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In today’s market, many of us are looking to repurpose and reassess our home spaces. What are we using inefficiently? Where is the
unused space?

Laura VanSickle of Closets by Design says more homeowners today are rethinking their rooms and converting them into usable spaces. Instead of adding more rooms, give some thought to your existing layout. Is there a guest room used only once a year? Is there a
corner that would perfectly hold a small computer station?

For many, there is a large room that is underutilized and can be made more valuable – the garage. So many of us have already replaced
our parked cars with boxes and boxes of “one day” or “just in case” items. One day we discover we can barely walk through the garage. It
truly becomes a dysfunctional room.

“I dressed up my front door, but inevitably visitors pull in the driveway and come through my garage to enter the house,” says VanSickle. “So I solved the clutter problem and made the garage an organized entry point for my home.”

Closets by Design has a series of components to organize your garage, including a new product, Design Floor©, a non-epoxy flooring
system made of a polypropylene mix and rubber which is non-slip and repels dirt and grease. With its interlocking design, water and dirt
drops down below and can be easily blown out. If there is a problem, just pop out one piece as necessary…

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Closets By Design.

For more information on the products mentioned in this story, please call Closets By Design at 704-588-7272 or www.closetsbydesign.com.

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Mary Stonecypher, of Olivet, posted some of her ideas for sprucing up a sterile kitchen along with some great links to get you started.  Here they are!

  1. Hang colorful, printed dish towels and mitts on hooks or oven doors for extra dimension.
  2. Add little shelves to blank walls to display spices and bottles.
  3. Frame a piece of light weight pegboard and add to the wall for hanging colanders, pots and utensils.
  4. Never underestimate the impact of fresh flowers, they can do wonders for a blank canvas.

For more creative ideas from Mary visit olivet.squarespace.com.


Control clutter with this idea from Better Homes & Gardens.

A pair of stacked shelves flanking the appliances offer stylish storage. You’ll need a miter saw to make the joints on the molded base and cap of each unit, but pre-cut shelving and furniture legs from a home improvement center offer shortcuts for most of the construction. Build the units so they’re slightly taller than your appliances so you can rest a slab of solid surfacing or laminate countertop on them for a work surface.

For more ideas visit bhg.com.

This classic pair of contrasting colors is sure to make a statement in any room in your home. These are just a few of our favorite room ideas from Martha Stewart.


Our favorite ideas from Real Simple:

  1. For maximum pop, try arranging the shelves with solid-colored items, like white ironwork or a vibrant vase.
  2. Use labeled boxes to house odds and ends without a home.
  3. Shelve items by type–pots on one level, books on another–for a systematic look to your kitchen.
  4. Give a room contemporary flair with open shelves and steel hardware
  5. Use a furry friend to keep your child’s favorite reads in place.

Make just a few seemingly small changes and rooms will suddenly seem richly reinvigorated.  These simple decorating ideas from Good Housekeeping are all under $35.

1. Soften a sterile bathroom with a collection of warm-hued bamboo accessories.
2. A streamlined stoneware caddy corrals soap and wayward sponges in style.
3. Steady hardcovers with a pair of X-marks-the-spot birch bookends.
4. Ripening fruit becomes a no-fuss centerpiece when it’s displayed in an oversized acacia wood bowl.

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Tile Your Backsplash

Transform your kitchen with a new backsplash. This easy (really!) DIY project will add sophistication to your space. Consider small tiles on a mesh backing for the easiest installation.

Create a Custom Shelf

This simple shelf can be made in just a few hours to finish off an entryway, bathroom, or bedroom. You just need a few supplies and basic woodworking skills.

Big Impact with a Little Fabric

If you love your lamp base but the shade needs help, give it a facelift with a modern fabric. Working with a drum shade allows you to use almost any textile; a tapered shade looks best with a small overall print or a solid fabric that doesn’t require a pattern match.

Redo Your Mantel

Mantels can be tricky to decorate. But in an hour or two you can give your mantel a new look. Here a collection of old books is casually stacked, giving the mantel character. Small accessories provide an interesting contrast to the book collection.

For more easy weekend decorating projects visit bhg.com.

Circa Kitchen 2
Architect Ken Pursley, of Pursley Architecture, designed this wonderful home here in Charlotte.  This is a beautiful space that happens to function as a kitchen.  In the pantry, pictured above, an under-mounted stainless-steel sink by Franke is set into a Lagos Azul limestone countertop. The wall-mounted faucet, with a separate sprayer, makes for easy cleanup.

Circa Kitchen
The kitchen countertops and alcove walls are made from large slabs of Calcutta Gold marble. A 17th-century Italian wall sconce above the Viking stainless-steel range adds a little counterpoint.  For more information about this Charlotte kitchen visit housebeautiful.com.

hdJSCxCottage Chic tries to bring handmade furniture, simple and easy-to-care for upholstery, original art, retro appliances, and difficult-to-find items together in its three North Carolina shops.

OUR PICKS FROM THE COASTAL COTTAGE LINE:
Lake Norman Breakfront
Falmouth Chest
Sea Island Secretary

For more information about Cottage Chic and their Charlotte shop visit cottagechicstore.com.

xGwpwcFor a decade Michael Graves has been rethinking the everyday with beautiful, magical results.  Celebrate Michael Graves’ 10 year anniversary with Target by sprucing up your laundry room.  For more information about their collaboration visit target.com.

OUR PICKS:
Ironing Board
Drying rack
Triple Laundry Sorter

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