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Have You Made This Feng Shui Mistake?

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You’ve upgraded everything in your home. Shiny new floor tile, counter tops in polished granite, leather furniture, glass and chrome everywhere. It’s beautiful, but it feels cold and sterile. All those smooth, shiny surfaces are causing the energy in your space to slide along too quickly and it’s making you feel uncomfortable in your own home.

 

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Like interior design, feng shui isn’t only about how your home looks. It’s also about how it feels. Another thing about feng shui is Yin and Yang. Balancing hard with soft, dark with light, calm with excitement. This balance is what brings good fortune or creates positive energy. When you have only one type of texture in a space, it throws everything off balance. So, how do you fix it?

Texture.

 

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Add an area rug to warm up those cold tile floors. Bring in elements of nature like plants, shells. or baskets. Change some of that leather furniture to fabric upholstery.

 

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Try a couple of these changes to soften and slow down the energy that flows through your home or office. See for yourself the difference that adding a little more texture can make.

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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An Easy Fix for a Boring Room

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Ever wonder how to fix a boring room? You’ve chosen the perfect paint color. You finally found the most comfortable sofa ever, AND it fits in your living room! There’s plenty of natural light, but something still feels “off”. You have all the right elements, it looks nice, but that’s it.

It’s boring, NOW WHAT?!? What are we missing?

It could be this design element that’s often overlooked. Without it a room feels dull, flat, lifeless, and doesn’t draw you in. Texture.

Texture is the surface quality of an object. That quality that can be seen and touched. Soft, smooth, shiny, matte, and rough. These add visual interest to your room.

 

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Are you like me and run your hand across clothing on the racks when you go shopping? If it feels good you will try it on. If not, you don’t bother. The same thing goes for your house. not only do you want it to look good, you want it to feel good too.

Combining different textures can transform your experience of a room by providing variety, interest, and character.

Do you want to know a quick way to add texture to that sofa? Simple – add a throw and a couple of pillows in different textures. It’s that simple. You can add more later, but start there.

 

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Stick to two or three textures in your accessories so things don’t get too busy and you’re good!

If you have a question or comment, leave it below. I take your questions and answer them in my videos on Facebook and here on my blog. If you need more help with your home, you can always schedule a two-hour Design Work Session and ask all the questions you can fit in! Click the link for more info.

 

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How To Get Fabulous Farmhouse Style Decor On A Tight Budget

Since Joanna and Chip Gaines and Farmhouse style decor have become so popular lately, I have been asked to design more than one client’s home this way. Some have large budgets, others have smaller budgets but they all love the look. It’s easy to get whatever look you want with a large budget. We all know that. But what do you do when your budget is tight, or feels non-existent? I have a few tips.

The space I am going to show you is part of a master bedroom project I have been working on. The budget was small but the result doesn’t have to be. I started with an addition that had been added to the room. My client had closed in part of their front porch to add some space and originally used it for a game room/exercise room.

They decided to revert it back to a master bedroom and needed a place to put their desk and a sewing table. On a tight budget, one of the least expensive ways to make a change with a big impact is to paint. In this case, I also found a dramatic wallpaper with a large pattern repeat from Home Depot. It wouldn’t break the bank but would definitely make a statement.

Since the space is small, I used the wallpaper to cover it all. Why not?

 

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The area rug was one the homeowner already owned and had all of the colors used in the design. This is another tip: pull your color palette from an area rug or favorite piece of art. It’s something you already love.

The desk and the sewing table belong to the client and like I said before, a quick coat of paint will update just about anything as long as it’s in good condition. They look brand new but the only cost was for the paint. A chandelier re-purposed from another room and also painted white adds to the Farmhouse style decor feel.

The black painted Windsor chairs along with the area rug ground the space. If you’re handy at sewing, making pillows isn’t very hard and will save money as well. The most expensive part of the space would be the Roman blinds. Saving up to have them custom-made is worth the expense because you will get what you want and they will last.

