Balboa Island Residence Great Room
Balboa Island Residence Great Room

 

by Greg Geilman for BWID

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Bedroom Tips: Accessorizing the Minimalist Way

For 2018, minimalism is expected to remain a hot trend in interior design. Even though many people are going for brighter color schemes and floral accents, Houzz editor Mitchell Parker said that homeowners still want simplicity when it comes to their bedrooms. He noted that neutral color palettes and simple furniture pieces will still be popular when it comes to bedroom decor. A major reason for this is because the aesthetic has been known to help cultivate sleep and relaxation. Certain elements of the design are noted to have soothing psychological benefits for the occupants, so in this article we will show the connection between minimalist design and how the trend can also improve sleep qua...

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Beth Whitlinger Interior Design of Foothill Ranch
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Orange County, CA January 17, 2018 – Beth Whitlinger Interior Design, Inc. of Foothill Ranch, California has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 24-year old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer ...

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By Beth Whitlinger, ASID, CID

Home accessories can make all the difference in making a home look finished and pulled together. Accessories add scale, balance and proportion and complete the look of a room, just like fashion accessories do with an outfit. Layering accessories of different texture and structure create a cohesive force in the room and help draw people into the space.

Like a scarf completes an outfit by tying disparate colors together, pillows, area rugs and artwork can marry a color palette, bringing the colors together into a cohesive, flowing aesthetic. For example, when using two very different colors such as gray and yellow, accessories can tie them together to make the room look complete.

A touch of the unexpected in acc...

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How to Choose Your Unique “Perfect” Interior Designer

By Beth Whitlinger, ASID, CID

“Perfect” is defined as having all the required or desirable elements, qualities or characteristics and being as good as it is possible to be. In choosing the “perfect” interior designer, “perfect” is subjective to what each person thinks is perfect. Here is a guideline of the essentials to define your unique “perfect” designer.

Personality

Your perfect designer is calm, methodical and process-oriented and will work through challenges in a proactive way, delivering a drama-free experience. While it’s always somewhat stressful to have your home under construction, having a flexible and organized...

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by Beth Whitlinger, ASID, CID

Making your home festive for the holidays should be an enjoyable task, but it can be a challenge to make it tasteful and fit into your home’s interior style. Here are some tips to ensure a festive yet tasteful decorating theme for your holiday home.

1. Bring in a sense of mountain fir trees by using greenery on your mantles, bannisters and alcoves. Weave in pine cones, sprigs of faux berries, ornaments and bows. Choose organic items that look as if they might have been found in the woods.

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2. Make your holiday décor match the color, theme and style of the room. For example, if the room is transitional style in warm taupes and blues, use those colors in your holiday decorating. Extend the color sch...

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(excerpted from the 10/8/17 blog by Pam Danziger of Unity Marketing)

Ask shoppers what they want and you’ll find they want it all — good quality products, wide selection, low prices — and they want it all now. Consumers are driving the demand for instant gratification, so much so that we are becoming an instant gratification society. Digital marketer Neil Patel says, “Instant gratification is the desire to experience pleasure or fulfillment without delay or deferment. Basically, it’s when you want it; and you want it now.”

In consumers’ quest for “instant gratification” there are two components: the “Instant” now and the “Gratification” from pleasure and fulfillm...

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by Kelsey Leslie

Once your home renovations are complete and you have added new furniture pieces, it's time for accessories. Introducing artwork, lighting, decorative pillows, plants or sculptures gives your space personality and adds texture. Note the term personality; this is one of the most important things about accessorizing a space. It is the jewelry of your home!

You want to incorporate pieces that are significant to you and are a reflection of yourself. Refrain from using accessories just to fill up space on a console or on a wall. Each piece should be one that sparks joy and adds meaning to your life.

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Room by BWID/Photo by Meghan Beirle-O'Brien

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by Jen Common

Outdoor kitchens and dining areas can be a great addition to your backyard!

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By designing a unique exterior space, not only will you be able to enjoy it year round, but you are providing yourself with a great space to entertain guests. To create a focal point, start by orienting as many rooms as possible to your outdoor living space. Encompassing an outdoor kitchen, dining, and lounge area with a cohesive design can bring your backyard to life.

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Whether you prefer built-in or freestanding appliances in your outdoor kitchen, you can select from several specialty options. Grills, cook tops, smokers, sleek storage and cabinetry, as well as refrigerators, sinks, and island workstations... The choices are endless. Impress your guests with fixtures and finishes, such as wood beams, stone, or terra-cotta pavers, which compliment your home’s design and atmosphere while connecting to nature.

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With summer approaching, creating a distinct outdoor living space will definitely make your backyard stand out from your neighbors. Call BWID today to start designing your outdoor space.

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by Alex Cordier for BWID

Having a spare room to play around with is an interior designer’s dream. Whether an extra office space sounds ideal, you’re hankering for a cozy T.V. room, or the prospect of a personal library gets you excited, a spare room can in most cases be made into a truly value-added part of your home. We understand that it’s easy to get a touch overwhelmed by your own ideas and plans, so we’ve compiled a list of spare room ideas for your inspiration.

A Book Lover’s Haven

It doesn’t matter if you’re a young homeowner or a parent, converting your spare room into a small library is a wonderful way to bring some culture and quiet into the home. Even better, a library can turn a dull room into a remarkably aes...

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