Apartment Tips From An Interior Designer
March 28, 2019
Hi I’m ray this is my apartment I put together a lot of the furniture on my own in the space but I’m not a professional interior designer that’s why we have Bethany and she’s gonna give me some tips and tricks on how to optimize my living situation let’s go ahead and walk into my apartment this is my couch it’s the first thing that I’ve brought into the space and it’s pretty much what I designed everything around is there a reason that it’s away from the wall this is actually a giant chalk wall that you could draw on but I haven’t really drawn anything on it recently and that’s why there’s like this space in between so you wanted like a alleyway so people could draw on the wall well if you do want to save some space and add more space for more seating in your living room you can push this back to the wall and then you would probably be able to fit additional seating here you’d be able to have more people over so you don’t have to sit on your floor kitchen I think you unintentionally followed a really significant design rule which is the role of lines you have predominantly horizontal lines in your space and you’ve accented it really well with organic shapes like the curve of this coffee table and with your own plant pot that’s like one of the things that you learn in design 101 if you did want this space to feel a bit bigger the rug it is a little bit small for this space because you have the couch forward it works pretty well if you were to push this back you would want to have at least I’m gonna say like an eight-by-ten in here just so that you do feel like you’re using the entire space and you’re not so confined to this little box because when humans see a little box they tend to stay within the box which is just something weird that we do but if you have a bigger rug then you can you know spread out a little bit more and have more seating and anything like that what’s going on here looks like you had a system kind of happening I really love this storage system that you do have I think that the the scale of these little boxes on this shelf is not really gonna work because naturally you’re just gonna set things in front of the boxes and you’re not gonna be able to pull it out I have a different alternative like piece that you could use that would work really well that I use for my makeup storage is a toolbox for those big ones with all the different compartments but mine is actually for tools but it’s in that kind of style and I just made labels for each of the drawers with a label maker and it keeps me contained I built these shelves out of piping and some just like baseboard and it’s for the most part doing what it’s supposed to do but this is probably the most organized that it’s been but I just feel like it’s not really being optimized the whole point was just like so I would not have as many boxes because I have a lot of boxes in my apartment I find that it’s great because you could just toss everything inside the box but the problem is once you toss it inside the box you don’t know what’s inside yeah do you know what’s in you you tried to do a sticky now it says electric there’s Christmas decorations and this electrical box a BuzzFeed beach ball half of a styrofoam one workout glove a box for a Apple TV that I throw boxes away you don’t need them that kind of thing you do not need to hold on to you do not know no matter how much you think you’re gonna use this box you most likely I think boxes like this can be your best friend and also your strenght because of things like this where you just don’t know what ends up in them so if you do have a really good labeling system you’ll be able to point that I forgot I had this this is the old camcorder should we film the rest of this on that what I was saying before is if you have a good labeling system you’re less likely to put things that don’t belong in that category in the box with the stuff so I’d say label these boxes go through them empty it all out this is not bad it’s not bad this is not that bad I feel that you have some crystals here you could cut you your crystals in here I can do it on your books so that you can actually see your crystals you don’t charge your crystals in the full moon I mean might come in in here so buns so I think that the the books and everything are cool if you’re not reading them often you can just you know kind of go like this so I would go like this and then you can put little crystal shrine right here no that works I’m like now you can actually see stuff and I think that already looks a little bit more put together like you could take a photo of that and would think if I put together shelf but you do need something right here I’m trying to get better at storing and saving the right things because I collect a bunch of random stuff that I end up forgetting about but there are certain things that you know I end up spending a good amount of time on that I want to keep that are sentimental like this sword well you have this whole shelf that you’re dedicating just here weapons if you do want to display your weapon it could be really cool to mount them above your couch or mount them above your TV and like a crossbow kind of it could be pretty cool and then you would have this whole shelf to style and do something else with and just because you don’t actually see what this is if it’s just laying down like that overall I think the Shelf is like pretty good and I think this this storage you just need to go through it and figure out what you’re actually gonna use it this is um basically not being used yeah so if you did want to hide your power cords I like the trick where you put it in some sort of storage box one with like a slit in it like that one and feed the cords through it so that they go out the back and then you can keep the extra cord in the box that’s showing but you can still access it from the top and be able to plug things and that just helps ya keep cords you know as minimal as possible that’s all I really have to say this show has a lot of stuff it’s a little cluttered I think I think you just need a really solid storage piece like what I was saying before like a big industrial kind of tool box and have a place for everything labeled and then you’ll be able to style the shelf with more alcohol if you wanted to you had a big piece over in that corner that would house you know you’re so accoun that you’ve been collecting it stuff because you don’t have a garage obviously to be able to put up a big pegboard and pegboard lay what that one oh not quite this those types are pretty big and you could I mean I love that I love that you have it just basically as like an art installation it’s like the biggest pen shelf I keep my pens and my post-its my tape talk about these these are my favorite things these were actually from a old DIY tutorial that I made a few years back and they’re plaster dragon eggs I just kept them all these years because I’m surprised that they haven’t broken throughout all that removes they’re really cool and I really like them and I do really like these shelves that you built I think this is a really good cool solution you could get little smaller things to put these in if you didn’t want the visual clutter but overall I think it’s it’s pretty decently organized I don’t think there’s too many things wrong with it and I do like that it’s kind of turned into like an art art piece in itself yeah I think that you could definitely show that off a little bit more keep collecting art little quirky things and putting it on here thanks for checking up my space and fixing what I have I’m gonna try to make sure that it works thanks for having me I’m taking about the knees advice and I’m finally cleaning out my storage boxes and all of these guys just been collecting dust inside a storage box so I’m finally gonna throw them out because like Bethany said don’t hold onto boxes I took revenues advice and I pushed the couch a little closer to the wall and it definitely opened up the room so much room that I even had enough space and small a new chair closer to the window the carpet does look a little smaller but I’m planning to change that off later on Bethany suggested having a storage system with really good labels so I’m still keeping the boxes but I decided to move them forward so that they could still be used and be easily accessed and this way it would hide all the clutter behind the boxes I also got a label maker so that I could finally print out some labels so everything inside those boxes can be put away and labeled properly the Shelf is still a little bit of a mess but I’m plan on finding something new so that it could be cleaned up but all this is a work in progress overall I’m really happy with all of the little changes Bethany told me to do to the apartment and I feel like it’s a little bit more put together than it was before she got here
