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 …

living room with architectural details

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 …

bedroom decorated with blue accents

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 …

Cabin Makeover Underway!

Last November, we told you about a beautiful cabin that we purchased from John McCook (of the Bold and the Beautiful) and Laurette Spang McCook (of Battlestar Galactica).  The charm of the cabin is in every detail and we are so glad that the former owners kept that charm throughout the home.  As we mentioned in the first article, the kitchen was completely remodeled, so our focus has been on updating some other areas of this lovely home built in 1933.  It is still very exciting that we were able to find this gem and we’d love to update you on …

4 Ways to Wake Up Your Home

We can all agree that sometimes our homes lose their luster over the years in little ways.  We get used to seeing the same furniture and decor, tarnish takes over anything with shine, and we do little about it because it would cost too much money to update everything.  However, there are some wonderful solutions for this dilemma and the cost is affordable if you are willing to supply a little time!  In the January issue of Southern Living, several tips and tricks are offered so that you can “Refresh Your Nest” without going into debt! Bring Your Furniture Back to …

The Essentials: 5 Holiday Helpers

We’ve reached the month of December and have started the countdown to the end of 2012.  As you prepare for having friends and family over for the holidays,  we hope this post will give you some easy ideas that will make your decorating and giving a little easier!  Many of the following ideas can be used in your home as well as part of gifts to your friends.  If you want to get a little crafty without getting too involved in big DIY projects, the following ideas are perfect for you! Oh-So-Amazing Ornaments Many people love to add a new …

How To…Get Ready For The Holidays!

As we near the end of 2012, it can get pretty busy as we try to wrap everything up, get ready for out-of-town guests, and prepare for Christmas and New Year’s festivities.  If you’d like some tips about important areas of the home to clean or reasons why garbage disposals and showerheads don’t work, then keep reading! Deep Clean As it gets colder outside and you want to warm up your home, make sure that your chimneys are cleaned!  If you use your fireplace often or haven’t checked it in awhile, it is important to make sure that the flue …

Talking Turkey & Other Thanksgiving Tips

Just over a week before Thanksgiving is here, so we’d love to offer you some ideas for the big day!  Have you been wanting a new recipe that will add a little pizzaz to your traditional Thanksgiving meal?  Would you love to discover some helpful tips that can make your turkey perfect?   Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly how to set your table for all your guests?  If you said “yes” to any of the above questions, make sure to keep reading! Tempting Turkey If you’d love to add a new and delicious flavor to your turkey, Martha …

Pleasant Palettes

The great thing about home improvement is that you get to decide the amount of work you want to take on.  You have the choice to update your house one step at a time, in great leaps, or with a whole complete remodel.  Today, we’re going to offer some advice for a simple step that can bring an important change in your home.  The walls in our homes are one of the biggest spaces we can change by just adding a fresh coat of paint.  When you decide to change the colors of your walls, you have the ability to …

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 …