Our home should be a safe, entertaining, creative, and safe place for us and our loved ones. And spring is the perfect time to start making our house our favorite place to be. Here are some ideas:
1) Make a design journal or Pinterest board — Save photos of rooms you admire. And take notes about the things you like about a space.
2) Make a priority list — Does that broken chair need to be replaced now? Did the spare bedroom turn into a work-from-home office without a desk?
3) Make a budget — Avoid stress by knowing what you can afford. This can also be useful for determining your true priorities.
4) Designing — Take your ideas from your design journal or Pinterest and put your best ideas together. (ie — The wall color from one, furniture from another, and your heirloom painting frames).
5) Make a Decision — Use painter’s tape to see your space. Outline where you’d put the furniture, shelves, and artwork. Adjust what doesn’t work and build around what you think is great.
6) Implement your plan — Go ahead and buy the paint, order the furniture, and commission the artist. Put it all together.
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Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold hundreds of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.
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