8 Ways to Use Shades of Blue

We just got some decorative pillows for the client—all shades of blue. I hadn’t been a big  fan of color of blue. But I am right now, maybe because we just saw so many blue sea and blue sky during 4th July vocation.  Anyway,  Those pillows in shades of blue just look so adorable. I think you totally agree with me that color of blue make a calm, chic and elegant spaces.  Today we share e  8 ways to use shades of blue:

  1. Just use as pop of color among the large area of background white to create super modern atmosphere:Bwhite-living-room-furniture-couches-1506368099

2. Of course, use on the wall to create different yet cohesive feels from the next room.

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3. Use on the panelings and trims only to create historical highlights.

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4. Yes, on the cabinets to have that timeless, crisp and chic style:

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5. How about layer different shades of blue to create that super upscale and sophisticated feel?Bedc110115deniot02

6. Blue striped wallpaper—easy breezy beach vibe.

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7.  From floor-to-ceiling—such a cozy room.Balisa-bloom5-1526585121

8. Yes, on pillows please.IMG_0306

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A Day of Traveling Part II

 

We just had another big earth quick last night in SoCal after the 6.4 one on 4th July! It is 7.1!  Send love and prayer to people who are affected seriously. And I followed Dr. Lucy Jones from CalTech last night the whole night for her analysis on what’s going on. Somehow, listening to her gives me a sense of peace.

 

Well, when natural disasters happen, we know we need to appreciate all of the beautiful things around us more.  So, guys, let’s continue our Day of Traveling—Part II. There are a lot of beautiful photos for the modern classic interiors I caught during the trip, so it’s time to  sit back and relax.

 

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Arte-decor clubbing house.  The geometric black-and-white rug does the wander for this room. And of course, the brown leather tufted mid-century chairs, the fireplace and wooden wall panelings add the layer of old school traditions  and bring the stories and warmth to the space.
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Dark and Handsome space.
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Fresh light pink hydrangea sets the romantic tone in the lobby.
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Fresh light pink hydrangea sets the romantic tone in the lobby.
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Love this abstract artwork in brass frame.
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I am just so so so obsessed with this blue-and white vignette. Who wouldn’t—elegant and romantic!

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Such an airy and light-filled sitting area. Color of Live Coral on my dress  kind of pops up   in this muted creamy background. The wall panelings add the depth to the space.
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Modern classic vibe.
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a moment of feeling beautiful

 

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Love how they pared orange with silver champaign leaf.
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I always have a thing with sheer roman shades—they often soften the lights shining through the windows.

 

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The details on this clean-line classic fireplace.

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in love with this full-body French-pleated drapery—it’s elevated this cozy beachy hanging-out area. Yes, we are ready for a good conversation oner the afternoon-tea.
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So elegant!
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Casual yet elegant
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Love the trim on the pale-blue pillow.
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Light blue does relax me a lot in this outdoor sitting area.
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pillow details!

 

Hope you enjoy all of them.

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A Day of Travelling Part I

Our 4th of July trip started out with a little plan. We have a general ideas where we are going and what we would like to do–sighting seeing, eating, drinking, visiting historical architecture, new interiors, chatting with strangers, chilling out by the beach, walking through the woods, etc… Then during trip, there are just as lot of spontaneous decisions, whatever strikes our curiosity…

 

 

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just stop to see these beautiful yellow wild flowers
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hydrangea in bloom
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romantic English pond
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cozy outdoor sitting
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handsome game room

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To be continued, please stay tuned with us.

 

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5 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

Although the end users are able to access tremendous home decor products nowadays, one of the challenges they have is how to put everything together beautifully and efficiently based on their personalities and tastes, specially when they are super busy with their own professions. That is why some of our clients approached us lately for design help after making a lot of mistakes by their own.  They finally figure out that hiring an interior designer for their projects  is actually a pretty good deal to help them achieve their goals in a cost-effective way. Here are 5 reasons to hire an interior designer:

