Color Trends 2019

I don't know about you….but I am ready for some more color in my life! Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a GRAY fan through and through. But every now and then, my eye wanders to the lovely jewel tones, sherbets, and pastels that are on the shelfs hidden behind all the grays and whites out there. Though you may not always see it in my designs, I do love color!

Right now, my absolute favorites of the new colors are GREEN and BLUSH PINK. These colors look great on their own, or together. Here are a few examples of how these colors can be combined to pack a huge design punch...

As far as the GREEN trend goes, I say the darker and richer, the better. If you don’t want to commit to the point of painting every wall in your home the 2019 color trend Hunter Green, you have some options. Velvet hunter green pillows, silk chartreuse window panels and lush green chairs can (thankfully) be found in every Homegoods store these days. Perhaps try adding into your current decor, some lush velvet curtain panels or this amazing pillow top bench from Pier One? A grouping of green fern prints may be just the touch you are looking for, like this collection from World Market. Just placing these amazing green glass lamps from World Market on your bedside tables can incorporate this trend and liven up your space.


As far as the PINK trend goes, my absolute favorite color is BLUSH PINK! I am obsessed with this amazing tufted bench from Wayfair and these beautiful blush curtain panels from Anthropology. You can add in smaller details like this woven throw from World Market or this sweet little cake stand from Wayfair.

One of my favorite design challenges is when I have a client who is willing to explore past the neutrals and let me add in some beautiful colors. Here are a few design boards I am working on for current clients utilizing these colors. I can't wait to see how they turn out!












Musical Design

 

Design Tip #2

As much as I believe a person's home tells a lot about them, there is also no doubt that the type of music a person listens to tells you a lot about them as well. Are there special songs that mean something to you that you that you could incorporate into your design?  Musical instruments and album covers are often beautifully designed and can make a great statement in a room, especially a game room or a child's room who loves music.  If you are opting for something a bit more subtle but still want to incorporate Music into your design,  select a song that means something to you, buy the sheet music and frame it.  This is a very inexpensive way to incorporate music and personality in your décor. Another way you can personalize your space through music is with something called  sound wave art.  Maybe it’s the song you danced to at your wedding incorporated into a gallery wall with your wedding photos, the waves from your baby’s ultrasound hanging in her room, or the fight song from your college university hanging on the wall in your man cave-the possibilities are endless! There are a number of retailers on Etsy who can create custom pieces for about the same price as a cassette tape of your favorite band. Wait…what’s a cassette tape?

Sound Wave Art 

Sound Wave Art 

Sound Wave Art : baby heart beat

Sound Wave Art : baby heart beat

Framed music lyrics

Framed music lyrics

Framed music lyrics

Framed music lyrics

Designer Tips & Tricks

As a designer, it is my job to help my clients translate their likes, dislikes and personal style into their décor. There’s a lot to think about…spacing, balance, contrast and texture- but perhaps the biggest challenge is finding a way to incorporate each clients’ personality into their design. Anyone can copy a page from Pinterest or Pottery Barn- but a truly beautiful home, one that is warm, welcoming, and a place that people want to be- is something more. A HOME is a place where people live- where their story plays out. Over the next few posts I will reveal a few of my suggestions/tips for creating an environment that exudes personality and will guarantee you LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE!

Tip #1

Photo walls!  Anyone who know's me, or any of my clients, knows I love me a good photo wall.  It is one of my favorite most cost effective ways to bring amazing decor and interest into your home.  Now, staged professional photos can be a lovely focal point in your home. Photographs of our families with serene faces, in coordinating outfits with soft filters remind of how lovely life can be. But as nice as those photos are to look at, do they really tell your story? Are they the photos that make you smile and tug on your heart?  We suggest combing through your photos to find those that you love the most-you know-the ones that give you warm fuzzies or make you laugh. Something unexpected! Your kids may be teenagers now, but Im all for adding in some of your favorite baby photos of them, you know the ones that makes you tear up every time you see it. And, there was a time, before kiddos came that we did in fact have our wedding photos up, didn't we? A photo wall is  a perfect place to add one in, your kids love to see it up and it serves as a beautiful reminder of where your story began.  Add in a wood sign or two, a shelf for dimension and an old empty window frame for interest..in other words, get creative! It could be a focal point on a blank wall, decor for around a TV, in a kitchen or even a nursery... photo walls are the perfect addition to any home decor.  Not only will you smile every time you look at this interesting combination of objects and past and present photo's, it will help incorporate warmth and movement into your décor- and will be a GREAT conversation starter! 

