Room Tour: An Eclectic & Stylish Living Room Makeover

Hello my lovelies!

I have missed you guys so much! It has been a crazy busy season in the world of Casa Vilora Interiors and The Naked Decorator has suffered a bit of negligence. Thank you guys for sticking with me during the silent periods. Your loyalty means so much to me

Of course, I wanted to make this a post full of eye candy to make up for my three week absence from the blogosphere (Do people still say that?) 🙂

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This particular project is very near and dear to my heart, and I love every piece of it.

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My friend Georgia was ready for her third project with me. I have know this girl now for over 25 years going back to our days in Montego Bay, Jamaica where we both grew up. I still remember the first time I met her, and realized that she was a cool chica 🙂

She moved here to Houston about 5 or 6 years ago, after living in New York for a number of years. I think my move to Houston may have influenced her decision a tiny bit (at least I’d like to think so), and I was very happy when she ended up making the big move. She has a son (Aaron), who is close in age to my son, Josh, so that was a big bonus.

After buying a new home in the Cypress area she asked me to do some custom window treatments for a few rooms, and I was happy to oblige. A few years later, she enrolled into nursing school to finish her degree and decided to move to a small one bedroom apartment and lease out her home for a while. She called me in to make the small rental apartment accommodating for both her and her son. This meant I had to carve out a bedroom where one did not exist for Aaron. The result was a fabulous, eclectic and very stylish apartment. Here is a shot from that apartment space. You will see some of the same pieces in the new space.

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She decided to move back into her home a few months ago and called upon me again to transform the space into a stylish livable space.

She had placed a lot of her beautiful pieces into storage when we redid her apartment, simply because they couldn’t fit in the small apartment. She wanted to transplant the look we had created in the apartment back into her home and sell the pieces that were in storage. I begged her not to sell the amazing pieces she had collected for years. She has very exquisite and high-end style and had managed to amass a treasure trove of some amazing pieces from various periods and styles – chinoiserie, french regency, rococo, mid-century modern, just to name a few.

She loves the mix of all these styles for an eclectic and collected feel in her home. I was so excited to take all these pieces that seemingly were random pieces that did not match or even relate to each other, and create a beautiful, cohesive space for her. I knew that as long as we were using all the pieces that she loved, we could not go wrong.

So with the smallest budget she ever gave me to work with to date :-), I set out to shop for accent pieces that would tie everything together.

Before I get to what the rooms look like now; let’s look back at the BEFORE video I recorded using Facebook Live.

I know you all are ready to see the AFTER shots, so here goes

 

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The Living Room

This shot of the living room showcases her large Ralph Lauren gilt mirror similar to the 18th century Italian overmantel mirrors. I placed it above a red painted chinoiserie chest as the room’s focal point. I decided to display her vast collection of blue and white chinoiserie jars and pottery in one big grouping to give more impact. There are a few more scattered throughout the spaces. The large Chippendale style ottoman in the center was recovered in the colorful chinoiserie fabric that I chose – this was the main element that I used to tie all the colors and styles together. We wanted to use her hair-on-hide rug but it was too small for the space, so I chose the faux sisal rug to anchor the seating arrangement.

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Here you can see one of my favorite pieces by the window – the red two-tiered table with a cute little vignette on top. You will also notice the two brown leather Klismos style chairs. By the window are two Ralph Lauren houndstooth chairs with a very unique curve to the arms. Love them!

The window treatments are the first project I did for her. they are beautiful silk panels and Roman shades

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The leather klismos style chairs

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The Ralph Lauren houndstooth chairs

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She already owned the french style sofa, and it was a bit formal for the room. We talked about reupholstering it, but in the end, I decided to remove the matching pillows that came with it and add more casual and fun pillows. Now you don’t even notice the formal silk fabric on the body. It acts as a neutral with all the pops of color.

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You will also notice the beautiful chinoiserie lacquered screen behind the sofa. She wanted it hung on the wall, and I was against that idea because I did not want to put holes in the back (which also has a finished chinoiserie scene). My installer figured out a way to anchor it from the top and bottom where the screws would not be visible. Brilliant! Now it is one of my favorite part of the room

A few more shots of the room

A Ceramic Garden Stool With A Lambs Wool Rug Thrown Over It

A Ceramic Garden Stool With A Lambs Wool Rug Thrown Over It

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The Art Deco Styled Console – Custom Upholstered

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Blue and White Pottery Collection

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Georgia and her hubby were at odds about the TV placement. So here’s the compromise.

