In this Exercise you are going to measure your
Foyer or Entry Area. If it is part of the Living Room, just
measure the space around the door (go out at least 8' -or as
far as you can). You are also going to measure your front porch
as done below. Before you begin to measure, read the rest of
This is a drawing of the front door area of the
19' x 10' Living Room that we were just looking at. The room
is only drawn about 8' on each side of the front door. The front
porch has also been measured. If you have a separate foyer,
you will want to measure the entire room and all of the door
openings in it. In the case above, you don't have to measure
the exact locations of the columns on the front porch, since
they are so close to the edge. You can just draw them in.
Note your measurements on a sheet of paper, then
you can convert it to the graph paper that is in your Class
Notebook. If you have never used Graph paper before, it is very
simple. Each square or grid on the graph paper represents 1
foot. So the 3' wide door will span 3 squares as shown below.
In the example below, the distance behind the open door between
the corner and where the door begins is approximately 9",
since it covers about 75% of one square. If you have any confusion
about this, please e-mail me and I will go over it with you
personally. In order to measure and draw on graph paper the
next 7 lessons, you need to understand how the graph paper works.
If you want to use the Grid that came with your Furniture Kit,
see note below.
Example of graph paper with a 3' wide
Front Door drawn in.
Note: You can also use
the grid that is in your Furniture
Plan Layout Kit, if you prefer, however, note that
the squares are twice the size as the Graph Paper and one
square or grid equals 2' on it!
In this Exercise you are going to measure a
piece of furniture based on the Measuring Furniture Information.
If you have a table that will work in your Entry Area, measure
that. If not, select a random table or sofa and use it just
If you are measuring a table or piece of furniture
to place in your entry area, once you measure it, you should
be able to find an equivalent size in your Furniture Planning
Kit so that you can cut it out and put directly on your Graph
paper or Grid of the Entry Area. Move it around and make sure
that you are not blocking the flow of traffic from the front
door with the piece of furniture.
In this Exercise you are going to explore your
Guest Bath (or 1/2 Bath). Go into the room and look at it
with a fresh eye. Are there items in here that don't really
need to be in here? The following list starts with the least
expensive changes you can make - up to more expensive changes.
How many of the following would DRAMATICALLY
change the look of your Guest Bath? For this exercise, pick
one or two of the following and explore it further. Go look
at decorative towels - the expensive ones you always walk
past in the store. It's okay! You will only need a couple
of them. Go to a Hobby store and look at the huge selection
of decals. To apply them to your ceiling, all you need is
a ladder and some water.
Some of the following are simple and inexpensive
to carry through.
- Do something exciting to the ceiling - add color - add decals!
- Purchase new linens and towels - small expensive for a huge
- If you have a traditional bath mat in here, replace it with
an area rug that doesn't look quite so "bathroomy".
- Paint is very inexpensive (but, I have to agree - labor
intensive). If the Guest Bath is painted in a blah color -
add a little pizzazz. If you love chartreuse, but can't image
it in your Living Room, paint the Guest Bath in it!
- Replace the ceiling light fixture with a more dramatic fixture
- and put it on dimmer!
- Change the vanity into an old antique dresser or a pedestal
Think about only this room while looking through some decorating
magazines. You will probably be surprised how many living area
decorative items can be added to the Guest Bathroom!