 

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Here’s another view of the desk area where I suggested adding shelving that stretches from wall to wall. You can build them yourself to save a little money, or have someone else build them for you. Wall shelves aren’t very expensive but they add lots of storage space and look good with all your accessories and books.

You can find corbels at yard sales, vintage shops, or at architectural salvage yards. The ribbon board you can also make yourself or find one at a craft store. Are you feeling the Farmhouse style decor yet?

 

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For the sewing machine area, I added more shelving to store all those sewing supplies. It’s crazy how fast your stuff adds up isn’t it? I also placed a task light that hangs on the wall. If it was a table lamp, it might get in the way of the fabric while sewing. This way you have the light from the machine plus the lamp but they aren’t in the way. There’s a lot of Farmhouse style decor here for not a lot of money.

 

If you want to update your home, but your budget is small, why not hire me to give you a design plan that you can follow on your own like this homeowner? I call it DIY Design and you can call me to talk about what you need and/or to get your project started. To contact me CLICK HERE.

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Is Your Guest Room Decor Driving People Away?

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Let’s talk about your guest room. Now is the time to start thinking about holiday visitors and getting your guest room decor ready to go. Don’t wait until the week before they show up, especially if you need help from a designer to get it all pulled together.

Have you heard this before? “Oh we’ll just stay at a hotel. We don’t want to bother you.”  I have because I don’t have a guest room. My house is tiny and I don’t have room for one so they don’t have a choice. I feel your pain. So here we go!

 

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Reason 1 Why Your Guest Room Decor is Driving People Away

 

The bed that you put in the guest room is uncomfortable. When you got a new mattress did you put your old one into the guest room? Guess what? You don’t want to sleep on it. Your guests don’t want to sleep on it.

Did you throw the old sheets on there too? Well, you know what? When you go to visit somebody and they take the time to put new sheets on the bed and make it look nice… you know that they went the extra mile for you and it makes you feel good. You know that they care about your comfort. Do the same for your guests.

If you throw all your old stuff in there and say, “Oh, they won’t mind.” Well, maybe they won’t. But if you really want them to be happy while they’re staying with you, do that little bit more because it makes them feel important.

 

Reason 2 Why Your Guest Room Decor is Driving People Away

 

The room is either too cold or too hot. We get used to the temperature that our air conditioner or heater is set on. We’re used to it. We don’t notice it anymore because it’s comfortable for us. But for your guests, it may not be. They may like it more cold. They may like it more hot.

So add a fan. It doesn’t have to be a ceiling fan. It can be a table fan.  Also if the room’s too cold, add some extra blankets. Put in those extra little touches that make people feel like they are important to you.

 

Reason 3 Why Your Guest Room Decor is Driving People Away

 

The room is too bright or too dark. We don’t always think about the guest room because we don’t stay in it.  Make sure that you have either blackout drapes or shades for when your guests want to sleep in. They’re visiting., They’re having a little vacation. Who wants to get up early all the time?

If your guest room is too dark and you only have one overhead light in the room, add some lamps. Table lamps and/or a floor lamp. So that they can see to move around or even for reading before they go to sleep.

 

Reason 4 Why Your Guest Room is Driving People Away

 

Is your guest room near a bathroom? There’s a reason that I ask. Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time my parents closed in their garage and used it as a guest room. Nice big room, but it was on the other side of the house from the bathroom.

One night after everyone went to bed, my mom went around the house and locked all the doors. We happened to have a guest at the time and she got a phone call the middle of the night. “Hey I’m out here can you come unlock the door so I can get back in the house to use the bathroom?”

It was very funny, but things like that are what you need to think of when you have a guest room or to know if your guests are going to be comfortable.

 

Reason 5 Why Your Guest Room Decor is Driving People Away

 

Is your guest room where you store all the stuff you don’t want anymore? You might want to think about clearing it out. That way, your guests aren’t having to move boxes around or maneuver around things like treadmills. You know, the one you thought you were going use but didn’t.

