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Good Space Case Study: Awkward to Awwwwesome

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Curious how we create interior design online? Then get an insider’s view by reading our case study of our client’s charming 1950’s Vancouver bungalow.

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Living Room & Dining Room & Kitchen Renovation

Good Space Plans Online has a new case study to explain how our interior design process works. When Elaine F. first contacted Good Space, she admitted she had lost the love for her home. She explained it made her feel “uncomfortable” and she was ready for a complete makeover! 

To get Elaine’s home from what she called “austere and shabby” to “a relief” we went through a step-by-step, Inform, Enlighten and Inspire online interior design process, something we complete with every online client. Today, we’re sharing that process with you as an example of how online interior design is done with Good Space Plans Online. And don’t worry, Elaine is more than happy to share the inside of her home now that she has fallen back in love with it!

Ready to learn our trade secrets? Then let’s get into our case study!

Case Study Step 1: Inform: We Learn About YOU

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The first step to this online interior design project began by learning more about our clients, Elaine & Bruce, and the rooms they wanted to update. 

We began by providing them their login information to their own personal portal with Good Space Plans Online. From there Elaine entered into our Good Space onboarding client task process, supplying us with photos and videos of her current:

  • living room,
  • dining room and
  • kitchen, along with
  • photos of the art and any furniture she would like to keep.

Things we asked them to provide

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  1. Measurements of the rooms, furniture, and art
  2. Pinterest boards of spaces she LOVES. This serves as an idea book and helps our designers understand what drives and motivates her sense of style. Want to see her own Pinterest boards? Check out her living room and dining room ideas. 
  3. A completed questionnaire helping us to understand who Elaine & Bruce are. How they live, and what makes them happy in their home. Getting to know our clients and bringing our focus to how we can make them feel inspired, empowered, and excited about their home is what inspires the design team. 

After completing their client tasks, the Good Space concierge booked a time to have their Inform meeting with their dedicated Interior Designer. Their designer reviewed their submitted details and stated the goals they had for their space. Then they formulated lots of questions in preparation for this meeting.

Their Inform meeting is a fun and interactive screen share conversation where we get personal.

We connected and delved deeper into Elaine and Bruce’s true aspirations and desires for their spaces. We also got to meet and hear about their feisty cat, Nicky. Elaine expressed, they feel uncomfortable in their space and Nicky is hard on their furniture. In her own words, she felt like it was “austere, shabby, tired, and under-decorated”.  After hearing their honest and vulnerable feelings, we felt genuinely excited and inspired to change their experience of their home. We believe everyone should feel great at home! 

Rather than focusing on the negatives, we ask clients to highlight what they love about their home. Bruce and Elaine loved the natural light, the large windows, the flow between the kitchen, dining room, living room, and how it’s a perfect amount of “open”.

They also wanted to keep an open-space concept for entertaining guests. Elaine said she didn’t want too many tchotchkes and loose pillows to crowd things up. Finally, because of their cat Nicky, all surfaces had to be durable enough for cat attacks. Meow!

After the meeting, we knew what we needed to do to help Elaine, Bruce & Nicky fall back in love with her home.

The Good Space Interior Designers took the ingredients that Elaine and Bruce gave us. Then we got to work on creating them a beautiful and functional floor plan. 

Case Study Step 2: Enlighten: We Provide The Preview of the Plan

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Elaine & Bruce’s Enlighten Floor Plan Design

Our next step in our online interior design process is the Enlighten phase. Where we get to crack our knuckles and create a plan that reflects the best solutions for our client’s needs. We chose options for Surfaces, Light & Goods by sourcing new items as well as any items the clients identified as “keepers”.  The sourced goods and floorplans are organized into an Enlighten Preview Package and presented to the client during an even MORE FUN screen share meeting.  

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During our screen share virtual meeting with Elaine and Bruce, we reviewed with them the functional layout options and reasons for those choices. We believe that when the client understands the “why” behind floorplans and selection they are more confident making final choices and implementing their Good Space Plan Online. Then we presented the furniture, fixtures, finishes & material options from their Enlighten Preview Package.

After their Enlighten meeting, their own Enlighten Preview Package is uploaded to their private Good Space Portal for them to take some time and provide their feedback. Thinking things through with a strong understanding of the “why” and reflecting on their needs allowed Elaine and Bruce to make their final selections and share those with us via their chat log on their portal. We took their feedback and began to revise their Enlighten plan and create their final Inspire Plan.

Case Study Step 3: Inspire: Let’s Make it Happen

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Caption: From Elaine and Bruce’s Inspire floor plan. 

