FLOR carpet tiles

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It’s no secret I love FLOR carpet tiles. So many color + texture choices, can be cut to any size or shape you like. I cut them to fit wall-to-wall in my previous apartment knowing I wasn’t staying there long and wanted to make sure I bought something guaranteed to fit my next space. If you need them cut in halves, thirds, or quarters they’ll do it for you ensuring a perfect cut.

I created the designs above using their FLORbuilder tool for a client looking for a rug for her kid’s room. ‘Their favorite color is blue’. Let’s hope they like one… 

chic sophisticated yet fun playroom

This client’s new apartment has this room just off the living space which they’ve designated the playroom. Their goal was to create a fun and inspiring space for their 2 kids to play but to also keep it clean, organized, and as stylish and chic as the rest of their space.

The chest of drawers, baskets, and toys are all from their previous apartment. We installed floating shelves for displaying toys and small picture ledges in lieu of a bookcase. The 2 smaller picture ledges are for a few beautiful and delicate books. She’s shopping for a floor lamp to sit in the corner, just right of the chest of drawers, otherwise the room is just about perfect…

kid’s room: before + after



This family is in a furnished rental for a limited time and I’m mostly just helping them to feel at home while they’re there, especially the kids.

There was talk about getting a new bed and switching out the bookshelves but I suggested some smaller (and less expensive) changes to start. I made the desk and the lamps using pieces from Ikea. I love the child size Panton chairs as do the kids but even more they love the Flor carpet tiles. I knew these would really make the biggest difference in the look and the feeling of the room. And the best part is all these pieces can easily go with them to their next space.

The books on the shelves came with the apt and since there’s no where else to store them, I stacked them 2 deep so the kids can use the shelves below and arranged them by color so at least they look better…

 

kids crafts storage


 



This 6-drawer unit on casters is available in a few different sizes. This one, short and wide is perfect for kids crafts and books. 

Right now it’s in this client’s open living/dining area so the books are no longer under their coffee table and the crafts aren’t piled up on the window sil. We may decide to move it to the kids’ room (which I’ll show you soon) but wanted to try it out here first since the dining table is used for crafts. 

The kids were so cute when they came home and saw what we did! They thought everything was new (which nothing was) and couldn’t wait to dig in…

 

q + a: making room for baby

Sayedeh asks “Since you helped us fix our apartment, I have furthered the endeavor, gotten rid of more stuff and continued the organization process. Now we’re expecting our first baby and trying to carefully plan how to fit things into our one bedroom. If you have any suggestions on how to manage ‘baby stuff’ in a small space that would be great! Fitting a crib is a challenge.”
 
Congrats on your pregnancy! Here are a few tips to help you keep the ‘baby stuff’ explosion at bay…
 
MAKE ROOM
My theory with organizing is to clear out what’s not important in your life to make room for what is. Take this time to go through my process to edit your things down to help make room for the new things about to come in.
 
Figuring where to put the crib should be thought in terms of practicality. How close do you want it to be to where you sleep is the first step. Then think of what can be easily moved in your space to make room for it. Think also if there’s anything you already have storage wise that can be repurposed to hold the essentials.

STOP IT BEFORE IT COMES IN
People tend to go overboard when having a baby, getting everything on the market, and then their friends and family give them so much. Talk to your friends and family members who have a child(ren) to find out what they agree are the essentials, and what isn’t worth getting. Knowing what you’ll need will make creating proper storage that much easier. And having a place for things is more than half the battle.
 
Set up a savings account (or similar) for your new one and ask those people who feel the need to give you something, to give to your child’s future and not clutter it’s present. This isn’t always the easiest sell at first, so make sure you get at least one person on your side with the idea so he/she can convince others to go along with it.
 
Toys are usually an issue and most of the moms I know agree that the more is NOT the merrier. Not only is it a pain to store but it seems it doesn’t benefit your child to have so many things to choose from. I thought this article about toys limiting a child’s imagination pretty interesting.
 
MAINTENANCE
Even when you limit what comes in, there’s still a need for a system to deal with the clothes, toys, etc that your little one will eventually grow out of. If you want to save certain things for the next one that’s great but you must have a system for taking those things out of the mix and storing them in a way they’ll be clean and available for if and when the times comes. Mark your calendar for every month or three months to quickly go through things to see what is still relevant. The Container Store Clear Boxes are great for storing what you’ll be keeping for later. Be sure to label it properly so you know what’s in there (clothes sizes 0-6 months). Just make sure you weigh the cost of storing something vs the cost of replacing it; just remember that you pay for things not just with money but in time, energy, and space.
I hope this helps! If anyone out there has any other ideas, let us know :O)