Get that HGTV Moment! 3 Reasons You Need an Interior Designer

In today's world, it would be difficult not to know something about interior design in all its iterations. After all, we have Pinterest, design magazines, and an entire home and garden television network that all bombard us with fun design ideas. Getting ideas that you think would be great in your home is no problem at all. But turning those ideas into a well-appointed room is a different thing altogether. Let us show you three examples of how we work and why having an interior designer makes life easier.

1. At La Finca Interiors, we like for our clients to begin with an idea and then allow us to assist them in getting the look they want, just like on HGTV. Let's pretend you want to "jazz up" your bedroom, your favorite color is turquoise, and you love the farmhouse trend. Here's a photograph of a bedroom that might just get your creative juices flowing:

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The combined textures, the white walls, the aqua-colored glass bottle bedside lamp, all make this room cozy and inviting. The aqua knit throw and the velvety aqua throw pillow scream, "Take a nap!" Taking the ideas from this photo, learning exactly what you love about it and what you don't (for example, the matching furniture set is a little uninspired) and creating a bedroom you will love is a part of the magic.

2. Or maybe you want a living room that is fresh, uncluttered, clean but still welcoming and homey. Many homeowners are just not sure how to find a style they like and then mold that style into a setting that is right for their family. We took on a similar challenge for one of our recent clients and they loved the end result:

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Yes, you can have a contemporary look without sacrificing a cozy ambiance. This living room is clean and fresh, but still invites you in for relaxed conversation or play time with the kids. We often hear statements from our clients such as, "We just don't know how you did this!" 

When you work with our team at La Finca, you will see that we can take the ideas you have about your decor and make them come to life. Just like those moments on Trading Spaces, when the homeowners entered their house for the first time after the gifted designer made their wishes come true, you will find our designers can use the choices you have presented concerning your interiors and make them into a reality.

3. Another reason interior designers are so helpful in turning your design dreams into reality is that they know "tricks of the trade" which many who have not studied in the field do not know. One example is "balancing" a setting. Something as simple as arranging throw pillows on a bed, or creating the right groupings of vases or candles, can make a real difference in the way a room comes across and how balanced it feels. There are even well-known "rules" that decorators use as short-hand when they are designing . . . though we think it's fun to break the rules from time to time, too.

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Let us help you clarify your ideas, offer you examples and opinions, sort them out for you, and give you that HGTV moment you've always wanted. Every time we make this happen for a family, we are just as excited and happy as the homeowners themselves. 

Mix & Match: Getting Creative with Textiles

Textiles add dimension to your home with texture and pattern. Keep them smooth and solid. Pair shaggy with patterned. Choose between coordinated and contrasting. There are many ways to incorporate textiles into an interior to create a welcoming feel and add visual interest. 

Getting creative with textiles is a fun way to play with decor details and often leads to beautiful results. Here are just a few of the fun ways we have used textiles in our interior designs:

Faux Fur

Shaggy throws and rugs, like real or faux sheepskin, create a cozy space. They’re perfect for snuggling up with and can even keep feet warm on hardwood floors. The style can be used in children’s spaces, like here:

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But they can just as easily add a luxurious touch to a chic adult space: 

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A silky soft, furry throw on a bed will make it that much harder to get up in the morning! 

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Pattern

Fabric with a distinct pattern can instantly attract the eye and create a focal point in a room. Try selecting different patterns, but with a common color palette. Throw pillows on a couch are an easy way to practice.

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Let a special pattern pop. Place a statement piece among non-patterned décor so that it stands out and catches the eye, like this playful zebra rug in a nursery: 

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More Than Just Fabric

 Go beyond textiles in order to add texture to your space. Wicker or rattan furniture can be the perfect accent that adds a subtle tactile effect to a room.

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Woven baskets add texture, but also storage (and who doesn’t love more of that?)

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Cane chairs have texture and pattern, but also lend a timeless feel. Don’t pass up the next one you spot at the thrift store! 

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Have you played with pattern and texture in your home? Are you ready to refresh the look and feel of your space? Contact us and let us create that HGTV reveal moment for you.

Kid-Friendly Design Can Be Chic, Too...We Promise!!

Want those perfect, Pinterest-worthy room layouts without compromising the safety of your child or valuables?

How surprised would you be if we told you it was totally doable? Very?

Well, it is!

And we have evidence to prove it!

Let’s start with a look at one of our favorite projects- this lovely Ross Valley home- as an example of the perfect balance.

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The kids station makes this room the perfect balance of chic and kid smart. Leaving things out and compromising on elegance generally comes to mind when kid-proofing but this time we decided to add something.

