Budget Basics: A Realistic Start for a Fantastic Finish!

You’re dreaming about a new kitchen and could use some help figuring out two things: How much it’ll cost How you’ll be able to stay on a budget First and foremost, you need to set a realistic budget to match your project’s scope. If you want champagne, but have a beer budget, then you need to start with the basics. You probably won’t ever come out and tell a kitchen designer how much money you have to spend, fearing she (or he) will spend it all. But at some point you’re going to have to share that information with someone, …

3 Tips and Tricks to Tidy Up

This week, we are taking a little detour from home design to highlight some of the ways that you can de-clutter your home with creative alternatives. We all can admit that we have more stuff than we probably need, so here’s the big question: How can we organize our clutter in a way that is pleasing to the eye? We’ve got some great ideas from HGTV’s magazine article, Stylish Storage Solutions. By using items that you already have or finding a unique piece at a store or a garage sale, you can create decor out of your clutter! Letter Carrier …

7 Ways to Add Charm to Your New Home: Part 2

Welcome back to the second half of our article about adding character to your home!  Last week, Part 1 covered the first 3 elements that will instill a little charm into a newer home: adding wood floors, replacing  doors, casings and wood trim, and adding crown mouldings.  This week, we will share the last 4 tips that can transform your home from cookie-cutter to unique! French Doors These beautiful doors will definitely add charm to any room. They too require thinking ahead when it comes to window treatments, as you’ll need to decide if you’ll treat the door itself, or …

7 Ways to Add Charm to Your New Home: Part 1

Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you don’t live in a wonderful 100 year old home somewhere back east, where the landscape is dotted with properties so vast fences between neighbors are either non existent or can’t be seen. On the other hand, you probably aren’t going to be plowing snow when winter settles in again this year. So if you are living here, your home is most likely 35-40 years old, or newer, and in one of our many great communities of Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, or east Long Beach. And you could be a perfect candidate for adding …

Details Make the Difference

Often, we don’t think of our bathrooms as a retreat or a place of relaxation. We may focus all our design attention on rooms that guests will see most, not see the need for sprucing up the bathroom, or simply be unsure of what to do with such a space. We would love to offer a few great details that can make a huge difference in turning your bathroom into a spot you truly enjoy. Letting in Light Besides painting your walls with lighter, pastel colors, there are a few other ways you can lighten up the bathroom. If you …