ENJOY!

 

 

It's never too late for a Christmas miracle!

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? Having company come? Would you like to welcome your guests into a festive, yet tastefully decorated holiday home? Here are 3 quick and inexpensive ways for you "deck the halls"...without making your house look like Santa's workshop!

(PS...some of these beautiful photo's are from the amazing home of my partner in crime....she is by far beyond talented at design!)

#1 - Add greenery! If you want to change the atmosphere in your home to project a wintery, holiday feel, adding in some natural elements might be just the right touch. It's not hard to find beautiful artificial garlands, sprigs or plants to incorporate into your existing decor. Or, if you want to take it a step further, use pine boughs, pine cones, a rosemary bush or poinsettias for a fragrant touch. What a great way to appeal to all of the senses!

#2 - Pillows! There are TONS of cute holiday pillows available at a variety of retailers that you can use to add some holiday flair. Maybe a sparkly snowflake, a skier or a cute buffalo plaid? You can also accomplish a holiday/winter feel by switching out light colors and airy fabrics for fur, velvet, cable knit or sparkly pillows/throw blankets. Not only will you transform your home, you will be providing lots of cozy accessories for your guests to use when they come for a visit!

#3 - Wreaths! They aren't just for inside anymore. There are a number of places you can use an ornamental wreath in your home. Hang it from an interior door, on a mirror or in the window where it can be seen both inside and out. There are wreaths made from ornaments, feathers, dried wood, and just about anything else you can think of. If you can't find something you like, go to Michaels or a similar craft store and have them help you put one together.  It doesn't have to be expensive...a lovely wreath of greenery in the right spot can make all the difference. Add a bow or lights next year if you'd like! 

Just a few small touches can really go along way - and you don't have to break the bank to make your home look festive! From about Thanksgiving on, you will find plenty of holiday home sales with anywhere from 10%-60% off.  And of course the day after Christmas is a great day to stock up for next year! Grab a fun roll of ribbon, new ornaments for the tree or some decor items that you can pack away and give to yourself as a gift as you begin your decorating the next year.  If you shop smart, some of your "holiday decor" may be used all winter to add warmth and depth to your home. Christmas in July? Maybe not...but we hope these tips will help you and your holiday guests love where you live.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from all of us at Laura Aguilar Interiors!

 

Turning a House into a Home

My clients live in a beautiful house...it just didn't feel like "home" to them.  There were some major changes they wanted to make, and finally were ready to get this process started!  The yellow oak floors needed to be re stained to a rich dark brown,  oak cabinets painted a crisp white and new back splash in the kitchen, some new furniture and decor for the nook , family and entry rooms of their home.  They had a pretty good size budget for all the structure work on the home, but we really needed to make it stretch for the decor part, and we made it work!  We added in a couple new key pieces of much needed furniture, painted an existing pre owned piece to make it work in the new color scheme , and added in plenty of beautiful rugs, curtains and decor to pull it all together.  We replaced her aqua blue she had in her home with a rich deep navy blue,  and added it to every room we worked on to pull it all together.  

My clients are so happy with their beautiful results.  They said their house finally felt like their home!  Now they can honestly say that they Love where they Live!

Family Room Before

Family Room After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Entry Before

Entry After

4 ways to add texture and warmth to your space!

Have you ever noticed, the more texture a room has, the more time you want to spend in it?  Well, I have!  Texture creates interest and can easily be added to existing decor.  From walls, furniture, accessories, floors or pillows, you can add texture in a number of ways. Here are 4 of my favorite techniques  for adding texture to create a cozy, welcoming feeling in any home. 

  1. Architecturally -  This is sometimes pricey, but well worth it if you can work it into one or a couple rooms! Examples are Brick or stone walls & fireplaces, wooden ceiling beams or mantles, ship-lap, board and batten or panaling on walls, coffered ceilings, built in shelves or bookcases.

 2. Furniture - You can have fun and create texture by adding in furniture of varying or unexpected materials, such as a leather bench or sofa, a velvet side chair, a tufted ottoman or even a concrete top coffee table!  Have fun, and don't be afraid to mix it up a bit.

