the top of a bookcase) and work your way down. Go through each room dusting and organizing items. Look at each room and evaluate if the room is serving its purpose or is it multi-functional. Make a list for each room putting things into 4 categories (trash, donate, return, need). If you are looking to put your home on the market now is the best time to get organized by eliminating items like paper files, old clothes from the closet, old furniture or broken items. Define each room, an office, bedroom, dining room, it’s never a good idea to have a buyer walk in and say “what is this room?” or “why is this in here?”

When you’re looking to get organized think about storage and how to maximize space. We all need a little more space here and there. Here are a few things you can do to get organized and decorate at the same time.

*The drawer of photos you keep putting off, start hanging them up or put them in a decorative box for display.

*The piles of paper, look at getting a nice file cabinet that won’t be an eye sore in the room or even decorative baskets stacked up look much nicer.

*Hang those plates on the wall with plate holders.

*Organize jars or personal items on a tray in the bathroom

*If you’re not into using bleach or heavy solvents like me try using (fresh lemon juice, water and backing soda or white vinegar) these ingredients will clean anything and leave a fresh scent behind too.

Have fun with it, use this time to recall great moments while you pack them up to make room for new one.

I started my spring cleaning with the closet. I have three trash bags full ready for charity.  What will you be donating this spring?

Need help getting organized, Shaping Spaces Group can help. (323) 864.5433

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Create A Sustainable Living Space

Here is a great site with wonderful selections of sheets, comforters or entire bedroom sets include natural bedding products made with organic cotton, silk, flannel, and other earth-friendly, chemical free comfortable materials.

I learned that one should be taking baby steps in the beginning of wanting to live more green, so as not to become overwhelmed thus giving up.

Starting with the purchases you make for the home. Organic bedding is one small option that will not only feel good on your skin but it will be a big step in doing your part to reduce your own carbon foot print, not to mention it will put any allergies and chemical sensitivities to rest 

Check out these great organic items for the home.


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Interview with Cindy Dole of Home Wizards KFWB News Talk 980 AM

Tanya Griffin of the Shaping Spaces Group had the pleasure of meeting Cindy Dole of Home Wizards  at the CBS studio for a live on air interview for KFWB News Talk 980AM.

Follow the link to Listen in on quick tips for staging your home to live on a budget. Some of these same ideas can carry over to staging your home sale.



In-Store appearances for one on one decor advice.

Tanya is giving free one-on-one design tips at the Kirkland’s store at Verona Marketplace, 6333 Pat’s Ranch Road, Mira Loma, from 3-6 p.m. April 17th.

The next day, April 18th,  she’ll be out in the desert, at Kirkland’s at Pavilion at LaQuinta, 79-070 Highway 111 LaQuinta, Ca. 92263 – same time, 1-4 p.m.

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Do you wish your home would look the same as those magazines? Do you wonder how the colors that you see and the choices of fabrics and furnishings would look in your home together? You want that luxury look so bad that you find yourself driving to Home Depot or Lowes looking at different paint swatches, taking sample after sample home but afraid to paint. So why do you still have your walls in the builder’s white paint it came with years ago? The answer is simple; you do not know where to begin and you don’t trust your inner voice.

For most who do not have the extra money to buy new furnishings, and all new accessories, here are some basic tips in achieving a Designer look that fits you:

1. COLOR – Painting is the cheapest improvement to update your home, it is also the easiest to reverse. Depending on your taste you would want to start by trying on different hues of paint. Try to use a neutral palette if you are not too sure of what color you want. It is the safest choice. Neutral colors do not have to be boring. You can use different shades of browns, ranging from light taupe to dark caramel or chocolate brown. When painting and you want to use a two-tone effect commonly used by designers, make sure that the colors complement each other. Consider also your current furnishings, are they going to blend well with the color of the fabric on your sofa or dining chairs?

2. FURNITURE PLACEMENT: People are often challenged with arranging their furniture ending up putting sofas against the walls. Although there may be times that this is the best choice, consider placing them flanking or facing the focal point of the room. Put sofas and chairs in a conversational way. A good rule of thumb to have a minimum of 18 inches clearance between sofas and coffee table to allow for knees not to bump into the table yet close enough to be able for a seated person to reach for the items on it.

– Bedroom furniture placement can be another point of some confusion. Make sure your head board is on the focal point wall. If you have a square room, it is easy to do…but if you have an irregular room, look for the window and door placement. Let those be your guide, you always want a good comfortable flow through a room.

3. WINDOW COVERINGS: Hang curtains over your window blinds.  Hanging curtains, whether you have any window blinds or not help in addressing privacy, as well as soften the look of the rooms you’re decorating. Match the colors of your furnishings and wall paint or make sure they complement each other. Use texture if you are designing in neutrals, so that the room will look more interesting.
– lower ceilings, to give the illusion of height, hang curtains from ceiling to floor.

– Small window, you can give a sense that the window is bigger by hanging the curtains wider than it should, layering curtains with sheer panel underneath can help in achieving this illusion.
4. ACCESSORIZE: Now the fun part, accessorizing. (Kirkland’s is awesome for finding great deals on amazing items)Put framed art on the wall; make sure that they are at eye level. Do not put a small frame in the middle of a very huge wall. It will look awkward. Make sure to have a unifying theme for the room you are decorating, for example, if you would like to decorate in an Asian theme, this should repeat in the accessories you would use in the entire room. From the throw pillows, flower vases, lamps, etc.
– Do not be afraid to use varying texture to achieve that designer look. Mix things that sparkle with textured items. This puts more dimensions to your design.

Hope these few tips help get your creative juices flowing. Good Luck,

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For an instant makeover add a throw pillow or two. A unique pillow could be your bold splash of color, and texture to liven up an otherwise basic sofa, bed or chair, both indoors and out. Don’t be afraid to mix and match sizes, patterns and textures as long as they complement the overall color theme of the space and they make you feel good about the design.

 sofa no pillow  Boring before pillows

 sofa with pillows  Brought to life with pillows

 – A few large pillows look cleaner than a jumble of smaller ones.

– Mix and match and layer patterns and sizes to give depth to the design as long as they have a common color

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 – Spruce up simple chairs, these pillows tie into the art work above the chairs.

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Anything goes when it comes to selecting fabrics. You can buy beautiful decorative pillows in a myriad of stores and boutiques like Kirkland’s or get creative and make your own. If your handy with a sewing machine try visiting your local upholstery house and ask for scrap fabrics, they will usually sell it for pennies if not give it to you to make your own or recover your old ones.

Live Green – Design Well

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