If you live in a small house or apartment, its easy to get overwhelmed with too much stuff, and not enough space to put it.
But it happens to people with big houses, too.
No matter where you live, here are 2 easy tips that help eliminate the blah feeling when you walk into a room, and make you actually look forward to it.
1. If you don't NEED it, get rid of it.
Seriously, who needs 17 empty toilet rolls?
Or DVDs you'd never watch again.
Or 15 different lotions.
Magazines from last year? Pitch 'em.
Do you seriously use 29 mugs a week?
2. If you don't LOVE it, get rid of it.
Start with going through one space each day for 7 days.
Begin with just one drawer. Then tomorrow do the closet.
Too tight? Too frumpy? Too 80s? Get rid of it.
Next, look at the artwork on your walls.
If it doesn't give you some a spark of enjoyment, just get rid of it.
Its not worth keeping unfinished craft projects from 3rd grade. Really.
Surround yourself with things that YOU are inspired by.
Box up everything that you don't need or love and put it in a corner.
If you haven't missed it for a month, you know it can go.
P.S. The pictures of this adorable little boy's nursery are courtesy of our customers living in an apartment in Brooklyn, NY, the inspiration of our blog post.
For the aluminum metal floating shelf they styled with the classic adventures of Winnie The Pooh, shop for it directly here.
Plants add an instant touch of beauty, and interior designers use them all the time.
You don't even have to have a green thumb to make it work.
Want something almost impossible to kill? A snake plant or aloe vera is the way to go, plus they are great air purifiers.
Want something completely impossible to kill? Faux plants. 'Nuf said.
Take a look at your favorite Instagram or Pinterest photos.
Ever notice little nick-nacks filling up the shelves or lined up on the counter?
Larger items give a bigger bang for your decorating buck and are more pleasing to the eye.
Plus, they're way easier to dust.
Stack a few here.
Turn all the spines completely around on the shelf over there.
And bam. That's how its done.
We are so proud of our newest addition to our aviator furniture pieces. This baby is a beast, weighing 300 lbs, and is a stunning statement bookcase with its gorgeous polished look.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you our Aviator Shelving Bookcase.
It features four removable shelves, making it easy to store your style and size contents. Bonus about the shelves being removable is that it sure makes it easier moving this bookcase when the shelves aren't adding their weight.
Our classic metal patchwork uses exposed steel screws on aluminum, giving it that beautiful look reminiscent of vintage WWII aircraft.
Got uneven floors? We have you covered with our 4 adjustable feet, making it sit perfectly on even those floors that were built so long ago that you could roll a ball one direction across the floor and it would start to roll a whole different direction.
Yes, we have one of those houses. A 1930s beauty. Full of character.
But that's what I like about the old. When you mix an antique wooden dresser with something new, like an artistic pendant lamp or a soft white shag rug, and continue that pattern of mixing the old and new throughout the entire living space, it gives such warmth and beauty to an otherwise stale room.
Give it a try. Mix the old with the new, and see what happens.
Until next time,
A question we have been asked quite often is:
Do you use recycled airplane parts?
That is a great question.
As of right now, no. Maybe someday. Perhaps.
Used airplane parts, and lots of them, are hard to come by where we live, completely surrounded by fields. Lots of fields.
For us as a small family owned business, its all about being handmade here on American soil. We take pride in our craftsmanship. Every set screw. Every cut of metal.
We have chosen to use new metal and new wood. We are inspired to create something beautiful with our hands and present it to you as a polished, hand crafted piece.
We modify the designs. We make something new. We custom build.
It is what we do. We are American made.
Let me show you some behind the scenes looks at some of our fabulous handcrafted aviator inspired products and some of the materials we use.
Here we have Tyler, Eric's cousin, rolling on a coat of classic black on the underside of our Jetset Coffee Table tops, made of solid plywood.
And the finished product, wrapped in a sheet of semi-reflective aluminum, with laser cut aluminum legs.
Here Eric is working with lots of angles, putting the sheet metal on The Hanger Light.
We are proud to be American made.
