Interior Design

08Mar 2018

Life In A Luxury Hotel

Life In A Luxury Hotel

I recently took a small vacation to Naples Florida with my husband back in January of this year. We stayed at the wonderful Ritz-Carlton Resort.
As soon you enter the lobby you could tell why this is a five-star resort

The interiors were pure luxury. The design of the hotel was not your typical Florida hotel design. They didn’t use what you would expect of pastel beach colors. The only flamingo pink I could found was in the gift shop.
The design of the hotel was more of my style of new traditional chic. Formal furniture that has clean lines, with comfort in mind, the use of luxury fabrics, and beautiful lighting. Always a little sparkle.
Want to be inspired to have luxury hotel interiors? Here is way to incorporate in your home.

Keep it simple don’t over clutter the room with furnishing and accessories.

Hall Table photo by Joy Pupel

Hall Table photo by Joy Pupel

As a designer, I recommend to achieve the new traditional style that the furniture is a classic silhouette with new details.

RC seating

For seating furniture, it’s about comfort and clean lines.

RC spa lighting

Crystal Chandelier photo by Joy Pupel

RC Lighting

Drum Light photo by Joy Pupel

I will tell you that lighting is always importing. I love to add a little sparkle. With finishes and details for example, crystals in chandeliers, metal finishes, and glass bases or shades. The sparkle makes the room sings.

When it comes to window treatments new traditional style is not heavy drapery and eliminate swag valence. Keep it simple.

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I love how they built a valence around the window treatment, so you cannot see the hardware.
This was one of the only Florida details that I could find in the resort with stationary shutters.

Lighted Mirror photo by Joy Pupel

Lighted Mirror photo by Joy Pupel

In the bath can we say marble. The marble has a glossy finish that adds a little sparkle. A glam mirror with backlighting will make anybody look gorgeous. If you have room to add a water closet for privacy, how luxurious is that?

photo by Joy Pupel

photo by Joy Pupel

Let’s talk about the bed, I think the biggest trend I’ve been seeing for the past five years is beautiful oversize upholster headboards. Wouldn’t you love to have breakfast in bed delivered to you this bed?

Luxury living doesn’t have to be an expensive hotel vacation. You can also have that five-star hotel design in your home.

Ritz-Carlton Naples Florida  photo by Joy Pupel

Ritz-Carlton Naples Florida photo by Joy Pupel

I must thank the staff at the Ritz-Carlton Naples Florida resort. The staff at the resort was so friendly, polite, professional, and always had a smile. They treated us like we were the most important guest that was staying at the hotel.
Special thanks to Danielle Travis the public relations manager at the resort for allowing me access to fresh room for my photos.

Book your reservation with me to design your next luxury hotel home.

joy@grcreativespaces.com

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13Feb 2018

Romance In The Bedroom

Day of love is just around the corner and I can give some ideas on how to have a romantic bedroom decor in your love nest. These simple steps will add a romantic setting.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects with a soft glow that makes it soothing and romantic. Don’t use harsh lighting from an overhead lighting fixture. Try a table lamp or even a chandelier these are the perfect ambiance lighting.

ceiling lighting

Lighting photo by Hunter Bridewell

The soft color palette in blues, creams, pastels, grays, and for a fun dramatic style why not all black room. Avoid strong, bold colors like red, orange, and chartreuse green. Even though red is always connected to love, it’s too strong for a romantic bedroom.

The center of the bedroom is the bed. A cozy bed is a wonderful way to start with. Here’s are a few bed styles that say, love, upholstered headboard, poster bed with a canopy with sheer fabric, and sleigh bed give you a feeling of being embraced with headboard and foot board. These beds will speak the language of love.

Lake house photo by Joy Pupel

Lake house photo by Joy Pupel

What makes the bed even a more special love nest is the bedding. Envelope yourself in a beautiful comforter in a soft fabric. When it comes to the bedding its all about the layers that make a pretty bed. Just don’t through a comforter on the bed but add pillows as part of the layers. Try using pillows of different fabrics, laces, tassels, and some inspirational quotes on the pillows of love.

