Space Planning

In February of 2010 I released an e-book called, Creating An Inspired Home.

I wrote it to remind folks (and myself!) that even though decorating and renovating can be intimidating, and design plans always seem to twist and turn, it’s important to remember that there’s no truer place than home to shape and echo who we are, and that creating an inspired home is definitely an art worth cultivating!

The software I created the book with is discontinued now, but I wanted to release the Space Planning chapter as a separate PDF because based on the feedback I’ve gotten from folks who read the whole book, it seems to be the most helpful chapter, too.

I loved writing about space planning because I really, really believe it’s the first key step to the design process and it’s not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. I learned all about it during the two years I studied with Sheffield School of Interior Design, and it’s completely changed the way I approach a rooms design. I’m serious. Before I learned about how to create a successful space plan, I would buy furniture, art, and accessories, only to get them home and discover they didn’t fit or look right in a room. And unfortunately a lot of stuff was from flea markets, so it wasn’t returnable. :-(

So not only did I end up wasting money, I wasted a lot of time scratching my head saying, “why doesn’t this room look right?”, too.

Space Planning is 32 pages long, and it’s something you can refer to time and time again. I use the information in it every time I start to tackle a new room, or when I am helping someone re-tackle a room that’s just not working for them. It’s $3.99, and you can find it by clicking on the book cover below:

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Happy decorating and thanks for reading!

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  1. says

    The book will be Thanksgiving gift to myself :) Too bad I can not print out the whole book, but I will enjoy it very very much. Ok, gotta go, I have some shopping to do :)

  2. Meredith says

    Excellent timing!! We move into a new construction house in 2 weeks and I have been going crazy thinking about the space planning. We have a large great room that is narrow…with a 19ft ceiling. I have been so worried that I will screw up the space plan in that room. I have been shopping for furniture but nothing felt right. Luckily, my sister just got a new sofa/loveseat set and her old one is coming to live temporarily in my great room while we figure out what works best.

    I so need this book…thanks!!!

  3. says

    Can’t wait to download both tonight! Looking forward to some fun reading.

    Thanks for being such an inspiration.

    Jen (ps – check out my new blog!

  4. Melanie says

    Hey there! I just completed my order….I am so anxious to have your space planning skills in my very hands! THANKS LAYLA!!

  5. Kat :) says

    I’m having trouble downloading the e-book on my Mac. Any suggestions to help me complete the order? I’ll try again tomorrow.

    Kat :)

  6. says

    I haven’t had the opportunity to read your book yet mainly because I just got to know it. I’ll be purchasing it. I totally agree with you on space planning, as part of my work philosophy space planning it the first and the most important stage of interior design together with layout and flow of space.

  7. Terra says

    I purchased the e-book but am having problem downloading to my iPhone. Suggestions? Anxious to read it. Thanks:)

    • Layla says

      Hi Brandy!
      No, unfortunately the software I used to create it is totally outdated, but I would like to put together a new book soon! :-)

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