Have more questions for us? We'd love to hear! Send us a message, and we'll see about answering them on our next Q & A blog post.
For all our aviator inspired furniture and floating shelves, go to RamonaMetal.com.
Until next time,
We've combined two of our furniture styles into a classic new look:
The polished aluminum metal brightens even the smallest of spaces, and the simplicity of the 90 degree aluminum leg design adds both a vintage and contemporary aviator look.
...with the seamless leg design of our Airframe Desk here.
To shop all our airplane style furniture and aviator inspired floating shelves, go to RamonaMetal.com.
Until next time,
If you have a small space to furnish, aluminum is a great choice. Similar to the effect that hanging a large mirror in a small space does to create the illusion of a larger area, adding a highly reflective object, such as one of our furniture pieces, reflects the light and brightens the space, giving the room a larger feel.
We have been broadening the selection of metal types available here at RamonaMetal for our different pieces of aviator furniture, and now have available two types of aluminum material for two completely different looks.
One is aluminum, and the other is anodized aluminum.
What is the difference?
First off, the sheen. As you can see below, the aluminum is semi-reflective of the surroundings, giving a more mirror-like appearance, while the anodized aluminum gives it a matte look.
Aluminum’s greatest asset is that it doesn’t rust. There is no paint or coating to wear off. Anodizing the aluminum is a process that increases the thickness of the coating, making it harder, thicker, and even more resistant to corrosion. It is more durable from normal wear and usage.
Anodized aluminum can also be made into different colors, such as black, that we use in all of the pieces of our Black Ops Collection.
Pure aluminum has a beautiful reflective quality.
Anodized aluminum has more durability.
Both have a stunning look.
Shop all our aluminum industrial furniture here.
Until next time,
Leaves a definite impression.
The Black Ops Collection has come to Ramona Metal for that same purpose. To leave an impression like none before.
(Above image courtesy of Wiki Commons.)
We bring to you our Biplane Table Black Ops.
Three sleek black anodized legs intersecting simulate the main blades of the helicopter. Black walnut stained solid oak complete the top and bottom of our end table.
And each of our furniture pieces are finished with a metal plaque, signature of all our aviator furniture and shelves.
Our Biplane Table Black Ops is the perfect size end table for beside a bed, couch, or set of chairs, adding an instant industrial look to your home or office.
Ready to make an impression?
Until next time,
And now, introducing our LIMITED EDITION Alligator Upholstered Aeromen Ottoman!
Inspired by World War II fighter planes, our ottoman's square walls are hugged in aluminum with accenting exposed screws, and, for a new twist, topped with alligator-print for a fashionable, contemporary design.
Measuring 14" W x 14" L x 14" H, this ottoman is the perfect accent furniture piece.
Find it here on our website: LIMITED EDITION Alligator Upholstered Aeromen Ottoman.
And for more of our ottomans, go here.
Our aviator inspired furniture has taken on a whole new look with just a simple twist:
Hand sanded aluminum metal for a gorgeous, brushed finish.
But before we show you the new look, take a peek at the original look of our JetSet Coffee Table. Beautiful. Semi-reflective. Flawless.
And now, for our newest look added to Ramona Metal: the brushed finish. Each Brushed Finish JetSet Coffee Table is sanded by hand with fine sandpaper to perfection to give the aluminum a rich, luxurious look. If you want to add more visual texture to your room, this look was made for you.
We're drooling over this new look so much here at Ramona Metal, that we want to offer the brushed finish on all our aluminum products!
But don't worry...we will continue to offer both styles for purchase on our website...the original, matte look and the brushed finish. We just like to give you more goodness to choose from.
Tell us what you think on the new look! We'd love to hear your thoughts, so shoot us a message through our website or Facebook.
We are proud to announce our newest product, the Deco Clock, designed by Tyler Little.
Each clock is built with a solid wood core and wrapped with an aluminum body, giving it that sweet urban look. The aluminum patchwork varies from clock to clock, ensuring that each one is a one-of-a-kind handmade piece of art.