3 Steps to Float a TV Wall

One of the things I like to do when I design a modern space is to add more layers for depths and architectural interests. Therefore, the space will not look too plain, cold and boring.

For San Gabriel Valley project we did, I added a white TV panel above the client’s existing white TV stand and float about 1″ from the wall, then install LED light behind of the white panel.

Here is the Before:

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Here is the After:

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So, here are 3 steps we did to achieve the look:

  1. Use 2×4 wood strips to build a frame onto the TV wall. The length and width of the frame are 2″ less than those of the TV white board cover.
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    Wood Strips

    2. Wrap LED tape light around the wood frame.

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Get the materials:

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3. Install the white cover on the top:

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You can paint it in white or cover with your favorite wallpaper. You also can use white hardboard from Home Improvement store and use end-cap around the wall panel.

Get the materials:

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White Hard Board

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Hope you feel the above information helpful

Happy Friday

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Monday Inspiration–10 Living Rooms that We can Learn from

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.

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Love this cream-on-cream neutral color palette. The low-back sectional with performance fabric here is comfy, practical yet chic and stylish. The chandelier hanging over the coffee table here is quite quirky and playful. The blush and orange patterns on the throws add a touch of softness.
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A Frenchy Living Room Full of Match-and -mixingS from Different Periods.
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I love the contrast between the classical chinoiserie wallpaper with the abstract artwork. Also an IKEA lime color chair truly shows off the master skills of mixing  high and low here.

 

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Dusty rose color on this couch is quite romantic and unique.
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The lines in above design are quite neat while the round shape of the ottoman softens the interior a little bit.
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When a classical mural pairs with casual yet a clean white couch, the result is quite striking.
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The sophistication of wall panelings contrast with super casual comfy Moroccan rug.

 

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Flooring-to-ceiling bookshelf with artworks and upholstered arm chairs in the front
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The curve.
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The round artwork above the fireplace
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A Vintage Fashion Show with sexy colors.

Happy Monday

 

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Sunday Vibes

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?

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I always like the Meditation stonework.
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Lush rose garden always make me feel great
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a coffee moment with some fresh flowers

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late-afternoon laziness
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Now, it is sunset time.
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Candles make me expect a romantic and peaceful evening

In case, you would like to incorporate some aged Mediterranean pieces for your interiors, here are some of my picks:

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Antique Table

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Fresh Roses on Delivery

Candle Holders

Happy Sunday

 

From Louis Vuitton X Exhibition to Your Patio Party

Couple of weeks ago, we went to visit Louis Vuitton X  pop-up exhibition in Beverly Hills. It is about  an immersive journey through the House’s 160-year history of creative exchanges and artistic collaborations. Discover over 180 items from Louis Vuitton’s archives.  Well, it is a quite a show and very interesting to see how they put up a fashionable color-palette , showcase their production process, iconic designs over the years and artworks. Please join me for a short tour.

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Avocado Green and Pink —Very Youthful Color Palette
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The high-polished flooring creates a great backdrop to showcase LV fashion.
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LV Leather Materials—Love those colors!
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Craftmanship

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Iconic

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The favorite part for me is actually the patio lounge area.  And when we got there, there were not many people. So I can really checked out all of the details.

First of all, I love how they use pink on the floorings and chairs—-such a cheerful color that light up everybody’s mood immediately.

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Cheerful Pink!

And different shades and patterns of yellow and white on pillows give eye a rest and also create resort-like casual atmosphere.

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Love those tassels on the white pillows–very playful

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Now you get some ideas to style your patio party with some dramas.

Get the look

Happy Saturday

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Turmeric—Next Big Color Trend in 2020 Interiors

You may already see Turmeric color from runway, cars, objects, etc…  The color is kind of catch your eye now—fresh, fashionable, youthful and exciting.

Turmeric is an enlivening orange that infuses a hint of pungency into the palette (Color descriptions by The Pantone Color Institute).

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I guess we may have stayed millennium pink and pastels too long and truly need something different or something to break through to.  The more I look at this color, the more I fall in love with.

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Le’s take a look from fashion  inspiration first:

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Turmeric looks good with light blue.
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Turmeric looks good in the refined interiors.
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Look Good with Pink
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All right, let’s tour some interior spaces featured with turmeric color.

