Bathroom Beauty and Storage Solutions

Keeping a clean bathroom can be tricky – it’s one of the most heavily used spaces in your home. If you don’t have the option of creating your dream bathroom from the blueprints up, there are still plenty of ways to keep your existing bathroom beautiful and organized. Follow these effortless design and space-saving storage solutions to create a classy, clean, and clutter-free space for your bath and beyond!

Mirrors

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A large wall-to-wall mirror can vastly open your bathroom. As seen on Houzz.

Large mirrors go a long way in opening rooms by making any space seem larger. Make your bathroom appear more airy without sacrificing space by placing a large vanity mirror over the sink or tiling an entire wall with a frame-less mirror.

For smaller bathrooms or budgets, opt for a stylish medicine cabinet or storage mirror in which you can keep your toiletries compactly out of sight. (Bonus tip: For even more space inside a medicine cabinet, you can affix little storage containers along the inside of the door for your makeup and toothbrush).

Shelves

Shelves and cabinets are a space-saver’s best friend in the bathroom. A classic space saver is an over-the-toilet storage tower, available in a variety of finishes to go along with just about any decorative theme.

For a handsome alternative to traditional over-the-toilet shelves, consider a wall-mounted cabinet with additional towel racks. If you still find yourself short on space or need a storage space that’s a safe distance away from kids, install an overhead shelf above the door or existing cabinets.

Shelves and cabinets do not necessarily mean you need to hire a handyman. For a cost-effective, quick, and quirky storage solution, consider a set of colorful, mobile drawers for toiletries you can move in and out of your bathroom as needed.

Colorful Mobile Bathroom Cabinet

This colorful and quirky cabinet is the perfect storage (and decorative!) solution for a small bathroom with plain white walls.

Fixtures

Decorative Ladder

This decorative ladder is a funky alternative to a traditional towel rack.

For a busy bathroom which several family member and occasional guests use, organizing isn’t just about aesthetics – it’s important for hygiene as well. To keep towels organized in a tight space that doesn’t allow for a traditional towel valet, try installing multiple towel bars in a tier on the door or on an available wall. Coat hooks are also a funky alternative to hold towels and make for an interesting decorative statement. Yet another alternative to a traditional towel rack is a decorative ladder upon which you can place towels or other decorative elements.

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Multi-tiered towel rods save on space while keeping towels tidy. As seen on Martha Stewart Living.

Celebrity Style Homes on a Non-Celebrity Salary

Hollywood’s biggest night may have come and gone this past Sunday, but celebrity glam doesn’t stop at the Academy Awards. Celebrities are known for their style, whether at an awards ceremony, movie premiere, or away from the spotlight in their own homes. While you may not be living on a celebrity’s salary, you can definitely enjoy celebrity style in your home with these simple suggestions.

Personalize, Personalize, Personalize!

Howard Elliott Leaf Plates

For a Bohemian-chic look, these Howard Elliott leaf plates make for an elegant display and functional addition to a plain white space.

What makes celebrity homes so fascinating is that they’re tailor-made to reflect the glamorous inhabitant’s personality. Celebrities often custom design their dream homes from the ground-up and include spaces and design elements to accommodate their needs and wants. But you don’t need to spend a fortune to make your living space your own. Take a stab at these fun (and cheap!) DIY projects to make your interiors more upscale while retaining your own style. Consider alternative uses for common household items like colorful plates, kitchen tiles, or decorative accent pieces as a way to enhance a plain white space like Diane Keaton did in her restored Bel Air home. Stencils and wall decals are an amazing and inexpensive way to personalize any space, no matter what you’re passionate about.

