Independence Day is just a few days away and whether you celebrate 4th of July or not, it’s always nice to see people in a patriotic spirit by displaying red, white, and blue. So why not incorporate these colors into your home decor? It’s the perfect color combination that has a nice contrast between warm and cool tones. Plus, there are many different shades from bright cherry red or burgundy to baby blue or navy and adding a touch of neutral such as white balances out both colors. Check out some ideas and tips for incorporating red, white, and blue home decor into your design style to celebrate the holiday!
Trims, molding, fireplaces, and beams are beautiful architectural features of a space that can be highlighted and celebrated for 4th of July. Paint your architectural trims a different color such as dark navy or burgundy. Contrast it against a white or neutral wall. Add bold, colorful tiles to your fireplace. By doing this you will create a focal point by calling attention to a room’s architectural elements which naturally draws the eye to the character of the space upon entering.
There is a misconception by most people, even interior decorators & designers, that you should use white or pale colors to brighten up a small or dark room. Light colors work well if you have a room with windows that bring in enough natural sunlight where you don’t have to turn on any lights to read a book. However, white or pale colors don’t work if you have a room with no windows. Here is an example where white doesn’t work in the space even with lights. It accentuates the shadows in a space versus absorbs the shadows.
There’s nothing more amazing than beautiful, handcrafted one of a kind designs created by local artisans. It’s refreshing, unique, and adds charm to an interior space and to your sense of style. Distinctive pieces provide a curated look and feel that is very popular in homes today. There are so many creative and talented designers all over the world and I wanted to feature a few skilled local artisans who provide creative handcrafted designs in the SF bay area.
Sean Newport is a San Francisco based artist whose work varies from design to sculpture. His creations are a beautiful blend of color and light that bends reality. Each shape in his designs are individual pieces, but when multiplied, the shapes create patterns and shadows on one side while illuminating colors from another side. When viewing his art from different angles, the pattern changes and any shift in light alters the shapes differently and dramatically. Sean is an expert at manipulating wood into three-dimensional shapes, then painting and arranging them into a vibration of glowing patterns. The end result is an enchanting display of geometric design and an inspirational work of art.
I love seeing how people decorate their homes on Airbnb. The styles are very eclectic from modern, to shabby chic, to retro and transitional. When I travel, I make sure I book a room on Airbnb because I love staying with locals and learning about native places, restaurants, and activities they recommend. But more than that, I enjoy the personalized experience in a comfortable and cozy home that I just wouldn’t get from staying in a hotel. Also, as an Airbnb host myself, I take pleasure in sharing my home with guests. In return, my guests enjoy their stay in a beautifully designed and comfortable home that makes them feel welcome, safe, and happy. If you are considering becoming an Airbnb host, I highly recommend it. I’ve met wonderful people from all over the world and one of my guests became a client of mine who also connected me to other clients and business professionals. My experience with Airbnb has been nothing but positive and a wonderful experience that I’m happy to share with anyone who is interested in learning more about Airbnb.
If you are considering becoming an Airbnb host, first think about the kind of guests you want to attract. Do you want to attract business professionals, families, single tourists, or older couples? Once you determine the guests you want to appeal to, think about what they would need if you were in their shoes. If you were a professional traveling for business, what would you need? Would you need a desk, access to internet, a printer, an iron, coffee, etc…? Next, come up with a theme for the space. If you live by the beach, create a beach bungalow feel or if you live in a cabin in the mountains, create a natural, rustic space that give guests the experience of being out in nature. Add personalized touches such as photographs that you took while traveling, hang artwork you were inspired by, or display knick knacks you have collected over the years. Place flowers and plants around your home to bring a touch of nature indoors and add aromatic fragrances that deepen the experience for your guests. The most important thing is to design your home so that it reflects who you are while providing guests with an authentic, local ambiance where they can get a unique adventure that they would never get by staying at a hotel.
Check out some decorating tips for Airbnb Interior Design here or view some amazing Airbnb designs below to inspire you to re-decorate your own home if you are a host. If you are new to Airbnb and are considering becoming a host, check out Airbnb’s Interior Design Collection to get creative ideas for your own home.
