Las Vegas Furniture Market

My design team and I just returned from the bi-annual furniture and accessory show at The World Market Center Las Vegas. I am happy to report the design industry seems to be alive and well!

The design center was packed with designers shopping for the latest-and-greatest. The showrooms were filled with beautiful new products indeed!

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There were oh-so-many rug stores. The rugs were gorgeous: great colors, textures and patterns!

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The trends continue to be neutral furniture with pops of color in the agents. The industrial look reigns supreme in the world of casegoods.

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And post of color and personality were all around in the realm of art and accessories.

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I believe this was the best market I have attend to date – great buzz of excitement and great new product! I believe I speak for most of the designers who attended when I say, “I  am truly excited to use so many of these pieces in my clients’ homes!”

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Sincerely,

Alicia

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Priming Yourself to Paint: How to Sample Paint Colors

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

You’ve been meaning to spruce up a space in your home and have decided that a fresh coat of paint is the best way to go about it. You look at some paint chips, choose your perfect color, and then throw it up on the walls. Only problem? That green you loved so much is now looking pretty grey. It’s not the color you picked at all!

This is a common problem that has a simple solution.

In order to make sure you know exactly how the your selection will look when up on your walls, follow these steps:

Option #1

  • Prime a section of your walls and allow it to dry
  • Do not used pre-primed paint, as it does not give the best effect while sampling
  • Paint first coat of paint and allow it to dry.
  • Paint second coat of paint and allow it to dry
  • Don’t look at paint while wet! It will dry to a different color.

 Option #2

  • Paint your selection around the edges of a white piece of foam core board
  • Hold the board up to the wall and see how the paint looks in the space!

*If you are planning on having your selection matched by another brand (ex. having Behr match a Benjamin Moore paint you like), remember to always use the original brand of paint when sampling!

See the picture below for a better idea of how unprimed walls can completely alter the look of your paint choices.

The samples on the wall look blue. The samples on the white boards are the true colors: grey! Sampling on clean, white board will show you the true appearance of your paint choice.

The samples on the wall look blue. The samples on the white boards are the true colors: grey! Sampling on clean, white board will show you the true appearance
of your paint choice.

We know these steps will help you breath new, refreshing life into your home through some beautiful coats of paint! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or want to share your results from following these tips!

Sincerely,

Alicia

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Bad Paints & Wrong Rugs: You Need An Interior Designer, You Just Don’t Know It Yet

Do you need an interior designer, but you just haven’t realized it yet? Check out the list below. If you find yourself experiencing one or more of the below problems—you might just need an interior designer.

  • You’re buying furniture that doesn’t fit: Ever been in the market for a new sofa? Did you eyeball the couch at the store and just say, “Yeah, that should fit,” only to get it home and find it’s too long by two feet? If this is a painfully familiar memory, you may need an interior designer. A designer will take precise measurements of your space and will draw up different layouts so that you can visualize furniture placement, sizes, and flow spaces. As well, designers can shop for these pieces for you, ensuring that they will work in proportion and harmony with the other pieces you will soon be buying. With a designer, you never have to worry about squeezing behind dining room chairs or stubbing your toe on oversized coffee tables.
  • You’re stuck on a remodel: You’ve started a massive, top-to-bottom remodel of your home—the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, patio, even the laundry room and that man cave in the basement. And then all of a sudden, you’re stuck. The tiles you chose just aren’t working with the cabinets; the paint just doesn’t look like the right shade of green on your walls. This is where a designer will be your lifesaver. He or she can identify stumbling blocks, streamline your process, and make your home function as a cohesive whole. Remodeling a home can be hard—your designer is here to help.
  • You can’t decide on paint colors: Arguably, one of the most difficult parts of renovations can be choosing paint colors. There are just so many! Luckily for you, your designer is a master of all things on a paint fan, leading you through the world of hues and shades with a keen eye so you can arrive at a perfect combination of specific colors for your home.
  • You need some couples mediation: We hear it all the time: “Happy wife, happy life”. We know remodels aren’t always easy. Maybe you and your significant other have spent hours deciding and disagreeing for days and weeks over your favorite backsplash, but months later, you still haven’t reached a decision. Thankfully, your interior designer can help you compromise and reach decisions together with ease. Having a third party with expertise in design will bring you to a happy medium and save you a lot of domestic headaches.
  • You just need some advice: Maybe you actually have an eye for design! You know what colors you like and what wallpapers will mesh with that dream couch that you’ve had your eye on. But, still, you’re a little unsure and need an expert to give you that extra level of confidence in your choices. Hiring a designer can lend you the confirmation (or even change in perspective) about the materials and pieces you’re choosing to install! Having a second opinion from your designer will give you peace of mind and, also, set you up with a contact that you can consult in the future should you have any more questions about what works in your home and what does not.