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Diane Keaton’s Bel Air, CA Kitchen. As Seen on Architectural Digest

Living Spaces are for Living

Because celebrities’ homes always look so sleek and well-maintained, it’s easy to forget that people live in them. And while it’s true that many celebrities maintain several residences and travel often, you probably are primarily living in your home all year-round. If you have kids and/or pets, maintaining a pristine home at all times or owning non-functional, impractical, futuristic furniture is probably not a reality for you either. So while taking in inspiration from celebrity homes, remember that your home’s function is as shelter and a source of comfort, not necessarily a work of art in a museum. Rely on easy-to-clean appliances and surfaces, keep delicate and expensive elements like statues and glassware out of reach of children, and keep comfort in mind when choosing furniture. A home filled with children doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish though. Take Patrick Dempsey’s Malibu home where he lives with his three children, for example. Complete with all the appliances and surfaces necessary for a fully functioning kitchen, the space also includes a fun chalkboard wall to keep tasks in order and provide a safe place on which the kids can draw and be creative.

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Patrick Dempsey’s Kitchen in his Malibu, CA Home. As Seen on Architectural Digest.

Make it Your Own

AFD Home Industrial Console With Drawer

For a retro space-saving look, this AFD industrial console is a perfect piece to make any space your own.

We discussed personalizing your space’s decor to reflect your unique style, but many celebrities take that extra creative step in making spaces their own by converting existing rooms to fit their needs. You don’t need to design your own blueprints to take a spare room and turn it into a stunning sanctuary or lounge. Zooey Deschanel, a musician-turned-actress, took her home’s study and spruced it into a Dorothy-inspired studio and creative space to play music. Think outside the box if you have extra space that could be used for an in-home office, guest bedroom, library, exercise/mediation room, game room, or anything else you’re particularly passionate about. The possibilities are endless! A little paint, a few carefully selected pieces, and a lot of imagination and inspiration go a long way to making any space a custom-built fun zone.

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Zooey Deschanel’s Studio in her Los Angeles Home. As seen on Domino.

De-Stressing Sofa Shopping: Choosing the Perfect Couch

Spending money on a sofa, or any furniture for that matter, can lead to some stress in choosing the perfect piece. After all, your furniture is meant to be a long-term investment, so getting it right is important for your wallet’s and sanity’s sake. So how can you be sure you’re choosing the perfect sofa for your living space? Here are some important things to keep in mind!

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Chelsea Home Greensboro Double Reclining Sofa in Hideout Saddle/ Hideout Coffee

Where You Are in Life

No need to run to your therapist’s couch to answer this one, but considering what stage of your life you’re in can help simplify your sofa-surfing prospects. If you’re straight out of college and don’t have the cash for a high-end couch, consider a starter sofa that easily fits in your budget and can be flipped on a second-hand marketplace when you’re ready for an upgrade. If you’ve just bought your first home and are looking to make an investment in your furniture for years to come, be prepared to spend some time looking at fabric swatches and sectionals. If you have kids, or are thinking about having them, you might want to stay away from certain fabrics like suede. Wherever you are in life, take a minute to picture this sofa in the bigger picture.

Size and Space

What kind of seating is your living space equipped to handle? For larger living rooms, you can consider a complete sofa set or sectional, with accent chairs and ottomans to boot. If you’re tight on space, a compact couch is the way to go. For multi-purpose seating in a smaller space, consider a fold-out sleeper sofa or a futon (maybe an upgraded version of what you slept on in college). Depending on your space availability, the stress of sofa shopping can be significantly reduced by eliminating larger pieces altogether.

Fabric and Color

Another way to easily eliminate no-goes is fabric and color choice. These choices can be quickly determined by the “where you are in life” question. If you’re saving up for a more superior sofa down the line, you can afford to play with color and style a bit more. Since it’s a more temporary piece, you can also consider “trend” pieces that strike you in the moment and fit your current design aesthetic. For a more lasting investment, stick with a timeless color that will easily fit with future redesigns of your living room. Fabric choices largely depend on your lifestyle habits. For a home with young children, stick with kid-friendly fabrics that are easy to clean and durable like microfiber, vinyl, leather, and wool. If you don’t host company often and enjoy relaxing, suede sofas are among the most comfortable but are easily susceptible to stains that are tough to clean.

