Tuesday, February 28, 2012

House Tour A Clients Makeover

Recently I finished up a project that I have been dying to share with you. This had to be one of the favorite projects due in fact to the amazing clients that I had the opportunity to work with on it. 

Below are some of the after photos. 

Living Room

Living Room 

Family Room 

Family Room 

Master Bedroom 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Crewel is Cool

For a long time I have had a love affair with crewel fabrics; they are so elegant and yet can be so much fun.
Below are some photos from a clients master bedroom that we just completed.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Its Getting Hot... And We Have A Kindle Fire to Giveaway to One Lucky Follower

I’ve got a new giveaway for you guys today, and I’m pretty positive you’re gonna love it! I have a Kindle Fire ($199 value!) to giveaway to one lucky reader! This tablet is really awesome – WiFi enabled, access to thousands of popular apps as well as 19 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books! It has super fast web browsing powered by Amazon Silk, and you get cloud storage for all of your Amazon content. It’s pretty rad. Sounds like a plan to me! Enter to win below!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Clients Master Bedroom Transformation

Recently we completed a design plan for a clients master bedroom. Below are the "before" pictures.

The window treatments are just simple vertical blinds.

The ceiling fan although functional was not very appealing.

The concept was simple; change the wall color, add new window treatments, new lighting and accessories, and new furniture pieces. 

Below are the 3D Design Concepts

 Below are the "after" pictures.

Behind the mirror is a 42" LCD TV.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Setting the Table for Spring-Easter

Even if spring hasn’t officially sprung, we’re ready to celebrate its arrival. It’s been a long winter in many parts of the country and lots of us are suffering from the winter doldrums. What better way to welcome the new season than with a table setting inspired by Spring? These are eight of our favorite interior design ideas for spring table decor.
Birds Nests
We love the little bird’s nests on the place settings. The budding branches are a nice alternative to flowers.
Daisies & Gingham
Dining al fresco is one of the best parts of Spring. The blue gingham runner reminds us of picnic blankets. We like how the gingham is also used on the ribbons and cushions. The daisies are an inexpensive and happy accent.
How nice to give your guest a small pot of grape hyacinth to take home! Grape hyacinth is one of the earliest spring flowers to pop up. This is a great idea for an early Spring brunch or party.
Spring Green
Pink and green is a classic color combination. We think this is a fun, modern take for a Spring party.
Yellow & White
Daffodils, yellow tulips or even daisies combined with white and yellow linens and place settings create a warm, inviting table.

We love the small flower arrangements called posies used on this table. Blues, pinks and greens combined with white accents are fresh for table decor.
Daffodils and tulips are the most popular Spring flowers. Subtle and muted tones in the place settings and linens allow the focus to be on the lovely mixed daffodil centerpiece.
Another way to introduce green into your Spring table scape is moss. We think the moss runner is adorable. The green Bells of Ireland are another terrific green accent.
I love the bird’s nest idea with those cool melamine plates. Perfect for us living in Florida and we can have your spring celebrations outdoors! The pinks, aquas, and purples of the setting that incorporates posies reminds me of pastel Easter eggs. Which one is your favorite?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Transforming that boring mirror into something great

Chances are, there's one hanging in your house or apartment right now: A large mirror affixed to the wall with unsightly plastic brackets. You don't want to spend the resources/freedom/time to replace the whole mirror, but you don't want to deal with the plain-ness any longer. Here's a green idea: frame it!
Work with what you've got and use some creative framing solutions to transform your space. MirrorMate is a company which makes frames that stick on top of any large mirror. At MirrorMate, you can find a frame for any taste . The company has committed to being as environmentally-conscious as they can, so that's an added green bonus.

Friday, February 17, 2012

We would like to Congratulate our Giveaway Winner..

We would like to Congratulate our mirror giveaway winner Melissa!
Stay tuned we will be announcing another giveaway next week. Hope everyone has a great weekend. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What to do with that large empty wall

It’s amazing how blank walls are transformed when almost anything is hung on them!
 They immediately burst to life, making a room feel homey and lived in rather than sterile and impersonal. Fill them with fun, decorative accessories or functional space savers. Either way – there are lots of options for making them interesting. Here are some ideas on how to turn empty walls into eye candy! 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Great Gift Ideas For Him or Her

Valentine Day is here again on February 14th. If you see on TV or movies, getting Valentine’s gift for her can be an easy thing or a difficult task. You can stop by at the nearest gift store or bookstore, pick up your gift. Deciding which gift to give is the difficult part. The following gift ideas can provide some ideas how you can pick the right thing for your girlfriend, wife, daughter or close best lady friend. Also always remember the cute valentine card to tag along this gift. Then, all you need to do is wait for the "V" day. So, here are the few ideas for you to select the best valentine day gift for your partner.

Just in case, you need to present the gift, the following is the top 10 best Valentine Gifts under $100. If you need other gift ideas with certain budget, please check my other article.

1. Chocolate

Chocolate and Flowers. Maybe seems boring. But they are never fail as a romantic gifts for the loved one. And ladies will not feel bored receiving it as presents. 
Leonidas Belgian Chocolates Luxury Collection 32 Piece Gift Box
  • 32 pieces of premium chocolates
  • Elegantly packaged in a luxury gift box.
  • Assorted fillings in milk, dark, and white chocolate coverings.
  • Melt-in-your-mouth guaranteed
  • Not-bitter dark chocolate

Godiva Gourmet Valentine's Day Chocolate Gift Basket
  • Consists of Godiva Milk Chocolate Chocoiste Bar, Godiva Milk Chocolate Strawberries, Godiva Dark Chocolate Truffle Biscuits.
  • A Stuffed Polar Bear with a bow tie and Red Heart saying “I Love You”
  • All wrapped with a red satin hand-tied bow and rose

