Author: Firoozeh Khorrami

Cisco Home

Last week I attended a great party hosted by Cisco Home, in their South Pasadena location.  It was the first time I had been to the showroom, and I was very impressed.  Not only is the history of this company interesting but Cisco Home is a great example of a Green business.  They manufacture locally in South Central Los Angeles, they reuse, and recycle old, vintage, and antique items, like old jars, reclaimed woods, re purposed and re use as much as possible, and create beautiful, lighting, furniture and accessories.  It has become a great source of inspiration and shopping for me.

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Shut The Front Door!

What better way to give a preview of what’s in the interior, than by dressing the front door of your home. Paying attention to the outside details, makes a big impact on the curb appeal of your home. Don’t be afraid of selecting a bright vibrant color, your neighbors will approve.


The combination of black & white, the orange door, and the apple green bench in the entrance of this home is electric, and very fresh. Bringing in a contemporary element to a traditional home.


 Maybe bronze isn’t your style, but don’t let fear of color steer you into selecting a dull color, select a bright vibrant color that makes you happy and brings a smile to your face when you approach the front door.




Don’t forget about the hardware, it’s like jewelry. Make a statement!!

Think outside the box, go beyond your comfort zone; and If you need help with your selection or can’t make up your mind give me a call.

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How to Create a Cozy Bedroom

Let’s face it; we all have such hectic lives, at the end of the day, retiring to a restful and cozy bedroom would be so luxurious. A luxury that can be attained easily; by selecting a soothing color palette, soft fabrics, and a little sparkle, your bedroom can be the peaceful and relaxing room you’ve been longing for.

Start by selecting your color palette, choose calming colors:  Soft blues (B&M 708 White Rain), greens (B&M 499 Glazed Green) , and lavender (B&M 1415 Lavender Secret) are good options for calming your nerves.

560beb068c67c8841a7ef35b0b71025eDon’t forget to include your master bathroom and create a complete retreat. Pick a color one shade lighter or darker so the two rooms have a cohesive look. Sometimes just a fresh coat of paint is all you need to make a complete transformation.

Use a Monochromatic color scheme:  Monochromatic doesn’t mean all white or boring, with the right attention paid to the selection of color, texture, scale and proportion monochromatic can be sophisticated, serene, stylish, soothing and relaxed.Select drapery fabric that’s in the same color range as your wall color. Add interest by using an elegant fabric like a silk taffeta, the smooth shiny texture of the fabric will draw attention to the windows. Don’t forget the details, a little trim at the lead edge, or simple hardware installed at the right height can make the windows look taller and bring in more light.

For the largest piece of furniture in the room, the bed itself, how about an upholstered headboard covered in smooth velvet  and tufted for added luxury. I like the headboard in the picture above; upholstered with beautiful velvet from Kravet; it’s contemporary and chic. The height makes the room grand, the color is warm, and the fabric is soft. It’s nice to wake up in a room painted with the right shade of pink; try Farrow and Ball’s Pink Ground it’s a happy color and does wonders for the complexion.

 

Bedding: Try to stay away from bedding that has bright or dark colors, this includes bath towels. Once bed and bath linens are washed a couple of times the color fades and they look old and tiered. My favorite bedding is white, it’s clean and versatile. It can always be freshened up with some new pillows and won’t fade in the wash. If you must have some color, try adding it with accent pillows, a colorful bed skirt and head board. Night stands are as important as the bed itself, not only a place for elegant table lamps, and some fresh flowers; but night stands help anchor the bed. When selecting a night stand make sure it is as tall as your mattress. Try to keep your furniture selection eclectic like the bedroom above, designed by Martin Lawrence Bullard. The mirrored bed is so “delicious” and the de Gournay wall paper adds the right amount of whimsy. The beautiful rock crystal chandelier could be from Ebanista, and the murano glass table lamps balance the room and give it symmetry.

 

A plush rug on the floor adds warmth and comfort.  Shag rugs have made a come back and are available in an array of colors.  They are not too expensive, easy to take care of, and are so soft under your feet.

