Friday, January 20, 2012

House of Cards

Well, house cards anyway. I was trolling my blog roll the other day and came across this post from The Design Pages about organized shopping. It's true, with everyone organizing every other aspect of their houses it is a good idea to organize how you buy for them. I certainly am in the same boat as Carol having frequently purchased furniture for the house only to get it home and realize it doesn't fit where I thought it would. Most often thrift store finds, which are sadly non returnable. I was really struck by one idea she had in particular. A pocket sized floor plan from Apartment Therapy.

Apartment Therapy 

And of course I thought "I can totally make that!" Little did I realize it would take all afternoon just to do the measurements. When I was finally done I got something that looked like this.

I did the same thing for each room noting measurements where I needed the short walls sizes for new furniture or paintings. I created them in publisher on 3X5 sized paper and printed them on card stock before laminating them.

This is the final result

I also clipped in paint swatches and fabric that I am using in some of the rooms to help with future color choices. I only laminated the front side so I can add measurements and info on the back. Now I only have to remember to bring it with me. It should come in handy with the kitchen remodel we are working on (if the snow ever goes away so that I can get more supplies!)

Are you always this organized? Or are you like me and leave your lists at home? Maybe you just have a good eye for proportion? Tell me your secrets.

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  1. OMG! I had this on my list to do for blog posts..I just haven't gotten around to it. Yours looks great. Love the idea of having the room sizes on it.

  2. Love this idea! We are remodeling our basement so this would work perfectly for that:) I just may have to put something like this together. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Fantastic idea! I must do this now! Yesterday I bought two things for the house and have to return both of them - so frustrating!

  4. I love this idea! I'm totally doing this when we move into the new house!

  5. What software did you use to make the floor plans? I'm having trouble finding something free bc my freehand sketches aren't drawn to scale.

    1. I just used Microsoft word and translated the feet down to inches. Paint works too. Hope it helps!