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5 Reasons To Hire An Interior Design By The Hour

We spend the majority of our lives in our homes, yet some of us don’t love the place we’re living in. Not because there is anything wrong with the walls, the yard, or the bones on the house, but because it’s not truly a HOME. A home doesn’t happen just because you move in. It happens when your surroundings reflect your personality, way of life, and ideals. That’s what a designer can help you achieve.

Even those with style for days may not have an eye for interior design. There’s no shame in it, we all have our talents in life. But, instead of trying to force it, and most likely failing, at creating a cozy, comfortable, stylish space, here are 5 times that hiring a designer (even for the small stuff) will pay off in spades. Now that we’ve created our Hire-By-The-Hour Packages ( Contact us here: http://bit.ly/designstiles-hourly) We wanted to show you a few ways you could leverage this amazing offer for your next project!

  • Space Planning - When designing a space, we need to look at the size of the room, the elements, the way it flows, the natural light, and many other elements to determine where the best places are to situate furniture, rugs and decorative pieces, and many other elements. This is one of the first and most important steps in creating a space that feels cohesive.
  • Color Palettes - Selecting the right paint colors is crucial to achieving the look and feel you’re after in your home. Too light and it can feel cold. Too dark and it can feel eerie. Too bright and it can feel tacky. And just one shade off can throw the whole design. The paint stays no matter what furniture inhabits a room. Don’t risk it, work with someone who knows just what shades, tones, and hues will work for you.

  • Furniture Sourcing - Have you ever looked at a glossy home magazine and wondered “where do they find such beautiful, unique pieces?”. A question we get from our clients, and non-clients, all the time is “Tell me where to buy the right furniture!”. While it’s not information we give out freely, you can hire us (by the hour, now! Visit http://bit.ly/designstiles-hourly) to source furniture FOR YOU! We’ve spent the last decade building relationships, searching shops, and developing go-to spots for the right pieces for any space. Leverage our experience and connections to get the right furniture, lighting fixtures, and decor that you’ve been dreaming of.

  • Contractor Liaison - Are you preparing for a remodel, and you keep hearing what sounds like gibberish come out of your contractor's mouth? They’re asking for heights of decorative pieces, finishes of handles, shapes, styles, and colors - and you draw a complete blank. Don’t let inexperience cost you a fabulous remodel. Hire us (in our new hire-by-the-hour package) to be the liaison between you and your contractor, telling him the right heights, colors, widths, depths, and shades, as well as sourcing materials and finishes on your behalf. Make remodeling easy by working with a designer!

  • Interior Decorating & Refreshing - Sometimes, you may not need a top to bottom home redesign. You may need a refresh in decor, or someone to arrange things in a way that actually looks good. You could be hosting a holiday party and want the perfect mantle, tree, and tablescape. You could be changing the style of your sunroom or the accent colors in your kitchen, and want to bring in an expert to make the choices quickly, easily and beautifully. That’s the perfect time to hire a designer.
  • If you’re thinking about layout, color palettes, interior finishes, remodeling, or refreshing your decor, you can now work with me and designstiles BY THE HOUR! Our clients have been nudging us to add this option for years, and we finally caved! >> http://bit.ly/designstiles-hourly

    This gives you the opportunity to work with us on projects big and small, no matter what your needs are. Click here to request a quick discovery call so we can figure out how many hours you might need for the projects you’re thinking of!

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    I can’t wait to speak with you!


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Children's Bedroom Design: Timeless Ideas To Consider

Designing a children’s bedroom can be as fun for you to do as it is for the kids to enjoy afterwards. Children’s rooms are a whole new ball game for colors, shapes, storage ideas, and furnishings. Coming up with creative ways to include the practical elements of a bedroom is a fun challenge. 

You might even see how excited the children are when it’s finished, making the project rewarding. Whether you are looking for inspiration or considering a redesign, here are the things that you should know for designing a room that has everything a kid could want. The more innovatively you can combine fun and function, the better!

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Make it a happy place

A child’s bedroom should make them feel content. Think unique color combinations, mixing fun patterns and incorporating some of their favorite animals or accessories in the room, which can easily be swapped out when they're no longer obsessed with aforementioned item.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by designstiles.

Ensure there is space for creativity

In this bedroom we redesigned, we incorporated a reading nook, a cozy little corner in this bedroom, as a place that little ones, or mom and dad could lounge in during story time. This encourages learning in a relaxed environment.

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Let Imagination Run Wild

Kids bedrooms are for more than just bedtime! Their rooms should be fun and inspire creativity as well. Turn the space itself into an exciting place to be, rather than just a room containing a few essentials. I’d like to discuss more high end ideas vs. the traditional "little kid" stuff. 

