What is Joshua up to these days?

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Wow! Where did the time go? In the past three months, I have become really busy which hasn't given me the opportunity to keep up with my blogs. Finally, things are slowing down so I can catch up with you guys about what is going on lately. Here is what I've been up to:

I have worked on over 30 online interior design projects! I will share some of my favorite e-design projects that I have worked on later this blog. :)

My other half, Jeffry, and I made several day trips around Metro Vancouver and northern Washington state to try out new restaurants and farmer markets on our day offs. That is something that we both enjoy doing. Lately, we are obsessed with Steveston Farmer & Artisan Market because they offer really great wines, pastries, fruits & vegetables. We love it when the farmer market offer wine tastings booths - of course, we often end up buying a bottle or 2....or 3. ;-)  And we've had some family visit from central Oregon and wonderful spending some time with them and meeting great new friends.  You know who you are Russ and Melissa!!

Ok, here is some of our favorite online interior design projects that I have worked on in the past few months. 

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This client recently moved into their new house just before summer time and got excited to decorate their deck for the summer. We created a modern boho style outdoor living/dining space that would meet their needs for their social gatherings. There was a bit challenging about designing this outdoor space - the furniture arrangement that they wanted both living and dining space combined. I managed to find right furniture to make it work for this space without feeling crowded. We love the colors and patterns for this outdoor space and are pleased with the way it turned out. I have to be honest with you, I am actually jealous of this client since I want it for my outdoor living space too(if I had one!). This client is so lucky to have this amazing outdoor living/dining space design! :)

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This project is for the same client I worked with for their outdoor space shown above. This time, the client wanted to create a "Girl Boss" type office but didn't want pink, yellow or purple for their office. They, also wanted it to be a modern eclectic style as well. This client wanted this office to be an open and inviting space for social gatherings, business meeting, and work at home. I decided to play with patterns including the wallpaper and draperies to make the space more fun and to tie in some existing furniture pieces the client wanted to repurpose and new pieces like the cowhide rug, and chandelier. We love the way it turned out.

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I worked with a client that is currently doing a major house remodel project to change from a transitional to industrial style home. The previous owner removed the fireplace from the family room so this client wanted to add the fireplace back to the family room. They were concerned about how their new furniture would fit into the space with the fireplace back. I designed wainscoting above the fireplace that works great with the style of the house and new pieces. Can't wait for my client to share pictures on the end result!

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This client recently bought a new house and was doing some remodel projects around the house. I worked with this client in five different rooms. This particular room, family room - the client wanted this space to be a special space for some quiet time at home as well as for social gatherings since it has access to their outdoor space. The client and their partner both have very different styles and struggled to reach common ground. I found a solution that works great for their personal styles - modern eclectic.  Since the concept and pieces come from different eras and other styles, it allows some more creative freedom to mix and max, blending two different personalities together into something coherent.  You typically see Adobe style homes with a corner fireplace, and many people play it safe with neutral colors or work with natural settings.  We went the opposite direction to make a bold and dramatic look for this space. What you see from this drop-on rendering - the blue walls is wallpaper, not paint. It makes the wall arts, chandelier, and yellow chair stands out more and provides texture to the space. Cool huh? We are in love with the way it turned out. This is one of my all the time favorite online interior design projects. 

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I have worked with this client in the past on another e-design project (family/playroom). This time, we worked together on their home office/guest room. The client wanted this space to be a fun place to work in or for their guests to enjoy when they come over for the night. We chose fun colors - blush, midnight blue, white, and gold for this room. I chose a bold wallpaper to make a statement. It does help make the bed and chandelier stand out more. I managed to make this space work without feeling crowded for both office and bedroom furniture combined. It was fun working on this project!

You can see that I have worked with many clients from all over the U.S. and Canada with different styles through our online interior design & decorating services. If you have your own design challenges, please reach out to us.  We'd love to help and potentially feature you in a future blog!

Joshua's Top Picks for Dorm

Are you entering college this fall, or have children entering university or college, then first of all, congratulations! It is an exciting time to start planning a new life away from home.  That also means trying to make a home out of a utilitarian and typically drab dorm room.

Looking back to my college days, there were some things that I wish that I have considered before I moved into my dorm and lived with a roommate. My top recommendation, which I mentioned in other blogs, is to make design decisions and purchases that can transition with you during your life and can be reused.  This can ultimately save you money as you go from dorm to an apartment or home. I didn't do that myself in my college days and it could have saved me money. Let's avoid that mistake I made and let me help you to get your money's worth for the rest of your college years and possibly beyond.
 

 Dorm inspiration by  PBTeen . 

Dorm inspiration by PBTeen

I created three style boards with clickable shopping lists of three top styles popular with young adults: Bohemian, Industrial Chic, and Modern Eclectic. Fortunately, these styles can also be budget-friendly. All of the designs include three different functional aspects of a dorm room such as a small living area, a bed, and a desk.

Before you or your children start to shop or decorate - please check with your particular college for dorm policies to find out what is allowed or not and make sure there is space for some of these pieces.

In general, most dorm beds are a bit bigger than standard twin size and called Twin XL so please double check the size before you go out and buy and bed sets. I personally have seen parents become upset when they showed up in the room to learn they purchased the wrong size bedding for their kid. That is something we don't want to deal with.

