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Easing back to Normal

  OVOLO believes in providing our clients with a personalized and custom design solution that is just right for them. Instead of imposing our style upon our clients, we listen and respond to our client’s needs, personality, tastes, styles, and way of life. Our clients are trusted partners in the design process, and without this partnership, it would be impossible to create such a personalized and custom design.   As of June 15th of 2021, California has re-opened the economy and lifted most restrictions that were previously in place for the last year or more. Santa Clara County, where OVOLO is based, has similarly lifted many restrictions. It appears that we are slowly easing our way back to normal. In this light, here’s how it affects our company, our clients, our future clients, our professional affiliates, and our community. Our staff is fully vaccinated. In other words, it has been at least two weeks since our staff has received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. We will no longer re
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Moving Forward

  Santa Clara County has moved into the Yellow Tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy as of May 19, 2021 . While this is welcome news for our state and county as a whole, it does not change much in terms of our operating procedures at OVOLO Interiors. We continue to follow our state and local guidelines, guidance, and requirements which include the mandatory use of face coverings when meeting with clients or other persons, other COVID-19 prevention measures such as maintaining physical distance when possible, regularly sanitizing hands and tools, and encouraging virtual meetings when possible. Following these measures ensures the safety, health, and well-being of our company, clients, and community at large. Our staff has also received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine and we encourage everyone to receive their vaccinations as well. Note that the state and local guidelines, guidance, and requirements do not allow for the removal of face coverings while performing the desi

Hopeful and Optimistic

Just as flowers come forth from the earth, grow, and unfurl in the bright sunshine of spring, the news of falling case numbers, increased vaccines, and more has us hopeful and optimistic. Yes, we are indeed hopeful and optimistic about the end of the pandemic later this year and we are looking forward to that great day Unfortunately, there is still some time before that where we must keep up our vigilance and due diligence to help slow the spread of the virus and end the pandemic. To that end, we here at OVOLO are continuing to follow local, state, and federal guidance and taking our safety protocols seriously so that we can ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our company, clients, and community at large. From paint color selections, to choosing new furniture, to room designs, to kitchen and bathroom remodels, we're here and ready to help you on any of your design related projects. We are continuing to meet virtually whenever possible. However, we know that it is not possi

Express Your Personality Through Design

We have a new "Spotlight" story on our Houzz profile. In it, you'll read a bit about how OVOLO started and how to make your house into a home by expressing your personality through design. A home is a place that should tell your story, be full of joyful memories and moments, and make you happy. See specific tips by scrolling through the photos below, but don't forget to click on the link to read all of the details.  Pro Spotlight: How to Express Your Personality Through Design

How is Your Zoom Background?

There was an article on NPR that discussed a Twitter account that has been rating celebrity and politician room backgrounds on Zoom and other videoconferencing services.  So what does it take to be highly rated? See if you can spot some common themes in these highly rated rooms below (and the one above) which scored at least 7 out of 10 points. Did you spot some common themes? Here are our thoughts on those themes for a great background:  Good forward facing lighting so the person isn't in shadow. Artwork on the walls Greenery such as plants, flowers, etc Relative simplicity without too many distractions Cabinetry and/or bookshelves Some of these rooms could still be improved by turning on the accent lighting in the backgrounds of the rooms but overall, these are very pleasant backgrounds and great looking rooms. Well done! Now it's your turn: how is your Zoom background and is there anything you can do to make it a 10/10?

Emerging

OVOLO Interiors is cautiously emerging from the shelter in place order to work on construction related activities per Santa Clara County's new Shelter In Place Order  taking effect on May 4th, 2020. This new order mandates certain protocols and social distancing guidelines which we will be following so that we can continue to do our best to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our company, clients, and community at large during these unprecedented times.  Below is a reminder of the general guidance useful for everyone at this time: Do not touch your face with unwashed hands or with gloves. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as countertops, handrails, handles, and doorknobs. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm at your elbow/sleeve. Do not meet with ot

In Gratitude

Practicing what we preach is important to us. In the previous blog post, we wrote about practicing gratitude as a tip for improving well-being. Today, we'd like to list some external things we are grateful for at this time. Photo by Courtney Hedger on Unsplash Here's a reminder about the practice of gratitude: It's easy to get lost in worry, anxiety, and fear with everything that is going on in the world.  To re-focus your energy, practice being grateful for what you have in your life, people around you, or things around you. Perhaps it's the home you live in. Perhaps it's the job you have. Perhaps it's your family. Perhaps it's any number of other things.  Make a daily list of 5 to 10 things that you are grateful for and don't forget to savor the moments when you are filled with gratitude. So what are we grateful for right now? Here are some of the many things, in no particular order, that we are grateful for at the moment: Doctor