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Small Home Office Design Ideas 2012 From HGTV

Whether placed in the corner of a room, along a wall or in an unused recess, these small spaces can make ideal home offices for those lacking square footage. Check out some of our favorite home offices that make the most of small spaces.

Corner Office

A desk tucked into a corner of a loft bedroom provides a quiet space to work, while surrounding shelves keep the space cozy and add an efficient storage solution. Design by John Gidding.

Bedside Muse

Black furnishings are sleek additions to this bedside workspace. Artwork leaned against the wall and an elegantly crafted lamp provide simple inspiration for guests. Design by David Scott.

Playful Divide

Even in a larger room, you can set aside a small amount of space for a chic home office. This space uses floor-to-ceiling shelving in a playful arrangement to partition the room. Design by John Gidding.

Closet Space

A small space between closets is just enough room for shelves and a simple desk insert. White paint keeps the space fresh, and the modern office chair of thin, bent wood beckons you to take a seat. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn.

Walled Study

If you have an empty wall, you have the perfect spot for a small-space home office. A wooden desktop atop white cabinets provides ample workspace. Extra-long wall shelves are accentuated by painting their interior red, adding a pop of color to the mostly white space. Design by RMS user just-beachy.

Work Cycle

Multitasking opportunities abound in this home office creatively placed in the laundry room. A built-in desk overlooking the deck provides a spot to catch up on e-mail and bills while waiting out the laundry. 

Clean Finish

White walls and varied wood tones conspire to make a sophisticated office space tucked into a hallway. Dark wood floors add richness to the space, while the light wood drawers alternate with a white work surface to differentiate functions. A narrow wall niche provides shelving to display objets d’art for a splash of color. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

Tucked Away

Robin’s-egg blue is a sweet backdrop for this office nook, while layers of offset shelves create an informal mood above. A molded plastic Eames-inspired chair completes this tween workspace. Design by Sarah Richardson

2014 Best Ideas for Using Color in a House

An old Colonial Revival home gets a second life, thanks to an infusion of color. See how the homeowners paid homage to the home’s roots while adding modern touches.

Old homes imbue a certain character and charm but don’t require period decor to retain those qualities. This 1920s Colonial Revival was brought into the 21st century with a fresh color palette and a mix of antique and contemporary pieces. In the living room, peacock blue and golden green add spark to the classic furniture pieces. Hints of silver on the sleek lamp and stool and the animal print throw pillow also update the space.
To maintain a restrained yet colorful scheme, use a vibrant color for accents and a lighter, less intense version for paint on the walls. Turquoise vases add the pop to this living room, while a soft sky blue envelopes the room in calm sophistication. The turquoise also ties the fireside sitting area to the other arrangement of furniture with the peacock blue chair.
In a light filled room, softer colors will come off as warm, whereas vibrant colors might come off a bit harsh. The sunroom adopts a less intense version of the living room’s color scheme, which helps blend the two adjoining rooms. All of the colors in the sunroom originate in the floral patterned pillows on the sofa. Watery blue takes charge on both the striped sofa and the chair cushions, while muted citron plays a supporting role on accessories. Choosing one color to dominate ensures that the room doesn’t become too visually busy.
An entryway can be the optimal place to introduce the home’s color palette, as it is the first thing visitors see upon entering. Bathed in white, this formal foyer retains classic characteristics of the home’s roots, such as the beaded board and the traditional stair spindles, but throw pillows on the bench and the striped rug give a hint of what’s to come in the home. Plus, these coordinating accessories can be used elsewhere in the home to give a room a new look.
A den across from the living room and on the other side of the entryway retains the brown used in the living room but introduces more hues to the home, creating a subtle yet united shift. Using a similar decorating philosophy throughout a home will also bring about unity. Here, the old with new strategy that was used in the living room plays out in the den in the form of a traditional sofa and elegant mirrors, with a contemporary lamp and animal prints as modern accents.
Giving classic pieces a boost of modern color is another smart way to fuse yesterday and today, as the simple white drapes trimmed in orange and the étagère in the same citrus hue do in the den. Bright colors help enliven a dim room without much natural light or a room painted a dark color.
Using white is a nod to both classic and contemporary. This neutral is a mainstay, especially for kitchens, for its crisp and clean look. In this home, the bright white kitchen is a change of pace from the adjacent chocolate brown den. The traditional cabinets and materials, such as the marble backsplash and wood countertops, are spruced up by accessories and blocks of color.
Color bookends the white kitchen, making the large space feel more cozy. In the breakfast nook, the orange hue from the den is used on the walls and chairs. The floral Roman shades marry the den to the living room by using the same shade of blue.
Blue acts as the bookend on the other end of this kitchen. The traditional breakfront is an updated focal point thanks to bright blue paint along the back, which matches the turquoise accessories in the living room.
The family room adjacent to the kitchen brings all of the colors and styles together. Chocolate brown, turquoise, and citron from the living room meet up with the coral orange used in the den and breakfast nook. All of the colors are used in small doses for balance. Modern furniture the L-shape sofa, geometric stools, tables, and chairs bring freshness to the room’s classic architecture.
The fireplace wall is comprised of modern necessities wrapped in traditional style. Bifold doors clad in beaded board open to reveal a recessed TV, and a storage unit beside the fireplace houses more media components. The flagstone fireplace is a nod to the home’s historic roots as well.
Upstairs, the master bedroom transitions to another color palette but retains the lower level’s chocolate brown and crisp white scheme. An introduction of soft gray imparts a calming effect and coordinates with the gray-blue background of the area rug, while the rich, deep brown velvet headboard grounds the space. The introduction of a new color, fuchsia, distinguishes the bedroom from the rest of the home.
The adjacent master bathroom is an oasis, thanks to a monochromatic color palette that takes its cue from the white built-ins and gray blue area rug in the bedroom. In a space filled with cool blues and grays and metallic finishes, a slightly off-white will warm up while still retaining a clean look.