This final step is all about setting Elaine and Bruce up for success! Once we received all their choices and feedback, we completed their plan and had their final screen share meeting. Then we made sure they understood their Good Space Plan and were ready to successfully implement it on their own or with our help if they chose to. 

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After photos of the living room, kitchen, and dining room. 

Their 32-page completed Good Space Plan Online including a custom floor plan for their living room, dining room, and kitchen. Including sections for Function, Surfaces, Light, and Goods. It came with images, codes, and where to go for all the items to be bought and ordered. It included easy-to-follow guides on hiring the right trades, hanging their art, styling their space, and how to place the lighting in their rooms. 

Good Space also helped Elaine & Bruce in ordering and tracking their furniture. In less than three months all of the items were delivered and assembled. They were able to entertain friends and family in her beautiful and bright living spaces in no time. 

So How Can We Help YOU Achieve Your Dream for Your Space?

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“With Good Space Online, we felt welcomed to be as involved in design details as much or as little as we preferred.  Bruce and I really appreciated being able to give Good Space general thoughts and guidelines for them to work out details for our feedback. It was just the right level of involvement for us!”

– Elaine F.

We use the Good Space Plan Online Inform, Enlighten, and Inspire model for every project we do

The Inform phase is all about discovering who you are. We ask you lots of questions to find out more about you, your pets, your lifestyle, and your interests. Through your private Good Space Plan Portal, you share your Pinterest boards and/or Houzz idea books. In addition, all the measurements of your space and the things you want to keep. During our screen share meeting with you, we make sure we get you and have all the required accurate information about your space. Most importantly, we go over the goals and aspirations you have for yourself in your home. How you want to feel and function in your space.

The Enlighten phase is where we create the preliminary Function (floor plan), Surfaces, Light, and Goods options for your space. We meet with you via screen share and review the what and why of what we put in your Enlighten Plan. After our meeting, your Enlighten Plan document will be available for you through your private Good Space Plan Online portal. Where you then can take some time to review it and make your choices and through your portal chat log you let us know what you decide.  

The Inspire phase is when the collaboration between client and Good Space Interior Designer comes to fruition! Our designers create your final Good Space Plan based on your selections and feedback. We present your plan to you via screen share ensuring you understand your Good Space Plan and feel prepared and empowered to implement it. 

Even with work still in progress, Elaine & Bruce are experiencing noticeable results. In her own words, Elaine describes her new space as making her feel “peaceful, content, comfortable, and relieved”. 

We aren’t just redesigning spaces, we are enriching the lives of the people that live in them. Are you ready to Achieve Your Dream for Your Space just like Bruce & Elaine? Check out our package deals here

Spring cleaning Tips from the Home Experts

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Spring cleaning tips from the home experts

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Longer daylight hours are finally upon us and the sunshine is (hopefully) here to stay. But, those gorgeous warm rays are going to highlight all the dust and dirt in our homes! Time for some spring cleaning tips from the home expert team at Good Space Plans Online!

We’re going to share some of our favourite decluttering and spring cleaning tips, and how you can incorporate Spring 2020 home decor trends into your home. 

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Cleaning tips for Spring

Spring cleaning can seem like a gargantuan task so many of us avoid it! Like any big task, breaking it down into manageable chunks can make a huge difference and helps increase the likelihood that we’ll actually do it. 

Here are some of our favourite tips to make spring cleaning easier this year:

  • Declutter first: Decluttering your spaces can make a quick, noticeable difference. Seeing how much cleaner your home can be when you get rid of things you don’t need, can be a great motivator to keep tidying and cleaning! That’s why we always suggest decluttering as our first spring cleaning tip. 
  • Use a checklist: Do you love the satisfaction of crossing stuff off your to-do list? Then make a list of everything you want to clean and check it off as you go along. Here is a handy spring cleaning checklist you can start with. 
  • Break it up: If your list looks too daunting, break it into chunks. You could do a few tasks every day, do it one room at a time, or group similar cleaning tasks together. 
  • Work top to bottom: Try to clean higher areas first. This way if dust and debris fall down, you won’t have to re-clean areas you’ve already done!
  • Consider green: When possible, consider eco-friendly cleaners for your home. A steam cleaner is a great, chemical-free way to clean sofas and floors. 
  • Hire help: Who says you have to clean your own house! Hire a reputable cleaning company to clean the things you don’t want to!

When you finish any big cleaning job, reward yourself! Maybe you can go out for dinner (as a bonus this means no dirty dishes tonight). Break open a bottle of special wine. Book yourself in for a special spa treatment. But of course, the BEST reward is just walking around in a clean, clutter-free home!