  1. Save your money in a big way—avoid many costly  mistakes at the very beginning.
  2. Save your time without any doubt— a designer know how to plan a space professionally and they already has a trained sense of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done, and they’ll be able to anticipate any obstacles that may come up.  Therefore, your whole project will move faster in a streamlined way.
  3. Reduce your stress tremendously— try to do it by yourself, and you’re stuck juggling the many elements that go into the process. For example, it takes a lot of work and energy just to order right things and follow up them through.
  4. Access to  better resources and contacts.  Yes , you can access to tremendous products in the market but you don’t know who are good and who are not.  After browsing one website after another one, you may feel totally lost and confused.  Everyone knows it’s difficult to find good resources. But designers already work in the world of home improvement, so they’re going to have reliable connections that you may need. Hiring a designer will help you easily find an electrician, plumber, and/or contractor that you can trust. Designers also have access to tons of product and fabric that is not available to the general public. With these resources, an interior designer will create a space for you that looks collected and unique.
  5. Yes, you’re going to have wow factor. Interior designers are trained to think creatively and spatially and learn to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. Thinking outside of the box is what designers do on the regular. Not only will you get a good design sense, but you’ll also get an attention to detail from proper lighting and furniture placement to fabric choices and color palette and fixture options. A professional interior designer will create custom-designed pieces to make sure everything fits perfectly and is truly special to your home.   Plus, designers are constantly learn the new colors, new products, new  technologies, new trends which may solve your problems like a magic and yet are not  caught up by the mass market yet.

 

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How to Use 4th July Color Scheme to Create High-fashion Interiors

Hi, guys, 4th July is just around the corner, what is your biggest plan for the day? Chill out by the beach, host a backyard BBQ summer party, join a local parade or go on for a solo trip?  No matter what you do, it’s time to celebrate since we all work hard and deserve a little summer break.  In order to put you in mood for celebration, we choose some pretty patriotic color–scheme interiors, trust us, it is not your grandma’s home.  All of the design we choose  here has used hottest color trends in 2019. So just sit back and relax with   a cup of coffee/kabucha tea or a glass of wine.

  1. Well, with color of red, we know the theme is going to be cheerful and all shades of blue really go strong in 2019 and beyond.

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2. Incorporating Living coral instead red  with navy blue or cobalt blue guarantee your home look upscaled and fashionable.

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3. If you are not a big fan of red or coral or orange, you can just use those colors as little doses as you want.

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4. Easy party color scheme

 

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I am ready for a party. Are you?

 

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From Maria Sharapova’s L.A. Home to See 7 Features of New Modern Design

Maria Sharapova was very engaged with her new LA home in the process of design, construction and furnishing. She knew exactly what she was looking for since she travels a lot and home is where she ultimately relaxes and chills out. Without doubt,  she is a minimalism and wouldn’t want anything she doesn’t feel need. So you properly can imagine how neat her living space is. But one thing I admire  her taste is that although there is a very modern and  clean color scheme, her LA home is quite warm and inviting thanks to her savy art collections of many years and textures she decided to use. So here are 7 take-aways we learned from her  LA home to create warm and inviting modern design.

  1. Have a vignette for the vintage pieces.
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    The vintage wood bench truly relaxes the space covered with large concrete pieces.

    2.  Add artwork and floral arrangement.

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    Yellow moon Artwork and pink floral arrangement infuse color, fun  and feminine elegance to the concrete hallway.

    3. Incorporate wood furniture to invite warmth.

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    4. Master indoor-and-outdoor living style to make the space alive and livable.AD070119_SHARAPOVA_02.jpg

5. Have drapes even through it is a sheer panel to add softness to the space.AD070119_SHARAPOVA_03.jpg

6. Have a functional fireplace.

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7. Have a lot of textures and plush pillows.

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Hope you find above information helpful.

 

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Chinese Porcelain —Color That Brings Your Calmness and Elegance—PPT Color of 2020

When we are still embracing all of the shades of Pantone color of the year 2019 –Live Coral, PPG, the paint company with 135 years history just recently introduced its Color of the Year 2020—Chinese Porcelain.  Just by the name, your mind starts to imagine those crisp Chinoiserie blue-and-white.  Yes, it is kind of blueish color, combining rich cobal blue and moody ink blue. It’s calm, elegant, modern, chic.

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Maybe because summer is here and I immediately fell in love with this color. I feel it is so ease on eyes and have a depth.

