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Getting the Hang of Art Decoration: Our Foolproof Art Hanging Guide

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Getting the Hang of Art Decoration: Our Foolproof Art Hanging Guide

Part of interior design is ensuring that all the pieces of a space work together. That includes the furniture, fixtures, homewares, accessories, decorations, and last but not least, the artwork. Presenting your art in your newly decorated space can become an artform itself! 

You may have small pieces and larger pieces and are unsure of how and where to hang them. While it may seem daunting at first, we can help you create the masterpiece you’re dreaming of. Follow along as we share a variety of ways to hang your art in your home to complement your space and your own unique style. 

Looking for more at-home support? Why not download our art hanging measurement guide!

Hanging your art on a wall

If you’ve got an empty stretch of wall space and a canvas or framed piece to fit into it, our advice is simple! Hang your art so that the center of the frame is about 60 inches above the floor. 

Hanging your art above furniture

Whenever you’re hanging art above chairs or sofas, you want to make sure that your art is not wider than the seating that you’re hanging it above, and that it’s centered above it. You want the bottom of your artwork to be 6 to 8 inches above the furniture once it’s hung! 

For hanging art above tables, you’ll want to follow the same rule about width of the art we mentioned above. Allow for 10 to 12 inches of space between the bottom of the art and the surface of the table. This may need to be adjusted for other decor items on the table such as lamps. 

Hanging stacked grouping in small spaces

Hanging stacked groupings of art in small spaces such as between two doorways is a popular choice to fill negative space. In this case, space all of your artwork evenly either 1 or 2 inches apart. The centre of your display should be 60 inches up from the floor. 

Hanging stacked groupings in larger spaces

A larger display can feel a bit daunting to put together, but with some patience and time, the reward of the final product is more than worth it! 

Apply the same initial rules as above – space everything evenly 1 or 2 inches apart, and make sure the center of your display is 60 inches above the ground. 

Pro tip: Try laying out your artwork on the floor first and rearranging it until you have the perfect combination that works for you. 

Salon style grouping in larger spaces

A mixture of artwork and objects can really bring a wall to life! 

We recommend using paper, scissors, and brown paper to create templates of the art sizes and shapes you’re planning to hang. Use painters tape to hang your paper templates on the wall to create a mockup of your new display before committing to hanging in any formation. 

Leaning art and mirrors

Leaning art or mirrors can look great in a lot of different locations, such as on mantles or shelves, furniture, on a narrow ledge, or even on the floor. 

We recommend securing all heavy leaning pieces or mirrors to the wall to avoid any accidents, especially if you have children or pets! 

Art on bookshelves

Art can bring a little bit of life to a bookshelf and fill some empty space if you haven’t got enough reading material to pack the shelves yet. 

Try using plate stands or easels on bookshelves to make the art stand out. 

Now you’re ready!

Hanging art is often an overlooked part of pulling your space together. After moving or renovating a space, it’s frequently the final task, and people will grab a stud finder and a screwdriver, and hang the art without measuring. 

With a little extra time and care, properly hung artwork will not only make your space more appealing to the eyes, it will also tie together the entire room. 

With this guide, you’re prepared to hang any and all kinds of art! Want to keep these tips for a later date? Grab the downloadable measurement guide we give to all of our Good Space clients! 

How to create your own interior lifestyle for 2021 

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When the pandemic first hit in March 2020, people had to adjust to interior living fast. Now we’re a year in, and people haven’t just adjusted, they’ve evolved their spaces into a fully functional interior lifestyle! Good Space has received great inspiration from clients wanting to adapt their homes to more indoor living, even having to think a little outside-of-the-box! For instance, bedrooms have become offices, living rooms into gyms, and garages into sacred spaces just for you. Instead of seeing this as the “new normal”, we see it as the human capacity for adapting.

This has created interior design as we’ve never seen before, and we want to share these ideas with you so you can start planning your own creative space. We have worked on 2 interior design plans and are currently working on 1 plan that gives our clients new interior lifestyles. This includes: 

  • a his and hers shared office and a sewing area just for him
  • building a She-Shed for a mom to find a creative retreat in, 
  • and a basement “Batcave” that a family can enjoy entertainment in. 

