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10 Secrets From Top Interior Designers to Better Your Home

Sometimes we need a little help with our homes. Whether we have lived in our homes for 2 months of twenty years, we all need to change things up from time to time. Our lives our ever changing and this should also be reflected in our living spaces. Changes can be simple, the purchase of a few new accessories, or perhaps a painting. But maybe a big change is due, a new paint color, some new furniture, perhaps even a remodel. Following are some very simple secrets from some well known interior designers to help you transform your living space to best reflect your style and personality.

1. The first rule about decorating is that you can break almost all the other rules. Billy Bladwin

Something almost all decorators will tell you is that rules are meant to be broken. It is more important that the decor in your home reflects your living style and your personality than any conventional rule. It is important, however, to find balance so that a home doesn t become to stale and boring or too busy and distracting.

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2. Never push furniture up against the walls. By pulling your seating arrangement in (even just a few inches) you instantly warm up a space and create flow. Betsy Burnham

While each designer has his or own trick to transforming a room, they unanimously believe that a home should feel well lived in, represent the home-owners interests and passions and should never be too serious. Above this cozy library manages to do it all. This library is warm and inviting while giving us glimpses into the owner s own life.

3. Ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected space in a room. Albert Hadley

When decorating one s home one tends to immediately think of the walls, followed by the furniture and then the floor, but rarely do people think of what s overhead. This gold ceiling manages to do several things in this room. It reflects the natural light coming in from the oversized windows, it adds depth and warmth to the room, and it certainly adds a touch of whimsy.

4. Pinches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging. Christina Murphy

Many people are afraid to paint their walls a bright color. Color can also be added through accessories. Lovely blankets, vases, paintings, pillows and rugs are a wonderful way to add a pop of color. Start in small increments. Perhaps add a colorful lamp, then you can add a vase, the blanket, and if you are ready try tackling larger areas. Color really does affect your mood and can make your living space a happy and energetic one.

5. Use wallpaper in unexpected places: on the ceiling, in a paneled room, in closets, hallways and small foyers. A great pattern or texture in small spaces can be a prodigious twist. Lindsay Coral Harper

It s always fun to walk in to someone s home and find the unexpected. A formal dining room with a bright colored ceiling, a white hallway and an unexpectedly colorful stairwell. A simple white bedroom may offer up a playful surprise with a fun patterned papered wall in the closet. In the room above one s eye is immediately drawn upward to the playful yet elegant ceiling.

6. I appreciate history but you have to bring your own experience into your rooms. Istvan Francer

What makes your home uniquely your own home are the things you have in it. Showcase your personal possessions to reveal your personality, adventures, and achievements. Mix your accessories with new and old. We all have a past, present and a future and these are all a part of our personal histories.

7. I don t think people have enough fun with decorating. It doesn t always have to be so serious. Design isn t like marriage, you don t have to commit for life. Ross Cassidy

Don t be afraid to try something new. You can always change it. Furniture can be rearranged and walls can be repainted. As with all things, in home decor, try something new, you might like it. Start small if you must then go bigger. The room above would be very bland without the fun and colorful furniture. The furniture gives the room its personality. It shows that the owner is fun loving and most likely doesn t take him or herself too seriously. Conversely, if the walls and lamp shades were not white, the room would be much too busy and too distracting.

8. Real comfort, visual and physical is vital in every room. Mark Hampton

Another area where all designers seem to agree is the importance of comfort in one s home. It doesn t matter what your own personal style is Whether you are elegant and sophisticated or casual and whimsical Whether you are minimalist, eclectic, classic, bohemian the most important thing is to make your home livable. A well designed home is one that is both comfortable and functional.

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9. The most important thing? Perfect lighting at all times. Oscar de la Renta

Natural light is best but when natural light sources are limited there should be plenty of light sources. Consider your environment. Are you in a large city, near a forest or by the ocean. Some homes will have more natural light than others and the light in your home will shift and vary through the day. Sit in all the rooms of your home throughout the day and you will notice where lighting needs to be supplemented. The right kind of lighting in the right space will add a glow and a warmth to your surroundings.

