Thursday, December 13, 2018

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays!!

The holiday season offers a wonderful opportunity to extend warm Holiday Greetings to you as well as express my appreciation for the friendship and patronage you have shared with me.

It has been a pleasure working with you in the past, and I look forward to building upon our relationship in the future.

On a personal note, I hope that the holiday season brings you the opportunity to relax and enjoy this particular time with family and friends.

As we enter into 2019, I want to extend a special offer to you.  This offer is valid through January 31, 2019, and provides you with a 10% discount on all my design packages and my vacant staging services

if you are looking for the perfect gift that is sure to delight the recipient, I offer gift certificates for the Holidays, housewarmings, weddings, birthdays or any occasion!

I would like to extend my best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year for you and yours!

Happy Holidays!!

Abella Home Staging & Redesign

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Decorating for the holidays!

Decorating for the Holidays!!

As the holiday approaches, we get busy decorating. Many of us decorate with the traditional color theme of Red and Green.

But I'm here to tell you; you can decorate with any color you like!! The real trick to decorating is layering your vignettes. This is what will give your decor that professional design look. Layering gives warmth and dimension.

First, decide what items you want to put in that space. Then start layering. I start my base with silver leaves, then add pinecones, pine branches, and finally flowers.

I use different textures, and I love to add height. In this case, I used a book.

Creating odd numbers of vignettes works best.

Decorating for the Holidays takes a lot of time and work. But the finished product is a "Winter Wonderland" I'm proud to call home.

Images Via Abella Home Staging & Redesign

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wall Treatments

Wall Treatments!

Your walls are a blank canvas. It is the perfect way to show your creativity. They can dramatically transform a space.

So what are YOU  doing to reinvent your walls? Here are just some ideas that you can implement into your space.

Wood Paneling - Adds warmth. Can be traditional or contemporary.
Painting - The least inexpensive way to reinvent your space. You can also change the look whenever you want.

Architectural Digest
Wallpaper - Comes in many styles, from geometrics, florals to two dimensional, and even wallpaper that is paintable!
Chalkboard - Can make a statement! They are great for kids rooms, craft rooms, basements, and even kitchens.

Peg Board - Comes in sheets and can be cut down. They can even be painted! Great for organizing.

Wood Pallet - These pallets seem all the rage these days. They are basically free. But make sure you check the warnings on the bottom of the crate. Some give off toxic fumes. But most are safe!!

Bricks -  They have been around a long time. But it has recently made a comeback. They can be painted, distressed, or left in its natural state.

Stone - Bringing the outside in. Stones come in many textures, styles, and colors. They come in panels and you can adhere them to the walls.

Faceted or Modular - 3-dimensional sculpted surfaces. They interlock and are made from natural gypsum components. They definitely add a unique look to any space.

Wood Bocks - Again, it's the ability to bring nature indoors. We love the organic feel to nature. It's calming and peaceful.

Wainscoting - There are many different variations.  They come in different heights, styles, and forms.

Raised Panel.

Boxed Wainscoting

Board & Batten

Picture Frame

Flat Panel - This comes up 3/4 of the way. 

Bead Board

As you can see there are many options. Many more that I did not include in this post. You can feature wall treatments over a fireplaceor use as an accent wall. 

Remember to think outside the box and ALWAYS have fun!!

(images via Pinterest)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Types of ceilings

Types of Ceiling!!

Did you know there are many types of ceilings? Some you may know, others may not be familiar to you. Either way, you have a choice. Every kind of ceiling will give your space a unique look. Each ceiling offers different characteristics.

Here are some just some of the ceiling to chose from:

Exposed Beam Ceiling- This style gives the space a more rustic feel. It can also be exposed to metal beams. 

Tray Ceilings- Cut-out design. The mid-way of the ceiling is cut out. There can be lights around the perimeter, or in the center, or both!!

Vaulted/Shed/Cathedral Ceiling - They are all very similar. They form the shape of the roof. Sometimes the ceiling can be slanted, as opposed to meeting in the center of the room.

Coffered Ceilings- Repeat sunken square or rectangular pattern. This is one of my favorite type of ceiling.

Domed Ceiling- Mimics circular dome. Usually found in high-end homes. Can be very expensive to build.

Suspended Ceiling -  Used mostly in commercial buildings. They have dropped ceiling and can be used to hide pipes.

Cove ceiling- Elevates gradually. Meets with a flat center.

Barrel Vault Ceiling - Upward arch. The entire length of the room, like a barrel cut in half.

As you can see, there are many types of ceiling!! Hard to choose? You betcha!! If you have the choice of doing something different, then go for it. After all, it's up to you. 


Images Via Pinterest

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Mixing Patterns

Mixing Patterns!!

When mixing patterns, odd numbers work best. When selecting colors, I generally like to choose colors from big items, such as a sofa, area rug or chair.
Here is some guideline that will help you when choosing patterns:
  • Vary the scale of the patterns. Use large and small-scale patterns.
  • Choose two important colors and one neutral.
  • Use either cool tones or warm, DO NOT  mix the tones.
  • Use the patterns in all three working zones, function zone (furniture area), power zone (mid-area) and ceiling zone.

  • Try to keep 3 patterns. Using too many patterns doesn't give the eyes a place to rest and will feel chaotic...

The most important rule when mixing patterns is COLOR. Make sure the colors are in the same tone. You also want to show some restraint and NOT go overboard!! A healthy mix is excellent. So go out there and have fun!!


Images Via Pinterest

Friday, August 31, 2018

Wallpaper making a comeback!

Wallpaper making a Come-Back!!

Whenever I suggest wallpaper, I can see my client's expression of dread and even horror!! Why is that?  I'm here to tell you, have no fear. Wallpaper used today is soooo much better than yesteryear! They can add a lot of charm, elegance, and interest in any space. They come in a wide range of materials and styles

Here are the latest trends to hit the market.

Floral/Botanicals - Bring nature indoors. This wallpaper will add bursts of colors to any room.
Geometric- They come in different shapes and sizes, creating a more modern look. It can bring versatility and visual interest in any room.

Metallic- Metallic wallpaper can add depth and sparkle while making your space feel incredibly luxurious. It's one of my personal favorites!!

Brick/Stone/Wood/Natural Effect - This allows you to incorporate natural elements into your space without the expensive construction work.

Bamboo/Grasscloth- Natural material, they add tremendous appeal to any room. Not recommended in the kitchen or bath since they are not cleanable!! They do have antiseptic characteristics so they will not grow moss or germs. Very expensive. Used mostly in bedrooms or dining rooms.

These are just some of the examples of wallpaper that are out there. Get creative and don't be afraid to add wallpaper to any space in your home. Whatever you decide, do it with flair!!