Bohemian

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Bohemian(known as Boho) is known for being earthy, high spirit, calm, fun, and colorful. It lends itself to create a comfortable and relaxing environment; a great place for having friends over and a meditative space for studying. If your school allows, you could add plants to your dorm to improve the quality of life and indoor environment. I selected a fun color accent chair to add a personal touch to your dorm and then mixed with different colors, materials, and textures shown on the style board above. If you're not a fan of the pink- no worries, there are different color options from the vendor. This dorm should have fun bold or lighter colors wall arts to balance the dorm look but also get you inspired. This participlar style is known as being very affordable and something we can enjoy it for years. 

Shopping List

Industrial Chic

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Industrial Chic is perfect for anyone that doesn't want a lot of color and appreciates a more masculine tone. Industrial doesn't mean that everything must be either rustic or a metallic look. It can be cozy and homey too. I created this design to be simple but functional for your needs. I mixed the materials to work with this style but still create a comfortable environment just for you. It would be ok to add a couple more colors or plants to the design to match your personality since the current design palette is neutral and would work well with  most colors. An art gallery style wall would also look nice in this kind of space.

Shopping List

Modern Eclectic

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This particular style, modern eclectic is ideal for anyone that loves pieces from various different styles while still being cohesive. For instance, I love this emerald green chair so much, so you could have that chair and mix it with different patterns, materials, and colors to make it a unique space just for you. Life is short, let's make the dorm fun and stylish! That's why I selected that chair with the wall art set of Lunar prints plus faux cowhide rug to make a stylish statement for your dorm design. 

Shopping List

I hope you find these different dorm designs inspiring and get you excited about decorating your own dorm to make it a home just for you. I wish you the best of luck in your college career and future aspirations. 

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links and by clicking on them incur no additional cost to you.  JJones Design Co. will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking on the link. Please understand that JJones Design Co. has experience with all of these vendors, and recommends them because they provide excellent customer service and quality products.  We do not base our designs off of vendors that provide affiliate link commissions.  Do not feel obligated to spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals for your design.

What is Drop-On Rendering?

In the past year, from time to time I've noticed several interior designers sharing their work on social media and using a type of rendering which is really unique and different compared to what I typically use and see most designers use. I became curious about this type of rendering and after reading up on it, learned it's called drop-on rendering. You probably wondering what is it or what is the difference compared to other types of renderings. We will discuss about it on this blog.

 This is an example of drop-on rendering.

This is an example of drop-on rendering.

Some of you guys have been following me since the early days. I discussed in an older, and one of my most read, blogs about 2D Rendering vs. 3D Rendering which described the differences between these two different types of renderings. They are the 2 most commonly used in the industry, so I'm really excited to share with you about this new one. See the image above? That is what drop-on rendering can look like. You take a really good picture of your space then you edit it in Photoshop to add items to improve the spaces look. It's kind of like a marriage between a 2D and 3D Rendering.  Let me show you what it looked like before the editing.

 Original picture before Photoshop edits.

Original picture before Photoshop edits.

Sometimes I get really busy with lots of e-design projects with many having the same deadline. I decided to get smarter with my work without hurting the quality of my design and or the final presentation for our client. I sometimes ask my clients for good pictures of their spaces so I can do drop-on renderings to save time.  That does make a big difference for me but more importantly, it looks professional and is great for the client to envision the space before the makeover. Here are a few more examples of my other recent e-design projects that included drop-on renderings.

 Modern coastal style office drop-on rendering

Modern coastal style office drop-on rendering

 Before drop-on rendering

Before drop-on rendering

This rendering was my first drop-on rendering work for the client. All I did was just add the wallpaper, window treatment, chair, task lamp, laptop, and accessories for the built-in shelves. Does it help you to see how you could style your built-in shelves with this type of rendering?

 Outdoor living space drop-on rendering

Outdoor living space drop-on rendering

 Before drop-on rendering

Before drop-on rendering

See the outdoor living space photo?  This space didn't need much work, so I added the outdoor pillows, fire, nest lounge chairs and side table to this picture. The rendering is simple but still helps the client to envision the space better. 

 Desert Rustic style foyer drop-on rendering

Desert Rustic style foyer drop-on rendering

 Before drop-on rendering

Before drop-on rendering

This one was a very simple e-design project request. The client only wanted to see how their new console table, candles, and basket look like for their foyer before they purchased it. I only added three items to this photo to help the client to see it to make the decision and provide guidance.

After doing a several drop-on rendering works - I really pleased to see how much it really help our clients to envision their spaces better. From now, I would encourage my clients to take a few good pictures of their spaces so I can do drop-on rendering works for their spaces. If quality pictures at the right angles aren't doable, then I go back to the tried and true 2D and 3D renderings.

I would love to hear your thoughts on these drop on renderings.

Our Favorite Winter E-Design Projects

Where did the time go? Springtime is almost here! I've lost track of time already. In the last three months, I've been working on a bunch of different kinds of e-design projects with amazing people from all over the US, Canada, and Greece. I'd like to share some of my favorite with you.

 Playroom E-Design

Playroom E-Design

 Playroom E-Design

Playroom E-Design

This client wanted a nice playroom that can also work for adults. I suggested the client think about long-term design solutions so the playroom would continue to be functional as the children aged. They could turn the playroom into a family room or teenager hangout lounge and use some of the same furniture. I also recommended a wallpaper to create an accent wall for this TV wall so it would look more stylish for the adult's taste.