To add romance to a room with another layer is adding wallpaper/wall covering. Wallpaper can be so romantic with color and patterns. Wall covering is when using fabric to cover the walls and it can shut out the outside world as a sound bare when use padding between the wall and fabric. Wall covering gives a sense of serenity.

Window treatments are just as important to the finished room if you use soft fabric for shades or long panels. They have a function to control the lighting in the room and sound. Besides having a function, they can also be romantic just like the pillows with their fabrics, laces, and trim.

The bedroom is the first place you start your day and it’s the last place you end your day. So why not make a bedroom give add serenity and love to a romantic setting. If you are married or in a relationship want to draw someone in your life make the bedroom your place for love.  Set the mood with these simple and easy tips.

The bedroom is the first place you start your day and it’s the last place you end your day. So why not make a bedroom give add serenity and love to a romantic setting. If you are married or in a relationship want to draw someone in your life make the bedroom your place for love.  Set the mood with these simple and easy tips.

Love your bedroom now. Let me help you build a romantic bedroom contact me at

joy@grcreativespaces.com  http://grcreativespaces.com/design-packages/

15Jan 2018

Why I use a life coach

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 Why may you want to have a life coach? Because sometimes you feel out of balance or just need some perspective on what to do next in life.  That’s how I feel lately and sat down with a life coach Jillian Johnson https://jillianj.com/  For me it was trying to put all the puzzle pieces together and have a roadmap of what’s was around the corner. 

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You ask what is a life coach? It is the process addresses specific personal goals, business successes, and help discover obstacles that are in their way. They make you have accountability for your action and commit to your goals. They draw out a map for your action, so you can get what you want out of life.

 What heck does this have to do with interior design? A lot if you think about it. an Interior Designer is a life coach for your home. I draw a map (Floor Plans) and give you suggestions to improve your life within your home through balance and function with interior design. This helps you find what is blocking you from moving forward in the design process. By taking actions to set goals of making your home or office reflect your lifestyle and tell a story. Many of my clients will say that they dislike how the room looks and never use it. This is usually due to how the furniture is the placed, color, or even the lighting, all of which can throw a room off.

This is where I listen to what your need and wants are for space. These are the same steps that a life coach will take for their clients.

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The steps for your home will be:  

  1. Questionnaire to find out what are your needs and wants
  2. Come up with a plan of action
  3. Rendering
  4. Samples
  5. Shopping list
  6. Final install of your new room.

This is a process to achieve your goal of reflecting what your lifestyle is and story.

 If your home needs an Interior life coach, let’s refresh, remove, and redesign and discover what are the obstacles in your home or office.

Contact me at

http://grcreativespaces.com/

joy@grcreativespaces.com

01May 2017

The Fifth Wall – Ceiling Design

Have you just laid in bed, looking up at the ceiling and wonder why does it have to be white?

If you ever look at ceilings notice they are just plain white. 90% of all ceilings are The Fifth Wall white boring lacking interest doesn’t say anything except I’m a flat surface.

Well your ceilings doesn’t have to be the boring flat no life colorless plain surface. It can be anything you want it to be, by adding bold colors with paint. Why not a gorgeous bright red glossy finish or rich black color even perhaps a light fresh sky blue to make that ceiling rise above the room

Tin Panels

Tin Panels image by Bob Villa

In the Victorian era, they would use tin panels. The tin panels were embossed with beautiful pattern details. It made for a wonderful architectural detail.

Tongue And Groove

Tongue And Groove image by BFerry -Woodhouse

Mid-Century style homes from the 50’s & 60’s used tongue and groove wood slates for ceilings designs with exposed beams. This was considered a modern detail.

Today you have many options to cover your ceiling. For example reclaimed lumber is very hot right now. You can also use fabric for pattern, texture, and warmth.

Wall covering ceiling

Wall covering ceiling image by Elizabeth Gorde

People don’t think of their ceiling as another wall but if you look at it it’s your fifth wall, like the vertical wall are flat so are ceilings another flat surface. Unlike floors you don’t need heavy duty materials to protect your ceiling because you not going be walking on them. Try using wallpaper for a interesting design feature. A great example for this application would be in a small half-bath.

