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How to Decorate with Mirrors

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The first week of August, I went to Las Vegas Market. What is Las Vegas Market? It’s basically a big shopping mall. But, it’s one you can only visit with your interior designer. You can’t go unless you’re with me! I found quite a few new design ideas, but one that I saw that really stood out to me. It had to do with mirrors. So I thought I’d share with you some new ideas about how to decorate with mirrors.

I saw a lot of mirrors. I saw big mirrors, small mirrors, in between mirrors. That’s one of my favorite things to use in a design.My favorite thing about mirrors is basically the frame. I like the big chunky frames. In fact, my favorite mirror is the sun burst mirror. It’s one that never truly goes out of style. It’s a classic.

What stood out to me about the mirrors were walls of mirrors. And I’m not talking about the 1970’s big old wall of mirrors with the veining and the smoky glass. I’m talking about multiples of the same mirror. You know, not one or two, or three, or four, I’m talking about 12, 15, 20. Big wall of mirrors that go all the way up to the ceiling making a big statement. And, it’s not a collection of different types of mirrors. What what I saw were the same mirror or similar mirrors used as a group instead of one large mirror.

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But, what’s so great about a wall of mirrors and why am I telling you how to decorate with mirrors? People still talk about painting an accent wall and my thing is, “Okay the 1990’s called and they want their accent wall back.” A much more up to date version of the accent wall would be to use wallpaper, but if you don’t want to do that use mirrors.

Buy nine or twelve smaller mirrors and group them up the wall above a console table. You can do that in your entry way, or you can put it in your dining room. If you don’t have a china cabinet, you can do a sideboard which is basically the bottom half of the china cabinet. Then do the same thing, have your mirrors going up the wall from there with a couple of buffet lamps on either side. That would be very pretty You could also use them at the end of a long hallway that doesn’t get a lot of light because mirrors bounce the natural light and the hallway wouldn’t be so long and dark. I talk more about how to increase natural light in your home HERE.

 

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In feng shui, mirrors are used two different ways. One, they’re used to move energy. Putting a mirror perpendicular to window to bounce the light out into the room and to move the energy that comes in from outside. And the other way is as a double. Anything that you see in the mirror obviously is going to be doubled. In feng shui, they like to use mirrors in the dining room to reflect the table and that symbolizes wealth and good fortune. When you have the food on the table and you double it, that’s a symbolic way of saying you have more.

I’m not really superstitious, but in feng shui the wall of mirrors that I’ve been talking about is actually a no-no. The reason is because you’re supposed to use the big wall of mirrors or one large mirror that doesn’t cut off your reflection. But since I’m not superstitious, I say go for it because I really like the way it looks. I did a smaller version of this in one of my clients homes on a curved wall in their kitchen. As you can see in the picture, I mixed small mirrors with three-dimensional pieces to turn their wall into a statement. I originally wanted to fill the entire wall top to bottom with the same small mirror, but since they have a toddler, I figured that would not be a good idea. So, I found a compromise.

 

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Before you make any changes in your home, always consider who lives there and how you actually use your space. This is where someone like me, an interior designer or decorator can help you. We ask lots of questions that you may not have thought about so that we can give you a design plan and ideas that will fit you. If you’re ready to get started on your next interior design project or need help with how to decorate with mirrors in your home, CLICK HERE.

 

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How to Increase Natural Light in your Home

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Let’s talk about how to increase natural light in your home. Why you need it, how to control it, the good and the bad, and in feng shui the Yin and the Yang.

 

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I personally think that there should always be natural light in your home. Why? It’s much better during the day.

  1. We all need our vitamin D
  2. you don’t have to turn on your lamps in the middle of the day, and
  3. it saves on electricity, especially in the summer when it’s so hot.

Here in the South we have plenty of natural light. Plenty! We get way too much of it sometimes. But if you live in a place where you don’t get a lot of natural light, how does that make you feel? You hear about SAD, that darker rooms give you low energy and make you feel tired. It causes your rooms to feel stagnant because there’s no energy moving around to liven things up a little.