And, now that your home has been tidied and cleaned, it’s time to bring the Spring inside your home. Next, we’ll look at what spring 2020 design trends we’re expecting.

Spring home decor trends for 2020

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Spring signifies rebirth and fresh starts and this year’s home decor trends are no exception. This session we’re expecting design trends that create new space for new energy and rebirth.

Here are some spring home decor trends from House Beautiful:

  • Pops of pink: Picking a bright accent colour is a great way to easily celebrate the season. This spring, we’re expecting pink to be a popular colour. It’s fresh, bright, and can be easily worked into your room as an accent pillow, throw, rug, or fun decor item. 
  • Pendant lights: Pendant lights have long been a popular home decor trend, but this season we’re going to see them in larger clusters. Perhaps you could add them around a traditional chandelier over your dining table. We’re also going to see more pendant lighting made from natural materials. 
  • Floral wallpaper and wall decals: We’re not talking tacky turn-of-the-century floral wallpaper, instead, look forward to larger floral patterns and designs. They are sure to become a great conversation piece at your next housewarming or party.
  • Neutral walls: If floral wallpaper is too loud for your style, then choose a neutral wall colour. It will stand the test of time and work with virtually any furniture and seasonal decor you bring into the room. 
  • Bird decor: Following in the natural and floral themes of Spring 2020, we’re expecting to see whimsical touches of bird-themed decor around the home. 
  • Rattan pieces: Furniture made from rattan palms add great natural-looking textures to your space. Look for Rattan furniture in either vintage or modern-looking designs based on your design style. 
  • Mixed metals: Don’t be afraid to mix different metal fixtures and hardware in your home. We’ve seen some great kitchens with miss-matched knobs and handles. To avoid too much chaos, pick either a finish, colour, or shape to be consistent, and then mix and match other qualities.

Sometimes after doing your spring cleaning, you may notice that it’s also time to buy new furniture for your home! 

We always love to support local and Canadian designers and manufacturers, so we recommend:

When you do choose to buy new furniture, be sure it can actually fit in your space. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had people come to us saying they bought a new sofa or dresser and couldn’t get it inside their home!

To avoid this, download our free guide to ensuring a smooth furniture delivery this spring. 

And if you need help to redesign and reimagine your new home spaces, contact us to book a Good Space Plan.

How to Create a Sacred Home Space

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How to Create a Sacred Home Space

Everyone should have a small space at home to be their sacred space. A place to help you decompress from a long day of activity and to aid in your rejuvenation towards the next day. Whether it is for reflection, meditation, prayer, or rest and stretching, a sacred space is a place to be kind to yourself and practise self-love. 

At Good Space, we compiled the most important elements in creating a safe space at home. 

Space to Breathe

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Choose a space that is at least large enough to place a yoga mat in, 68 inches long and 24inches wide. While your studio apartment may be tight on space, you can get creative by using a hallway or space next to your bed.

Space for Peace

When you choose your space, take into consideration the level of noise around it and nearby. Is there a lot of foot traffic and are you nearby populated areas, such as the kitchen or front door. Whether this can be modified or not, consider how you can make your space more peaceful, whether choosing a quiet corner in a room or wearing noise-cancelling headphones or playing ambient music to create peace. 

Declutter Your Space

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Is your space filled with knick-knacks? Minimize the number of things in your space to help you focus on yourself and less of the outside world. Clean up and clear out papers, objects, clothes and media, and begin focusing on what sacred spaces mean to you. 

Add Meaningful Items

Once you have cleaned your space, begin decorating it with what’s most meaningful to you. That may be candles, photos of loved ones, a few plants or a beautiful painting. Add pillows to create comfort and blankets for warmth. An indoor flowering plant such as an orchid, lavender or rosemary not only is visually appealing but they emit scents that can refresh and uplift you.

Dim the Lights 

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The right lighting can create a relaxing atmosphere, so turn the lights down low and bring in lamps or candles that are calming for you. If your space has a window, you can let in the natural light during the day to energize your morning or cover up them up with heavy drapes to darken the space and reduce the amount of noise outside.

 

Turn on Your Favourite Music 

Choose a playlist that allows you to chill and close your eyes. Whether it’s classical, jazz o, choose songs that focus on instrumental to let your mind concentrate on yourself and less of the outside world. 