You could build an indoor tree house that they can climb a ladder to get into. Paint their desk with chalkboard paint so they can show off their art skills! Make a building station that encourages critical thinking! Giving kids a creative space allows them to be imaginative and think outside the box. Parents lives will also be much easierif their children really enjoy being in their own rooms!

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Make it cozy

Kids need to feel safe and secure, so fill your child’s room with items they can use to self-soothe, like a large soft blanket with enough weight to feel like a hug. Bedding, pillows, and rugs should be soft to the touch, so feel all materials before bringing them into the room.

Have fun with wallpaper! So many options are full of personality. In the coral bedroom shown above, we used wallpaper on the ceiling to draw the eyes up, and truthfully, mother wanted to avoid her daughter peeling the paper if it were on the walls. By installing it on the ceiling, it created an element of surprise.

So let your creativity go wild when it comes to designing your child's bedroom, they do after all deserve the most beautiful room in the house.

If you’d like to talk about decorating a child’s bedroom or you want to add a touch of luxury elsewhere in your home then contact designstiles now for a free consultation!

 


6 Home Design Trends In LA You Must See Before Redecorating

If you want to make the most of your space for a lifetime and beyond, we thought we’d share our finds of home design trends in LA for inspiration before you start redecorating your home.

These home design trends to consider will give a go for good reason along with some our helpful tips. So whether you’re furnishing a new home, updating your kitchen or just want some inspiration to refresh your home, here are six trends in tweaking your décor.

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Fashionable Twist

Upholstery textiles can instantly change the look of your furniture. There’s a lot more play with textures and bolder colors. Chairs and sofas were dressed in a plethora of fabrics that took cues from the fashion runways. These include the use of boucle, tweed, horsehair and animal prints on stylish seats spotted throughout the fair. 

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

A Retro Mood

A sense of nostalgia is in. Rounded forms, velvet upholstery and the use of jewel tones added to the retro feel of the collections. There is a lot of multi-functional furniture; such as tables that can be used for all different corners of the sofa.

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Seeing Red

The crimson hue took the interior world by storm this year. The most popular application of the color: the use of burgundy upholstery fabrics, which turned minimalist seats into statement pieces. 

A brighter, fiery tone was also applied onto accent pieces such as side tables and stools; an easy way to bring a touch of this trend into your home.

Outdoors In

With the blurring of boundaries between indoors and out, it seemed only natural that outdoor furnishings should complement the design scheme within. Sofas, armchairs and daybeds in a variety of shapes and sizes adds to its relaxed look.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Precious Things

Marble has long been the preferred choice for luxurious table tops, and quartz is in high demand. Incorporate a wide range of natural stone that draws influence from the glamorous shine of jewelry pieces. 

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Wood Works

In response to the human desire to reconnect with nature, designers have increasingly incorporated natural materials such as wood in interior furnishings. These inventive designs feature geometric detailing and slim profiles that also highlight the beauty of the unique grain pattern found on each piece.

With these fantastic home design trends to consider, it will definitely update your home with confidence and ease. It all ties into the idea of your home as a place that is personal and comfortable, without sacrificing style. 

Here at designstiles, we can help you create spaces that are both attractive and functional. We understand the current home design trends in the industry and can help you guide through the process. 

Beyond full-service design, we also offer individual design consultations in the Los Angeles area.

If you are interested in learning more, book a complimentary consultation at designstiles.me/consult.

 


Boy's Room Before and After

Hey there! Haven't been around these parts in foreverrrr. I don't even know what to say or how to act. A little like that friend you lost touch with and you finally arrange plans to hang out and you don't know if it'll pick up right where you left off, or if there will be a lot of awkward silences.

I'm thinking I'll only really post when I have projects to share. Most of the time people only see the end results and while those are always pretty and rewarding, it's the process and all the behind the scenes stuff that doesn't get too much action. 'Cause who wants to hear about back-ordered items and vendors sending the wrong sized light fixture three times? The before pictures give designers credibility and sometimes even we stand back and are all like, holy transformation. The long process was totally worth it.

So here we go, a young boy's room who went from a more traditional style, to bright, colorful and a little cool.

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They live near the beach so we wanted the room to have a casual California vibe with hints of mid century style to reflect the rest of the home's decor.

The boy is a collector and loves displaying his belongings so we had these built-ins installed to show off his personal items.

Not surprisingly, he's a Star Wars fan so we added this wallpaper as a bit of a nod as well as creating some contrast and dimension.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.
Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Halfway through the project, clients decided to rip out the carpet and add new wood floors, which really freshened up the room.

This rug is even better in person. Playful stripe with chunky loops to add some texture.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.
Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Orange lamp adds some height and picks up the color in the rug, tying in with the custom orange desk.

Bed and nightstand are from West Elm.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.
Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

We refinished the existing dresser in a two toned effect to keep the room feeling youthful and fun.