The child-size station distracts your tot, but does not take away from the classy sophistication that characterizes the room—in fact we like to think it adds to it!

Just to be sure though, most of the accent pieces in this room are thoughtfully arranged near the centers of the tables, high on the mantelpiece, or on a sideboard which incorporates both height and placement to make sure everyone (and everything) stays safe.

The reachable items placed on the coffee table (plants, books, ashtray, etc.) are either in a basket with sides or are heavy enough to be fairly immovable—as well as large enough to not be a choking hazard.

The soft pouf-style ottomans have two ingenious childproof features: they are too soft to create a bumping hazard and they are too squishy to be used as a step up to reach those décor pieces that are out of reach for a reason.  

Real life problems solved by chic solutions!

Our Ash Avenue home showcases similar qualities.

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Another décor-matching playroom that includes your child! The white tables, neutral grays and browns carried throughout the house are mimicked in this playroom that we wish we had growing up!

Even the little stools have similar large counterparts in the kitchen area of the house. That’s the kind of continuity and cohesive design we strive for without excluding anyone in the family.

San Anselmo portrays perfectly how to add a pop of color while feeding your child’s creativity—all while allowing you to keep your house muy chic!

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The browns and whites of the playroom act as a canvas to bring out the deep blue chairs and pretty silver crayon holders.

The bedrooms keep the airy feel characteristic of the house but the pillows and toys placed just so keep it homey, not to mention shatter-proof.

Older kids have their own considerations to keep in mind.

The Bretano Way house tackles those problems—most of which are organizational!

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The white shelves and nightstand keep that growing collection of books off the floor, while the wire basket keeps the sports equipment from under the bed.

And who doesn’t need a little desk to make sure that schoolwork gets tackled and no homework gets lost?!

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If these weren’t inspirational enough, drop us a line and we can get that truly chic and perfectly kid friendly room started for you! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

The Little Black Dresser - A Timeless Fashion Statement for Your Home

We all know that fashion can be fickle! But the little black dress has survived both time and trends. Why not try on the same timeless design concept in your home? We’d like you to slip on a few little black dressers to see how they feel.

Land of Nod

Land of Nod

We like our dressers the same way we like our dresses – simple, classic, and endlessly versatile. We believe in starting basic and building from there. This seven-drawer style from Land of Nod is a great place to start. It offers understated style on its own, but its clean lines complement almost any design aesthetic.

Wayfair

Wayfair

Not surprisingly, we’re also drawn to vintage-inspired options that add a touch of rustico to any room. We think this three-drawer option from Wayfair is perfecto! It provides an interesting focal point for an entryway without overwhelming its subdued surroundings.

Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids

A suggestion for those in search of a refined vintage vibe - this dresser from Pottery Barn Kids. We think it has the ambience of a family heirloom with style that stands up today.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

We simply cannot resist the country farmhouse feel of this offering from Anthropologie. It fits in perfectly with our La Finca aesthetic. The wood looks rough-hewn, and weathered. The antiqued pulls only add to its beautifully aged appearance. Its size makes it perfect for unexpected placement. We suggest trying it on as a sideboard.

Via Decorpad

Via Decorpad

Choosing accents for your little black dresser can be even more fun than accessorizing your other LBD! We adore adding surprising details, like old books and glass curiosities. Look at the way the delicate folding mirror, denim-blue rug, and vintage plant stand infuse the room with a sense of serenity. However, the dresser would also be stunning in a more vibrant setting. It all depends on how you dress it up.

The La Finca design team can’t wait to tailor an interior design especially for you. Contact us today to get started dressing up your home.

 

 

 

Peace in the Middle East - Rugs To Soothe the Soul

Your home should be your own personal oasis. One way to transform it into a whole new world . . . go on a magic carpet ride, of course! We love adding a Persian or Moroccan Rug to a room for immediate impact.

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Look at the statement the red rug makes when added to our stark white kitchen! We love the way it pops and provides a focal point for a long narrow space.

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The effect's a little more subtle in our design for a kid’s room. Still, the rug’s russet hues provide a soothing contrast and extra warmth with the space’s minimalist feel and black and white palette.

Be aware, authentic Middle Eastern rugs do not come cheap. They’re an investment, just like a quality piece of furniture. However, they do tend to hold, and even increase, in value. If you’re willing to sacrifice some quality, synthetic will save you money. But owning the real deal is a lot like owning fine art. It’s a lifelong love affair.