“In a world where sleep is viewed as a luxury and the anxiety of a fast-paced world is all too real, it’s only fitting that the color trends for this upcoming year offer escapism in today’s technologically-driven society. Hand-selected by PPG’s global color experts, the PPG paint brand’s 2020 Color of the Year, Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6) is a blend of cobalt and moody, ink blue that imparts calmness and restful sleep while also offering the spirit of hopefulness – a commodity in a restless world.”

And  the most important part is that I am so eager to find out how the design talents apply this colors in creative ways.   Let’s start from fashion.

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Elegant and modern 

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Feminie yet cool

 

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Reasonable and romantic
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Famine, fashionable and elegant. Love blue shades pairing with coral and pink.
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Let’s take a look at interiors:

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Powder Room

 

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Dining Room

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Living Room

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Bedroom

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Outdoor

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Hope you enjoy all of them

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How to Choose High-quality Glass Tiles for Your Projects

Glass tiles have high visual effect and often do a wander in any space by their beautiful colors and shimmers. I often used glass tiles for kitchen backsplashes, showers, wall treatment, spas and pool areas, etc…  They are just like jewels for home while adding a touch of modernity to any kind of design.  However, not all glass tiles come in same quality and their installation also more complicated than ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles. Before we talk about how to choose right glass tiles, let’s take a look at glass tile’s history.

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Glass Tile History

Glass was used in mosaics as early as 2500 BC, but it took until the 3rd century BC before innovative artisans in Greece, Persia and India created glass tiles.

Whereas clay tiles are dated as early as 8000 BC, there were significant barriers to the development of glass tiles, included the high temperatures required to melt glass, and the complexities of mastering various annealing curves for glass.

In recent years, glass tiles have become popular for both field and accent tiles. This trend can be attributed to recent technological breakthroughs, as well as the tiles’ inherent properties, in particular their potential to impart intense color and reflect light, and their imperviousness to water. You can click here for more info

Types of Glass Tiles

  • Cast glass tiles are formed in a liquid state at temperatures of 1600°F or higher. Cast glass surfaces are usually wavy or slightly textured with inherent folds, bubbles, and creases. The casting process produces color throughout the piece, similarly to marble – not the natural stone product used for countertops, but the little round marbles we played with as kids!
  • Fused glass tiles are generally made from sheet glass that has been altered through heat. During the production process, multiple layers of glazes and similar materials are added in stages, which yields varying colors and patterns. Fused glass tile surfaces can be smooth, textured, uniform, or non-uniform.

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  • Coated glass tiles are made from sheet glass that has been altered at lower temperatures. These tiles will have color coatings applied to the back of transparent glass, which allows the back-coated colors to transfer through clear glass.

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How to choose right glass tile for your project

The above 3 types of glass tiles are formed in the different temperatures. Usually the higher of the temperatures, the more durable glass tiles are. But of course, the proper annealing is quite critical to avoid crack or breaking due to the sudden temperature change. Cast glass tiles can be used for pool, flooring and outdoor. Coated glass tiles are recommenced to be used for kitchen backsplash.

The most important thing to choose glass tile is actually to ask manufacturers’ data sheet. Here is an example of  the data sheet of what good quality glass tiles look like:

” manufactured by casting molten glass at 2500oF, mixed with mineral oxide colorants into molds. The raw materials are entirely recycled high quality glass, primarily waste and scrap glass from the automotive industry as well as recycled glass from CRT’s and glass containers from the food and pharmaceutical industries. As part of the manufacturing process all mosaics are fully annealed to enhance durability.”

 

Manufacturing Standard:

Our glass mosaics are made to meet or exceed the requirements of ANSI A137.2 American National

Standard Specifications for Glass Tile.

– Chemical Resistance ASTM C650-04; – No Effects Class A

– Thermal Shock Resistance ANSI A137.2-7.9; No Defects – Pass

– Breaking Strength ASTM C648; – Passes

– Water Absorption ASTM C373; – Impervious

– Crazing Resistance ASTM C424; – Passes

– Facial Dimensions/Thickness ASTM C499; – Passes

– Warpage ASTM C485-09; – Passes
– Freeze/Thaw ASTM C1026-13; – Passes– Slip Resistance DCOF Acutest; – .33 AVG.