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TV In The FireBox

I know it’s kinda weird, but this is Houston and we seriously do not use our fireplaces ever! Her TV happened to fit exactly in the opening. When it is off, you do not even notice it’s there. And no, it’s not too low for them 🙂 This photo was taken later with my iPhone

Here are some other areas in the home that we decorated

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The Foyer

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The Dining Room

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The Dining Room

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The Newly Spray Painted Chandelier – From Gaudy Gold To Black Lacquer

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The Bar Area Off The Kitchen

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The Foyer Vignette

The space looks just like her. She dresses in the same whimsical, quirky, stylish but still sophisticated manner. She absolutely loves the space. In fact, she graciously did a video testimonial for me to use for marketing (not included here). How sweet is she? Love this girl 🙂

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Here is Georgia Doing A Video Testimonial

This photo taken with my iPhone 🙂

Here’s a final view of the living room. So fresh, stylish, eclectic and so her.

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We are both very pleased with the space! This one is up there with my favorites. I know this look is not for everyone, but it is definitely her style and personality

Here is a video tour of the completed space

I would love to help you create a space that reflects your style and personality. Check out our website for more details. And don’t forget that even if you are far, far away in Never Never Land, our eDesign service knows no borders 🙂

 

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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Inspiring Work Spaces

Hello my lovelies! Happy Memorial day!

I remember about 17 years ago when my daughter (who is now 19) was just a toddler, I had a really strong desire to work from home. I hated the thought of having to drop her off at daycare everyday and I just wanted an opportunity to be able to work from home and take care of my baby. I searched high and low, but there were just not that many options out there. I tried unsuccessfully for a while to sell Avon products, but that wasn’t paying the bills. I eventually found a company that after buying some expensive equipment, allowed me to take their customer service calls from home. That didn’t work very well with a needy toddler, so that was very short-lived.

Fast forward to today, and most of my colleagues and friends work from home. Most people I know either have home-based businesses or telecommute for larger corporations. A large percentage of my clientele does. Great opportunities are out there to plan world domination right from the comfort of your home office, or spare bedroom closet in some cases 🙂 Working from home has almost become the norm.

So with so many people working from home, how do they stay motivated and inspired to be creative? How do they separate the home life from the work life? How do they block out distractions to be able to get some work done? How can they feel confident having those video conference calls with the boss without worrying about clutter?

Today, I will show you a few inspiring work spaces that we created, and offer some tips on how you can achieve the same look and feel in your home office

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This space had to function as an office, a sitting room and a library. It was created as a “she-cave” to indulge in a well loved hobby, and having a few people over. This space would be ideal for someone who works from home occasionally from a laptop and not necessarily for someone running a major business operation. The key to this space is that it is multi-functional.

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This space was created for an oil executive who works outside of the home, but wanted a dedicated space in his home to get some extra work done. He wanted to be able to close it off at the end of the night and so we created this dedicated study for him

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This space was created as a dedicated home work area for two siblings. The layout allows each child to have their own space and the pops of color will hopefully motivate them to do the work 🙂

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This work space was actually squeezed out of a small studio apartment. You can see that it’s just one room that had to include a sleeping area and a sitting area. A lot of storage was not necessarily required at this point but could be added later. The color palette was kept light and airy to make the space feel larger

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This space was completed for a client who runs a utilities company, but only works from home occasionally. He still wanted to have lots of storage and a space that is well pulled together.

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Even an 800 square foot apartment can manage to incorporate an inspired work space. This space was created for a nursing student who needed an area to get studies and homework done. We carved out this tiny area off the kitchen to be her dedicated work space.

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This space was created for a stay at home mom who does the accounting for her husband’s company. She needed a dedicated office that she can lock away when the kids get home from school. We even included a separate area off the kitchen where she does homework with the kids (not shown)

If you work from home, hopefully you have been inspired to create a space that will work for you. Whether it is a dedicated room, or just a small closet, here are some things to keep in mind

  • Avoid clutter. Bring in only things that will be used or decorative items to make the space beautiful
  • Include tons of storage and items to keep you organized
  • Invest in a comfortable office chair
  • Incorporate a white board or cork board
  • Incorporate good lighting
  • Don’t allow work to spill into your home life and vice versa
  • Have a spot to sort mail – include a trash can for junk mail

If you need professional guidance with creating an inspiring work space in your home, please give us a call

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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Room Tour: A Cozy Living Room Makeover