Clear it out even if it’s only temporary.  Then your guests are going to want to come back and stay with you again because you treated them so well.

 

If you currently don’t have a guest room and you want advice on where you could add one, or you need help setting up your current guest room… I have a Fall Refresh Special going on right now. We can re-design one room in your house using the furniture you already have. It doesn’t have to be the guest room. It can be your living room or any other room in your home.

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How to Choose a Paint Finish Like an Expert

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This article is all about how to choose a paint finish and why. I hope it helps you on your next painting project. Many times clients choose my DIY design package so that they have a design plan to follow and can then put it together themselves at their own pace.

This design service makes it easier by having examples of what to look for when buying furniture, art, and accessories. Not only do I give you a list of which furniture to buy, but I also include paint colors for the walls, ceiling, and trim plus which paint finish to use for each.

 

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Taking your preferences and style into consideration, I design your space and then you put it together yourself. You can either copy it exactly the way I have it, or find things that are similar to get the look. This is one way to work with an interior designer and still save money. You only pay for the design phase.

It can help by taking the guess-work out of how to choose which furniture, flooring, lighting, paint color, art, and accessories out of the overwhelming amount of choices out there. We make it easier to focus on what you need to get the look and feeling you want. My clients love that. So…

 

How to Choose a paint finish for your walls

 

For the walls, I suggest flat, or matte, paint. The reason for that is if there’s any imperfections in the drywall you won’t notice it as much. Flat paint will blend them in more because the light doesn’t bounce off of that finish and you won’t notice as much.

The more shiny the paint, the more light bounces off of it and the more you’re going to see any imperfections on the wall surface. If you feel uncomfortable with flat, I give you permission to use eggshell. If you choose anything else, it’s not going to look the same.

I’ll give you an example. I was at my client’s house, and we had chosen a black paint for her walls. It’s great with her light-colored floors. She had painted the walls but she said it looked weird. She said she didn’t understand why it didn’t look the way I said it would.

So we’re looking at the walls and I noticed that they were very glossy. I asked her which paint finish she chose because I always say either flat or eggshell. She had chosen semi-gloss. You could see every patch and imperfection highlighted.

 

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I picked up the paint card from Behr, (I love that they have the large cards) and I showed her how it had a tiny bit of a sheen to it. The cards are usually eggshell or satin. I held it up to the wall so she could see the difference.

The color on the card was a deeper, darker black than the walls. Same paint color, different finish. Looked totally different. You would not have known it was the same paint color. Her eyes lit up and she said, “Oh! That is the color that I was expecting to be on the walls!” So she said she was going to go out and get the right paint finish.

Sometimes you have to see to believe. So there is a reason. I’m not just saying it to be annoying. 😉 A lot of times people don’t want to buy flat paint because they think they can’t wipe it down. But there are many new formulations of matte or flat paint that you can actually scrub and it won’t leave that mark.

 

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I was at another client’s house and they did a similar thing. It wasn’t a DIY, but a full design project. We had the walls sanded to a smooth finish. I recommended a flat paint finish, but the homeowner bought satin. They had it painted and it looked nice. Then something happened on one of the walls and they had to make a patch. He had different guy come in to patch and sand, but they didn’t sand it as well and then used the same paint. The patch stood out.

The next time I was at their house he said, “Now I get it. I get why you say flat. Because you can see that patch.” It ended up being behind their TV console so it won’t be noticeable unless they rearrange the furniture. That is the reason that any designer is going to tell you to use flat paint on your walls. Because it truly does make the imperfections less noticeable.

 

How to choose a paint finish for other areas

 

There are times you would use satin, semi-gloss, or even high gloss paint. For kitchen or bathroom cabinets, I prefer satin or semi-gloss. It is a more durable finish for a high wear spot. If you want a lacquered look, use high gloss on your cabinets. The semi-gloss is also good on the trim.

If you are going to use high gloss paint, understand that you are going to paint many coats. You have to sand between each coat. That way you get the smooth, shiny finish. If you don’t sand between each coat, you will see every brush or roller mark.

