The Academy of Home Staging & Design graduate, Trisha Elena Guillen of Trisha Elena Designs LLC, had a tip from a friend that Columbia University was looking for an designer for a remodel project for a student area on campus.
New York, NY (PRWEB)April 19, 2016
Trisha Elena Guillen of Trisha Elena Designs,LLC, a recent graduate of The Academy of Home Staging & Design’ s Interior Design Certification Course, was given a tip by a friend that Columbia University was looking for a designer for their large remodel project for a brownstone on campus.
After communicating with the clients, as well as, Columbia University contacts, interviewing, presenting a portfolio and providing a plan of action, all skills that were enhanced and refined during the Academy’s 5 day Certification program, Trisha was hired for the project, beating out 3 other Interior Designers. Trisha jumped in with both feet.
In a recent interview, Trisha explains the parameters of the project “The job included a redesign plan for six main spaces, including a living room, dining area, foyer, hallway entry, study room, and basement. The redesign plan included new flooring, paint, furniture, rugs, window treatments, artwork, and accessories for these spaces. The goal was to keep all redecorating within a budget of around $30K, a separate budget from the structural enhancements and changes with flooring and paint. “I am so happy that I had finished my program at The Academy so I had the confidence and tools to complete an amazing look for this client.” The client asked Trisha to design a space that was light and modern with plenty of seating. Trisha said, “They liked glass, very light neutral shades, and delicate fabrics, however, we had to make sure that the space would be durable for groups of students to use frequently and comfortably as well as provide upholstery within the standards of fire and safety codes.”
Trisha’s design solutions included incorporating mixed metals for a light, modern look yet durable structure, neutrals in concrete, wood, and lacquer as well as for décor, and navy accents for upholstery in performance fabrics that would resist wear for longer. The main challenges of the space included the lack of seating for large meeting groups, storage, and natural light. Trisha comments, “In a common meeting area, it is crucial that the space inspires creativity and participation while fostering a collaborative environment.”
In the foyer, Trisha created a seating nook with small settees and a tiny coffee table from Worlds Away. For the dining space, Trisha chose fashionable Eames chairs, perfect for long hours of meeting and studying and comfort, and used these same chairs in the large study room so that they could be moved in for meetings. In the living room, she chose steel coffee table pieces that double as seating and added in an extra corner study nook with x shape stools. Trisha lightened up the space by choosing new Benjamin Moore paint in a crisp white for wainscoting and very light gray for walls, as well as neutrals throughout the decorating color scheme. Upholstered furniture pieces were chosen with legs to provide an open airy look versus heavy pieces. Concrete and steel made up her material choices throughout the design, allowing durability along with a contemporary, light space. Mirrors played a huge role as well – The mirrors by Ballard Designs used in the living room opened up the room and bounced natural light into the space!
Trisha managed all aspects of the project including onsite management and double checked every step. Following The Academy’s core training, she believes that communication and organization are the most important aspects of any successful project. Throughout the project, Trisha provided weekly and/or as needed updates with regularly updated budget charts, detailed steps of the plan, and next steps in order to keep the client in the loop as well as the university. “I also utilized many of the programs and techniques that I learned while at The Academy of Home Staging.”The tools, documents, advice, and processes taught and provided during the course were used throughout the full project.”
Kim Kapellusch, owner and founder of The Academy’s 5-day Interior Design intensive for beginners in Los Angeles, CA. says The Academy teaches strong client communication and transparency with standards in business that provide a clear vision to the client, tracking client satisfaction and needs, and how to efficiently move the project forward.
“These strategies and software tools taught at The Academy, were essential in the progress of communicating my vision and staying organized” said Trisha. The Academy of Home Staging & Design is proud of their students and of Trisha Elena Guillen.
Trisha, and all students of The Academy of Home Staging & Design are able to be successful in their Design businesses because of the tools learned from these hands-on courses.
For More Information on Home Staging or Interior Design Certificate programs call 800-574-5576 or click here: The Academy of Home Staging & Design.
For more info on Trisha Elena Designs, LLC, please click here: Trisha Elena Designs, LLC.
This week’s Designer Spotlight Series features a very special guest…someone who is certainly no stranger to the “spotlight” and has become a new (and very welcome) member of the iHomeRegistry community.