Photographing Interiors Pt 1
March 27, 2019
Quite a lot of you’ve got in touch and asked about photographing interiors and the particular problems that that poses now my chance Lizzy who runs this beautiful place called the mill which is just around the corner for me has had the bar completely refitted and needs some pictures of it so we thought we’d come down and talk you through the various sort of steps and problems that you’re likely to face if you’ve been on a one-to-one tuition day we means a good chance you’ve stayed here trust me it’s a lovely lovely spot so here we go this is the new refurbished bar at the mill completely beautiful with lots of lovely new touches like you know the driftwood here in the new bar new furniture and it all looks completely gorgeous when you’re going to photograph an interior you’ve got to go slowly you have to think this through one piece at a time you have to think about the problems and the issues and what you want to photograph now I’ve already had a chat with Lizzie the owners she’s told me what she wants to get out of the pictures so first of all let’s have a look around the room let’s have a little think about this it’s a beautiful room as you can see and I really really love all these little highlights you see where the sun’s coming through here and we’ve got highlights on the table but look if you look at my face when I stick my face into that Sun which is probably there that’s quite bright isn’t it that could be a problem for the camera to capture detail in the highlights and the shadows so we’re going to do first off an overview of the home the whole room the biggest problem is this high light shadow thing now of course I could put in a load of flash lights or something like that I’d only want to do it because that will kill the mood and the feel of the room now it can of course be done with artificial lighting but I’m going to spend an hour or more setting up lighting and all that kind of stuff to get the room beautifully lit this place is actually open already and I’ve already had to ask something if they wouldn’t mind having a coffee out there now we don’t want to interfere with their business and you know they can’t really fall to shut down so we can spend a couple of hours lighting it so my preferred option is to use available light because it captures the mood and the feel of the place that we’re in and I’m going to do some post-production if necessary to make it all kind of work right so what kit am I going to use to get this done you saw me carrying this big baby in through the door didn’t you use a tripod don’t even consider doing something like this without one and the heavier more sturdy the tripod is the better because if it’s light and the camera wobbles or moves or somebody walks past if you got a wooden floor just somebody walking past like that that can make the tripod wobble and vibrate as the floor vibrates we don’t want that to happen sturdier the tripod is the better I’ve had this one for years it weighs a ton it’s great for this sort of job right my trusty old D 300 checking that the lens is clean it could use a little bit of a wipe I’m using my ten to twenty millimeter zoom lens it’s a wide-angle it’s on your Sigma it’s nothing particularly fancy and it’s not a high you know wide aperture f/2 point eight or anything like that you don’t need super wide apertures for this sort of photography because I want depth of field I want things to be sharp so I don’t need that super wide aperture I want to probably use quite a small aperture I’m probably gonna be at around f-16 because I want lots of depth of field I want to see as much of this room nice and pin sharp as humanly possible hmm you’ll notice I’ve got a flash on there there’s a reason for that is because I’m going to demonstrate something to you first off I say we want fine excellent quality so I’ve gone to 200 ISO that’s our lowest ISO setting manual mode this needs to be done slowly you need to think it through and control it yourself so we’re going into manual mode I’ve already said I want lots of depth of field so I’m going to f-16 I could go to f-22 button to back it off a bit to f-16 because I know that’s where the lens is going to perform at its best white balance we’ve got all sorts of different colors going on in here these lights up here they’re going to be producing yellow light I don’t you may better see it on me as I’m standing here we’ve got daylight streaming in through the windows that’s going to be a bit blur without setting up a full lighting rig there’s not much you can do about that so we’re going to work with the available light and sort it out after so therefore I’m shooting in RAW mode because that gives me the ability to control things afterwards this isn’t cheating doing this stuff afterwards by the way it’s all just part of the way imaging works I’ve some reason taken that earlier I’m looking for the quick release that Ghost holds the camera onto my tripod I took it off the other day for something we were doing I think we were filming in the street and I just wanted this big lumpy piece of metal off the bottom of the camera while I was doing it right let’s just get that nice and tight that’s my quick release for the tripod that means I can get it on and off here very quickly if I need to you know without all that fiddly twiddly stuff let’s have a look at a composition let’s start off with an overall composition of the room to do this live view is brilliantly useful so we’re going to select live view there we go now see in the back there I can see what the room looks like in the back of my camera but my grid lines because I also need to make sure that my verticals are upright and they’re not doing this or that or skewing around which is really easy to happen right first off let’s get our composition and the first one I’m going to do I’m going to use these doors as a frame so it’s kind of like we’re pretty much as you are now you’re looking through the door there’s maybe a little bit of door either side and the room beyond because it’s a bit more inviting than just run do you know I mean now hopefully please you won’t come after me the large axe but I’m going to take that off the door so it will looks you know nice and proper I also noticed the other side of the room there’s another one of these look out for things like that it’s really really easy to miss them while you’re kind of lost in the complexities of photography and setting up your camera but it’s really really important to go around the room and check for things like that because when you look at picture afterwards you’ll kick yourself and then maybe have spent a load of time messing around trying to sort it out now the staff have been here and got the chairs all lined up nicely apart from that one over there which I moved when I came in here to put my camera bag on so I’m going to sort that out and also to do a little detail things like this it’s going to turn these round so the word the mill is facing the direction of the camera same with these menus now you’re probably not really going to see it but it’s just little little touches like that which you might kick