That is how to choose a paint finish. Listen to what I say and it’ll look really good. 😉 If you want to know more about choosing paint color you can go to my videos tab on my FB page and look up How to be a Rebel When Choosing Paint Color for Your Home. I made a series of videos on that. Or you can look under the Color category here on my blog.

Get a head start on decorating for Fall. If you would like help coming up with a theme or want someone to do it for you, my Holiday Decorating Service is perfect for you! Click on the link to book an appointment now. If your home needs a Fall Refresh before company starts arriving for the holidays, book my Fall Refresh Service today. The cut off for ordering furniture that will arrive before Christmas is October 13th! It’s the same every year and after that date you won’t see your new things until after December. Or if you need help on how to choose a paint finish or color in your own house, Why not book a paint color consult?

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Free Interior Design Can Be Expensive

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Did you know that the free interior design services at furniture stores are not actually free? You end up paying for the service when you buy the furniture. They build that fee into the price of the furniture and sometimes you pay more than you might have without the service. The same is true for “free shipping” online. The cost is built-in to the price of whatever it is that you order.

Something that I’ve seen more and more in furniture stores is the promise of free interior design services. This is where you go in and they have a “designer” to help you choose furniture. I have that in quotes because sometimes they do have actual interior designers working for them and you get lucky, but most often they’re sales people who have not been trained in the art of interior design.

 

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Stores offer what they call a “curated base of furniture pieces”. What that means is that they picked out a living room set (or other room) of furniture and they have it ready to go for a low price per room. Sometimes you can mix and match sometimes you can’t.

I’ve been to a few stores that offer this out of curiosity and I’ve asked, “If I want this sofa, but don’t want these chairs can we change them?” The sales person usually looks at me like a deer caught in headlights and says, “Oh! I don’t know. I have ask”. It’s a package deal and everything’s from the same store. So your house ends up looking like a furniture showroom, or even worse it looks like the catalog.

 

Free Interior Design is Impersonal

 

The stores also say that free interior design is a personalized service. That means they have a sales person following you around and either making suggestions or waiting for you to decide what you want. If you want quick and easy and you don’t want to think about it, they’ve got it done for you.

But think about this… interior designers do the same thing but it’s truly personalized to you. I don’t design the same room twice for different clients. Buying package deals means your neighbors can get the exact same thing that you have. If you’re going to get everything from one store you get their look. They decided what that look is and it’s a generic one that appeals to a wide assortment of customers.

Here’s the difference when you hire an interior designer or decorator to help you furnish your home. You actually do get personalized service. We come to your house. We sit down with you. We spend time with you and get to know you. We ask you a lot of questions. My questionnaire for my service is nine pages long. And the reason for that is so that I can get an overview of what you like, and what you don’t like before I come to your house so that we’re not spending the whole time talking about that. I already have an idea.

 

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Me shopping for a client!

 

At the store they’re waiting for somebody to walk in off the street and they don’t know you. They don’t know anything about you. They don’t know what your house looks like or what your style is. They want to sell furniture. I sell furniture too, but that’s not my main focus. My focus is… you. I start with what your house looks like, what the architectural style of your house is. Then I consider your personal style and how we can fit those two together so that it looks good and fits your personality and how you want to live in your house.

Once we establish that, then we can decide what you need in the room. I measure the whole room, the windows, doors, everything. Down to the last detail because that way I can figure out without moving things around what will fit in your space. I take in all the aspects of your home. Who lives in the house, whether you have pets, kids, or you live alone.

 

Free Interior Design Can Cost More

 

So why is the package deal furniture so inexpensive? I have seen prices of $1999 for an entire living room. You get your sofa, end tables, lamps, a coffee table and two chairs. And you’re done! But that furniture was made in China. In China they are all about quick and cheap. They ship it over and a lot of it is damaged when it gets here. So you have to order it two and three times to get a piece that has not been broken during shipping. It’s one of the reasons I don’t offer very much furniture that’s made in China.

