small spaces

If He Gets a "Man Cave", You Should Have a "She Shed"

If He Gets a "Man Cave", You Should Have a "She Shed"

You know what happens when you watch HGTV, peruse pinterest and have a handy husband? You start dreaming. And I CANNOT stop dreaming about having my own "She Shed". I even have the perfect spot picked out on our property, close enough for bathroom breaks but far enough away to fight the urge to play with my boys instead of work. Let me make sure I didn't lose some of you when I said She Shed. Ha, tongue twister! Are you familiar with the Tiny House movement? If not you can catch up here. An offshoot of the movement is the She Shed. Whether you need a place to work, read, sleep, de-stress, create, write or play, it's a perfect place to do it. Of course it technically doesn't have to be a she, it can be a he as well, but I want to talk about the Shes!

12 Ideas for a Cute and Functional Office

As you know by now, this past Summer I decided to follow a dream, my dream. Interior Design + my own business + work at home = Bliss. And through this blog, I get to share with you bits and pieces of my life as a designer. Which brings me to my office. Talk about a work in progress but I love being able to make a part of my home my work place (Yes, I still have my 8th Street office in Holland, but I like to work from home too). It’s work in and of itself though. I want it to be inviting, functional, inspiring and fun. I’d like to give you 12 ideas that I am using myself for creating a cute and functional office.

How To Create a Focal Point

Dear Sweet Friend, Can we talk about focal points today? I’d like to share why I think your home needs them. And not just your home, but every room in it. Let’s first have a quick lesson on what a focal point is and what it does. When you enter a room, typically the focal point is the item or area your eyes are drawn to. Maybe you enter the kitchen at a friends house and you can’t help but notice the amazing island they have with stools right in the middle. Quite different from the other friend who doesn’t have an island but an elaborate hood and stove combo instead.

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Small Space Feel Bigger

Have you ever walked into a space and felt a little, um, claustrophobic? Be it from too much in the room, or just not enough room, it can be an easy fix! Older homes, studio apartments, office space in the city; small spaces are everywhere! So today I’d like to give you FIVE easy ways to make your space feel bigger!

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes! Where my life & biz is headed...

Hi! I’m Brooke (more about me here) and I am so excited to be starting my new business -- Brooke DeBoer Interiors!  And I am so excited to officially launch the website today! Since you may be wondering, I wanted to share a few things that have helped me in moving forward with my dream! As of late, I have spent a lot of time preparing for this exciting endeavor, which means I have been spotted at my favorite coffee shop, JP’s. They have such a comfortable atmosphere that buzzes with life and sparks my creativity. I’ve also spent a lot of time doing some deep thinking at the Saugatuck Dunes State Park and Dutton Parkon the North side of Lake Macatawa-- places I like to think of as my “waterfront offices”.   For me, I always find that a day spent in nature clears the cobwebs in my head and brings clarity to decisions I'm trying to make. What better place than on the water in West Michigan? I’m loving my new home office as well (with a water view!), but more about that later.