Posts Tagged ‘Orange County’
Add a little bling in your wallpaper
Wallpaper has come a long way and can be a lot of fun, especially when you want to add a little bit of bling or sparkle to your walls. Today I set out to look for wallpaper at Design Center Associates in Santa Ana. They have a great selection to choose from so searching for the right one was fairly easy. The design look for our client is calling for something contemporary and modern, with just a touch of sparkle or in our case we were hoping for a metallic or chrome element
Your source for modern upholstered furniture in Orange County
If you are looking for modern furniture in Orange County you have stumbled upon the right place. Christopher James Interiors has a large selection of modern upholstered furniture that can be customized using your own fabric or selected from our vast collection of fabric options. We can resize items for you so they fit perfectly in your space. We’ll even come to your home to consult with you and guide you step by step of the way to ensure proper scale and size of your furniture. You’ll also be able to view fabrics in your current surroundings to make sure what you are ordering is exactly what you want. We offer upholstered headboards, beds, sofas & couches, sectionals, dining chairs, occasional chairs, lounge chairs, benches, ottomans and barstools. Here’s some of our favorite items….
Modern Upholstered Beds and Headboards
The Davide Bed has a modern tufted headboard surrounded by a wood frame. The chrome legs give it another modern touch.
The Hunter Bed has a modern design and is available with storage drawers in the bed platform. The photo shows the bed in a striped fabric bordered with leather and accented with nailheads.
Modern Upholstered Coffee Table Ottomans and Benches
The Eastwood coffee table ottoman has a very modern look with a beautiful detail on the top. Put your feet on it to kick back or place a tray on top to set drinks on.
Modern Upholstered Occasional Chairs
The Kinetic Chair has a very modern design with chunky wood arms and legs. We love the contemporary and modern lines of this chair. Upholster in leather or fabric and choose from several wood finish options.
Let us know what you think of some of our new designs.
To view more of our large selection of modern upholstered furniture you can visit the products section of our website.
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.
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!
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.
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!
This is a bathroom by Barry Dixon. I love the neutral colors, zebra ottoman and giant clam shell in the shower.
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.
Speaking of center pieces, this giant clam serves as a planter with greenery in this black and white dining room.
Beautiful outdoor vignette showcasing a giant clam with succulents and surrounded by an array of stone accessories and accents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nature is brought into this vignette with butterfly artwork and a zebra ottoman
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.
Love the scale of this armoire with the detailed front doors and the large wooden spheres.
Another beautiful example of one of the many displays…love all the neutral colors, finishes and the large giant clam.
An iron shelving unit shows off more sea inspired accessories.
A colorful bedroom design using blue and green bed linens and pillows.
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.All photos via Bliss Home
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.
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.
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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.
- Interior Design/Decorating (all rooms)
- Exterior Design
- Remodel Design
- Home Staging to help sell your home
- Custom Furniture Services (placement and selection)
- Custom window treatments/drapery
- Commercial Design
- Space planning (perfect for small business)
- Hospitality Design (hotel and restaurants)
- Paint Services (selection of colors, faux finishes, murals, venetian plasters)
- Flooring – wood and tile (selection and installation)
- Electrical/Lighting Services
- Art/Floral Arrangements (selection and placement)
- Wall units/Cabinetry/Built-ins
Take advantage of our complimentary ($100 value) and see how easy it can be to turn your design dreams into reality.
A taste of our work:
BEFORE AND AFTER:
“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.”
Thanks for stopping by and we hope to be working with you very soon!
Additional services we offer: Interior design, interior decorating, new construction or remodels, room design, furniture selection and placement, custom furniture, wall units, built-ins, accessory and art selection and placement, floral arrangements, silk plants and florals, custom bedspreads, children’s rooms, home staging, kitchen design, offices, libraries, conference rooms, paint selection and color consulting, painting, faux painting, murals, wall paper, floor coverings, tile, marble, travertine, wood floors, carpet, custom area rugs, lighting, window coverings, window treatments, shades, blinds, shutters, custom draperies and valances, verticals, kitchen remodels, bath remodels, granite selection, stone and ceramic tile, exterior design, environmental design, landscape design, retail, restaurant design, commercial design and small business design, Venetian plaster, Venetian plasters, home staging to sell home, drapery, interior decoration