Design Crush: Bone Inlay Furniture

Bone inlay furniture is not really new on the design scene. I mean It has been a big trend for the last few years, but this technique has been around for centuries. Although this timeless furniture style is not currently on the top of the design trend-spotters lists, I am still hoping to find a wonderful new chest for my living room.

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The technique of inlay on furniture is accomplished by inserting pieces of contrasting, often colored materials in a base object to form patterns or pictures. These inlays are normally flush with the surface. The most common material used is wood veneers. This is a similar look as marquetry but with very distinctive differences. Other materials like shells, mother-of-pearl, horn, ivory, colored stones, precious metals and of course bone are used for furniture inlay.

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The authentic bone inlay furniture are very time and labor intensive and as such is reflected in the typically high price tags.

The look of bone inlay furniture is very exotic and elegant, yet they have a sense of timelessness. The technique has been around for centuries and can be found in the world’s finest homes and museums. These days, bone inlay furniture pieces work wonderfully when used as an accent with period pieces. I love the look of a very intricate bone inlay piece mixed in an otherwise contemporary or urban chic setting.

One piece can take a room from just ordinary to fabulous!

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Bone inlay furniture often comes in black white and gray, but some gorgeous colors such as the green above and this awesome pink one below are available as well.

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In case an authentic four figure bone inlay piece of furniture is not within your budget, there are gorgeous stenciled pieces available on the market today. Stenciling is simply painting the pattern on to the surface of the furniture.

For my living room, I have my eye on a few of these stenciled alternatives.

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Here are a few more pieces that just might inspire you to get your very own bone inlay piece of furniture.

As you can see, bone inlay can be applied to any piece of furniture as well as home accents.

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I am totally in love with these pieces, and I am hoping to have one in my living room very soon :-)

What so you think about this decorative furniture technique? Where would you use a bone inlay piece in your home? Leave me a comment!

Happy Friday!

Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

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

 

Just A Quick Word……..

Just a quick word on the Casa Vilora Interiors Great Summer Give-Away winner

As you may know, Marielle Altenor is our lucky winner. Yay!! :-) She was so excited when she found out! She was jumping up and down and screaming so loudly that she woke her sleeping son. Lol. I thought that was pretty funny.

In case you are wondering what she chose as her prize from all the selections….this is it

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She chose a pair of the 18×18 polyester filled pillows in navy. Her pillows were ordered today and should be on their way to her in Canada very soon. These pillows retail for $96.00 for the pair! So Marielle is indeed a lucky young lady :-) Hopefully she will send us a picture of her pillows in place!

If you are reading Marielle, congratulations again! I hope you enjoy them! :-)

If you would like to snag a pair of these pillows for yourself, I can make them available to you for only $69.99 a pair including the cost to ship them to you! Please send me an email if you are interested. You can click here to see more pillows from my vendor. There are tons more options available including throws, rugs, art, lighting and furniture. The prices are not available on this site but please feel free to email me with the item numbers of the ones you are interested in and I will get that information to you right away, as well as information on how you can purchase. These products and more will be added to my online store soon. Click here to go to store.

Send emails to info@casavilorainteriors.com

 

Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

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

 

 

 

On The Road Again…….

So today’s post will be very brief because I am on the road again. I am heading back from visiting my younger sister Staci who lives in Ft. Worth. She is pregnant with her first baby and this weekend her in-laws threw her a baby shower. It is only a four and a half hour drive from Katy where I live, so I decided to make the drive with the kids and the doggie. Plus it was great to peel myself away from the office and the back to school preparations.

I cannot believe how her belly has grown since I last saw her in the Spring. We spent a lot of time just catching up and me giving her tips and advice (at least what I can remember) on giving birth. It has been 12 years since my last pregnancy, and things have certainly changed since then.

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Photo Credit: Missy Roberts photography

I was very proud to see how far along she came with the nursery décor. She and her hubby did it all themselves with no help from her Decorator sister (yours truly :-) ). They are not quite finished and so I haven’t taken any photos of the room to share. I will be back when the baby is here in Mid September, so I will take plenty pictures then.

My gifts to my new nephew’s nursery are custom color blocked drapery panels, custom crib bedding, custom seat cushion for the rocker with matching pillows, and art that I have commissioned from a dear friend and Artist, Aimee Chaison. The art and cushions are still not ready, but I brought the bedding and draperies with me.

These are the custom color blocked drapery panels. I took a quick shot with my iPad. It is not very clear but hopefully you get the idea.

She already had the rod hung long time ago when she first moved into the home, otherwise I would probably hang it a bit higher above the window.

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This is the bedding. The blanket and crib fitted sheet were purchased from Land Of Nod and the crib skirt and bumper were made by my workroom.

