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Every home needs something to cover the window; no matter where your home is located you may wish to have window treatments for privacy, warmth or simply aesthetics.  However, there are a great many different styles available to choose from and this can make it difficult to choose the right covering. The following tips will help you decide on the right balance of function, style and affordability: 

Yellow and White Bedroom Design Window Treatments

1. Function

The window treatments for each room should be based upon the use of that room. Family areas and entertainment areas will require as much light as possible. This means the window treatments should be light, semi-transparent and kept as far back from the window as possible. Some spaces may also be used to watch films or play computer games; these rooms will want less light as you do not want reflections on the TV. If this is the case then you should use a layered approach; this will mean you can adjust the light in the room depending upon what the room is used for.

Bedroom Design Window Treatments

2. Location, Location, Location

Window treatments may not seem as important if you are in a remote location without a neighbor for several miles. However, if your home looks onto someone else’s, then the first priority with the window treatments in these locations is privacy. You will need a heavier, easy to open and close style window treatment to ensure you are safe from prying eyes.    

Location also plays a part in the amount of sun you receive through a window. Windows which face the sun all day will likely heat up the room, light color window treatments can be used to maximize the light in the room while keeping some of the heat out. Blinds can also be good in this scenario.

Bedroom Design Window Treatments Multi Color

3. Privacy and Style

This is an important element of any home, you will wish to enjoy a shower or change your clothes without being concerned about who is watching. Bedrooms and nurseries can benefit from heavy, black out coverings to aid with sleep and privacy. Bathrooms, however, need light coverings which will allow plenty of light into the room, without compromising your privacy.

Living Room Design Window Treatments

4. Fabric

The material used for window treatments makes a big difference to the amount of light or privacy which your room will receive. Thinner fabrics will allow more light in, but will also decrease the amount of privacy you have. The fabric should be chosen based upon the function of the room and how much light you require. The lighter fabrics will ensure any space feels light and airy while darker fabrics can create a more dramatic environment. Coverings with linings are also useful as they protect the furniture from harmful UV rays while adding an extra layer of insulation to a room.

Neutral Bedroom Design Window Treatments

5. Size

The type and size of window treatment you choose also makes a difference to the feel of the room. Curtains hung above the window and dropping to the floor will create a feeling of height in a room. However, many people now opt to keep the curtain from sitting on the floor; this avoids dust and dirt gathering on the curtain.  More dramatic looks can be achieved by bunching the material in front of the window; this means ensuring your curtain is two or three times the width of your window.

Pale Blue and Taupe Bedroom Design Window Treatments

6. Color

The color of a window treatment is down to your personal preference. It should match the color scheme in the room, although this does not have to be the same across the whole house. Brighter colors have been shown to assist in brightening the mood of any room; darker colors have the opposite effect…the choice is yours!

Before deciding on window treatments for your home, you should assess your options. First analyze the space you have available, measure the height and length, and go for a color combo that goes with the rest of the décor. Invest in quality materials and your home will have an appeal that you and your guests will absolutely adore. Be original and let your imagination run wild. Don’t hesitate to think outside the box and just enjoy the end result!

Transitional Living Room Design Window Treatments

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As it often happens that history repeats itself, vintage is back on! We are now facing the rise in vintage-inspired decorations and rooms completely equipped in that manner. What makes vintage so characteristic now is that it looks like your grandma passed it on to you (and it is like that in the majority of cases), which evokes sentimental feelings in almost any person.

When it comes to redecoration, bathrooms are especially tricky. Since they are usually small, you do not have so many things to do but reinvent the wheel. So, if you do not have a grandmother to provide you with necessary equipment, go straight to a flea market in search for these things which will help you turn your little bathroom into the cutest vintage-style one.

Start with Walls and Floor

The easiest way to start your time travel is via walls. Avoid bright, dashing colours characteristic for contemporary design, and use soothing pastels and gentle white. Find wallpaper or tiles featuring floral or old advertising prints which bring about the feeling of 1920s, 30s or 40s, or some vintage movie poster that can add a distinctive, (monochromatic) touch to the space.

