In this video, Eva discusses the real estate recovery and current status.
More on Homes by Eva Marin.
In this video, Eva discusses the real estate recovery and current status.
More on Homes by Eva Marin.
Centerpieces for Galas, Golf Tournaments, Etc. Centerpieces can lift your event to the next level and they can become part of the event. Even for fundraising! Decide if the centerpieces are to be given away or not. If yes, select a design with a simple container and stunning flowers. If not, ask for an upscale vase that you can rent for much less than the purchase price. You can still give the flowers away that you’re purchasing. Alternately, if you are wanting people to purchase the centerpieces for an additional donation, select a design that has a really cool vase that will be a lasting reminder of the event and select a few distinctive blooms in the colors of the event. Reach out to God’s Garden Treasures when you are still deciding how you want to do the centerpieces and we’ll brainstorm some ideas with you. MORE!
You may have heard the expression “the fabric of life.” This refers to the human threads woven together from life’s experience, which in turn define our personal style. Understanding this leads to designing environments that express and reflect who we are.
How do you begin selecting fabrics to live with every day? How do you know what you want to live with? What mood do you want to create? What energizes you and gives you comfort? You need to answer all these questions before selecting fabrics for your furniture and windows. Your decisions set the tone for the rest of your project. Your floors, your walls, and fabrics all live together in the same space. So select the balance between them carefully.
Next, your senses come into play. Do you want texture? How does it feel to the touch when you’re sitting on it? Does it feel inviting and cozy? How does it look? Fabrics even make sounds when you move them. What about a pattern? Do you like looking at floral or geometric or stripes or solids? Do you have a favorite style? Do you like traditional, contemporary, eclectic or Southwestern? Do the fabrics stimulate your sense of smell and taste?
Color may be the most important decision you make. Many of us have a fairly clear picture of color because we think about it when we buy clothes. The colors we look good in are also the colors we feel good in. So why not surround yourself with those colors that make you look AND feel good?
Practicality enters into your decision, too. You must evaluate the use of the fabric. Will it be used for sitting upon or will it be seen on a window covering? Will the sunlight beat on it or will it be in shade? Always think about where the fabric is being used and the function of the upholstered piece or the window it’s going to cover.
There are a variety of considerations when choosing fabrics. Different types of prints and textures can make a personal statement. If what you like is diverse, find a common thread to bring it all together, such as repeating a color that runs throughout. Color so often is used as the magic wand to create many things in a room, especially continuity and mood. It can make or break a design project. Along with the color on walls and flooring, the color you choose for your fabrics is the most powerful signature in a room.
When I start a new project, I usually begin with the selection of fabric. This is a wonderful way to learn about my client’s taste. As we choose fabrics, I begin to understand the colors, shapes, and textures that please my clients. This sets the tone for the colors and style of the room. It’s important to always see a large sample of the fabric before making a selection. Then picture it as it relates to the entire room – not just the piece on which it is going. Any fabric can be made to work as long as you love looking at it and it makes you feel good.
Don’t be afraid to take a chance if something special appeals to you. Nothing is permanent, and should you tire of a choice, it can be changed. You and your feelings are the main consideration. Remember, rooms have no feelings – you do!
Recent motor coach sighting in Scottsdale of our favorite of the official Barbara’s Picks transportation company – The Driver Provider! MORE!
Thank you, Bridges Conner, founder of Get Organized with Bridges + Co for this excellent article from HGTV on how to organize a kid’s closet. Now if she would just send an article about MY closet!! Click here to read “10 Ways to Organize Your Kid’s Closet”
Why are women expected to know how to decorate a home? Traditionally, when a woman gets married, she is expected to be the one to decorate the home. Even before she is married, she may feel the responsibility to be the homemaker and therefore the family decorator. Bachelors, on the other hand, are considered inept in this area and always seeking help with buying and making furnishings decisions.
Well, these stereotypes just aren’t true! This certainly has not been my experience in my design practice. In most cases, the husband has been very involved and in several cases taken over the project and been my primary contact. I am not sure why but one answer may be that I always engage the husband and actually insist he be part of the first and second meeting. Once this happens, he becomes more comfortable and the mystery of decorating is dissolved and the fear becomes minimized or completely removed. He is now experiencing the process and therefore appreciates his wife’s efforts and feels important to her and to the process.
I have seen it many times: connecting in this way strengthens relationships and brings couples closer. Contrary to what sometimes is said – that building a home or decorating can be stressful – when everyone feels important to the project and that their input is valued, the project improves and so does the relationship.