In feng shui too little light is Yin. If there’s too little light it’s depressing to your spirit. By that I mean if you spend too much time in the dark rooms, or if you work in an office with no natural light at all, it gets depressing. If that’s the case you need to get up move around and go find a window just stand in front of it for a little while or go outside.

If you have a room that has too little light, the first thing you can do is to stop and please, please listen to me. Very carefully! Stop putting aluminum foil on your windows! Okay? Just don’t do it! Back away from the aluminum foil! Why? It’s cheap. I know. It’s cheap. It’s ugly. It looks really, really tacky when you’re driving by and you see all the windows covered with foil and in the middle of the day it blinds your neighbors! All that sun bouncing off that aluminum foil. Yes it’s darkening your room, but now you live in a cave.

What you can do instead is use curtains instead of drapes. The difference? Curtains are not lined so the light filters through the fabric and drapes are lined so they block more of the light.

The third thing you can do is, if you have the telescoping curtain rods, you can lengthen them to pull the curtains back. This leaves a wider window opening so that more light comes in and it’s not blocked by the curtains or drapes. Pull them back so that it only covers an inch or two of the window opening.

The fourth thing you can do is to use mirrors in your room. In feng shui, they tell you not to put mirrors on the wall opposite the window because a window opening represents a way for energy to get into your room. If you put the mirror opposite the window it’s going to bounce the energy right back out. But if you put a mirror perpendicular to the window it’s going to bounce light out into the room. And that’s a good way to bring more natural light into your space.

The opposite, too much sun, can give you headaches, cause you to have a bad temper from too much energy moving around your room, plus in the summer it’s really, really hot. In feng shui, too much sun is Yang. It fades fabrics, furniture, wood, and your paint.

Instead of aluminum foil, use drapes for the lining to cover a little bit more of your window. If you already have curtains and you don’t want to replace them or line them, add shades behind them in the window that you can pull down to control the light during the day. Do the same thing if you have drapes.

 

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One more thing you can do is change the screens on your windows with darker screens that will block out the UV rays and keep your fabrics and your furniture from fading from the sun light. It can damage upholstery, curtains, drapes, and you want to protect your investment.

It’s basically all about balance.

If you need help to increase natural light or decrease natural light in your home, I can help. One of the services I provide is custom window treatment design, fabrication, and installation. I have a great team and we can create something that will change the whole feeling of your home.

To get started today, CLICK HERE.

 

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How to Hang a Gallery Wall

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Last time, I showed you some 2D and 3D pictures of a move-in decorating e-design project that I recently finished for my friend/client in Oklahoma (here). I actually got to travel there and help with the move-in decorating. It was fun (and lots of work) getting them settled into their new home and making it feel like home. It was also fun to catch up with my friend. This post is all about how to hang a gallery wall.

One of the projects she wanted was a family picture gallery wall in the main hallway between the entry and laundry room. Here’s a before picture of the lovely brand new, blank wall I had to work with:

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Does this sight fill you with dread thinking about putting holes in the wall? Or making a mistake and having to move the picture hanger and creating more holes? Read on for my solution to that!

Before I started, I gathered some of the framed photos she had packed, and asked her if she had any items that weren’t photos to add for interest. Not that she and her family aren’t interesting, because they’re great, but to break up the wall of photos and add other things that have meaning to her. Once I had everything together, I spread it out on the floor out-of-the-way to make it easier to plan where everything would go. This way, you end up with a balanced grouping and it doesn’t look random.

 

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The other thing I do, is to keep my measuring tape handy. The first thing I put on the wall was the centerpiece. I measured to find the center of the wall itself and then decided how high I wanted the first frame to hang. I like the middle of the picture or item to be at eye level. My eye level, or around 60″ from the floor. Higher than that is too high unless you have a tall piece of furniture underneath.

