Can I Put My Bed In Front Of the Windows?

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Q. Can I put my bed in front of my windows in my bedroom even if you see it from outside? Elaine

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A. The answer is absolutely, you need to space-plan the room the most effective way possible taking advantage of all locations the bed could be and not feeling constricted by the window location. I know this can be difficult to comprehend but trust me, you will enjoy your well designed room far more than the view from the street. Above, an iron bed is a nice choice because it allows the natural light to flow into the room and not be entirely blocked. Left, is an example for my clients/readers that just cannot grasp this concept, replace existing windows with a transom or windows that are less high so only a small portion of the window is blocked. I also love the idea of plantation shutters above the headboard adding to the design aesthetic of the room.

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It also does not matter if your window is centered in the middle of the bed or the windows are separated. Adding interesting window treatments or creating a layered effect helps the location look purposeful, above woven shades and soft sheers are just lovely in this space.

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Five Ways To Design A Lodge

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Introducing Great Point Lodge designed by the Miller Architects, my all time favorite mountain lodge. Massive enough for all of your guests at 18,000 sq. ft. boasting seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms but the feel of a cozy cabin nestled in the breath taking Gallatin Mountains. Lets take the tour and talk about ways to design a lodge.

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Use Natural Materials- The most important way to achieve a rustic feel is to use natural materials from the surrounding areas incorporated with reclaimed lumber and natural stone.

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Dramatic Lighting- The scale is paramount in homes like this where massive ceiling heights and wide open spaces make up the interior.

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Create Cozy Spaces- Reading nooks and window seats provide quiet areas for guests to retreat and making the lodge feel like a cozy cabin.

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Fireplaces- This goes without saying in a lodge home and the use of natural stone with reclaimed lumber mantels completes the look.

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Bunk Beds- Incorporating built in beds and utilizing the height of the lodge is aesthetically pleasing and functional. What kid doesn’t love bunk beds??

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A Screened In Porch- A lovely place to relax and enjoy nature and the beautiful surroundings of the Gallatin Mountains.

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There you have it, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lodge homes ever designed. A home that will inspire generations of lodge homes and memories for families and friends to gather. If you have a lodge home or log cabin we would love for you to share it with us.

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Golfer Greg Norman’s Getaway: Hobe Sound, Florida

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Golfers travel to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world for their profession, so you can imagine what they look for in a vacation home. Featured in Coastal Living Magazine May 2013, this oceanfront cottage located in picturesque Hobe Sound not only delivers exquisite sunsets on the beach but an inspiring coastal interior.

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The home is raised to withstand the elements of coastal living and continues a design aesthetic throughout of laid back luxury. Scrumptious Ralph Lauren Home lighting, distressed white floors with touches of cobalt blue and red create a crisp clean look.

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Who could resist a view like this, I could definitely relax here. Love the bold, blue and white strips with a pop of red against the white backdrop.

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Grass-cloth in the bedroom adds an element of texture and is just lovely with a natural coral lamp and upholstered headboard. The color scheme is carried throughout the cottage, keeping the positive energy flowing.

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There is always room for some whimsy in a vacation home, how about a mud room that feels like a boat interior or a bed suspended by nautical ropes, love it. Happy Friday!

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How To Select Bathroom Tile

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Q. What are some tips or guidelines you use in picking bathroom tile? I’d like to re-tile a master bathroom floor, sink backsplash/wall, shower wall and floor. How many patterns would you choose? Where would you use a small pattern vs a large pattern? Glossy or Matte? Mixing materials like Marble and porcelain? Karen

aatile9 A. I do dozens of bathrooms per year and the type, size and look of the tile depends on the design aesthetic you are creating. There are no rules, I have found making recommendations based on the function and aesthetics work best. Learning about the tile options and current trends in bathroom design will help in making your decisions.

Create A Plan- This is a layout determining where the tile will be. No worries, your plan can be a hand sketch or elevations of each wall, it doesn’t have to look like this plan below. It is a guide for the tile installer to follow detailing where the different tile sizes, styles and heights will be. In the first image a larger scale subway tile gives the floor depth and definition while the second image features a mosaic tile floor adding texture to a zen-like bathroom. If you shop at a smaller tile store the professionals there can assist with your layout if you have a general idea of the look you want. Even as a professional designer I rely on my local tile store to see the latest trends.

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Tile Types- Maintenance and durability are always a high priority on my clients list, here a few popular choices. Porcelain tile always scores high, wearing like iron and is virtually maintenance free. I like using them on floors and in showers. Ceramic tile for a sleek smooth finish, also very durable and sometimes requires a sealer. Natural stone- there are several different types and finishes, most of my clients that want a natural stone are going for a textured more organic look, requires a sealer. Glass tile- very popular in bathrooms and easy to maintain when used on the walls. If you like the look of a solid glossy tile, I suggest using them on the walls verses the floor from a practical stand point and slipping then find a coordinating tile for the floor maybe with a bit of pattern.

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Tile Selections- Start by selecting what you like don’t worry about durability or cost. Once you have determined what you like you can find the look in different types of tile and at different price ranges. You may fall in love with a particular pattern and then use the same pattern in different shapes and sizes to create interest or you may want to mix different tiles together, anything goes.  Below is a tile I just used in our beach bungalow renovation, a wood look alternative.

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Designer Tips- If your bathroom is small the maximum tile size I suggest is a 12 x 12 or smaller-Run the floor tile on a diagonal when possible it really opens up the space-In the shower use a decorative border at eye level and turn the top half of the shower tile to a diagonal-Use tile on the walls if you love tile or switch to wainscoting if you don’t- Add a back splash above the sink you will thank me later- Consider a recessed shelf in the shower for shampoo and soap-I hope my tips help make the selection process run smoothly friends and don’t forget you can always email me.

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