His one request was a mirror, so we gave him this canvas wrapped/leather strap round mirror to introduce a new shape into the room.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.
Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.
Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.
Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Desk chair from All Modern.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.
Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

   They already owned the surfboard and couldn't have asked for a better accessory to pull off our beachy look.

So, shall we keep in touch?

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Chairish

Hey! Remember me? I've got a post for you today. I can't believe it's been a month since I stopped by here. I also can't believe Felix is almost one. ONE! And my mind will really be blown when he's 30. But for now, it's one. A whole, entire year. Amazing. Feeling so many feels. I'm going off on a tangent though. The real reason I'm checking in is because Chairish asked me to participate on a white to bright chair challenge, we'll call it.

And if you don't know Chairish they're like an ebay meets craigslist minus all the junk and poorly photographed pieces. It's a space for design and furniture lovers to buy and sell cool furniture, accessories and art. Rejoice!

The goal was for bloggers to pick a favorite chair off a list provided by Chairish and create a styleboard around this chair. It's supposed to express color and steer away from an all neutral scheme.

I picked a danish teak lounge chair upholstered in a hot pink raspberry tweed fabric. How bold. The masculine lines keep it from feeling super feminine. I got a sense of energy off the color and think it'd make a really cool accent chair. A chair to lounge in, hence the name, to sit and read. But knowing me, it's say you're gonna read and end up on your phone.

While the rest of the items in this reading vignette are fairly neutral, I picked accessories to offset and contrast the statement chair, leaving the chair the star of the show.

The pink sea urchin art, complements the hot pink chair without being matchy.

The dark blue pillow adds contrast and brings in some pattern while not competing with the geometirc pattern on the nuetral rug.

The brass floor lamps warms up the bright chair.

It's all about the balance.

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art :: books :: lamp :: server :: pillow :: vase :: rug :: chair

Anyone who has a hot pink chair in their home is eff yoo en FUN in my book.

Be sure to check out Chairish and load up on awesome and be sure to check out more of their accent chairs HERE. Something for everyone.

Happy Wednesday!


Lovett Kitchen Reveal

We've been enjoying our renovated kitchen for over a month now, I believe. Almost two, actually. Now that it's done even TH is like, I can't believe we didn't do it sooner. And I'm like, I told you so. We hang out in it a lot now and as tweeted here, it's even become my new favorite workspace. I work while he cooks, it's a sweet situation.

When I looked at the before pictures, I was reminded of what 1954 looked like. Time stopped in our kitchen. But now it's part of the modern era and I feel way better about having people hang out in the space.

Brace your eyes for the befores.

Before

We opened up the feel by knocking down that back wall and creating a counter for stools. Removed were also the peninsula and the upper cabinet. Kitchen now feels so much wider and we now have more counter space.

We got rid of the oven to allow for extra counter space on this side of the kitchen and replaced that lower space with drawers for pots and pans.

And now for the afters, as shot by my photographer/friend, Sabra.

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Sink big enough for Felix to bathe in.

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TH loves cooking now more than ever and he loves that I included a spice drawer to the left of the stove there for him.

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Stools are from Serena and Lily.

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By extending the counters, we no longer had room for a table in the space. I didn't want to deal with having to replace or move windows so I decided to fill the area with a built-in bookcase for Felix's toys and dogs bowls. And since this sort of creates a little play space for Felix, I went with chalkboard paint for the back of the counter cabinet doors. Chalkboard paint has been way done but felt it was really appropriate for this space.

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You might remember from this post about the pineapple wallpaper. TH was just not going to go for it and the more I thought about it, the more I realized maybe he was right about me potentially getting tired of it. I still think it's super cute but it also wasn't right for this space. I wanted something really clean and open.

The second I sent him this butterfly art though, he said yes! I feel it balances all the white and ties in with my ebay-found rug.

Also from that post was the pendant debate. Although I didn't go with any of the options, I decided to go with a different glass one to tie in the glass cabinet doors on either side of the sink. Love the way the brass pics up the brass from the fixture over the sink.

 Ta-da. Dinner at our place.

Happy Thursday!


Tio's: update

Remember when I mentioned working on this project? Well it's so close to opening I can practically taste the tacos.

I've been sharing updates periodically on twitter (#tioseastvale) but when it came to the blog, I just bailed on you guys. I made note of it and never opened up the discussion again.

I like instant gratification and am a huge fan of straight forward before and afters. Some people, I realize, prefer to be taken through the journey and like knowing the thought process of the project. I'm more like, just show me the pretty pictures.

Today I'm extra terrible because I don't exactly have pretty pictures for you. Just a bunch of iphone pictures depicting how far it's come. It's always a little bittersweet. At first you're excited and you think you can't wait until it's finished, you see the progress and before you know it, it's complete. And it makes you a little sad because you get attached.

But good thing it's family cause I could stop in anytime.