Then I set to work hanging everything else. In this case, I left a 2” space between each frame and item on the wall. Not too close and not too far apart so that each relates to the next, fills the space, and leaves room for when she wants to add to the collection later.

Here’s the result:

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Did I make it easy for you plan how to hang a gallery wall in your own home? let me know in the comments.

 

Are you ready to move in to your new home? My name is Christina Rodriguez and I can help you turn your wants and needs into a home that fits you perfectly. Call me today, or send an email here to set up a time where we can talk about your project. Or, go here to take it one step further with a Design Work Session where I get to know you and we begin the changes in your home that you have been dreaming about.

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A Move In Decorating Plan Done For You

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Moving to a new home is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. You get to start fresh in a new space and maybe even a new town. Scary and fun at the same time. Then on top of it you have to pack, move it all, and unpack. You know, the “fun” part. Right?

I have something that can ease a little bit of that stress and give you one less thing to worry about during this time. I call it Move-in Decorating. I know, not very original, but oh well.

It’s your furniture and move-in decorating plan put together by me. Now you can move on to the rest of your to-do list. When you move in to your new home you can whip out that plan, follow it, and not have to worry about whether everything will fit. I’ve already done that part for you.

 

Move-in Decorating Project Floor Plan

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The image above is from a client who called and said that she had bought a new home and needed my help with a move-in decorating plan. She had moved many times over the years and this was to finally be her “grown-up” home. She wanted help with placing the new furniture that would arrive on move-in day and what accessories she should get to go with the new look. Plus, how to blend in the décor items she already had.

For every project, I start with a Design Questionnaire. This helps you (the client) figure out your likes and dislikes from color, fabrics, and art to design style. It also gives me an idea of how you intend to use each room in your home.

Besides the questionnaire, one thing I always ask in a Design Work Session is for you (the client) to describe the picture you have in your mind of the finished room and how you want it to feel when you walk in the door. This one question tells me A LOT!

 

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Using the measurements given to me, I then drew up a conceptual design plan for her space focusing on the great room. That is the first room you see when you walk in the front door and she wanted help creating her “grown up” space. I gave her a floor plan using the pieces she said were going to be in the room, plus a few that I added as an example of what could be done.

 

Move-in Decorating Project Floor Plan in 3D

 

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The image above is a bird’s eye view in 3D of the great room that I created from the floor plan, paint colors, and finishes I was given with the furniture and placement suggestions. Not all of the pieces pictured are in the final design. That’s okay. The conceptual design that I drew up is for reference only.

When you purchase an e-design, you get a list of furniture and accessories suggestions with online links from me that you can purchase or change to your heart’s content.In a full room design, when I do the purchasing, the end result looks almost exactly like the 3D renderings. Or if you decide to purchase what’s on the list, you get the exact look pictured. It’s up to you.

Below are the rest of the images I sent to my client for her to use as reference when she put her brand new living room together. She absolutely loved it!

Tell me what you think in the comments below…

 

Move-in Decorating Project Camera Views

 

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Are you ready to move in to your new home? My name is Christina Rodriguez and I can help you turn your wants and needs into a home that fits you perfectly. Call me today, or send an email here to set up a time where we can talk about your project. Or, go here to take it one step further with a Design Work Session where I get to know you and we begin the changes in your home that you have been dreaming about.

 

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The Importance of Home

Have you ever wondered why interior design is such a big business and what the importance of interior design could possibly be? Isn’t it just making a house pretty inside? I don’t think so. Interior design is a process. An interior designer or decorator is the guide that helps you through the process to link your home and your heart. Your choices during this process – from the barest idea of a plan, to the furniture, and down to the simplest accessory – will determine how your home feels, looks, functions, and connects with YOU. The process takes you from living in a house to sanctuary – your home.

 

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It isn’t enough to say, “I want my house to look pretty.” There is much more to it than that. Beauty is only the outcome and the surface result. A home that relates to the people who live there is soothing, supportive, energizing, and a positive grounding to the rest of your life. So, how do you do this? Where do you begin implementing the importance of interior design in your home?