For instance, if you live in the older home with plaster ceilings that may have cracks from water damage but you do not want to pay the cost of repairs of plaster.  This would be a great opportunity to and cover your ceilings with a unique and different finish.

If you would like to learn more about some fun and different ceiling options please contact me at:

joy@grcreativespaces.com  Book your appointment and let’s talk http://grcreativespaces.com/design-packages/

02Apr 2017

 

Why you should add plants in your home

Why you should add plants in your home

Why you should add plants in your home.

 Green plants have a huge benefit for a better home environment. Plants will make any space feel bright, colorful, and welcoming. Plants can fit in any  spaces décor from chic, bohemian, rustic, and classic style,

You do not need to be a green thumb expert.

Trends in plants.

  1. Trends – for the non-green thumb person are Succulents plants, they are very trendy now. Require very little maintenance, inexpensive, colorful, and perfect for small apartments. Succulents plants are being seen in ego-terrariums and concrete plants.

greenery wedding

  • Greenery is this wedding season’s biggest trend for wedding centerpieces and bridle bouquets. Creative Spaces & Designs is doing a wedding this fall base on the greenery trend
  • Pinterest pinterest.com has thousands of boards pins with plants ideas for home décor.
  • Vintage planter fill with shapely leafy plants for the Bohemian style. I love using vintage white pottery for my plants.
  • Vining hanging plants with macramé hanger
  • Air plants

These are only a few trends in home plants.

Health benefits from plants

  1. Heath – Plants do release oxygen and moisture in to the air and this provides a natural air filler. Some plants can effectively absorbs pollutants emitted in to the air from carpets, furniture, and other synthetic materials these are called off gas. The plants that work best for cleaning the indoor air are

 

  • Spider plants     spider plant
  • Boston ferns     Boston Fren
  • Rubber tree plant    rubber-plant
  • Palm trees            Plam tree

By bringing in outdoors with plants this helps lowers your stress level. That is why it is ideal to place plants in offices and healthcare environments.

  1. Feng Shui – Philosophy in Feng Shui spring season is for new beings, growth, and expansion. Plants are used to represent the season of energy.

The following are some of the plants used for this season.

  • Pothos          pothos-potted-plant
  • Orchard                    potted-orchid-plant-blooming-plant-PL00909.425
  • Lucky Bamboo       lucky baboo

Plants with a purpose

  1. Herbs – Herbs plants are a wonderful way to add greenery with a purpose for cooking. They can be grown on a window sill and add flavor to your cooking, and provide a delicious aroma.

Hyacinth

Don’t forget to try a blooming plant, for example a tulip, daffodils, or a hyacinth. This is a great time of year to pick up a bulb plant with vibrant colors and appealing smells.

Finally any plant will make a pleasant gift for any occasion. You can never go wrong with a plant in any space in your home of work places. By adding a plant you add a lot to your health and interior décor.

01Mar 2017

Digital Interior Design

Digital Interior Design

Digital Interior Design

Creative Spaces & Designs is happy to offer e-Design to all our clients.

What is e-Design? A e-Design is service provided by Creative Spaces & Designs which is ideal for the client that does not have time to work with a designer but needs help from a professional designer for inspiration. The perfect solution for the DIY with all the needed tools to guide you down the path of Interior design.

With a one time flat fee per room you will receive a design package, complete with all you will need to personalize your spaces. The package will fit for your budget and allows you to accomplish a well design space in your timeline.

This service is available cross the US and abroad.

Creative Spaces & Design has 5 packages to select from. Just pick the one that best fits your needs now.

Let’s Talk: Grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk.

 

Now is the time for Q&A with the designer. You will be working with a professional designer that will give you valuable advice for 1 hour.

 

Let’s have a second cup:  A 1hour in home evaluation Q&A again you will be working with a professional designer to answer your design dilemmas.

I’ve found that most of my clients prefer this package to start with because it gives me a better scope of your design needs and wants and allows me to have better understanding of your spaces.