The pieces that I choose… I want them to last. Today’s $2000 room is tomorrow’s $200 garage sale find. If you’re going to invest in furniture, take that $2000 and get a sofa. That’s the main piece for your living room. Invest in that sofa because that $2000 set may last only two or three years. And then you’re going to go out and spend another $2000 to replace it because it all fell apart. So in three or four years you’ve spent $4000 instead of two. More if you buy on credit.

 

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In the near future, I am adding a new service to my website. I myself will be selling “curated rooms”. Mine will be different in that the pieces don’t all come from the same manufacturer or store. They will be separate pieces that you can order individually, or as an entire room.

Why is this different from the furniture store? It’s similar to affiliate sales like you see on many blogs. That’s where you click on something they have promoted and it takes you to another site to purchase and the blogger gets a small percent of that purchase. I will have more information about it once I have everything set up. I mean, if the stores can do it with the cheap stuff, why shouldn’t I offer better quality American made furniture?  If you would like to work with me to curate a personalized look for your home, click on the link to learn more or book a Design Work Session.

Get a head start on decorating for Fall. If you would like help coming up with a theme or want someone to do it for you, my Holiday Decorating Service is perfect for you! Click on the link to book an appointment now. If your home needs a Fall Refresh before company starts arriving for the holidays, book a Design Work Session today. The cut off for ordering furniture that will arrive before Christmas is October 13th! It’s the same every year and after that date you won’t see your new things until after December.

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Fall Decorating Trends for 2017

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Right now we’re talking about this year’s fall decorating trends. Fall doesn’t actually get here until Friday, September 22. Though I’ve noticed that once it turns September 1st, everybody gets excited and says, “Oh fall weather, fall weather!” And of course “pumpkin spice” everything starts showing up.

Right now it’s still hurricane weather, and not only are our thoughts and prayers with the people who are affected by Hurricane Harvey, but now we have Hurricane Irma to contend with in Florida. I happen to have family and friends who live in Florida as well as in Houston and I’m happy to report that they are safe. I wrote about What to do After a Flood and if you know someone who this blog post could help, please click on the title and share it with them.

Right now you can go into any store and see pumpkins. You’ll see a lot of orange, and a lot of Halloween, and Fall decorating trends are on our minds even if the weather is still hot. I usually don’t decorate for Fall but since I have a special Holiday decorating service, I thought I’d start off with Fall decor in my own house and show you what’s on trend this year.

 

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The Fall decorating trends this year are neutrals, tone on tone, whites and tans. Add to that lots of texture. Dried cotton bolls, deer antlers, faux fur and velvet. Mix in the white and green heirloom pumpkins and you have an easy Fall vignette that you can show off on top of your piano, a console table in your entry, your coffee table, or even a dining table centerpiece.

If the neutrals aren’t enough for you, add color. I added blue and white hydrangea and blue and white ceramics that I always have in my house. Blue and white can also be neutral but adds that hint of color you might miss. You can also add your collections in with your fall decorating. It’s a good way to display them and have a reason to use them. I talked about how to display your collections in my blog post How to Decorate with Collections. Always display the things that you love.

 

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If you love orange, then go for it. Bring in all of those fall colors, especially if you live in a part of the country that has the changing of the leaves. Believe me, I’m very jealous because I only get to see those in pictures. I don’t get to see them in person.

Another Fall decorating trend is white pumpkins with glitter, metallic pumpkins, and metallic candle holders. It doesn’t matter what color metal you choose. It all looks good though copper is popular right now.

Remember all those lanterns that have been popular lately? Don’t put them away. Fill them with white beans, black beans or coffee beans and put a candle in there that smells really nice. Or you can use those battery operated fairy lights instead of a candle.

Magnolia leaves are on trend right now because of the popularity of Farmhouse style decorating. Fall decorating usually has a farmhouse feel anyway since it’s harvest time. If you’re on Pinterest, you know you’re going to see Farmhouse. Farmhouse everything.