yourself for later on I did quite a lot of consultancy work with the state agents helping them get the best out of their interior photography and it’s little touches like that which can make all the difference it’s almost subconscious it’s probably not so much a case of oh look at that it drives me mad the little things that as you added them together it makes a difference but you don’t quite know what it is and so leave that next scene this can be really really tiny the picture it’s just the part of the room isn’t it the last look around makes there’s nothing I’ve left lying around I’ve got no signs everywhere now I think all that looks pretty good so the rooms looking nice it’s on a quiet chair forward a little door open a bit see what I mean it’s attention to detail it is a lot of faffing about right with the live view on now I’m going to come back out here so we can try and get this shot looking in through here comes you go they worried Adam sorry while getting in your way again Oh restaurant manager with goods right so let’s get the camera and the composition setter set up that stuff let’s just use that live view and get a rough idea I like the metal plates on either side Adams all right you carry on mate yeah I’m gonna be a good 5 or 10 minutes getting this all set up anyway so don’t worry it’s another thing of course try not to interfere you know this is for the commercial running of the business you know these these guys have got to do their jobs as well if you’re lucky enough to be somewhere that’s your own property or it’s not actually you know working you know it’s not a commercial going concern it’s not quite so tricky because you have a lot more time to devote to things I’m bringing the shot over here this is about moving around have a look in the band and people can you see in the back Jane yeah right so this shots is quite nice I like the doors and the brass plates here but I’m thinking that if I open that door a bit more and bring the camera over here we’ve still at the bar area but we’ve got a bit more of what’s going on in that corner to see more of the room so I’m just easing the camera over here so we’re still looking across this door you notice that vertical has started to bend that way as I moved it this is always a very tricky look you see as I tilt the camera look at those verticals they’re now going off at that angle for tilt it that way look they’re cutting in like that go and watch our convergence film and that will explain why that happens and what you need to do to avoid it we just have to make sure that things are real nice and straight and they line up one of the reasons I’m down quite low is to avoid that convergence because if I was standing up straight that’s Adam doing his own fillings he’ll start screaming in a minute if I was up high I’d have to look down and that would make the verticals do this so we need to be parallel with what’s going on in the room okay that looks pretty good to me next I just need to open this a bit you need to come through so if you do just carry on we’re going to be a little while setting up right that is as far as that door opens so another look it’s a little bit too much door so let’s sneak into the room a bit these little movements do you make a difference what’s that over there okay it’s the back of a chair so that’s quite good okay I think I’m happy with that having a grid display on in the back of the camera makes an enormous difference because you can see what your verticals are doing it helps you line things up and make sure they’re straight don’t worry that there’s quite a lot of ceiling in there at the moment because again this image may get cropped because we don’t know what’s going to go put it on a magazine or a website you know things are going to be done with it it’s a bit of space top and bottom doesn’t hurt now we know that the composition is where we want it I’m going to lock my big heavy tripod so now I can forget the composition it’s there it’s done next thing where am I going to focus I want front-to-back sharpness with a very short lens you’ve got tons of depth of field therefore it’s relatively easy to achieve that we’ve already set a very very small aperture which is going to keep that depth of field going let’s take that off live view let’s just put that on to single shot there we go I’m going to bring up my exposure sorry I’ve got to focus focus is where I was so I’m going to look for the viewfinder you can’t watch me do this unfortunately but what I’m doing is focusing on this chair here I’m focusing right there why am i choosing there and not over there so you need single point autofocus to do this to make sure the camera is focusing as you want it if you put it on kind of light all over sort of out your self mode you don’t know where it’s going to focus it could go anywhere I want it here because with a very short lens I have an inherently deep depth of field at f-16 that depth of field is probably going to stretch from about here all the way to the other end of the room why not focus here then do you think of that block of focus you think that the focus is a block which moves backwards and fields backwards and forwards what’s the depth of field film for this I want to ensure that my depth of field is coming back this way far enough to keep this sharp if I possibly can and I’m going to test it but the place to focus is probably about here because at f-16 really anything from about couple of three feet in front of the camera should be in focus my starting point is here I’m then going to shoot a test image look at it by zooming in and adjust accordingly so I think that’s done white balance then I start talking about that and not complete it I probably did I just want to check it white balance right now this is set on incandescent which we don’t want I’m just going to use the sunny white balance I did start talking about it didn’t complete it there’s yellow lights in the ceiling there’s daylight coming in with a raw file it doesn’t really matter that much because you can sort it out after the event so we might have a bit of blueness in the windows and the yellowness inside the bar but again it doesn’t matter when you’re in a nice cozy environment like this a little bit of warmth and the color doesn’t really matter again we can tweak it in post-production it’s always worth standing around and looking at things in the days when I used to smoke on jobs all the time I always used to set up the camera like this and then have a cigarette while we were talking and it’s worth doing that so that you just look and think and take your mind out of it for a minute while I took my mind out of it and spoke to you about white balance I know is this a silly thing but no it’s just kind of untidy and it doesn’t match the other bits and pieces so I’m just going to have the bits and pieces you can’t call a place like this bits and pieces can you bar mats right I really think that’s ok but this is why it’s worth slowing down and thinking about things my camera bag is down here but that doesn’t matter because we can’t see it because it’s just behind there and we’re looking in through here so next let’s check that depth of field and start making sure we’ve got the correct exposure what I haven’t done is get my I can find it table release there it is why am i using a cable release chance not my shutter speed is going to be quite slow for this because of the low ISO and the small aperture so I want to use a cable release to make sure there is no movement of my camera whatsoever as I’m pressing the shutter even with a tripod as heavy as this there is a chance that the camera might just vibrate a bit and I don’t want that I want to be absolutely certain my picture is clean and sharp good I think we’re now on route double check focus is in the right place little trick and often flick it from autofocus so use autofocus to focus where I want to and then I flick it when we can see down the side of the camera onto manual so that if I press the shutter button but I’ve changed the