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 …

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 …

3 Tips to Maximize Your Laundry Room

Your laundry room, however big or small it may be, is one of those spaces where function and organization are key!  Most of us don’t have huge laundry rooms and the space we have is often robbed of its full potential.  We found some great tips on Houzz that we’d like to pass along and if you’d like more ideas and images to look at, check out both of these great articles: “8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Laundry Room” and “Get More From a Multipurpose Laundry Room.” Tip #1: Add the Right Tools Make sure you have …

Add a Special Touch to Your Home

Your home reflects your personality, your interests, your style, and so much more!  As time goes on, your tastes and your decor may change or transform as you try out new color schemes, patterns you love, or styles you’ve always admired.  If you are looking to add something new to your home without a huge commitment, try some of these ideas for unique decor that can be tailored to your style without breaking the bank! Glass Vases Besides flowers, what can you use glass vases for?  There are so many options and if you find vases of all shapes and …

How To…Love Your Living Room

Your living room serves many purposes, from entertaining to relaxing, so it is important to make your living room a place that both meets your needs and pleases the eye.  Since every living room is different, there’s not just one way to arrange things and decorate the space.  We’re offering some quick tips (thanks to Better Homes & Gardens) for making your living room a place you’ll love to spend time in, so consider what your living room layout allows for and also how to infuse your personal style into this space!  Read the rest of the ideas from Better …

Best of Houzz 2013!

We are so excited to share some great news with you!  We’ve won an award for best “Customer Satisfaction” on Houzz because of reviews made by great customers like you!  We want to thank you for your continued support and we’d love for you to join us on Houzz, so you can see our projects and also get great advice from a huge community of professionals.  Check out the press release for all the great details about the award! Press Release Aegean Designing Whims of Los Alamitos Receives  Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 …

Aging and Design

As much as we Baby Boomers hate to admit it, we’ve become our parents age. We’re senior citizens and I for one swear I’m not old enough to be this age! But what I am admitting is that I’m beginning to understand how my older parents feel when they sit too long or have to climb stairs, which factors into our remodeling plans for a home they are purchasing in order to “down size”. The older we get, the more we need our homes to be safe and easy to navigate. We need less “doodads” (my parents now have three …

All About the Home…

When you think about remodeling or updating any part of your house, it can feel like an overwhelming task!  At Aegean Designing Whims, we want to make that process smooth and simple, so we’ve answered some of the important questions you might have about two key elements in your home: The Kitchen and Window Coverings.  This article was published in the Orange County Breeze August 2012 issue and we are excited to share it with you!  Aegean Designing Whims is here to help and we’ve got great solutions and great products, like our Hunter Douglas shutters, shades, and blinds, which …

Colors, Colors, Everywhere!

What emotions do you have when you hear the names of these paint colors: Delicacy, Stillwater, Fresh Pink Lemonade, Inspired? These sound like very refreshing colors that could make a big change in the feel of your home. In House Beautiful magazine, Christine Pittel highlighted some colors of paint that “has the power to heal your spirit: It can be soothing, healing, and make you feel reborn.” Rather than picking an off-white paint for your walls, take a look at some colors that can inspire you, within your comfort zone, of course!   Source: housebeautiful.com via Designing Whims on Pinterest …

Painting: How to Do It Right the First Time

How many times have you watched those home design shows before? Whether it’s a big remodel project or a small room makeover, painting is usually involved.  However, painting seems like such a quick and easy task that we often don’t find out how to do it correctly!  HGTV covered this problem in their magazine article, “So You Think You Can Paint,” and also on their online guide (here), which both provide some great instructional tips so that when it’s our turn to paint, it gets done correctly the first time. To Prime or Not to Prime… We all know that …