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The function of aesthetics: volume of space

Over the last few posts I’ve been discussing how the look of your home or any space can affect the way you feel.  We’ve talked color and light, and how these two elements can have a big impact on the way you experience your space.  Today I’m going to talk a little bit about volume of space. The volume of a room refers to the three dimensional space contained within the walls. It is fixed and defined by the height…

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The function of aesthetics: Light

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT Natural and artificial light flood or darken our homes.  I talked a little bit about the general artificial lighting requirements that make the most of your space in this post.  Making sure you’ve got some illumination that satisfies the three categories of general light, task lighting, and accent lighting is key in creating a light controlled space.  The quality, intensity, color, and direction of light in a home has a direct effect on how that room will feel. First of…

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The function of aesthetics: colour

I talk a lot on the blog about the function of a space, and about how our homes can and should be designed to function for our lives.  Designing spaces to function is the key focus in interior design.  The intent is to take any interior, anaylize how it is meant to be used, and design a layout, fixtures, furniture and finishes to create and optimize that function.  This purpose is often clouded by the dilution of the term ‘interior design’…

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Why I write a DIY blog

I started nesting in this little space on the internet about 6 or so years ago.  The blogging world was a whole new realm for me, it was about community, it was supportive, and it was an amazing creative outlet.  Truth? I actually hardly new it existed until I stumbled across a few online journal articles that got me hooked on the bloggers who wrote them.  I could not wait to see and hear what they were up to, and it never felt…

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DIY DESIGN: creating simple elevations

This quick tutorial will give you a basic guideline on how to create your own elevation drawings for your renovation.  To create these you’ll need to start with a scaled floor plan.  Find out how to do that here. Creating an elevation, or a ‘wall view’ of the room you are designing, gives you a different perspective on the space, and allows you to plan vertically.  Drawing these to scale will let you test out different wall mounted elements, and…

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DIY DESIGN: Creating a simplified floor plan to scale

This quick tutorial will show you how to take the measurements of your space and turn them into a floor plan that is to scale, or directly proportionate to what is actually happening in the space.  These drawings will let you quickly reference how a new piece will fit (or if it will fit **crosses fingers**) and how it will work with existing elements in the room (walls, and other items that are not moving ie. the toilet shown here).…

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Designing a space – a basic process for DIY’ers

When planning for a renovation the most important advice I can give to all you DIY’ers is DON’T WING IT.  Plan everything possible before you begin.  This includes selecting all your finishes and fixtures, and making sure everything works together both aesthetically and spatially. There are several reasons to do this: PROJECT MANAGEMENT – purely from a project management point of view having everything pre-selected helps to avoid delays. You won’t get stuck having to back track, or redo something to make…

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