Hi, guys, I hope your new week started with a positive tune. As usual, I love to share some rooms that I came across over the weekend. The reason I share them here is not only because they are beautiful but also they are quite unique with full of good ideas and personality. Often, the rooms that touch our hearts are not the rooms that are highly polished, but rather approachable yet with some surprises.
We like to take a casual walk at a neighborhood coastal resort after a long run on Sundays. the late afternoon glow, the Mediterranean architecture details, french cafe, rose gardens, the sea not that far and the sunset…etc. are just like a dream to me. Wouldn’t be nice to take a little get-away over the weekend to recharge once a while?
In case, you would like to incorporate some aged Mediterranean pieces for your interiors, here are some of my picks:
Hi, guys, Happy Saturday! As usual, I love to work in my garden a little bit earlier in the morning just to refresh my mind and feel good. My backyard garden looks so green and lush now.
So, today, I would like to share the recent makeover I just did for my dining room– new blush draperies, re-upholstered blue velvet French dining chairs, some fresh tabletops, please have a sneak peek:
One of the simple and easy way to refresh your living space is to change your sofa throw pillows. Somehow, piles of pillows with unique design on your sofa always make your living space homy, cozy and elegant. As you know, design is all in the details. Pillow insert materials, trims, pipings and tassels on pillow design all make a huge difference on the overall looking.
For the project we did in San Gabriel valley, we chose decorative pillows based on the colors and patterns of client’s existing Morocan-style rug.
Decorating is usually the final touch to make the room look finished with personality. In today’s blog, I would like to share one of our recent projects—a San Gabriel Modern House—Entry Before and After.
The client remolded her house not long ago—painted the whole house, changed the floor and re-did the kitchen. However somehow, the client felt that she might need a professional interior designer help her put everything together and finish the house. Here are several steps we did to create that chic, modern yet inviting space.
Entry Before and After
The client used to have a much smaller chest with a burst mirror hanging above it at her entry as it showed in the following first photo. What we did is to replace that short and bulky chest with a long yet sleek marble-top console to make the whole vignette look modern and more proportional. Also, we used classic black houndstooth wallpaper to elevate the space. The muted multi-color artwork and jewel-toned glass vases are highlights for the vignette adding touch of elegance and youthfulness to the entry. The greenery underneath the console makes the space alive.
Last but not least is the proper lighting for the whole entry vignette since there is not that much natural light in this area. We used adjustable LED ceiling light fixture with warm light to light up the entry.
We also replaced the original cabinets with a bi-folding door and simple shelving system.
Underneath the stair and by the side of entry, we installed a pull-out rack, a bench and an artwork together to form a casual, relaxing yet functional vignette set.
Need a similar entry console table for your project, please check out our product picks:
Happy Friday! I have worked on specifying dimmer- able LEDs for the whole week and it took a lot of time to communicate back -and- forth with vendors for so many details. Now I feel I need a break to see some beautiful rooms, rooms that use quite unique color schemes, rooms that are eye candy for a Friday retreat. Are you ready? Here we go:
A hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year. At a time of interconnected commotion and overstimulation, Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds. It is the true neutral to set the tone for 2016.
3. REPOSE GRAY SW 7015
Repose Gray SW 7015 a gray/greige that has a slight blue undertone. It’s still a warm gray but is cooler than several of the grays and greiges in the SW deck.
A chandelier can actually hangs in any room to create a mood and to have a drama. And yes, besides just being pretty, there are several rules to hang a chandelier in different rooms. Let’s take a look.
Rule 1: In Dining Room
A handy rule of thumb is that a chandelier should be 12 inches narrower than a table. You should leave 12 inches of space between the outside edge of dining room chandeliers and the outer edge of round tables or the width edge of rectangular tables — as long as you have a table properly sized to the room. For example, a 48-inch-diameter table requires a 24-inch-diameter chandelier. To size chandeliers for large rooms and foyers, add the room’s length and width measurements together to determine the chandelier’s dimension in inches. For example, a room that measures 14 feet by 18 feet requires a 32-inch diameter chandelier.
The bottom of a chandelier over a dining table or kitchen island should hang 30 to 32 inches above the top of the table or kitchen island.
Rule 2: For 8′ ceiling height room.
Most rooms call for at least 7 feet of space between the bottom of the chandelier and the floor.
Rule 3: For rooms taller than 9 feet, please consider a two- or three-tier chandelier.
Rule 4: For a two-story foyer, a chandelier would need to hang about 9 feet off the floor, but if your two-story foyer has windows above the ground floor, you should center the chandelier in the windows, so you can see it from the outside. Ensure your ceiling will support the weight of your chandelier wherever you choose to hang it.
Rule 5: By knowing all the rules above and dare to break them once a while to create a little personality and drama. At the end of the day, it is your home.
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:
Just use as pop of color among the large area of background white to create super modern atmosphere:
2. Of course, use on the wall to create different yet cohesive feels from the next room.
3. Use on the panelings and trims only to create historical highlights.
4. Yes, on the cabinets to have that timeless, crisp and chic style:
5. How about layer different shades of blue to create that super upscale and sophisticated feel?
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:
Save your money in a big way—avoid many costly mistakes at the very beginning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hope you find above information useful and please check out one of our latest project below: