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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.


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 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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There’s nothing like the combination of turquoise and orange to make a room come alive.  Although not a color combination you see every day in the interior design world, if you want that pop of color, this just may be the color scheme for you.  These two colors tend to take me to the beach.  They also remind me of a Caribbean trip I took a few years back to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico with the vibrant exteriors of the homes there.  So whatever it is, I’m drawn to it and when I find my perfect dream beach bungalow (pictured below…I wish!)…these two colors are going to get a room all to their own.

Turquoise and Orange on the Beach

Beach Cottage
My Dream Beach Bungalow

What a life!  Can you imagine waking up here and having your morning coffee!?  Here are a few beach inspired interiors using turquoise and orange

Orange Turquoise Beach Living Room Design

I love the pale blue walls in this room with the black and white artwork.  These two colors work great as just an accent against the bright white wainscoting and sofa.  Gives it such a crisp and clean look.

Orange turquoise color palette
Colors Pulled from the Sea

This is a color palette from  This is a great website to come up with some beautiful color palettes.  This butterfly fish has all the colors in it to inspire and create a colorful beachfront retreat.


This is so beautiful!  I’m liking the color of these walls too…with the embroidered sea fan on a piece of burlap in a shadow box as artwork.  The driftwood gives it a natural and organic feel.

Orange-Turquoise-Color-Palette with sea shells

Another color palette inspired by a grouping of seashells.


This vignette has such an eclectic feel with the combination of unique pieces. The orange elephant legged console table stands out beautifully in front of the aqua blue and white striped walls. The seashell lamps give just a touch of a coastal feel.

Orange-Turquoise-Console-Table-Interior Design

A modern take on coastal interior design with the streamlined white lacquered console table and frames showcasing sea fans.  Walls in a dark brown faux linen finish makes these lighter pieces really stand out.

Orange-Turquoise-Console-Interior-Color-PaletteThis is a great new feature that I found from Sherwin-Williams paint company.  Go to and drag the “chip it” button to your toolbar.  Now you can turn any picture, on any website, into a palette pulled from over 1,500 paint colors.  Pretty cool huh!?  So I took the picture used above and clicked the “chip it” button and voila, you’ve got your paint colors.  How about “Obstinate Orange”?  1. (adj.) obstinate firmly or stubbornly adhering to a purpose, opinion, or course of action.  I guess this orange is on a mission!  Orange ya glad I pointed this out!?  Okay focus again…

Asian Fusion Interiors using Turquoise and Orange


This bedroom design uses the color combination in a bold and vibrant way.  Compared to some of the other interiors that go on the lighter more subdued end of the spectrum.  I like both, and this room has a zen-like Asian flare with the use of the figurines and the pagoda style lamp base.


Here’s an Asian inspired living room design, but this palette is  much softer and serene looking.  The Chinoiserie throw pillows are set atop a classic french style sofa covered in a casual burlap style fabric.  The gold bamboo coffee table adds another element to the interior design.

Bedroom Interiors using Turquoise and Orange


This bedroom design uses the blue on the walls and accents with orange pillows and drapery.  Just enough without overdoing it.


This bedroom has a lot going on but I love the dark brown walls and the striped ceiling.  It has a tropical feel  with the palm linen print headboard and drapery, white caned bench at the end of the bed and the zebra rug.


A complete contrast to the previous bedroom design, this bedroom sets off the colors using the bright white walls and floors.  Very clean, crisp and fresh!




This vignette brings the ocean inside with the use of shells on the table.  The zebra ottoman introduces an African flare.  Kind of a juxtaposition of styles but it works.  Where’s the turquoise you ask…I know…so we’ll just say there’s a drop of blue in the wall color!  ;)


I absolutely love the color of this door! This is the type of vibrant color you see in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Again, I used the “Chip It” button to create the palette for this photo.
Another vibrant combination of these colors. Most of the rooms using this color palette do the turquoise on the wall but if you want to get bold try reversing it. This room looks like it wood be on the other side of the door above.
What a great painting to backdrop this white sofa. This is inspiring me to get out my canvases and paint! Just in case you’re not inspired yet, here are a few mood boards to get you going…

Turquoise and Orange Inspiration



Love the drapery in this room with the coral border design. Pillows with a great pattern and some gerber daisies to complete the look.

Turquoise and Orange Fabrics

Orange-Turquoise-Chair-Pillow-InteriorThese fabrics are from the Indoor/Outdoor Taza Collection…a lot of great designs for your outdoor furniture.


So with all of this turquoise and orange inspiration, I know I’m ready to start a project using this color palette. Have you used these two colors in one of your projects? I’d love to see what you’ve done using these two beautiful colors.

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Image Sources: Pinterest, Houzz, House of Turquoise, Morgan Harrison Home, Lonny, EJ Interiors, Emily Followill, House Beautiful, Design Seeds, Elle Decor
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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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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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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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