Home Décor

Style Trends: Home for the Holidays

As the nights get chilly and the days fall below 80 degrees, we know another mild-weathered SoCal fall has arrived. This season ushers in the parade of holiday dinners and festivities—and the time to pick and color-coordinate the palette of your fall table is now. This year, I’m taking an “organic chic” angle, utilizing silvery […]

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Experience the Magic of Christmas Right Here in L.A.

More than ever before, the magic of Christmas is a welcome relief. If you didn’t already know about the full-blown winter wonderland right there in Los Angeles, then…

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Decorating in White

Nothing creates a blank slate better than white. This year, many homeowners are choosing white for everything from walls to furniture. White is timeless. It can also take time to clean. Only you can decide whether the plusses outweigh any concerns. Fresh lookWhite walls work well as a canvas for colorful, dynamic views. Choose the […]

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Declutter Your House

Whether you’re planning to sell your treasured home or simply looking to create a more livable nest, fall marks the perfect time to organize and declutter. As days grow shorter, hours spent inside expand. Get rid of items you never or barely use to make room for better things to come. It took a while […]

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3 Fs: Fashion, Fixtures, and Food

As the world begins to open up again, people are eager to get out and visit new places. This summer was the perfect time to visit Europe. I was on a mission to find new ideas, inspirations, and patterns for my designs. My first stop was London and the Victoria and Albert Museum with its […]

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Style Trends: Beauty From the Inside Out

A life with less stress shows on the outside. That’s why designing a home is about both aesthetics and lifestyle. The primary bedroom and bathroom—the home’s two most intimate and personal spaces—need to be a refuge. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our health and our beauty. For this reason, my main […]

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Studio 9

Helping You Fall in Love With Your Home All Over Again We all spend a lot of time in our homes. If you’re contemplating a remodel or complete do-over, consider Raquel Contreras and Studio 9. The accomplished designer launched her full-service, luxury residential interior design firm in Los Angeles in 2012 and continues to design […]

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Transform Your Yard

Water equals life. Nothing could be more sustaining in our dry, desert-like SoCal climate than lush water features around our homes. The shushing sound of running water relaxes the body and mind. Negative ions produced from the splashing freshens the air and enhances mood. According to feng shui experts, a flowing fountain also increases prosperity […]

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Style Trends: Bringing SEXY Back to the Kitchen

The rise in popularity of pop-art and logo branding have impacted our choices as consumers—from clothes to art to home. A preference for bold colors and masculine influences is in. From racing red’s iconic status as the classic color choice of Ferrari, it sees a new resurgence in the home. Moving from the garage to […]

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Light Up Your Life

There’s nothing like huddling together beside a cozy fireplace or fire pit during a moonlit SoCal night. Whatever the weather, fire features bring out the romantic in everyone. Whether warming body and soul on a cool winter’s eve or simply adding a touch of class to any outdoor gathering, backyard fire features are still one […]

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Luxury Design With You In Mind: Studio 9

Led by renowned Los Angeles interior designer Raquel Contreras, STUDIO 9 invites you to reimagine your interiors this year. Offering full-service, luxury interior design and contemporary single-room, kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor living area remodeling, STUDIO 9 caters to your lifestyle and individual style preferences while always taking into account architectural requirements and sustainability practices. The […]

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Inspired Closets Creates Space for Everything

Inspired Closets CEO Jim Delany discovered his passion for home design at a young age and found a creative home at Inspired Closets’ Warner Center showroom, where he and his staff help bring their clients’ dreams to life through custom organization solutions. “One of the greatest things about the L.A. area is its architectural variety,” […]

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