That’s right…it’s Wanda Colón, from HGTV’s “24 Hour Design” and TLC’s “Home Made Simple”— and she’s here to talk to us about her experience working with famous private clients, the key to staging homes, who she admires in the design industry and more!
1. What attracted you to iHomeRegistry?
As a busy Interior Designer in Los Angeles, I’m always looking for the next new software and/or tool that will allow me to communicate my design vision to the client. Time saving and one stop shopping for this tool is a key factor for me and the entire staff at Style My Space & The Academy of Home Staging and Design. iHomeRegistry allows us to create a fluid design plan with visuals for our client, including a 3D rendering.
2. How did you get started in the interior design/decorative arts business?
After graduating from college, my first big design job was a restaurant redesign in Reading, PA. It was called The Firehouse Bar & Restaurant. Then I made the move from PA to CA in 2001. I started working for a design firm called Interior Motives, where I also did murals and finishes for our clients.
3. Tell us about your time at HGTV and TLC. How did that come about?
I lived in the same building as Lee Snyders from Design on a Dime. I spoke to his then talent manager and gave her my portfolio. She had me shoot a reel and we started submitting my photo and reel to HGTV, TLC…I auditioned for 24 Hour Design and had 3 call backs to re-audition for the show. Initially they went with someone else. I remember I thought “What, this can’t be” I really felt like it was mine to lose so I followed up with a thank you note and to keep me in mind for anything else. They called a week later and said they reconsidered their first pick. I did HGTV’s “24 Hour Design” for 4 seasons and then had the opportunity to go to TLC’s “Home Made Simple” where I did 6 seasons.
4. You’ve had some pretty well known private clients, including Kelsey Grammer, Paul Stanley, Cher and Johanna Carson. Tell us about working with them.
Of course, the initial meeting, I would ask myself “How did I get here?” and “Am I good enough?” But, what I quickly realized is that they have the same concerns as my client down the street. I would have to say meeting Kelsey for the first time, I called him Frazier on accident. I was mortified, but he assured me it wasn’t the first time. My favorite famous client is Paul Stanley. He is super creative, an amazing artist and gave us a lot of creative freedom. I’m a breast cancer survivor and during my treatment, he ran into a mutual friend who told him I had cancer. He called me asked me if I needed anything and donated a huge painting to my cancer fund.
5. Where do you find your inspiration?
Literally everywhere! When designing someone’s home I want to know where the client has traveled, what they are interested in…it’s super personal to create a space for someone. My goal is for my clients, friends, and family to come into the space and say, ”Wow, this is really you!”
6. If you could design a home for anyone in the world, who would it be?
I would have to say it would have been a blast to collaborate with Frank Lloyd Wright. I just recently toured the SC Johnson house and building in Wisconsin. I was so impressed not only with the overall design but the creative spirit he brought to everything from structure to the functionality of the office chairs.
7. How does the Academy of Home Staging & Design distinguish itself among competitors?
First of all, we are a full service design company. Our sister company is Style My Space where I am the lead interior designer. Kim Kappellush, founder of Style My Space and the Academy, runs the Home Staging part of the business. We have our own warehouse of furniture and have the ability to stage over 100 homes at a time with our own inventory. Kim founded the Academy of Home Staging and was open to us developing the Interior Design aspect to the academy. So what makes us different is that we are successful at what we are teaching. So, anyone coming to the academy is learning from our experience.
8. How have YOU distinguished yourself in such a rapidly growing industry?
I minored in fine arts. I consider myself an artist first and I bring that to the table. Teaching at the Academy also keeps me on track with anything new in design. New software, programs, trends and I get to work with the professionals at the design centers like LA Mart. Being in the know is really important in this industry. So I have a relationship with everyone from my vendors and contractors to the employees in retail stores. When we shop I have a first name basis mentality. I want my clients to be able to go back to Crate & Barrel and be able to ask for the rep that I like to work with.
9. What are the top one or two keys to staging a home?
Create a space that has mass appeal to the market and make it special. Personally, I like having that statement art piece.
10. What is your favorite home you’ve ever staged?
Early in my career I designed and staged a model loft in Marina Del Rey. I had a decent budget and total creative freedom.
11. What is the most important room when it comes to home staging?
First impressions are always great so the first room people see really sets the tone for the house.
