Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Bathroom Function + Form

The Bathroom is another place in our home that has to function.  It has to serve it's purpose obviously, and it should do so with ease.  There is nothing more frustrating then not being able to get to what you need in the bathroom.  

Today we are talking about your more private bathrooms - your en suite bathrooms.  Since these are not necessarily seen by guests they should be tailored to your families functionality.

We talked earlier in the series about how everyone functions in a space differently.  Some people are much neater and would rather nothing be on the counters.

Whereas other people would rather have regularly used items out in the open. 

For our family, it is better if most things are out in the open.  I do corral things in baskets or on trays, which makes things easy to tidy up. Otherwise things would be sprawled out everywhere.  

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The pic above is actually in a nursery, but I think it would work equally well in a kids bathroom!

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In our master bathroom, we utilize our drawers for everyday things as well.  Hubby has one side for his essentials - razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, and I have the other for make-up and hair accessories.  

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I truly believe towels, washcloths, and extra toilet paper should be stored in a way that is easily accessible for everyone.  Towels can be put in cabinets, drawers, or folded neatly on a shelf. Find a storage container you like for toilet paper - it doesn't have to be conventional, anything will do.  

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As with other spaces in your home.  Figure out what works best for YOUR family, and go with it. Don't fight it.  If your family are pilers like mine, don't try to always keep clean counters - it will be a losing battle!!  Organized chaos is what I like to call it around our home.  :)

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Making Bedrooms Functional and Awesome

Let's talk bedrooms today.  Bedrooms are a little tricky when it comes to function, because almost everyone has different needs.  But, the basics are the same.

Everyone needs a bed, and storage for clothing. Aside from that, the possibilities are endless.  

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If you are working with a nursery, then you might want a place for nursing and rocking - some sort of rocking chair.  And then you will need some storage for baby things.

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For a toddler room, you are definitely going to need more storage for toys and books and such. Also, with a toddler room you might want to give it a little personality - maybe to fit your child's interests at the time.  Or, maybe, if you're not crazy like me, you might want to choose something that could transition with them for a while and last a little while design wise.

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Grade-school to tween is pretty much the same - bed, clothes storage, toy storage - with maybe the addition of a desk.  As far as design, this again is dependent on how long it needs to last.  Kids love spaces that are taylored to their personalties, and their likes. And, there are ways to do that without getting too themey.

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How?  you ask.  Well, for me - keep the big things basic.  Bedding, paint, window treatments - keep those in a solid color or a pattern that fits the "theme" or decor.  Use accessories to really make the "theme" come alive.

Teen rooms are all about making a place where they feel comfortable.  They want a more grown-up space but they still want to show their own personality.  I think this is a great time to get them involved in the design.  Then their is some ownership in it.  Teens need a place where they can retreat.

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For us grown-ups, it's all about a sanctuary. Often times, the master bedroom is forgotten territory.  For years, our bedroom was the room of cast-off furniture.  Full of mis-matched pieces, that didn't fit the space.  Just like teens, moms and dads need a place to retreat and relax. Don't neglect your own space.  Make sure that you only have things in the room that make day to day easy.  

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We are very close to having spaces for each of the children that suit them perfectly, after the biggen' went to college and everyone moved. It has definitely been a process and I can't wait to share!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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