Living Room Revamp

As stated in the Warm Family Room post, this was the family’s former family/living room. Since that addition became a new family space, we needed to do something with the old room; we updated this one to allow the parents to have a living room of their own – a place where they could relax and feel like adults. This space really took to the transformation well! Now instead of being merely a functional room with no agenda, it is a beautiful, modern, and inviting place to come and unwind. Here’s the before and after (forgive the less than professional quality of the pics… my niche is definitely more design than photography!):

Before
After
Before
After

Here’s the design and sample board used to create this revamp.

Everyone should have a place they can feel comfortable and at ease. So excited to have given another family the space of their dreams!

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An Organized Interior Design Office Space

I have FINALLY finished the design of my Los Angeles based interior design office! I have been so busy (YEAH!) this year that it took me over 6 months to complete, but I am happy to say it is organized and functional. I was even able to use most of the office pieces I already owned and just filled in here an there. This is one project that definitely didn’t break the bank!

I used my IKEA desk pieces that have been in storage for years and just added one small piece to them. I also re-painted my OLD Pottery Barn table and chairs a modern black and white. We still needed a place to sit and eat and I also needed a spot for all of my employees, so this handy dandy table came to the rescue again. I thought it would be cute to use chalkboard paint on the top of the table so my son could draw on it while I was working. My favorite project was painting the bottoms of the chairs black and the tops white. I might even switch the color on the bottom of the chairs again soon, it was that easy.

I also threw in an IKEA bold print rug and a lucite chair to play off of the modern acrylic I painted years ago.

I was even able to incorporate the existing drapes and chandelier that were there from when this space was just a dining room.

I am sure that I will need to make more changes in the future as my interior design business grows, who knows I might even move to another part of Los Angeles. But I know that I will be able to adjust and accommodate another space pretty easily. For now, I’m one happy camper 🙂

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Interior Design LA Style

I am in the process of helping a family with twin boys furnish and design a new addition on their home. I can relate so much to their lifestyle because they have twin boys and animals, yet wanted a stylish place to all hang out. Below is the design board and we are just about a month away from installation. The finish work is being completed on the addition, the custom built-in is being crafted and the furniture is all ordered and underway. Below is the design board as well as some under construction photos.

We chose a HUGE sectional that has two ottomans which can create chaises at both ends. The sectional will be upholstered in a warm leather like a horses saddle. The homeowner already had a fabulous rug with cinnamons and blues. To liven it up and add cheer we are doing roman shades on all of the windows in the floral pattern and adding a pair of those pillows on the sectional. There will be a total of 6 pillows, the other two sets in a terra-cotta diamond pattern and a leafy green color. We are painting the built in a warm color and pulling out that smokey blue on the back of the unit. The homeowners are both lighting designers so you know the lighting will be perfect, and I cant wait to see how it turns out.

We finished the space, and it turned out great! Take a look at the finished product:

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Design Trend Or Design Fad?

The April Furniture Market in High Point North Carolina has come and gone, but the effects of new products and trends are trickling into mainstream as we speak. The twice yearly High Point Market, is much like New York Fashion Week is to the fashion industry. Each manufacturer reinvents their showroom from top to bottom displaying not only their newest products and collections, but also putting their best foot forward, sparking trends and infusing creativity into the interior design world.

But not every trend is for every person.
Certainly you cannot ignore trends, but how do you pick and choose which to follow so your home (and style) stays current, but most importantly true to yourself?

Market Trend: Bold Geometric Patterns

Our first glimpse of the bold patterns were many years ago when IKAT filtered into the design scene. Since then bold patterns have ruled the scene and are still going strong. This year the trend has morphed into geometric patterns. I love a bold pattern just as much as any trend setter does, but rest assured, I will also tire of it quickly. Let yourself enjoy the trend with pillows, throws or even an ottoman. When a new trend arrives you can easily replace the old and bring in the new, without all the guilt of an expensive room redo.

 

Market Trend: Upholstered Casegoods

Make a bold statement with these creative pieces, they will be sure to start conversations at your next party. But don’t let them rule the room. Use them in stand alone spaces where they can have a powerful impact, but be moved or replaced at a later date. The perfect example is an entryway, usually one piece of furniture occupies this space and it’s the first impression you give visitors.

 

Market Trend: Wallpaper

If I were to recommend a trend to embrace, this might be the one. Wallpaper adds character, dimension, pattern, color and texture to a space. If your on a budget, wallpaper a single wall within a space, or make a statement in a small powder room. When you tire of it, just take it down and put something new on the walls. If you choose the right pattern and colors, you’ll be happy with the results for many years.

 

Market Trend: Gold

Here’s a trend I can actually see sticking around for quite sometime! Why? Brushed nickel and silver have been the go-to finish for hardware and fixtures for the last decade or more. With the new neutral being a cooler grey, gold is the perfect warm contrast. But don’t think in terms of the polished brass of the 1980’s, this gold is refined and sophisticated.

Don’t just follow a trend because it’s the latest and greatest. You will barely finish a room before the next round of latest and greatest products are introduced. An interior designer will be able to guide you in finding your true sense of style while keeping you current and modern within your comfort zone.

Stick to your true sense of style and have fun here and there with accents and accessories. But don’t shy away from the trends either, this is how the design world evolves so be sure to keep an eye on whats new, just give your senses a little time to soak it all in before deciding if it’s right for you.