Let’s Move on: This is for the client that don’t have time to work with a designer but needs help from a designer. A complete room make over.

What’s in the e-Design package

You will receive the following

 

  1. Floor Plan with Furnishings
  2. 2-Style Board
  3. 3D rendering
  4. Paint Color Selection
  5. Product Listing

 

Let’s Get Cooking: Have you been fantasizing about your ideal Kitchen? This package is a custom kitchen design. If you are building or renovating, your kitchen this will make you want to cook all the time. A good functional kitchen makes life so much easier and fun to be in.

Refresh Your Space: Designer for the day is a great way to update your home with what you have already. It’s a budget friendly way to give your spaces a new fresh look.

I will come in to your home then work with what you already have. I will steal from other rooms for furniture and accessories. Move furniture with my team if needed.

This is a 6-hour revamp working section.

To find more information go to Creative Spaces & Design website http://grcreativespaces.com/design-packages/

joy@grcreativespaces.com

01Feb 2017
Design Intervention

Lake House Living room with a view

Lake House Living room with a view

Accessories lake house

Accessories Lake house

A few years ago, I was working at a furniture store as in-house interior designer.

Two ladies came in the store they were siblings. “They were just looking.” After having a casual conversation, I gathered some more information as to what they were looking for.

One sister proceeds to tell me, “My sister she needs Design Intervention” of course a laugh came afterwards.  She purchased a house on the lake three years ago, and never did anything she only has what was left at the house and that includes two green leather swivel chairs, kitchen table, couple wooden of barstools, and a white bed

Barstools

New Barstools

My new client Sue “I just don’t know where to start? “I go there to get away on the weekends and I have friends come over and watch movies and just hang out at the lake during the summer, I love the place but just don’t know where to start” one of the first questions I asked was “so you have the 2 green chairs and where does the other people sit?” The sister ” we sit on the floor and drink wine and we are too old for that. ” First clue? More seating is needed.

After getting more understanding of the “Just looking answer and really knowing that she needed to make her a weekend retreat her sanctuary with new furnishings, paint, window treatments, and make it comfortable just not for her but for her guests.

We began our design intervention with the in-home evaluation of her lake house.

I love to have my clients answers a few questions so I understand what they like and dislike, what their budget is, and what style they would like to go with. Sometimes my clients really don’t know what to answer because they may not have a style or a budget in mind because, they don’t know what prices are or they might not know what would work in their space.

Hand Rendering Lake house

Hand Rendering Lake house

After a couple of weeks, I had my clients come back in to the store. I did a presentation with her. I called the project the Casual Elegance Lake House. This included a floor plan, fabric samples, window treatments, wallpaper, and floor covering.

Lake house Swivel Chairs
Lake house Swivel Chairs  shell lamp
Sofa lake house

Sofa lake house

Lake house Dining Room

Lake house Dining Room

Like many of my clients they don’t do a whole house at one time. We choose to do a room at a time. This took approximately about six months to complete, once it was finished my client was thrilled she finally felt her lake house was her sanctuary. Elegant, but casual enough to sit, relax, or hang out at the lake and enjoy movies with her friends.

2pc. Sectional for movie watching

2pc. Sectional for movie watching

Design Intervention success.

Do you need a Design Intervention? Email me joy@grcreativespaces.com and tell me what is your Intervention you need.

www.grcreativespaces.com

02Jan 2017

Top Trend for 2017

It’s a throwback to the 90’s. Yes we’re Ice Ice Baby again. In fashion and home decor. How, you ask? If you look at what’s happening in fashion today, it’s reflecting on interiors.

1, Velvet 

The velvet baby doll dress and chokers that we wore in the 90’s are now in fashion again and anything velvet in home decor. You see this with upholstery furniture, beautiful throw pillows, and lush window treatments.

Velvet chair

velvet-pillows

Photo via: Pinterest

2, Jewel tones

Jewel tones are rich in color and have depth.

