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Space Planning Principles for your Entryway

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See these principles in action on our Houzz ideabook.
Planning a new entryway or planning to redecorate/redesign your existing entryway? Below are some space planning principles to keep in mind for the entryways.

In terms of rooms, the entryway, or foyer, gets easily overlooked, but it should be one of your first considerations. It’s needs to be both functional and fashionable: a place to enter the home from the outside on a day to day basis, a place to direct people to other areas of the home, and a place to give a first impression to guests.

The front entry is where your front door is located and the back entry could be directly from a garage or could open onto a driveway (this entry could be the primary day to day entry of the home, depending upon it’s use). The back entry does not usually include sliding doors or french doors from a bedroom, living room, dining room, or kitchen; however, it may typically be included within a laundry room.

Here are a few space planning principles …

Space Planning Principles to Live By

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Let's talk about space planning, which leads to the basic layout of a room. But first, it starts with an in-depth analysis of how the space is to be used, taking into account all who live in the home and even some visitors to the home. Rooms and spaces within rooms are zoned to account for different activities that take place in a space. For example, a large open-concept great room may have a zone for living (watching TV, reading a book, holding a casual conversation, etc) and a zone for dining (both day to day eating as well as dinner parties). Circulation zones that show how people will move through the space are defined in the space planning process; you don't want furniture to get in the way of people's expected movements. The space plan is finished by adding the furniture, decor, accessory, and artwork details.

Some times, there are conflicts that need to be resolved during the space planning process. For example, perhaps a quiet area to read a book would be nice bu…

Best of Houzz 2018 Award Winner

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Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash
OVOLO Interiors of San Jose, CA was awarded Best Of Houzz 2018


OVOLO Interiors of San Jose, California has won “Best Of Customer Service” for the second year in a row on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The relatively young, but accomplished, design firm was chosen by some of the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community along with more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence; this badge will help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in the San Jose metro area on Houzz.

"The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the mo…

7 New Year's Resolutions to Make This Year

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
1. Set goals for your home  Write a list, develop a dream board, make a Pinterist board, or create a Houzz ideabook to capture your home goals for the year ahead. Would you like to downsize, go more minimal, be more daring with color, add some art or decor to make your house feel like a home, move to a bigger or smaller city, declutter your home, or finally determine a decorating style that feels just like you? It's all up to you but set those goals so you are focused for the year ahead.
2. Be clean & clear Get a jump on spring cleaning and go through the home room-by-room to clear them of anything that you don't use, wear, or love and donate those items to charity. And resolve to do this periodically too, not just once or twice a year. Cleaning and decluttering (plus organizing) are one of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about, and breathe a little easier in, your home. 
3. Add some green Plants have been proven to improv…

Spruce Up Your Bathroom Inexpensively

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Bathroom remodels can be very expensive. But, there are alternatives that can give your bathroom a great new look for much less money. Here are some things to consider when you want to spruce up your bathroom inexpensively:

1. Consider replacing your old bathroom vanity counter with a new one. Granite and quartz counters can be pre-made with sink and faucet holes ready to go. Make sure you get a new matching undermount sink and faucet to go with it!

2. Consider re-facing or painting your bathroom vanity. New door styles or even just a coat of paint will give it a whole new look. This is an easy (but time consuming) DIY project so you wouldn't necessarily even need to hire someone to do the painting.

3. Consider getting new shower curtains. Nice linen curtains drawn all the way across the shower entrance on the outside of the bath will give a luxurious feel. Save the plastic curtain for the inside of the shower where it will get wet. And this would work to cover older shower doors…

Why hire an interior designer? What's the cost?

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Hint: the cost to hire and interior designer is generally more than this. Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash
When do most people think about when hiring an interior designer? Aesthetic choices: paint colors for the wall; curtains, blinds, or shutters; a new sofa and rug; fabric patterns for pillows; and so on. But there's a lot more that a designer can add to a home. A professional designer can go beyond mere cosmetics to ensure that the whole room feels harmonious through and through, from the space plan (floor plan) to the finishing details to yes, fabric and wall color choices. The designer also deals with a whole host of stores, vendors, contractors, electricians, painters, other artists, and more depending upon the project.

A good interior designer will take your needs, personality, tastes, and lifestyle into account, not just thrust their own style upon you and assume your needs for the project. A good interior designer will also take the time to build relationships and listen to…

Top Outdoor Decor Trends

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Our friends at Club Botanic were featured in Architectural Digest's "Top Outdoor Decor Trends". Take a look at their gorgeous summer wreaths for your yard and then look at the other ideas like modern bird feeders, wind chimes, planters, fire pits, and hammocks to make it a great summer this year! Don't forget about creating your own DIY Fire Bowl/Pot too (like the one in the photo).