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My sister had been collecting safari themed figurines long before she was even pregnant, so that became the theme of the room. I helped her find the bedding from Land of Nod and the room’s color scheme of blue, white and orange developed from the bedding.

The walls were painted a neutral olive green from the time she bought the house 8 years ago, and she decided not to repaint (against my advice :-) ). What can I say? She is as stubborn as I am :-)  I wanted to go with a very light gray as the main color with a few horizontal stripes in the center of the walls in the blue, orange and a darker shade of gray.

The nursery is shaping up nicely and I will be sure to share pictures of what she and her hubby did with the room once it is complete.

Meet Staci and her husband Jimmy (the proud parents-to-be :-) )

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Photo Credit: Missy Roberts Photography

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Photo Credit: Missy Roberts Photography

Well, that’s it for today. I should be back in Houston by late evening.

Happy Monday to you all!

Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

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

The Casa Vilora Interiors Great Summer Give-Away Winner!

Well it Is that time, when we announce the winner of the Casa Vilora Interiors Great Summer Give-Away!

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In case you missed the post, you can see it here.

The lucky winner will get to choose their prize from a variety of throws and pillow options! How cool is that?

Here again are the prizes:

Option A (Throws) Pick one

Yellow Stripe

Yellow Stripe

Blue Stripe

Blue Stripe

Mint

Mint

Gray

Gray

Navy

Navy

Yellow

Yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Option B (Pillows) Pick One Pair

Pink

Pink

Orange

Orange

Gray

Gray

Yellow

Yellow

Navy

Navy

Green

Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our lucky winner will have until the end of day on Monday, August 18th to contact us to claim their prize. Please send a private message through our Facebook Page. Include your full name and shipping address and the item you choose.

Please keep in mind that your prize will be drop-shipped to you directly from our vendor. Please allow 10-14 business days for it to arrive. The item you select is subject to availability. If item is no longer available, we will notify you right away, at which point you will need to select an alternate item.

Unfortunately if we do not hear from you by the deadline, we will announce a new winner on Tuesday August 19th.

Ok, enough with the disclaimers.

Are you ready to find out who our lucky winner is?

Here goes!! :-)

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Congratulations Marielle!! Please send me a message on Facebook to claim your prize!!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Casa Vilora Interiors Great Summer Give-Away! We will be hosting more give-aways in the near future, so look out for those!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

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

Inspired Master Retreat

Master Bedrooms are a great opportunity to create a retreat in your home. After all, we work very hard everyday, so having an inspired master retreat to end each day is very necessary.

Using Polyvore, I created this inspiration board for a master bedroom that brings together the masculine and well tailored lines of the furniture pieces, and the soft color scheme of pinks and creams.

Although this room leans a bit heavier on the feminine side, it can still be livable for the man of the house.

Inspired Master Bedroom
 

What color would you paint the walls in?

Would you go with a light gray paint color?

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Would you go with a light pink color?

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Or would you go with white?

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And because no room is complete with the right draperies….would you choose pink silk drapery panels?

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Or would you go with gray silk drapery panels?

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I am curious to know how you would finish this master retreat, so please leave me a comment with your take on this room.

And speaking of silk drapery panels, we are now offering a pair of silk and faux silk drapery panels up to 108″ finished length, fully lined in any pleat style for just $350 per pair! There are several fabric options available to choose from.

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Please complete the form below for more information on this promotion. Available for a limited time only!

THIS FORM IS FOR CONTACTING US ABOUT OUR DRAPERY PROMOTION ONLY. PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW. THANKS :-)

If you entered the Casa Vilora Interiors Great Summer Giveaway, be sure to check in on Friday August 15th as we announce our winner. Good luck!

Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

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

 

Let’s Hear It…….How Often Do You Use Your Formal Dining Room?

It is more common than you know; there’s one in almost every home in America – The formal dining room that maybe gets used a couple times of year. The room that is all decked out, but never gets used. The kids aren’t allowed to go into it, the dog can’t as much as walk by it. But it is the room the builder told you is the formal dining room, so that’s what it is going to be….right? Maybe that’s a bit extreme, but most homes come with a formal dining room as well as a breakfast room, and even a breakfast bar. So Formal dining rooms are really quite redundant unless you entertain a lot.

The truth is, most of us don’t live formally, and so the breakfast room or breakfast bar off the kitchen is where most families dine daily. In my home, my kids dine in the game room. The formal dining room really just gets used on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. So let’s hear it…….how often do you use your formal dining room?

I have been on a mission lately to get families to think outside of the box and make the formal dining room a useable room. Who says it has to be a dining room? Why not make the room’s purpose one that works for your family and the way you live?

Here are some ideas of how you can rethink the purpose of your formal dining room.