Pastoral themes are also a great way to (re)introduce an old feel in your bathroom, whereas old recruitment posters can add colour and striking effect to the style you are aiming at; just for little fun.

Orange County Bathroom Interior Designer

Details in the Walls and Floor Add Interest to this White Bathroom

Can’t Go Wrong with Mirrors

Adding mirrors to any space will create the illusion of it being bigger than it actually is, and we can use this fact in our advantage if we add old, decorated carved frames onto them. You can either find them separately, or use some old picture frame and repurpose it with a mirror. Frames are a great way to revive the space and even a plastic imitation will do the trick as well and achieve the effect we are aiming at.

Use Unusual Mirrors to Create Interest and Detail

Use Unusual Mirrors to Create Interest and Detail

Change Fixtures

Bathrooms as we know them today did not used to be a standard part of a house – they were a completely new thing for a Victorian, for example. This is why in old houses they seem kind of off – as if they were not supposed to be there in the first place. So, if you want to achieve this effect, you will have to do some major plumbing installation movement and change the fixtures.

With the help of commercial plumbing company, you can completely transform any type of room into a bathroom, just like the old Victorians did back in the day when bathtubs and advanced plumbing started appearing.

For example, instead of a shower, you simply have to install a clawfoot or antique tub (movable tubs were a completely normal thing, so why would your tub not be like that as well?), and a pedestal sink instead of a vanity compartment. You can never go wrong with white, distressed wood, and when it comes to fixtures – old-style works magic.

Claw Foot Tub and Wallpaper give this Bathroom a Vintage Look

Claw Foot Tub and Wallpaper give this Bathroom a Vintage Look

Add Accessories

The last thing you can use to add a touch of vintage style into your bathroom are accessories. Old hairbrushes are a simple must-have; they used to be packed in old decorative containers, usually with a common theme or decoration. You can also recycle old step ladder or an old chair, repaint them into white and repurpose – use them as towel holders or hangers, for example.

If you have found an old cupboard in your grandmother’s house, you can use its nicely carved drawers as storage containers in your new (old) bathroom. If you have old teacups, you can turn them into flower pots and place them wherever you see fit.

Old houses usually had wealthy owners, so let accessories including lush bath robes, quality towels with initials, and fancy slippers – become standard items in your bathroom. And if you want to spice things up a bit, let an old, carved, wooden chair be the crown of your bathroom – which was a completely normal thing in vintage bathrooms.

Adding Accessories and Artwork Add Charm and Personalization

Adding Accessories and Artwork Add Charm and Personalization

Bathroom items can be tricky to work with, but as you can see, if you invest some time and devotion to them, you can do wonders with the slightest changes made. Follow your instincts and take every old item you see, give it a new look and find a place for it in your (new) vintage bathroom.

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to interior design and latest DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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Many people do not realize how important lighting is to interior design. Decorative lighting is one of the major factors that play into the process of creating the mood of a room and creating the meaning behind what you’ve put together. If you’ve just got a plain or flat lighting, you’re more likely to make people who come into your home uncomfortable. On the other hand, decorative lighting can create the comfortable, “homey” feel that you may be seeking in your Orange County Home.

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One important function of a decorative lighting scheme is variation. Using various types of lights, different light levels, and sources that seem to focus on what the room is for. For example, an interior designer may suggest that you put dimmer lights in a bedroom (because it is for sleeping), but brighter lights in a family room or play area (because it is for “fun”). Determine what each room is for before starting to work with lighting, otherwise you could end up with some odd lighting arrangements that don’t match the room’s purpose.

Mulit Pendant Fixture

Mulit Pendant Fixture

Chandeliers are a great option for rooms where you want the lighting source to be a focal point. The objects that are underneath chandeliers become the focal point of the room due to the way that a chandelier diffuses light. You could use a pendant for the same purpose, even though the light diffusion differs. These are just examples of what you could do in your home; any Orange County lighting store can help you determine how each type of light will change the “feel” that your room(s) have.

Modern Dining Chandliers

Modern Dining Chandliers

You can use lighting to create these different moods in miscellaneous ways. Be creative, and see what you come up with while you’re decorating your home. You can find a variety of different lights that will suit your lighting needs at any Orange County furniture store.

