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Media Room for the Sports Fan

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The ultimate media room for a sports fan 

If you love watching sports, why not make a dedicated room for watching local, college, and pro sports. Keep up with your team while keeping an eye on other games. This would also be great if you are into Fantasy Sports. Set up the room for great sound and comfortable seating. Usually, a room in your house does not get much use. Maybe a living room, a den, or a bedroom would work for a media sports room. The CAD (computer-aided design) photos below show a bedroom I designed into a media room. 

 

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Luxury Resort Style Master Bathroom for Your Home

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Remodel your master bathroom into a luxury resort-style spa

Instead of going to a resort/spa, why not give your home the amenities of a luxury resort. In a previous blog, I talk about How to add a Resort Style Spa to Your Home”. In this blog, I will talk about how to change your master bathroom into a luxury resort-style spa.

Luxury Resort Style Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom remodeling

In the CAD (computer-aided design) photo above you can see a design that was created to give the feel of a luxury resort. This design has Rhythm and Harmony which are two of the basic principles of interior design. The repeating arches give you rhythm in the room by creating visual interest. Using the tone-on-tone color of the wall and floor creates harmony. Harmony will make you feel relaxed.

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7 Creative Decorating Ideas for Your Home

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A professional interior designer has many creative ideas and ways to transform your home.

Since the COVID-19 virus has come to the United States, we have had much more time to spend in our homes.  Here are 7 creative ideas to make your home more interesting and fun

The above Home Movie Theater also has a dance floor to add more fun and function to the room.

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How to Change My Old World Interior Design to Neo-Traditional

How to Change My Old World Interior Design to Neo-Traditional

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Change your heavy and elaborate interior design to a Clean Traditional / Neo-Traditional look

Clean Traditional or Neo-Traditional is very popular today, but what does it look like? It is the use of simpler styled traditional furniture. Gone are the days of heavily carved moldings and overly massive items. Sofas and chairs can have softer lines but are much simpler (cleaner).

The Clean Traditional look is also lighter in color. This is for the person wanting to lighten up and update their home but does not like contemporary. This is also a look that is not going to go out of style if you stay away from fad colors.

Clean traditional look

Clean traditional look

Clean traditional living room T

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CAD rendering of updated dining room

The above CAD (computer-aided design) photo is of a design I put together for a client. A CAD presentation gives the client a good idea of what the room will look like when finished. The pieces that are used could be light wood, dark wood, or painted. What is important is that they have traditional elements, but have cleaner lines to them. They should not have heavy carvings or moldings. Everything in this design look should have a more modern look to it. It is a good transition for someone who is tired of elaborate traditions but finds contemporary too plain.

The finishing touches to this look are also simpler. This look works best with fewer, but larger accessories and artwork. It gets away from a lot of small accessories, which give you a cluttered look. Neo-Traditional has a more peaceful feel.

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Change Your Home from Traditional to Modern

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How to change your home from traditional to modern/transitional.

I am an interior designer from McKinney TX and a lot of people ask me how to update their interior design from heavy traditional to more modern/transitional. I also have people ask me about changing their ornate heavy traditional furnishings to a clean traditional design (still has traditional elements, just not heavy and ornate). In this blog, I will talk about changing from a heavy traditional (Old World) to a modern/transitional look. In the next blog, I will talk about changing from Old World to Clean Traditional.

Traditional Interior Design to Modern

What do I have to change? Do I need to change all my furniture? What about the architecture of my house? These are all questions that need to be answered. In most cases you can get by with minor changes to your home. You will almost always need to paint your walls and ceiling. You may not need to paint the trim if it is already off white. If you truly want a more Modern look then you do need to change the furniture (see photos below). I get people that want to make the change, but they want to keep their furniture. I do not have a magic wand. Furniture is the one thing that people think they should keep forever. They will change cars every couple of years, but they want to keep their furniture even if they don’t like it anymore.

Another thing that you want to avoid is going to a furniture store and buying a bunch of furniture without a plan. I really feel bad for people when I go to their home and I see that they just bought furniture that does not fit in their home. A costly mistake.

 

The living room below shows the same room as the before photo below it. What did I change? The walls are painted, new window covering, new furniture, new rug, new lighting and accessories.

Modern update decorating

Traditional to Modern – After Photo

After Living Room Photo Above

Before Living Room Photo Below


Before photos above and below

After Dining Room Photo Below

The dining room above is the same room as the photo above it. You can see that I lightened up the room with paint. I also took out the wainscoting to give the room a cleaner look. Most dining rooms today are narrow and don’t really have room for a china cabinet, although I see a lot of them forced into dining rooms. You need 30″ past the table to pull out a chair and another 20-24″ for the depth of a china cabinet. On the other hand, if you don’t use a china cabinet, you end up with two bare walls. By using a floor to ceiling mirror on one wall, we take care of two problems. We don’t need to put anything on that wall and now the room seems twice as wide.

There are other creative solutions that can improve your life and the look of your home.

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