 

Soothing Scents

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If you enjoy adding scents to your sacred space, consider essential oils that calm your senses and induce meditation. You can use a diffuser or add a few drops of oil to lotion, then dab it on your wrists and breathe in the scent. Some of the best oils to create a soothing space are: 

  • Frankincense essential oil for brain stimulation, 
  • Rose oil for building confidence, 
  • Lavender oil for relaxation, 
  • Ylang ylang for reducing tension, 
  • Sandalwood to reduce tension, 
  • Peppermint oil to reduce inflammation and muscle recovery,
  • Orange essential oil for energy,
  • Cedarwood oil for grounding.

Meditate

Once you have created a sacred space, you will have the opportunity to use it for meditation and reflection. Overall, meditation is about connecting your mind with your body. Begin with the basics: 

  • Sit in a comfortable posture, whether cross-legged or on your calves. For extra comfort, place bolster, foam block or folded towel underneath you.
  • Use an object to focus on. You can place a crystal or rock in front of you or light a candle. 
  • Pay attention to your posture. Lift your spine up and roll your shoulders back, lift your chin slightly and place your palms facing down on your knees for grounding, or facing up for the energy of the room. Let your eyes close partially and soften your gaze. 
  • Pay attention to your breath. Let yourself inhale deeply for five counts, hold for two before breathing out for 6. Carry on with this sequence to let thoughts go.

Meditation does not need to take long for your body to begin feeling the positive effects of slowing down. Your tension, stress, anxiety will decrease over time the longer you practice. Start with 10 minutes either early morning or before bed. Eventually, you may enjoy meditating for longer. 

Soak

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If you lack the room for a sacred space but do have a bathtub, why not make your toilette your retreat room?  One of the first documented medicinal uses of a bath was when Hippocrates talked to other healers encouraging them to get their patients to soak in seawater to relieve their symptoms. Not only will a good soak do wonders for your skin but adding Epsom salts will also help reduce muscle pain and promote sleep and stress reduction. 

Epsom salt formulations are similar to natural hot springs or mineral waters evoking the same healing properties. Add your favourite natural oil to the salts like lavender or citrus and you can help elevate your mood or alleviate stress. Close the shower curtain or the bathroom door to take advantage of the steam and try to stay in for longer than 10 minutes.

Feel Inspired 

Visit our Pinterest Board on Sacred Spaces to view photos of some of our favourite sacred spaces to begin creating your own!

5 Expert tips for Designing Small Spaces

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Ready for some great news? Buying furniture and designing your small spaces is now easier than ever! More and more people are embracing apartment living. The home decor industry has answered our cries with so many great ideas to help you with designing small spaces.

Here are our 5 expert tips for designing small spaces in your home:

Tip #1: Extendable Dining Tables

 

Formal dining rooms are not as popular anymore, especially in smaller homes. But it’s also hard to host a larger dinner party in an apartment around a 4 person table. This is why we recommend extendable dining tables so you can keep it small for everyday use, and extend it for the company.

Ok, so this isn’t exactly a new concept. It’s been around for ages, but it’s still worth mentioning because they’ve made some significant design upgrades to make them much more convenient and functional. 

You may have remembered digging around in closets and under the bed for those heavy wood “leafs” to extend your dining room table. Somehow we always left it to the last minute (or was that just us)? Today, dining tables come with convenient leaf storage under the table. Now you always know, assuming you put it away properly, where that leaf is. 

Tip #2: Versatile Chairs

When designing small spaces, you want to get the biggest bang for your buck. This is why we recommend choosing chairs that can be used at the dining table, your desk, and even as extra seating in the living room. This way you can easily move your chairs around where you need them. 

We also recommend when choosing chairs for smaller spaces, to choose ones with lower backs. This will keep them from taking up too much visual space in your room.

The style and design of the chair are also important when you plan to repurpose your chairs around your home. Choose a more natural design so it fits easily with any room decor. Also, if you plan to move them frequently, avoid ones that are too bulky or heavy as they’ll be a pain in your back, literally, to move around. Keep in mind that even if a chair looks trendy in the showroom or in the magazine, it doesn’t mean it’s a great option for your home. 

Remember, chairs don’t have to be huge to be comfortable.

Tip #3: Side Tables

Even in small spaces you’re gonna want somewhere to put your drink down or place a snack bowl or a good book (if you can put a good book down). When designing small spaces, consider where people would put their drink down when they sit and make sure there is a suitable side table for each seat. 

A small coffee table in the middle of a family room can provide a good spot for beverages, but also consider adding smaller narrow side tables next to chairs where it isn’t as easy to put a drink down. If you are tight on space, consider nesting side tables so you can store them when you don’t have extra company over.

