Monday, January 7, 2008
At a Jewel Box party, you would not have to make this choice because your host would bring an extra chair, so that you could comfortably sit down. Why? When was the last time you saw three people sitting next to each other on a couch? Did the person in the middle look comfortable? Your Jewel Box party hosts understand this and would never expect you or a guest to sit in the middle of a couch. In fact, in keeping with the basic principles of Jewel Box decorating, the room would likely not have a couch, but instead a comfortable love seat and two occasional chairs. This way furniture is scaled in proportion to the smaller more intimate room dimensions.
Until next time!
Friday, January 4, 2008
Recently I had the chance to visit with our local paper about home renovation trends. Here is an excerpt from that discussion. For the complete article, click on the link at the end of this blog.
HOME RENOVATION TRENDS - WHATS OUT
For example, large kitchens and wide open floors are out. Grandeur is losing to convenience and efficiency.
Genevieve Ferraro of Evanston said meal preparation becomes a hassle when appliances are too far apart in kitchens.
"Large kitchens throw off the functional triangle arrangement between the refrigerator, oven and sink," said the creator of the Web site thejewelboxhome.com, which offers tips on small home living and provides advice for owners of large homes who want to make their houses feel more intimate.
"When an island is added," she said, "the functionality of the triangle can be completely lost."
Plus, large kitchens often require unnecessarily large appliances.
"Big kitchens are not only inefficient, but contain big appliances that are rarely used," Ferraro said. "A large range with commercial capacity and power looks good on the showroom floor, but is overkill when cooking a family dinner."
(The complete article can be found at:
The Chicago Tribune, on 12/30/07, declared small houses as 'good for civilization' in Perspective, "Who We Are Now." Big houses, on the other hand were listed as bad for civilization, along with urban sprawl.
Until next time,