composition the focal distance won’t shift what does the light meter say let’s bring up that in the back as you can see we’ve got f-16 at an eight to the second f-16 the light meter is saying we’re a little bit underexposed so I’m leaving f-16 because I want the death field and slowing down the shutter speed till the light meter says the exposure is correct and that’s a fifth of a second I am using which metering mode there are lots of things to think about aren’t there I’m going to use evaluative I was on does it say that’s still correct yeah that’s cool no sorry that’s right talking to you I’m not concentrating I’m doing I was right I was talking nonsense ignore me I’m using evaluative metering mode which I’m measuring the entire scene and averaging it doesn’t really matter there’s no point fiddling with spot focusing because you can adjust it by looking in the back of the camera so everything’s set let’s take a picture looking in the back there I can see where there are highlights now something which is a nuisance since we got here the sun’s moved in the sky it’s now hitting square on to that end of the bar which is causing this very bright highlight just here which wasn’t there earlier it’s going to be very very difficult to get detail into that that is such a shame the only thing I can try and do is to move the camera don’t think I can know it’s still going to hit that and we’re gonna have a completely burnt out end ok moral of the story is get here early and make sure that everything is all done properly before you get going the only thing I could do in that circumstance is to come back tomorrow or do it later in the day when the sun’s moved or start filling around with lighting we’ve already said that’s not an option right it’s very warm in here we know that that happen we know that our exposure is supposedly correct but it looks a little bit too dark to me we’ll bring that up and look at the histogram see the histogram is showing me there’s lots of darkness in this image and a big spike of brightness well that’s what that little area there is so I’m going to have to lift the exposure a bit and then check see if there’s any detail bring up our light meter again so to increase the exposure I’m going to slow the shutter speed down a bit let’s take that down then that says where it’s jumping around but yeah that’s a little bit more exposure let’s go one more and see what happens I hope that quick picture see what’s in the back if I flick between the two do you see how the histogram is jumped to the right you can see how the picture is a little brighter that’s better that’s going to give us better detail better rendition of what’s happening in the shadows but I’m worried about that bright highlight just keep looking around the image is the back of the room sharp yeah I think it is look around make sure the plots nice there’s our chair there’s a bright highlight there but I don’t think it matters it sort of adds to the mood of the room a bit here’s our menus which we turn around the right way so we could just see that everything is facing the camera you know I think that’s all nice and sharp we shouldn’t have a problem with that at all okay my concern is that bright highlight what I’m going to do is increase the exposure I’m going to basically what we’re doing is bracketing we’re just doing it slowly instead of using an auto bracket or something like that let’s bring up our light meter again so we’ve done one with a lot more exposure I’m going to do one a bit brighter still to make sure that I’ve got all those shadow details there we go so there’s our shot that’s brighter again you see I might be able to rescue that because RAW files have so much data in them we’ve got lots and lots of detail okay in case I can’t rescue it I’m going to take another shot at a much lower exposure which is for the bright areas of the picture let’s have a go at that so on my light meter here I’m going to change that exposure from plus one we’re going to take that down here I’m go – a little bit because then I know that I’ve got lots and lots of detail in those very very bright shadowed areas again take the picture now so a quick look at the histogram this is what I mean by going slowly this is much darker than that look you see this block of darkness which is the left-hand end of the histogram jumps to the left it’s because I reduced the exposure and you can see it there you can also see how the lights changed look see there’s a highlight at highlight that one minutes there and then it isn’t that’s the Sun moving through the sky that shows you how fast you have to work with this stuff the reason that it’s really useful to have that high light exposure as well as the shadow exposure is because I can then combine those two in the computer if I need to so I know I’ve lost no highlight detail but I’ve still maintained the atmosphere of the whole room which is what we need to do we don’t want people seeing something that’s completely different I’m going to show you briefly what would happen if I put a flash on now I’m only using my speed light on the top of the camera if I just put on a flash a fill-in flash of let’s say minus minus one so I’m going to put in a fill-in flash of minus one and just bounce it off the ceiling it’s going to kill the mood of the room to quite an extent I think we’ll find look at this look in the back here it’s pretty good and it could be an escape but look but how the lighting is totally totally different when I say it’s killing the mood yes it is lighting it up a bit but look we’ve got a black shadow going on down here which we didn’t have before you know that black shadow doesn’t belong there does it there is no black shadow it’s the flash that’s causing that black shadow so that’s not so brilliant if you did need to use that technique all you can do is move your camera in a bit so that this door can’t cast a shadow but then what will happen is you lose that depth to the shot look we flip between them again the doors kind of lead you in in the composition for losing the door so release the shadow is a sort of element of it’s not so inviting it’s lost something so there we go that’s I guess the first part this is capturing the image this is how to record it and get it onto your camera as I’ve said many many times Photography is a three-stage process you have to think about the shot you’re going to take you then have to put together the different photographic blocks to capture that image and then the third and final stage is your post production post-production isn’t cheating and I say this a lot too it always happened in the old days they would be dodging and burning in a print and if you were shooting with slide film well you wouldn’t sheet but you would add light so there was a huge amount of skill involved in that I’m not seeing is anything wrong with that skill it’s brilliant and I used to have to do it but it saves a lot of time and a lot of aggro for your client if you can shoot it in camera and deal with it in the post-production so that’s going to be the next step for this image post producing the image from a raw file into a JPEG and getting all the tones looking lovely
10 Bedroom Ideas for Small Sleeping Room Owners
March 26, 2019
Sleeping time should be the most relaxing time for you. But who would sleep comfortably in a small and crammed room? A small bedroom can ruin your sleep which eventually ruins your day. Unfortunately, you have no choice but dwelling in a small apartment with a small bedroom since a bigger one can cost you a fortune. Well, it means you have no other choice but putting up with the small space and using some smart tips to make it feel more comfortable. And this is your lucky day as I’ve listed 10 ideas for homeowners who have to sleep in a small bedroom. As usual, this list is crafted for you by simphome.com 10. Use Curtains and Shelf as Room Dividers One of the best ways to make your small bedroom look and feel comfortably sized is by forgoing the wall separating the bedroom and living room.