Another good Fall decorating trend is taking styrofoam pumpkins and decoupaging fabric on to them. You can use any color that you want that way. You don’t have to stick with the typical orange and yellow Fall colors.

 

Get a head start on decorating for Fall. If you would like help coming up with a theme or want someone to do it for you, my Holiday Decorating Service is perfect for you! Click on the link to book an appointment now. If your home needs a Fall Refresh before company starts arriving for the holidays, book a Design Work Session today. The cut off for ordering furniture that will arrive before Christmas is October 13th! It’s the same every year and after that date you won’t see your new things until after December.

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What to do After a Flood

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Knowing what to do after a flood and trying to get back to normal can seem overwhelming. I hope the ten suggestions below are helpful and that you and your family stay safe.

 

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The past week has been a challenging one for Texas. From Sinton to Louisiana, and all points in between. Much attention has been paid to Houston because it is so large but realize that almost the entire coast has been affected.

The Houston area is near and dear to my heart because I was born there and grew up in League City. My parents, brother, sister, and their families live there. Plus two of my husband’s sisters live in the area. One a few blocks from my sister. Then there are most of my friends and those who have become family over the years. All have come through the storm safely. I am grateful for that.

Not everyone was so lucky and there are so many people who are displaced that it can be overwhelming. One of the great things about Texas is how we all pull together in a crisis to help and give freely of ourselves to our neighbors. Hope doesn’t lie in our elected officials. It comes from God and it lies within us.

Many have criticized the response, but fail to realize how much there is to do and how long the devastation will continue to impact the lives of those who are in the middle of the chaos that was Hurricane Harvey. Things will get better. It will just take  a while. Give them some slack and give each other time to heal.

I remember sitting through hurricanes (plural) and my parents’ house getting flooded each time. Pulling up carpet, setting out fans, coping with the massive amounts of mosquitos that show up and swarm everywhere. I live in Harlingen, Texas now but I know what you are going through and how difficult it can be.

Having said that, soon people will be returning to their homes and here are a few things that, I hope, will help in some small way.

 

What to do after a flood #1

 

Before you go, make sure that the area where your home is located is actually safe. Check in with the local authorities. I know it’s your home and you are anxious to return, but please be careful!

 

What to do After a Flood #2

 

Go during the day when you can see much easier. There might be snakes, rats, alligators, or other wildlife taking refuge there. Plus, you don’t really know how much damage there is yet.

 

What to do after a flood #3

 

Make a list of what needs to be done and in what order. Prioritize tasks. This simple task will keep things in perspective and keep you on track during the midst of overwhelm and stress.

 

What to do After a flood #4

 

See if your neighbors need help or if you can pull together to get things done. Knowing that you’re not alone in this can ease your mind a little.

 

What to do After a Flood #5

 

Let go of anything that came into contact with flood water that might make you sick. Food, makeup, and medicine are things that need to be replaced. You don’t know what was in the water that could be harmful to and your family.

 

What to do After a Flood #6

 

Plastic furniture can be cleaned. Furniture made of MDF is ruined after contact with water. The rest will depend on how much water there was in your home and how long it sat there. Get someone to help you make the determination. Which brings us to number seven…

 

What to do After a Flood #7

 

if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed and stressed, ask for help. Remember that people are much more important than things. That includes you.

 

What to do After a Flood #8

 

Contact your insurance company and take pictures of everything before you start clearing things out. The insurance adjuster needs to see it.

 

What to do After a Flood #9

 

Take your time before making any big decisions. Give yourself the space in which to think. If it all feels like too much, take yourself and your family out of the situation even if it’s only for an hour or two. It’s okay to take a break.

 

What to do after a Flood #10

 

When finding someone to help you rebuild, do some research on them before hiring. They should have a track record of successful projects and liability insurance. Serious businesses have insurance. Unfortunately, there are those who will use this time to try to take advantage of you. Please educate yourself.

