The Good, Bad, and a Little Ugly

Keeping your home in shape isn’t always about the big projects and sometimes there are just little things you’re never sure about.  We found some useful tips in the Help Wanted section of HGTV’s magazine for May and we thought it’d be great to share some of these secrets with you from Jessica Dodell-Feder’s article, “How Bad Is It….”  Whether you are wondering about keeping your lawn in tip-top shape or taking care of things in the kitchen, here are some answers that are sure to help! Greenery Here’s something interesting: mowing your lawn in the same pattern is NOT good! …

A Great Place to Live (In Spite of Itself)

Recently Chrysteen Braun, Owner of Aegean Designing Whims and Tammy Avila of Tamara Rene Designs were interviewed by Larry Strawther on A Great Place to Live In Spite of Itself. Here’s what Chrysteen had to say about the interview:      “Los Alamitos is a small and great community, and we’re proud to be among the many wonderful businesses supporting the local communities.  We met the host of this show, Larry Strawther, when he came to film the We Care “From the Heart” fundraiser we host. He was starting a new season on Channel 3 and asked if we could join him, …

What Kind of Faucet Are You?

Home design trends are constantly changing and so are the individual elements that make up the home, such as the tile styles, cabinet colors, and even… the faucets?  Yes, sink faucets seem to be all the rage right now and lately there have been some major leaps and bounds in faucet technology and innovation.  While it may not be on your must-have list at the moment, it’s important to know what faucet options are available and what you might want in a future faucet! Technology-Minded The biggest change in faucet design would probably be the digital component that is quickly …

How To…Make Spring Cleaning a Success!

It’s that time of year where we should take on all the areas of our home that sometimes get ignored and make sure they are thoroughly cleaned, right?  We can probably all agree that in general, spring cleaning is more of a “have to” than a “want to,” but let’s at least make it a little easier to tackle some of those tough jobs!  We found some great tips from Martha Stewart’s “Spring-Cleaning Basics” and we hope that these solutions to the toughest cleaning jobs will make your job a little easier and faster! Windows, Walls, and Floors Just like …

Christian Outreach in Action

Chrysteen and All of Designing Whims, It was a great event/ fundraiser. Thank you for making it all happen. We appreciate you! -All of COA

Third Times A Charm: Our Cabin Makeover Story Continued

Though it’s a work in progress, our cabin makeover is such a fun project and we love sharing our updates along the way, so we are excited to bring you another update about what’s going on with the cabin we acquired last November.  If you want to read about the history of the cabin, check out our first post here!  If you are curious to see the master bedroom and bath changes we’ve made, read our second post.  In this post, we are going to show you our living area and some of our favorite added details. Work Space & …

Bathroom Beauty

One of the growing trends in home design and remodeling is the importance of having an amazing bathroom.  Besides having a functional design and layout, there is also a developing need for the bathroom to be a retreat, haven, and oasis.  So, we want to share how you can turn your bathroom into that place of peace and we’ll start with the flooring.  When you see the different flooring options you have, you will see why this is an important step in creating bathroom beauty! Timeless Tile Whether you have an intricate bathroom that needs a neutral floor or if you …

How To…Add Character & Charm

If you love pictures of homes with character oozing from every corner and wish you could add in a bit of this vintage charm into your own home, then keep reading!  There are a lot of little ways that you can add charm and character without spending a lot of money and we are sharing some great tips from ThisOldHouse.com and their article, “13 Thrifty Ways to Give Your House Vintage Charm.”  Some of the projects may be a little more extensive and some you can do easily, so look through the following ideas and figure out where you feel …

Cabinet Styles to Make You Smile

Whether you are planning to remodel your kitchen or if you just want to reface the cabinetry, it’s good to know all your options.  Since your cabinets take up most of your kitchen’s space, you want to select the materials, style, color, and hardware that you will love for a long time!  Today, our focus will be on the cabinet styles that you can choose from to make your kitchen reflect your personal tastes and decorating style. Traditional Some of the most common and classic cabinet styles include shaker, inset, and thermofoil.  If you are looking for more affordable cabinetry …

What Colors Say About You

Color is one of the most important aspects of a home because it establishes the mood for each room.  You may have colors that you love and some you aren’t so sure about.  Every so often, it is useful to understand what impact colors can have and also what they reflect about you.  We want to share some basics about color and also give you some ideas for some new colors you may not have considered before! Happy If you love lavender, soft pink and green, turquoise, or even traditional white, you are interested in happy colors that reflect a lot of …