Thursday, August 23, 2012

Feeling Happy Today!


Today I found out that the Home2 Suites (West Valley City, UT) I helped design the interiors is on the main page of the Home 2 Suites website! I feel so happy, and proud at the same time, but I also feel happy for my clients because their hotel is the prettiest one! Ok, maybe I'm being too dramatic, but that is how I see it ;) If you want to see the photos click here for the main page (photos 2, 4, and 5,) and here for the About page (photo 1.) You have to wait for the slide to change, or you can click on the right arrow over the photo to change to the next picture.

Congrats Ereksons! You are the best people I know, and the best people to work with! I also have to give credit to Rimrock Construction (construction company,) they always did what I asked, and they were always nice to me.

Monday, August 20, 2012

How To Make Your House Look High End

This is a question I get a lot while working with clients, and who wouldn't want it, right? There are several tricks that can make any space look high end or more luxurious without spending a fortune; here are a few I  like to use:

Light Reflection - By Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.
LIGHTING
Lighting is the most important part of any space, it doesn't matter how much you have invested in your room if you don't have good lighting; without good lighting you won't even notice that you spent over $1000 on window treatment, or that $5000 chair in your room. Lighting can get tricky if you want to do it the right way because it is done by layers, but if you don't want to go into details, here are a few tips that can help a lot:

  • Don't use a single fixture to illuminate an entire room, if you don't have money to redo your ceiling lighting then get table and floor lamps in different areas of the room.
  • Bring light to every single space of the room. Try to get a few accessories that reflect light; these could be your lamp bases (made out of chrome, glass, or mercury;) mirrors; glossy, glass or metal accents; even your side tables can be made out of glass, or metal, or both. You can also paint the walls across your windows a light shade, or even white. This will reflect the light coming from your windows towards the room, the main idea here is to have light bouncing all around the room.

Light Fixture Statement - By Michael Abrams Limited
LIGHT FIXTURES
Make a statement with an interesting/bold light fixture, you can get these at great prices at your local home improvement store or any online lighting store. One of my favorite budget friendly online store for lighting is Lamps Plus, they have an insane amount of choices, and most of them have free shipping.

Velvet Drapery Panels - Via Restoration Hardware
FABRICS
Having fabrics that have visual texture can make a piece of furniture, drapes, or a pillow look expensive. So next time you are looking for any of the above, try to find fabrics that look like velvet, silk, or linen; if you like patterns then look for patterns over velvet or silk alike backgrounds.

Window Drapery - By Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.
HANGING DRAPERY
If you have short ceilings, always hang your drapes as close as possible to the ceiling, this will make your ceilings look higher, as well as elegant and sophisticated. If you can't find the height you are looking for in a store, or don't have the money to pay for custom draperies, you can always add another fabric at the top or bottom of the panel. The fabric can be another color, or even a fabric with a pattern, be creative!

Color Block Drapery - Via Google Images

Oversize Throw Pillows - By Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.
THROW PILLOWS
Next time you are in the hunt for throw pillows, look for pillows bigger than 18 inches, if they are too expensive make them yourself! It is the most easy thing to do, and if you want to get fancy you can even add a zipper and a self-welt as well. Pillows that are 18 inches or less can be read as store bought, and remember good design is in the details. Another good trick is to overfill your pillow covers, so for example if you have a 22-inch pillow cover, get a 24-inch down pillow insert instead, this will make the pillow look fuller (expensive.)

Architectural Moulding - Via Marcus Design
ARCHITECTURAL MOULDING
Making your architectural mouldings bigger makes any room feel richer and high end. You can add box trim,  make your crown moulding wider and base molding taller. A good trick for wider crown moldings is to install a thin piece of trim 5 to 4 inches below your existing crown moulding, then paint the wall area between the two trim pieces the same color and finish as the existing crown moulding.

Black Doors - By Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.
BLACK DOORS
Another good trick to make your space look high end is by painting your interior doors black, even if you have simple and inexpensive doors. This bold contrast adds elegance and sophistication; just remember to incorporate black accents into the rest of the decor so everything looks cohesive.

Wood Flooring - Via Marcus Design
WOOD FLOORING
Wood flooring will always make a room feel luxurious, no other flooring feels as rich as wood. Although this can get very expensive, it is worth the investment, especially when you get to sell your house you will get a big return for it.

Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Gold Jewelry

I used to use yellow gold when I was in high school, and for some reason I got tired of it, so I moved to silver and white gold, which I love. But recently I'm finding yellow gold attractive again, so I started wearing my old jewelry... I just think I'm missing my type of perfect earrings.. a pair of ball stud earrings, they look so classic and go with everything.

I found several places that sell these, but I always find them a bit pricey. A couple of minutes ago I found a pair on Ebay that is 8mm diameter at a reasonable price

Anyway, I'm going to bed, I have a crazy week coming my way :( Wish you the best this week. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Professional Work: Fabric for Sale!