Everyone’s situation is different and reactions to a disaster may vary from person to person. Take care of yourself and your family. Pets to!  “Home” can be anywhere as long as you are safe and surrounded by the people you love and care about.

 

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How to Decorate with Collections

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Do you collect something? And if you do, have you ever wondered how to decorate with collections?  I personally don’t, though you might say that I have a collection of horses, because I used to have four. One of them went to be with Jesus, a couple of years ago, but I still have three and I started out with two. They seem to multiply very quickly. Especially when you love them.

You could also say that I have a collection of horse statues, or figures that I use in my own home decor. But it isn’t something I do intentionally and I don’t have very many because I don’t want to overwhelm my house with a bunch of stuff. So I’m careful about what I choose to put in my house because I don’t want there to be so much that it becomes clutter.

 

How to Decorate with Collections Tip #1

 

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The first thing that I want to say about how to decorate with collections is to keep them together. Especially if you have lots of small items that are similar. You want to group them together because they make a bigger impact when you see them that way instead of spreading them throughout your house.

You can also use your collections to inspire the color scheme in your house. If it’s a really big collection, you can group similar things together in different rooms, but still keeping them within a boundary.

 

How to Decorate with Collections Tip #2

 

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From the Mercana showroom at Las Vegas Summer Market 2017

 

The second thing you can do with a collection is to make a focal wall. Like I talked about a couple of weeks ago in my post How to Decorate with Mirrors, you can group them on a wall and take that whole collection up to the ceiling. If it’s something that can sit on a shelf um you can make a whole wall of it and it adds your personality into your home, which is very important. Because if you’re not comfortable in your own home, how can you expect to make other people feel comfortable, while they’re visiting you.

 

How to Decorate with Collections Tip #3

 

 

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If you have inherited a collection, you can group all of it together in a cabinet. You can use a small, narrow cabinet with mirrors and glass shelves that won’t overpower a room.

And if you have inherited a collection that you don’t necessarily love but it reminds you of someone who you love another good way to keep it together is to get shadow boxes. If they’re small enough things you can group them all in a big… one big shadow box… you can use three or four shadow boxes.

You can use that as a gallery wall, or you can add those shadow boxes Into your gallery wall of your family portraits to kinda break it up and make it a little bit more interesting.

 

How to Decorate with Collections Tip #4

 

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From the Leftbank Art showroom at Las Vegas Summer Market 2017

 

A fourth idea for your collection is to not let it overpower you. Only choose the best of your collection to show off at any one time. Store some of it away so that you can then switch some of it out when you get tired of looking at it. Make it a revolving display.

Or, if you have an empty hallway and you don’t know what to put on the walls, try using your collection. Hang shelves and fill up that empty wall space that’s kinda staring at you. You can treat your collection like an art installation with the narrow gallery shelves and put some of the lighting that you would for art or paintings.

When you do use your collection as a focal point on a wall, leave space around it. Don’t fill up the entire wall. You can do that if it’s a total blank wall and you don’t have furniture. Leave some blank space because that will give your eye a place to rest.

Don’t fill up every little space because then it, It can become visual clutter. That’s something that I like to teach people to avoid because the empty space can bring a sense of calm to your chaos. Adding the Yin to the Yang like in feng shui.

If you’re going to start a collection, make sure that it’s something that you truly love. Don’t just say, ” Oh, you know what? I have an empty wall. I’m going to start a collection.” Only do that if you truly are a collector at heart.

 

If you have a collection that you need help “wrangling in” or need help figuring out where to display it in your own home, CLICK HERE, and let’s get together for a Design Work Session.

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Update Your Home Decor Instantly with Color

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Today is all about the latest color trends and how to add them to update your home decor. Many times, you pick a color and then paint it, use it in your upholstery and you want to keep it because you invested money in your home. Then you want to update without changing everything.

I went to Vegas a couple of weeks ago to the World Market and there I saw a lot of new things. I noticed a lot of colors that are getting more and more popular. Lately it’s been grey everything and that has been around for the past five years, six, if not more. Now that it’s in all the stores, it’s actually starting to fade away in popularity. People still ask for it but what’s coming out instead of gray is greige and mushroom. So they’re adding beige to everybody’s favorite.

