Room Tour Of A Studio Apartment

Happy Monday my Lovelies!

I know how much you all love room tours, so you are in for a treat today! :-)

Recently I staged a small studio space located on the same property as my design studio for a photo shoot. It is an extra out building that came as part of my lease of the property. It was in pretty rough condition and sat empty for the first year, until I decided to at least redo the flooring.

It was a fun DIY project, where we pulled out the nasty, smelly carpet and added plywood cut into planks and installed as hardwood. Click here to see the post on how we finished this DIY project.

This space became our classroom, where I hold decorating workshops, classes and even art shows.

A few months ago, I decided to stage the space as a studio apartment using furniture and accessories I already owned. Mainly to take photos for my portfolio and to do a video to show my Youtube followers how to maximize space and stage a studio apartment.

You will see that the space is never going to be lived in, since there isn’t a working kitchen or bathroom (although there is plenty of room for them). All the items were removed right after the photo shoot and home-made video and turned back into a classroom. Click here to watch the video

Ready to see the finished space? Here goes………….

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Well, maybe before I get to the other AFTER photos, let’s look at where the room started

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This is the room right after the carpet was pulled out. You notice the plywood on the floor. These were sheets of cabinet grade plywood cut into 6″x96″ strips.

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Here we installed the plywood to look like hardwood. We put a vapor barrier underneath the plywood to protect it.

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This is the room right after the plywood was stained. The door pictured here leads into a large area that could be used for a kitchen, bathroom and closet if we ever decide to make it a real studio apartment

For staging, I created five distinct zones in the open space – an entry vignette, an office area, a sleeping area, a sitting room area and a dining room area.

The room has three windows that let in a lot of natural light. I used a cool blue color for the walls, and painted the doors in a sunny yellow. I was going for a fun, whimsical and fresh look. The yellow doors is not for everyone, but I think it adds some interest to the room.

The room didn’t have a designated entry or foyer, so I created an entry vignette with a console table, mirror and some accessories

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The office area is right by one of the room’s windows, so it is a great area to work. I added a weathered desk and chair, plus added two parsons chairs that could be used for seeing clients, or pulling them into the living or dining area for extra seating

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The sleeping area was large enough to accommodate a queen size bed, a nightstand and a bench at the foot of the bed. The upholstered headboard was also a DIY project.

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The seating area is also large enough to accommodate seating for about four. There is even enough room to add two small ottomans, which I didn’t do here. I visually separated the bedroom area from the living room area with the placement of the furniture, as well as the tall plant. The plant also acts as a good disguise for the window air conditioning unit.

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The dining area consists of a round table and four chairs, and an étagère for displaying a collection of white ceramics. The art on the wall was done by my son, and we used the clipboards as a fun way to display them (mainly because we didn’t want to buy frames :-) )

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Here are more pictures of the space

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This is from the sleeping area looking towards the front door

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This was taken from the office area.

More views of the room

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Casa Vilora InteriorsMost of the furniture was kept pretty neutral, and color was added through the accents like pillows and art.

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So there you have it, a studio apartment staged to maximize the space. I enjoy staging homes for sale, so if you are local to Houston and need staging services, head to my website for more information

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My daughter leaves for college in Florida in the next couple of weeks, and we will be decorating a studio apartment for her in the Fall. She wants a Bohemian meets Parisian look, so unfortunately none of these pieces will work for her. I am very excited about helping her make Florida her home for the next few years, by creating a cozy apartment for her.

Thanks for stopping by for the room tour today!

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!





One Of Our Projects Featured In the Houston Chronicle

This past Sunday was pretty much one of the most exciting days of my career! One of my design projects was featured in The Escapes section of The Houston Chronicle newspaper!!



This is absolutely a proud moment, and a big deal for me!

It all started a few weeks ago when I was contacted by one of the Staff Writers, Alyson at the Houston Chronicle. She was looking for a local project to feature, and she really liked my body of work, and was interested in a few of my recent projects. She asked if any of my recent clients would be ok with being interviewed in their home for the feature. Of course, there were a few clients I could think of! My dear clients, Jim and Debbie were the first to get back to me with a YES. And so I set about coordinating the meeting with my clients and Alyson.

She arrived at my clients home, took a tour and sat down to ask questions, such as what they wanted for their project, how it all came together and the spaces they use most. It was a really relaxed interview that lasted about 20 minutes, and my clients had some great, funny stories to tell – especially the one where they lived in an RV for a year!

