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Bathroom Design and Kitchen Design in Orange County

If you haven’t visited Fixtures Living at the OC Mart Mix in Orange County you are missing out!  This showroom opened about 6 months ago and is one of the best kitchen and bathroom showrooms I have ever come across.  It’s located about 5 minutes north of South Coast Plaza.

Kitchen Designers in Orange County

Grey Stained Kitchen Cabinets at Fixtures Living

Upon entering the store you will be greeted by someone standing at a coffee bar offering you a selection of specialty coffee drinks or flavored teas.  Then you can explore the large showroom which showcases kitchens and bathrooms in a range of different design styles.  All of the faucets, showers and varieties of hardware are all operable so you can see how they work.  Everything is arranged and displayed beautifully and many of the top brands such as Viking, Wolf and even La Cornue are available and displayed.

Modern Kitchen Designer in Orange County

Modern Kitchen Design Vignette at Fixtures Living

As a kitchen designer in Orange County this is a perfect place to meet with clients and show them your kitchen and bathroom designs.  They offer private conference rooms for you to meet with them and discuss the project.

Orange County Modern Kitchen Designer

Modern Stainess Fridge at Fixtures Living

Orange County Kitchen Designers

Laundry Vignette at Fixtures Living

Check it out and I guarantee you’ll be inspired.  Whether or not you’re looking to redo your kitchen or bathroom you’ll enjoy stopping by to check out this showroom.

Enjoy and let me know what you think if you do stop by.

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Interior Design Showroom Bliss Linens

One of my favorite places for home furnishings, bedding and home accessories in Orange County, Calfornia is Bliss Home located on Pacific Coast Highway in Corona Del Mar.  The owner and interior designer behind it all is Ohara Davies-Gaetano.  If you’re an interior designer or just someone looking for inspiration, there is always something new, fresh and exciting at this store.  It’s easily seen from the street with its bright orange painted storefront.  All of the pieces there seem to have a story behind them.  The finishes are impeccable and only achieved by time and weathering.  From old stone pots to coral and sea life, one is bound to be overstimulated visually by all there is to see.  And not only are the pieces beautiful they are arranged and set up in wonderful displays and vignettes.  Some of the other highlights of the store are the luxurious bed linens and pillows.  The way they’re made up makes you want to jump right in.  Many of the walls have bright beautiful colors of Venetian plaster and the entry wood floor looks like an old distressed, hand painted fresco.

Aqua Blue and White Clock Vignette
Aqua Blue and White Clock Vignette

This is one example of the many beautiful vignettes you will see.  Here a large rustic clock in white and aqua blue backdrop this vignette flanked by old rustic candle sticks and coral.

Coastal Living Room Design
Coastal Living Room Design
Seafoam Living Room Design
Coastal Living Room Design

Using the same color palette as the photos above, neutrals with an accent of aqua blue give this coastal living room design a pop of color.  If you’ve got a beach cottage you’ll love this place for all of the sea and ocean artifacts they offer.

Butterfly Artwork and Zebra Ottoman Vignette
Butterfly Artwork and Zebra Ottoman Vignette

Nature is brought into this vignette with butterfly artwork and a zebra ottoman

Transitional Dining Room Design
Transitional Dining Room Design

In this dining room design, rust colored leather chairs surround a large, dark wood table.  The modern, abstract art mixes nicely with the juxtaposition of the old distressed columns.

Tall Armoire Vignette
Tall Armoire Vignette

Love the scale of this armoire with the detailed front doors and the large wooden spheres.

Rustic and Neutral Vignette Design
Rustic and Neutral Vignette Design

Another beautiful example of one of the many displays…love all the neutral colors, finishes and the large giant clam.

Shelving Unit Vignette
Shelving Unit Vignette

An iron shelving unit shows off more sea inspired accessories.

Blue and Green Bedroom Design
Blue and Green Bedroom Design

A colorful bedroom design using blue and green bed linens and pillows.

Bliss Store Display
Bliss Store Display

A rust sofa is backed by an antique mirror displayed in the Orange County interior design showroom

Now that I’ve given you a little taste of this Orange County interior design showroom, do yourself a favor and go check out what interior designer Ohara Davies-Gaetano is up to.  Trust me you won’t be disappointed and more than likely you’ll leave inspired with new ideas.

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Orange County interior designer Chris Givan takes a field trip to Bliss Home in Corona Del Mar, California.  Interior design topics such as living room design, dining room design, bedroom design, Venetian plaster and butterfly artwork are featured.
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Today I had to go to Ikea because a client of mine wants rugs for his home but doesn’t want to spend much money. If you know anything about rugs, they can range from $50 up to $100,000! I know, as an interior designer, you hope your client wants the latter option and the last thing you want to hear is they want one from Ikea! if you’re working on a commission based structure, 30% of a rug at Ikea doesn’t even pay for the gas to get there! Luckily, I’m getting my hourly rate and sometimes you just have to do things to make the client happy so they end up coming back for more.

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