 Boy Bedroom E-Design

Boy Bedroom E-Design

I work with a client that needed my help to redesign her guest room into a bedroom for her son. He loves sports and is a huge fan of the Atlanta Falcons and wanted me to include it in his bedroom design. Spacially, it was a bit challenging to design because there are two doors and large closets which made it almost impossible to fit a bunk bed into this bedroom.  After a lot of searching, I found the perfect bunk bed that fits the space without blocking access to any doors. Regardless of the challenge, it was fun to work on this project since I don't work with this type of project very often. 

 Loft Living & Dining Areas E-Design

Loft Living & Dining Areas E-Design

 Loft Living & Dining Area Other Side E-Design

Loft Living & Dining Area Other Side E-Design

I was really excited to work on this unique e-design project because I'm a huge fan of high rise lofts with exposed ceilings, visible plumbing/venting, and it had an amazing view of Chicago. The challenging aspect of this project was that the client was considering removing the fireplace to make the space feel bigger.  It didn't really take up much space and I was concerned that they would lose a bit of home value if they removed it. Secondly, how to fit all the living and dining furniture into a medium sized area between the windows and kitchen. The client wanted to keep some of their furniture and include the speakers around the space. We managed it to make it work for the family of four without making it look too cluttered. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.   As was the client!

 Modern Boho Office E-Design

Modern Boho Office E-Design

When I was assigned to this project - I got really excited because the client wanted a modern boho style home office/guest room and this is currently one of my favorite styles to work with. I was pleased how the project turned out and it was a dream to work with the client because we were always on the same page with the direction I wanted to go. It was a bit challenging to find a sleeper sofa that would fit in this space since it is is very small and I couldn't block access to the doors when the bed is pulled. This is one of my all the time e-design project favorites. 

 Modern Boho Master Bedroom E-Design

Modern Boho Master Bedroom E-Design

The modern boho office client was so thrilled with the result they re-hired me to design their master bedroom. This was a complete design since the client only had a matress to start and no furniture at all! I made the suggestion to do a blue accent wall, a unique open latticework bed and a fabric billowy chandelier to be the statement pieces for the design. The client loved the furniture and went forward with this design plan for their master bedroom project. 

 Modern Glam Living Room E-Design

Modern Glam Living Room E-Design

This client had just moved into a beautiful new house and needed my help to figure out which furniture layout for the living room space and update the look. They were debating between a layout of two sofas facing each other or having a large sectional and which of the two would make the most sense for this space. I created two different floor plans with both furniture layouts to show. We decided two sofas facing each other would work best for this space because it created more open space and flow in the room. 

 Eclectic Home Office E-Design

Eclectic Home Office E-Design

This client had just moved into her new apartment and got a new job that required her to work from home.  She needed my help with the home office layout and furniture. It was challenging work on this project because this client wanted a large table that would work with her current table lifter. When she gets tired of sitting all day she needed the option of standing and working. The space wasn't large enough to fit everything that she wanted for this project. I had to look around for right storage/filing cabinets solution that would fit her chair between the table and window wall. I managed to make it work for her needs so she would be able to work in and feel comfortable with the new work environment. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some our latest work this past season!  I have some really cool e-design projects in the pipeline so stay tuned for that early summer. :)

If you're feeling inspired and need my help for your own projects - you can get started here

Our Trip to Victoria, BC

 The view of the Fairmont Empress Hotel

The view of the Fairmont Empress Hotel

It has been a while since Jeffry and I had a real vacation - we have been working lots of hours lately.  We realized that it was time for us to take a breather and decided to go to Victoria, B.C. for five days. It's been years since we went there last and we did a triple celebration for both our March birthdays and our upcoming 10 year anniversary together.  Technically our anniversary will be in May, but we know that our schedules won't permit us to get away then.

 Harbour Air Seaplanes from Vancouver to Victoria.

Harbour Air Seaplanes from Vancouver to Victoria.

We decided to try a seaplane flight to Victoria from Vancouver.  It was our first time doing it and one of my bucket list items. We flew with Harbour Air Seaplane. It was a quick and easy trip; only a 30 minutes flight. Initially, we imagined it might feel like being on a speedboat since it's on water - nope! It was a lot smoother than we expected, with a really easy landing. If given the opportunity, I highly recommend you to do so during nice weather so you can enjoy the amazing view from a flight so low to the ground compared to a jet engine plane.

 Fairmont Empress Hotel

Fairmont Empress Hotel

We checked in one of our favorite hotels, The Fairmont Empress which is an iconic hotel in downtown Victoria. We had a really wonderful experience with this hotel since they always provide excellent guest service. Another reason why I love this hotel is the architecture of this hotel, especially the interior blending both Victorian and Georgian elements, which is something we don't see much of it on the west coast. Recently, they went though a major renovation to upgrade the look.  It looks really fresh and they managed to keep the character while modernizing to make it look like modern Victorian.  I only wish they would have kept the ivy exterior, as it lent such charm to the exterior; though I understand the maintenance and upkeep reasons why they removed it.

 Downtown Victoria

Downtown Victoria

We went walking around beautiful downtown Victoria. We love Victoria for the beautiful and historic buildings with lots of little hidden gems and alleys. Most are in good to great condition with colorful storefonts and historical charm. The Chinatown section of downtown has especially improved in the care to the buildings and area and we noticed the addition of a lot of new stores and restaurants to the area.  While some are of the chain variety, it's encouraging to see that most of the businesses in the historical core are still independent.

