I’m In A chair-ful mood!

I have a weakness for chairs! There is just something about the way they beautifully finish a well designed room and provide function and comfort that I am drawn to. Chairs add a wonderful custom detail in a room since you are able to add your favorite fabrics and finishes to make them unique to your home.

Of course they come in all shapes, styles and sizes so there is always the perfect pair for your design project.  Chairs are perfect for rounding out a seating or conversation area. They can be small enough that they can be easily moved around for multiple purposes, or large enough to anchor  a seating area. They are great for filling in a dead space or awkward corner in a room, while providing a function.

They are available fully upholstered or wood trimmed, skirted and tufted; the sky is the limit.

In my quest to find a pair of classic wing back chairs for a client that I am currently working with, I came across these gorgeous ones from some of my favorite vendors – Taylor King, Bradington Young, Lexington, and Go Home Ltd.

Take a look at some of these beauties

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You can see the variety of chairs available, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the chairs pictured above are downright sexy!
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Which one is your favorite? Do you have a weakness for chairs like I do? leave me a comment
Wishing you beauty and inspiration!
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Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

 

 

Unique Nurseries That Are Sure To Inspire

I love nurseries that are unique and unexpected. Whether it is the color scheme or the furnishings, or both, decorating a nursery is a great opportunity to bring in a wonderful pop of color and whimsy.

While parents get the amazing gift of discovering their babies’ personalities and seeing them grow over time, they also have the opportunity of decorating their babies’ nurseries to inspire learning, play and creativity.

Nurseries should be decorated in a way that will still work for a growing baby through the toddler years, so really distinctive themes should be avoided.

It is a great opportunity to decorate with items that are hand-made or hand-painted for an even more unique look.

It is ok to bring in a bit of the current color and style trends, but do it sparingly. Keep in mind that nursery decorations are often passed down to younger siblings, so it is a great idea to not be too gender specific.

Include lots of practical storage and floor space for play time, and always include a seating area complete with a rocking chair.

A small day-bed or twin bed may also be a great addition for some of those inevitable long nights.

Take a look at a few beautiful and unique nurseries that are sure to inspire.

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I put together a Polyvore Board of some nursery décor that I find inspiring. I love the Kelly green, blue and orange combination of the furnishings.

 

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So you can see  from the above inspiration pictures that nurseries don’t have to be cookie-cutter.  They are great chance for some wonderful creative ideas.

What are your thoughts on nursery décor? Do you like nurseries with a distinctive theme? Please leave a comment below

Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

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Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Friday!

You may have noticed that I have been M.I.A. for the past couple of days, but with very good reason. I have missed connecting with you all daily, but I have been busy preparing for a few new projects that I have been so blessed to be a part of, plus other business expansion strategy meetings. My plate is full, but all good stuff!

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I just wanted to reach out with to all my loyal followers, as well as first time visitors to The Naked Decorator today, to let you know that I should be resuming my usual daily posts full of helpful design tips and inspiration next week. So please check in daily as you always have!

And since I know you may be missing your daily dose of inspiration, please enjoy this article, which is one of my most popular posts based on search results.

Here’s a preview of a commercial project I have been busy working on.

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Presentation Board For Commercial Project

Wishing you all a great weekend!

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Happy National Hammock Day!

Happy National Hammock Day!

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Today we celebrate the awesomeness of relaxing in a hammock!

 

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It is one of the things we can do to make everyday feel like a getaway. To enjoy some lazy summer days, whether inside or out!

Enjoy!

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Who needs Botox when you’ve got great lighting!

More often than not when I walk into my clients’ homes the first thing that I notice is the lack of proper lighting. It is something that people don’t really give a lot of thought to, even though it is an essential part of our daily function. Just like we need air, water and food, we need light in order to function efficiently.

The use of light in interior spaces greatly affects the environment and “mood” inside the space. Light fixtures should not just be pretty, but the lighting should be appropriate for the different uses and function of a space. Imagine trying to put makeup on by candlelight… that wouldn’t quite work. A good lighting plan combines natural lighting, ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting to light an area according to function and style. Here is a brief summary of  the different types of lighting to help brighten your world.

