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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 …

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! …

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 …

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 …

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 …