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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

Ronald Redding Wallpaper

Ronald Redding Wallpaper

Wallpaper Companies to Consider

After flipping through several books from many popular designers and companies, I narrowed it down to about five books. There was some wallpaper with geometric motifs, textured looks, and groovy designs. I opted for a simple but interesting design. I came across a line from Ronald Redding Wallpaper and there on the first page was what I was looking for. It’s a textured single color wallpaper, beautifully encrusted with small pieces of mica that has a beautiful reflective and rich quality to it. Even though it is a single color it appears as though it has many colors in it because of the depth that the mica creates. It comes in four different colors…Copper, Silver, Charcoal and Beige. We will most likely order the copper or the beige.

Wallpaper by Barbara Becker

Barbara Becker Wallpaper

There are others we can select from in case we don’t decide on the Terra Mica samples. DCA (Design Center Associates) allows us to check out their books which makes it much easier to coordinate all of our fabrics and materials.

Wallpaper with Mica

Terra Mica Wallpaper

So whether your design is conservative or wild, modern or traditional, keep in mind that a little bit of twinkle or sparkle can go a long way when putting your look together. Think of it as the icing on your cake. Check out Design Center Associates website for wall coverings, furniture, fabrics and accessories in Orange County, CA.

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Add wallpaper with some bling to your interiors

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Interior Design Project in Orange Hills, Orange County, CA

I’ve recently started a new interior design project in a beautiful gated community of Orange Hills in Orange County, California. My client has asked that I begin the design for the family room, dining nook and kitchen so that they can move in as soon as possible. I’ll continue designing the rest of this 7,000 square foot home once the main areas are designed. I wanted to share the interior design project and some before photos, conceptual design ideas and the floor plan to journal my progress from beginning to end. The family room is approximately 18′ x 29′ and the ceilings are 14′ high. Decorating a large room can be a bit challenging and I need to make sure the scale of the furniture is not over powered by the oversized space.

The Design Concept

Transitional Interior Design - Family Room Mood Board

Family Room Mood Board

I’ve decided to go with an elegant and sophisticated design. The furnishings are transitional in style with very clean lines. The furniture pieces have an arched leg and the fabrics, rug and accessories have a circular theme. My clients taste is very neutral…tone on tone. So I’m keeping things neutral on the walls and introducing a pale blue to bring in some color. The finishes on the furniture will be a medium brown and very clean with no distressing.

The Canvas of the Interior Design Project

Window Wall

Side Window Wall


Family Room – Bar Area

Family Room Fireplace Wall

Family Room – Fireplace Wall

The walls are a ginger yellow and the floors are a polished cream marble. I would like to add a grass wallcovering in the recessed squares on the ceiling and also on the fireplace wall. I think this will help this large room with contrast, texture and giving it a more intimate and cozy feel. The window treatments on the far wall are going to be tricky because of the size. I’m thinking a very large motorized woven shade flanked by non-functioning drapery panels and a soft, box pleated valance in the same fabric as the side panels…a striped silk. The blue rug will set the furniture off of the light colored marble floors and bring some color and softness to the space.

The Floor Plan

Family Room Floor Plan

Family Room – Floor Plan

The Furniture Details and Budget

Sofas – Custom – $6,628 each – 33 yds fabric required for both

Sofa Fabric – Stroheim & Romann – $160/yd

Chair – Custom – $3,906 – 9 yds fabric needed

Chair Fabric – Beacon Hill – $168/yd

Coffee Table – Fremarc Design – $4,037

36″ Lamp Table – Fremarc Design – $3,987.50

Benches – Baker Furniture – $2,535 each

Lamp – Arteriors Home – $540

Barstools – Century Furniture – $2,490 each (w/ leather)

Rug – Surya (Custom 12′ x 15′) – $5,040

Window Treatments – $9,670

Total Family Room Cost – $62,258.50

I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this interior design project. I’m estimating 6-8 weeks to completion since most of the furniture is customized with sizes, fabrics and finishes. What do you think of the interior design concept? Do you have any special tips for decorating large rooms? What interior design projects are you working on? I’d love to hear from you!

Interior Design Project in Orange Hills, Orange County, CA
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