Natural Light

The sun is the biggest source of light available on our planet. We are all dependent on it. The sun is responsible for biological balance of the earth. A well thought out and well designed room will show evidence of maximizing the natural light coming into the space. This can be achieved through the proper placement of furniture and well chosen window treatments. care should be taken not to expose furniture pieces to direct sunlight, which will cause color fading. Natural lighting helps to lighten the mood and feel of a room.

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Ambient lighting

Ambient lighting provides an area with overall illumination. Also known as general lighting, it radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare and allows you to see and walk about safely. In some spaces such as laundry rooms, the ambient lighting also serves as the primary source of task lighting.
It can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed or track lights and with lanterns mounted on the outside of the home. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan.

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Task lighting

Task lighting helps you perform specific tasks, such as reading, grooming, preparing and cooking food, doing homework, working on hobbies, playing games and balancing your checkbook. It can be provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and undercabinet lighting, as well as by portable floor and desk lamps.
Task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows and should be bright enough to prevent eye strain.

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Accent lighting

Accent lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest. As part of an interior design scheme, it is used to draw the eye to houseplants, paintings, sculptures and other prized possessions. It can also be used to highlight the texture of a brick or stone wall, window treatments or outdoor landscaping.
To be effective, accent lighting requires as least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it.
Accent lighting is usually provided by recessed and track lighting or wall-mounted picture lights.

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So what have we learned today? No room is complete without proper lighting that combines natural, ambient, accent, and task lighting. More than half the time we spend in our homes is in the dark, so great lighting is absolutely critical. The above images show just how beautiful your space could be with proper lighting.

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There’s An App For That!

Well, after getting several emails from App companies like Como and Appsme, I finally decided to create an app for my interior design business, Casa Vilora Interiors.

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Casa Vilora Interiors – App Design In Progress

I think that it is such a cool idea having an app so that your clients and customers can find you easily on their mobile devices and can access your profile with ease.

I decided to go with Como to create my app. It was very simple as they setup the basics for you and you just need to edit and customize the app to suite your company image and branding. You can add background images, extra pages, forms, maps etc.

The above image is how it appears on a tablet.

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Casa Vilora Interiors App in Progress

Here’s what it looks like on a mobile phone (iPhone)

I created several pages which are very easy to navigate: Home, Find Us, Photo, Facebook, Contact us, Coupons, Inquiry Form, Instagram, Blog Feed, E-commerce, and I could have added more if I wanted.

You can set up a free account, but it doesn’t allow you to submit to the Apple or Android app store. You either create and pay for a Developer account with Google for $25.00 or upgrade your Como account for at least $33.00 per month, and they will submit for you at no extra charge.

After creating your app, it is not immediately available as Como reviews it before it goes live. That’s where mine is at the moment….pending review, so I will be doing a following post in the next few days with a link to downloading my new app. So exciting!

So, when you are trying to find an interior designer in Katy TX or e-Designn services if you are not local to Katy/Houston, there’s an app for that and it is called Casa Vilora Interiors.

What are your thoughts on having apps for business? Would you consider one for your business?

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The Power Of Blue In Decorating

Blue is undoubtedly a great color to use when decorating. It is classic, timeless and a color that is enjoyed by both male and female.

Blue is very much the trend at the moment: nautical navy, or turquoise are the basis for a lot of beautiful rooms these days

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And even though it is a trend at the moment, blue is historically a color that stays fresh and will never go out of style.

This is especially true for the navy blue and white combination

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Notice how gorgeous the navy and white combination is in these rooms? Very classic!

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Source: Casa Vilora Interiors

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Source: Casa Vilora Interiors

Depending on what shade you choose, it can go from calm and serene, to a fun and energetic. It is versatile enough to work in a master bedroom, a kids room or even the laundry room.

