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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 2/26/2017

It's probably safe to assume that at some point in our lives we have looked at a room in a magazine and wished our own home could look just like that. Unlike magazines, however, we don’t have the luxury of having a professional design team putting in hours of their time to make each room on our house look perfectly put together. However, we still find ourselves wishing ours could look just a little bit more polished like the ones in the glossy pages lining drugstore shelves. Below are some tips you can use to add a designer’s touch to your own home without having to hire one: Three's a charm - choose three colors and/or shades you will use throughout the room. You will want one as your main color, one as an accent and another for a minor accent. If you tend to be drawn to all warm or cool shades, use the opposite tone as an accent color to restore balance to your color palette. Texture - mixing up textures will add more depth and visual interest to your room. Fur, tufting, velvet, tile and wood-grain and wainscotting are all classic ways to add texture to a room Balance - strike a balance within your room by mixing large and small or bulky and delicate furniture together. By mixing pieces with varying structures your room will feel less cookie cutter and more curated. It's all in the details - bowls, baskets, and trays throughout a room add a thoughtful touch while offering alternative storage. Added bonus: this is also a great way to add more texture to a room. Get artsy - adding unique artwork to a room adds the professional touch you are looking for. This can easily be done at home and even a project that can be done with children. All you need is some paint and a few canvases to paint abstract shapes on to. Everything in its place - avoid clutter taking over counters by giving everything a dedicated place. Homes in magazines spreads have the upper hand in that they are not actually lived in. Having a day of the week where you go through your home to ensure everything is either in its assigned place or given one will guarantee a neater, tidier home over time. The finishing touch - fresh-cut flowers add that certain something to a room. You are sure to find them in any given room found in the pages of a magazine. If your room seems to be missing something and you can't quite put your finger on it, a floral bouquet is probably the finishing touch you're looking for. While a perfect home can't be guaranteed, after all, we live in the real world and not one curated for a photo shoot, there are steps you can take to replicate those found in the glossy pages of magazines. Whether you switch up your furniture pieces to include a variety of shapes or add a DIY abstract painting you can easily add a designer touch to your own home!




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 2/5/2017

Once you have moved into a new home the first thing you might want to do is paint the walls. After the paint dries, however, you’re left with bare walls. You’ll need to find some great pieces to fill up that wall space. You don’t want to choose just anything to hang on your walls. Here’s some tips to help you find the perfect artwork for your home. 



Find What You Love


You shouldn’t base your art purchases solely on value. If you like something and it inspires you, you should buy it! Anything that you will enjoy looking at in your home each day should be a part of it.  


There’s More Than One Kind Of Art


You don’t need to fill wall space with all pictures or paintings. You can choose from a variety of types of artwork. From sculptures to photographs to canvas art, by using a variety of pieces, you’ll add layers of depth to every room of your home.


Shop Around


There’s so many places to buy art. From local shops and vendors to wider selections in common retail stores, there’s plenty of art to choose from. Find pieces to help you express yourself and keep good vibes flowing throughout your home. 


Find The Right Size


You’ll need to measure the dimensions of your walls and bring a photo of the room you’re trying to decorate with you to the art stores. This will make it easier to help you envision what the art will look like in your home.  


Keyword: Focal Point


The most important thing to determine in decorating any room is to find the focal point. You will either need to find a central piece for the room, or find some pieces to complement what’s already there. The design elements of the room need to be spaced accordingly in order to help you avoid a cluttered room.  


What’s Your Color Scheme? 


You may want to choose your art based on its “wow” factor. Everything has a color within a room, and this will be one element in choosing your artwork as well. You’ll need to think of everything from the wall color to the throw pillows. Art that is within the same shades of the room can work well, but sometimes you need something that gives the room a bit more “pop.” 


What’s In The Picture?


You don’t want to buy a picture of a palm tree if the room has a country theme! Consider the theme and mood of a piece of art in order to have it complement your room.


Most of all, shopping for art should be fun! Find pieces you love. You can even use what you already have. As long as it inspires you and won’t add clutter, you should keep the art in your home.  





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 12/11/2016

Bookshelves are typically placed in studies or in the home office. While we live in a technology saturated world, books are still a staple for learning. They’re classic items that will stand the test of time. Bookcases are also versatile pieces of furniture. Books can also be incorporated into your decor really easily. The bookshelf is a place where items are often moved to be used. This can cause unwanted clutter. These tips will help you bring your decor and your organization to a whole other level in rooms where bookshelves reside. As a bonus, your bookshelf will stay organized! Make Use Of File Holders File holders work wonders for keeping magazines and loose articles organized. It’s a great way to keep these items contained and easy to access. This is also the perfect way to hide the clutter of loose papers and items that won’t fit perfectly together. Use Creative Containers For Office Supplies Use glass containers to keep paperclips, pens and post-its organized in your home office. This tactic reduces clutter and seconds as decor. You can even use mugs, vases, or other types of containers for the purpose of holding these items. Use containers that suit your style. Scrapbook Paper Can Add Color To Shelves Scrapbook paper is fairly inexpensive. You can use it to back the shelves of your bookcase in order to add splashes of color to the office or study. Just secure matching sheets of the scrapbook paper to the wall of the bookshelf and voila, you have transformed your bookshelf to a world of color. Display Collections Amidst Books If you’re a collector, spread the collection throughout the shelves of the bookcase. This will add a personal, artistic touch to the shelving and allow you to creatively display your prized possessions at the same time. Color Code Books You can make your bookshelf even more fun by color coding your books. When you walk into the room, the bookshelf will appear as a perfect rainbow of color. This is a fun, eclectic way to organize your books. Feature Your Art On the Bookshelf There are no rules when it comes to arranging your bookshelf. You can certainly hang or display works of art in and on the shelves themselves. Think of hanging a small picture from the front of the unit, or use one shelf to display standing portraits. There’s so much that can done with a simple bookshelf and some books to make it your own. The places around your home that you express yourself is what gives your home character. While a bookshelf may seem like a boring piece of furniture that is to be used for one purpose, you can see that this isn’t true. You can really do anything that you can imagine with your bookshelf and its contents.