How to Layer Furnishings (without Photoshop)

May 21st, 2012

Hey everyone, hope you all had a great weekend!  I’m finally feeling caught up after all that traveling, and today wanted to share a technique with you on creating inspiration boards by layering furnishings on top of one another for better visualizing spaces.

For years, I had admired the Photoshop skills of others and especially how they were able to layer furnishings in a room to create a mood or inspiration board.  As a home and design blogger, it’s a cool thing to know how to create a realistic looking space by using digital image editing tools, right?  Even if you’re not a blogger, there are tools you can use to create “rooms” for yourself just for fun too.

I have been playing around for months in Photoshop Elements and finally have a comfortable working understanding of the tools.  But here’s the news of the day: even if you don’t have or don’t know how to use Photoshop Elements, there is a way to layer furnishings in a room just like you see below, and without Photoshop!

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When I say “without Photoshop” what I mean is you really can create a multi layered space like the reading corner seen above without actually buying the software.  You’ll be using a few of the basic Photoshop tools but you’ll be applying them in a free online user friendly image editor called Pixlr.

In Pixlr, you can cut out and layer furnishings or objects on top of each other without buying or installing Photoshop and when I first discovered it last year, I thought it was pretty cool and rather user friendly too.  If you haven’t taken the plunge to buy, install, and learn Photoshop Elements, this program will allow you to get your feet wet and play around with the tools before you make the leap because it mimics Photoshop Elements in both layout and functionality.  And it’s free.

If you want to make an inspiration board that looks more three dimensional, or more like a “real” room, here are the basic steps that allow you to layer a chair on a rug and a pillow on that chair just like you see below.

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Geology Lessons, Etc.

May 18th, 2012

Happy weekend everyone!  I’m on my way home from NYC today (saw some great stuff!) that I’ll share next week.  Meanwhile, I have to show you my latest home décor acquisition that I have to admit, is totally trendy!  Have you noticed all the home accents that are popping up everywhere that come from geological formations?  I couldn’t help but notice some rad ones on my latest shopping trip to HomeGoods, so they came home with me, check them out below! 

Today I’m giving a brief geology “lesson” and talking about jewelry for the home in the form of agate, quartz, and petrified wood accents over at Centsational Style.

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Don’t miss the latest six articles from the past two weeks, click on the buttons below to read them. 

summer stripes spotlight natural wood accents
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If you have any ideas for topics for me to tackle, feel free to recommend one. 

Enjoy, and have a great weekend! 

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