Read below to find out how we infused the new interior lifestyle for each of these projects. 

Sewing Room Delight 

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Husband’s Sewing Room Plan

Do you have a room for your specific hobby? This is always important so you have a place to express yourself and grow your skills. We featured our client’s cozy Bungalow in an extensive case study a while back, but there was one room we didn’t feature. This is the husband’s brand new sewing room and their fun two workstation office.

In the initial Inform Phase, we planned out with them what they wanted the space to accomplish. The husband loved to sew but didn’t feel like he had the room to do it and they each wanted a workstation for their various projects. We then devised a Good Space Plan Online to put the sewing area in the home office while maintaining two work areas. We sourced them functional desks, storage, while reusing existing bookshelves and specified millwork design that could give him a place to sew in a small space. 

What this design tells us is no matter how small a space may be – there is always room to utilize. Take a look around the room you’re in right now. Are there nooks and corners that aren’t being used? This is the best way to create a hobby space for your new interior lifestyle. 

She-Shed for a Busy Mom

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Dwaina Sprague She Shed

Our founder Dwaina’s blog on her She-Shed was hugely popular! In it she talked about the need to create a shed in her backyard just for her. She said the “size of a space doesn’t matter, but the intention does”. For busy moms and partners who have a lot on their plate, finding a space to retreat and relax that’s just for them is important for your overall wellbeing. That’s where the She-Shed has become so revolutionary. 

“Size doesn’t matter but the intention does.” – Dwaina Sprague

Our new client echoes the feelings a lot of working moms share right now. Women still do most of the heavy lifting for domestic responsibilities. Plus, work is done primarily at home now (thanks Covid)! Our client needed a place to seek calm, relax, study and get some work done and that’s why we’re creating a personalized She-Shed.

She-Sheds are different for each woman, but they have this in common: 

  • Warm and comfortable in design, 
  • Highlights your hobby or specific things that spark joy,
  • A place to reflect and dance or stretch or just sit on the floor and meditate.
  • Always includes a potential for extra seating and that extra teacup to share the moments. 

We hope this new She-Shed will be ready by this summer. Until then we’re enjoying creating a space for our client that she can call her own. 

Entertainment Batcave for the Whole Family

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The new interior lifestyle is not just about spaces for work and meditation, they’re also for fun! It’s important that we enjoy the time we spend indoors right now. What better way to do that then create an entertainment room for the whole family! 

Our client recently built a custom basement entertainment room, or “Batcave” as he calls it. In it we used a bold wall colour to give a sense of grounding. We sourced them a stunning and comfortable custom sectional from Van Gogh Designs, plus a media unit from Mobital Group. The entire renovation was done with the professional help of Lyle Construction. It’s now a room befitting for Bruce Wayne and an entertainment space that every family deserves. 

We can’t wait to see the movie marathons they binge while enjoying their new interior lifestyle in this room. 

How to create your own multifunctional space

With these great examples of functional design done differently, we bet you are eager to start to recreate your own space! Well, we are happy to start you in the right direction with a few tips. 

In the past, we wrote about how to create a sacred space. A sacred space is a small corner, room, or nook that is just for you to decompress after a long day. To create a sacred space you should: 

  • Declutter your space,
  • Giving purpose to your space,
  • And add the right lighting and ambiance.

Creating a multifunctional space is not that different from creating a sacred space. The main difference is you want your multifunctional space to be able to serve more than one purpose. Your living room may need to become a homeschool for your kids, and your garage may need to be a place for you to exercise right now. 

Here are the top tips on how to create a multifunctional space for your interior lifestyle from Canadian Home Trends:

Invest in Storage

Store away any unnecessary furniture or clutter that doesn’t serve the interior lifestyle you’re trying to accomplish. The amount of space in your home is more important than ever. Our frequent partner and favourite professional organizer SOS My Space can give the best advice on how to organize and store clutter. 