Hello my lovelies. It’s been a while since I posted here on the  blog, and I have to say that I have been missing you guys so much! It has been so busy lately and so I am actively trying to find a great admin/personal assistant STAT! If you know anyone, be sure to send them my way 🙂

I have been so blessed to have some amazing projects coming in, but I also made a major move recently – selling my home and moving into a much smaller studio apartment with my son Joshua, and our dog Rufus (Daughter away at college). It has been a difficult move with most of my stuff in 2 storage units, but the reward of being 100% debt free is so worth the small sacrifice. I have some major plans for growing my business and venturing into some new areas of business on the horizon, and you all will be the first to know when I start to roll out those plans. On top of the big move, I have been re-organizing my design studio and making it much more conducive to having my clients come to me more as I present the great ideas I have for their homes. So I have been up to a lot lately, and there is plenty that we need to catch up on 🙂

I know you saw the title of today’s post; so I am sure that you are ready to see some pretty…right? Haha

If you have been following me on Facebook and Instagram……..and you should :-), you probably saw tidbits of this living room and breakfast room that I completed a couple of months ago. If not, you are in for a treat, so sit back and relax and enjoy this beautiful makeover.

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My client, Holly stopped in my studio one afternoon and explained to me that she is in need of some design help and doesn’t know where to begin. She really loved the look of my design studio and wanted a similar feel in her home – clean, cozy, comfortable and fresh

Here’s what my studio looked like at the time

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After we talked for a while that day, we set up a consultation to meet at her home to see the space first hand (unfortunately I cannot locate the before pictures. I may have deleted them in error clearing out some old photos from my iPad 🙁 ), but if you can imagine with me for a second. I was pleasantly surprised by the home’s features. It is a three story town-home in Houston’s museum district. It had beautiful ebony wood floors, and great looking windows. Although the space was small, it had wonderful high ceilings and an open feel. I wish I could take credit for the beautiful built-in her husband John, who is a builder had built, but it was perfect for the space. Holly also did an amazing job picking out the wall colors, so we did not have to repaint. It was definitely a blank slate, so we got rid of all the existing furniture pieces and started from scratch

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Her main requirements for the space were that it would be comfortable seating for when her parents and other family members came to visit (They are very big on family), and the use of stain resistant fabrics and wipe-able surfaces as much as possible. She also didn’t want the bookshelf to feel super cluttered, so I had to exercise a bit of restraint there. And one more thing………no orchids 🙂

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I started with adding 3.5″ louvered shutters to the windows. This took advantage of the views of the greenery outside, and still offers full privacy when needed. We also changed the light fixtures to these beautiful chandeliers.

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I brought in a large wool rug that anchors the seating area, and as much seating as the room could handle.

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I wanted to keep the color palette fairly monochromatic to give a more calming feel, but also add a bit of color through throw pillows and accessories. The coral tones in the pillows add some interest to the room without being too energetic. I wanted to keep that same feel that she admired so much in my design studio

This is one of my favorite vignettes in the room. I enjoyed mixing the warm gold tones in the room to help create that cozy feel. The gray tones help to lighten the room a bit and gives it that airy feel. So if there is such a thing as cozy and airy, I think we accomplished that in this room

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We also tackled the small dining area that is close by

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The beautiful dining room table that is less deep than a standard dining table, was the perfect scale for this small space. I decided to continue the cool gray blue tones with a slightly distressed feel. The salmon color indoor/outdoor area rug ties in both spaces very nicely

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You can also see that I continued the beautiful shutters in the dining area as well

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I added the table setting to bring a bit more pattern into the room. I am just so in love with those beautiful dishes.

And not to be outdone – I decided to do a little something in the foyer (that was not a part of the original scope)

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I enjoyed working with Holly and John so much that I did not mind adding this nice little vignette in the entry for them to complete the look of the main areas. They were so sweet, kind and patient throughout the process. I look forward to working with them again very soon.

Hope you enjoyed this little room tour. My clients love the space, and I have to say that it is one of my favorites

If you are in need of a makeover in your home, please give us a call and we would love to help!

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Remember when you were just a kid, and you would bring your mom breakfast in bed on the morning of mother’s day? How about you step it up this year and give mom a beautiful bedroom makeover?

Purchase a Casa Vilora Interiors Gift Certificate for your mom for mother’s day, and be her gift giving hero. I think she will be just as impressed as getting breakfast in bed 🙂

Click here to wow your mom for mother’s day!

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Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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