 

Update Your Home Decor with Green

 

One of the colors that I personally noticed the most was green. I’m not talking about a pale green, or a lime green. I am talking about bottle green. I saw it in velvet sofas and chairs. Mostly a big green statement piece to put in your living room.

 

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It was very pretty and I encourage you to look at green as an option to go with grey. There are different ways you can use it. You can do the sofa, the chair, also add it in pillows, and your accessories. A good way to add green that you’re not going to get tired of is with your plants.

I always encourage people to use real plants in their home because plants clean the air. You can use Green with the next two colors on the list.

 

Update Your Home Decor with Blush

 

Blush is a very popular color right now and has been gaining in popularity.  It’s a good color to choose to update it because blush and grey look good together. You can use it on your walls and it makes your skin look great. Put it in the pillows, throw blankets, your accessories and art. It’s a nice neutral color, but it’s still a little bit of color if you’re afraid of adding a lot. You can use blush with green. It offsets that bright, saturated green.

 

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You can also use blush with the next two colors.

 

Update Your Home Decor with Plum

 

The third color you can update your home decor with is plum. That one is also nice because it’s kind of greyish purple-y color. It’s not the Barney purple so it’s not ‘in your face’ with purple, but it looks great with grey, greige, and the mushroom colors that are starting to become more popular right now.

 

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You can mix it with blush. Plum and blush are a pretty combination. And you can use it on your walls. I have a client who painted this curved wall in her kitchen, plum. We added mirrors and you can see that picture in my blog post, How to Decorate with Mirrors. You can use plum on your walls, in your accessories, use it with neutrals to bring in some color. It’s really nice. It blends well, I even added some wall paper with a plum background.

If you have mushroom colored walls use plum-colored drapes. You can actually use plum with green as well. Choose a deeper color instead of heading towards lavender.

 

Update Your Home Decor with Navy

 

Number four is navy. You may have seen that all over the place lately on walls. You can paint your front door navy. It’s a good color if you don’t wanna go full black. Using navy on your walls doesn’t make your room look dark. It actually looks really nice and I’ve done a few walls in a darker blue going towards navy.

 

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A darker blue is pretty and sophisticated. Use it in your area rugs, pillows, drapes. Mix it with blush. That’s a nice combination. If you like the navy and white combination, which is one of my favorites, use color number five.

 

Update Your Home with Mustard

 

The fifth color that you may not realize is starting to gain popularity is mustard. Or a deep gold color. Not quite the seventies harvest gold, but a little bit more yellow.

If you want to mix in mustard, do it in small doses because that can be a another one of those colors like the green, that’s in your face. And if you’re only wanting to update, again, use it in your pillows, accessories, and in your throw blankets, and this is one of those words that I don’t like, but it is a good ‘pop’ of color. It’s a good in a small dose.

 

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And you may, after a while, decide that you like it so much that you want to paint your walls that color. My favorite room to use that mustard-y gold color paint is in a west-facing room. The reason that I like it so much is because when the sun goes down and you get that glow in the evening, those walls will absolutely glow and it’s very pretty.

Mustard is one of those colors that people either hate or love. If you want to learn to love it, that’s the room to paint that color.

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A little news for me, I had a photo shoot a few weeks ago of a new project that I recently finished. I’m going to be posting those pictures on my website this week. I’m going to post some teaser pictures here and on Instagram with a link to my portfolio page so you can see all of them if you’d like. I will have a blog post about the project too. And speaking of Instagram, If you would like to follow me on Instagram, you can find me here: @mydivabydesign.

If you want some help updating and using figuring out how to use color and add it into the new trending colors added to your home, you can go to http://www.divabydesigninteriors.com/work-with-me and you can find out more about my interior design services and I will be adding an accessories package this week as well. Sometimes you want a full update, and sometimes you just want to do the accessories.

 

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