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Get the look

Happy Friday

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A San Gabriel Valley Modern Home Makeover—Part 3

I have designed some modern interiors for my recent projects. People love SoCal’s  airy vibes  filled with natural lights. Meanwhile, they also would like to incorporate textures, geometric artworks, patterns, pops of color and earthy tones to create an inviting and warm atmosphere. For this San Gabriel modern home project we did, we add a smoke glass chandelier with a brass stem,  several sky blue-pink -background geometric artworks, a grey velvet pouf,  an  oversized blush tufted square ottoman to bring a healthy dose of warmth , interest and depth to the space while we e keep the original motif-patterned Moroccan rug and brown leather swivel chair. Also,   two elegant silver-leafed side tables we placed by the mid-century low-back sectional elevate the space with sophistication and luxury.  So the end result is airy, light yet warm, modern, clean yet glamorous.

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In case you are interested in the designer sider table we used for the project, now it is on our Labor Day promo and here are the details for the piece:

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DIMENSIONS + WEIGHT

WEIGHT:

CUBIC FEET:

51 pounds

12.26

 

MATERIAL:

Pine, Birch, Maple, Metal

DIMENSIONS (IN):

19.5W x 25D x 26H in

DIMENSIONS (CM):

49.53W x 63.5D x 66.04H cm

CARTON DIMENSIONS:

23.400W x 29.100D x 31.100H in

CONFIGURE TYPE:

NORMAL

PRODUCT OVERVIEW:

With double the style and twice the glamour, what’s not to love about this charming end table? Its metal frame features a Lightly Brushed Chrome finish while its signature circular top and bottom shelf are finished in Soft Silver Leaf. Thoughtfully designed, both shelves offer an integrated storage drawer for functionality and with it’s small profile, this cute number can fit just about anywhere.

FEATURES:

Metal frame in Lightly Brushed Chrome. Top and bottom shelfs in Soft Silver Leaf. One drawer in top and bottom shelves. Drawer interiors in Soft Silver Paint.

CONSTRUCTION:

Top shelf: 16″W x 17.5″D Bottom shelf: 18.5″W x 24.5″D Space between shelves: 9.250″

 

 

Happy Wednesday

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5 Tips on How to Choose Right Light Bulbs

So often, lighting bulbs are what we often ignore. I am wondering if this is mainly because the lighting fixtures always come without bulbs. What really frustrates me sometime is that  vendors couldn’t provide a complete specs sheet  specially for LED  bulbs. Meanwhile,   consumers don’t really think that these light bulbs are that important. But in reality, they are. Just think about it, by just flipping a switch, your mood changes immediately.  Also, with LED starting to dominate the market , it is a little bit complicated to choose right LED bulbs than the traditional lighting bulbs in terms of color temperatures, dimmability and compatible dimmer options.  Today, I am going to share   5 tips to choose right light bulbs.

1. Focus on fixtures and function

Number 1 rule is to  always make sure the shape and base of the bulb fits into your fixtures. Also understand the purpose of lights: general /ambient lighting, task lighting, accent lighting,  entertains lighting …etc.

2. Understand two terminologies: watts and lumens

Every package has codes on it for the amount of lumens and watts the bulb emits. Lumens are the amount of light emitted from a bulb. The more lumens, the brighter the light. Watts are the amount of energy a bulb uses. In general, the lower the watts, the less energy used.

3. Invest in LEDs

Although I mentioned at the very beginning that choosing right LED bulbs can be little bit complicated than traditional lighting bulbs but LEDS are 70 to 90 percent more efficient than traditional light bulb technologies and last more than a decade.  It can be  a few dollars a piece, and you can end up saving $80 or more over the life of each bulb in energy costs versus a comparable incandescent. As designer, what important to me is the great design flexibility provided by LED lighting such as indirect lighting, sculpture lighting , back-lit etc.

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4. A simple  guide to specify a good LED lighting for residential application

a. Soft white—(2,700k -3,000k)

b. CRI > 90. As a rule, a CRI of 90 or more is considered high and anything below 80 is considered mid-range to low. You can click here to read more

c. Dimmer-ability without flick.

5. Think smart lighting.  If you have different layers of lighting  and more than 5 lighting fixtures in your home, wouldn’t be nice you can just turn on lights without extra hardwares with an ease.  Smart lighting bulbs have a sensor on them and usually require a hub setup. I will talk about this more in a separate blog.

If you are like me and have some hard time to find good chanderlier bulbs, here are my recommendations:

In case you want to get to know a little bit about smart lighting system, here is Lutron’s Caseta bridge system.

Here are some led chandeliers you may be interested in:

Have a Wonderful Tuesday

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How to Choose Leather for Your Furniture

Today we have so many upholstery fabric choices for our furniture.  And often, it is a piece of leather furniture that stays timeless, ages beautifully and tell the story of the home.  But of course, we are not talking about those bulky grandma’s leather couches.  leather upholstery may look its best in a club sofa, or on a very unique occasional chair.

 

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Elegant leather occasional chair
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Relaxing casual tufted library chair

Without question, a piece of good quality leather furniture can instantly enhance your home.

