Thursday, August 23, 2012

Feeling Happy Today!

Today I found out that the Home2 Suites (West Valley City, UT) I helped designed the interiors is on the main page of the Home 2 Suites website! Proud moment here, 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!

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 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. 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 are great ways to bounce light in a room. You can also paint the walls across your windows a lighter shade, this will help 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
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
Having fabrics that have visual texture can make a piece of furniture, drapes, or a pillow look high end. 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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!

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. So 2 weeks ago I was reading a post from COTTDS, 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.) But I also found this beautiful pair of shoes that I have seen before somewhere, these Zara I Basic Sandals are gorgeous, and they were $49.99 free shipping, and they had my size! I couldn't resist so I got an orange pair.
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. If want to purchase some for yourself, you can click on the picture below.

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. I was able to find a place where you can design whatever you want and print the pattern on fabric! 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 so easy to the eyes, they add a touch of whimsical 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! Don't forget to leave a comment with your favorite one!

Chevron Meditative Blue

Ikat Chevron Meditative Blue

Distorted Chevron Meditative Blue

Visit to Utah Conservation Garden Park

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while, life is 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 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
Gertrude Jekyll Dwarf Periwinkle
Globe Peashrub
Golden Currant
Golden Ring Japanese Barberry     
Hens 'n' Chicks
Missouri Iris
Neon Stonecrop
Ornamental Onion
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!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Cool Environmental Friendly Products Finds

Hello there! I have been looking for environmental friendly products online, and I came across with these two I thought were great, so I had to share. The first one is a water saving shower head from, but what makes it different, and innovative in my opinion is that when you turn on the shower, automatically goes into trickle mode until the water is warm to prevent hot water loss. It conserves up to 2,700 gallons of water per year and it is only $59.99-$69.95 each, depending on what extra features you want. I think is a great way to give back to Mother Earth, and save some money on your energy bill.

The other one I found is this cast iron bathtub sofa from Ruff House Art, yes you read it right, they are made out of cast iron claw-foot bathtubs from the late 1800s and early 1900s. They are handmade to order, you can customized it any way you want, so it is truly a one of a kind product, the price is $2,000.00 + S&H, and the production time is 8 weeks. You can't denied it's a pretty cool way to save a bathtub from going to the landfill. I think these people are very smart and talented, don't you think? 
Cast Iron Bathtub Sofa