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Interior Design Tips: How to divide open concept living

So many of us love open-concept living. In fact, with the popularity of loft living, one open large room for all sorts of living places is not that unique. The key is to divide us a space in a way that doesn’t take away from that open concept. One easy way is to use something low and long to define different areas. In one large open space this low bookcase is perfect and the best part, it’s practical storage – you may even be able to use it as extra seating. Room dividers aren’t just for large spaces. Studio apartments tend to be on the smaller side but a room divider that provides a little privacy for your sleeping quarters is a must! I love this open bookcase that allows for TV placement on one side and storage on the bed side. Or how about this clever cabinet and glass window to define the kitchen from the entry? Screens are another great way to separate spaces like these colored screens hung from the ceiling.

A sculptural bookcase is artsy and practical. Fill it up with stuff or leave it blank. It always makes a statement. So here’s your take away… walls aren’t the only way to divide up space. Keep it low transparent or both and one space will become two! Thanks for watching this little design tip. We’ll have lots more design tips coming soon so don’t forget to subscribe! We’ve also got a couple of other design playlists so be sure to check them out. Plus, new videos every week. In the meantime, if you like this video please give it a thumbs up. I’ll see you soon! .  bamboo sheets

Apartment Tips From An Interior Designer

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

How to: Create an Interior Design Mood Board Using Powerpoint | Tutorial | aseelbysketchbook

(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

Interior Design Tips: Top 3 designer approved IKEA products

When I’m shopping for furniture for my clients I’m always always working with a very specific budget in mind but one of my favorite things to mix together are high-priced pieces with some very affordable pieces. And IKEA is the perfect place to shop. This isn’t a paid promotion for IKEA. I like most of you just love their stuff. So my top three favorite IKEA products are on this list because they are great design, versatile, and of course, affordable. The perfect trifecta. Let’s go shopping! Number three on my list of faves from Ikea is the Knodd. Yes it’s a garbage pail. I love the look of this garbage pail in either white or black. It’s perfect for paper recycling under any Home Office desk but it’s so much more than that. How about using the Knodd pail as a planter. It comes in two different sizes. Or how about a great firewood pail? I love how the handles have been upgraded here. Now that’s an IKEA hack that I’m loving. Number two on my list is the Alex drawer unit.

It comes in a variety of sizes, white and gray, and you can have casters like this. I especially love the no hardware drawer fronts! Just a cutout. It’s a versatile cabinet that has a modern and clean look. The Alex is the perfect storage cabinet for craft rooms or artist studios. The thin drawers are great to store paint, paper and all sorts of supplies. You can easily incorporate the Alex cabinets into a work island or peninsula like this.

It’s so great to have storage under large work surfaces. This would be great for a creative studio office or craft room or wrapping room. Martha Stewart would be very proud. And my number one, I love, love, love the IKEA PS cabinet. It comes in white, blue and red but I’m loving the white. It’s a metal cabinet with a soft industrial look. Side by side they offer tons of storage and a great surface to showcase some lighting.

And having that gallery wall above is so very cool. It’s the perfect sideboard in any room. You can even use it in your bedroom like this. I love a great big night stand and the PS Cabinet is the perfect height next to your bed. And of course, it’s great as a media cabinet under your TV! So there you have it… my top three IKEA products that I love because 1) they’re great design, 2) versatile and 3) affordable. Mix them up with other great pieces and you’ll have an eclectic mix of furniture in your home. Thanks for watching this little design tip, we’ll have lots more design tips just like this one coming soon so don’t forget to subscribe.

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