Semi Flush Chandelier

Semi Flush Chandelier

If you are looking to redecorate your home and you want the help of an interior designer, there are a lot of options that you have with Orange County Interior Designers. Interior Designers in Orange County and around the world can help you figure out the best look for your home while listening to your thoughts and suggestions in the process. Most of all, have fun! Decorating is supposed to be fun, not stressful, so take the time to enjoy the experience as well. 

Modern Floor Lamp

Modern Floor Lamp

About The Author: Ingo Schaer is the President and CEO of Interior-Deluxe.com. He has been in the lighting business for more than 20 years and is holding a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering.  He regularly blogs on a variety of Modern lighting and Interior Design topics, often focusing on practical solutions. You can find him on Google +.

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How To Incorporate The Elements Of Feng Shui Into your Home

Incorporating Feng Shui into your interior design brings balance and good fortune to your home. More than just picking attractive furniture and decor, the placement and arrangement of furnishings and accessories, as well as deliberate color combinations, can make a significant difference in the “Qi” or energy of the room.

Orange County Feng Shui

Interior Design and Feng Shui Create Harmony

However, you still want to make sure that your Orange County home is visually appealing and functional, so you will want your Feng Shui interior design to balance the basic beliefs of the Eastern practice along with modern tastes.

Feng Shui Orange County Bathroom

Modern Zen Bathroom

Below are a few tips on how to improve the energy in your house and bring luck to your life, while adding the decorating flairs and touches that gives your home personality:

Practical matters

Position furniture carefully.This tip is both practical and feng shui-related: careful positioning of furniture improves the energy’s flow throughout the room. Furniture should not prevent free passage through the room as this blocks both your daily path and the Qi from flowing naturally. Ideally, seating areas should be flush with a wall, instead of facing a walkway or another room.

Separate work and rest areas. Avoid setting up a work office in your bedroom. The energy of a work space will prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep if it is set up in the bedroom.

Lighting. Light plays a major role in feng shui, as it is a major source of good energy. Soft lighting is linked with positive energy which wall sconces provide. Without proper illumination, carefully picked color combinations, decor and furniture may not be as effective for a feng shui lifestyle. Our eye tends to be drawn to where the light is shining, so by spotlighting certain objects and areas, you are able to support your intentions. Avoid dark corners, which can absorb and stall the flow of energy, by filling them with a source of soft light.

Feng Shui Bedroom Orange County

Modern Bedroom

De-clutter! Clutter is considered to be a major burden in feng shui. De-cluttering is believed to be absolutely fundamental to ensuring balance in the home, as clutter blocks the flow of energy. On a practical level, clutter can lead to increased stress levels.

Remove clutter from all rooms in the house. One of the best places to start is the bedroom, where you want the most relaxation as possible. Create a “keep”, “relocate” and “trash” pile for all the items littered on the surfaces and floors of each room. Then, relocate the items to their proper locations, and throw away the trash. Organize the “keep” items into drawers, shelves or labeled boxes for easy access.

Design elements

Mirrors. A key accessory in feng shui interior design, mirrors are believed to reflect positive energy and prevent the flow of negative energy. Placement is key, however. Avoid putting a mirror facing the front door, as you don’t want to bounce the positive energy entering the house to creep its way out. Mirrors should also be used sparingly (if at all) in the bedroom. Bedrooms are considered calm spaces with more yin energy; mirrors bring a lot of yang energy, canceling out the calming yin needed in the bedroom.

Live plants, fresh fruit and cut or potted flowers. Indoor plants, floral bouquets and fresh fruit all generate positive energy. Potted plants also represent earth and wood elements (two of the five feng shui elements needed for harmony and balance).

However, you should avoid using dried flowers. Dried flowers are considered sources of bad energy in feng shui as they represent something that is dead. Throw away all dead or dying plants, including wilting flowers. The exception is if the dried bouquet is a keepsake from someone dear to you, then the energy associated with it is positive.

