7 Ways to Make a Cozy, Creative and Kid-Sized Hideaway Spot!

1024px-Cotsen_Childrens_Library_PrincetonKids and hiding spots go together like nooks and crannies or peanut butter and jelly. They love exploring and finding tiny spaces to create little worlds of their own, read fun books in peace, or dabble with their artistic skills.

Give your kids their own little world with one of these 7 ideas for child-sized nooks, hideaways, and corners!

Put Tiny Nooks to Good Use – Got a small space like a closet or the space underneath the stairs that isn’t being used? Take advantage of this space and create a private little oasis for your child to enjoy!

Create a Top-Secret Tepee – Move over, blanket forts. Tepees are a way more awesome addition to any play space and give plenty of room for your child’s imagination to take wing! You can purchase one at a store or create your own version with some twine and bed sheets.

Don’t Forget Window Benches – Who doesn’t love a nice window bench with a beautiful view? Even if you don’t have the most beautiful settings outside, a window bench can easily act as a cozy place for your child to enjoy some “me time.”

Set Some Lofty Relaxation Goals – If you want to save space and give your child their own mini-paradise, loft beds are a good way to go. Your child can count sheep on the top bunk while playing, doing homework, or reading on the bottom bunk. It’s as easy as that!

Put Tiny Crawl Spaces to Good Use – Is there an awkward closet or crawl space (complete with a little door a la Coraline) in your home that you have no idea what to do with? This can be the perfect little getaway for your youngster!

Make a Cozy Corner – Corners can be the place that your child plays or reads without getting in the way of your main living space. All you need to do is angle furniture or bookshelves against a wall, add some floor cushions, pillows, or beanbags, and voila! You’ve created a fun space that can give your young one hours of fun!

Cover It With a Canopy – There’s something so private and cozy about a canopy. Drape one over your child’s bed, and you will create a sanctuary in an instant! Much like the tepee, you can buy a canopy at many stores or create your own by suspending fabric from curtain rods above his or her bed.

What were some of your favorite hideaways as a child? Tell us in the comments below!

7 Essential Tips to Help You Choose the Perfect Patio Furniture

8634820124_d3fd2bed41_bDecks, patios, balconies, and even pocket gardens are fun little escapes to kick back and enjoy the beautiful weather with family, friends, or even by yourself with a good book and your favorite beverage in tow. With the right patio furniture, you can turn your outdoor space into a comfortable oasis during the warmer months.

Not sure where to begin? Check out our 7 tips below to help you choose the right furniture for your outdoor living space!

Start Dreaming – Before you head out, think about how you would like your outdoor space to function. Can you see yourself cozying up in a peaceful nook, or would you rather host outdoor evening dinner parties with your friends? Make a list of what you would like your space to do for you and which pieces of furniture could help you meet that goal.

Test It Out – A chair or swing may look like a dream, but just because it looks pretty doesn’t mean that it will be comfortable. Before you buy, take a seat and see how you like the furniture. If the furniture is comfortable, you’ll be much more likely to enjoy your patio than if the chair or swing looks nice but isn’t as cozy.

Opt for Easier Maintenance – Spend your time outside enjoying the scenery, not maintaining your furniture. We suggest opting for metal, teak, cedar, and all-weather wicker pieces, which can withstand quite a bit of weather and look fantastic for years to come.

Make Storage a Priority – Want to add years of life to your patio furniture? Make sure that you store it in a safe location during the off-season. Before you purchase the furniture, ensure that you have ample space for proper storage in your garage, basement, or shed. It’s also helpful if your furniture can be taken apart easily or can fold for more compact storage!

Get Colorful – Just because you’re shopping for outdoor furniture doesn’t mean that you have to choose from a palette of browns and tans. While the natural tones of wood, along with black, white, and beige, look great, you can always add splashes of color into your outdoor furniture to keep the vibe happy and fun. We suggest saving the color for cushions and accent pieces so you can switch them out easily and at a lower cost throughout the years.

Make Them Do Double Duty – When you’re looking at outdoor furniture, it’s wise to see if certain pieces can function in multiple ways. A cute ottoman or sturdy bench can help provide extra seating or storage, for example. Pieces that are multi-purpose and comfortable are a great investment and can help you save a little extra cash in the long run.

Don’t Forget the Rugs – Tie in your furniture by choosing an all-weather rug. When looking for a good rug, you’ll want to choose one that dries quickly, is soft, and has rich texture. A good rug can really make you feel like you’re sitting inside while you’re enjoying the outdoors!

Looking for a home with the perfect outdoor and indoor living space? We can help! Just contact The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties by calling either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also view our current listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.