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Good Space Year End Review: Home is the light to an interesting year.

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It’s time for our year-end review! We’ve finally made it to the end of 2020 and for that we are grateful. Seriously, this year has been no easy feat and we should all pat ourselves on the back for making it through. 2020 has had its fair share of challenges, surprises, and opportunities for growth. But we’ve always said when the going gets tough outside, it’s the spaces on the inside that we should look to. 

As Good Space looks back at the year we’ve had, we recognize how much we have to be grateful for. We were able to transform a record number of home spaces into comfortable and sacred ones. Dwaina moved into her new home, and Molly got engaged! This year we’ve learned that no matter how dark it may seem out there, our homes are the light we find comfort in. 

Here are our highlights of the year that have managed to make 2020 a memorable one for Good Space Plans Online. 

A record number of Good Space Plans

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Vancouver Bungalow Project

When COVID-19 first hit in March and people were told to stay at home, we were quick to help families adapt to their smaller surroundings. Our homes became more than just places to sleep and eat, but multi-functional spaces to work, play, and keep our minds at ease. 

This year alone we were able to do 15 Good Space Plans for families to feel more comfortable in their homes. We helped create at home classrooms for kids, home offices for the parents, and living rooms that could help the entire family find comfort and escape.

Foray into Renovations

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Before and After West End Bathroom Renovation

This year also helped us move more into full-scale renovations. Our clients were able to stay home more and had much more time on their hands. This helped them be able to work on renovation plans they’ve always dreamt of! Good Space did over 10 renovations through our full-service option this year. We upgraded kitchens, created new bathrooms, opened up space, and even added new flooring. If you are interested in doing a full-scale renovation plan for your new home check out our plans here. 

New Good Space services available

With the number of Good Space Plans we were receiving, we adopted new interior design packages. This would help accommodate different desires people had for their space. As a result, Good Space debuted three new plans in 2020 which include: 

  • Concept and to-scale floor plans: Not sure where to start? We make it easy for you to visualize your future space with to-scale floor plans. It gives you an in-depth and accurate plan to show exactly how your space is going to look.  From there, you can use your plan and continue with Good Space and bring your project vision to life!
  • Furnishing: Need help sourcing quality and economical furnishings? We help you with the goods (furniture and accessories of a space) and create a detailed plan for you, that help to keep interior design affordable and easy to implement. Need more than just furnishings? See below for significant upgrades!
  • Renovation: This plan takes your feedback and vision and we prepare a detailed guide and model to renovate your space. We also work with our preferred contractors to help deliver full-scale renovations. 

Each plan’s price is related to its scope of work. Prices get added on to each step you take. Start your own personalized plan here.

$30,000 raised for Covenant House

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Good Space has been long-time supporters of Covenant House BC, helping to end homelessness for youth in our community. Every year we’ve participated in their annual Sleep Out to raise money for their Vancouver house. However, due to COVID-19, this year’s sleep out couldn’t be hosted in the alley behind Covenant House Vancouver. Rather it had to be in our own homes and outdoor spaces. Nevertheless, we kept the spirit of the sleep out alive with our team “Brave Space” and slept in Dwaina’s yard. 

Why did we call it “Brave Space”? Because we understand it takes incredible courage to leave situations you know are unsafe. We want to help youth enter into brave spaces even if they may feel uncertain in order to find community and safety there.

Through our sleep out and support from our family, partners, and friends, Brave Space was able to raise a whopping $30,000 this year! This will help the 104 youth who come to Covenant House Vancouver every day find family, food, shelter, community, and a brave space they deserve. 

This holiday season, youth need your help more than ever. Find out ways to support Covenant House here. 

Dwaina moved into her cozy Kits home 

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Moving Day for Dwaina!

The world may have slowed down during 2020, but that didn’t mean we did! Our founder and principal designer, Dwaina Sprague, was able to move into her Kitsilano cozy home this summer. With help from SOS My Space, Dwaina was able to make moving during a pandemic a breeze and even wrote a blog on how to successfully move with little stress during the summer. 

Dwaina not only moved into her new home, but she also bought her own getaway space on the beautiful Sunshine Coast! Have you ever wanted to see the intimate steps and know how to build a new home? Follow Dwaina’s Instagram and Facebook as she breaks ground on building a home from scratch on her social media this coming year. She will share new build and home decor insight so you can create your own dream home – no matter where or how big it is. 

Dwaina and Molly shared how to run a family business

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Last Mother’s Day, Dwaina and Molly were featured on Workin’ Moms podcast to discuss the ins and outs of being a mother and daughter team. In the episode they talked about: 

  • Maintaining a healthy personal and working relationship,
  • What kids learn from working parents,
  • And why home should be a priority. 

As a business, Good Space Plans Online puts family as their priority. We were honoured to have been invited by Gisele Forge to be on the show and share what our homes and families mean to us. Check out the podcast with Dwaina and Molly here. 

Molly got engaged and jumped out of a plane with her fiancé’s grandma! 

This year for Molly Sprague has all been about taking big, big leaps of faith. She took her first leap of faith when she got engaged to her partner Fraz! He proposed while on their favourite walking spot at Burnaby Lake. In such an uncertain year, Molly found certainty in the word yes and the happy couple is planning their nuptials for 2022 on the Sunshine Coast. 