10. Accessories are where I like to make a statement. They re the soul of a room. Austin Warner

Accessories are a great way to tie in all decor together. They can pull all the pieces together to give your space a finished look. Accessorizing is another way to add a personal touch to your space as they often tell a story of where you have been and where your interests lie. If you are too timid to go for large amounts bold color, patterns or decor in your home, you can still create a colorful atmosphere with the accessories you choose.

Are you inspired to make a few changes around the house? Where will you start? What will you do? I need to add some more color, myself and am looking for just the right rug to tie everything together.



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Car Interior Design should be planned well by the owner. By doing this kind of thing to the car we will guarantee to have the best car and better than the previous one. Although the exterior designed well by the producers, we can make the interior side better by doing ourselves. There are many options out there that we can choose for people. As long as we have determination to have the best result we can do it.

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When thinking of the ideas for the car itself, we can make sure that the car has the best performance on the exterior side. By knowing the Car Interior Design well people might choose to have many options. The classic, the modern, or the racing model. The Car Interior Design Ideas surely is making the performance in the interior side becomes powerful. Have a beautiful view on the interior one.

Choosing the ideas should be adjusted to the model of the car should be adjusted to the model of the car first. We cannot choose the right Car Interior Design without thinking the cause and effect about the Car Interior Design to the car. If we already have the modern and the latest edition of the car, it is better to have the modern interior on the interior side. It is can be in harmony with others equipment in the car itself.

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If one wants to have such a beautiful car, the ideas of the Car Interior Design should be tried by the people. We can make sure to have the best result for the car based on the design we choose on the first place. We can make the great deal by choosing to have the best design itself. We as the owner should put the maintenance and the well-cared attention to the car. Having the new interior can boost the value of the car.

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So, the thing we have done on the Car Interior Design is giving out our ideas to the car. The next thing we can do is making the car have the best assistance. By choosing the shops with great assistance to people we can have the car in the warranty. When people are trying to make the car better, the right assistance and the quality of the shops should be considered well by us. It is never too late to try the edition of the new car we will have later on. Do this one as soon as possible.

The last step in the Car Interior Design Shops is making the first shop as the long-life shop for the car. The car should get the same treatment ever since the first time. Having a car can be described as the great deal in life. So, why do not we make this one as the best investment ever by doing some things for the interior of the car itself. Have the best car ever by having the latest Car Interior Design.

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Inside the homes of interior designers

Looking into the homes of those who eat, sleep and breathe interior design is an interesting exercise. The legend goes that fashion designers tend to wear black, and chefs rarely cook outside their work kitchens, but it seems the exact opposite is true of interior designers, whose homes are of course the place where all the knowledge and know-how honed during work hours, is allowed its fullest expression. There is much to be gleaned from looking at how the experts live. Here are some of our favourites from the House Garden archives.



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Interior Design Renovations

From the initial design concept, to project completion, Artech Church Interiors has the experience and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges of your Church Interior Design and Church Construction Needs.

We have vast experience in everything from constructing new pulpit platforms, to installing baptismal pools, to new flooring and plaster repair. or any phase of Church Renovation.

The expert Artech staff is ready to meet with you and discuss your project in detail.

Contact us and see what we can do for you.

Our family of craftsmen renovate churches nationwide. And Church Restoration and Renovation are our specialties. The bonding that develops between our people is one of the many qualities that make our system work efficiently. After your church’s renovation is accomplished – on time – Artech Church Interior Design doesn’t end the relationship there.

Follow up is a matter of course. Renovation department personnel are continually available to answer any questions and address any warranty work required.

Artech’s 45+ years and 3 generations of experience, with church renovation and church restoration, and our seasoned Interior Design experts, work with your church to get the results you desire.

