Friday, July 15, 2011

Making a Home

Something you don't know about me:
I'm an interior designer.

Not professionally—just privately. Matching fabrics, hanging pictures or displaying collections turns on my creativity. Ten years ago we downsized from a house to an apartment, and we've loved it. But after figuring out the (only) arrangement for the furniture and where the artwork worked best, there hasn't been much room to maneuver. Our new townhouse has inspired me!

I got out my graph paper and spent a few hours with a measuring tape at our new place drawing the rooms to scale, windows, doors and outlets included. I made several copies of each page.

Then I measured every piece of furniture I have,

and drew each one to scale. I colored, labeled and cut. Now I can arrange and rearrange the furniture with the flick of a finger! It lets me try the couch in the bedroom, the armoire in the kitchen and the desk in the loft without breaking anyone's back. When a design seems right, I trace the furniture onto its page,

Color it and save it in a folder.
It's fun to have something new to think about!

How would you decorate a new place, or a new space?


Christie said...

You are an organizing genius. I have no doubt that your wisdom here will benefit people for years to come. Keep it up!

al + sar said...

I need your help at my house! Call me when you come to Daybreak next, Id love to show you the secrets of Daybreak and see the new place! :)

Grandma Cebe said...

I take room measurements. But since I'm pretty good at visualizing space and how it can be used, I do the furniture placement in my head. Unfortunately, that adds to other things that keeps me awake at night when preparing for a move.

Gordita said...

This is so exciting! I'm happy for you, and sad to lose you from the ward. But thank goodness for blogs!

We are actually considering building so I've been doing similar planning, but I've been using Adobe Illustrator to draw my floor plan and furniture, and then move it all around. "What if I moved this wall here?" is easily answered this way. And, "Will my couch still fit if I move that wall?" is easy it figure out too.

Have fun!

Abby said...

What a good idea. I'll have to give it a whirl next time I get in the mood to move things around!