 British Columbia Parilament Building, Victoria

British Columbia Parilament Building, Victoria

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and every time we've visited in the past, the beautiful British Columbia Parliament Building had been closed to the public. This time they were open. Yay! It was so gorgeous building to tour around and learned some tidbits of info about the Canadian and BC government we were unaware of. We also popped into the public gallery to watch the legislature in action during a Ministery of Transportation Commitee meeting and debate.  

 Butchart Gardens, Victoria B.C.

Butchart Gardens, Victoria B.C.

Of course, we went to one of most famous gardens in the world, Butchart Gardens. Sadly, we were there just before the blooming season so there were only a few spot blooms providing little pops of colour to enjoy. It was fine with us because it's still a gorgeous landscape and being the off-season, there weren't the hordes of tourists which can detract from enjoying the simple splendour and serenity of the place.  I think there were only 20 people in the entire grounds while we were there.  Perfect!  I highly recommend you to check this beautiful garden out when you go to Victoria.

 Victoria Afternoon Tea at The Empress

Victoria Afternoon Tea at The Empress

Another item to check off my bucket list was experiencing a proper afternoon high tea. The Empress is known especially for their high tea and it didn't disappoint. We received the traditional tiered stand with personal notes to say "Happy Birthday" and "Happy Anniversary" from our sweet and thoughtful server Marlene...who we learned later has been working at the hotel nearly 50 years!!!  The tea and food were amazingly delicious, especially the signature scones and their homemade strawberry lavender jam!  If they had been selling it I would have scooped it right up! We will definitely come back again next time we are in town.

 Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park

While we were in town, several people recommended we check out Beacon Hill Park. We went walking around the park - we were blown away by how beautiful this park really is, reminding us a bit of New York City's Central Park. We enjoyed walking around and watching the ducks and peacocks that stroll around the park. Let me tell you, this place is a duck metropolis; I have never seen so many ducks in one place in my life before. 

 The view of San Juan Islands

The view of San Juan Islands

Sadly, our five days vacation in Victoria ended so quick. We flew back to Vancouver via seaplane. Good thing we rode it during the beautiful day which allowed us to get to see more what is down there. We enjoyed the sightseeing of beautiful islands between Vancouver Island to the mainland. That reminds us why we love Pacific Northwest region. Fantastic vacation...but now back to reality. 

Update Your Rental to Drive Increased Rates

The tourist season is still a few months away but it's a great time to start thinking about updating your vacation rental property. It is good time to explore your options to update it to better attract tourists to maximize your revenue generating potential from your property.

 Entry area inspiration by  William Sonoma Home

Entry area inspiration by William Sonoma Home

The most important part of attracting people to rent your vacation home is the first impression. When most people today are using the web and room sharing websites like Airbnb to find a place to rent, people do judge a book by the cover. The web has opened up a wealth of rental opportunities and expanded marketplace but there is also lots of competition now for the renters' dollar. 

I totally get that you might have some emotional connection with your vacation rental property from seasons spent there in the past, but renters would think otherwise. If you want to have a successful vacation rental property business - you have to be honest with yourself by asking this question yourself - is your vacation rental home in great shape? If not, then you need to seriously consider an update. Let's not get ourselves overwhelmed with what to improve the property - let focus on one room at a time.

 Living room inspiration by  Serena & Lily

Living room inspiration by Serena & Lily

The living room is where most people typically spend their time in to relax, have a conversation or watch a movie together. In general, the living room should be simple but a comfortable space for anyone. As for the living room design, stay away from themes because it tends to come across cheesy and probably will turn off many potential renters. You want a stylish living room with designer touches. As for which style - think about the reason that people are coming to your area.  People often travel to experience what an area is known for.  I said to stay away from themes, but that doesn't mean not doing a New England beach cottage vibe if your property is on Cape Cod, MA.  People are traveling to your area to experience what is authentically local.  Look at other popular vacation rental properties in your area and see what kind of style that attracts people. Use that style in your own way to make it stand out from your competitors. It will help you get more people to rent your property out.

 Dining room inspiration by   Anthropologie

Dining room inspiration by  Anthropologie

Lots of people prefer to cook from their vacation rental to save money or just as a way to bond with family and friends. It is important to think about updating both the kitchen and dining area. If renting out a full home, often a large family group of friends will rent it out to enjoy cooking meals together so you want to make sure your kitchen has a larger counter or island for more prep stations. Here is my designer tip: you want a timeless kitchen design by making it lighter and airy and avoid using dark colors. A kitchen update can be a big investment. Keep in mind that in current times the kitchen is the most important room of the home for both social gatherings and preparing meals. Just like if you were to sell the house, you will see a return on this investment when you rent it out. 

For the dining area - you want to keep it simple so it would be easier for anyone to clean up after meals. The dining room design should be understated elegance and comfortable since that is where people will take their meals, have a conversation or play a board game together.

I understand it can be challenging to figure out how many dining chairs are good enough for the dining area. Here is my tip - for the first bedroom start with four seats then add two more chairs for each additional bedroom. You're welcome! ;-)

 Master bedroom inspiration by  West Elm

Master bedroom inspiration by West Elm

For the bedroom, obviously a comfortable bed with a quality mattress is a must, but think about making a bedroom a special space; a retreat within a retreat. Some people might want to use your property for a romantic getaway trip as a couple or have an experience like they're staying at a luxury villa. You want to consider investing in decent bedroom furniture to improve the guest experience. And think about making sure the bathrooms are updated as well. Bathrooms are often the second most important rooms after a kitchen and will net a return on your investment as well.


