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The New Normal

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 for each Client.   Photo by Josh Nezon on Unsplash Over two years ago, Santa Clara County entered its first Shelter in Place Order. Since then, there have been many ups an downs with differing requirements as vaccination rates have gone up, new variants emerged, boosters have become available, etc. In this light, here’s how it affects our company, our clients, our future clients, our professional affiliates, and our community. We promise to follow all national, state, and local guidelines and orders as they have already been and may continue to be issued, including any masking and vaccination/booster requirements or recommendations. Our staff is fully vaccinated and boosted.  We will no longer require masks and strict physical distancing during meetings between our company and our clients (and anyone living in the same home) who h
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Best of Houzz 2022: Continuing to Provide Excellent Customer Service

  We are excited to share that OVOLO won Best of Houzz 2022! We were awarded the “Best of Houzz” award in the Customer Service category on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including our overall 5 out of 5 star rating on Houzz and our client reviews submitted in 2021. This is our 6th year in a row winning the award for Customer Service showing that we provide great service to our clients for all interior design, decorating, styling, and staging projects here in San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and surrounding areas.  The Best of Houzz awards program was launched over a decade ago to highlight the work of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry. Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing at Houzz, notes “When homeowners come to Houzz to find professionals to complete their projects, the Best of Houzz badges offer a marker of credibility, supporting their deci

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

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?