A San Gabriel Modern House—Entry Before and After

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.

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Chic yet modern entry featured with houndstooth wallpaper, jewel-toned vases and artwork.

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.

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6 Simple Ways to Transform Your Closets

We all have those unflattering closets by the entrance, in the hallway, under the stairway and in the bedroom. Although they don’t look that inspirational, we really need those extra spaces to store away winter blankets,  guest towels, toilet papers, cleaning stuff, maybe our diaries when we were in two grade. I am just joking. But you know what I mean. And often, we don’t want that big construction job to create a lot of chaos and stress. So, today I am going to share 6 simple ways to transform your closets.

  1. Just hang a curtain.   Can you imagine how easy it can be done? Of course, I will recommend to remove those bulky and ugly closet doors in case there are some–they are in the way and don’t look good.  Also, please make sure whatever the curtain or drapery you choose, they should be  stylish and need to be nicely blended in the surroundings.
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Neat and Stylish
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Add a  soft touch to the space and super functional.
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A little luxury vibe with full-body drapes.
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Simple yet Elegant
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Just be ladylike.

2. Just paint them over.

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3. Use wallpaper on the interior walls,, shelves or just wrapped around the doors.

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very whimsy

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a wow factor! Love this chinoiserie wallpaper.

4. Hang a bar door in case you have a super tight space.

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handy and convenient.

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5. Add some light.

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6. Install a closet system or just have  some cool closet storage kits to maximize and organize the space.

Installing an organizational system can turn your boring closet (whether it’s a tiny reach-in or a giant walk-in) into something that not only ensures your clothes and accessories are always right where you need them, but something that actually looks great, too. Closet systems can range from ultra-affordable to totally lavish. Click here to read the details.

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3 Popular Sherwin-Williams Interior/Exterior Paint Colors That Will Chill You Out in this Summer

 

 

1. SEA SALT SW 6204 –refreshing and charming.

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2. ALABASTER WHITE SW 7008

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2016 Color of the Year

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.

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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.

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6 Ways to Make Your Home Fun and Elegant through Polka-dots

Happy Friday.   I hope  your life is filled with actions, fulfillments, progresses and happiness in this passing week.   Just in the last couple of days,   I came cross a lot of polka-dots when I seached for inspiration.  Yes, it all started from Paris Haute Couture and street style 2019–2020:

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Pretty in Polka Dots.

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Playful and ladylike

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life is just beautiful by wearing a polka-dot dress.

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Don’t you just fall in love with these pretty polkadot dresses and accessories! Welcome to summer!

This trend also goes strong in   interior designs. I love polka-dot patterns because they are light, playful, youthful and elegant.   So today I am going to share 6 ways to make your home fun yet sophisticated by incorporating polka dot patterns.

  1. Use them on the wall-treatments.
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When polka-dots meet stripes, it’s a Pop!

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Adds a touch of modernlity to this traditional home.

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2. Yes, some polka-do-themed  accessories

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It just makes me smile. What about you?
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Fancy in brass.

3.  Of course, art pieces.

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4. And what do you think  Polka-dot tiling walls?

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Cool yet playful.

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6. And  on an upholstered furniture piece.

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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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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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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:

Entry:

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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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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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7 Paint Colors That Make You Look Good in Any Room

To choose right paint colors is to make us feel good in the room. Usually the paint colors that make us feel good often make us look good. Who wouldn’t want the paint colors that flatteren our skin tones?  Here are 7 designer-approved paint  colors that make us look good in  any room:

 

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Blue is one of those colors that just happens to flatter every skin tone, This particular shade has a little gray in it, which makes it even more soothing.

2. Pale Powder 204 — Farrow & Ball

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“Like a true blonde — and those who want to be one — this pale blue-green is complex and enchanting. Throughout the day, it changes from robin’s-egg blue to gray-green, radiating a subtle glow that makes both people and furnishings look like the best versions of themselves. Pair it with moss-green velvet upholstery, modern art, and black-lacquer chinoiserie.” — SARAH BARTHOLOMEW

3.Deep Forest Pine 30GG 09/106 — Glidden

“I’m just back from Paris, and this green was everywhere — on people in the street, on the accessories and furniture in the antiques shops on the Rue Jacob, and even at the flea market. Imagine how great it would look in a dining room. It would really set off a face, as well as a painting. Do it in lacquer for a beautiful sheen.” — SUZANNE KASLER

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4.Antiguan Sky 2040-60 — Benjamin Moore

“Aqua is a calming color, which balances a fiery red-head like myself and makes for a pretty room. Actually, most people look good in aqua, and when you look good, you feel more confident. I often like to use a range of one color, so I might add a darker teal or Prussian blue. Red or pink would punch it up and give it more pizzazz.” — LINDSEY CORAL HARPER

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5. Dance of the Goddesses 23-1A — Valspar.

“You know how beautiful a pearl necklace looks against skin? Maybe that’s why this appeals to me. It’s the softest, most luminous pearl with just the slightest hint of pink. Paired with silver hardware, cream trim, and Thassos marble, it would make the most elegant dressing room. Add slate or navy to intensify the effect with some contrast and drama.” — JOAN CRAIG

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6. Calamine 230 — Farrow & Ball

“While watching the Academy Awards, I was struck by how beautiful the starlets looked in pink. They simply glowed! What better color to surround yourself with in your bathroom? Simply fill the tub and feel pretty, calm, and soothed. No plastic surgery needed here…just a glass of pink Champagne! Cheers!” — MELANIE TURNER

 

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7.Tissue Pink, –Benjaminmoore promises to complement any outfit and skin tone.

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