How to Make Your Bed Look Designer-Level in 6 Steps

How to Make Your Bed Look Designer-Level in 6 Steps

 

I’ve always been fascinated with bed linens, and I enjoy dressing my bed every day. I’m real particular on how the sheets are put on the bed (the top sheet should be right side down, making it right side up when you fold it over – yes, I’m that picky).

This might come as a shock, but…

1.       I like cotton sheets with 200-300 thread count. Higher thread counts don’t breathe as well. Honestly, my favorite sheets come from Target.

2.       I also like the sheets to feel crisp. Back in my younger days, I would line dry and iron them. Oh, to have the time to do that now! 

No matter the type of sheets, the fun part to me is all the pieces that go into bed linens. In fact, the bed linens make your bed the main feature in your bedroom.

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3 Design Tips to Help You Live the Good Life

3 Design Tips to Help You Live the Good Life

 We all live such busy lives that it can seem like we hardly have a chance to rest and relax, but when we do have that spare minute, we tend to spend our time enjoying some well-deserved rest at home.

 In California, we are finally done with the record-setting rainy season. This past weekend, my family and I had a chance to enjoy time in the backyard, lounging around the pool with a great bottle of wine and some snacks.

 As I sat there watching the kids and dogs jump in and out of the pool, sipping wine and noshing on cheese and crackers, I realized how that moment was just like how interior design is supposed to feel – good.

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3 Interior Aesthetics that Would Improve Game of Thrones

3 Interior Aesthetics that Would Improve Game of Thrones

Once upon a time, I was one of those people who hadn’t seen Games of Thrones. *gasp* When the final season came out, I decided it was time to join the band wagon and watch it.

I ordered HBO and binged watched all 8 seasons in one week. And, I have to say, I LOVED it.

When I watch any good television program (like Downton Abbey or The Crown), I am always intrigued by the sets they use as much as the plots themselves.

From day one of my Game of Thrones binge, I became acutely aware of the absence of color in their various sets. Byzantine times were, in fact, filled with color, and I can’t help think the White Walkers just went crazy from looking at all that white snow. After all, they snatched up newborn babies to turn their eyes a beautiful aqua blue - proof to me that they just craved some color!

I sometimes think I might turn into a White Walker if I look at one more white kitchen or one more white living room on Instagram.

If you follow some simple, basic rules of color harmony, you’ll easily find yourself living in your own TV set of glorious color – no White Walkers necessary. Hop onto your dragon and head out your local hobby store to buy a color wheel.

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How to Easily Choose the Best Recliner for Your Space

How to Easily Choose the Best Recliner for Your Space

Did your childhood home have a “Dad’s Chair”? You know, that chair with overstuffed curves and bad fabric that was entirely too large for the room. It was the place where your dad likely jerked back the lever with a big clunk and stretched out while watching football. Ah, memories.

Reclining chairs have gotten a bad rap in the past and there was a time that, as a designer, I would do anything to talk a client out of a recliner by suggesting a chaise lounge, a chair-and-a-half, or chair and an ottoman to get that comfy and cozy feeling. …But I have to say, recliners have come a long way. Many of them are now masquerading as lovely and classy looking chairs.

Since many of our clients ask for reclining chairs in their family room design, I make it my mission to explore all options and manufacturers. I often select Comfort Design as the chair we put in our clients designs and now in our own showroom.

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How to Design a White Sofa Perfect for Kids and Pets

When you see the beautiful off-white sofa in The Shoppe at KTJ Design Co, I’m sure you’re thinking that would never work in your home.

We get it. Real life means dirty kids, shedding pets, and inevitable spills. …but guess what?

That off-white sofa with linen style upholstery, deep cushions and curvy arms is perfect for your casual life because it is covered in a fabric that is soft, breathable, durable, water-repellant and stain-resistant. Your pets, kids, guests, and busy schedule just meet their match with high performance fabrics,

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7 Useful Bathroom Accessories You’ll Want to Try

7 Useful Bathroom Accessories You’ll Want to Try

I just completed a master bathroom remodel (tour coming soon) and wanted to highlight the “final touches” of all our bathroom remodels: selecting accessories. As much as we like designing the layout and picking just the right shower head, toilet, or tile, it is much more fun to pick out the accessories, especially since they can often double as décor items.

Currently, we are working on a pool house design for this Showcase House project and deciding on the accessories. Since the home is occupied by three young children, and mostly children will be using the pool house bathroom, we are picking out fun colors and shapes. Keep reading to see what we picked.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Interior Designers

6 Things You Need to Know About Interior Designers

My phones have been ringing off the hook since we opened our new design studio, and we’ve gotten a lot of questions about how interior designers work with homeowners. Today, I’m taking the mystique out of interior design and telling you exactly why you need a professionally trained interior designer in your corner during your next remodeling or redecorating project.

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House Tour: White, Gray & Gold Remodel

We meet this Mother and Daughter duo when they were remodeling Daughter’s new home. They had a contractor and the home had been gutted down to the studs, but the draftsman the contractor had used didn’t quite bring the space plan to their satisfaction. The master bathroom didn’t have the best layout, and they had wanted a large island in the kitchen, but weren’t sure how to lay it out. Plus they had frequented all the local design showrooms and saw lots of pretty things but couldn’t decide on anything.

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Stockton Interior Designer Transforms Industrial Space into Design Mecca

 When I was a little girl, I never wanted to have birthday parties because I was afraid no one would come. Turns out, I had that same fear about our grand opening. However, we had a whopping 116 people show up for our ribbon cutting and grand opening.

 “I just want to live here!”

 This was my favorite comment received that evening. This tells me I got it right.

 After many successful years at our Harding Way studio, I decided I wanted more than a Design Studio, I wanted an actual furniture boutique store. I wanted to be that “shoppe girl.”

 

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