Tip #4: Let in the Light!

 

You can easily and inexpensively make your small rooms look much bigger with a few lighting tricks. 

  • Open the blinds: Brighter spaces help make a room feel so much bigger and come with so many added health benefits. Natural light is known to increase endorphins and serotonin and help to balance your hormones. When you get enough natural light during the day you are more likely to sleep better at night. We also know that the sun boosts your energy too so open those curtains and let in the light!
  • Paint it light: When painting your small spaces, consider using lighter paint colours. Dark colours will make a room appear smaller. If you are compelled to paint a darker more bold colour, consider doing it as an accent wall instead. 
  • Add functional lighting: Consider how you will be using each area of the room. If it’s an area you will be working at a computer or reading a book, consider a smaller reading lamp on the table or attached to the wall. If it’s an area you simply pass through (like a hallway or foyer) look for more general lighting options like pot lights and lamps to light the space. In the bathrooms, you’ll want lighting directed over the sink and counter area most. 

Hang a mirror: A large mirror in the room bounces the light around better, making your space appear larger. Also, the right mirror can make the room look 2x as big as you see a “second” room in the reflection. 

Tip #5: Sneaky Storage

Storage is often one of the biggest struggles our clients in smaller homes and apartments have. To avoid cluttered rooms, we need storage options. But when your room is small, we can’t always put in big bulky storage cabinets (they become an eyesore).Instead, we suggest looking for sneaky ways to store your stuff out of sight. For example, some furniture comes with hidden storage. It’s common to find beds and sofas with large storage spaces underneath.  Also, look for storage that can be hung on a wall or behind a door. Over-the-door hangers are great for shoes and closet items. Floating side tables affixed to the walls (ie without feet touching the ground) also help make the room feel less cluttered while still providing a functional space to store belongings.

What if your space already has great storage closets? You can maximize these spaces by investing in a closet storage system or clear bins that can be stacked to maximize your space and control clutter and mess.

What’s next for your home?

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There are so many products and design secrets you can use to make any small space more functional and feel larger. Above all the tips, it’s important to practice mindfulness about what you are bringing into your home.  We know how exciting it can be to walk through a furniture store or flip through the latest seasonal catalogue. You may feel compelled to buy up the whole store, without thinking of how it will actually work or be used in your home.

Before you buy a piece of furniture:

  • Make sure it’s something that will physically fit in your home (measure and measure again to be sure)
  • Consider its style with the rest of the theme in your home (you probably don’t want your home to look like a mismatched thrift store)
  • Is it something that will be used often, and if not, can it be folded away or stored easily (think the dining tables and nesting side tables), and 
  • Is it something that’s comfortable to use. If it’s not comfortable to sit on or use as intended it will end up going unused and wasting precious space.

Of course, having a professional interior designer help you with this is the best idea! An interior designer will work with you, taking your ideas and making them real by creating a plan for you.  

If you want to start designing your plan right now, check out the custom designing small space packages we have for you.

Interior Design for Small Spaces – A Good Space Plans Online Four Part Series – Part 4

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Lighting Design for Your Small Space

The final of a four part Good Space Plan Online series.

Lighting, we can’t say enough about it!

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We believe well considered lighting is essential for your comfort. This is particularly important in small spaces where one room has an influence on the next. The reason being they share the lighting.  Firstly, we put dimmers on all the switched fixtures and then we drill down on the details.

If there is a dining area fixture…

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We like to play with scale and select a maximum sized dining fixture that is fabulous to look at and delightful to experience.  A big “ta-da” with lots of light and interest. It is the star of the show. Once this is in place all the other lights can quietly do their job. These fixtures work by supporting the space, providing general lighting and task lighting as required.

The supporting cast of light fixtures…

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Good Space’s most favourite kind of small space lamp, wall mounted lamps!

 

Because we have minimised table tops in living areas and the bedroom, table lamps are often not possible. At Good Space we use floor lamps and our most favourite kind of small space lamp, wall mounted lamps! These are fantastic and offer super functional light without taking up precious table top or floor space. Some of these fixtures have two lamps in one – which are great as bedside lights. We search out fixtures that are dimmable.  

The price of real estate aside….

Living in smaller spaces puts us in closer proximity to our work places, our activities and interests. Small spaces  can simplify our lives and minimize the stress and expense of maintenance. A well designed space of any size supports you by freeing up precious time and resources to enjoy your life.

At Good Space Plans Online we work with you through a highly engaging online interior design experience that gives you peace of mind, certainty and an achievable design plan for your home.