Sincerely,
Alicia

Alicia Friedmann Interior Design, LLC

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Hiring Your First Designer

If you’ve never hired an interior designer, you probably have a few questions about how the entire process works. What do I need? Should I have an idea of everything that I want? Is my designer going to walk into my house and laugh at me?

Well, before you overwhelm yourself with questions, we’d like to help you out! We’ve compiled a list of the most important things to know going into an initial consultation with your interior designer. If you follow these tips, you’ll be ready for your designer to guide you through the steps of having the house of your dreams!

  • Know what you plan on using your space for: In every home, function is just important as form. You want to redo your living room but do you want to keep it a living room? Do you want to convert part of it into an office? Or do you want a place for the kids to play with their Legos and crayons? Knowing this kind of information can help your designer make the most of your space and optimize every square inch of your home, right down to how many chairs you’ll need and exactly where they need to be placed.
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Having an idea of what your want to use your space for will optimize the layout potential presented by your designer.

  • Have a budget: We know—budgets are scary. Really scary! But if you’re serious about rehabbing your home and making it your personal sanctum—or your no-holds-barred party space!—having a budget in mind before you meet your designer will do one of two things. The first is that it will help your designer understand the bounds within which they can shop for you, bringing beauty into your home for a price that you’re comfortable with. Second, it will help you set a price range for you to follow throughout the process, so you can establish peace of mind for yourself from the very beginning. Budgets can be scary but when they’re going towards a home renovation, they’re just one small step to getting the perfect space you’ve always dreamed of.
  • Think of what style you like: Now, we understand this can be trickier. You might say, “Well, you’re the designer! Can’t you choose what I like?” While we could certainly dream up the most stunning, contemporary-looking home, if you’re more of a wrought-iron and velvet person and we put minimalist furniture and modern art on the wall— to say you would be less than content would probably be an understatement. So, be ready to tell your designer what kind of styles and looks make your heart flutter. Printing out pictures of rooms you enjoy, cutting out magazine pages, or even creating an Ideabook on Houzz.com are all things you can do to help your designer get an idea of what your taste leans towards. It’s your dream house—your designer is there to bring your vision to life!
  • Make sure you’re prepared: A lot of time and energy can go into renovating a house. Unlike those episodes of HGTV, the work on your home can’t be completed in hour-long blocks (although we wish that were the case!). Before you start a project with your designer (and eventually your contractors), make sure you’re prepared for the job. That means understanding that your home will be dusty, that there might be considerable noise pollution, and that it will take longer than just one day to get the dream fireplace you’ve always wanted! Don’t feel daunted though—if you’re prepared for the process of renovating your home, the actual process itself will seem like a breeze!
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Renovations can be hard, but they’re worth it!

While all of this might seem like a lot to absorb, they’re necessary steps for being prepared to hire a designer for the first time. Following the above points, you will certainly help your interior designer easily draw up the best plans for your home, giving you the magazine-perfect master bedroom, living room, or kitchen that you’ve always envisioned!

Sincerely,
Alicia

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Our Guest Bathroom Remodel

It is done, and I am so happy!

Ever since we purchased our house three years ago, I have been yearning to get rid of the toilet in our guest bathroom. While my husband, Brian, loved it, I refused to use it. It scared me.

Therefore, when Brian said it was not working well anymore, I was relieved. This was my go-ahead to remove the ancient relic and remodel the bathroom!

Here are “before” pictures of how our guest bathroom used to look:

Being in the design trade, it was wonderful to have the contactors with whom I often work on clients’ homes help me with a project of my own. The first thing we did was demo the room. In doing so, we discovered the old Carrera marble floor tile was not installed directly on the foundation. It was laid on top of one layer of tile and a layer of linoleum. Wow! And, yes, the tub was pink. So, we gutted the room down to the studs and started from a clean base. Here are “during” pictures of our guest bathroom while it was being excavated:

After the room was completely empty, the first thing we did was to replace the window. This alone was a great improvement! Next we ran new plumbing and electrical. After all the “behind the walls and floor” work was complete, we installed the new cast-iron tub and tiled the walls and floors. Then the painters got to work. They patched the holes, leveled the planes, and painted the walls and ceiling.

