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November 28, 2011

Cyber Shopping

After posting last Friday's entry I read that online shopping is expected to be up by 20% this year.  While I believe in supporting home town businesses, shopping online is amazingly easy and convenient.  Whether you shopped in cyber space or at the mall, hope you got some bargains.

As you all know, I'm a nut for economy, functionality, versatility, and efficient use of space.  Take a look at these ideas for one of the most over-looked areas in any home - the attic.

 Source:  Apartment Therapy

 Source:  Apartment Therapy

Source:  Bella Cosa

Attics are usually neglected, insulated spaces where you store Christmas ornaments, lamps that need to be rewired, boxes of outgrown baby clothes, and the dog's travel crate.  Not many of us are brave enough to tackle the job of turning that ill-used space into a charming studio, guest room, or an expanded closet but the results can be amazing.

Source:  Elle Decor

Source:  Eric Roth Interiors 

Source:  House of Turquoise

      Source:  Elle Decor

Source:  Style at Home

Source:  Vintage and Chic

For older homes with dated 8 ft ceilings, exposing the attic space can dramatically change the appearance of the house:

The difference between how a room would look with an 8 ft. ceiling vs. how it looks with the added height of the attic space is almost unbelievable.

 Source:  Decor Pad

This  vs.  this . . . . . . . .

Source:  Inspirational Interiors

Source:  Peacock Feathers

By removing the ceiling and exposing the rafters, the added height completely transforms the room.
Source:  The City Sage

As you've probably noticed, my postings have been less than regular lately.  With family spread across the country, I've been on the road a lot and don't always have access to high speed internet.  (I refuse to struggle with a dial-up connection - yes, Aunt Bess, I'm spoiled to my "new fangled, modern conveniences".) 

Seriously, after over 3 weeks on the road, I'm back home and will try to make a concerted effort to post daily.


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