Use Every Inch of your Space

There are ways to maximize the entire surface area of your homes. For example, corner desks are a great way to utilize often forgotten corners into office spaces. They look great too! 

Design it Up

Multifunctional spaces still need to feel homey. Just because we’re adding practicality to it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t let the fun of design go. Make sure to add personal touches to your multifunctional space that are unique to you. This will make using your new space more fun and invigorating. The last thing we want is to turn your bedroom into a cubicle. 

Creating a creative, multifunctional space is what makes an interior lifestyle more fun! As we mentioned before, instead of seeing this as the “new normal”, we see it as a way for us to adapt and come out of it stronger than before. 

Not New Normal, New Lifestyle 

We’ve learned a lot from this pandemic through the bad and the good. But the best thing we can take from it is our newfound respect for and the privilege of our homes. Our homes give us so much to look forward to. It’s now the place we work, Zoom, educate, dance, exercise, and play in. Our newfound appreciation for our homes will be part of our lifestyles forever. 

Good Space wants you to look around your homes and make mental note of the functions each room gives you. Ask yourself if the room is doing each function to the best of its ability. If not then, we are more than ready to help you create your own hobby space, multifunctional space, She-Shed, or entertainment room. Contact us now to share what you would like to accomplish this year with your home and create the multifunctional space you’ve always dreamt of. 

 

Contact us for a quote!

 

Holiday Decorating and Space Redesigning Tips for Winter

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Tis the season for holiday decorating.

The air is getting crisp outside, which means the holiday season is around the corner. Even though you may not be having a big Christmas party at your house this year, a festive-looking home will help to lift your spirits for the holiday season. 

Whether you want to take this changing of the seasons as an opportunity to do a complete redesign of your space or just add elements to boost the festiveness of your home, an interior designer can help.

Let’s look at a few holiday decor tips you can do on your own and discuss what you need to know about starting an online interior design project at this time of year:

Holiday design and decor tips

It’s been a rough year for many of us. With the rising cases of COVID-19 in our province, we’re expecting many to be spending more time at home with their immediate families. You can help to raise everyone’s holiday spirit with a home that’s festively decorated inside and out. 

Here are some great tips for decorating your home for the holidays this year:

Swap seasonal colours

Winter is a great time to swap out key items in your home to change up the colour scheme. This season is great to feature traditional red and greens, frosty blues and whites, or glitzy silver and gold. Swap out pillows, accent pieces, and decor items to match the new colour scheme. 

wicker reindeer

Decorate outside

Get festive by hanging up lights on your house and outdoor trees. We’ve seen some stunning holiday displays using wicker reindeer. Place a festive wreath on your front door to show off your holiday spirit.

Bring in new plants

The holiday season is perfect for displaying floral arrangements in your home. Consider getting a festive poinsettia for your coffee table or kitchen island or decorating with some fresh evergreen branches.

Use hurricane vases

These work year-round and you can swap out what’s inside based on the season. For winter, put some fresh cut evergreen branches, holly tree cuttings, or even fill them with holiday ornaments. 

Place your Christmas tree

If you celebrate Christmas, put your tree in a spot in your home where you can enjoy it the most. Make sure it doesn’t obstruct how you move through your home. If you have children consider putting it somewhere they can see as they walk down the stairs on Christmas morning.  

Decorate the table

This is a great place to decorate, even if you’re not hosting formal dinners this year. A festive table runner and centrepiece that matches your seasonal room color scheme or theme, can add a warm ambiance to your dining room. 

Greenery on the fireplace mantle

The options are nearly endless for what you can do with this space. A green garland or real evergreen/holly tree clippings look fantastic wrapped around some LED, battery-operated candles and holiday bits and bobs. 

An interior designer can help you choose the right holiday decor and decorate your home to fill it with Instagram-worthy shots while making your home comfortable and liveable.

