I was a big Bugs Bunny fan as a kid. The clever bunny was (um, still is??) very cool, calm and collected and had a great question when he saw trouble around him. The question: what’s up, Doc? which offers FREE interior designing tips, is her way of helping people across the United States learn to comfortably live in and love their homes. To get more information for visit the studio9 interior design.
It was the question he often asked in funny episodes with Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Donald Duck, Elmer Fudd and Marvin the Martian (hmmm, do those names bring back memories?).
Okay – and what on earth does that have to do with decoration? Bugs Bunny’s question “ignites” the creative process, but instead of asking “What’s up Doc?” we can ask “What else Doc”?
I’ve adopted Bug’s (yes, we’re on a first name basis) calm approach to the question, which always elicits a creative response.
I look at spaces that may look a little messy (or boring) and ask myself, “What else, Doc? What else can we perfectly incorporate into this space so that my clients find the space ….
- o more pleasant,
- o more relaxed, or
- o more productive.
The question “What else, Doc?” inspires me and may inspire you to think outside the box, too. This article is designed to get you thinking about what else you can incorporate into your home, and below are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:
Living Room ….What else doc?
In addition to the standard sofa and coffee table design, perhaps you can incorporate a side table that you can use as a game table. Perhaps you can store games underneath, leave a partially completed puzzle on the table, or even start a game of chess where you don’t have to worry about picking up the pieces or finishing the game because you can leave it on the designated “game table”.
Bedroom … What else Doc?
Maybe you can add a comfortable armchair that will turn a corner of your bedroom into your special cozy reading corner.
Bathroom … What else Doc?
Maybe you can add an ottoman where you can store spa supplies (like foot massagers, lotions, etc.). If you keep things handy, you’ll use them more often and treat yourself more often at home than if they’re kept in a closet that you can only access with a ladder. If your bathroom is too small to include a seat with storage, perhaps you can add a storage system with hooks on the tub walls that will allow you easy access to your “wellness items”.
Kitchen … What else, doc?
Maybe you can organize your silverware and dishes so that you have more space than you thought. Then you can use the extra space to store cookbooks and regular books (yes, even the romantic trashy novels).
I once had a project that was mostly about creating a large living room. As soon as you entered the apartment, you came into the living room, which was connected to the kitchen (sort of a pantry), which led to the bedrooms and bathrooms. So where was the dining room?
There was no corner designated for it – at least not until I surprised my client with a design that included a dining area. I still remember how her eyes lit up when she saw the design and realized she could have an elegant dining area after all.