12. Who is your design “role model”?
Once again Frank Lloyd Wright…his conviction to his designs is what we all aspire to.
13. What does the future hold for the design/decorative arts business?
The sky is the limit. I love the way design changes and the exposure on TV shows has given interior design the access to everyone. Interior Design is no longer just for the wealthy. It has become available to everyone. Which in turn makes us grow as designers.
Learn more about Wanda and her work with the Academy of Home Staging & Design HERE
Fashion and interior design sometimes go hand in hand, so just as fashion week colours and styles change with the times, home-staging trends evolve, as well.
Spring colour trends 2014 are all about finding the right balance of bright and pastel to draw attention and pair perfectly together. Pastels are a great way to balance out an extremely bright or drastically dark look without immediately deciding to use a neutral beige or cream colour.
Blues, Purples and Mint Green
Tranquil blues and purples are a definite pairing for the upcoming spring season, and mint green is a growing trend. Pastels always give off the feeling of approaching spring life, and this season is no different with these three colours playing major roles on the runway and in recent décor, inspiring new springtime spaces.
These colours are great to pair against neutrals to help softly add colour, but this season, pastels are also being paired against bright, bold hues for a really full-bodied look.
Royal blue is one really flush colour that has come back on the scene recently, playing a role as both a neutral in furniture and fabrics, but also as a great accent colour-up against most any other hue. Pairing the tranquil, soft pastels against the bold, royal blue creates a beautiful and welcoming compilation for any social gathering area. This blue is a great colour to accent a room with throw pillows and shelf objects, or to design a room around with a chic lounge chair or a plush bedspread being a main focal point.
Red and Orange
Other bright colours that are really popular this season are fiery red and orange. These two aren’t typical spring colours, but when paired with the royal and tranquil blues, they help round out the palette with a punch of something special.
Golden Yellow and Orchid
Finally, to finish off the spectrum of colours, golden yellow and a wildcard – orchid – help complete the colour trends 2014. Yellow is fresh and optimistic, providing a great source of power to the bright colours that complements perfectly with almost all pastels and encourages attention when partnered with other bright hues.
Orchid is a really unique shade that can stand on its own against the other bright hues, but it also pairs really well with blues and violets, adding some pop while also complementing the pastel colour group. Pair orchid with the bright yellow or rich blue, and the colour combo is one that can’t be ignored, inviting comfort in any space.
Orchids and sunflowers add a natural impact to interior rooms, helping bring the feeling of outside in. So in addition to using the colours of yellow and orchid in fabrics and paint, consider accenting with a vase of bright fresh flowers.
It’s important to keep recent trends and colours in mind when decorating a space, especially if you think that you might be in the market to sell soon. The colour trends 2014 are crisp and bright, a great addition to any home, and designing dynamic rooms helps not only the aesthetic value rise but also the monetary value. To learn more about recent design trends and how to use them in your home-staging design, call Showhome Presentations at 279 7333.
Injecting style and colour in a room doesn’t mean that the entire space needs a design overhaul. Whatever the area, a feature wall is a fun and impressive way to add a chic pop of colour without breaking the bank or overpowering the look of a space.
Whether the area of your home is in the bedroom, living room or even in a hallway, a feature wall is a great opportunity to add some attention-grabbing appeal. There are many different ways to add a focal point to the area, whether it is a large room or a small shelving nook above the stairs, and many stylish homes have started to incorporate this contemporary look.
Why Use a Feature Wall?
The first step in creating a feature wall is determining why to use a feature wall in the first place. If you have important artwork to display or a hobby to show off, or if you just want to add some personality to a space without redesigning the entire area, a feature wall might be perfectly suited to your design needs.
The next step in adding a focal point is deciding what colour scheme is in play. If the walls are already painted and the room is furnished, it’s easier to choose a colour to help accent or add a pop of contrast, but patterns and hues can create an endless number of colour options.
Once you have a colour or pattern in mind, you can move on to choosing materials. Wallpaper, tile, paint and different styles of showcasing artwork can all create an interesting and important focal point to showcase paintings, artwork or some personality to the natural line of sight.
Consider Adding Wall Stickers
Wall stickers are one material that has really become popular in interior design over the last decade. These stickers are easy to remove and provide many different looks for your room that you can move and replace. Adding a daring, life-size retro sticker, or creating your own pattern of smaller wall stickers, adds a unique touch to help show personality.
