Yearly Archives: 2011

Terra Caribbean Joins the Real Spaces family!

One of the Caribbean’s leading Real Estate Agencies has just joined the Real Spaces family. Terra Caribbean, carries premium properties in many caribbean countries including Barbados, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. This addition will guratee that persons seeking premium properties for rent or sale in residential and or commercial categories can now browse select properties from this agency.

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5 Small-Room Rules to Break

By Susan Kleinman

 

Rule to Break: Paint Small Spaces White
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. “But the place just looked gray and dingy,” says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment’s main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.

“Although the apartment is small,” says Olsen, “it’s actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white.” For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn’t shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). “To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen,” Olsen suggests, “paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you’re eye doesn’t stop at the ceiling line.”

 

Rule to Break: Stay Away From Lots of Patterns

Solids, tone-on-tone textures and small prints can make a room feel larger by making it seem calmer. Sometimes, however, calm can be, well, boring. But there’s no chance of dozing off in this dressing room designed by April Sheldon. With its bright red chinoiserie wallpaper and zebra-patterned rug, the space is vibrant and lively. And rather than make the nine-and-a-half by 10-and-a-half foot space feel even smaller, says Sheldon, the patterns actually enlarge the space.

“I think big bold prints on the walls and lots of pattern in a small space really distract you from the size of the area,” says the San Francisco-based designer. “The room takes on the feeling of a walk-in art piece.”

Of course, not every mix of patterns will work well in a small space. The key, says Sheldon, is to make sure that the scale of the pattern varies. “If the scale of the wallpaper and the rug had been the same, it would have been overwhelming.” But because the wallpaper’s pattern is much smaller, the room looks – and feels – comfortable, rather than cramped.

 

Rule to Break: Keep Knick-Knacks to a Minimum

Small, spare space; sleek, empty surfaces. It’s a great look for a trendy hotel room, says New York-based designer Alan Tanksley, but at home, even the smallest space benefits mightily from the addition of favorite objects and collections.

Although the main living space in Tanksley’s own studio apartment is just 400 square feet, it provides several of what the designer calls “visual destinations” – arrangements of interesting objects carefully placed on shelves and tabletops to attract the eye. Among his favorite arrangements is a collection of white objects from several centuries and many countries, grouped together on an antique roll-top desk. “Although they’re made of different materials,” he says, “the objects harmonize because they are a single color.”

Which is not to say that colorful objects can’t work well in a small space, too; it’s just a matter of editing. “Always remember that you need a place for the eye to rest,” says Tanksley. “It’s better to group a large number of like objects together than to scatter them on every tabletop throughout the room.”

Rule to Break: Very Small Rooms Demand Very Small Furniture

While small furniture leaves more room for walking around in a small space, miniscule couches and chairs are rarely comfortable. So rather than place two pokey little loveseats in this 7×12-foot sitting room, designer Amie Weitzman built large seating banquettes into the blue-tweed-upholstered walls.

“This room is part of a guest suite,” explains Weitzman, “So comfort was really the top priority.” The sofas are deep enough to sink into and large enough to flop onto, “and building them right into the wall,” Weitzman says, “buys you a few extra inches of floor space.”

Even if you are using freestanding pieces in a small room, you can go with substantial furniture. “The one thing to make sure of,” says Weiztman, “is that if you need to, you can walk around the furniture comfortably.”

 

Rule to Break: Hang Lots of Mirrors to Visually Expand a Space

True, mirrors reflect light, which can make a little space look brighter. And yes, mirrors will reflect the depth of the space to the opposite wall, making the room appear larger. But do you really want to look at a reflection of a blank wall – or stare at the same painting in duplicate?

“Sometimes,” says New York-based designer Roderick N. Shade, “a room is so small that even if you mirrored every surface and every piece of furniture, you would just have a small mirrored room.”

So, instead of turning your small space into a hall of mirrors, why not just accept its petite dimensions – and then line the walls with art and objects that you really love, as Elizabeth Blitzer did in the dining area of her 625-square-foot New York condo. “There really is nothing wrong with a small room,” says Roderick Shade. “So sometimes it’s best not to try and make it feel bigger. Just make it the best small room possible.”