Start with what you want. How do you want to live? What do you love? Leave out what you don’t want and focus on the positive aspects. Did you know that you can create a more positive life for yourself if your thoughts are positive? That’s something you can start right now.

 

 

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When a negative thought occurs, turn it around and speak the positive version. Do it often enough and it becomes ingrained in your being. Hold on to the positive feelings that come with thinking about what you want. Then you become the magnet that attracts the best of what’s possible in your life. This is powerful stuff. Is it easy? No. I have struggled all my life with negativity too. But then I stop (because no one can do it for you) and make myself re-state that negative thought into a positive statement. And that is when transformation occurs and change is welcome in your life and home.

So, what does this have to do with your home? In the past, have you followed the trends when decorating your home only to find that it doesn’t really fit the way you live? Are you looking for others to approve of the design choices you’ve made? I say don’t do that! The design of your home must come from your own heart. From your happy memories, your future dreams, from your own needs, and especially from your own desires.

Your home is the perfect place in which to express who you are, what you love, and who you aspire to be.

 

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Don’t look to the trends to help you figure out what sofa to buy or even where to place it in a room. Trends have their place, but they aren’t always right for you. Don’t even spend money on furniture until you know what is best for you. Author G.K. Chesterton wrote that “home” is the one place in your life where you can experience your most authentic self without someone else telling you who you should be. If you are having trouble figuring that out, then you call me! As an interior designer, I can guide you to the best solution, colors, space plan, and even accessories that will fit you.

 

Are you ready for the transformation that comes when you tap into who you are and what you love and then apply that revelation to your home? My name is Christina Rodriguez and now that you understand the importance of interior design, I can help you turn your wants and needs into a home that fits you perfectly. Call me today, or send an email here to set up a time where we can talk about your project. Or, go here to take it one step further with a Design Work Session where I get to know you and we begin the changes in your home that you have been dreaming about.

 

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How to Feng Shui Your Master Bedroom

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Have you ever wondered how to feng shui your master bedroom? Or, more specifically, how and where to place feng shui “cures”? That’s what this post is all about. I’ve stated before that you don’t have to believe in feng shui for the fixes to work. I personally don’t believe that a little piece of crystal or a bowl, vase, or even a candle will change my life or finances. But there is energy in intention.

By that I mean, where you focus your energy and time will bring about change in that area. These feng shui cures, or fixes are simply symbols of what you intend to happen in your life. To me, feng shui is interesting and a different way of looking at interior design and decoration. Plus, you may have noticed that most of my pictures have crystals, or rocks in them. That’s because I love to collect them. So do my mom and all three of my children. It’s genetic. 😉

Feng Shui is based on the premise that there are eight different kinds of luck to which people aspire in life. Career, wealth, health, fame, children, romance, knowledge, and friends are the eight. In the master bedroom, there are three life aspiration areas that can be activated. These are 1) Children & Projects, 2) Love & Romance, and 3) Wealth & Prosperity. Before you place any of the fixes, or cures, listed, always make sure that these areas are clean and clear of clutter.

 

Feng Shui Your Master Bedroom for Children or New Projects

 

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This Life aspiration area is in the West sector of your bedroom. The element associated here is Metal. Use a compass to find the right spot. Energizing this corner helps with conception if you are wanting children. You can also bring positive energy to projects that you are working on. You only need one of the symbols listed below to add luck to your endeavors.

  • Place an elephant or pomegranate figure made of metal here
  • A metal bowl
  • A happy picture of your children in a metal frame
  • Photo of your dream home or new business in a metal frame
  • A picture of flowering bulbs for new opportunity
  • A smiling picture of you and your spouse in a metal frame with a picture of a baby tucked in behind it
  • Your vision board

Feng Shui Your Master Bedroom for Love

 

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Here in the Southwest part of your room, boosting the Earth energy helps bring new love into your life or energizes an existing relationship. Place one of these symbols to boost the love energy in your life.