3. Pillows, throws, curtains, oh my! You can really change a room by paying attention to these often forgotten pieces - and with very little expense. Stick with sheer, light and soft fabrics for your pillows and throws in the spring and summer, then create warmth by layering in velvet and fur in the fall or sparkle for the holidays.  And don't forget your windows!  Layering windows is one of my favorite ways to add texture.  Hang bamboo roman shades under velvet panels to add softness, or add a patterned window panel to create interest to a room. You really don't have to spend a lot to create an cozy environment.

4.  Accessories - can we all just take a moment to thank the Good Lord above for Homegoods? This store has made accessorizing any home, regardless of the style, so much easier.  In addition to being affordable, the folks at Homegoods separate the decor  into different types of styles or different rooms. Whether your look is traditional, modern farmhouse, beach, modern or eclectic, they have it all. That being said, there is no excuse for not having a wide variety of accessories in varying textures to help add interest, depth and personality. So have some fun!  Set a sparkly candle holder on a reclaimed wood tray or layer some antique boxes with a sparkly mirror.  It's OK to mix it up- but don't forget the greenery and flowers to bring life into the room.  For those of you who have more of a "black" thumb as opposed to green one, there are some amazing faux plants and flowers to choose from.  Anything with a patina, either aged or new adds instant warmth and texture.  Try visiting antique stores or flea markets for some fun treasure to add to your home.  Basic rule of thumb, if you love it, it will look perfect in your home, I promise! And most importantly, you will LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE!

  

What to expect with a Designer

Have you ever wanted to work with an Interior Designer but have no idea where to start?  This blog post will take into account my 12 years in the business and provide you with some basic information to set your mind at ease.

Here are THREE of the most COMMON QUESTIONS I get from potential clients: 

#1- WHAT DOES AN INTERIOR DESIGNER DO? 

Answer: WHAT DON'T WE DO??? It differs for all designers, but for me, there isn't any job too big or too small to take on. Anything that you need help with, a designer can lend a hand. I have helped clients with something as simple as choosing paint colors, rearranging existing furniture, selecting finishes for kitchens and baths, coordinating upholstery and window treatments selections, or designing boards for individual rooms. I have also decorated entire homes and rooms. My clients' budgets have ranged from a few hundred dollars to unlimited.  I have even been hired to "break a design tie" between a husband and wife!  The point is, a designer can simply help you make a decision you are stuck on, point you in the right direction or make the decisions for you. No job is too big or too small for this girl- and I enjoy them all!

#2 - WHAT DOES A CLIENT NEED TO DO BEFORE HIRING A DESIGNER? 

Answer: There are two important things you can do before your first meeting that will make the design process much easier. First,  have a general idea of the style you like and share it with me. Pinterest is my preferred tool. You can find a lot of beautiful rooms and designs that will help me understand your style. Not technologically inclined? Show me your favorite design magazines or let me know what your favorite HGTV show is to watch- this all helps me piece together your style. This is the most important piece because while I can design rooms/homes in my sleep...the biggest challenge is making sure I am able to select the pieces and special touches that will make your home truly yours. Second, budget is a huge component! Having a good idea on how much you want to spend really helps me know how much I can do to each room, giving you a more realistic picture of how your room will look when finished. I offer a one-hour free design consultation. If you can provide this information to me at this time, it will help me make the most of your time and get you the best results. 

#3 - HOW MUCH DOES AN INTERIOR DESIGNER COST? 

Answer:  Of course, the cost depends on the scope of the project, and may differ depending on the designer you hire. However, there are a few more common ways designers charge for their services. I try to be flexible and work with my clients to determine the best billing method for the project. One option is hourly. This method makes sense when you want me to help you with specific design decisions such as, which paint color to use, which curtain fabric to go with or how to arrange furniture.  This is also great when you just need a little help shopping too!  The second option is whole room or whole home charge.  Designing an entire room/house is a huge project and if charged hourly, would exceed most budgets. This payment usually makes the most sense for a client who has a larger project, would like to delegate more responsibility to me and would like to know their budget in advance.  Of course this budget/quote does not include the cost of furnishings, though I will provide an estimate so that clients have all of the information they need to make a decision they feel comfortable with. For both options, a deposit is required, then depending on the scope, the remaining balance is typically due on install day.  

I hope this information helps you feel more comfortable with the prospects of hiring a designer. Now call me already, and let's get started! 

 

A Room for the Whole Family!