But, if you feel that right now is the time for something a little more substantial and long-term for your home decor, then you might want to consider…

Starting an online interior design project in Winter 

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The changing of the seasons is a popular time to do a more in-depth redesign of your indoor spaces. If you’re getting a bit tired of your current home decor and design, maybe now is the best time to consider refreshing your space! 

Working with an online interior designer puts you in control of the project with the guidance of an expert assisting you every step of the way. When you work with online interior designers like the team at Good Space Plans Online, then all consults are done via video conferencing or the phone. No one outside your bubble or “Safe 6” ever enters your home. 

Here are the 3 steps of what you can expect when working with Good Space Plans Online:

Step 1 – Inform: What do you need?

Before undertaking any home design or decor project, it’s good to start with a look at your habits, lifestyle, personal style, and routines. 

We often ask our clients to collect pictures of designs, styles, and pieces they like. We also want to know a bit more about your lifestyle and habits. For example:

  • Do you have kids? 
  • How do you spend your time when you’re at home? 
  • Where are the main entrances and most trafficked areas of your home? 

If you plan to have regular overnight guests in the future when COVID restrictions are lifted, we will want to consider that in your plans. 

Once you put together your thoughts about the style you want, your interior designer will ask you to take a few measurements of your space and existing features and furniture. Then, they will start shopping around to source suggestions for the perfect furniture, decor, and floor plans to reflect your unique personality, style, and needs. 

Step 2 – Enlighten: Let’s make your plan

This is when your Good Space interior design team works their magic to research, shop, and design your space! Giving you your very own design plan to follow. At your next meeting with your interior designer, they will share new floor plans and provide options for every element, including floors, walls, windows, and ceilings if they were part of your design request. 

When doing an interior decorating project near the holiday season, your plan may include temporarily moving furniture and other items to accommodate cheery holiday decor. Your designer will explain everything in your design plan and this is your opportunity to ask questions so you can further customize your designs. 

Step 3 – Inspire: Finalizing your designs

Now that you and your designer have chatted more in-depth about your proposed design plans. Your designer will take your feedback and suggestions and create the finalized design plan. Then your final plan will include all the details of every element of your project. This may also include sourcing the products for you. 

The next steps move at your own pace and can be adjusted based on your schedule. Your online interior designer has given you everything you need to purchase and create the space of your dreams when you’re ready to get started on your own time. 

Get a free estimate!

Ready to elevate the space you’re living in? Visit our free estimate link to learn how much or how little it costs for the home of your dreams! You can also call us to book your Good Space plan today and begin transforming your home for the holiday season and beyond.

Furnishing your space with Good Space Plans Online

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Now that fall is finally here, you may be looking for timely and cost-effective ways for furnishing your space. Perhaps with online interior design plans to improve and beautify your home. Does Full-Service interior design sound expensive and time-consuming? Is your space dark and not functioning well as we head into the winter season? 

If that’s the case then you will want to learn how our Online Interior Design plans can help you furnish your space. As well as address the function, surfaces, light, and goods in your space while adding savings to your bank account! 

Online Interior Design Versus Full Service Interior Design

Unlike full-service interior design, which is an ongoing hourly and percentage fee process with the designer overseeing the project once the design is completed. Online interior design plans are a set fee and are overseen by the client once the design is completed. You are able to implement your Good Space Plan Online as your time and budget allow.

Functioning well in your space while also understanding the WHY behind every piece recommended in a Good Space Plan Online is the heart of what our interior designers do. The online interior design process is achievable, affordable, and accessible. You’ll never need an interior designer to even step into your space! 

How do we furnish your place without actually being in it? We’ll quickly go over it now:

Inform 

Where we meet through an interactive online call to learn more about you, your lifestyle, your people and pets, your budget, and the vision you have for your space. Your dedicated Interior Designer reviews your submitted information through your private project portal. This is where we get to know YOU! 

Enlighten

From that initial call, we take all the information we learned from the Inform phase, bring it together, and develop a preliminary design plan for you. Then we book your Enlighten meeting. This Enlighten presentation will include; to-scale function floor plans and options for everything that will go on your floors, walls, windows & ceilings – your lighting and your goods/furnishings. 