The bottom line - when people have a wonderful experience renting out your vacation home - they are more likely to tell their relatives, friends, neighbors, and co-workers about it and give you a positive review. That would be great for your vacation rental property business as it allows you to increase your rental rate.  If you're inspired to update your vacation rental home and need design help - you can get started here.

2017... What a year for us!

 Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2017 was a big year for us doing through lots of changes, expansions, and working with so many amazing clients. Let's look back to what we've done in the past year.

In early 2017, we made the decision to re-brand our business from Roomz Design to JJones Design Co. We wanted to indicate we could design more than just residential and we also can do hospitality and commercial via an e-design platform as well.  The same time we did our re-brand we launched our brand new website (which we built ourselves!!).

In the past year, we've worked with over 60 e-design projects throughout the USA, Canada, and one in Greece. It was lots of fun collaborating with some amazing people.  It gave us the opportunity to work on various styles that we often work with and some that stretched our design muscles. More importantly are the many clients we worked with in the past year, developing wonderful relationships so that they invited back into their homes with multiple projects. Sometime we feel like we are great friends even never having met in person. This is something I really value and will treasure it forever. 

It was really difficult for me to reflect back and decide which e-design projects in the past year may be our all time 2017 favorites.  I already shared some on Instagram a few days ago but it only showed 10 pictures via their gallery. I'll add on to that and show you little more of some of my favorite e-design projects in the slideshow below.

Last fall, we also did a little design for ourselves with our home office makeover.  I'm sitting in this office all day long and I need a little design inspiration for my work environment too! It's made such a BIG difference for the better. I discussed more about that in other blog here. However, we are so pleased with the way it turned out.

Just before 2017 ended, we added an additional feature to our website with "Shop The Look" which gives you the ability to easily and quickly purchase some of your favorite pieces that inspire you from our designs. You can check it out here.

2017 was great year for us. We are excited to see what 2018 has to offer.

Happy New Year!

Our Favorite Autumn E-design Projects

Where has the time gone to? It felt like autumn was only last month! It is my all-time favorite season and wish it would last a little longer so I could enjoy a bit more. However, I have worked on several fun e-design projects with my clients across the US and Canada via both here and Decorist. Let's talk about some of my favorite e-design projects that I have worked on in the past three months.

 Contemporary Living Room

Contemporary Living Room

Contemporary Living Room

The client just purchased their house in the Bay Area and did some major renovation work on the entire house to make it like new again. The renovation parts were completed and the client was ready to decorate their house to make it a home for the family. The client wanted to have a neutral and masculine tone that is contemporary for the living room but also a wow-factor space for anyone when they enter the house. I selected an off-white sofa and chairs with darker colored frames and tables to work with the style they desired for. I managed to add wall arts, design elements and a cowhide rug to make the living room an interesting and luxurious look without becoming boring with too much of neutral colors. This is one of my favorite e-design projects because of their design style that I enjoy working with and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.

 Contemporary Family Room

Contemporary Family Room

Contemporary Family Room

Same client that I worked with for the living room above, rehired me to work on their family room with a similar style. This space is unique because it has some challenging architectural elements with the fireplace and layout. It was my first time to work with a media sofa since this family wanted to able to enjoy watch television together and get comfortable by have an extra deep sofa. I selected the fun patterned rug to add some character to the room. I also added poufs with unique looking textures since working with neutrals requires other elements to make the space interesting to the senses. I'm pleased with how everything looks together with all the pieces that the client and I selected together. This is one of my all the time favorite e-design projects.

 Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

This kitchen e-design project was with one of our loyal clients that we have worked together with on a few e-design projects before. This time, the client wanted to update their kitchen look since it was too dark for them and wanted to make it light, bright, and airy. We changed the room by repainting the cabinets, replacing all knobs and pulls, installed a new island, new barstools, sink, and granite counter tops. We kept the appliances, light fixtures, and backsplash since they're still in excellent condition and would work great with new changes. I decided that this kitchen need some fun colors so I selected blue tone barstools to work best with this style but also make it more inviting.  It is rewarding to see how simple changes can make huge difference for a space. This is one of our favorite kitchen e-design projects so far.

 Arizona Living Room

Arizona Living Room

Arizona Living Room

The client moved into their house in Arizona few years ago and hadn't done anything to change their home until recently. The client purchased the sectional sofa on their own but wanted to improve the overall look of the living room with a design that worked with their sofa. The client also wanted to make the space much lighter and more airy as well. I managed to select right pieces that would look great with the overall design. I selected a faded vintage rug and patterned pillows to make break up the neutrality in the room and make a statement of this space without ruining the look. We are pleased with the way it turned out. This is one of our favorite styles to work with but we don't get to work on this specific style with rustic elements often but glad the opportunity came by and made the client very happy. That is why it is one our favorite e-design projects.

 Arizona Master Bedroom

Arizona Master Bedroom

Arizona Master Bedroom

I was rehired by the same client that I worked with on the Arizona living room e-design project above to work on their master bedroom project. I enjoyed working with the client because they didn't want the stereotypical American Southwest earth tones.  The client wanted a similar style as the living room but wanted a pop of color to make this space a bit more fun. We selected rustic wood furniture that would work great with this specific style and choose turquoise as the pop - a nod to the Southwest.  We also had to replace the tiles to rustic hardwood flooring to improve the look and provide some warmth and textural contrast to other areas of the home.