  • A bright lamp that is always lit
  • A rose quartz crystal
  • A pair of red, or pink candles
  • The Chinese double happiness symbol
  • A pair of rose quartz hearts

 

Feng Shui Your Master Bedroom for Wealth

 

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This area is linked to your future abundance. The element here is Wood. It isn’t only about money, but also to what is important to you in your life. Placing one of the symbols listed below will bring positive energy.

  • Symbols of wealth
  • A combination of a rose quartz, a citrine, and aventurine crystals is a potent boost to wealth energy
  • Place a stack of wooden boxes
  • A wood statue
  • Small wood or blue ceramic bowl full of coins
  • A treasured object that has special meaning to you

Like flowers, each type of crystal has a specific symbolic meaning: rose quartz for self-worth and self-love, citrine for creating wealth, and aventurine is the prosperity stone.

I’m Christina Rodriguez of Diva by Design in Harlingen, Texas and I am in the business of transforming interiors to help improve your physical, spiritual, and mental well-being, encourage positive relationships, and stimulate the growth of wealth in your business and at home. You can read more about Diva by Design here.   I’m just like my About page! I promise! 😉 If you would like a personalized feng shui color palette for your home, or you are interested in working with me on your next interior design project CLICK HERE to see how. You can also go HERE to let me know that you want a FREE 30 minute phone consultation.

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The Best Feng Shui Color Schemes for Your Master Bedroom

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Are you struggling to find the right paint colors for your home? I’ve gathered together the best feng shui color schemes for your master bedroom and put them all here for you. Choosing color is very personal especially when it comes to the room you sleep in. Your bedroom is where you start and end each day and the colors you choose make a difference in how you face the day or fall asleep at night.

There are many ways to choose a color palette. You can base it on your favorite color, the color you wear the most, a piece of art, or even an area rug or fabric you love. If you aren’t particular about what color you want, you can try going by the feel, or mood that you want in your bedroom.  I also have more posts on using color in your home here, here, here, and here.

Do you want a cheerful space? Or maybe you want calm and restful. Each color has a meaning and a feeling that it conveys. The colors you choose will have an effect on how you feel in the room.

Feng Shui Color Schemes

Restful, Calm, or Tranquil

To achieve a feeling of peacefulness in your master bedroom, you can choose a color palette using any of these colors: blue, black, teal, aqua, or dark gray.  These colors are water colors and will boost the feeling of calm in your space if your room is in the North. Add white or metal element colors in your accessories, or trim to “feed” the water energy.

 

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Balance & Rhythm

Earth tones are perfect colors for a feeling that is grounded or balanced. From pale yellow, to tans, all the way to a chocolate brown these colors ground a space. The compass direction where an Earth room lies is in the NE or the SW. If you want to give this mood an even bigger boost, try using red as an accent color.

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Refresh & Energize

To introduce a feeling of new possibilities or a refreshing mood, try a color palette based on green. And even better? Accent the green with blue to grow the wood energy that green symbolizes. The compass directions of a Wood room are E and SE.

 

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Glowing, or Sun Energy

If you want a feeling of happiness first thing in the morning use yellow (another fire color for the S facing room):

 

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Excitement & Invigorated

Red or purple are invigorating colors and also cause your mood to become elevated or excited. Since red is a fire color, green will enhance or boost the energy level in fire feng shui color schemes:

 

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Creativity & Positive Energy

Softer than red, try using tones of pink, peach, or orange in your master bedroom to boost your creative side each day:

 

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Romance

If you want to focus your mood to one of love, a color palette of white, mauve, and gold is a good choice in the SW:

 

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Active & Playful

Metallic feng shui color schemes are the way to bring in a more uplifting feeling in your NW sector master bedroom:

 

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I’m Christina Rodriguez of Diva by Design in Harlingen, Texas and I am in the business of transforming interiors to help improve your physical, spiritual, and mental well-being, encourage positive relationships, and stimulate the growth of wealth in your business and at home. You can read more about Diva by Design here.   I’m just like my About page! I promise! 😉 If you would like a personalized feng shui color palette for your home, or you are interested in working with me on your next interior design project CLICK HERE to see how. You can also go HERE to let me know that you want a FREE 30 minute phone consultation.