Inspire

After you select your preferences on your Enlighten plan, your interior designer uses your selections to build your finalized Good Space Plan Online. Then it’s up to you to follow your Good Space Plan to implement and oversee the design as your time & budget allow. 

All Good Space Plans Online follow this three-step process and we highly recommend putting you and your space first. You deserve to feel GOOD in your home! And you can stay home while you do it with online interior design through Good Space. We can’t wait to meet YOU! 

Furnishing on a budget

As the leaves fall and the air gets crisp, we’re heading into autumn and a more indoor lifestyle. Therefore, let’s make our homes a place we are happy to spend our day in. We want to create your balanced living and workspace you’ve always imagined. We know firsthand how much your mood and thoughts change considerably through being in a space you love. We’ve learned from COVID-19 this year on how important space is to our emotions, mental health, physical health, and mindfulness. Let’s make your home a place you feel good in.

We understand how COVID-19 has been hard for many families this year. We may not be able to spend money like we used to, however, that doesn’t mean we can’t take care of ourselves and the spaces we live, work or play in. Online Interior Design plans with Good Space take care of you – it is a custom interior design plan, created with you and for you that you can implement yourself. 

How much does a Good Space Plan cost? They start at $1,400.00 – significantly more affordable than full-service interior design because you are paying for interior design expertise through the creative and sourcing portion. Through the design process, you become informed and empowered to be the project manager for the implementation. 

Even at a more affordable price, our commitment to quality remains high. In your Good Space Plan Online, we select new pieces for what you need, while honoring what you want to keep, and you also have a full to-scale interior design plan that leaves no specification left out. It’s the perfect deal! 

Good Space Plans Online for Your Space

Now that you know what an online interior design plan is, maybe you just need a few design inspirations to help you with your own vision. Here is some function plans Good Space Plans Online has done in the past. 

Living Rooms 

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Living rooms continue to be Good Space Plans Online’s most popular plan option.

Living room plans are perfect for the fall because it’s the room most used as we head inside during colder weather. 

Our clients in Surrey BC created this stunning living room all from their Good Space Plan Online, which took less than 6 months to complete and we were able to retain their existing sofa & chairs and they were struggling to make function prior to their Good Space Plan. 

Bedrooms

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Bedrooms are also a popular option for a Good Space Plan. Our Surrey clients agreed it was time for a bedroom upgrade. In the pic above we changed the furniture of the space to create serenity and calmness. We sourced a new bed for our clients from Van Gogh Designs and night tables from Huppe. It’s now become a cozy sanctuary for them. If you are asking yourself if it’s time for a new bed or mattress, then this is the perfect moment to consider our Bedroom Good Space Plan Package. 

Dining Rooms

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Another popular plan is our dining room plan. As mentioned before, with the holidays coming up, it’s important to create a welcoming space for you and your family. Imagine and work with us to bring your vision to life with our Good Space Plans Online. For a fraction of the cost of full-service interior design, we can help you source one-of-a-kind furniture such as this stunning chandelier seen here from Robert Abbey for our Surrey client. 

 

Get your home holiday-ready with an Online Interior Design Plan

We want to help get your space autumn and holiday-ready. Our Good Space Plans address the Function, Surfaces, Light & Goods in your space. As we move into the winter season, we can give you a comprehensive and easy to follow plan. Afterward, the design plan will make you say “It feels so good to be home!” Visit our self-quote page and choose the “Your Space” package to get an initial quote for your Good Space Plan. 

Looking for more than just furnishing?

Sometimes our furnishing plans need a bit more than sourcing goods. You may want a little renovation added here and there too. In that case, Good Space Plans Online can always fit your needs easily. If you’re curious about our renovation packages, then read our blog here. 

 

If you’re ready to begin planning your furnishing plan, click this link and we can begin to help you to feel good at home. You deserve it!  