However, this action also entails a drawback. You will have to compromise your ultimate privacy. You can stick to this idea by having a room divider. Room dividers come in a wide array of designs and sizes. Instead of picking the one that will only better the look of your bedroom, opt for a shelf that incorporates additional storage space and functions as a perfect room divider as well. If it is not enough, try adding a curtain to cover the other side of your bed so you can get your privacy you need. 9. Stick to White Hues Besides the space-saving furniture, another thing that plays a crucial role in a small bedroom is the colour hues. Darker colours like black might make your bedroom look bolder, but it will make your bedroom look more crammed and confined too. Instead of black, try painting your bedroom white. White hues can help you trick the eyes so you will think that your bedroom is bigger than it really is. Besides, white is a neutral colour. You can pair it with a few tints of any colour of your choice to make it less stark.
8. Invest in a Bed Frame with Built-In Drawers You can’t have many pieces of furniture in your small bedroom. Therefore, you need to invest in a piece of multipurpose furniture just like a bed frame that features built-in drawers. This bed frame allows you to store your clothes, shoes, or any other thing without cramming your bedroom or make is look messy. You can get this bed frame in the home improvement store near you or you can always make it yourself to save more bucks.
7. Be Creative with Wall-Mounted Shelves Wall-mounted shelves are your safe bet as they can help you organize things while keeping your floorspace clean, which is good for a space-challenged bedroom. You can find many wall-mounted shelves at IKEA, but it is always a great idea to make the shelves yourself as you can cut down on more expenses as well as getting the shelves that suit your style and personality well. Honeycomb shelves, for instance, can be a best choice as they are easy to make and provide ample storage space for your decorative plants or books. To make a honeycomb shelf like this, you’re going to need 1”x4” woods, staple gun, wood glue, sponge brush, and paint. For a cheaper one, you can glue a bunch of popsicle sticks together to form a honeycomb shelf. It is much easier and cheaper too. Besides the honeycomb shelves, you can make triangle, round, or even Batman shelves. They not only help you keep things tidy but also decorate your bedroom nicely.
6. Incorporate Another Purpose A nightstand is one of the must-have items in a bedroom since it holds your table lamp in place so you can get sufficient light when reading something on your bed. However, a nightstand can take up the floorspace. Instead of a nightstand, you can replace it with a wall-mounted shelf over your bed. What about the table lamp? Don’t worry! You can swap it with two or three LED lights attached on the shelf. Now you can still have enough light without having a table lamp on your nightstand.
5. Swap the Headboard with Mural Art A headboard is actually a decorative item that accentuates your bed. It will make your bed look more elegant and stylish. But if you have an undersized bedroom, keeping your bulky headboard is not a good idea. Try replacing your headboard with mural arts. Mural art works better than a headboard. It can draw the eyes to the focal point without gobbling up your limited space. Besides, it’s a fun activity that you can do with your family members. Just explore your imagination and begin to make a masterpiece in your bedroom. 4. A Side Table with Storage Space Instead of a Nightstand Why do you have to keep a table that can only hold your glasses and table lamp if you can have more than that? Opt for a side table that features some drawers or a cabinet to hold your table lamp.
The storage space offered by the side table enables you to stash books or even chips in case you want to grab some snack before sleeping. 3. Place the Bed Against the Window A focal point is also important even for a small bedroom. You can’t just brush over it. But you also need to use your wall space wisely as every inch counts in a small bedroom. Therefore, placing your bed against the windows will help you solve this problem. The windows and curtains come as a natural focal point for your bedroom. And the good news is you don’t waste your wall space. 2. Suspended Side Table Sleeping in an attic bedroom is a blessing in disguise because the low ceiling allows you to make this wonderful side table. To make this side table, you only need to drill three holes on a piece of wood. Make sure the holes have the same width as the ropes. Then insert the ropes through each hole and make a knot on each rope. After that, screw an S hook on the ceiling and knot three ropes around the hook. Done. And lastly number 1. A Mirror Wall idea It is common for a small bedroom to have a full-length mirror because it can reflect the light and make it look more spacious and airier.
You can try covering your wall with a huge mirror to get more light. Just place it at the opposite side from the window so it can reflect the natural light better and your job is done. Leaving you with cleaning chores every new week or so. So, having a small bedroom is not the end of the world. In fact, you can do various fun activities there and to turn it into the most comfortable place for you and anyone you want to spend your rest of your life with.
That’s it. Next time we are going to learn about “10 Bedroom Ideas for Small Sleeping Room Owners”. .