My client needed her upstairs play room to be multifunctional. Yes, it was a place to keep toys and watch fun movies with the kiddos, but her husband also used this space as his home office and soon, the boys would be doing homework up there as well.  Challenge accepted!

We got rid of every piece of furniture in the room with the exception of the TV  and TV table. We needed comfy, durable furniture for the kids, desk and storage for the husband, and art and homework areas for the boys. And don't forget plenty of toy storage!  The room wasn't large in size, but that didn't matter. I think you will see amazing things can be done as long as you lay the room out correctly.

 We created a cozy, functional and fun family room/office/play room for all to enjoy!

Before

  After

Adding in Pink...

Its not often that I get to work with the color PINK.  Sure, a nursery or child's room here or there, but we forget what a beautiful and versatile color pink can be!  This client hired me to add some much needed decor and storage to the family room in her beautiful new home. In the entry way, I walked past a table that had a beautiful bouquet of pink flowers sitting on it. For some reason, it caught my eye and stuck with me. In talking with my client about her style, we decided to go with lovely soft shades of grey and creams and whites...and then add in some pink!  As always, personalizing the home for my client was one of the best parts of the job. This client had some amazing photographs of her wedding bouquet that she had always wanted to use, and yup you guessed it...they are pink! Glad we could work it in!

Take a look at her beautiful room, and you too may RETHINK PINK!

Before

After 

Golden Art

OK, I admit...I don't know the first thing there is to know about the art world-and there is a lot to know I'm sure! But, my client has a love for it and an amazing eye for beautiful pieces. Her home is full of them!  On my first job with her, (I worked on two rooms in her home - the next one will be featured in a separate blog post coming soon) she just needed me to help arrange some of the lovely pieces she had in her family room so that they made more sense. Additionally, I rearranged the existing furniture in her family room and suggested several new pieces that will help complete the look. I made sure to keep in mind that while the focus of the job was highlighting the amazing art collection I still needed to keep it elegant. I also kept in mind the function of the room, and making sure it was welcoming to her two small boys. We added in a new larger coffee table as well as some beautiful bookcases for hidden toy storage. We were absolutely thrilled with the results. Take a look...this room shines just like gold!

It was a quick job, but the results were dramatic!

I feel pretty confident saying, my clients LOVE WHERE THEY LIVE! Wouldn't you? 

Cozy Family Home

I fell in love with my clients home the minute I pulled in the driveway! On a beautiful, tree lined street, the layout of this home is perfect for the gathering of family and friends. I could certainly see why they chose to move there!  But like any home, after 10 years, it was time for a little update. They didn't want a complete overhaul but a few tweaks couldn't hurt. They decided on stripping and staining all the wood floors in their home as well as adding in some much needed decor and accessories to finally make their house feel like their home.   We kept the sofas, but added in some key pieces to update the home to fit their evolving style and finish off the rooms.  New rugs, tables, lighting, decor, and new kitchen nook furniture helped to compliment the more "significant changes they made to appliances and countertops in the kitchen.    

Take a look at these great before and afters!  My clients were so happy with the results, they finally feel like they "Love where they Live" :)

Before

After

 

Such a lovely home and an even more lovely couple!  Thank you for allowing me to come into your home, I had such a great time!

 

 

Lovely Little Nursery

When my client said to me "I'm going to need a nursery designed for our new home" it was music to my ears!  Nurseries are one of my favorite rooms to decorate because I love babies!  My own "babies" are now 14, 13 & 11, so the thought of surrounding myself with sweet little decor again made me so happy.  And the best part was that this nursery was for a little girl! You have to understand, the aforementioned "babies"  are now smelly , crazy, un-frilly boys...so anytime I can get my hands on something pink and pretty it just makes my day!

My client had already selected a light grey crib which served as our starting point. She wanted something feminine and pretty for her soon-to-arrive baby girl, so I chose a soft, peachy pink to go above the white Board & Batton.  This helped to add interest to the walls.  I also added a beautiful crystal chandelier, a big comfy chair perfect for late night feedings, lovely bedding and baskets full of cuddly blankets and bunnies.  I absolutely love the way this nursery turned out...and the sweet little princess who occupies this space just makes the room sweeter!

BEFORE

AFTER

 

This is the sweetest nursery for the sweetest lil princess!  

Miss Cameron, I hope you love your room even half as much as your mommy & daddy love you:)

 

 

From c.a. to n.c.!

