Street of Dreams Project

Welcome to my blog.  I hope you enjoy the stories of some of the decorating projects I completed. A kind of blueprint to decorating interiors.

st of Dreams #1This is the house I designed the interiors for called “Street of Dreams”. This was one of 6 homes each built by a different builder in Poway , California, in San Diego County. Our house had 6400 square feet of living space. It was new construction with white walls and columns unfinished. The 6 homes and builders  were in competition for prizes in various catagories. Continue Reading →

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Before and After: Custom Window Arch

I made these 3 custom frames for the tight bay arch treatment. This was very tricky. We had to fit the frame first (it took me and my installer several tries) before we could take the frames to the workroom to cover them as the client and I wanted.

Before:

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After:

The finished look was very beautiful with cord and tassel ties.

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Before and After: Valances Makeover

This client wanted a new color makeover. The valances were hung too low, walls were white and the room had no personality.

 Before:     

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After: We selected a rich caramel color for the walls and high ceilings. I added tall panels with attached printed valances in rich golds, reds, and greens, with deep fringe,and color popping pillows. My clients are thrilled

valances-after

 

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Before and After: Roberts Job

Mrs. Roberts wanted a total bedroom makeover. She liked country and primitive looks.

Before: (Click for larger view)

After: (Click for larger view)

We selected a silver blue for the walls from the drapery print, rearranged the furniture, added a bed frame, shams, a fuzzy navy throw, shelves, lamps. She loves her bedroom now.

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Before and After: Vander Job

The Vander Job: Before

My client wanted to recolor her home. She was tired of white.  I put together some fabric samples as shown, and my client agreed to the color combination.

The Vander Job: After

We chose a rich butter paint and a deeper gold for accents. The drapery panels were a plaid in a combination of golds and browns. The color scheme started with beautiful egret in the reeds print. We used red accents. The feeling is warm and inviting, emphasizing the arched architecture and beamed ceiling.

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Hire an Interior Designer, Please!

I am working with clients who are furnishing their 1500 sq. ft. guest house. The architect showed the door out to the patio swinging in. When I drew up the furniture floor plan, I saw that the swing of the door took up much needed space in the family room.

I suggested that the door swing out with safety hinges installed freeing up precious space. The builder had already installed the door according to the plan. The change would add considerable costs and so my owners decided against it. Instead, now, they have to settle for smaller furniture, and a less convienient floor plan. Hire an Interior Designer for several hundred dollars early on and save your self heartache. Joan Deddo of DazzlingInterioDesign.com

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Color consultation

feature-image2So many of my decorating appointments are about coloring the rooms my clients want to change. I find that most clients are afraid of color! Color in fabrics they can use, color of their walls and ceiling and trim and furniture.

It is such a joy when I visit a client and their mind is open to colors other than neutrals. We both have a lot of fun. Colors and textures make their rooms so much more interesting to themselves and to their visitors.

When we look outdoors at our landscapes, we all enjoy the flowers, green bushes and trees, sky, clouds, sunsets, the shapes and textures of all of  those things and more. Why do so many people fear bringing those wonderful visual treats into their homes?

All the artistic shapes in the printed fabrics are perfect to wrap a color scheme around, using the colors in the prints you love then is perfect. When you try to pick colors out of thin air, that is where the confusion comes in and so neutral is what you end up with out of fear to fully express yourself and not executing a color plan.

I create color plans to make it easy to select exciting, fabulous interiors. My new e-book is an example and should be purchased now.  Joan Deddo  from www.DazzlingInteriorDesign.com

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This is the home I decorated for the wedding

wedding2My clients in southern california were planning their wedding at their 2000 sq. ft. newly built home. I arrived at the address on a warm saturday only to find packing boxes and too much “his”  and “hers” furniture piled up in the living  and family room.

The groom was gone on a 10 day fishing trip he planned long ago. After talking to the bride to be, I removed my  jacket, rolled up my sleeves and said “we have no time to waste!” The wedding was scheduled to take place in the living room here in 30 days!

She and I moved boxes and rearranged furniture to fit into nice easy conversation groupings. (compelling guests to come in and sit down, very important) Many of the extra furniture pieces were removed to the garage for donation.

I had to decide on a color scheme right away. Continue Reading →

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Decorating with color paint

Hi  everyone. I am giving you a tip about coloring/painting  your walls and ceilings. When shopping for paint colors, always ask to see a color fan deck. Most companies have them, you just have to ask.

color-fan-deck

If you want to vary color from one area to the next in your home or office, fan out the color deck and pick colors horizontally across all the pages the same distance from the top light edges down to your color. That way the tint, tone, or shade is the same intensity and your home’s colors flow from one room to the other without being abrupt and choppy.

Don’t pick a very dark color in one room and a light color in the adjoining room. The home’s rooms feels choppy and unprofessional.    Joan from DazzlingInteriorDesign.com

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