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 …

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, …

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 …

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Aegean Designing Whims Want to know how Aegean Designing Whims can help you with the next project in your home?  Take a minute to hear Chrysteen Braun, the President of Aegean Designing Whims, explain how her company can help you with all your design needs!  Chrysteen describes all that is offered in the showroom, including beautiful design ideas by Tamara René Designs and a huge selection of window coverings within the Hunter Douglas gallery.  Aegean Designing Whims is the solution for all your design needs, so contact us today! Call us at 562-430-2969 or email us at designingwhims@earthlink.net

Backsplash Beauty

When you remodel or update a kitchen, adding a backsplash is a wonderful and simple way to add character to the room and polish off your kitchen design.  Here are a few ideas for bringing a backsplash into your space. Marble Backsplash Marble can be a beautiful option for a kitchen.  Based on the type of marble, staining problems may occur, so be careful with this choice.  Using marble as your backsplash can be a great way to infuse a bit of elegance by creating a focal point for your kitchen.  Try pairing the marble backsplash with stainless steel counters …