Feng Shui Bathroom Orange County

Feng Shui Bathroom

Add a water feature. Considered a symbol of wealth and prosperity, it is important to incorporate water elements in your feng shui decorating scheme. A water feature is an eye-catching way to add two of the five essential elements of feng shui (wind and water). Whether you choose a water fountain, a water wall or a fish tank, a water feature is a soothing focal point to any room, promoting relaxation. Be careful not to add water features to the bedroom as it can introduce the element of worry.

Feng Shui Outdoor Water Feature

Outdoor Water Feature

Mix up your shapes. Each shape represents a different feng shui element: square (wood), round/oval (metal), striped and floral (wood), wavy (water) and pointy (fire) shapes all need to be present in your accessories and decor to ensure balance.  Mixing and matching is not only an excellent way to bring harmony into your living space, but it also adds depth and dimension to your interior design.

Choose colors carefully. Intentionally choosing the right colors for each room is key in feng shui, as each color and color combination represent different types of energy. Green is linked with hope and nature, yellow with power and red is considered auspicious. Orange helps create an atmosphere of ease and promotes conversation in large groups of people, making it an ideal color for living rooms and other areas where you plan on hosting guests. Blues and greens can also help promote a calm atmosphere, which are perfect for bedrooms and other locations designed for relaxation and rest.

With these simple feng shui tips, you can improve balance and harmony in your Orange County abode and life all without having to invest in crazy interior design schemes or busts of Buddha and other auspicious statues. Just keep in mind the importance of the flow of energy and incorporate a few well-chosen and well-placed accessories to fully reap the benefits of feng shui.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer, yoga enthusiast and business owner in the Los Angeles area. In addition to incorporating feng shui into her yoga and meditation room, she also includes the elements of feng shui throughout the rest of her home. Follow her on Pinterest today!

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Do you know what Search Engine Optimization is?

Well don’t feel bad, we didn’t either until a few months ago.  So let me give you a brief introduction of what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is.  Basically, SEO means that a website or pages on a website are created and optimized so that search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo can find them when someone is doing a search for a specific keyword.  Proper search engine optimization of your website over time will generate more potential clients and leads to your business by reaching a higher placement in the search engines when a keyword is searched. For example, since I am an interior designer in Orange County California, we had our site optimized using specific keywords like “Orange County interior designer” and incorporated these words into the content and tags of the pages on our website.  Not only did this help the search engines find our pages easier, but the pages were “optimized” so that our page lists at the top of Google for a particular “keyword”.  Here’s a video that explains a bit more about search engine optimization (SEO)…

It is important that you focus on a list of keywords that are relevant to your business and to the market you wish to attract. There is a science to this that continues to change and evolve based on the search engines algorithms and formulas. There is a lot to learn about all the different strategies used to get you listed on page one of the search engines for a specific keyword.  That is why our design firm turned to SEO for Interior Designers for some help.  After doing a bit of research, what we realized is how important it is to keep a website constantly changing and evolving with new content.   This will keep our customers coming back to our site to find fresh and new things.  We selected SEO for Interior Designers over many other companies doing SEO simply because they tailor and customize websites and SEO campaigns especially for the interior design trade and architects.  Click on their logo below to learn more about the company we can’t stop raving about.

SEO for Interior Designers

Here’s what they do:

They research relevant keywords for our design firm and create “Search Engine Optimized” pages using those keywords.  These keyword optimized pages have driven more traffic to our website and business as they are designed to rank in the top 10 spots on Google searches.

They also trained us to manage our own website.  We used to have to call our web designer to update everything.  We couldn’t add or delete a product or even a photo to our portfolio.  Because of the difficulty in making these changes, our website became stagnant and outdated.  For many years our website was simply lost in cyberspace and really only visited if we handed out a business card with our web address on it.  Now after a few training courses from SEO for Interior Designers we can blog, add and delete content and keep things new and exciting for our customers.  In just a few months you can see the amount of traffic that we have generated.  As a matter of fact our visitors have doubled every month since we began 3 months ago and leads and phone calls have followed.  From nothing 3 months ago to now 3,039 Pageviews!

Website Traffic to Orange County interior design firm

3 Month Traffic to our Website


SEO for Interior Designers offers affordable internet marketing services and web design for interior designers nationwide.  So contact them today and they’ll get your website generating leads for you!  It worked for us and it will work for you.