  • Make it less formal. If it has to be a dining room because you entertain a lot, make it more of a loungey dining room. Instead of a table with six or eight chairs, bring in a bench or settee, and some upholstered chairs.
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  • Make the room into a family gathering room, especially if you are short on space elsewhere in the home. Bring in a few comfy chairs and a game table for board games
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  • Make it a comfortable home office, study or library complete with a reading nook.  Now you don’t have  to run your home based business from your kitchen table.
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  • Make the room multi-purpose. If you have to keep some aspects of dining as part of the room’s function, there is no reason you can’t also make it a sitting room or a study or a craft/hobby room.
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  • Make it feel like that exotic get-away that you enjoyed so much on your last vacation.
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  • Make it a bedroom (nursery, mother-in-law suite or guest bedroom). Depending on the location of the room in the home, you can easily add a door and make it a bedroom.
  • Make it a kid’s playroom, or game room. Be sure to add lots of storage to keep it organized

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  • Make it a wine room. If you are a wine collector and love to host wine tastings, why not make it a room where you can show off your collection.
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Can you think of any other purposes you would use your formal dining room for? Better yet, tell us when was the last time you used your formal dining room.

Hopefully I have inspired some changes in a few dining rooms out there.

If you need help creating a functional and comfortable space in your home, you can take advantage of our eDesign service (Mail Order Decorator) now on sale for $499 per room! A saving of at least $151! What you get is the same great Casa Vilora Interiors design that our full service design clients enjoy for a fraction of the cost! You get a full room design with furniture layout, color selection, fabric selection, window treatment design, furniture shopping list and even a 30 minute Skype session if needed. Check our website for more details on this service. Click here.

Last chance to enter the Casa Vilora Interiors Great Summer Giveaway! There are some awesome prizes to win!! Click below to enter!

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Winner will be announced on Friday August 15th right here on the blog! Good luck!

Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

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

The Casa Vilora Interiors Great Summer Give-Away!

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Are you in the mood for a great summer give-away?

Great! Then listen up!

Because we are such a generous company, and we believe that every home should have gorgeous accents, we would like to give you a chance to win a beautiful throw or a pair of gorgeous accent pillows in the Casa Vilora Interiors Great Summer Give-Away! Your choice!

You get to choose one from the six colors from OPTION A (throws). Throws are 50×70 – 100% cotton for the stripes and 100% acrylic for the ruffled throws.

 

Blue Stripe

Blue Stripe

Yellow Stripe

Yellow Stripe

Gray

Gray

Mint

Mint

Navy

Navy

Yellow

Yellow

 

 

 

  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OR

One pair from the six colors in Option B (Pillows). The pillows are 18×18 polyester filled.

Green

Green

Navy

Navy

Yellow

Yellow

Gray

Gray

Orange

Orange

Pink

Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s how to enter:

1) Download the FREE Casa Vilora Interiors app. Click here or the banner below to download

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2) Join our mailing list. Joining our mailing list means that you will receive our monthly newsletter “Pocket Decorator”. You will also receive our monthly discounts and promotions flyers. Your information will never be shared and will be kept private. We will never spam you.

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The give-away closes on Wednesday, August 13th. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday August 15th here on our blog and Facebook pages. The winner will be required to contact us by Monday, August 18th to claim their prize. The pillows or throw (whichever is chosen by the winner) will be drop-shipped directly from our vendor. Delivery is expected to be within two weeks. We cannot guarantee the availability of the item chosen, but the winner will be notified immediately if the item chosen is no longer available with a suitable alternative. We reserve the right to use the winner’s name in promotional materials. No other information will be shared.

Hope you take advantage of this give-away where you could win a great accent for your home.

Good luck! :-)

In case you missed our August issue of our newsletter “Pocket Decorator”, please click here to read. Check out our online store for more home décor products and services. We are offering REE shipping on any order of at least $350. Use coupon code AUG14FS.

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Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

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The Casa Vilora Interiors App Is Now Live!

I am so excited to announce that my app is now live!! Yay!

My new app is a convenient way to have Casa Vilora Interiors right at your finger tips. View our design portfolio for inspiration, receive coupons and promotions for our design services and design products, submit an inquiry, go shopping on our online store, and get tips on how to measure for your window treatments. All from your mobile device. How cool is that?!

Casa Vilora Interiors app is FREE and available for download for Apple and Android devices. Click here to download

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Casa Vilora Interiors Mobile App – Home Page

What I thought was a quick and easy process however, ended up being a bit lot more involved than I originally thought. Check out my previous post.

Keep in mind that I have no app design and development experience, and you will understand why it became much of a challenge for me. Designing it was interesting. Como, the platform that I used, offers helpful templates to make it easier to design. I still had  a few challenges here and there, but mainly due to my own ignorance.