“1 BHK Home Interior Design” – Part 2 – Look & Feel
March 26, 2019
This is part 2 of Video series – ‘1BHK Home Interior Design’ In part 1 introduction, we spoke about how Interior design projects requires three important aspects – LOOKS, Functionality & BUDGET. In this part 2 video, we are going to talk about ‘LOOK & Feel’ In a 1 BHK Home Major CIVIL Changes which are commonly done are : You are Extending your balcony or you are removing some wall you are combining WC & Shower area in to one bathroom. You cannot physically change a lot in a 1 BHK Home. There is constraint of space So what you have to do is play with lights Play with Colours & you have to decide what objects you are going to use inside your house are going to place inside house and how you are going to place them You have just started exploring Interior Design of your home so you are excited & you are full of ideas. Unknowingly you create a belief that Simplicity & Interior Design are two opposite things Lot of Home owners start thinking that if a room is simple, it lacks design.
You can create LUXURY through simplicity With that thought in mind let me touch upon 3 or 4 important POINTS related to LOOK & FEEL. These are common points and can be applied to any interior design project specially 1 BHK Home Spaciousness Base Colour should be neutral. It should be Lighter We always suggest Home owners that Floor, Ceiling, Walls Now these three things are biggest surfaces in your house and they should be in lighter colour And Furniture surface you apply laminate or veneer could be darker in colour. This way your room will look spacious and your furniture will get highlighted. Next Please Please Please do not block your window or balcony Any amount of natural light or natural air coming inside your house Let it come inside.
I see so many homes where people create storage and that is blocking natural light Please dont do that Dont keep conflicting objects next to each other We see so many example where peaceful Buddha statue has been kept next to LED Television Washing Machine is kept next to Study Table Try to avoid as much as possible to avoid such conflicts inside your rooms Do not overdo things Dont try to get lot of creative things inside a single room Anything you overdo will stay in front of your eyes for next 15 years. Below this video there is link to download a PDF file it has 5 Cool Design ideas. These ideas are very Cost Effective they are not like very expensive & it will lot of luxury inside your house Simply click on the link & download that file see if those ideas are applicable, useful in your project so this was part 2 of our series ‘1 BHK Home Interior design’ And I will see you next video where we talk about ‘Functionality’
Hacks For Arranging Your Bedroom
March 25, 2019
Home is where the heart is — but what if your home doesn’t feel quite as homey as you’d like? According to the pros, the most important part of your home is your bedroom. So here are your expert-approved hacks for creating the dreamiest space around! Start with the bed Numerous experts recommend starting with bed placement and then arranging everything else around it. California-based designer, Becki Owens, tells Apartment Therapy the best place for the bed is usually “…your longest uninterrupted wall.” “Don’t be afraid to put your bed up against a window if necessary.” “The aim here is to make the bed a focal point of the room.” Libby McMillan, editor at Apartment Guide, recommends also asking yourself whether or not you like to watch TV in bed.
Try out different arrangements until you land on one that works for you. Focus on symmetry Anna Shiwlall, a California-based interior designer, says, “Symmetry is key. Giving the space visual balance calms the mind and makes the room much more comfortable and livable.” So while you can always pop in matching night tables and reading lamps, she’s also got a few tricks up her sleeve, saying, “You can give the illusion that there’s another window by adding a mirror that’s the same size on the other side of your bed. It gives great symmetry and opens up the space.” According to Nebraska-based interior designer, Genevieve Wilhelm, the placement of the bed also affects lines of sight. She says, “I always try and place the bed so that you see the front of it when entering the room. I think it’s great to come in and see a bed face-on instead of walking into the side of it.” Hit the sheets According to Terry Cralle, a registered nurse who works with the Better Sleep Council, good bedding is a worthy investment.
She says, “We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, and that sleep is fundamental to our functioning: our health, our general well-being, our success, our quality of life.” When it comes to sheets, Stephen Cardino home fashion director at Macy’s, tells Real Simple that 100 percent Egyptian cotton is the most top-of-the-line option, and notes that 100 percent pima cotton is the second best option, saying, “Egyptian cotton’s long fibers produce sheets that are thin and sumptuous yet extremely strong and long-lasting.” Maximize storage Especially if your room is small, HGTV’s experts say furniture with built-in storage gets you more bang for your buck. UK interior stylist, Ana Zuravliova, recommends Ikea shelves like the Kallax line that “…can be painted and personalized, so you can create a piece of furniture that’s personal to you, as well as enabling you to organize your room better.” Additionally, Nick Fu, owner of a home furnishing company in Washington D.C., says, “If you’re limited for floor space, will take up less space in the room.” “Build shelves on your walls, use closet organizers that hang for shoes and shirts, and utilize bookcases with multiple levels to showcase pictures and other personal items.” Use soothing colors Genevieve Wilhelm achieves a calm, serene bedroom environment with a “Monochromatic color palette, soft grays, whites, light blues.” The benefit of working off a neutral base, Wilhelm says, is that you can then “Swap out with different seasons or trends because main investment pieces are neutral.” Zuravliova also notes, “White and light colors work well with a warm accent, like blush, rust, or deep teal.