Now I am looking forward to continue work with clients on various e-design projects throughout this winter. Will share with you about that in this early spring 2018 so stay tuned.

Modern Bohemian Dining Room For The Holidays

 Modern Bohemian Dining Room with Holidays Decorations

Modern Bohemian Dining Room with Holidays Decorations

It is great time to think about how to get your home ready for the holidays. Currently, I'm inspired to design a modern bohemian style dining room in a high rise condo in downtown Vancouver; with the holidays in mind.  We usually see city dwellers in high rise condos with modern, contemporary, minimalist, or Scandinavian styles but what about modern bohemian? This particular style would work fabulous for high rise dwellers too!

What is modern bohemian? It is modern version of traditional bohemian or boho style. It tends to be a bit more simple with a minimalist feel while still adding character to the space. Elements of this style include rustic wood, faux fur pillows or blankets, metal and brass finishes, simple textiles and sometimes have bold colors to make a statement. Of course, it has to come with natural elements such as plants. You can't have bohemian style without plants! This time I included two trees that are designed to use for the holidays. For the round year, you would want to have live plants for your space too.

For this particular style, it doesn't require you to go over the top with your holiday decor. You can keep it simple but still have an elegant look for your space. This dining room design I'd suggest to decorate the dining table with three metal trees with tealight candles to add a little warmth and create a more cozy and inviting space.  With the white faux fur on the chairs and added sheepskin throw; it gives a sense of an elegant white Christmas.  Hope this design inspire you.

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Pumpkins? Gourds? Let's Get Them For Our Home!

 A selection of gourds for Autumn.

A selection of gourds for Autumn.

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Jeffry and I are still new to Canada so we don't really have Canadian traditional Thanksgiving holiday yet. We decided to have a day trip to Richmond Country Farms after hearing about it for a while to get some pumpkins and gourds to add more to our fall decoration at our home. We both enjoy going to the pumpkin patches at different places. We missed our chance to go to the pumpkin patch last year. :( However, I like to share with you about our experiences with this farm.

 Large pumpkins at Richmond Country Farms

Large pumpkins at Richmond Country Farms

Just after we arrive at this farm, this place is much bigger than we expected. I had no idea that they also sell fresh organic fruits and vegetables for great price. Of course, we ended up purchased some of them as well. We went browsing around the farm and its market area to see what they have to offer. They got lots of great selection of pumpkins and gourds. I have an obsession with gourds because they're beautiful and different than typical orange pumpkins that we usually see around everywhere every fall season. Don't get me wrong, I love orange pumpkins too but we need to think outside of the boxes when it comes to fall decoration too. Here are some more pictures of gourds we saw at the farm.

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Cool huh? This farm has so much more pumpkins but we decided not to enter the actual pumpkin patch since it was crowded and had really long waiting line. This farm sells ten thousands of pumpkins at its market area too. One part of this market has really nice pumpkin display like this.

This farm has lots of adorable animals. The animals we saw: gooses, chickens, and goats. The gooses and chickens wander around the farm and market. Goats are in fenced area but were friendly enough for us to pet it.

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Lastly, we discovered that this farm has wine tasting bar too! OMG! I don't recall seeing any pumpkin patches we have been to that offer wine tasting too. Of course, we went there to try their wines. We like three wines of their wine collection and ended up purchase three wine bottles. Their wine tasting bar is really cozy place just next to the pumpkin farm. It is perfect place for adults that want to escape from screaming kids running around the farm to relax. ;-)

I have to say this Richmond Country Farms have exceed our expectation. We would come back again for sure. If you haven't been to this farm yet, I highly recommend you to go check this farm out.

Our Favorite Summer E-design Projects

It is hard to believe it is September already! Summer has come and gone so fast before I realize it. However, I want to share with all of you some of my favorite e-design projects that I have worked on with my clients via both private and Decorist this recent summer.

 Modern Industrial Style Master Bath

Modern Industrial Style Master Bath

 Another side of Modern Industrial Style Master Bath with a peek of master bedroom

Another side of Modern Industrial Style Master Bath with a peek of master bedroom

Modern Industrial Style Master Bath

I worked with a client that is building their new house in Central Oregon. The client wanted to have an unique master bath design that reflects their style and appreciate the natural of Central Oregon and beautiful view of the cascades. I chose black chevron tiles for walls to make bold statement and create an upscale look. It also works great with natural materials including rustic wood vanity furniture, rustic barn door, and sloped ceiling. It is something you wouldn't expect to see when you walk into the master bath which is exact what the client wanted for their new house. I have to admit this is one of my all the time favorite e-design projects that I have worked so far.

 

 Rustic Glam Style Master Bedroom

Rustic Glam Style Master Bedroom

 Another side of Rustic Glam Style Master Bedroom with a peek of Master Bath

Another side of Rustic Glam Style Master Bedroom with a peek of Master Bath

Rustic Glam Style Master Bedroom

Same client I worked with on their master bath e-design project - we also worked together on their rustic glam style master bedroom. The client wanted their master bedroom to feel like they're on vacation at some luxury lodge home with some glam touches. I selected the canopy bed with both glam mirrors on both side to give this master bedroom an upscale look. More important it has to be comfortable for the client so they can escape the reality to relax and feel like they're on vacation even it is right at their home. I love how this design flows from rustic glam style master bedroom into modern industrial style master bath without being completely out of the place. Both styles work together just perfect!