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Lifestyle Solutions Avanzo Convertible Sofa in Ebony

Comfort and Quality

At the end of a day, especially a long and stressful one spent furniture shopping, your sofa is for sitting and relaxing. Depending on its living space location, your couch’s comfort is what matters most! If possible, be sure to “test drive” your soon-to-be sofa by lounging and sitting on it in-store; it’ll save you the stress and expense of buyers’ remorse. If you’re purchasing furniture online, carefully read through reviews and stick with fabrics and styles with which you are familiar. Once you’re putting in all this effort to furnish your living room, make sure your new sofa is sturdy and sound and able to withstand the stresses of whatever happens in your home!

Frosty Colors

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Pastel Room cc: styletheories.com

Pastels are everywhere right now.  Frosted pinks, pale blues and light greens have been a big inspiration both in fashion and furniture this winter 2015.  There is something so relaxing and romantic about these lighter colors, and they can be used in most rooms throughout your house.

If you don’t want to give your place a full pastel makeover you can incorporate a few crisp, pastel elements into your interior to create a soft and light aesthetic.

Pastel colors work extremely well in a number of interiors, from a country cottage to a more contemporary looking home.  You can mix, match and layer different hues of yellow, blue, and pink to enhance any design you already have.

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Pastels work to enhance a masculine room

If you tend to shy away from designs that are too feminine, you can try going for a more modern use of pastels. For instance, you can mix them with darker, bolder colors and textures to add depth to a room.  For a more masculine look, try using navy blue and turquoise mixed with a light airy blue.  This is the perfect color palette for a modern living area or even a man’s bedroom.

Update a sofa with scattered cushions of neutral and pastels, add a throw and your couch is ready to go.

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Stein World Dahlia Chest

The versatility of pastels make them a welcome addition to any room and gives them the ability to mix well with natural elements, particularly woods.  I adore the look of this chest. To me it exemplifies everything that this pastel trend is about: romance, charm and subtlety.  Its pink accents are so pretty and  reminiscent of furniture found in a French country cottage.

Pastels also work very well with darker, richer woods.  Try pairing a pink or blue vase on a deep mahogany or weathered pine wood side table.

Have fun playing around with these gorgeous, frosty and versatile colors and feel free to pin your pastel ideas!

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Steve Silver Southfield End Table

 

 

How to Buy a Bed Online

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Homelegance Greenfield Sleigh-Bed

I constantly hear from people who have reservations about buying a bed online, their main reason being that you don’t get to try it before you buy it.  While I do appreciate this concern I’ve got a few suggestions to guarantee you’ll be able to make the right purchase.

Who is it for?

The first thing you’ll need to consider is who in your household the bed is for?  If you are a buying for a child, make sure to go with something your kid can grow into.  A toddler bed is all very well, but your child will outgrow it pretty quickly.

Measure Measure Measure

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Standard Bed Sizes

Our customer service team has reported that the majority of customers who return their online-bought bed do so because they purchased one that’s the incorrect size.  Make sure you take careful measurements of the area where you want your bed to go, and then choose a product with the dimensions that will fit that space.  It is also worth making a note of the height of the bed.  Calculate what the height of the bed will be with the mattress.  This is especially important if you have a very low or slanted ceiling.

Get to Know Your Beds

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Homelegance Zandra Platform Bed

Purchasing a bed is an investment.  It can be expensive and you’ll want it to be part of your household for many years to come.  It’s important that you familiarize yourself with the types of beds on the market to find one that best meets your long-term needs.

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Hillsdale Chatham Canopy Bed

If your home has a contemporary, modern aesthetic, a sleek, streamlined platform bed would be a good option.  A canopy or poster bed would work well in a more traditional, large bedroom with high ceilings.

Storage Solution

Go for a bed that can provide you with extra storage space. Even if you believe your home already has more than enough existing room, believe me, you can never have too much of a good thing.

If you’re short on space consider a storage bed, bunk beds for the kids or a trundle.

 Materials

Although you can’t physically touch the bed when you’re buying online, read about the product to ensure that it’s made with quality, durable materials.

If you have any other questions on how to purchase the right bed from Beyond Stores feel free to contact us.