Alyson also had a few questions for me – where I pulled my inspiration from, the color palette and how I decided on some of the materials and finishes that I chose for the project.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have seen some of these photos from this amazing project

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Jim and Debbie were a dream to work with. They had a few must haves, but trusted me to take the lead to create the home of their dreams.

This project was a great success all around

Click here to read the article in the Houston Chronicle

Thanks for visiting today. If you or someone you know is interested in a design consultation, please feel free to connect

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!



5 Things I almost Always Use On Every Design Project & Why You Should Too

The best part of my job is being able to create unique spaces for each client that will speak to their lifestyle and personality.

In order to make every project unique, it requires great listening and communication skills. Knowing the right questions to ask clients will uncover their style, preferences and goals for their home.

But for every project I do, there a few staple items that work almost every time. They always seem to enhance each project, and I obviously use them in different ways to work for the needs of each project.

These are the 5 things I almost always use on every design project and why you should too

  • Books

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Whether I am styling a bookshelf or a table top, I always bring books in to style a space. Books create a warm and homey feel, plus it makes you look smarter :-) (Just kidding), but books are one of those things that can tell a story about you and speak to your personality. It could be that you just like to collect them, and not necessarily an avid reader (like me), or you enjoy reading a certain genre.

Books help to finish a bookcase when combined with other objects, figurines and picture frames. You can go minimal or go for a library feel. I usually use larger hardcovers on a cocktail table, and smaller hardcovers and paperbacks in bookcases. Depending on the look I am going for, I will remove the jackets which gives the books an “antique” look

The cost of books can add up quickly, but if you are like me, you can shop estate sales, garage sales, second hand bookstores, public libraries and even deeply discounted books on Amazon

  • Orchids


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I believe that every room should include an element of nature. Flowers and greenery are the perfect ways to bring in some nature. Whether you choose real or faux (that absolutely must look real) orchids are a great way to go.

Orchids work with any style room – traditional, contemporary, transitional, and everything in between. I typically use white, as that works great with any color scheme. I like them taller and fuller where they almost have an “architectural” feel to the room, and add height to a vignette.

I usually go for great looking containers that will complement the look of the room

  • Pillows

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Well there are folks who don’t like pillows, but there definitely is a place for pillows in almost every design project. Just try to imagine the seating above without pillows; it just wouldn’t be the same.

Pillows help to bring in color and the perfect opportunity to mix patterns, especially in an eclectic room. They give the room a more layered feel, which makes for a more luxurious and comfortable feel

Of course there have been debates about how many pillows are appropriate for a sofa, but it depends on the style of the room. I would say that for a standard sofa you need at least three pillows, but you can do as many as six

  • Window Treatments

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Like pillows, window treatments are a great way to add color and pattern to a room. They are the perfect backdrop to the furnishings. I like to keep it classic by doing drapery panels mounted on rods, which are much more timeless than swags and jabots.

Naked windows, especially the ones without casings, are often not very attractive, so therefore window treatments always add a finishing touch. They add softness, and without them, a room can often look like it was a missed opportunity.

Even if you have an amazing view outside, you can still do fixed drapery panels in a neutral earth tone that will not obstruct your view, and will actually draw your eye to it

  • Lamps

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Lighting is very important to the finished look of a room. There needs to be various type of lighting to make a room look and feel its best – ambient, task, accent etc

Lamps are a great way to add lighting to a room for certain tasks like reading in a bedroom or living room, and serving food in a dining room.

While lamps are functional, they can also be a great accent to a room. There are lots of great shapes, finishes and materials available for lamps. The style you choose will help to define the style of the room. Keep in mind that for rooms with higher ceilings, you can go with taller lamps with bigger shades. Proportion and scale should also be taken into consideration depending on the size of the table.

So there you have it. The 5 thinks that I almost always use in each design project.

Share with us the one thing that you always decorate with in each room of your home

Wishing You Beauty And Inspiration!




Follow Us On Houzz

Hello my lovelies!

It has been a really busy summer so far here at the studio. A few recent installs and a few new projects on the horizon has my days pretty full. It has been a lot of work, but definitely a lot of fun, so today’s post will be short and sweet :-)

I took some time recently to update our Houzz profile; adding some of our new projects and deleting some old ones that were not professionally photographed.

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If you use Houzz for inspiration for decorating your home, please consider checking out our profile, and if you like what you see, why don’t you follow us.

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We would love to increase our following on Houzz, and better yet, if you have worked with us, please consider writing a review.

Please click here to access our Houzz profile.

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Thanks for visiting today. we will return to our normal blog schedule in a few days

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!



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