 

Let’s Go Swimming – 5 best towels

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The summer sun may be setting soon, but that doesn’t mean you need to fold your beach towels away. Instead, now’s the perfect time to be investing in new ones! You heard us right. With all the new variety and end of summer sales going on, it’s the perfect time to be getting new beach towels. Good Space is a HUGE fan of beach towels, and we know just how to choose the right ones that can last all year round. 

Who knew there were so many types of beach towels?

Who knew there were so many new options for beach towels?! Well, we’ve always been fans. But now the variety of towels have taken off with options that include ultra-soft, sand-proof, bigger sizes, and a myriad of colors and designs. You can even find ones that are quick to dry.

What makes a beach towel “better” than any others? Here’s what we believe. 

Beach towels versus bath towels 

The first thing we have to mention is that beach towels are not the same as bath towels. Even though they’re both towels meant to dry you off, we don’t recommend bringing bath towels to the beach. 

Beach towels are made for the beach. They are generally bigger in size and much more durable so they can withstand the sand and elements that get thrown at them outside. In order to keep your bath towels soft to the touch and intact, we suggest keeping them in the bathroom where they belong. Instead, let’s learn what makes the beach towel different.  

Size of the beach towels

Towels come in all sizes depending on what use you have for them. When buying a beach towel you want it to be able to hold your entire body comfortably. We would say around roughly 60” x 30” should suffice. However, if you want to hold multiple people you can get an even bigger beach towel that’s around 60” x 50”.

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Material

The material quality affects the absorption, which is important. You can usually tell the quality of the towel by the GSM (grams per square meter). GSM is the standard measurement for the weight and quality of towels (and all fabrics). It is a measure of density, and higher GSM cotton towels are normally heavier and have a higher capacity for absorption. 

Normally, towels range between 300 – 700 GSM. A good beach towel should be around 500-900 GSM. To find a towel’s GSM, check on the tag or label before buying them. Some great beach towels with high GSM and patterns that are to die for are Pendleton Oversized Pattern Beach Towels.

Beach Towel Design

Beach Towels

With beach towels, you definitely want to stand out! The beach is a bright, fun, and open space. Beach towels shouldn’t be monochromatic, but should instead match that beachy environment while also reflecting your own unique style. The classic beach stripe towels are always in. But why not zest it up a bit and get fun, vibrant patterns, and colours such as orange, polka-dot, zebra, and swirls. Whatever style accents you the most should be the one to pick. 

Ethically and Locally Sourced

Buying fair trade ensures that you are helping someone make a liveable wage for the work they’re providing. Plus, the quality of the product is going to be much better. Here are some of our favourite ethical and/or locally sourced beach towels to buy. 

Tofino Towel Company 

  • Are LOCAL and BC made! 
  • Have ROUND towels, how cool is that
  • Also, have beautiful beach robes to match your fun towel 
  • Made using eco-friendly methods and all-natural materials and dyes. 
  • oversized beach towels are highly absorbent, quick-drying, compact, and great at shedding sand, both off the towel and your skin.

Slow Tide Beach Towels

  • Do some fantastic limit edition towel patterns
  • Are high-quality cotton and made here in North America 
  • Have fun patterns 
  • Are thinner so it makes it easier to pack 
  • Come in multiple sizes – medium-sized beach towel & large sized beach towel.

Ban.do Towels

  • What really has me falling in love with these towels are the patterns 
  • They have the most hilarious slogans and colours
  • They are eye-catching and a lot more affordable than other towels out there
  • Slightly lower GSM, so towels are thinner.

Nomadix Towels

  • Have quick dry travel/pack out towels with a bit of a more rough feel
  • Are sustainable products 
  • Comes in fun sizes 
  • Pack up easily 
  • Dry quickly. 

With the right towel, life’s a beach!

We hope this blog has offered you new ideas about what to think about and where you want to shop for your next towels. We want to help extend the summer vibes and with all the end-of-summer deals happening, now’s the perfect time to choose the right towel for your weekend beach days! 

If you want to extend your summer past the beach and into your patio, then check out our pricing plans for our new “Outdoor Renovation Package” starting at just $900/plan. Click on “Your Space” package here

Just keep swimming, fishies! 🐟