Easy Painted Pumpkins : 2013 Halloween Decorations Ideas

This Halloween, create artistic pumpkins with paint, fun embellishments, and little (to no!) carving.
Get inspired by  this 2013 Halloween Decorations Ideas  ideas . I hope that you will find it useful for you … Enjoy it !!

For a rustic look, paint a plaid pattern on a pumpkin. Use various colors and stripe widths.
Create a litter of kittens with painted pumpkins.
First, coat each pumpkin with matte finish sealant to dull the waxy surface.
Paint the pumpkins different colors, applying two or three coats of paint (let the paint dry between coats). Draw a nose, mouth, and whiskers on each pumpkin with a black felt tip marker.
For the eyes, draw eye shape outlines and eyelashes using the marker.
Paint the inside of the eyes white, let dry, then paint green irises outlined in black.
Cut out ear shapes from crafts foam, and hot-glue them in place.
To get this patterned look, draw a template for your design (or create it on a computer).
Trace the design onto contact paper, and cut out the interior of the design using fine tip scissors.
Adhere the stencil to the pumpkin.
Using a lightly paint coated stencil brush, apply paint with a bouncing motion.
Carefully remove the stencil and repeat as desired.
Grab the paintbrushes and get crafty with these designs that use pumpkins as canvases.
The simple graphic motifs, inspired by country decor, are a treat to display all autumn long.
This witch has rhythm! Tall pumpkins set the stage for this soft shoe scenario.
All you need to keep in step is black paint, ribbon, and shallow carving.
The painted sinister spider dangling on its luminous web warns visitors to beware.
The lines of the web are carved just deep enough to let the glow of the candle shine through the pumpkin wall.
Chisel windows in a painted mansion and carve a moon behind.
Candlelight from inside the pumpkin will bring the haunted scene to life.
Paint a pumpkin your favorite color for a stylish approach to Halloween decorating. Sprinkle the wet paint with glitter to add some sparkle to the color.
For a pumpkin that spans from Halloween to Thanksgiving, try a leaf motif. Find different types of leaves, trace the shapes on the pumpkin, and paint.
Add color and texture to your pumpkins with graphic stripes.
First, paint the entire pumpkin black.
When dry, create a design by scraping off the black paint to reveal the orange pumpkin rind beneath.
To use the painted pumpkin as a vase, carve out a narrow hole in the center to fit an existing vase.
Insert vase into the hole, then add flowers.
When summer fades to autumn and songbirds start to fly south, a birdbath becomes a perfect perch for a pumpkin adorned with a macabre silhouette.
Choose any number of eerie shapes for your outdoor display: think crow, black cat, bat, witch, or spider. Apply a coat of varnish after the paint dries to protect the pumpkin from the elements.
Tufts of garden moss help keep the pumpkin stable on its perch.
Play a game of cat and mouse this Halloween with this set of silhouettes.
Download our free templates, then trace the cat onto a large pumpkin and the mice onto three smaller pumpkins.
Fill in the outlines with black paint, or use a paint pen for a quick and easy alternative.
Go to the next slide to see another silhouette creature.
To create this patchwork design, paint your pumpkin with latex primer and let dry.
Then apply a base coat with cream color latex paint and allow to dry.
Mark off squares with masking tape, or download our free pattern below.
Paint an overcoat of khaki color latex paint; let dry.
Remove tape to expose cream color paint.
Use paper doilies as stencils to create intricate, lacelike designs.
Take miniature pumpkins to bewitching new heights with an aerial display.
Draw bats on white pumpkins with a permanent marker.
Cut a length of thick jute and knot one end to a large washer.
Tie a loop in the other end.
Punch holes in the top and bottom of the pumpkin, and use wire to pull the twine through the holes. (The washer supports the pumpkin’s weight, and the loop attaches to the shepherd’s hook.)
Like any culinary confection, this tiered treat has all the right ingredients. Select two pumpkins and a Cinderella squash that stack easily. “Ice” the pumpkins and squash in pretty pastel paints, embellish with lacy trims and adhesive gems, and stack.
A black cat and a bat this painted pumpkin duo is “spooktacular”! Spray paint two pumpkins luscious matte black. Craft cardstock features, and pin in place. We carved the cat and bat faces, but you can cut them from cardstock, too.
Too big to pop in your mouth, these candy corn look painted pumpkins still look good enough to eat. Use cone shape pumpkins and spray paint to create these Halloween treats.
Here, pumpkins go to great lengths to form a caterpillar.
Paint pumpkins melon green, and paint their stems black.
Decorate the body with adhesive felt dots, and denote the head with a pair of googly eyes and curled pipe cleaner antennae. Arrange the pumpkins in a creepy, crawling S shape.
You’ll have to get your fingers wet to leave your mark on this playful pumpkin!

