RELAX OUTDOORS! IT’S SUMMER

What’s your favorite season? Some people love the crisp fall days, a wintry wonderland or the rebirth that occurs in spring but number one on my list is summer—so I’m thrilled it’s here. I will say that since moving to Arizona, we enjoy summer differently than we used to in San Diego.

KEEP COOL WITH SOLAR AND ROLLER SHADES

The heat is on! While Southern California and Arizona are sunny year-round, during the summer the combination of sun and high temperatures usually finds folks seeking to cool off indoors. Air conditioning certainly helps—and is a must-have in the desert—but keeping the sun’s rays out of your home is also a good strategy.

2023 DESIGN TRENDS COMING TRUE

Toward the end of every year, “experts” like to predict trends for the year to come. It’s pretty rare to take a look back and see if those prognostications came to pass but since we’re almost halfway through 2023 (already!), I thought it would be interesting to see how on the nose some design trend predictions have been.

KNOCK, KNOCK! DON’T IGNORE YOUR FRONT DOOR

The season of rebirth—spring—is an excellent time to think about the first impression visitors get when arriving at your home. Curb appeal includes a number of elements but one of the most important, and often overlooked, is your front door.

The first point of entry into your home is also your first opportunity to make a statement about your design aesthetic and what lies inside. Don’t miss out on this chance to make a memorable initial impression.

SIMPLIFYING HOME RENOVATIONS

The words home renovation terrify most homeowners since it can be daunting to tackle even a modest project. What’s the secret to success? Follow the simple yet valuable tips noted below, from Real Simple, to ensure a smooth and seamless project.

RENEW YOUR CLOSET

Your closet may be one of the most important spaces in your home since it’s where you “put yourself together” every day. But are you giving it the attention it needs? Closets are often taken for granted and not regarded as a priority—but making sure yours is well organized is rewarding and perhaps even timesaving. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to get your closet in order.

SIMPLE FINISHING TOUCHES FOR YOUR HOME

Welcome to 2023! If one of your goals to start the new year is “finishing” your home design but you feel overwhelmed when thinking about it, here’s some good news: there are plenty of small touches that will make a real difference. Here are some ideas from Real Simple magazine:

PERFECT YOUR DECLUTTERING ROUTINE

Year-end is a good time to donate unused items and establish a routine for daily, monthly, yearly and seasonal decluttering. It’s well documented that when you choose to declutter—and have less stuff—you can reap the rewards of a simpler life.

ACHIEVING BETTER SLEEP

Sleep is one of my favorite pastimes but I bet I’m not alone in feeling that getting good quality shut-eye can be a challenge at times. Wondering what this topic has to do with interior design? Keep reading!

WORKING EFFICIENTLY FROM HOME

It’s been almost 20 years since I started working from home, and it was a huge adjustment from my previous 18 years of office jobs. The main challenge I’ve had is sticking to a schedule, in particular seeing my working hours extend way into the evening.

WHAT’S NEW FOR WALLS

Just as the right pair of shoes can complete a wonderful outfit, the flooring you choose throughout your home is the ideal finishing touch to the aesthetic you seek. Since flooring has a huge impact on the overall design of your home, and your choice will be one you’ll likely be living with for many years, it’s worth doing your homework before you settle on what’s right for your needs and style.

FLOORING TRENDS

Just as the right pair of shoes can complete a wonderful outfit, the flooring you choose throughout your home is the ideal finishing touch to the aesthetic you seek. Since flooring has a huge impact on the overall design of your home, and your choice will be one you’ll likely be living with for many years, it’s worth doing your homework before you settle on what’s right for your needs and style.

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