Cabin, Cottage & Charm

We’ve got something new to share with you and it is exciting!  Recently, we were able to purchase a gorgeous cabin that was built in 1933, so there are both old and new amazing design details we must share with you.  Even more exciting is that the beautiful kitchen remodel was done by its former owners, John McCook (of the Bold and the Beautiful) and Laurette Spang McCook (of Battlestar Galactica)!  So, let’s jump in! Finding the Gem We all experience wanderlust at some point, and my husband Larry & I had always talked about having a cabin or some land …

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 …

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, …

Details Make the Difference

Often, we don’t think of our bathrooms as a retreat or a place of relaxation. We may focus all our design attention on rooms that guests will see most, not see the need for sprucing up the bathroom, or simply be unsure of what to do with such a space. We would love to offer a few great details that can make a huge difference in turning your bathroom into a spot you truly enjoy. Letting in Light Besides painting your walls with lighter, pastel colors, there are a few other ways you can lighten up the bathroom. If you …

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 …