Best Kitchen Storage 2014 Ideas : Packed Cabinets and Drawers

Every room in the house could use a little extra storage. Install these storage-packed shelves, drawers, and cabinets to make the most of your kitchen storage.

Outfit a stand alone dresser for entertaining. Keep bottles for simple drinks on display and hide everything else below. Store ice buckets, napkins, and glassware close by.

Gather linens into groups with large metal clips and stagger so each set is visible. Use small bowls or plates to separate napkin rings and other dining accessories.

Corner cabinets can be awkward and hard to utilize. A trio of pullout drawers creates usable space that may otherwise be wasted.

No more dragging out the toaster and coffee maker every morning add outlets inside a cabinet and group small appliances together. The cabinet doors slide inside to keep the appliances and the rest of the room accessible at the same time.

A deep drawer pulls out from a seating area to reveal art and craft supplies. These items are perfect to keep kids busy until dinner is ready.

Pantry organization is key to knowing what you have and finding what you need. Organize goods by shelf dry goods in clear containers, canned goods and baskets for loose items.

Transfer spices into matching tins to keep your collection organized. See what you have at a glance and never have three jars of cumin again.

Put a pantry at eye-level with pullout drawers to make mealtime easy. Pullout shelves help to see items at the back of the pantry, so nothing ever gets lost.

Spatulas and spoons are easy to find with drawer separators. When every utensil has a place, your drawer will be organized and will close every time.

Add a drawer to your island for storing cooking oils, spices, and more. Since this drawer is double sided, there is no digging to find what you’re looking for: Everything is in plain sight.

Wine is easily accessible in cubbies added to the end of an island. Below, a pullout shelf gives access to the most used dishes and platters.

Make use of unused space under cabinets with a toe kick drawer. These shallow drawers are perfect for tablecloths, runners, and napkins. Sort by color or season to reduce search time.

When remodeling your kitchen, customize drawers to fit your needs. In this kitchen, special drawers are just deep enough to hold a wine bottle. These drawers store several bottles of wine on their sides.

A home’s junk drawer doesn’t have to be a mess. Simple dividers section this drawer and keep everything organized. Use small dishes for loose items like change, keys, and paper clips.

Outfit a narrow pullout cabinet with wood dowels or window treatment hardware. Drape table linens and dish cloths over the dowels for wrinkle-free storage.

Get bread off the counter and within easy reach with a special drawer. The acrylic lid keeps bread fresh and easy to find.

Keep your kitchen knives handy and safe with built-in storage. A knife rack inside of a drawer gives each knife a place and prevents knives from sliding around.

In the past, bottom-of-the-range storage consisted of a single oven drawer stuffed to the brim. But these below cooktop compartments allow ample room beneath the burners for pots, pans, and matching lids. What’s even better is that they keep pots and pans close to where they’re used most.