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What You Need to Know About Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

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Choosing exterior paint colors for your home can be as daunting as choosing paint colors for the inside. There are no less colors to choose for the exterior than the interior and the brochures they give you at the paint store have ridiculously small squares of color. The swatches they provide aren’t much better because they aren’t much bigger.

 

UNDERTONES IN EXTERIOR PAINT COLORS

 

Recently, I received a call from a homeowner needing help choosing the exterior paint colors for their home. They had already chosen colors and the painter was in the process of painting when they realized that the colors weren’t working. Those tiny squares of color hadn’t given a true representation of the actual hue it would turn out to be on a larger scale. The problem? Different undertones. A blue gray, a yellow, and a purple-black. The swatches below are representations only to give you an idea of why the combination didn’t work.

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It isn’t that you can’t find a combination of those colors that will work, it’s that the undertones were fighting with each other. With the brown roof shingles, it wasn’t coming together the way they had hoped. This is why I totally understand people getting so frustrated trying to choose exterior paint colors with those tiny chips. It’s why color undertones are so important. And also why one of my interior design services is my Captivated by Color paint consultations.

 

GOALS IN CHOOSING EXTERIOR PAINT COLORS

 

When I got the call, I asked a few questions to make sure that I understood what my client was looking for. Questions such as, the style of the house. Their goals for the colors they would ultimately choose. By goals, I mean how they wanted the house to look, or ‘feel’. I also asked what their color preferences were.

The answers to these questions gave me an idea of the direction to take when choosing colors. The house itself is a one story 1970’s ranch home with brick and wood siding. They wanted the house to blend with the surroundings, but also have a ‘wow’ factor. Their color preferences included earth tones and green with a front door color that would stand out.

I always include colors that they might not have thought of as well, such as the purple front door color or the aqua. These colors can really give a “wow” factor to your home. The colors I chose are also on the neutral side instead of the crayon color side so that they don’t give an “Ow! My eyes!” kind of wow factor. 😉

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CHOICES FOR EXTERIOR PAINT COLORS

 

Before meeting up for the consultation, I pulled a few reference color palettes to show them based on their preferences. We went through these samples so that I could get their thoughts on colors they wanted to see. They both agreed on one of the colors I had chosen for the front door and so I pulled that swatch as a reference. Since the roofing will not be changed any time soon, and the undertone was not blue, purple, or yellow that is where I began. Taking the undertones of the roofing (brown) and the stone that they had in their landscaping into account, we agreed on a new color scheme that made both of them happy.

This is the resulting color palette:

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At the end of a paint consultation, I leave my clients with a written record of what we discussed. This includes hand-drawn elevations of the house (or interior walls) with notations on where each color will be painted. The color swatches I use come with a perforation so that I can keep a record of what was chosen and my client can have the larger swatch as a reference when buying paint or to give to their painter. I don’t tell what paint colors we decided on because they are custom to the client, chosen on site with existing permanent fixtures, and these same colors may not work with what you have at your home.

 

I’m Christina Rodriguez of Diva by Design in Harlingen, Texas and I am in the business of transforming interiors to help improve your physical, spiritual, and mental well-being, encourage positive relationships, and stimulate the growth of wealth in your business and at home. You can read more about Diva by Design here.   I’m just like my About page! I promise! 😉 If you’re interested in working with me on your next interior design project CLICK HERE to see how. You can also go HERE to let me know that you want a FREE 30 minute phone consultation.

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Give Yourself a No-Cost Home Makeover

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Today’s post is about giving yourself the gift of a no-cost home makeover. If you’ve been watching my Facebook live videos this week, you know I’ve been talking a lot about goals. Setting goals, planning out the steps to get there, and actually taking the steps to move toward those goals and ultimately being successful in reaching them.