 Modern Farmhouse Style Family Room

Modern Farmhouse Style Family Room

Modern Farmhouse Style Family Room

I worked with this client that recently purchased the house in Chicago suburbs and wanted to have a nice modern farmhouse style family room that would spend alone time with their partner without kids. They would enjoy to have an adult conversation, read the book or watch television. They struggled with the unique family room layout since it has two doorways and bay windows. I helped them to solve the furniture layout challenge and improve the room flows without having furniture getting in the way between two doorways.

 Modern Bohemian Style Living Room

Modern Bohemian Style Living Room

Modern Bohemian Style Living Room

This client purchased the house in Los Angeles suburbs and did massive remodel project to update their house look from early 90's style to present day. They wanted to have stylish living room with natural materials that would wow their guests when they enter their house. Only challenge part of this proejct to work around the layout due to step down from the foyer area, stairs, playroom next to this space and a doorway to the kitchen. I had to make sure new furniture won't get in the way and completely out of place to improve the room flow. It was fun working on this project due to unique style that would work with darker grey walls. This is one of my all the time favorite living room e-design projects I worked on so far.

 Farmhouse Style Powder Room

Farmhouse Style Powder Room

Farmhouse Style Powder Room

Same client I worked with on their modern bohemian style living room - we also work together on their powder room project. The client wanted to have farmhouse style but happen to be kid-friendly powder room. They recently remodeled their kitchen that already have subway tiles backsplash and I suggested to the client that subway tiles would work perfect for their powder room too by having two subway tiles walls which is shown on the board above. It would help them to save money on this project since they already have some extra subway tiles left from their kitchen remodel. We selected this vintage style sink that would have two faucet to create an authentic farmhouse style plus make it more kid-friendly for their children. We are happy with the way this powder room e-design project turned out. One of my favorite bathroom e-design projects. 

 Bohemin Style Backyard

Bohemin Style Backyard

Bohemian Style Backyard

I mentioned about this e-design backyard project on my other blog, Sippin' Lemonade in the Summertime This client recently purchased a home in Bay Area and wanted to have a Bohemian style backyard that would include numerous lanterns hanging from the trees with fun colors around the patio furniture. We managed to put the design together to meet the client's dream and would fit in their budget. Love it when our clients want us to design something so different and unique for their space. This is one of my all the time outdoor living space e-design projects.

So now fall is here, I have some incoming e-design projects to work on. I will discuss about some of e-design projects that I am working on once this fall season is over.

 

Zoom to The Emerald City

 Seattle Skyline view from Kerry Park

Seattle Skyline view from Kerry Park

Oh wow! I didn't realize it has been over a month since I blogged last! So sorry about it. The past month has been a really busy month for me with e-design projects going on. Recently though, I took a week off so I can take a vacation to refresh my energy and get my groove back. My other half, Jeffry and I took a four day weekend trip to one of our favorite cities - Seattle, Washington. I want to share with you about our time spent in the "Emerald City".

 Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

On our first day in Seattle, we walked around one of our favorite neighborhoods of Seattle; Pioneer Square. It is known as the historic district located just south of central business district in downtown Seattle. With it's cobblestone streets, old trees, and beautiful architecture, it's filled with various shops, art galleries, and restaurants. It has lots of charm and is a great place to get inspired!

 Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Of course, we can't skip one of Seattle's most famous landmarks; Pike Place Market! It is a public market filled by various things from beautiful flower shops (with cheap cheap cheap flowers!!), farmers market, jewelry, artworks, cafes/restaurants, THE original Starbucks, and so much more... We love to walk around the market and always discovery new thing since it has so many hidden gems. Here is one more picture to see what indoor of Pike Place Market looks like and you can see one of the flower vendors:

 Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

 Joshua and Jeffry at the Gum Wall

Joshua and Jeffry at the Gum Wall

We also went to the Gum Wall which is located right next to the Pike Place Market. I know it is so gross and disgusting but you have to admit that gum wall is looking so cool and artistic; and it's really big...much larger than this picture would have you believe. I find it very fascinating and can't stop looking at it! In the case if you're wondering, no, we are not adding our gums to the wall since we are not really gum people.

However, we also got to look around the greater downtown Seattle and north Seattle parts including Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, and University District. It brings back lots of memories when we lived in Seattle. I lived in Seattle for over eight and half years and is still a part of our souls.

 Indoor Sky Dive at iFly Seattle

Indoor Sky Dive at iFly Seattle

Last March, my parents gave Jeffry and me really awesome birthday gifts - gift certificates to iFly Seattle so we can get to experience an indoor sky dive. We waited until recently to use this gift certificate so my parents can meet us there and watch us doing it. It was lots of fun! Highly recommended!

 View of Seattle skyline and Lake Union from Ivar's Salmon House

View of Seattle skyline and Lake Union from Ivar's Salmon House

On the last night of Seattle, we dined at one of our favorite seafood restaurants, Ivar's Salmon House. Why? It has delicious seafood dishes, unique restaurant atmosphere, and got killer view of Seattle skyline and Lake Union. We had fantastic time in Seattle!

Sippin' Lemonade in the Summertime

Over the last two months, I have worked with some of our e-design clients to improve their outdoor spacesgetting ready for summer time via Decorist and private projects. After doing several outdoor space e-design projects recently, I want to share with you guys some of our favorite outdoor designs.