Originally, I had a custom wood vanity cabinet made for the bathroom. When we got it into the space, I could not sleep for two nights. I hated it so much! It made the bathroom feel tiny, and it covered too much of the floor tile which has captured my heart. This is when Brian proved his love to me once again. He removed the vanity himself. At that point, I decided to go with a console sink and two light-and-airy shelving units. This way, all our needs are taken care of: we have plenty of storage and the space feels as large as possible.

Here are “after” pictures of our re-modeled guest bathroom:

As an interior designer, my career is based on creating spaces customized to my clients’ wants and needs. It feels so incredible to have finally had the opportunity to, along with my husband, be my own client! From grout color, to paint color, to plumbing fixtures, we got to pick it all. What is my favorite part? It is the rain shower. This is the best shower I have ever used, and I get to do so every day! My bathroom makes me happy.

Sincerely,

Alicia

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Pasadena Showcase House 2012

This year, I was selected to participate in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts 2012. This is a huge honor in the world of interior design. The Pasadena Showcase House is the longest running and most well attended designer showcase house in the country. Through this amazing experience, I was able to showcase my design work to over 25,000 attendees.

How the showcase house works is a mansion is emptied and each interior designer gets to design a designated room. My room was the hall bath, which functions as the kids’ bath and guest bath. The house is a Spanish Colonial Revival built in 1927. It is located in La Canada Flintridge, the heart of the mission-style movement.

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My goal was to transform this non-descript white and plain porcelain-tiled room to the look I felt it should always have had. I wanted to take it back to its Spanish Colonial Revival roots, while making it feel fresh and current at the same time. Before, this bathroom was very plain and looked like it could have been anywhere. I did not feel it was worthy of this grand home. Upon entering the room, I was very taken by the view from the window. I also thought the room should act as the picture frame for the art, which is the gorgeous view from the window. (And, yes, that is stars-and-stripes wallpaper on the ceiling in the before pictures.)

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I used Revival Tiles from Mission Tile West. This is a tile made in the same manner as style as those popular in the Pasadena area during the era in which the home was built. I used two tones of blue, thus keeping the color palate light, bright, cheerful and very “now.” The floor tile is an amazing new cut of Carrera marble, which to me feels much like that used in Spain. I went with a contemporary version of a classic style with the vanity cabinet, which is also topped with Carrera marble. I juxtaposed the cabinet and modern light fixtures with classic-yet-playful Newport Brass plumbing fixtures and fittings from Snyder Diamond.  I finished the room with a custom silver-leafed mirror and mirror-framed art. This enabled me to bounce light and brightness throughout the place.

To complete the job, I worked with an amazing crew of sub-contactors. We demolished the previous bathroom, taking the walls and floors down to the studs, then building the room up again from scratch.

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This was my first experience participating in a designer showcase house, and I enjoyed it immensely! My favorite part was the reactions I received from the patrons of the design tour. So many said the room was like a jewel box, uplifting and cheerful. They loved the colors, textures, and attention-to-detail. They felt it was spa-like, serene, refreshing, beautiful and peaceful. I felt so proud because this is exactly what I wanted the room to feel like. Some even said this was their favorite room in the entire house, which made me grin from ear-to-ear.

I hope to have the opportunity to showcase my design work to another home tour in the near future, to present other functional-yet-beautiful environments to thousands.

Sincerely

Alicia

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Family Room

When I met my clients at their house in Huntington Beach, this is what their family took looked like. (Before) (Before) (Before)

The fun, energetic and very social couple wanted me to help them turn this space into a place where their family and friends could gather and be entertained. They asked me to help create a room that was comfortable, minimalistic and fashionable.

I felt the orientation of the room was confusing. The television was on one wall and the fireplace was on another. I decided to group the two focal points on the same wall and made it so these features could both be appreciated from each seat. 

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I replaced their traditional granite fireplace and stone coffee table with crisp, white Caeserstone. I custom-made the sofa and love seat and finished the looks with a modern classic, the Eames chair and ottoman.

The clients are thrilled to come home to this neat and cozy room by the sea – and so are their guests.

Sincerely,

Alicia

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