There is another benefit. This collaboration has also proven to result in a distinctive design outcome because both people bring their taste and style to the project resulting in a one-of-a-kind blend that is unique to the couple. I like to call this 1 + 1 = 3. They have now created a “look” that is solely theirs. We don’t want to live in someone else’s taste and style, particularly if we really don’t like it, but when there is discussion and we bring in the three elements of The Bajaro Method (understanding, accepting, allowing) then there is harmony and the project can move forward. It also results in a happy outcome when the project is completed. It will eliminate mistakes and needless expenditures.
On the other hand, the single person has the opportunity to totally express themselves in their most personal environment – the home. It’s important before beginning to make decorating changes or choices to explore their taste, separate from what they grew up with or have been influenced by through friends or media. Then the individual can create an environment that is truly theirs and in which they feel connected and comfortable.
The most important thing to remember, when decorating for yourself or with someone else is that it has to “feel right” and to recognize when it doesn’t. You may not know why but your feeling is real and you must listen to it. If it feels right, you will love your design choices and feel happy living in the space you created.
Always remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Brene Brown What an appropriate quote for Connections Home Care! Here is an example. This client and her caregiver have been together for well over a year. They enjoy each other’s company and Rae Anna loves listening to her client’s stories because she is a true hero. She survived the Holocaust. Now they spend their days loving, laughing and living! Click for MORE about Connections.
God’s Garden Treasures is always open to special requests and eager to learn about your goals, expectations and what is most important to you. Want to change up the color in the bouquet you ordered or swap out one flower to add their favorite flower? Interested in special-ordering a specific flower for a future delivery date? Let us know! We’ve even picked up hot soup to deliver with flowers to someone who’s sick; and opened and read the card message to a woman who is elderly at the request of her family out of state; and faithfully deliver flowers every other week to one client’s Mom. MORE on God’s Garden Treasures.
Here we are again – my favorite time of year – autumn. The sameness of the summer heat is relieved by cool mornings and evenings which is a most welcome change. This change of season also symbolizes that the holidays are approaching. We now have a theme for decorating which gives us the opportunity to be creative.
For example, Halloween is an expression of autumn. Lights and decorations are popular and mark the beginning of the holiday season. As I went into my clients’ homes, many had some expression of the Halloween season – even the ones who don’t have children. Before Halloween, I went to a new client’s home where it was obvious that there was a new doormat. It was in bright orange with black lettering on it that said BOO! It put a smile on my face that I was still wearing when my client opened the door.
I, too, was bitten by the Halloween bug. I brought out my orange glass lamp with its black shade. I welcomed it with a cleaning rag, a smile and a central spot in my kitchen. Then I pulled out my orange placemats. Next my orange vase was placed by the sink with fresh fall flowers. I add small pumpkins and other fresh fruits and vegetable as touches of nature. And finally, I hunted for fallen leaves that turned color and placed them about the house and around my floor plants to give me the feel of walking in the leaves.
It is amazing how something as simple as color signals the change of seasons. Simply by introducing color, we are making a statement of each holiday without words. Burnt orange, deep yellow and rust make you think of fall and Halloween. Winter colors—forest green, red and metallic gold – are most prevalent at Christmas. As we move into Spring and Easter, we see the bright pastels. And then we transition into Summer with whites, off whites and soft, muted pastels.
We can bring these colors into our homes with simple touches of fabric, spray paint or flowers — and then there is the old pillow trick. You need to add only one interchangeable pillow at each season to set the tone in your home.
Living in Arizona, we need to create our own fun and focus of change because the seasons are not as dramatic as in other climates. However, now that it’s autumn, we seem to breathe differently and certainly have a different schedule with the daylight hours getting shorter.
One of the ways I create a seasonal difference in my home is with lighting. Because we do not change our clocks, we can use lighting to create a seasonal interior change. My favorite thing to do is place timers on the up lights that highlight a plant or sculpture. Or you can create a glow behind a piece of furniture, such as a chair or sofa, which gives a warm, inviting, cozy and dramatic look and feel. The subtle light goes on as it gets darker and the light goes off around your bedtime. It is very soothing and calming at the end of the day to have a soft glow in your surroundings. This also supports the feeling that your environment is taking care of you, rather than having to control the light every time you walk into a room.
Remember, you can bring the seasons into your home, by bringing in color and interesting lighting because, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
By: David Neishabori
Owner of Azadi Fine Rugs
IN THE MOMENT, has just been announced at the Behr 2018 Color of the Year!
The color is described as a “spruce blue” and is described by Behr as, “inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green.”
Behr goes on to say, “This comfortable color evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives. In name and color, this hue speaks to our desire to take a break, be present and recharge. IN THE MOMENT is versatile and perfect to use for both interior and exterior projects. It also crosses multiple design styles, ideal for working with traditional, modern, coastal and global décor.”
So how do you incorporate “IN THE MOMENT” with area rugs for you upcoming design projects? See below for some suggestions from AZADI Fine Rugs, or stop by to see their collection of over 10,000 contemporary and antique area rugs.