Archives for June 2009

Interior Windows:
Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

Interior Windows: <br>Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

(inspiration: kitchen and bath ideas)

If you have a small house or a small closed in room, a great way to make the space feel larger is to open it up visually with an interior window. You can find old windows at garage sales, second hand stores and old house parts stores. If you are handy or have access to someone who is, this would be a great project that could completely transform the feeling of your space.

Adding a window to a solid wall in a hallway, closet or small bath can make a space feel less claustrophobic.

Interior Windows: <br>Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

{inspiration: remodeling center}

Dividing walls can define a space, but by adding a window you don’t block all the light plus you add a charming detail to the space.

Interior Windows: <br>Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

{inspiration: This Old House}

Even if you don’t actually put in glass, cutting out openings or avoiding a solid wall gives a more open feel.

Interior Windows: <br>Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

{inspiration: Better Homes & Gardens}

In a windowless room, you can add a window to take advantage of the view and light coming from a room that does have a window!

Interior Windows: <br>Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

{inspiration: Better Homes & Gardens}

Change out solid cabinet doors for glass and you’ll be amazed at how much roomier your space will feel!

Interior Windows: <br>Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

{inspiration: Remodeling Center}

Vellum sheets, curtains, shutters or stained glass can be added to interior windows if privacy is desired!

Interior Windows: <br>Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

{inspiration: This Old House}

Changing out a solid interior door for a glass door is another way to make a big impact by visually expanding your space.

Interior Windows: <br>Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

{inspiration: Pottery Barn}

If you want a quick or less permanent fix, a mirror can always stand in for a window.
And if you place it across from a real window, the impact is doubled!

Interior Windows: <br>Make a Small Space Brighter & Larger

{inspiration: My Home Ideas}

You can even create “windows” outside to expand those dark corners!
Put mirrors on the outside of your house, hang them on fences and above potting tables!

Make the most of the space you have with a few interior windows to increase the visual size of your room, magnify and reflect the light and even give your room a brand new view!

Decorating with Photos

Decorating with Photos

Please welcome my special guest today, Emily from Chatting at the Sky! I met Emily when we, along with her sister Nester and Sandy from Reluctant Entertainer, all roomed together at Blissdom this year. What a treat to have been able to spend some time with her in real life! She is such a sweetie, I love her heart.

Emily has a beautiful home and yet more importantly, she has a beautiful life to go along with that home! I am so excited that she is here at The Inspired Room!

Welcome Emily!

Decorating with Photos

One of my favorite ways to decorate is with photos. They are simple, unbiased storytellers that capture a moment in time to save forever. One important thing I’ve learned about taking pictures is that the photos don’t have to be perfect in order to communicate love, beauty and belonging.

The challenge for me is to actually take those photos that I love so much from the computer and get them into a frame. Sometimes I have to sift through 100 pictures on the screen to get 5 or 10 worthy of printing. But the end result of having a memory with a frame around it sitting on a shelf in my living room is far worth it.

Decorating with Photos

Most of the photos I print right now are black and white simply because it is easier on the eye. I love a good color photo, but when I have to look at it all day every day, I would rather notice my daughters face than the pink and blue striped shirt she had on that day.
Decorating with Photos

I have several walls like this in my house where I have clustered photos together. For less than $8 each, those frames were just the simple touch I needed to display some of my favorite people.

When I think about what inspires me the most in my house, these framed photos top the list.

Decorating with Photos

Here are some tips to help get you started:

1. Tell yourself you will only choose 5 photos to print. Just 5.
2. Pick ones that are close-ish up on faces to eliminate the background distractions.
3. Upload those photos to your favorite online printing place. I like mpix.com
4. Convert the photos to black and white right there on the screen.
5. Get them all printed 5×7. Or you can mix it up with 4×6 and 8×10. To keep it simple, just stick with one size.
6. Your photos will arrive at your door in a few days. You don’t even have to leave the house.
7. Go to Hobby Lobby during their half off frames week, if you have a Hobby Lobby. Or even the dollar store sometimes has white frames.
8. Consider taking the glass out of your frames to reduce the glare.
9. Put your photos in the frames and display.

(these tips were shared by Emily in the comments, I just moved them up to the post so you wouldn’t miss them!):

all photos copyright Emily, Chatting at the Sky

THANK YOU EMILY!

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