Roderick’s Tips


Newport Beach Interior Design with Books A book is one of life’s simple pleasures, even after being read it still has many uses. Books add a layer of personality to any setting. – If a book has great interior pages, display the book open. You can display it open flat or better yet put it on a small easel. -Use books to elevate something.  A stack of three might give some extra stature to a clock or a set of candle-holders. – Stack books on your coffee table. They make a space feel inviting. Use picture books. You and your guests will enjoy looking at them more than if they are just stacked on a book shelf! – Organize the books by color to harmonize with your color scheme. – When arranging books on a shelf don’t forget to include other pieces in with the arrangement:  Antiques, photos, lamps, collectibles,...

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Newport Beach Bathroom Decorating Tips: Toilet Rugs These crazy items are to cut to fit around the base of a toilet and sometimes have a matching carpet like seat cover. They are disgusting for obvious reasons. A lot of people like them because they don’t want their feet on a cold floor. Rods tip! Instead go for a regular rectangular- shaped rug away from the base of the toilet, or just wear...

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Newport Beach Interior Design Tips for Spring   SWITCH PLATE COVERS- Replace your ugly plastic switch plate covers with something decorative. For only a few dollars you can add some charming detail to your room. You can pick plates by theme. Kid’s room motifs, traditional,contemporary etc. Switch plates come in metals, wood and printed patterns. Most hardware or home stores have an entire section dedicated to switch plates PAINT- Paint gives your home big impact for the money. Consider using fun colors like celery green or a tangerine orange. Not only are they great Spring colors but they also happen to be contemporary paint choices. Don’t want to repaint a whole room? Paint one accent wall in a new color. For instance your fireplace wall, a wall with a big window or the wall around your front door! AREA RUGS- Use a bold, attractive area rug under your dining room table, in the foyer or to define a seating area in your living room. It is ok to have an area rug on top of wall to wall carpet. Most people make the mistake of buying a rug that is too small; If in doubt go the next size bigger. LIGHTING- Install dimmers. Dimmers when used in place of a standard switch can customize the light for any occasion. SMELL- place some lavender in a bowl near your front door. The smell will be welcoming your guests as they...

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Newport Beach Interior Design:  Home décor can affect allergies Your home should be a safe haven. Eliminating carpet and wallpaper will go long way to getting rid of dust mites.   The floors should be hard such as tile, travertine or wood. Carpets, unfortunately, attract dust mites which become airborne when you walk on the carpet. Not to mention the amount of dirt you eliminate from your home. Have you ever looked at the cleaning machine water, after having your carpets cleaned! If having all hard flooring seems unlivable add some area rugs which can be removed and cleaned on a regular basis. The area rugs can also add a nice infusion of color into the room, not to mention making the space feel “homey” and comfortable underfoot.   If your allergies are not bad you still need to vacuum regularly- and that does not mean just once a week. Vacuuming should be done at least three times week to keep dust mites in check. Some manufactures suggest vacuuming daily. Don’t forget to get under the furniture.   Dust accumulates on walls so wipe them down regularly. Next time you paint use paint with an “eggshell” finish instead of “flat”. The slight gloss wipes down easily. Fingerprint and dirt don’t stick to this paint as well. Leather furniture is ideal for those with allergies. If you have upholstered furniture vacuum the furniture regularly. ROD’s TIP ! If you buy a new  rug or paint a wall etc and it has it’s version of “new car smell” what you are smelling is probably the item “off gassing”. You can be affected by this in the long or short term. If you smell it, open windows until the smell is gone.   If all else fails keep the tissues...

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Newport Beach Interior Design: Kitchen Makeover Tips! Color: Add a colorful rug runner the length of the kitchen. TIP! Use an outdoor rug. They are available in many colors and patterns that withstand spills and wear. Adding a runner rug is a great way to add contract, color, and personality. Lighting: Warm well placed light is important in a kitchen. Replace the cold Blue light of your fluorescent fixtures with can lights. Use LED bulbs for energy savings. Or when using traditional can flood lights simply put them on a dimmer. TIP! Add table lamps on either side of a long counter. The lamps will cast a warm glow and add ambiance. Art: If you have a galley style kitchen, hanging a large work of art on the far wall will create a focal point and draw you into the space TIP! For more visual impact try grouping 6 framed pieces of the same size together instead of 1 large piece. This will make the kitchen feel bigger and add...

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