Posts tagged “budget

Lawn Furniture for Literalists

Photo Courtesy of Ready Made Blog

I couldn’t help but spread the blog love on this post I saw at Ready Made. Incredible to think you can build a permanent seating fixture in your garden with some wooden stakes, plywood, soil and sod. If you build this at your home we’d like to hear about your experience! Also… we’d like to know what detergent you use to get the grass stains out of your clothes.


How to Build a Nursery

Congratulations! Adding a new member to your family is one of the most exciting events that will happen in your life. Whether it is an addition to your own or you are getting a room ready for grandkids or guests it’s important to create a space for an infant that is safe and conducive to all of their activities! Here’s a step-by-step guide to putting a room together for your little one:

  1. Start with a bare space. Take every item in the room out, clean the windows, wipe down the sills and the baseboards. If we aren’t doing anything to the walls then I like to clean any scuffs off with Magic Eraser or another wall cleaning product.
  2. Decide whether you want to decorate incorporating the baby’s sex or if you want to keep it gender neutral.
  3. Create an inspiration board with photos that include colors, furniture styles, shapes, patterns, and motifs that you enjoy. Look at blogs, magazines, and books – skip the retail catalogues, they don’t get personal enough.
  4. Step back from your inspiration board. What do you like about each picture?
  5. Decide on your crib ensemble first. (bumper pad, dust ruffle, sheets, etc.)
  6. Based on what you’ve decided already, pick out your furniture:  crib, chest, changing table, and rocker/glider. What other additional storage might you need? A toy chest? A hamper?
  7. Outfit the bedroom closet. There’s no need to be able to fit adult size clothing in there! Leave enough hanging space for onesies and other adorably tiny clothes! Install shelves with bins and other organizing tools for the remaining clothes, itty bitty accessories, and bulk diaper containers.
  8. Decide on the theme of your room! Do you want to pass on your love of animals to your child? Perhaps your passion for the stars and planets! Thinking about a more sophisticated space? Try an english garden theme or a sailing theme where you can create a backdrop that’s more subtle and bring the theme to life through bright accents.
  9. Add color to the walls. Pick out wallpaper or a paint color that will work with your theme. Think about thick horizontal stripes – they will add color and pattern without being overwhelming. If you want to use wallpaper, keep it to a minimum so the room doesn’t get too busy. Consider bold graphics for a more sophisticated nursery!
  10. Take a sample from the wallpaper or fabric that you’ve chosen when you make your baby registry.
  11. Decide on the style and fabric for your window treatments – you want to pick something out that will have longevity so that your child can use them as he or she grows. Also, you might want to incorporate blackout curtains, shutters, or layer the fabrics in the window to reduce light for your infant.
  12. Creating a room on a budget? Utilize other furniture from your house, attic, or a donated piece from a friend then paint it and change the knobs to give it a whole new life.
  13. Don’t forget your bathroom! Install a high faucet (they start at $150) so baby can bathe comfortably.
Think about your baby in the long term – Crib4Life is a crib that can expand into a bed as your child grows!

Design 101: Student for Life

Design school is a completely different world than the actual design world. Most of the projects you are assigned have no budget, or quite a large one, and the client is someone who you make up in your head. This means that everything you do in design school is on your own terms. There are no reminders to stay in budget and no possibility that your design concept could be limited or go unfinished. You do not have to contact anyone to find out pricing, timelines, contractor fees, or anything that you would normally do in a real job.  

I have more building codes in my head than I know what to do with!


In school, I am constantly filling my mind with information about building codes, the basic principles of design, and the latest trends. (I have more building and accessibility codes shoved in my brain than I know what to do with!) All of these things are extremely important but what we students tend to forget, is that in the real world none of the codes or latest design trends are as important as being able to communicate your design concept to a client. Can you come up with a design that will satisfy the contractor, builder, architect, and client in a technical sense as well as aesthetically? Can you train yourself to remember the clients’ timeline, how to write-up a quote for that accessory, and oh, did I pay that bill? Design school has provided a fantastic place to practice, but in the real world I have real money, a real client, and lots of pressure to do well so that maybe, just maybe, someone will hire me and help me make a career out of my passion.  

My internship with Creative Touch Interiors has taught me so much; Peggy has given me confidence, taught me how to maximize my business, communicate with clients, expect the unexpected, and to stay organized. All of these skills that I am amassing will aid in helping me to maintain a steady client base and will help me to grow my own company someday; I am truly excited to be gleaning aspects of business that will be constant. For everything else, it looks like I’ve got decades of learning ahead of me – and I’m thrilled to be a lifelong student.