OK, when my family and I made the move across the country form California to North Carolina , it was an adventure to say the least!  Don't get me wrong, we love it here....just took some getting used to thats for sure.  In California I was used to always being in a hurry, having a drive through Starbucks on every corner, never having to say the word "y'all"  and absolutely no mosquitos! Now I have had to learn to slow down, wave to EVERY CAR that passes by, have full conversations with check out people, & buy tons and tons of bug spray.   Oh, and actually getting out of my car to pick up my Starbucks (seriously though, we need way more drive thrus out here, don't y'all agree??)

 But we do love it, people couldn't be nicer, the change of seasons is amazing and leaning to slow down has done wonders for my family.  But then there was my work...I was used to being in high demand in California as an Interior Designer!  Fast forward to living in the South and not a soul knew who I was and what I did.  Then, along came the Kline family.  Not only were they kind enough to take a chance on this unknown designer from CA, they gave me full run on their brand new custom built home! I will forever be thankful to this sweet family for not only giving me and my business my start I needed here in the South, but for having so much trust in me to do what it is I love to do! I had a blast working on this home, and I hope you love the way it turned out just as much as they did.

Here are the before's and afters of their family & kitchen rooms of their home.

Enjoy!

BEFORE

AFTER

Thank you Kline family!   I will always be grateful for this opportunity you gave me, I hope you enjoy your home as much as I enjoyed designing it!

 

 

 

 

 

Too Blessed to be Stressed!

How great is this saying?!  I remember my Grandpa saying this so many times and I often think of it.  I obviously just took it as "one of Grandpa's sayings" when I was younger.  He had a few...often when someone would ask how he was doing he would answer "Better than I deserve!"  Loved that one too.  But this one is my favorite, and it means so much more to me now. Stress is a horrible thing, and the last last thing anyone needs is for their home of all places to be their stress point!  How horrible.  Your home should be your sanctuary.  The place everyone in your family feels comfy, loved, accepted and especially not stressed.   I believe design plays a huge part in how you feel when you come home each day.  If you come home with a lot of un-finished projects, paint on your walls that you hate & clutter everywhere, you just don't feel "at home"  right?  You tend to look around thinking "I should replace that" or "I need to find a place for that"...you are not relaxing , you are  stressing over all the things that still need to be done or changed.  And believe it or not, it doesn't take a lot to change some things to help you Love where you Live. Even something as just the right color on your walls can change a room's mood completely.   When you walk into a room that is cozy and well put together and organized, you want to stay a while right? Take a look at these pictures below from Laura Aguilar Interiors..what one would you want to stay in?)

Now, I'm not saying go out and buy all new things and completely redesign your home.  Simple changes here & there can be huge! Let's say your kids love to play in your family room with all their toys while you make dinner.  So why not store their toys in some beautiful baskets or cool book shelves? If you have tons of photo albums you love to look through but they are just piled up in a corner or cupboard somewhere, why not put them up on a pretty shelf so you will have easy access to them any time.  You dont have to spend a ton of money to do these things either.  I for one love Ikea book shelves.  I used them in the nursery, master bedroom and photography studio I did in the photo's below.  You can dress them up in so many ways by combining different sizes together, adding molding around the edges, add pretty knobs to doors and even painting or wall papering the backs of the book shelves to add color and detail.  

 

 And if you walk into your home from the garage or front door with your hands full of keys, mail and a dog leash...why not put in a pretty table with a tray on top and a cool rack of hooks across it. Not only is it something pretty for you to look at as soon as you enter your home,but you will be  instantly organized and less stressed. Like the the Entry Way photo below, the table is from Cost Plus World Market along with the tray, basket & rug from Homegoods, and lamp from Target. All in-expensive items,  but together they created such a better feeling for the homeowner then dumping everything onto the kitchen counter when she came home every day.  Baskets by stairways are a great idea too...just drop things into the basket the belong up stairs, so when you do happen to run up for something, grab whats in the basket and take it with you.  The stuff is not lying around on the ground making a mess and making you stressed, its put away until your ready to put it away!

 And don't forget your kids rooms.  Its a great thing to teach them young to put stuff away, and know where their stuff is.  Homework stations and toy storage are great things to do in bedrooms and play rooms. Bookshelf's, baskets, wall shelves, & trays all help making things not only clean, but look great too! These small changes can really help how you feel in your own home.  Basically any room in your home can benefit from a book case or shelf's or the combo of the two, like home office's or craft rooms.  Take a look at some more of my clients rooms below for more inspiring ideas of your own!