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Church Interior Design – Is Beige The Only Color?

For several decades, I have worked with churches and building committees as both an architect and interior designer. I have found that church interior design often presents a surprising challenge – how to work with color. Often, a large building committee will try to weigh-in on selections, but few people understand how color works or affects the built environment. To complicate matters, color preferences can be subjective. So without a clear definition and procedure for working with color, building committees tend to water down their selections. To get everyone to agree, they revert to a neutral scheme, which while safe, is pretty boring. I call it the “Everything is Beige” syndrome in church interior design.

For this reason it is very important to consider color from the very beginning as integral to the design process. Though our firm believes strongly in collaboration, we find that a small group or subcommittee consisting of three or four qualified participants work better than the entire building committee. This color committee can delve deeper into color issues and work with the architect or interior designer to understand the impact of color on the overall design. We often recommend that some of the color committee’s members also be on the building committee. This way the whole building committee can be made aware of the color selections, while they empower the smaller group to make selections and recommendations more quickly and efficiently.

Working with earthy tones and muted colors is often a good place to start, since these create a sense of peace if used well. And, yes, beige can be one of those colors. However, the base colors should be balanced with brighter colors that create interest and excitement. Imagine spots of warm reds and oranges, cool blues and greens, or intense purples. Historic churches often use this kind of color scheme – lots rich wood paneling, wood pews and flooring, white plaster walls, offset with intense colors in trim or the stained glass windows. Our work restoring the historic Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston perfectly illustrates this approach. Even if you don’t have stained glass windows as focal points for color, the same principal can be used, by creating small areas of intense color in an overall neutral scheme.

For contemporary church interior design, here are some good examples where the same color concept has created some wonderful spaces. A neutral base color is used in all three of the churches shown below. All use intense accent colors to create different moods. St. Frances Cabrini uses color and light to create drama with the focus on the main altar and reredos. At St. Albert Trapani, color produces a feeling of warmth and welcome, and accentuates different focal points – the altar, the baptismal font, and the stained glass window. At Woodlawn Baptist, color is also used to create a feeling of warmth and welcome – though the colors are muted shades of orange, green and purple. The effect is an overall sense of brightness and peacefulness in the space.

The color selection can have a lasting impact. Churches very often don’t have the resources or the inclination to remodel or update interiors on a regular basis. Compared to your place of worship, your local restaurant or shopping center is redone or “freshened-up” regularly. So it is really important for a church to select colors that are classic and can stand the test of time. Colors can quickly become dated if you use the really popular colors of the moment – remember harvest gold and avacado green? But don’t worry, there are many colors that can be used to create a feeling or mood that never goes out of style.

So when it comes to building new or renovation of existing buildings, be aware the important role color plays in church interior design. Carefully consider color as a major part of the design from the very beginning. Allow your architect or interior designer to guide you in the selection of colors, and be willing to take some risks with color to create an exciting and timeless place of worship.

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Our Interior Designers and Liturgical Designers work with churches exclusively and are sensitive to all styles of worship. Church Interiors also offers Liturgical Interior Design as well as Church Decorating Services that focus on providing worship flexibility.

  • Over 30 years experience in liturgical design
  • Platform redesigns for worship flexibility
  • High quality fabrics and color coordinated carpet
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Church Interiors, Inc. will bring in our interior designer who will create sketches and drawings for review and approval by your building committee. After approval, our Interior Designer will prepare a designer board which will coordinate colors and designs selected for the decorating of your church. We would prepare a comprehensive proposal. After contract award we would purchase and warehouse all materials and then schedule to perform the actual work in a condensed timeframe that would disrupt church services as little as possible.

Our designers understand the religious significance of colors and fabrics and the evolving style of worship that is relevant to today s church decorating.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire Brown’s Interior Design?

For more than 30 years we have assisted South Florida residents in creating the home of their dreams. At Brown’s we give you the experience and creativity of a licensed interior designer, outstanding service and the pricing of a furniture showroom.