Looking to update your home? Contact Peltier Interiors at +1 626 831 8796 or fill out the contact form to set up a consultation & begin the design process!

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Wise Words From Barclay Butera

This is SO true. When I work with clients I take all of these factors into consideration. I’ve only created a fantastic space when I’ve considered the context my clients live in including their taste, lifestyle and budget.

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Plenty of Design Inspiration in Sonoma California

I finally made it wine country this summer! Having a little boy its difficult to get away on an adult vacation, but we roped in my mom and packed our bags, even booking a flight at the last minute instead of driving. Sonoma was even better than I imagined and there was so much that I loved and can use as design inspiration, from the simple lifestyle to the earthy (but still vibrant) color palette. Growing up in Michigan we are used to heading “up north” during the summers, it’s all very relaxed and casual. Sonoma had all of that and more, you could definitely feel the California vibe. I also hadn’t been to San Francisco in ages so it was great to revisit that as well.

My favorite winery was the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, yes like the hotub! The Jacuzzi was actually named after this family. You can read their bio here and see their amazing winery.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyard
Jacuzzi Winery Back Patio
Winery

Besides ‘hitting’ up the wineries I also stumbled upon a few neat restaurants and discovered a couple of new things about my own taste.

“I discovered I like that California country side for its design inspiration, and I can’t get enough of the amazing landscaping.”

I didnt really have a word for it and had a hard time trying to describe it, even to myself. But the wildflower look with grasses, lavender and some rose bushes thrown in, pretty much sums it up. Its that natural earthy feel with a round softness to it and the earthy tones with pops of color like lavender.

Autumn skies & landscapes

Sonoma really had a country feel to it that I am all about. Not like the mid-west country that I’m used to, but country with an effortless cool factor. We stopped at a great place for lunch, Sunflower Cafe. The back patio was covered in greanery with pops of orange and yellow sunflowers, of course. Very effortless but also trendy at the same time.

Sunflower Cafe in Sonoma, CA
Sunflower Cafe

We also took a hike and found ourselves underneath a canopy of redwoods. I felt like I was on a movie set. Its so interesting to me how northern California is SO different than southern California. The light is cooler, the colors are cooler and of course the weather is cooler. In Southern California everything has a warmer look and feel to it, and the landscaping is very different as well

Of course the best part was spending time with my husband and best friends!

Me & my hubby <3
My best friends

The whole trip was super charming and I cannot wait to visit again! Plus, I’m almost out of wine 🙂

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Blue & White Baby Shower... For A Girl?

Yes, this baby shower is for a girl!  I belong to an amazing moms group here in the San Gabriel Valley and a few of us decided to throw a “Sprinkle” for a good friend of ours.  Not a full blown baby shower because this is her second baby, but something small where we can all share in her excitement of finally having a girl!!!!  I know my photos aren’t great, but I hope it gives you an idea of how it all came together.  I am also not a gardener but I do have to pat myself on the back for miraculously makeing my roses and flowers look gorgeous.  They all seemed to bloom at once and my backyard eneded up being the perfect setting.

The Baby Shower, from conception to completion

I have never been a big pink fan but I have fallen in LOVE with Navy and pink (thanks to Caitlin Wilson), it’s so classic and mature with just the right touch of feminine.  So how did we end up on navy and pink for the baby shower?  I wanted to use real dishes and silverware instead of paper so I worked with what I had.  I own a set of 8 blue and white chinoiserrie appetizer plates.  The guest of honor also happens to love blue and white as well, so this was our starting point.  I also redid all of my outdoor furniture earlier this year and it happened to be in blue and white, so without even trying we had our girly version of a blue and white theme for this baby shower!

I love flowers, so that item was one of the most important aspects to the baby shower decor. We used blue Hydrangeas as the center piece and purchased them for a steal at Trader Joe’s. Then I wrapped some natural colored bulap around the base and tied it with two ribbons, one in a solid raspberry color and the other a light pink and white gingham check. To pull in some more pink we used light pink paper cups as well as rapspberry and white polka dotted paper napkins. To carry on the gingham idea I made water bottle labels with the phrase “Oh Baby!” and used a cute pink and white gingham paper that I just cut into strips. I also labeled all of the drinks and food with the same gingham paper so everyone would know what was being served. The final touches of pink were in the vases of flowers that I placed on the food table and coffee table in front of the settee. It was all very simple and elegant.

T he other moms and I throwing the baby shower all chipped in to make the food. We served and egg dish, a french toast dish, ginger iced tea, pink lemonade, watermelon skewers and a berry fruit salad with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. For desert we had amazing cupcakes from Dots, everything was delicious!

Everyone knows that a mom with one child is always busy, but adding a second child to the family makes it even harder, so we decided to purchase some Thank You cards and stamp the envelopes for the mom to be. Then everyone at the party was instructed to fill out an envelope with thier name and address. The guest of honor loved it because all she had to do was write the actual thank you!

Ducky Duo Princess from Tiny Prints

I haven’t planned a party since my wedding, and I have never thrown a baby shower before, so I felt a little rusty. There were a couple of things I would have added to the party, but all in all it turned out great. You can check out the other baby shower ideas on my Pinterest “Party Board”with some of the other ideas I was considering.

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