So there you go, add those book cases or wall shelf's to organize your favorite trinkets, go ahead and change that paint color you have hated for years, add a little entry table and organize your life as soon as  you enter the door.   These little inexpensive changes will do wonders for you and your home, I promise!

  And always try to remember....you really are "Too blessed to be Stressed!" 

 

 

 

Because Coffee is Awesome.

Lets take a break from talking about Interior Design to talking about wonderful Coffee.  Like many many of you,  I love coffee.  I love the taste, the smell,  and the whole routine of it all!  I love how it sounds when its being poured into my cup, I love how the creamer looks as I stir it in, I love how cozy coffee shops are and how special you feel when someone invites you for coffee.  And you really do know someone loves you when they know your coffee order , right?  So as you can tell , I love coffee.  I even believe that a beautiful, or meaningful, or seasonal mug can effect how my coffee taste that day too!  I know, you are scratching your head trying to figure out if I have just completely lost it. (you know, basically how my pre-teen looks at me Every. Single. Day.) But let me explain.  When you reach for a beautiful mug with a snowy scene or a sweet Christmas message,  you cant help but feel excited for the holidays right?  And when you pour your yummy cup of Joe into a mug covered in lovely spring flowers you cant wait to take that mug of yummness outside and go smell some roses, right?  Take a look at what I'm talking about...

 See, don't these make you excited to wake up in the morning to pour your own cup of wonderfulness? 

And,  when you need to say something without really saying something...Well here are a few examples of those too. 

 

And if you enjoy your coffee as much as I do,  then why not also designate a space in your kitchen for just that!  (wait....did I just connect all this chit chat about coffee to Interior Design? Go me!)  You can choose a cupboard or wall in your kitchen,  fill it with beautiful mugs, sugars & syrups, a jar full of spoons or tea bags, place the coffee maker below that & voila!  Your have a Coffee House right in your own home.  You come to the kitchen every morning, pick a mug to match your mood (or season :), and you are off to a great start! No more searching for your favorite mug, or looking for a spoon or wondering where you even put the coffee in the first place.  Here are some cool ideas to get you started...

So there you go.  A whole blog just on Coffee that somehow got connected to Interior Design.  

Because coffee is awesome. 

Now onto Wine.......

 

 

 

Diamond Rings and Old Barstools

Best title of a country song ever! This is the title of the latest hit by that hunk of a man named Tim Mcgraw.  I just love this song.  But sadly enough, and this is so my way of thinking, this song did not make me think of a love story gone wrong....but rather how great old and new look together in design!  Ya, I know. Its not normal to think of design when someone like Tim Mcgraw is singing a love song but I do.  So let me try to explain this brain of mine..OK, never mind.  I don't think I could ever explain that.  Instead let me tell you why mixing the old in with the new is pure perfection in the design world.

Lets start with some  pretty pictures of what I'm talking about.  I just love pretty pictures.  Here you go...

I love the old wood beam in a new sparkly white kitchen, and the rustic table in front of the beautiful tufted sofa is perfect!  And seriously, who wouldn't love  sleeping in a bed with a newly upholstered headboard up against this amazing old brick wall. So great!   I just feel when you mix things up a bit, these rooms become so much more interesting to look at and be in.  When the whole room is fancy, or the whole room is antique, you really don't know what to look at first.  The room becomes to serious, and not so cozy.  

But lets bring our conversation back to Mr. Mcgraw shall we?  One of the lines of his songs says  "ones the future and ones the past".   Again, fantastic idea!  Why not add in your grandma's old kitchen table or vintage trunk into your newly designed living room as a coffee table or a great game table?  What a wonderful conversation piece and memory you will have every time you pass by it.  (another pretty picture of what I'm talking about...)

Isn't this great!  So beautiful and well put together, but you are not afraid to sit down and put your feet up.  And honestly, the more scratches or bumps or scraped paint there is, the better.   A well designed room should be lived in, not just looked at.  And the more memories and stories you can pack into a room, the better.  A beautiful silver lamp on top of a thrift store dresser instantly adds interest.  And ,  wouldn't you love to sit for hours at a dinner party in a beautiful freshly painted dining room with an amazing old barn wood table?   Take a look at what I mean...