 

A beautiful chandelier brings sparkle and glamor to the sexiest room in the house.  Not only are chandeliers aesthetically pleasing but they are also a better source for general lighting.  The light from a chandelier not only shines down, but also reflects off the ceiling and illuminates a much larger area than recessed down lights do, especially with low ceilings.

So don’t fall asleep, start planning, and if you need help don’t hesitate to call me!

These images plus more beautiful bedrooms are on my Pinterest Board here!

by Firoozeh Khorrami

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Orange & Turquoise or Should I Say Hermes & Tiffany

When I was little I loved Tiffany s, I loved the pretty blue box wrapped with white ribbon, and I dreamed of getting a present from them.  When I was a teenager I was introduced to Hermes, I’m not sure what I liked more, the pretty orange box with brown signature ribbon or what was inside.   I do keep the boxes I get from designer boutiques, I’m not sure why I hang on to them and it seems that I’m not the only person with such a collection. Who would’ve thought boxes from beautiful and luxurious fashion houses would make a fabulous accessory for the home?  I especially like the combination of Tiffany blue and Hermes orange.






I like Tiffany Blue for the spring, and I’m seeing a lot of it used in fashion accessories.

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Turquoise and orange make a vibrant color combination in interior spaces.  Turquoise is fresh and bright and orange is warm and inviting.  The combination is young, fun and classic.

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What do you think? Are you daring enough to use these colors in your home?

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

This morning while driving my son to school I was watching the all girls at the cross walk.  They were dressed in pink and red, carrying bags filled with candy. They were so cute, it took me back to elementary school, and how much fun it was to trade candy and cards on Valentine’s Day.

Wishing you all a beautiful, joyful, and blessed Valentine’s Day! 

These are a few Red Rooms that I love.

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How To Pick Paint Color For Interior Trim.

comedor en tonos grises y ocreA question I’m often asked when I go for color consultations is,  do we have to paint the trim white?  or is there a standard trim color?  well there are certainly a few shades of whites that are popular to paint interior trim with like, Cloud White (B&M 967), or Swiss Coffee (DE W341), but there are more options. Remember  white is a color and comes in different shades so select the color for interior trim after you have selected the rest of the colors in the space, you might want to pick a white with yellow, pink or lavender undertone.  If your wall color is darker you might want to go with a creamier white.  Architectural millwork, trim and moldings don’t have to be painted white,they can be painted the same color as the walls or darker.  Painting the walls and the trim the same color is more contemporary and creates the illusion of a higher ceiling.

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If you are applying a wall-covering or a special wall treatment, it might be nice to paint the Architectural millwork and trim a complimenting color.

 

In the dining room below the crown moldings are painted white while all the other Architectural millwork is stained.  Which shade of white, or even if the trim should be white all depends on the color that’s going on the walls, the style of the home, and the feeling the home owner is trying to evoke.

In this beautiful library the detail in the paneling and crown molding is painted darker to  highlight the millwork and emphasis the rooms French style.

One thing to consider when picking trim color is other colors that are on the existing casework and cabinets.   If you have white kitchen cabinets you can use the same or complimenting white on the rest of the interior trim. If you would like a crisp contrast between the walls and the moldings you need to select a much brighter shade for the trim.

If you need help selecting colors for your room, contact me here.

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How to Pick Color for Interior Trim


A question I’m often asked when I go for color consultations is, do we have to paint the trim white?  Or is there a standard trim color?  Well, there are certainly a few shades of whites that are popular to paint interior trim with like, Cloud White (B&M 967), or Swiss Coffee (DE W341), but there are more options. Remember  white is a color and comes in different shades so select the color for interior trim after you have selected the rest of the colors in the space, you might want to pick a white with yellow, pink or lavender undertone.  If your wall color is darker you might want to go with a creamier white.  Architectural millwork, trim and moldings don’t have to be painted white, they can be painted the same color as the walls or darker.  Painting the walls and the trim the same color is more contemporary and creates the illusion of a higher ceiling.

 

If you are applying a wall-covering or a special wall treatment, it might be nice to paint the Architectural millwork and trim a complimenting color.


 In the dining room below the crown moldings are painted white while all the other Architectural millwork is stained.