For a more ornate look that can add utility—as well as style—to your home staging, create a wall of storage with different shelving units. The storage shelves can be all different shapes, sizes and colours to be the focal point, or the shelves can be uniform to boldly stand out against the wall colour and showcase the items that sit atop.
Getting Your Wall Noticed
Once the colour and materials have been chosen for the feature wall, the idea is to make the wall really stand out from the rest of the room and maximize the attention. Opening the area around the wall and using simpler accents in the immediate area will add punch and make the statement that you are intending.
If you are interested in creating your own feature wall but aren’t sure about the look you’re after, call Showhome Presentations at 279-7333. Our interior designers specialize in home staging and can help convince you that bare walls are boring. When it comes time to sell, captivating design can make a big difference.
The way that colour affects emotion varies throughout childhood and into adulthood, but there is absolute evidence backing the psychology of room colour and how it affects feelings and behaviour on a daily basis.
In preparing to paint a space, whether it’s an office or a home, make sure you understand the science and psychology behind colour and its effect on emotional reaction. And remember: The right colour for one room may not be ideal for another.
Choosing Room Paint Ideas in the Bedroom
When choosing a bedroom colour, the most important factor to consider is relaxation. A bedroom should be an escape from stress.
Like many yoga studios and spas, blues and greens in a bedroom can promote calmness and restoration. Blue has been noted to lower blood pressure, while red has been shown to raise it. Both colours have positive impacts; the colour red is just associated with alertness and high-energy, better concepts for social areas of the home and feelings that aren’t necessary when trying to unwind before going to sleep.
Using an ideal balance of blue and green helps ward off insomnia and encourages restful, deep sleep. One clever way to incorporate these colours in addition to paint is through houseplants and natural art accents.
Bright and Dark Colours
A bright yellow is very effective at promoting happiness. The sunny colour invokes optimism and a cheery attitude, as does orange. Both can encourage interaction and laughter.
The darker the colours, the more heavy they start to feel within your space and on your attitude. Darker hues of any colour may start to solicit negative feelings.
Negative and positive reactions aren’t just influenced by the colour; sometimes, it comes down to personal tastes. Before beginning to paint, consider how you feel about the hues based on prior interaction and knee-jerk response. Create a list of colours organised by personal preference, or you could just close your eyes and envision the room in different hues, noting how each makes you feel.
While the final choice for paint colour is important, there are also many ways to intentionally include different hues into your home apart from the main wall colour. Each room serves a different purpose and should evoke different feelings based on the actions taking place there. Adding accents, such as painted furniture, feature walls and art, are great ways to balance out the colour of the walls and incorporate more than one feeling into a space.
When beginning your journey of thinking about room paint ideas, it is important to research the psychology behind the colour choices, as well as your personal preferences. Choosing the right colour can have a tremendous impact on mood and relationships, so before you make a final decision, be sure that you are promoting positive energy and a healthy, happy space.
If you are in the market to sell your house, there are many important factors to think about when hosting potential buyers. The number of ways to improve your home’s marketability is extensive, but there are five sure-fire tips to sell home that will impress any homebuyer.
1. Create Curb Appeal
When a buyer pulls up to a potential new home, a good first impression really makes a difference. This is called “curb appeal.” Taking the time to power wash the driveway and patio creates the look of cleanliness that every homeowner dreams of for their house.
Planting flowers, edging and adding mulch makes the outside of the home look picturesque, and adding in small details, like a garden or a hammock, helps stage the yard to meet the fantasy of relaxation that might be just exactly what a homebuyer is looking for in their new abode.
2. Make It Easy to imagine
The home-staging begins outside, but it definitely doesn’t end there. Setting up your home to showcase its best attributes is a sure way to keep buyers interested.
Removing clutter from shelves and tables and leaving more open space will help buyers imagine their items in the area and get them more excited about the possibility of their lives in the house. By creating a welcoming environment sans clutter, buyers will feel more confident about making the house their new home.
3. Brighten Up the Space
Lighter colours are more positive and welcoming than darker shades, so to help create a more inviting space, try to brighten the rooms. Switching out accent art, pillows and rugs with lighter colours, using lighter lampshades and removing drapes will emit a more optimistic vibe.
