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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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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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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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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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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:

 

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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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Easy Ways to Tweak Your Halloween Decorations for Thanksgiving

Fall is finally here in the Rio Grande Valley! I thought I would share how easy it is to use what you have to decorate a console table for Fall and then tweak it to reuse most of it for Thanksgiving. I personally don’t have any Halloween decorations. Not because I don’t like Halloween, but because no one goes trick-or-treating here so why bother? I decorate for Fall instead.

Maybe you’re like me and you have bits and pieces of Fall decor lying around in boxes, drawers, or closets. Did you buy these things on sale at the end of the season like me too? One of these days I am going to put everything in bins and label it instead of having everything stashed in different parts of the house and my storage building. That will make it easier to find for next time. I seem to spend lots of time searching for stuff that I know I have but can’t remember where I put it!

I am still looking for my ceramic turkey that I have had forever. I’m sure I will find it after Christmas. Sound familiar? 😉

Don’t think you have to go out and buy all new to decorate either. If you’re buying what you like, usually you will find that everything goes together. Pull it all together in one place so you can see what you have. Then decide where you’re going to want a vignette and start building. You can go for symmetrical or asymmetrical. Whichever you prefer. The first one I did is for Halloween/Fall and it is asymmetrical.

 

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it’s okay to use non-traditional colors in your decor too. Since the walls are aqua, I added it into this vignette with the pumpkin and the little metal birds. See how the floral arrangement overlaps the sunburst mirror? That’s how you make sure that what’s hanging on the walls above will tie in to your vignette. you don’t want to hang things too high. they end up looking all alone. I could have put something similar in height like a lamp on the right hand side, but I’m a rebel like that.

Vintage books make excellent pedestals to add height. And the hand-painted tray has birds on it to fill in the space between the mirror, books, and floral arrangement. Easy right?

 

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You can leave it like this through November if you want since there aren’t any Halloween decorations here.

 

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Now, this is where we get all symmetrical. Still one mirror in the middle, but I added two vintage milk glass lamps, two brass candlesticks, and I separated the little birds and placed them on either side of the vignette. Notice how the tray on the stand overlaps the mirror.  It’s that easy!

 

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If you want help with your holiday decorating, I have a Holiday Decorating Service here in the Rio Grande Valley or online through E-design. I’m Christina Rodriguez and I am the face behind Diva by Design Interiors. 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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How to Arrange Furniture in Your Home or Office

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How to arrange furniture is one of those tricky areas in interior design that lots of people struggle with. Many people aren’t sure if there are rules to follow for placing furniture in a space so that it makes sense and feels just right. I’ve seen it time and time again. You know, the bowling alley look? Where all the furniture is placed against the walls and there’s nothing in the center of the room because it was easier that way.

My clients ask me about this all the time and I help them with this in my Design Work Sessions. You might consider trying that service if you’re one of those homeowners who has their furniture in the same place they left it 25 years ago!
Well, there are a few rules, but they aren’t too difficult to get right.

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How to Arrange Furniture Rule #1

You need to have a center of interest…or what you’ve heard described as a focal point. You know, the TV. Or your smart phone, but that moves around too much, right? Or is that just my kids? Just kidding! A fireplace, a beautiful view out the window, or a unique piece of art. Whatever you consider to be the star of the show in your house.

How to Arrange Furniture Rule #2

Figure out the major flow of traffic in and out of your room. Draw out the general shape of your room and make a note which paths everyone uses to move through the space. Do they cross through the room to get go outside or to a bedroom? Maybe they are in a hurry to get to the kitchen like my teenage son. These obvious paths of travel will make it easier for you to figure out where to place furniture so that it’s easy to move around.

How to Arrange Furniture Rule #3

Once you have figured out where you can put your stuff in the room without causing traffic jams, your next goal will be to use scale and balance. What?!? It’s okay, this just means that you want to balance the pieces of furniture in your room so that not all the heavy pieces are on one side or grouped together. Place those first.

You then want to balance the heavy pieces with lighter ones.You don’t want to have a very large couch paired with a dinky side table or coffee table. It will look weird. Consider the sizes of each piece of furniture and how they look next to each other.

If you have a larger room that can serve more than one purpose, arrange your furniture in ways that define each activity. You can have a conversation, a game, dining, and reading area in separate and undisturbed areas. I promise, it can be done!

If you want to get a little more fancy with it, cut out paper pieces to represent your furniture and place them on your drawing of the space. This is much easier than lugging the furniture back and forth until you get it right. Make sure to write what each piece is on the shape so you know what you are placing where. Once you have it feeling in balance, then move the furniture. Much easier on your back!

Remember, there is a solution for every room. It may not seem obvious right away, but keep working toward the solution and you’ll get it! Good luck!

I promised to tell you about the Command Position too. I wrote and article and posted it on my blog called:   Master The Art of the Feng Shui Command Position With These Tips. Just click on the title and there you go!

 

I’m Christina Rodriguez and I am the face behind Diva by Design Interiors. 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 20 minute phone consultation.

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