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Blue is definitely a safe color for almost any decorating project, but it is also the color that most people get wrong.

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It is usually better to stick to blues with gray undertones when you visit the paint store.

Blues work very well when they are layered in various values in one room for a monochromatic look

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How about pops of hot pink? :-)

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I could live with that! Could you?

Here are some inspiring palettes if you need more blue inspiration

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And better yet, here are some color names from TheCreativityExchange.com just incase you are ready to take on your next decorating project using blue.

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So what are your thoughts on decorating with blue? I know everybody loves blue!

Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

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My Weakness For Chinoiserie

b65289d6d40080a1c7eba9a5869cdeb8Chinoiserie is a favorite pattern of mine. This beautiful, classic pattern can be found in elegant wallpapers, fabrics, ceramics, furniture and folding screens.

Chinoiserie is a French term that refers to European artistic styles with Chinese artistic influences. It is characterized by fanciful imagery of Chinese motifs. Chinoiserie entered the European market in the mid to late 17th century and its popularity peaked in the 18th century. Its use was mainly in the decorative arts. These days Chinoiserie is used in the most elegant of interior spaces, even in clothing as can be seen in this beautiful hand painted silk dress worn by The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Click here to view

I especially love the use of hand painted silk Chinoiserie wallpapers in formal dining rooms and elegant powder rooms. Companies like de Gournay and Gracie have a vast selection that is highly customizable to suit any color scheme. While it may not be the least expensive wall treatment you can find, it definitely has a timeless appeal that will hold its value and beauty for a very long time.

Check out some very inspiring photos of Chinoiserie influenced rooms and furniture, and you will understand my weakness for chinoiserie.

These photos are from various sources

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If you want to try the look without the commitment of wallpapering a whole room, try adding an accent piece like  Chinoiserie chest or a room divider. Add it in accessories like ceramic vases or pillows.

Another way to use this beautiful motif is by purchasing wallpaper remnants from your local wallpaper store or online and wallpaper the inside back of a built in bookcase, or decoupaging an inexpensive garage sale chest or dresser. Click here for how-to video.

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So what to you think about this timeless design motif? Is Chinoiserie right for you? Where or how would you use it?

Be sure to contact me if you need help incorporating the beautiful Chinoiserie motif into your décor or for all your decorating and remodeling needs.

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A Small Powder Room Makeover

Recently, a new client stopped in at my design studio to check it out. She lives close by and had been passing by everyday and was curious about the services I offer.

After giving her a tour of my large resource library, I sat down with her in my cozy, comfortable living room vignette and spoke in great detail about her home and goals for the project.

She and her husband are empty-nesters and she just wasn’t very happy with the décor of her home. She had all the furniture pieces she needed but the rooms didn’t feel well pulled together.

I offered to meet again for a consultation in her home to see for myself just what wasn’t working, and it was just as she described. Her furniture, and even some accents were very nice pieces, but it all looked a bit cluttered with stuff randomly placed. The window treatments were outdated or sparse, there was no defined color scheme, and it just didn’t feel very cohesive. So we came up with a plan of attack to address these issues and make the space live up to its potential of being elegant and beautiful.

The main areas we decided to address were the dining room, the living room, the master bedroom suite and the powder room. We were also going to update the window treatments in the guest bedrooms.

In today’s post we will focus on the small powder room makeover, and I will share the other spaces in future posts as soon as they are photographed. We are still waiting on a few backordered pieces in some of the other rooms before professionally photographing everything. For now, I’ll share shots from my iPhone of the finished powder room.

Here is an AFTER shot of the powder room using Waterlogue app.

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The powder room is a really tiny space near the foyer of the home. It had just the bare necessities. As you’ll see in a second in the BEFORE shots, it started out with Donald Duck orange walls. Seriously, the walls were as orange as Donald Duck’s bill. It made the room actually feel smaller than it was. The ligting was really dull. The mirror was the standard builder-grade frameless mirror. The vanity top was a white cultured marble, and the vanity was a very dull white with no real interest. None of these features did anything great for the look of the room.