Neutral tones, textured wall coverings, mirrors, brass materials, cultural patterns, and a tribute to musicians highlight this year’s Decorator’s Showcase located at San Francisco’s Villa de Martini on 298 Chestnut Street. It’s always nice to see seasoned high end designers showcase their talent year after year from Artistic Designs for Living to Antonio Martins Interior Designs, Heather Hilliard Design, and Ann Lowengart Interiors, but it’s just as refreshing to see new and different designers bring their creative concepts to life such as Stephan Jones Interiors and Gloria Marth Design. Last year’s Decorator Showcase featured many designs in a black and white theme with more space to play with compared to this year, where the rooms appear to be much smaller with a more natural, cozy feel and breathtaking views. A few designers paid tribute to musicians such as David Bowie and his wife Iman, and Stevie Mack. Their creative and artistic designs were inspired by these legendary musicians. Other designers were inspired by their family, the Chinese zodiac signs, nature and the outdoors, small personal spaces, light, and the creative colorful energy of the Bay Area.
One of my favorite rooms was the study on the first level designed by Stephan Jones Interiors. The study was created in a smaller space which felt very intimate, comfortable, and cozy that appealed not only to me but to many of the other visitors. The use of natural materials, hand blocked prints on linen, texture, patterns, and “antiques ranging from Baroque to mid-century mixed with modern artists” provide a very eclectic and cultured look and feel to the space. Neutral tones combined with muted blues and rusted orange fill the study. Even though the study comes across as more of a masculine design to me, the room was created and pulled together in a way that appeals to both men and women as noted by the many wonderful and positive comments regarding this study. This was clearly one of the highly regarded rooms in the entire house and one of the top favorites among most visitors.
Don’t you wish you had a kitchen or bathroom like the ones you see on Houzz? Aren’t they beautiful, elegant, and luxurious? What you don’t know is that some of the designs you see on Houzz may not comply with building code requirements.
Why wouldn’t someone want to comply with code requirements? One reason is that you’ll have to give up the aesthetics and beauty of a space in order to comply with code. Another reason is you have to pull a permit and people don’t want to deal with the hassle of going through the permit process and inspection process. So, what are building code requirements? They are a collection of regulations regarding building construction that are meant to ensure public safety. There are codes for a lot of things such as fire, electrical, plumbing, ceiling, fenestration, fireplace, and more. Example: A minimum ceiling height needs to be 7′ 6″ for habitable spaces and hallways. A shower stall needs to have a minimum finished interior of 1024 square inches that surrounds a 30″ diameter circle (32″ x 32″ is one size). Stairs require a maximum riser height of 7¾” and a minimum tread depth of 10″. The stair width must be at least 36 ” wide. The list goes on with more rules regulating the rules, but they are all there for a good reason.
Yes, it’s frustrating when you are planning on remodeling your kitchen and bathroom and realize you have to sacrifice something, including aesthetics in order to comply with code. If you are remodeling a bathroom, want to change the layout, and have no room to expand (keeping the walls, windows, and doors intact), then you are left with the existing space. With a small bathroom of 6′ x 5′, you wonder how will you meet the code requirements? It can be done, but you’ll have to sacrifice something. You may need to sacrifice the luxury of a larger shower in exchange for a smaller one. Or, if you prefer to have a larger shower, then you may have to accept a smaller lavatory. There’s no way around it. You just have to do the best you can while trying to make it as beautiful and as elegant as you imagined. In this scenario, you do need to pull an alteration permit which will save you any headache or stress in the future if you decide to sell your home. It ensures your safety as well as the safety of future homeowners when they move in. In the long run, it’s going to benefit and protect you.
However, if you decide not to change the layout and just want to swap out old fixtures like an old sink or old toilet with a new one in same dimensions, replace your existing tub with a shower stall that is the same size as your old tub, or update your vinyl floors with ceramic tile, you don’t need to pull a permit (if your home is an older home). This was confirmed by the Building of Inspection in SF. By sticking to the existing floor plan, it relieves a lot of stress and frustrations. The downside can be that your current layout doesn’t flow very well and may not be the best layout, especially in older homes. Another downside is that when you open up your walls, there may be mold or the pipes have been corroded, rusted, or decayed and need to be replaced. You will need a permit if you need to re-pipe. If you are in doubt, check with your local building inspection before starting any home renovations. So, what are some examples of home remodels that don’t comply with code requirements? What are examples of renovations that do comply with code requirements yet are also beautiful and elegant, especially in small spaces where it may be challenging to comply with code? See if you can tell which images below comply or don’t comply with code and let me know what your challenges are when it comes to your remodeling project!
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