Keep table linens at the ready with shallow drawers under a banquette seat. Pullout drawers are easier to access than flipping up the seat, upsetting cushions, pillows, and even diners.

Tight spaces don’t come with a lot of swing room, so install narrow pullout cabinets or units with hinged doors. Tall locker style drawers are great for separating each family member’s belongings. The system features a perforated metal panel that can hold items on both sides.

Hide trash and recycling receptacles inside a deep cabinet. Retrofit cabinets with a simple pullout system to accommodate multiple bins.

Furniture that performs multiple functions is the key to smart storage solutions. This cabinet has simple shelf storage as well as drawers, maximizing the items that can be stored here.

Limit overhead lifting in your kitchen by storing dishes in low drawers near a sink or dishwasher. Metal racks corral plates and bowls and can easily be lifted out and carried where they are needed.

Back To School Organizing Tips : 2013 ideas

School is in session! This time of year we can all use a little organization advice. Use these creative and helpful tips to store more in your home.
Organize Your Important Papers, Bills, Receipts & More

Just Drop It

Take charge of underused kitchen items that could be repurposed for organization. This vintage toast rack becomes an elegant in-box on an entry table. Use the slots to keep postage stamps handy for outgoing mail and to sort what comes in.

Portable Projects

Forget boxy filing cabinets. Flat-bottom tote bags are sized right for file folders and make perfect project carriers. Tuck a separate shelf under a desk to keep the bags upright. Add more storage with a set of stackable drawers on the desk and stash wrapping paper in a pretty bin beside it.

Office Out Box

With meetings, school, practice, and pets, it’s easy to lose track of time on busy mornings. A drop zone is a foolproof way to manage mail that needs to go out the door. Designate two trays  one for bills to pay and one for outgoing letters near the entryway of your home to make sure nothing is missed.

Expense Tracker

A well-ordered expense tracker makes it easy to maintain inventories and keep important documents on hand. With several compartments, this file box ensures manageable space to organize receipts and other frequently-accessed items. Look for a device with labeled pockets so you can organize information by subject or date, or alphabetically.

Style-Setting Role

By keeping papers on hand and off the desk, this wall-mounted file helps corral paper clutter. Use each compartment to organize items by category, such as bills, schoolwork, and notepads. Affix metal hooks to outer panels for keys or grab and go items.

Message Center

Keep clutter at bay with a multi-purpose work station. This communication haven is built from a patchwork of magnet, dry-erase, chalkboard, cork, and pegboard squares behind the built-in desktop. The combination of materials ensures that messages and papers can be stored in versatile ways. Use magnetic boards to hold papers you need only temporarily, dry-erase boards and chalkboards to jot down quick messages, cork boards to stick more permanent papers on (favorite take-out menus, emergency phone numbers), and pegboard squares to mount containers for desk supplies.

Out to Dry

Create a personal filing system that meets your daily needs and makes sense to you, but make it easy to use. Intended for dishes, the slats of this drying rack stand file folders and notebooks at perfect attention. Use the slotted compartment designed for sponges to stash small office supplies.

Tray Chic

Quarter-sheet baking pans make great clutter-catchers in shallow desk drawers. Designate a tray for each specific need, such as organizing bills or corralling extra office supplies, to keep counters clean .

Raise the Bar

Keep needed items in sight and in mind with color-coded folders. Attach towel racks to the side of a desk to create a file cabinet. Add grommets to file folders and hang them from the bars with curtain hooks. Personalize each folder with labels and postcards for a memorable way to organize.

Stationery System

Stash everything you need to accomplish a task in one designated area. Perfect for storing small items, this letter holder adds a burst of style to the desktop and keeps colorful stationery on hand for jotting a quick note.


Kids’ Organization

Keep homework and school papers organized with a simple filing system. Standing files with tabbed dividers sort paper by subject or activity, making it easy to separate classes from extracurriculars .
Great Space-Saver
Sync your family’s busy schedules with a communication center at the heart of your home. A host of wall-mounted organizers, such as bulletin boards, magnetic panels, and file folders, save space and encourage parents and kids to exchange important messages. Magnetic strips of memo board provide a place to hang cards and photos.

Organize On the Go
Create a portable coupon and receipt organizer from an index card case and stash it where you’ll remember to take it on errands. Alphabetized divider tabs are the perfect solution for filing lists accordingly. The holder’s small size makes it easy to stow in a purse .