 

Sourced fromĀ HGTV.com

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Chic, Cheap Bathroom Makeover Tips!

If you feel like unleashing your creative potential this weekend, point your palette toward the bathroom. It’s the room where you can finish a project in a weekend and still have money left over to get takeout while you’re waiting for the paint or polyurethane to dry.

“The beauty of a bathroom is that it’s small,” says Gary Foreman, publisher of The Dollar Stretcher. “So if you’ve never sponge painted before, you can try it for an hour or two and if don’t like it, what have you wasted? You can paint over it the next day. If you’re in the mood to be creative design-wise, there’s no better room than the bathroom.”

Fun Looks Under $100

If you like the look of old fashioned tin ceilings, then you’ll love the Norwall Traditional Ceiling Tile Paintable Wallpaper $12 for 56 sq. ft. roll at Lowe’s). “It’s a textured wallpaper that looks like embossed white plaster,” says designer Audra Kennedy, of Audra Kennedy Designs in Huntsville, Ala.

Kennedy helped a friend apply it under the chair rail of a bathroom in an 80-year-old house. “We painted it and created this beautiful wainscoting. It looks fantastic and we put the wallpaper up in one morning.”

Paint and regular wallpaper (make sure it’s pre-pasted) can also dramatically change the look of a bathroom, says Kennedy. She put up grey diamond patterned wallpaper with a white background in a bathroom that had dark aqua tiles on the floor and shower. In 1970s houses with outlandish tile colors, “You need to do something interesting on the walls to draw the eye up,” says Kennedy.

When painting the walls of your bathroom, use bold, deep colors, suggests Kathy Wilson, editor of thebudgetdecorator.com. “Carry color onto the ceiling to keep it from looking broken up,” says Wilson.

Tired of your vinyl flooring? Paint it! Make sure to prime it first with a specialty primer and then consider creating a tile pattern or using stencils for a border. Follow with four to six coats of polyurethane, which essentially serves as a coat of plastic. Here’s another creative, and really economical, idea from Kathy Wilson: tear off irregular size pieces from brown paper bags, glue them to the floor and top with four to six coats of polyurethane. “It looks like leather or stone,” says Wilson. “You can also stain it different colors.”

Need artwork? Many designers suggest framing prints (from books, magazines or garden catalogues) that won’t ruin your budget if they get damp. In a children’s bathroom, hang kids’ artwork. Another great place to look for framed prints, including ones with a bathroom theme, is art.com.

In a bathroom, artwork can also be practical. For a wide selection of machine washable, whimsical hand-painted canvas shower curtains, many of which are under $100, go to www.showercurtainart.com.

Go Custom

Custom-made shower curtains by designers can cost more than $250, but if you pick out the fabric yourself, take your own measurements and hire a local seamstress to do the hemming, you can save a lot of money, says Kennedy.

Give your bathroom some texture by adding beadboard or wainscoting to one or all of the walls. The price will vary depending on how many tools you already own, says Kennedy. You can buy primed beadboard at Lowe’s, which also offers instructions for installation.

Big Updates, Small Price Tag

Choose a striking cotton or polyester fabric and get a custom-made shower curtain (about $250 for labor and fabric) and a matching valance (about $100). Keep in mind, says Kathy Iven, of Fabric Farms Interiors in Hilliard, Ohio, indoor-outdoor fabrics are becoming much more stylish and they won’t attract mold or mildew. (See www.calicocorners.com or www.fabricfarms.com for great selections). Spend whatever you have left on beautiful hardware.

If you’re tired of your vanity countertop but can’t afford to replace it, consider resurfacing the top. Granitclad has half the thickness of a granite bathroom countertop and a fiberglass backing so it can flex without cracking. Find a fabricator to come in, measure your countertop, and cut out a replacement that goes directly over the old top. It costs about $45 per sq. ft. so a three foot long vanity could be resurfaced for $300. For more information, go to www.granitclad.com.

Even if you’ve only got one weekend’s worth of time and a small amount of money, you can turn your bathroom into a stand-out room by Sunday night.

 

Sourced from HGTV.com

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