Here are some BEFORE photos.

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BEFORE Of The Powder Room

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BEFORE Of The Powder Room

This décor had to change fast! So I set to work creating a more elegant space worthy of the guests that this couple entertained.

I wanted the powder room to look like an elegant little jewelry box, so I went with a dark rich pewter metallic color from Sherwin Williams Paint, and had my painter do a faux painting technique to add some depth and dimension.

Here is a closer look at the walls

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Closer Shot Of Faux Paint Color

I also had my painters do a pewter glaze on the vanity cabinet to complement the walls a bit better.

Here you will also notice the new granite countertop, the new undermount sink and the new faucet.

Those changes alone would have improved the powder room dramatically, but I didn’t stop there.

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A Closer Look At The Glaze On The Vanity cabinet

I am not a fan of frameless vanity mirrors and so I called in a company called “Mirrorcle Frames” to add a frame around the mirror without having to rip it out.

I also upgraded the lighting (which is hard to see from the glare in the photo below)

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I later added these botanical prints to accent the wall color and to tie in with the look of the rest of the home.

Here are a few other shots of the powder room

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My clients are very pleased with the way the room turned out. And so am I.

What are your thoughts on the small powder room makeover?

Stay tuned for future posts showcasing the rest of this beautiful home.

If you would like help with your powder room, or any other room in your home, please feel free to contact me here to schedule a consultation. Even if you live outside of the Houston area, you can take advantage of our eDesign service aka Mail Order Decorator service, where everything is done via email and mail.

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Laser Cut Wood Panels

In one of my recent posts about the home for sale, a few of you commented on the laser cut wood panel that was featured.

For those that are curious about this application, today’s post should answer a few of your questions.

In case you missed that post, you can find it here

Here is a photo of the laser cut wood panel incase you are wondering what the heck I’m talking about :-)

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Laser Cut Wood Panel

My client wanted something unique and understated, but still has some presence to accent the wall niche near the foyer of her home. This hallway leads to the children’s wing of this lovely home, so we wanted something that wasn’t too precious or breakable just incase little hands got to it.

I turned to a company that I had in my resource library called Lightwave Laser. I honestly had been dying to use their products on a project, so this was the perfect opportunity and I was glad when I got the green-light.

If you get a chance to check out their website, you should. You would be very inspired by all that you can do with their products. They are great as wall panels, room dividers, floor screens, backsplashes, art pieces, furniture accents, and window covers…..and really any other use you can imagine.

There are tons of patterns available with intricate detailing, various wood species that you can choose from, and you get to choose the thickness you want for your project. Of course because it is a natural wood product, you can add paint or stain to finish.

Lightwave Laser wood panels can be used in residential and commercial spaces.

Here is a bit about the company:

Ron Macken started Lightwave Laser in 2004. Their products and services have evolved over the years, although they have always focused on decorative laser-cutting. Ron has more than 20 years experience in the field, including expertise in machine design, programming, and manufacturing. After working with talented designers and artists for many years, Ron began creating original art about two years ago.

In 2013 Lightwave Laser expanded its laser cutting capabilities by adding a very special paper cutting technology.  This technology was originally invented and built by the Macken family of Lightwave Laser over 25 years ago when they were known as Lasercraft. In 2000 this equipment was sold to Laser Excel in Green Lake, WI. Twelve years later this business has come full circle and is now back home with the Macken family in Santa Rosa, CA where the partnership of art and technology is a way of life.

 

Take a look at a few examples from their image gallery from their website

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As you can see, Lightwave Laser products are highly customizable.

Here are some of my favorite patterns available

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These panels look amazing when they are backlit. The shadows they cast on a wall provide great ambience in a room. You can also add fabric or plexiglass behind them depending on the application.

Here is another look at my application.

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So tell me, what are your thoughts? Would you use this product in your home? Please leave me a comment below.

Please note that this is not a sponsored post, neither am I receiving compensation for this post. I am expressing my opinion on a product I have used and love

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