Bohemian Style Backyard Patio

 Bohemian Style Backyard Patio

Bohemian Style Backyard Patio

This client recently purchased a home and wanted to have a Bohemian style backyard that would include numerous lanterns hanging from the trees with fun colors around the patio furniture. We managed to put the design together to meet the client's dream and would fit in their budget. Love it when our clients want us to design something so different and unique for their space.

Hampton Inspired Backyard Patio

 Hampton Inspired Backyard Patio

Hampton Inspired Backyard Patio

The client just moved in the house and wanted to have a Hamptons feeling backyard. They had fixed budget for this patio project but we managed to find right kind of patio furniture that would fit in the budget. Low budget project still can provide stylish look only if you find right pieces to put the design together. I dig this beautiful bricks flooring that works fabulous with Hampton style patio furniture!

Vacation Lake House Screened-In Porch

 Vacation Lake House Screened-In Porch

Vacation Lake House Screened-In Porch

 Vacation Lake House Screened-In Porch Part II

Vacation Lake House Screened-In Porch Part II

A repeat client recently built a screened-in porch attached to their vacation home but wanted to continue with their Chesapeake Bay style from the inside of vacation home to the porch which we worked together in the past. We managed to mix coastal colors with wood to create a stylish and fun space but would work great with current design to extend the inside design to the outside.

Blue and Airy Backyard Deck

 Blue and Airy Backyard Deck

Blue and Airy Backyard Deck

This client I worked with wanted to create a stylish backyard deck but comfortable and also able to entertain their guests while enjoy the warm weather. They had hard time to find the right patio dining table that would work with the corner built-in benches but we managed to find the perfect fit table that would work best for their needs. We added a lounge space between the built-in benches and glass siding doors to create more seats for their guests.

Bright and Fun Basement Patio

 Bright and Fun Basement Patio

Bright and Fun Basement Patio

Same client I worked with for Blue and Airy Backyard Deck (shown above) but wanted to have completely different style for their basement patio for their guests when they come over. They wanted to have low maintenance patio in concrete but didn't want a tired looking space. I suggested this client to add wood deck tiles on the floor and then add lots of plants around the patio to make concrete less visible but improve the look.

However, it was lots of fun working on these outdoor e-design projects with different needs and styles. Feel inspired? Need help with your outdoor space makeover? We can help you with that by clicking here.

Catching up with Joshua

In the past month, we've become busy with numerous e-design projects which left me almost no time to do the blog. Last Memorial's Day weekend, I took a day off from work just to recharge myself and got out of the city to enjoy the nature by driving up to Whistler, B.C. which is around an hour and half north from Vancouver. While we were on day road trip to Whistler, we made a stop at one of my favorite places to escape reality - Sea to Sky Gondola. Here is the picture so you can see why I love this place so much. Beautiful huh?

 Sea to Sky Gondola View

Sea to Sky Gondola View

A lot of my life, personal and work in the past month has been about the outdoors. I have done numerous outdoor living space e-design projects for clients across the USA. That got me inspired to start to think about giving our tiny balcony right next to my home office a makeover to make it more inviting and something beautiful to look at while at work. When I have some free time and will work on our balcony project and will post the picture of it on our Instagram page.

In our next blog, I will discuss about some of our recent outdoor living space e-design projects. Stay tuned! :)

Designing Your Child's Bedroom

In our last blog, we discussed about the gender neutral nursery. Now we focus on decorating on children bedrooms when they graduate from the crib lifestyle.

It can be challenging to think about how much should you invest in your child's room and how often would you change/update the look over time as your child gets older. That question made me think about how often parents are willing to allow their children to change/update their room looks. I have done a design survey on my own time. The result? The average number of time people change/update their bedroom from the age they no longer sleep in the crib to age 18 is two to three times. Most of them kept their furniture but rearranged the bedroom, changed the colors/themes, and some purchased new furniture to replace or add to their rooms while growing up. That gives us the better idea of how often parents would update their children's bedrooms.

Before you start planning for your child's bedroom project - please make sure know what colors your child love because sometime some colors that you are in love with can be exact opposite for your child. For example, my parents loved red and decorated my bedroom with lots of red when I was child and I hated red to death and tried to stay away from my bedroom as much as possible. Trust me, you don't want that to happen to your child too! :)

For starters, select good quality furniture that can last so that your investment would benefit for long time from early childhood to adulthood. I understand that some high quality furniture is not always affordable but think about it - if you buy cheap furniture then it would fall apart within 1-3 years from now then you would have to replace it occasionally until your child become an adult. It would become very expensive than compared to good quality furniture. Consider this as good investment for your child bedroom project.

Once you select right furniture then you can start think about what theme, colors, bedding, and accessories that would look great for your child's bedroom. It can be either simple or wildly fun to get your child excited and spend more time in their room.

I created both girl and boy bedrooms styleboards to show you how right furniture would make the difference with your child's bedroom design plan from early childhood to teenager. Here is an example of how can girl bedroom design evolve over time.

Now, here is an example of how can boy bedroom design evolve over time.

Now you see how both bedrooms design evolve over times with same furniture with different styles, colors, patterns, themes, and child's interests. Some furniture can be added to your child bedroom later only if you don't have budget for it or don't need it at this moment. As your child gets older, you can change the wall colors, replace drapes, change the bedding or rug to give your child's bedroom an update and stylish look.

Hope this blog helps you to get better idea of what to spend on your child's bedroom and how to do it right for long term without becoming too expensive by changing the room look often while your child growing up.

If you need help with your child's bedroom's project. You can start here.