 

Installation:

Installation instructions are provided with every box of glass mosaics. All tile installers should be familiar with the installation methods shown in The Tile Council of North America’s Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation.

For detailed instructions related to specific installations contact your installation materials manufacturer for their most up-to-date recommendation of an installation system.

Gradation Blends;

Custom gradation blends are offered in all sizes and layouts. Blends can include colors, finishes and textures. Dimensions of the finished installation should be provided when requesting a gradation blend.”

Hope you find above information helpful.

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6 Ways to Make a Home Green Now

To choose a green home is not to only choose sustainability but also healthy and comfort life style as well. Just think about it: who don’t want to live in a nature light-filled house with lush greeneries in the yard.   And who want to live in the house with full of toxic materials?   Sometimes, when I start a project, client’s contractor will say we have a lot of regulations and rules on US market. So whatever we can buy from the market should be fine. But the truth is the US allows many chemicals that are not allowed in Europe. Many known harmful chemicals are allowed in mainstream US products. Yes, the EPA has only fully tested a fraction (3%) of the HPV (High Production Volume) chemicals used in the US due to financial constraints.  There are over 3,000 HPV chemicals in the US. So, we should never take granted that whatever we can buy from the market is safe. It is not and it does require a mindset and some knowledges to choose the right things for us, for the planet where we live and for next generations.  Good news is that  we can always start in simple steps.  There are 6 simple ways we can do immediately to make sure we like greener.

  1. Start from outside landscaping.  We can choose native plants, mulch, plant ground cover instead of grass, harvest rainwater, eliminate or minimize the use of fertilizers, create a “living roof,” like the example shared by This Old House , with literally hundreds of succulent plants. You can click here for moreHome stuff, resources, materials and products.
  2. Mindfully choose  materials and products that have green certifications.  One thing we need to know is that don’t assume that natural fibers are more eco-friendly than synthetic materials. Pesticides used in cotton agriculture can negate eco-friendliness. So, check tags. Organically grown cotton is a good choice, and so is linen, hemp, and humanely-grown wool. You can also look for recycled polyester, which uses recycled plastic bottles to create fabric.
  3. Manage energy consumption. One of the core tenets of being environmentally friendly is being as energy efficient as possible. At the extreme end is what’s called having a “Net Zero” home, which means one that generates as much energy as it uses while still being on the standard energy grid. This creates a carbon-free home and is accomplished in part by making your home airtight (building materials matter) and well insulated. Net Zero homes go beyond going green. Also choosing energy-star qualified appliances is also very critical.
  4. Choose LED lighting.The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting. Check out the top 8 things you didn’t know about LEDs to learn more.Green building has grown from a niche market to a savvy business strategy.
  5. Choose water sense labeled plumbing products.  Green building has grown from a niche market to a savvy business strategy. WaterSense labeled homes meet consumers’ demand for a whole-house solution to help them save water, energy, and money while maintaining a high level of performance.  You can learn more by clicking here 
  6. Control indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is very important. On average, people in industrialized nations spend about 90% of their time indoors, and most of that is in their homes. The unfortunate thing is that modern homes can contain substances that are potentially hazardous to our health. These range from normal dust, to major irritants, such as the chemical vapor off-gassing from the newer synthetic building materials being used today. There are some solutions for controlling indoor air quality: have a good ventilation system; Use Non-Allergenic Building Materials; Remove Artificial Fragrances. You can click here for more

 

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4 Caesarstone Collections You will fall in Love with

We were invited by Elements Room last night to view the new collections of Caesarstone. It has been a while since last time we used Casarstone since nowadays most of my clients kind of really favor natural  marble–specially Carrara marble.  And I was pretty amazed by Castaron’s new collections after last night’s viewing—they are beautiful,  look organic and natural, super durable and very low maintenance.  I specially fell in love with their concrete collection.

Caesarstone , quartz surface combining  nature and technology, is nonporous, scratch resistant and highly resistant to stains. Here are several my favorite ones from last night.

  1. Cloudburst concrete.
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2. Rugged Concrete.

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3. Raw concrete.

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4. Besides concrete series, their newly releases  is one of my favorites too with their elegant marble-like veins.

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So, what do you think? You can get to know more about Caesarstone by clicking here

 

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