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As an interior designer in Orange County, California,  I have worked on several beach homes along the coast.  During this time, I’ve grown to love many of the materials and colors used in coastal interiors.  One of my favorites uses of sea life is the giant clam shell.  I’ve been collecting and clipping photos of these and today decided to share some of my findings.   I have always loved some of the applications for their use in interior decorating and last year when I started a project in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico overlooking the ocean, it only made sense to bring some of the vibrant blues and varieties of  sea life into the home.  I really wanted to incorporate one of these giant clam shells into the interior of the home.  As I began my search I found the price of these giant clams to be quite costly…up to as much as $900 for half of the shell!  I used the giant clam shell on the side of a large spa like bath tub and put sponges and towels in it.  In my search I came across several different uses for these beautiful giant clams from sink vessels to planters.  Below are some of my favorite photos that I collected during my search.  Have you used a giant clam in your interior design project?  I’d love to hear what you think and would love to see some of the different applications you’ve used!

Bathroom Coastal Design

Giant Clam Shell in Shower

This is a bathroom by Barry Dixon.  I love the neutral colors, zebra ottoman and giant clam shell in the shower.

giant clam filled with succulents

Giant Clam with Succulents

A beautiful clam planter filled with an array of succulents.  This would make a great center piece on top of a buffet or dining table.

Giant Clam Shell on Dining Room Table

Giant Clam Shell on Dining Room Table

Speaking of center pieces, this giant clam serves as a planter with greenery in this black and white dining room.

Giant Clam Outdoor Vignette

Cast Stone Giant Clam Shell Filled with Succulents

Beautiful outdoor vignette showcasing a giant clam with succulents and surrounded by an array of  stone accessories and accents.

Giant clam shell living room fireplace

Giant Clam in Front of Fireplace

(Elle Decor)
giant clam sink in powder bathroom

Giant Clam Sink in Powder Bathroom

In this powder bathroom the clam is used as a vessel sink on top of a mirrored vanity.  The backsplash is mother of pearl tile and the mirror is framed using small shells and starfish attached to the frame.

giant clam on rustic buffet

Giant Clam on Rustic Buffet

giant clam and zebra pillows

Giant Clam on Mirrored Credenza

giant clam filled with sponges

Giant Clam with Sea Sponges

Giant clam shell used as vessel sink

Giant Clam Shell Vessel Sink

 

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There are many advantages of working with a professional kitchen designer…

Designing your ultimate kitchen should be well thought out and planned. Before you begin your project, spend some time looking through interior design magazines and books to gather all of the ideas you’d like to see incorporated into your kitchen design. Once you have a clear understanding of what it is you’re trying to accomplish, look into consulting with a kitchen design specialist. They will be able to help you work through the interior design process, bring ideas to the table that you hadn’t thought of and in the long run prevent you from making costly mistakes.

Hamptons Kitchen Design

Hamptons Style Kitchen

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Christopher James Interiors (CJ-interiors)is one of the premier interior design firms in Southern California.  The firm has been helping homeowners turn their dreams for a beautifully designed home into reality since 1994.  Whether it’s new construction or a remodel, we will design your home to match your taste and lifestyle.  Our team is devoted to understanding your individual needs and ideas to ensure that your vision is realized from the design conceptualization stage to the final installation and construction of the project.

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“We love our home and could not have done it without you! You truly understood our lifestyle and taste and turned it into more than we could have imagined.”    Kris J., Villa Park, CA

Chris Givan, Owner and Head Interior Designer of Christopher James Interiors.  “Customer satisfaction is not only our priority, but what we thrive on.  I will make sure that this is accomplished in your project by maintaining a high level of communication with you through every step of the Interior Design Process.  I welcome you to visit our showroom or browse our website to to learn more about our firm and the services we offer.  Our design styles include contemporary, transitional, Cape Cod, traditional, French country, Tuscan, California Ranch, Montecito and the currently popular Tommy Bahama look.  But it’s always a style interpretation that’s unique to each homeowner.  Please visit our Portfolio to view more examples of our work and our Products section for specific items for your home.”

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