So, there you go.  Thank you Tim Mcgraw! You can never go wrong mixing a little old with a little new, just like  "Diamond Rings and Old Bar Stools".

Oh...I almost forgot the most important picture in this post.  (you can thank me later ;)

  Enjoy you're day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always look up!

Can anyone guess what this blog is going to be about? Anyone?.... Yup,  you guessed it you smart little designers. Its about  Curtains!  I know, its hard to contain your excitement.  Windows and their coverings are awesome.  Who doesn't love a room with beautiful windows adorned by  just the perfect window treatments? No really, is there anyone who doesn't love windows?  It's impossible to not love a window.  Even if the view is less then desirable, a room without natural light coming in is just.....well......No Bueno. (yes I went bilingual there, no I'm not technically Spanish but I married a very good looking  man who happens to be part Spanish so I like the language OK?!)   Anyways....where was I?  Oh yes, windows and how you should always "look up" when you decide to dress a  window.  Let me explain...  

Even though we all agree that windows are awesome, they can be tricky and expensive to try to "dress up".  First problem I see a lot in clients homes  is people hang there curtain rods two low.  They usually hang their rods at the top of the windows, when where you should really be hanging your rod is as close to the ceiling as you can get. Doing this makes your eyes go all the way up to the ceiling, making your rooms appear taller.  When the rod is hung at the top of a window, your eye stops there, sometimes cutting the height of the room in half.   The problem is,  a normal window panel sold in most of the Big Box stores are 84" long.  If you measured from the floor to top of an average window, the measurement you come up with is typically just that,  84" .  But the average ceiling height is 96"-108".  If you hang your rod as close to your ceiling as you can, your eye will continue to  follow the  curtains all the way up.  Now, no matter what the height of your ceiling is, your room will instantly feel taller and more open.   Here is an example of how curtains hung to low can completely change the look and feel of the whole window and room. (I grabbed this picture from Pinterest.  Seriously what did we ever do before Pinterest?.....how many times can I say Pinterest?)

Can you see the difference?  Amazing right?  See...I'm not crazy.  (OK,  this can probably be debated considering who you talk to and what time of the month you talk to them, but for right now lets just say I'm not crazy.....lets move on.)

Anywho...

 Here are a couple affordable solutions of what you can do to fix your Widow issues. If you found curtains that you love (and can actually afford) at say Target, Cost Plus World Market or Pier One and they are only 84" but you need 96",  try ordering  them online from the same store in the lengths you need.   No really, pretty much any panel you find at either of those stores  have 96" lengths and sometimes even 108" available on their web sites for not that much more money!  Trust me on this. You will be so much happier with your windows and your rooms if you order the longer lengths needed to make your "eye look up" .  Here are some examples of curtains hung correctly.  This trick works especially well with vaulted ceilings too. 

Another option is to add some length to the bottom or the top of your curtains to make them the length you need.  For example, you can find some beautiful panels at  Homegoods ,  TJ Maxx  and Marshals for as low as $15 a panel. Typically these panels will be 84" long.  What I have done for clients in the past is buy an extra panel or two in the same pattern or in a coordinating color and add the extra length needed to my other panels to make them the 96" or 108" .   Weather you add extra fabric on the top or bottom of you panels, the results look amazing. 

See how beautiful these look and how much grander the window appears  as a result?  I know, amazing right? Can we all just agree, Windows are awesome!

Another option is the stores  Potterybarn, Williams Sonoma Home and West Elm to  name just a few,  all offer the longer lengths in their stores, and very rarely even have the 84" length at all.  You will definitely pay a little more but they will be ready to hang as soon as you get home!  (great quality too..) Also , going custom is always a wonderful option too.  Find a  seamstress (or you can do your own if you are awesome like that) and sew away!  I used an amazing seamstress , who was also my amazing neighbor, and many times with the left over fabric she would make coordinating pillows as well. So many options!

So, to wrap up this amazing tale about Windows and Curtains and Rods.....lets all remember one thing. For windows and in Life for that matter.... lets "Always Look Up!"

 

 

 

   

 

The problem with Target and the beauty of Gold...

I'm lying, there is no problem with Target...that's the problem!  Affectionately called the "$100" store because even though you THINK you are just going for dog food, somehow you come home with a new sheet set, a wreath for your front door and the latest DVD the kids didn't even know they wanted.  The second those shinny red doors automatically opened and the smell of Starbucks reminds you of how great it is to spend money at Target , all shopping  list's  go out the door!  