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Source: Artifact Uprising

With that in mind, don’t be afraid to get up close and personal with the carpets while shopping. You want to touch and feel the rug. Handspun wool will feel fleecy and soft. It’s also stronger and lasts longer. Flip over the rug and look at the tightness of the weave. Also examine the uniformity of the knots. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. A reputable dealer should help you through the selection process.

One dealer we love is Heja Home. They offer endless color and pattern options, from bold to subtle, traditional to modern. ABC Carpet and Home offers a nice selection of vintage rugs as well.

Source: Amber Interiors

Source: Amber Interiors

If you’re considering selecting a Middle Eastern rug to rock your personal kasbah, let us help. We'll use our expertise in high quality floor coverings to create a Finca especially for you. Contact us today to get started.

 

 

Hit the Books - Study Spaces that Earn A's

In no time, your kids will be back in school and hitting the books once again. Why not inspire their success with a super slick new place for them to study? We have some design suggestions that’ll definitely help them bring home an A.

A desk, or work surface, is essential.

Desks We Love

We give this desk from Land of Nod an A-plus! It comes in three colors, but we’re wild about the gray. Adding the optional hutch provides extra cubbies for kids to stash stuff and a built-in cork board.

No room for a traditional desk? No problem!  

This is how we solved a space challenge with style. By capitalizing on the vertical space available, we gave this lucky kid a cool study area with ample storage.

This Mid-century mini-desk from West Elm is a tiny treasure for tight spaces. There’s plenty of style packed into compact design. We give it high marks for clean lines and a retro feel.

We think this natural steel desk from Room & Board is ideal for narrow spaces. It’s less than 2 feet wide. We think it deserves honors for its sleek, industrial feel.

This option will make you feel like you just aced economics! Target's Darley Writing Desk not only has lovely lines, but it includes a hidden power source. And…it’s less than a hundred bucks! We’re crushing on the vintage oak, but it’s also offered in walnut.

Don't Overlook the Importance of a Great Task Lamp

Now let’s shed a little light on the topic of desk lamps. Once again we turn to Target for design options that won’t break your back to school budget.

The Murphy Task Lamp is a great bang for your design buck at less than $30. We find the peacock-blue perfect for a kid's desk, but it also comes in black and brass.

The Audrey Collection Desk Lamp offers a bit more sophistication. It has a slick, sort of futuristic feel. It’s also a great buy at less than $40.

We had to toss in a couple of to-die-for designs for extra credit. The Cecil Task Lamp from RH Baby & Child definitely gets an A in geometry. We adore its simple elegance.

Another luxurious lighting option – this hand-polished solid brass Landau Lamp from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. Super modern and sculptural, this is the sort of lamp you and your child can treasure for a lifetime.

Need more tutoring on turning your child’s room into the perfect study spot? Contact us today! 

Getting Down To Brass Tacks

When you think of understated design elements, brass is not usually one that comes to mind.  We love these subtle touches of brass, however, to add just the right amount of sex-appeal to any space. Here are a few of our favorite examples.

The embellishments on this bed are literally brass tacks. We are crushing hard on the supremely restrained use of brass in this bedroom. From the bed tacks to the bedside table drawer knob to the lamp base, everything has been well thought-through and delivered with intention. #love

The embellishments on this bed are literally brass tacks. We are crushing hard on the supremely restrained use of brass in this bedroom. From the bed tacks to the bedside table drawer knob to the lamp base, everything has been well thought-through and delivered with intention. #love

Check out these pillows from The Aesthetic Abode. The brass zipper is genius. And who cares if your guests don’t notice at first? The second your sofa guest goes to move a pillow they’ll be in awe of your attention to every detail. 

Check out these pillows from The Aesthetic Abode. The brass zipper is genius. And who cares if your guests don’t notice at first? The second your sofa guest goes to move a pillow they’ll be in awe of your attention to every detail. 

We can’t get enough of Chris Loves Julia and here’s one reason why: This incredibly beautiful brass bolt detail on acrylic frames is understated and simple but still packs a design punch. 

We can’t get enough of Chris Loves Julia and here’s one reason why: This incredibly beautiful brass bolt detail on acrylic frames is understated and simple but still packs a design punch. 

Finally, Saltbox Collective knows the difference between a hallway with style and a hallway in the lobby of Trump Tower. This judicious use of this sexy metal can make a bold statement without looking like the lobby at Trump Tower. 

Finally, Saltbox Collective knows the difference between a hallway with style and a hallway in the lobby of Trump Tower. This judicious use of this sexy metal can make a bold statement without looking like the lobby at Trump Tower. 

Before & After: San Anselmo Charmer

Our client was looking to let a little light back into her life for the summer. Let us know how you think we did!

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Before: Kitchen Dining

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