When I first started my career in design, I was working at Ethan Allen as a designer in the mid 90’s Ethan Allen had a collection of fabrics that were in jewel tones. The fabrics had a repeating color of Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst, Rubies, and gold. They had coordinating patterns a damask, stripes, and plaid. This was a sophisticated bold aesthetics.

Now these colors are being seen in residential designs. By way of vibrant wall colors and rich velvet upholstery.

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photo via: Sherwin Williams paint

 

Benjamin Moore color of the year 2017

Benjamin Moore color of the year 2017

via: Benjamin Moore Shadow 2117-30

 I’m currently repainting an accent wall in a dark blue Sherman Williams paint color name Jay Blue.
SW6797 Jay Blue

SW6797 Jay Blue

I feel you’ll see this trend developing more in late 2017 or in 2018.

 

3, Gold

The final trend gold or back in the days we used to call it brass. Today’s gold is more modern and not the ornate brass from the 90’s.

windborn-studio-hardware

Photo via: Windborn Studios www,windbornstudios,net

 

Gold accessories

Gold accessories

What these three trends have in common are modern, sophisticated, and luxury. They display a more mature style.

 

If you’re looking for that luxury design, we can create that for you at Creative Spaces and Designs.

email me joy@grcreativespaces.com

13Jul 2016

Re-purpose With Reclaimed Lumber

Bar Barn Doors

Bar Barn Doors

A few years ago, I designed furniture and kitchen cabinetry from reclaimed barn wood for a local company.  It has become very poplar to use reclaimed lumber for home décor and furniture.  This is a one-of-kind design because each piece of lumber has its own fingerprint with grain and colors.

The use of reclaimed lumber in residential or commercial spaces is aesthetically pleasing to add dimension, warmth, and texture. You can add a little bit of history to your space from a 100 year old piece of timber that is a hand hewn beam for your next fireplace mantel.

Sun Burst Mirror, TV Unit, Mantel

Sun Burst Mirror, TV Unit, Mantel

 

Some of the characteristics of reclaimed lumber are splitting, cracking, bowing, and expanding and contracting. Older timber from barns or old building materials from 75-100 years ago are strong because they have age without today pollutions.

Cocktail Table

Cocktail Table

When working with reclaim lumber you want to make sure that the following steps are taken.

  • Fully clean the wood of debris (mold, dirt, and  poop from barnwood) yes you can find 50year old poo on barnwood and make sure you clean in a well ventilated area.
  • Sand it well so you won’t get slivers. A wire brush or a plainer works well.
  • Make sure you seal the wood for furniture and cabinets because the wood is very porous. Use a water base polyurethane sealer. Wood oil is also a good option too.

 

For your next design project think about using some reclaimed lumber wood to clad a wall or design a custom pieces of furniture.

Let us design a one-of –kind of furnishing for you at Creative Spaces & Designs

http://grcreativespaces.com/contact/   info@grcreativespaces.com

14Jun 2016

Staging Your Home For A Quick Sale

How can you make your home stand out during the busiest time of year for real estate? By staging it to sell.

Home staging is preparing a residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for top asking price. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming and attractive home.

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9A60FFC0-CE31-4963-8559-1061D805342CPhotos By Elise Kutt  www.modbettie.com

First impressions are very important in selling your home. That’s why home staging is so essential to make that first impression a good and lasting one for anyone who enters your home or view it on line. Currently 90% of all real estate is seen on line before potential buyers will step in to any home.

Home staging can reduce a listing’s time on the market by one third to half, and could fetch as much as 6% to 20% more than a non- staged.

According to National Association of Realtors

Most important rooms to be staged:

 Rank of Importance: Room

1 Living Room

2 Kitchen

3 Master Bedroom

4 Dining Room

5 Bathroom

6 Children’s Bedroom

7 Guest Bedroom

Home staging is not a major remodeling project at all. In many cases it involves just rearranging furniture, decluttering, and cleaning.  Priority is space planning.  This is important because you want to show the scale of the room, function of the space, and help the future owner to visualize them self-living there. Remember the goal is to sell the home.

If you would like a Free check list for your home to sell quickly please contact us.    info@grcreativespaces.com

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