All of these shades are trending at the moment.” Mix textures San Francisco-based designer Alice Chiu also recommends adding depth to your bedroom by mixing in different fabric textures. She says, “Texture helps to transform light and adds dimension to a space. Rough and coarse textures reflect less light and feel warmer, so adding a fleece blanket, mohair throw pillows, or a shag rug to your bedroom will help make it more inviting.” Play with light You can also add depth, warmth, and trendy accents to your room by incorporating different types of lighting. Chiu says, “A poorly lit room comes across as unpleasant and not inviting. Include different layers of light from ceiling lights to table lamps, floor lamps, and wall sconces… Adding a combination of light sources helps make the space more warm, cozy, and cheerful.” Add some feng shui Interior designer and feng shui master Catherine Brophy tells Real Simple that feng shui is “A practice based on the idea that our homes are a mirror of what’s happening inside us. The purpose of feng shui is to get your environment in alignment with who you are and where you want to go — to harmonize your energy with your home’s energy.” According to Brophy, it’s important to carefully consider “…what you bring in, how you arrange your rooms, and how you maintain the place.” “Everything has energy…
Feng shui helps guide that energy and lets it flow freely throughout your home.” Make sure there are clear paths from place to place in each room, as well as incorporating a mix of shapes. As Brophy explains, “Squares represent earth; rectangles, wood; triangles, fire. Round and oval items represent metal. will feel most balanced if it includes all of them.” As life coach and Oprah contributor Martha Beck puts it, “Your surroundings are an expression of your inner state. You can’t change your life without changing your stuff, and you can’t change your stuff without changing your life. I now fill my rooms with things that energize and delight me. Mostly.” Thanks for watching! Click the List icon to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Plus, check out this other cool stuff we know you’ll love too! .
How to: Create an Interior Design Mood Board Using Powerpoint | Tutorial | aseelbysketchbook
March 25, 2019
(music) hello guys and welcome to aseelbysketchbook my name is Aseel I’m an interior designer and this is my first youtube video so guys I would like to have my first youtube video represent one of the first initial elements in any design interior design or not and that is a mood board what is good board you might ask? good question well a mood board is a collection of inspirational images and materials and texts anything that inspires you to complete a design regardless of the type of the design that you’re doing you can think about a wood board as a tool to help you visualize the room or the project that you’re working on before you do it illustrate to the client what you have in mind so you can see what they have in their’s and like confirm if they like something or not I’m gonna put it really quickly here that I used to use Photoshop that’s what I’m doing right now since I have some some load of work on my hand that I use PowerPoint to create my mood boards which is a little bit unusual we started doing this back in the day when I was an interior designer an Ikea and I kept going because it’s really efficient and it puts everything together so if you’re presenting something for the client it’s already there you can delete an image on the spot if you would like let me show you inside of my computer like in depth how to create the mood board using PowerPoint well as you can see guys here now we are actually inside of my computer I have prepared for you this example of a layout of a mood board but it’s totally up to you how you arrange the components of the mood board as long as you have all of those things in it you know so basically we have the main wood image which will set the tone for the rest of the mood board but it will also set the tone for the final design and it will connect me to in the final design and the brief so when for example if you client told you that they wanted an industrial space with like a hint of tropical what you want to do is look for a picture that will represent that mood that precise wood for the sake of this project I found this picture and I thought it was perfect for like an industrial space with a concrete walls and like a hint of tropical as you can see so to me this is my main image which I will build on on this mood board now what I want to do is that I want to enhance the fact that concrete is a main element it sounds like a very strong presence so I want to enhance that and convey to my client that I’m gonna be using concrete in their project in their space so basically what I will try to do is I will go to Pinterest and I’ll type in concrete texture and I will find the best like I don’t find the best presentation for my concrete to me this is perfect so I’ll just copy it obviously you don’t want to do this for commercial purposes but yeah and I’ve just pasted it on my space my working space here now I like this but I think it’s too bulky so I want to soften it up a little bit so I’m gonna crop it at a circle you do that by going to picture tools format and crop crop to shape and finally you select whatever shape you would like you click on crop again and you can adjust your circle to the preferred size that you would like I also need to tell you that this canvas that you’re working on you can adjust the size for it this is just the standard size because I honestly I don’t have the need to like run it more than a three and this is totally fine but if you would like to adjust the size then you just go to design and slide size custom slide size and you put in whatever dimensions that you want this to be printed in but anyways going back to that topic I have the concrete as an element here I like it I’m gonna keep it as it is and I’m gonna copy some other shapes from a previous work of mine so for now I want to add like a little bit of metallic texture which is like silver but it’s a little bit of like crusty silver so I would like to use that as a part of my design so I can see right now that one of the missing elements that I want to enhance a little bit more to show more is the rat on here so basically I want like a bench or something anything that shows the texture of that and I’ve already went to Pinterest and I found this magnificent chair that like it’s perfect for an industrial space because of the leather I’ve at the same time because of their time so I’m gonna copy this image paste it now the best track hold on oh this is IKEA hello there okay so I basically I’m cropping to get to the image that I want this is a beautiful chair okay and and I can see that there is a white background and I don’t like that because I like my images to be perfectly like crop like if I want to add the white background I’ll add it to myself by having like a shape but I don’t like this so what can I do about it because this is not Photoshop but I will teach you how to make it look like it is photoshopped you can go to after selecting the picture you can go to picture tools remove background as simple as that drag your box to just where it where you want it to be and there you go now this is a perfect example it will not always be like this let’s say I have like a log would just say that that’s I have I’ll say I have something like okay let’s say I have something like that like this log of wood that I would like to add here and let’s say that I want to add this image but I don’t want the background because I’ve already put my interest in concrete here so I’m gonna do the exact same thing I’m gonna remove background now as you can see the shadow is well off the log of the tree it is there as well so I want to get rid of it what do I do you can just basically do the same thing picture tools remove background and mark