Which shade of white, or even if the trim should be white all depends on the color that’s going on the walls, the style of the home, and the feeling the home owner is trying to evoke.


In this beautiful library the detail in the paneling and crown molding is painted darker to highlight the millwork and emphasis the room’s French style.

One thing to consider when picking trim color is other colors that are on the existing casework and cabinets.   If you have white kitchen cabinets you can use the same or complimenting white on the rest of the interior trim. If you would like a crisp contrast between the walls and the moldings select a much brighter shade for the trim or darker shade for the walls.

If you need help selecting colors for your room, contact me here.

all images are from our Pinterest page here

If you would like an interior designer in the Los Angeles area to help you design the home you’ve been dreaming of;  contact me  here.

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Wallpaper

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Wallpaper has gained popularity in the past few years; I’ve noticed that may clients are liking the idea of using some kind of wall covering in their homes and offices.  Selecting wall covering like anything in a design of a space needs a little thought and a few points to consider.  First don’t forget that wall coverings are used to decorate so take advantage of the paper and make selections that make an impact.  Make sure the pattern you select adds interest and is in line with your vision for the room.  Is there a distinctive style or are you more interested in creating a feeling in your space.

When selecting patterns for an emotional effect pay close attention to the mood you are wanting to evoke.  Are you looking to bring drama to a small room, or do you want a calm, soothing space.

If you haven’t notice by now I love large mural and chinoserie paper in any room especially in small spaces like a powder room or a foyer.  This beautiful mural by de Gournay brings the outdoors in and enlarges this small space so it appears as though the room expands beyond the walls.

de Gournay 188447565628793209_Fz8x2K7t_cThis guest bedroom from the 2011 Pasadena Showcase House and designed by Barclay Butera takes advantage of this vibrant red wall covering from Lee Jofa. Intense color brings cheer and good vibes to any room.

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To create a calm and soothing retreat, in say, your master bathroom, try a soft floral pattern with little contrast.

A damask pattern creates a formal and glamorous look, the larger the damask print the more formal the feeling.Trad Home 537269_10151367537038117_1981346242_n

 

Wall paper can also add visual interest with texture and color.  There are a variety of textured wall coverings made from silk, linen, and grass cloth.

 

Textured walls can bring richness and sophistication to any decor, formal or casual.  A solid colored grass cloth or linen wall covering will add depth and dimension to what would normally be a boring flat surface.  The light in the room reflects differently off the walls and the acoustics in the room are much better.Grass cloth for example can be installed on the ceiling to help catch the sound of the room.

Try a metallic paper on the ceiling, it reflects the light of the chandelier and warms the entire room.

How about installing a small print on the back of the closet shelves or bookcases for added interest.  Or lining the drawers of an old chest with a contrast paper.

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Don’t be afraid of getting creative and thinking outside the walls.  However f you need help don’t hesitate to call me!

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Happy New Year! Inspirations and Resolutions

It’s been a couple of years that along with my list of New Year resolutions, I also make a New Inspiration board for the year to come.  A board where I pin images that inspire me to create more in the New Year, to bring more of what I want to my life, the people, the projects, the things and places.   Inspiration to allow myself to push the envelope and be more creative.  Inspiration to move forward with projects that have been on my to do list for a while.  Inspiration to help me stay focused on the beauty in life, and to keep me motivated to move forward to the road ahead and where I want to go.

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The New Year is also a time for New beginnings, a time to reflect on the last year, to take lessons from, and to celebrate the many accomplishment.  To cross out the many successes on last year’s list and to make a new list of goals and resolutions for this year.  When you make your lists, be sure to use positive uplifting words.  Make your resolution and goal realistic.  Don’t set yourself up for failure by making unattainable goals, remember one step at a time and always reward yourself for everything you did; don’t punish yourself for everything that didn’t get done.

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, and prosperous New Year.

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Holiday Cheer

 The tree has been decorated.

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We’ve sent Santa our wish list.

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 We’ve decked the halls.

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Since it’s too cold to go out, I think I’ll stay in and enjoy reading a book next to the fireplace.

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I’m starting to plan my menu for Christmas Dinner.

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Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

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