Monday, December 28, 2009

Playing it up with Paint


"With a neutral palette you can bring any color in as an accent." The walls in master bedroom are painted with Restoration Hardware, Latte.  The arch is highlighted with slightly darker color.  This ads visual interest to the arch!


The rotunda (building or room with a dome) seen below in this Dos Vientos home,  was free hand painted around the front door.  Paint is a great inexpensive way to decorate!


This beautiful handwriting was painted with a stencil, above kitchen door. Who would have thunk ???





Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ceiling Impact


See below this recessed ceiling adds maximum drama.  Ceiling tins purchased on the net. I had them stained and antiqued!  Puck lights highlight the custom oversized 12’ dark walnut dining table below.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Window Treatments


In this home I was hired for a drapery consultation. Seen below I created this unique curtain rod.  A scrolled iron piece was attached,  over an existing curtain rod, using hidden zippy ties,   giving this ordinary drapery rod a custom look.  It’s framed with a dummy panel on each side.  If you aren't familiar with dummy panels,  they are stationary and don’t open or close.  This gives a private window a spacious open feeling.


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Drapery hardware installed on the CEILING to emphasize the room’s height.   The hardware is available online only.  I've looked for it in retail stores . . . . to no avail.

The sliding glass door is flanked with two neutral dummy panels.



Custom Valance below from Calico Corners. Is lined inside the pleats with the same fabric for a more cohesive look.  Notice how the valance ends directly against the kitchen cabinets.  This is a Very custom look!


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This darling roman shade finishes off the side door leading out to the side of home.


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This custom cornice repeats the arch design,   above the vanity in this charming master bath.  I just love it !!!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Furniture Grouping



This depicts an ideal conversation grouping, that also faces the fireplace and outdoor view, while maintaining a wide open welcoming entry into the area.  Note the large scale of the coffee table.  My client and I purchased the dramatic mirror, which was actually our starting point, at Decore Store in Westlake Village, CA. The chairs feature a unique paisley pattern.  The slipcovered sofa and chairs are from Reeds Furniture, the large area rug grounds the space.  The torn leaf palms provide a light and airy accent and create warmth and needed height in this 10 ft ceiling room.  Note there are five fabric patterns in this room with an unexpected punch provided by the geometric pattern on the pillows.  




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This neutral pallet master bedroom is unique.  The two long narrow windows seem to frame the king size four poster bed, bedspread and pillows add texture. A  large rug with a beautiful subtle pattern  really grounds the space. Lights placed above the window treatments highlight the fabric .







Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Meet the designer

The old saying, “it’s in the blood,” sure applies to me.  My mom (who lives to redo) tells me I was no more than three years old when she gave me a dollhouse.  Some of the rooms were painted on the walls as were the curtains, etc.  No problem, I re-painted the walls with my watercolor paint set, and cut and pasted scraps of fabric for the curtains, etc.  Now on to the furniture, which I made out of cardboard and endlessly rearranged. 

   Laurie Blaswich is the visionary behind the Ventura County based Bella Inspirations – a design consulting business with sensible home makeovers.  Some of my projects include a casual beach house in Ventura Keys CA, furniture placement from an itsy first home to an expansive  custom  home in North Ranch CA.   

   Along the way, I have been assisted by my loyal, loving husband, Robert.  From our first apartment to the countless homes my husband and I have rehabbed/decorated, his comment is always, “Are we done yet?”  Of course, we are NEVER done!   

  Contact me directly if you would like to discuss your specific project.