Your home is where you start and end each day. To make your life easier and less stressful, design and set up your home to support your goals in life. It makes getting ready to face each day easier when the things you need are at hand instead of having to search for them.

So, what is the first step in that no-cost home makeover that will transform your home into a stress-free zone? It’s clearing clutter. Not only is this easy, all it costs you is time. You don’t need money to pick up something that is broken, unwanted, or disliked and remove it from your personal space.

Why is this important? Because clutter slows down the flow of Chi, or energy that moves in and around your home. Clutter creates stagnation and can disrupt your plans for your life and keep you from attaining your goals.

If you don’t clear it out regularly, the mess can can bring you down and make you feel lethargic. The act of clearing it out is physical, but is also symbolic of clearing your mind of confusion. Also, doing this can save you money because you won’t have to rent storage space outside your home to keep it in. The good thing about taking this step is that you can break it down into small areas of your home and only spend a few minutes to a couple of hours working through the worst areas.

 

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No-Cost Home Makeover Step #1 – Identify Clutter

Identify what clutter is in your home. I don’t necessarily mean trash, piles of newspaper and magazines. Those can be clutter but it can also be things that are still in good condition but you don’t like them anymore. Look for these types of things and be ruthless when deciding to let go of them:

  • Junk
  • broken things
  • things you don’t use
  • things you no longer need
  • things that have a negative impact on your emotions

 

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No-Cost Home Makeover Step #2 – Find Clutter Hot Spots

There has been so much negativity going on around us lately that it is time to let the flow of Chi, or energy, in your home become positive so that your life can move forward and you can actively progress towards your goals. Clutter tends to gather on flat surfaces and in other areas of your home. Check these places on a regular basis.Not only will it become easier to keep up with clearing out your home, but you will be able to see what you have and whether it reflects your personality or not.

In Feng Shui, the entrance is considered to be the mouth of the home. Don’t gag it! 😉 Periodically move shoes, sports gear, bags, boxes, and other stuff back to where they belong. Letting these things pile up in the pathways of your home blocks positive energy and keeps new opportunities from entering. Hallways, stairs, and both sides of your doorways all need to be clear. Blocking these areas inhibits your forward progress in life.

 

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No-Cost Home Makeover Step #3 – Remove Clutter Overload

Attics and basements commonly become dumping grounds for unused stuff. When you fill those spaces with things you don’t use or want, the stagnation seeps down from the attic or up from the basement into your daily living space. Out of sight, out of mind means that the clutter in these places make you feel as though you are always weighed down with problems.

There’s nothing wrong with storing mementoes from your past. But keep only the ones that have the most value to you or your favorites. Piles of unwanted things are believed to represent problems from your past. Let go of them so that they don’t cause you to lose direction and focus.

 

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No-Cost Home Makeover Step #4 – Search Out Hidden Clutter

Clutter is that demon from the movie “Insidious”. And insidious is a good way to think of it. Once one pile appears in your home, others follow. You get used to seeing it and you forget it’s there. Move things around, open cabinet doors, look under tables, and in corners where it isn’t as noticeable. Do you have space under the stairs? Clear it out. What about under the bed? Get those shoes, socks, dropped store receipts, and dust bunnies out of there! That stuff is cramping your love life.

Don’t forget to look behind your sofa. I know it’s scary back there, especially if you have kids. Do it anyway. Check behind doors. That four inches of space there can fill up quick with things you forgot you had. Another positive result of clearing out these spaces? That weird musty smell will go away.

Leaving your home packed full of old things will keep you tied to the past. This is the time to open yourself up to new people, possibilities, and opportunities. So how did your no-cost home makeover go? Did you find any money? Let me know how it went in the comments below.