2. Beauty Product

Like to see her beautiful's face? Assist her in keeping the smoothness and glow of her face by sending her the correct beauty product. You might be confused with what to choose. Here is one of the best choices for her. 
Philosophy The Joy of Great Skin
  • A set of beauty product
  • 8 oz exfoliating wash cream
  • 8 oz facial cleanser
  • 2 oz all skin types moisturizer
  • 5 oz eye and lip firming cream
  • 1 oz peptide crystals or micro delivery peel vit C
  • 1 oz activating gel
  • Best selling and award winning products for facial treatment

3. Jewelry

Hmm... Jewelry might be costly for some men. But if you want to impress her, it is really worth giving. Because with the right choice of jewelry, it will sure boost the confidence and beauty of her looks or self esteem.
Product Details
Freshwater Sterling Silver Pearl Pendant
  • Sterling Silver Heart-Shaped Pearl Pendant
  • Very good uniformity of the pearl
  • Freshwater-cultured pearl
  • Gorgeous and classic pendant
  • Complimentary sterling silver chain covered with white gold
  • Packed in elegant velvet lined box

4. Watches

Some people say that good-quality watches are expensive. The more expensive, the better. But not necessarily like that. With careful judgement and analysis, you can also send her good quality watch with reasonable price. And she sure will love it. 
Invicta Wildflower Collection Stainless Steel Watch
  • 16 white diamonds set on bezel
  • Precise Swiss-quartz movement
  • 335 ft. water resistant depth
  • Durable flame-fusion crystal
  • Analog display
  • Polished stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Date function

GUESS Women's Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch G85926L
  • A geometric classic with clean lines & a chic sensibility
  • Made with Stainless Steel material
  • 22mm case diameter, not too small and not too big.
  • Silver band color
  • Quartz dial movement
  • Can be used up to 30 meters under water resistant depth

5. Wallet/ Purse/ Handbag

A woman will feel not complete without one. One for special occasion, another fit the casual attire, the other one is for going to work, etc. So, don't be confused why a wallet is enough for men and women never feel satisfied with her entire wardrobe collection.
Hobo International Official Store, HOBO-1841 Drew, hobobags.com
  • Vintage cracked leather
  • Printed plainweave lining
  • Can be used daily or for party

6. Picture Frame

Either you have just started your relationship or have been in the relationship for years, there might be lots and lots of unforgettable moments between you. Don't let it vanish, immortalize it in photos or pictures, and keep them in this picture frame that can store up to hundreds photos.
7-Inch Digital Picture Frame
  • Produced by Pandigital
  • 7.0" viewable LCD display
  • Can hold up to 6400 images
  • Stylish flat and black frame to fit any decor
  • 5 in 1 Card Reader - SD/MS/MS-PRO/MMC/XD
  • Other features: Calendar, Alarm, Clock, Audio, Video, Programmable ON/Off timer, Bluetooth, Wireless
  • 1GB Internal Memory

8. Clothing

Let’s try to be the most romantic man (even though only for once in a year). Send her your-choice-of- evening gown or dresses wrapped in a gold box with a romantic dinner invitation. Or a choice of night gown or lingerie if you are going to have in-house dinner. Be prepared that she will dress up perfectly on that night and you will get the loving compliment. But make sure that your relationship level is mature enough to send her this.
Long 100% Silk Chemise Nightgown
  • Made of 100% Silk for extra smoothness
  • Trimmed in lace and chiffon accents
  • Premium Fabric and Classic cut
  • Available in all sizes
  • Classy and sophisticated nightgown

9. Hobby-related

Whoever loves attention. So does her. Let her know that you pay attention to details that she likes and not like. Send her something which is related to her hobby. If she puts extra interest in make-up, this might be a good choice. 
Sigma Beauty 12 pc Professional Kit with Brush Roll
Sigma Makeup 12 pc Professional Kit
  • High quality professional makeup brushes
  • Contains 5 face brushes and 7 eye brushes
  • Include a brush roll

10. Gift Card

With a certain value of gift card in hands, you are giving her the freedom to choose whatever she likes. Try to go with her when she is using the gift-card, so you will have idea for her next gifts.

Gift Card
  • Decide the domination from $10.00 up to $1.000.00
  • Few designs are available
  • No expiration date
  • No additional fee
  • Redeemable towards millions of items storewide at amazon.com or endless.com
  • Available for immediate delivery by email, to Facebook or Print at home.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Summer Kitchen "Before and After"

One of the great things about living in Florida is that we have year round use of our outdoor spaces.
Recently we started working with a client to transform his patio into an outdoor space in which he could entertain in. 

This is the patio "before". The original summer kitchen that he had was built back in the 90's and featured laminate cabinets that had warped and would not properly close. 

The patio "after".

The old sink area was removed, instead of using cabinets outside we elected to use a stacked stone with stainless steel cabinets and appliances. The new countertops are granite. We used a glass tile on the back wall.

On the ceiling we added cypress and had it stained to tie into the tile and the stone creating a warm and inviting atmosphere to entertain in. The carpenter built a soffit so our electrician could add three pendant lights above the bar area.

By adding the bar we created seating for three.

The old grill was a free standing. The new grill is built in and has storage below.

The stacked stone creates a warm look and will also stand the test of time in the Florida heat.

The outside patio area was painted also tying back into the colors of the stone.

When working with a glass tile always remember to use a non-sanded grout.

Our thanks go out to our team that worked on this project:

Stacked Stone - Atlantic Tile and Stonework
Cypress Ceiling - 1st Choice Door and Millwork
Glass Tile Wall - Rudy and Ray Perez
Staining - Meridian Studios (Max Monarch)
Exterior Painting - Touch of Colours
Electrician - Dennis Crook
Granite - Earth Rock Granite