Kind of sounds like Im putting Target down,  in reality I truly am in love with that store!  Its my go to, I feel safe there, I know where everything is,  people know me there.  OK,  actually no one knows me there, but you get the point.

Anywho, here is how I am connecting this rant about Target  to  Interior Design. Target is seriously right on point when it comes to decorating.  Aisle after aisle is dedicated to helping you cheaply make your home over in the matter of minutes.   Grant it, my past  clients can attest to me  telling them, "don't buy cheap, you end up spending more money in the long run" (said in my best professional Interior designer-y voice) but I am also mainly talking about big ticket items like rugs or couches...not trinkets and pillows and frames that Target is oh so famous for having.  You may also be asking yourself why I'm not going on and on about Homegoods? Trust me, I should just leave a pillow and toothbrush at Homegoods since I am there so often, but the title of the blog has the word Target in it so I'm sticking to it, lets keep going...

  Target is  perfect for subtly letting you know what colors and accents are "IN" for the moment.  Take these couple of pics I snapped the other day while I was shopping for "dog food".

Notice anything?  Yup! Gold (or aged Brass) is HUGE right now as an accent!   No matter what colors you put it with, Gold is "so in right now"! (always wanted to say that:)  

I'm not saying change every faucet or door knob in your home to Gold, I do feel like Gold is a fad that may leave soon... but,  that's why Target is so great!  You can buy a stack of cute boxes or a pretty accent table or some cool frames, swap them in for the black and wood ones you already have and voila!  You are more up to date then you were  5 minutes ago.  Lighting is also easy, change out your lamps , lamp shades and even your hanging pendents to some pretty Gold accented ones that yes, are also available at Target.

Pretty sure cutie pie designer Nate Berkus in the picture above, also using Gold accents as you can see, would agree with me. (at least in my head he is smiling at me and telling me how right I am and then offering me a Job in either his Chicago or New York city offices, then we go to dinner and he makes me God Mother to his new baby daughter named Poppy....)

Oooops, sorry....lets get back to Gold shall we?

So , there you go. Adding a little Gold or aged Brass is such a great idea to update any room in your home.  Start adding in small amounts and see what you think, you just might surprise yourself.   In the mean time, here are some more examples of how lovely Gold really is.

Hope your day is Golden! 








You have to start somewhere.....

OK, I have finally decided (or shall I say frequently urged to "do something" by my loving husband...) to jump on the Blogging band wagon!  I follow a couple blogs of women I admire and Im so impressed with what they have to say and what they post, I actually look forward to them.  I just never thought I had enough to say to fill up a blog let alone make it interesting enough to read.....but like I kind of mentioned, my husband seems to think I have A LOT to say, so here I go!

And yes...you probably guessed it by now,  I will be blogging primarily about Interior Design (I will pause for your applause:) What you may also be asking is what could I possibly blog about that someone hasn't already said?  Yes, good point, but what I mainly will be talking about is MY point of view and thoughts and hints and opinions and ideas on Interior Design.  And, as far as I know....there is not another "natural red headed Interior Designer name Laura Aguilar who recently relocated to North Carolina from Southern California" who is blogging right now about Interior Design sooooo.....there you go!

So hopefully you can all follow along with me on my new blogging journey. And maybe even invite your friends to follow too.  You have to start somewhere , right? Some blogs will be interesting, some funny, maybe one or two boring.....and maybe, just maybe some will actually be helpful!  (no promises, but Im going to do my best) So stay tuned, I am going to come up with my first blog very very soon.  I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what it will be about...but what ever it is, and whenever it is, I can for sure say that it will be about something "Interior Design-y" (is that a word? can I make it one? )

Stay Tuned......in the mean time, here is my view as I attempt this whole blogging thing:)

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House to Home

I have known this sweet family for a couple years now, and was thrilled to death when she called to me to help make their new house into a home they can love and raise their adorable toddler in.  They needed a family room and dining area that was beautiful and cozy but also durable and "break resistant" for their very active little two year old.  They are a young couple with amazing taste and basically gave me free reign to "do my thing" to bring it all together. What fun I had on this project!  And for not a lot of money, these before and after pictures show what can be done to make a house into a home....Enjoy! 

Before

After