What do I need to know about your initial consultations? Is there a fee?

Our initial consultation is FREE. Once we have an overview of the scope of the job, we can determine which designer is a good fit. We can come to your home if that is helpful.

How do you charge for a residential interior design job?

We charge a fee for specifying and supervising your contractor or ours. This includes the time a designer spends with you working on something not associated with the products we supply. This fee is set after the designer determines the scope of the job and you have hired a contractor. Since the work we do in each home varies we do not have a set fee.

What size projects does Brown’s Interior Design accept? Can I start with one room?

Our designers can help you with any type or size of project. Whether you need to decorate your first home, redesign your second home or start with one room, we can help you conceptualize, visualize and realize your dream.

I have been hearing a lot about “green design.” What does that mean and do you offer that service?

We have many product options that are “green”. Many furniture, fabric, lighting and wallpaper companies have made a big effort to have these options available to our clients today.

We are thinking of remodeling our house. When should we call an Interior Designer?

If you are thinking of remodeling your home or building a new one you should call us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. A Brown’s designer can bring knowledge experience to the decisions made regarding electrical, plumbing, fabrics and furniture. In most cases, they actually help avoid unnecessary expenditure by making sure that needs are met and no errors are made along the way. We can help you save time and money with our knowledge.

Do you work with subcontractors or do I need to find my own?

Yes, we have many different types of subcontractors that we work with on a regular basis and can highly recommend. If you are look for re-upholstering, custom window treatments, carpet installation, wallpaper installation, custom built-ins we have the right person for you. We are happy to work with your builder, general contractor or any other contractor you would like to work with.



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Spanish Style Home Plans

The Spanish style revived the architectural traditions of the early Spanish colonies, themselves based on the fanciful Moorish and Mediterranean motifs that influenced residences in the old country. These evocative homes are sometimes called Spanish Eclectic houses in honor of their diverse influences. Natural in both tropical or oceanside settings as well as the desert southwest, Spanish home plans are most popular in Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, though elements of the style may appear in homes all over the country.

Spirited and expressive, Spanish Revival house plans are all about making family, friends, and entertaining comfortable and relaxed. Thick masonry walls coated in stucco and red tile roofs function to keep the interior cool. Spanish floor plans may be arranged around a central courtyard, where shaded galleries block the hot sun and provide outdoor living space. The most elaborate of the Southwest styles, Spanish home plans may feature towers or turrets, romantic balconies, fancifully shaped columns, and wrought iron details.

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    is an innovative and results driven design firm. Our studio of talented designers and technicians celebrate over forty years of design excellence in Central Florida’s leisure and entertainment industry. R+M offers a full spectrum of design services tailored specifically for each unique hospitality, theme park, and retail project. For large international assignments, we often collaborate as a member of a team of specialized consultants. Since 1973, we have successfully completed over 560 projects. Our client list includes such industry leaders as Disney, Universal Studios, Warner Bros, Darden Restaurants, Ruth’s Chris and Hard Rock Cafe.

    We look forward to each new assignment and believe that it is an opportunity to provide immersive and compelling design that stands out in the market, optimizes function and enhances the guest experience.

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    With 40+ years of design experience, Chris studied architecture at Arizona State University and completed his degree in Interior Design at the University of Florida. In 1973, he founded Raleigh Design and quickly joined the growing theme park revolution here in Central Florida. Always a source of positive energy, Chris passionately believes design has the power to enhance people’s lives. His aim is to apply the right blend of research and an acute design sense, which is evident in each of his projects.

    With 30+ years of design experience and 15+ of those years with Chris, his skills for place making have come from many years of direct experience at the heart of the hospitality industry, as a chef. He is known for his innovative approaches to design and an unwavering demand for technical excellence in the delivery and follow-through of project communication. Diverse clients and exciting projects have taken him across the globe and the success of each of those projects speak to his skill and ability.

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