 

I’m Christina Rodriguez of Diva by Design in Harlingen, Texas and I am in the business of transforming interiors to help improve your physical, spiritual, and mental well-being, encourage positive relationships, and stimulate the growth of wealth in your business and at home. You can read more about Diva by Design here.   I’m just like my About page! I promise! 😉 If you’re interested in working with me on your next interior design project click the image below to see how. You can also go HERE to let me know that you want a FREE 30 minute phone consultation.

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Why You Really Need a Custom Made Wrought Iron Gate

One of the many benefits of being a designer and helping you design and decorate your home is when I get to see you fall head over heels in love with the result. Especially when it is a dramatic change such as going from an empty house to completely furnished and accessorized. The difference that you feel can dramatically change the way you feel and live in your personal space. Such is the case with this custom made wrought iron gate project I am going to show you today.

My client had lived in this home for about 2 years and still hadn’t furnished it completely. The pieces they had when they moved in were really all that was there and it wasn’t enough to fill the house. Because of their work schedule, they didn’t have the time and truly needed someone to step in and get it done. Someone like me! You can read about part of the project in my post, Art Deco Style Living Room Before and After.

So why a custom made wrought iron gate inside the house? Let me tell you! This particular client entertains often and wanted a way to close off the home office and master bedroom area without putting in just another solid door. And so a wrought iron gate was requested. It fills the need for privacy, but also keeps the hallway from getting too dark during the day. Plus it’s unique!

Now that I had the request, I needed to come up with a concept that was personal to the owner. So how did I come up with the design of the door? First, I had already designed a custom ceiling for my client based on a painting by French Art Deco artist Edouard Benedictus. Here is the ceiling before:

 

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It’s already unique by itself, but I wanted to take it to another level. After reading the answers to my Design Questionnaire, I knew that Art Deco style was very important to this client. Almost an obsession. I brought a book of Art Deco patterns to our initial Design Work Session and when he asked about what we could do to make the ceiling make sense with the design of his space, I showed him a picture that reminded me of the shapes in the ceiling and asked, “What about this painted on the ceiling?” Here’s the image from the book:

 

 

Can you see how the center of the three circles are almost exactly what my client had on the ceiling? Pretty cool, huh? My client saw what I was getting at right away and loved the idea. Yay! Instead of being a literal representation of the original artwork, I wanted to use the colors from the room design and I found a local artist named Judee Soendker and she custom mixed all of the colors and she and her daughter painted the mural on the ceiling, here:

 

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I also changed the ceiling fan to something more simple and lowered it so that you can see the mural better. What do you think?

So, you might be wondering what this has to do with the custom wrought iron door and the design concept for that. Fine, I’ll tell you! The original artwork actually has a companion piece that was shown in the book. And that was the basis for the design of the door that is in the same room. This next image is the full Relais 3 by Edouard Benedictus:

 

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I know, the image isn’t straight. I took a picture of the page from my book. The top painting is where I got the inspiration for the design of the wrought iron gate. So at first glance it may not seem like they go together, but now you know why one is circles and the other is diamonds. I started with the concept and then measured the doorway opening and then began drawing. Below is my hand drawn custom made wrought iron gate concept:

 

custom made wrought iron gate concept drawing by Christina Rodriguez of Diva by Design Interiors Harlingen

 

It took some digging, but I found a welder who does custom made wrought iron gates and fences and who didn’t think I was crazy wanting to put one inside a house instead of outside, Juan Garza of Edinburg. He doesn’t have a Facebook page yet or I would have included the link. After he finished making this one for us, he told me he’s ready to make more. A couple of minor changes to the design and it was ready! Want to see it?

 

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If you are interested in a custom made wrought iron gate of your own, click here and we can get started today.

I’m Christina Rodriguez of Diva by Design in Harlingen, Texas and I am in the business of transforming interiors to help improve your physical, spiritual, and mental well-being, encourage positive relationships, and stimulate the growth of wealth in your business and at home. You can read more about Diva by Design here.   I’m just like my About page! I promise! 😉 If you’re interested in working with me on your next interior design project click the image below to see how. You can also go HERE to let me know that you want a FREE 30 minute phone consultation.

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