areas to remove now if I do this it will remove like the portion where it’s darker it can’t tell what color needs to go and mark areas to keep with mark mark areas to keep down you have it there you have it of course I’m gonna crop it anyways because I just I did that to show you but I want a little bit of like all I want is like a little bit of presence for the wood here for the dark wood so I’m gonna do that to keep you would board dynamic and interesting you need to add elements that are not like square or like feted within a box per se you have to think how you can make it more interesting that making each material defined by a shape it will give it that dynamic touch that it really needs now if we look at this beautiful chair right here I’m really in love with the chair I’m just looking to where I can buy it I can see that the colors it’s too bright for the vibe that I’m looking for in this photo so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna show you how to edit it like you’re editing in Photoshop so this is very cool it’s very interesting if you go to again picture tools color and he go to picture color options you have this entire window where you have the saturation color tone presets so what I want to do is I want to lessen the saturation of this so as you can see you’ve kept that at Tom and use you would desaturate it which is exactly what I need to to do and now it matches the wipe of this picture a little bit more except I want to desaturate this picture a little bit so what I want to do right now is I want to add a color scheme so how can I do that no not in Photoshop what I need to do is I need to go to insert and then you go to shapes you pick out rectangle and you just drag it for as much as you need it now as you can see it’s blue and it’s that’s totally fine I will cancel out the outline because I don’t want an outline for my shape but I want the shape full with an eyedropper as you can see it’s also in the drawing tools and I can see the most dominant color in this picture is gray which is like my main key color here and tada okay another trick here is I want to crop this image like to fill it with in this border from the YouTube title box and yet I want to keep the gray background because it will look really cool if I can just like keep the curvature of the plant with cropping this so what I did is I copied the image twice and what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna remove the background from one of them and now I have no background for this and now I am going to crop it as you can see the background remained you can do this in a different way can do it in a hundred ways but it looks dynamic this is the thing you are thinking outside of the box literally and now the only thing that I’m missing right here is basically the keywords of this image this is how I do it but feel free to put your keywords first I’ve already done this yesterday so I’m gonna take my keywords I’ve just selected everything by clicking ctrl a and I’m just gonna Center the whole thing so right now I’m pretty happy with the result this is my end product mood board just don’t believe this and you’re going to find this mood board alongside with this PowerPoint presentation on my blog so I will link it down below so guys if you stayed here up until now thank you very much for watching I appreciate it and if you’d like to see more interior design and left style videos please click on subscribe it’s either here or here and help that bill if you want to receive notifications every time I go I’m going to be uploading every Saturday in Chow Lockhart yeah it was it was a blast thank you for tuning in high-five
Shared Bedroom Ideas – IKEA Home Tour (Episode 306)
March 24, 2019
My name is Gabriella, I’m an artist, and photographer and I’m a single mom. We moved into this affordable housing where I can do my art in my studio and have a little bit more space for my two kids. The biggest struggle is that me and Luna would share the bedroom. Finding ideas to accommodate the two of us has been the biggest struggle It’s really not inviting. I would like to have it be more of a sanctuary for us. My mom works really hard and she never really gets a chance to relax and she deserves a place where she can do that. It’s going to be a learning experience, definitely. It’s just beyond what I imagined could be done with four walls. This feels like everything has a place. It’s a happy place. It’s my sanctuary. I believe that home is one of the most important places for a family. I want them to grow up and then look back on this experience and the memories that we are building in the space and to be able to have a place where we all can share and feel comfortable in and enjoy it.
It’s a dream come true. So we were very grateful that this is happening. .
The 0 bedroom, 0 bathroom micro man cave – Offbeat Spaces video
March 23, 2019
DEREK DIEDRICKSON: My name’s Derek Diedrickson. Right now, we’re outside of Boston. And I’m a carpenter, tinkerer, microarchitecturer. Something between those lines. Basically, the start of all this, I think– when I was a kid I used to build a lot of forts. And somewhere around that same point in time, when Nintendo first came out– dating myself here– my parents didn’t want me playing it inside all the time. So I went out and built my own first, real cabin, with heat, insulation, electricity, all that. I was like 10 or so, out in my backyard, just so I could play video games all the time.
From there, I just liked the whole freedom of just building these little, quick, turnaround shelters, shanties, escape pods, I kind of called them. They’re micro-shelters. If you’re working your grind, 9 to 5 job, or you’re working from home, I figure it’d be kind of cool to have an escape outdoors, where you could get some of your office, quote unquote, “work” done. These are the four that are kind of– it’s my mobile home park of tiny shacks, redneck village. This one here is called the Boxy Lady, more or less because it’s simply two plywood and recycled cedar cubes, Legoed, slapped together. It’s a mobile kiosk slash single-sleeper. This folds up. This roof piece folds off. There’s another table that folds down. And you could just wheel it around by a rope, almost like a wheelbarrow. It’s not that heavy. It’s kind of cool when the sun’s out just to sit in there. And it actually warms up pretty quick if you’re facing south. This one here is called the Gypsy Junker because of its slight resemblance in shape to a gypsy wagon. This one, except for the roofing and the wheels, is almost 100% roadside junk.
The old side of my washing machine, found window. This one’s the heaviest of all. It’s on wheels, but it takes two strong men to move. I got a little carried away when I started building it. And a lot of these aren’t really planned. So I start building them. This one got too heavy. This one’s called the Hickshaw. This is one of the first ones I built more recently. It’s a rickshaw for hicks. That’s where the name came from.
This one’s built out of all mill extras, recycled cedar. It’s 7 feet long or so, like 2, 2 and 1/2 feet wide. A single sleeper, again, but something if you went to Burning Man Festival, those kind of things, something you could pull around. This one here is called the Gotta Get Away. A lot of these are spur of the moment names. It was originally called the $100 Homeless Hut. This is another prototype for a very simple homeless shelter. You could build most of this for about $100, even with store-bought materials. The poly roofing and pre-cut plywood sides. Everything’s 4 by 4 by 4. Yeah, I like the whole idea of recycling, scavenging. There’s a certain satisfaction when you find something that someone’s deemed trash, thrown on the side of the road, and you take it and apply it and build it into something else. ERIKA STORM WASSER: Hey, guys. You’re watching “Spaces.” I’m Erika Storm Wasser. If you haven’t already, subscribe to our channel. What are you waiting for? .