Just in case you are in a process of looking for quality leather upholstery,   here are 6 tips you may find helpful for you to make a decision.

  1. Types of leather: Top-grain and full-grain leathers are the highest quality; they’re made from the outermost layer of the hide, which is the strongest part. Top-grain leather is smoothed to remove imperfections, while full-grain is not smoothed and features a natural grain with imperfections.

2. Finished leathers are practical for active households with children and pets. Finished leathers are more resistant to fading and discoloration when exposed to light, heat, moisture, dust and body oils. These types of leathers also offer the most overall color consistency. Compared to other leather types, finished leathers generally require much lower maintenance, as spills and stains should clean easily unless they penetrate the surface coating of the leather.

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3. Aniline-plus leathers are quite simply Aniline leathers plus a slight protective coating. This protective coating may include light pigmentation and/or a clear top coat. Offering similar feels to those of aniline leathers with the added benefit of a protective coating, these leathers are more child and pet friendly than their Aniline counterparts. They may, however, still fade or discolor when exposed to sunlight and temperature extremes.

 

4. Aniline. Pure-aniline or full-aniline leathers show the natural surface of the leather, imperfections and all. They do not have any additional pigments or protectants on the surface, so you’ll probably see variations in color. Because there’s no protective coating, this type of leather has the softest feel. But it’s also more susceptible to scratching, staining and fading.

5 Semi-aniline. Semi-anline or aniline plus pigments have a protective topcoat. There may also be additional pigments added on the surface of the leather, giving the piece a more uniform look. This type of leather is more durable than pure aniline, but not as soft.

6. Nubuck. Nubuck leather is made by buffing or sanding aniline leather. The result is a leather that has a soft, velvety feel and suede-like appearance. It’s stronger than suede (which, remember, is made from split leather), but it’s susceptible to fading and stains and will develop a patina over time. If you can embrace imperfections, this is the softest leather option.

 

 

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Happy Tuesday

 

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4 Trends for Home decor in 2019

From the beginning of 2019, we have been constantly studying the decor trends by going to all sorts of trade events.  It is true that you should always choose what speaks to you. However by understanding what’s going on in the market, you can always find some better ways to express yourself. Since spring is here, it is a perfect time to fresh up your home.  Here are 4 trends we have observed so far and love to share them here in our blog.  Hope you find them useful for your projects.

 

  1. Chinossorie.

A touch of oriental decor, it doesn’t matter it is a vase, a fabric print, a painting, always adds a touch of whimsical to any space. Just remember, a little bit is just enough. after all, you are not an antique store.

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I love this bluish modernized chinoiserie wallpaper.
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2. Remember it is still the year of pig.

A small piggy sculpture, or a jar always adds an interest to any space and they will always remind you that —it is a year of prosperity and keep you positive.

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3. Modern classic.

Yes, we still love minimalism but in a different way. We like clean-lines but with curved forms and a lot of classic details.  Yes, we are in  love with modern decor with sophistication.

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always love lucile furniture—light, airy and glamours.
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the beautiful shapes of this dining table set.
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love how they add the metal design on this sofa.

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4. A touch of vintage.

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We hope you enjoy the above information and  if you plan a make-over and  need some help, you are welcome to contact us.

Happy Wednesday

 

KHKD

LA Street Style I

Spring is here. The warmer weather and blooms magically  put everyone  in a very cheerful mood.  So, we took the opportunity and wander around LA street to immerse ourselves in the season and get inspired.

 

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I always have a thing about bicycles. I love purple and flowers in this picture! It’s a dream if I can just ride a bicycle with full blooms in a small quiet beach town.  If you happen to plan some make-over for your home, lilac is one of the good choices. I specially like lilac in matte finish.  And also, remember have some fresh flowers at home!   They will make you feel much happier!
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It’s a late afternoon. I like how the sun shines on the industrial building creating interesting shadows. This hot pink minimalism bench is such a eye candy in  contrast with the grayish industrial surroundings. Spring finally broke through the coldness and is here with a little bit surprise and cheer. Take -away— for your interiors, don’t just pile things up,  rather intentionly  layer different things through creating interesting contrast!
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Graffiti on LA street is always my inspiration.  Take-away for interiors: please always have some artworks for your home. They are the soul for each space. They make your lifestyle much deeper.
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Wood just brings the warmth for this high-ceiling modern space with a lot of whites.
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Cool rope lighting in this sun-lit cozy Japanese restaurant. I always love the room with a lot of natural lights

 

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An outdoor space with a lot of greeneries, wicker peacock chairs and pink antique rug.

Happy Tuesday

KHKD