One the left here you see the space was an office of some sort, and to the right it was a Hawaiian fast food joint. The shared wall was opened up to create one space. The left is now the casual dining area and the right is still the ordering area, modified to Tio's specifications.

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Then it was this big construction zone.

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And day by day things progressed. I just noticed the before place also had a half-painted wall. Appropriately enough, ours is Sherwin Williams Jalapeño.

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and progressed.

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The ladies bathroom

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art was hung.

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And now it's almost open!

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Imagine if all projects moved along as fast as my narration.

Hopefully I won't disappoint in sharing professional photos.

Happy Thursday!


Lovett Kitchen Update

We're on week two of our kitchen renovation and we're three days behind schedule. Gah. I don't mind eating Sharky's for dinner most nights but washing dishes in the tub got old quick. We try to keep the dirty dishes down to a minimum but somehow they keep finding their way in there. Total firstworldproblems, right? I mean, some people don't even have tubs. Joke.

I'm seeing the big picture though and can pretty much visualize it all in my head but TH still needs some cajoling, specifically toward the pineapple wallpaper I love. But they're pineapples, I say. And he looks at me like, that's why. I guess it's the equivalent of him showing me baseball cards.

Even though cabinets aren't yet painted and it's still dusty everywhere, I think it's coming along. My idea was to share before pictures and maybe some during pictures but by the time I get to sit down at night and write a blog post, the only thing I want to do is watch Housewives. And Ladies of London (!!!), which is basically just Housewives of London with etiquette. But that's a whole other blog post. That someone else needs to write.

So picture this, black trim windows. White cabinetry. White subway tile backsplash. Brass sconce over farm sink with polished nickel faucet. Mixing metals is still a thing. Quartzite countertops, maybe wallpaper. And black hardware to contrast the white cabinetry and coordinate with the black trim windows. I want to keep it simple and fresh because it's a small space but other times I feel like I'm mixing too much. And I'm not talking about my alcohol this time.

 I'm stuck on which pendants to purchase to hang over counter where stools will go. Oh jeez, which reminds me, I need to find stools too.

Focus. Here's a quick visual.

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Which pendant?

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TH likes two but I'm not sold. I like four but think it might be too industrial. Then I for sure thought one but thought it'd be white overload with the cabinetry.  I like the shape of three but the half exposed bulb of one and four. And I love the brass accents of each, tying in with the brass sconce. They're also a great price.

Every time I think I know the one, I change my mind. I could just buy one of each to test and return the rest?

#designerproblems

 They're all from restoration hardware and they have the best customer service.

Happy Thursday.

PS - There's a little designer insights interview I was featured on. So if you have time to read what I said about TH, check it here!


Anatomy of a Picnic Guide

Sweet, it's picnic season and this summer a picnic gathering is definitely on the list. Whether for an outdoor concert, or at a lake, or a  park, I've grown to think they're pretty fun, actually. Thank the cheese. But really the wine.

And since TH has been cooking up a storm and his current style is casual, simple summer, I think he'd pack a darn good meal. So he's for sure invited. You can check out his food blog here.

That leaves me to gathering the picnic basics. So when Red Envelope contacted me to participate in their Anatomy of A Picnic Guide, I thought it was the ideal fit to show my picnic style. I mean, stile.

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In lieu of a traditional picnic basket, I chose a woven tote which can be used for the pool or beach. Plus, it's on sale.

I wanted to add some color and pattern so pink cocktail napkins and coordinating disposable cups show the cute side of my stile.

For color contrast, I went for yellow plates to coordinate with the wooden forks. Also disposable.

For an evening picnic, an insect repellent candle will keep you from having to share your food with bugs and add some glow if you're on a romantic one. Don't forget the matches to light it up.

Tying it all together is the beautiful honeycomb throw, a great backdrop for all the delicious food.

Happy Thursday!


Splurge vs Save

Our kitchen remodel starts on Monday. I've never been more excited to see something get torn down.

As much as you try to save where you can, there just isn't any escaping how pricey kitchens are to renovate. Labor, materials and appliances, it adds up and it adds up fast. Which is why we've waited so long to take the plunge.

And like I mentioned before, this isn't our forever home so we are trying to make some budget-conscience decisions because we're financially responsible like that.

So as much as TH fell for the Aga stove, it would be a stupid decision to put something that pricey into a home we would eventually move from. Doubtful any home buyer would appreciate its beauty as much as TH.

As part of the Splurge vs. Save campaign Credit Card Insider asked me to be a part of, I thought I'd share another kitchen item we're saving on.

I love the look of farmer/apron sinks but those too can get pricey. So I came across one that looks like a long lost twin that married rich. It's three times as much. You'd think it'd wash the dishes for you. And we already have an actual dishwasher, so save it is.

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Um, I'll take three saves please.

Happy savings!