The second leap of faith was a literal one when Molly and her fiancé’s 91-year-old grandma decided to jump out of a plane and go skydiving for the first time! No time for fear in 2020. You go, grandma!

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2020 has kept us centred 

When storms seem to blow around us, our homes are the compass we can follow. Our mission this year was to give comfort and peace to families. Who may have been struggling to find balance in such uncertain times. We also have deep gratitude for our homes, families, and friends and want to extend ourselves to those less fortunate. 

No matter what else 2020 or the next year throws at us, we believe that through our home and building spaces, we can weather through anything and find peace. Happy holidays and we wish you a Happy New Year!

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. 

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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.

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! 🐟

 

A Design filled day in Hudson Yards, NYC.

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AhhNew York City…“The city that never sleeps”. This may sound like a cliché, but it’s true. There’s always something to do, see, or eat at all times of the day! After four days in this bustling city, I did feel a tad exhausted, but also completely in love with this dazzling place. Hudson Yards especially. 

For any design lovers checking out the city, I strongly suggest spending a day in Hudson Yards and make sure to check out the following:

The Vessel

new-york-the-vesselHead down to Hudson Yards and check out the new Vessel, an interactive building that is intended to be climbed. It’s a feat of impressive engineering. Staircases circle around a centre point allowing one to climb to the top and offers remarkable views of the city. Make sure to bring your walking shoes.

Mercado Little Spain

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After all that climbing, it’s time to hydrate and grab a quick snack for both your eyes and taste buds. Down below in a beautifully designed Spanish market, full of the freshest Spanish treats.  Here you can find bars, restaurants and unique kiosks in both design and taste! Churros, ice cream, hams, cheeses from all around the world. You can find it all. Yum!
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Highland Park

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After you grabbed a bite to eat, take a walk down highland park and keep your eyes peeled for all the beautiful architecture that surrounds the city. The path stretches from Hudson Yards to the Whitney Museum in the south. It is a beautiful 2.5km walk with stunning views of the city! The path used to be a train rack and has been converted to a beautifully maintained garden and walking path.
Tip: Try to go when it’s not too sunny as this path is loved by all
With NYC being beautiful all times of the year and having so much design inspiration to offer, it’s good to find one place chock-full of design goodies. I highly recommend Hudson Yards as a go-to for all your design inspiration. It’s a shame that I couldn’t squeeze every bit of New York in four days, but this weekend has just made me more enthused for my next trip back. 

Your Guide to Comfortable Camping

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Experience Camping In Comfort With Our Must-Have Essentials.

That feeling of waking up to the freshest of air all around me. The sounds of the forest slowly pulling me out of a deep sleep. Slowly and quietly climbing down my tent ladder while my partner Fraz is still fast asleep. I slip into my sandals and my favourite Tilley hat to head down to the lake. There is this one moment standing on the edge of the slowly lapping water… where everything stands still and there is peace. No work stress, no phone service, no commitments, just the beauty of nature.

Camping is truly my happy place for me to unwind and get grounded. It’s my home away from home. It took some time to create that level of home comfort with my camping gear. These are a few things that have become my must haves for camping in comfort.

Some Comfort – $

Comfortable Camping Hat
  • Tilley Hat: This is my favourite item camping. It is made in Canada, it has a lifetime warranty and it is so functional. It’s waterproof, UV protected and the best hat to have summer naps under… ever. I strongly encourage you to join the Tilley club.
  • Luci Solar Lights – This is such a durable solar powered lantern. It is light, takes up next to no space and they FLOAT! Not to mention they make a color changing one for your next camping party.
  • Brewmate Beer Cozy – I love a cold beverage while I’m camping and this cozy definitely keeps a drink chilled for a very long time. It takes both tall and short cans and doubles as a thermos for coffee. They come in so many finishes that it is hard to choose just one.

More Comfort – $$

Comfortable Camping Mosquito Net
  • Camping chair – Having a good chair is key to camping. I don’t have a particular one I love because I have accumulated quite a few over the years. My top requirements for a good camping chair include a large seat to curl up in and a high back to rest my head on.
  • Pop up mosquito tent: For me this is an absolute must when you are deep in the bush. I love being in nature but I don’t love being eaten alive. This Coleman one is durable and super easy to take down & set up.
  • Camping BBQ: I love this trusty Coleman travel BBQ. It gets super hot, has some great add-ons to buy, and is super easy to pack around. I have made so many delicious camping meals on mine!

Luxury Comfort – $$$

Comfortable Camping Tent
  • Down Bedding:  Now if you know me I am a bit of a princess when it comes to bedding. I love down bedding so I had to buy myself a full camping set from my favourite Canadian supplier, Dreammakers. I also love that the down bedding fits in my vacuum storage bags so well.
  • Tepui Tent:  This was my biggest camp purchase last year. We fell in love with these roof top tents when we found this fantastic local outdoor store called Overland Outfitters. I love that store and the owners are next level amazing people. This has changed my camping experience 100% for the better. I feel so safe being up high. The mattress is very comfortable, easy to set up and take down and is great in any weather. Overland Outfitters even offers rentals, including a rack system for your vehicle, in case you are hesitant to buy one…just yet.

Being at home is so soothing for me. Home is safe, comfortable and soul filling. To create that same feeling in nature is such a treat, which is why I’ve made I have managed to create that feeling in nature with all these camping comforts. Now get outside and enjoy nature. It’s calling for you.