Hello there! Remember that I started designing fabric patterns? And then I decided to sell one of them online? Well I loved it so much that I made a collection called Chevron Collection; I added different chevron patterns in 3 colors total. I think they look great! You can click on the link above for the collection, or click on any of the photos below if you want to purchase.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Zara Basic Sandals

Ohh Zara, we fell in love 2 weeks ago, and I think I'll love you for the rest of my life. I bet you already know about this awesome store Zara, and if you don't... now you know. It has the cutest shoes ever, but they also have cute clothing as well. So 2 weeks ago I was reading a fashion blog called COTTDS, which I love, she uses a lot of black, and I noticed a pair of shoes to die for:

Zara Asymmetric Heels
And of course they were discontinued (this is the story of my life, a bit late Carol,) I looked everywhere but no sing of them, then I went on Ebay and there they were...but for $254.00 + Shipping! Anyway with sadness in my face I went back to the store website to check what other things they had, and I noticed a beautiful pair of shoes that I have seen before on my daily reads, but I didn't pay attention before, these Zara I Basic Sandals are gorgeous, and they were $49.99, free shipping, no taxes; I felt like I was in heaven! Mostly because they had my size, so I couldn't resist and I got a pair. After clicking the "Process Order" button I thought "Crap! How am I going to explain it to my hubby? What I have done?," because we are on saving mode right now, so this is not a justified purchase... I really don't need shoes! But they are so beautiful :) I guess I will be asking for forgiveness.

Anyway, I don't regret I got them, why? Fist, I wore them for the first time yesterday when I went to the mall, I got so many compliments! Really, not kidding... girls and boys. Second, I went to the website to check other colors, and they are gone! All of the colors and sizes are gone, I got mine in orange/beige/black. You can get some on Ebay, a bit more money than the original price, but if you love them like I do, I think is worth the extra pennies.
Zara Basic Sandal All Colors



Zara I Basic Sandal Two Tone
Aren't they gorgeous? Love them!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Professional Work: Fabric for Sale!

Hello everyone, I finally got my fabric samples and decided which one will be on sale, well it is on sale already. I decided to go with the Distorted Chevron Meditative Blue, I really like the big scale of this chevron, and that it looks like an ikat pattern. I ordered mine in Organic Cotton Sateen; the blue is a bit darker than the picture here, but it came out really good, it is actually a perfect aqua/gray/blue tone. The approximate size of the chevron from the highest point to the lowest point is 6". 

How it gets printed? It is digital textile printing, but I think Spoonflower has a better way of explaining it, so read below:
Digital textile printers are large-format inkjet printers specially modified to run fabric. Unlike conventional textile manufacturing, digital printing entails very little waste of fabric, ink, water or electricity. Spoonflower prints using eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks on natural fiber textiles. No additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process.
What am I making with my fabric? A pillow for my living room. I'll feel very proud to have it there, and be able to see it everyday. If want to purchase some for yourself, you can click on the picture below.


Distorted Chevron Meditative Blue
DISTORTED CHEVRON MEDITATIVE BLUE

If you want to read about the other fabric designs click here.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Professional Work: Fabric Design

I have always wanted to design fabrics because I love textiles. So finally I decided to go for it, and do it. I wanted to start with something simple that didn't take hours of thinking, so I created 3 chevron patterns with same color palette. One is straight geometric, and the other two are more informal, but slightly different in appearance and size. Chevron patterns are one of my favorites, they add a touch of whimsical and timeless touch to any space.

One of the 3 patterns will be on sale soon at Spoonflower, and you'll be able to choose from 9 different basecloths. I'm waiting on my samples to arrive so I can approve which pattern will be for sale. I'm very excited! Please let me know which pattern you like the best!

Chevron Meditative Blue
THICK CHEVRON MEDITATIVE BLUE

Ikat Chevron Meditative Blue
IKAT CHEVRON MEDITATIVE BLUE

Distorted Chevron Meditative Blue
DISTORTED CHEVRON MEDITATIVE BLUE

Visit to Utah Conservation Garden Park

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't post in a while, school is getting crazy! Anyhow, I have some pictures of my visit to the Utah Conservation Garden Park, they are not the best because I forgot my camera (good one Carol!) so I had to use my husband's phone camera, and because I don't know it well, well... they look bad.

The good news are that the park rocks! I loved it, it is pretty informative and makes you realize that there are tons of plants that can save water and look beautiful at the same time. I think this is a great weekend activity/trip to add to your list if you live in the Salt Lake City area, and if you don't, you can always check their website at conservationgardenpark.org and look for plants in their database. They have pictures of each plant in the park per season, this way you know how it looks in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Here are some of my favorite:

Autumn Joy Sedum
Doctor Alexander Fleming Peony
Dragon's Blood Stonecrop
Gayfeather
Gertrude Jekyll Dwarf Periwinkle
Globe Peashrub
Golden Currant
Golden Ring Japanese Barberry     
Hens 'n' Chicks
Missouri Iris
Neon Stonecrop
Ornamental Onion
Plumbago
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
Ruby Mantle Stonecrop
Tall Switch Grass
Tor Birchleaf Spirea
Not all of the above save a lot of water, the majority do. The park's principle is to "plant in a smart way," they want to teach personal responsibility for conserving water, and empower people to be waterwise; that means that you would avoid having huge pieces of grass where you waste hundreds of gallons of water, or plant plants that are native to tropical weathers if you live in a desert, and the list goes on... So become smart, get informed, and save water!