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Style Guide: Contemporary

What’s contemporary style? Simply put, contemporary at its core refers to things “of the moment.” Five or ten years from now, contemporary design in Los Alamitos area homes will likely have a different look and feel than it does today. This is where “modern” and “contemporary” go their separate ways. Modern design has a specific look and feel, developed during a specific design movement in the early 20th century, but contemporary design is always changing and will embrace new materials and pieces, as they are available. Strong lines, smooth forms, and minimal accessories characterize contemporary design. Does a sharp, clean …

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Smart Shades Savings Event

Hunter Douglas Smart Shades Savings Event July 1 – September 11, 2017 Intelligent shades, smart savings. PowerView® Motorized Shades from Hunter Douglas move automatically to a schedule you set.** Act now for rebate savings on a wide range of popular styles. $150 Rebate* on the following purchases of Hunter Douglas window fashions with PowerView® Motorization: 1 Luminette® Privacy Sheer plus $150 Rebate for each additional unit 1 Skyline® Gliding Window Panels plus $150 Rebate for each additional unit 2 Pirouette® Window Shadings plus $150 Rebate for every 2 additional units 2 Silhouette® Window Shadings plus $150 Rebate for every 2 additional units 4 Alustra® Woven Textures plus $150 Rebate for every …

transitional style bedroom

Style Guide: Transitional

If you feel like modern is too sleek and traditional is too formal, your style-in-the-middle may be “transitional.” Transitional design is a marriage of traditional and modern furnishings, surfaces, and materials. The result is a blending of the elegance and classic design elements and the clean profiles and understated colors of the contemporary style. With it’s focus on light and warmth, transitional style joins the best of both worlds and fits right in with our Southern California lifestyle. Tone-on-Tone Color Scheme Color palettes are very subtle, with an emphasis on warm neutrals including shades of ivory, taupe, gray and tan. A …

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Style Guide: Traditional

There’s a reason that so many Southern California homeowners enjoy traditionally styled rooms and furnishings. These interiors boast a timeless blend of symmetry, classic patterns, and subtle color schemes. This foolproof design style can feel familiar and comfortable – like coming home. This look takes its inspiration from the past; it reflects classic European décor, including British Colonial revival, 18th century English, 19th century neoclassical and French country. The old world lends refined furnishings, gorgeous textiles, dignified colors, and a sense of order making this beloved style easy to live with. Traditional style can be combined with other interior elements to …

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House of Blues

The emotional benefits of decorating with the color blue Whether you’re selecting the main color or the accent color, deciding the perfect interior color for your home can sometimes be a daunting task. Before long you’re buried in a mountain of paint samples, color fans and photos you’ve ripped from every interior design magazine ever published. You call your best friend for help. Do you go with your favorite color of burnt orange? Or last year’s “hot trend”? Making that decision may be easier than you think. Learning a little about color, and the emotions it communicates may cause you …

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Windows of Opportunity

The Beauty of Energy Efficient Window Treatments If you’ve ever felt that paying excessively high energy bills month after month is like throwing hard-earned money out the window, you may be right. With energy costs on the rise, there’s no better time to consider installing energy efficient window coverings that can cut those costs, and add an enviable decorative flair to the interior of your home. The Best Treatment for your Orange County home! The price associated with brand new energy efficient windows can have you sweating more than the heat coming through your existing windows. But never fear. Caulk …

COA – Waves of Change

Dear Chrysteen,

Thank you for attending the 2013 Waves of Change fundraising gala at the Reef Restaurant October 11th. Your presence make a real difference in the lives of those COA reaches out to help.

Lighten Up! Tips on Making Your Home Brighter

If you have a room in your home that feels dark or maybe not much light gets into the house as a whole, there are ways to lighten things up and get away from that feeling of being in a cave.  Sometimes, it can be a quick fix and in other situations it may require a little more effort and expense, but it can make a world of difference in the look and feel of your home.  We’re bringing you a few of the great tips from a Houzz article by Alison Hodgson, “So You Bought a Cave: 7 Ways …

The Numbers Game: Finding the Right Measurements in Your Home

Did you know that there are “perfect” measurements for your home?  Think about your counters, the length of a hanging light, the distance between picture frames.  There’s a right height or right length for all of these items and it helps to know, especially if you are planning to take on a few projects of your own!  We’re looking at some of the measurements provided from the “Help Wanted: Design By the Numbers” section in HGTV Magazine.  Check and see if you measure up or if a few adjustments need to be made here and there! Appealing to the Eye …