Somehow I ended up with my face as my app icon, and that honestly was unintentional. Lol. As soon as I have my new logo developed, that will change.

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Casa Vilora Interiors app icon

Then there was the part where I had to apply for a developer account from Apple for a whopping $99.00! You need a developer account in order to submit your app to Apple for approval. It is a once a year charge, so be prepared for that if you ever decide on getting an app. There was also a $25.00 charge to submit the app to Google Play. So the charges did start adding up just a bit. Como will submit to all the app stores for you, but you have to go to an upgraded plan for $33. This is optional, as you can submit yourself, if you can figure out the fine print.

My app was approved right away for Android, but Apple was quite a bit pickier. It took over a week to get a response, and that response was “REJECTED”. The reasons were that I had a third party game that was not opening, my blog page was also not loading, and the Yelp review that I wanted to add also wouldn’t open. I eventually deleted them all just to resubmit. After about 10 days, I finally got my app approved!

Currently, I have the basics, but I plan to develop it even further in the future.

The Home Tab – Talks briefly about our background, our mission and what we do

The Find Us Tab – The Google map that will lead you right to our design studio

The Gallery Tab – Is our design portfolio (some of it anyway) and  our Facebook albums

The Facebook Tab – Our Facebook business page

The Contact Us Tab – Lists all our contact information

The Coupon Tab – Shows our special promotions and discounts. Currently we are offering free design consultations (a $125 saving); $999 for a pair of drapery panels installed (a $801 saving). This includes all materials, hardware, labor and installation; $499 for a one day makeover (a $151 saving).

The Submit Inquiry Tab – Is another way to submit a question or concern or even schedule a consultation

The Instagram Tab – Shows our Instagram feed

The Tips Tab – Offers valuable tips on measuring for your window treatments

The e-Commerce Tab – Takes you directly to our online store for convenient shopping for our design services and products.

What’s missing that I really wanted to add are a couple of games, Yelp reviews, and my blog but I will hopefully be able to add those in the near future.

All in all, I am happy that I “developed” this app. Yes, I am officially an app developer. Yeah, I’m laughing too :-)

This will be an easy and convenient way to share Casa Vilora Interiors with clients and fans. All the information you need will be right at your finger tips.

DOWNLOAD NOW or simply go to the app store and search Casa Vilora Interiors.

Hope you hop on over and get the app.

 

Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

 

 

 

One Day Remaining For Free E-Book Download

 

The clock is ticking, and today is the last day to get your FREE download of our E-Book “How To Create A Beautifully Decorated Room For Under 5000″ 

If you have ever had a decorating challenge that has you stumped, or think that you can’t afford to decorate, then our E-Book is for you!

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 You will discover how to:

  • Plan your decorating project to make the most of your time and budget
  • Put your plan into action following an easy step-by-step guide
  • Shop for great quality furniture and accents on a budget
  • Apply the designer tools, tips and secrets found throughout this book
  • Get results and stay within budget
  • Accessorize like a pro

See our previous blog post for more details about our e-book.

After August 7th at midnight, there will be a charge of $9.95 per download

Download “How To Create A Beautifully Decorated Room for Under $5000″ Now!

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Please take a moment to fill out the short survey found at the back of the book. I would love to have your feedback. You can also click below to take it now

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Get our E-Book before time runs out! You will find the inspiration and information to go from dreaming to DREAM HOME!

Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

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Live Chat Now Added To Our Website

I am happy to introduce Live Chat to my new website! At least on a trial basis for now.

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In an effort to continue to provide my current clients and prospective clients with excellent service, I have made the decision to add Live Chat to my website, making it quick, easy and convenient to communicate with me or a representative of Casa Vilora Interiors. Whether you have a quick question, or need to schedule a consultation, Live Chat is just another way of getting in touch with us.

The Live Chat tab is found at the bottom right hand corner of any page and is available from 10:00 to 6:00 Mondays through Fridays.

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Clicking on the tab opens up the chat box where you will be warmly greeted by a Casa Vilora Interiors representative. There is a short pre-chat survey asking for basic information like your name and email address before your chat. Your information is kept strictly private. You have the option to leave a message when Live Chat is offline. We will promptly respond within 24-48 business hours.

There is an opt-in button that is checked in the pre-chat survey if you would like to receive our newsletter. If you would prefer not to be placed on our mailing list, you can go ahead and uncheck the box to opt-out.

LiveChatInc, the creator of Live Chat is offering a 30 day free trial of the service, so I am able to test drive it for 30 days before committing to monthly payments.

So if you are ever on the Casa Vilora Interiors website and have a quick question or comment, Live Chat is an easy and convenient way to connect with us.

What are your thoughts on this new feature?

Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

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