4. Use the Sense of Smell to Your Advantage
A great way to help sell your space is to appeal to your buyer’s sense of smell. This is often one of the tips to sell a home that is overlooked because it can’t always be seen, but it has a huge impact on buyer moods. Adding coordinating potpourri and scented candles throughout the home or placing a fresh plate of biscuits out in the kitchen is pleasing to both the eye and the nose, making the entire space seem even more charming.
5. Keep the Space Tidy
To avoid last-minute major cleaning overhauls, try to keep the space as tidy as possible. Staying on top of the dusting and vacuuming, and keeping dishes out of the sink will make your home even more appealing. Sometimes, it’s the small details that set one property apart from the rest.
There are countless tips out there for helping to sell your home in a down market, but these five are sure to help you create a pleasant, appealing home for any potential buyer. To learn about professional home-staging services, call Showhome Presentations at 279 7333.
The paint-by-numbers kits of childhood had a wonderful concept: by following clear and simple instructions, any child could create a well-done and coordinated color picture. Wanda Colon, the interior designer host of TLC’s Home Made Simple, took the paint-by-numbers idea and made it grow up. Knowing that many people are intimidated or just unskilled in interior design, Colon set out six steps to renovating and reenergizing the design of a home that are as easy as painting anything with a little number one blue.
Step 1: Focus on the Foyer
The foyer is the first entrance to a house, and thus the first impression that any guests will receive when they arrive and the final memory when they leave. Colon’s solution won’t break the bank at a mere $25-50, but it will have a rich impact. Invest in a console table that really makes a statement and top it with personal photos and a fragrant candle (just make sure that the scent matches the season; no cinnamon in May!).
Step 2: Pillows and Throws
There is no need to purchase new bedding with every changing design trend. Simply replacing the throw blankets and decorative pillows will freshen up the bedroom. Bedrooms are often neglected in the design world according to Colon, but as this is the room that is the most personal, it should be the most important instead. Occasionally changing up the color of the pillows and blanket will rejuvenate a room intended for winding down, without buying a whole new bedding set.
Step 3: Dress Up the Lights
Plain lampshades are only $10 and can easily be dressed up with unique and inexpensive fabrics. Apply the fabric to the lampshade with a hot glue gun, and decorate it with beads or maybe fringe to completely customize it. A custom piece not only a one-of-a-king treasure, but it is also a statement about the personality and creativity of the person who lives there.
Step 4: Don’t Fear the Color
Whether painting an entire room with a color, or following the trend of neutral walls and one colored accent wall, a hue is no longer taboo on the walls. Colon suggests picking up at least three different paint color samples and trying them out on a 3×3 ft square on the wall before committing to a gallon of paint. This way, the color can be seen at all hours of the day, which is important because light will reflect differently every hour and the best decision can be made.
Step 5: Mood Lighting
Stark white light is rarely flattering for a person nor a room. Match the lighting to the space based on the desired atmosphere; for example, Colon has used amber tinting lights in the dining room to create a warm and cozy glow for mealtimes.
Step 6: Remember the Memories
A home can be a travel journal of all the different places a family has visited. At each location, bring back something really personal or cultural. Stay away from the typical tourist fare. Decorating a room with items from around the world or around the country or even just around the state will tell a story of where the family has been and the possibilities for where it will go in the future.
The agave plant has a rich history in relation to food: it is the mother of the popular alcohol tequila and recently has become the base of many natural sweeteners. But agave’s use goes beyond food, it extends to interior design.
Sisal is a natural fiber extracted from the agave plant and is used to make area rugs. Its use is actually older than tequila and sweeteners, beginning back in Ancient Egypt. In the 19thcentury sisal cultivation expanded into the Caribbean, Florida, and South America as well as parts of Africa. Nowadays, Brazil is the world’s largest producer of sisal fiber and rugs.
The plant fibers are very durable yet soft, making it a natural choice to weave into area rugs and broadloom. It is naturally fire-retardant, sound absorbing, and antistatic. Sisal is also a stronger fiber than flax, jute, and hemp, other materials commonly used in rugs. But its superior qualities make sisal a better and longer lasting material for rugs.
Sisal has been making a comeback in popularity because of the green movement in interior design. It is considered environmentally and architecturally neutral, meaning that production of sisal products does not leave a carbon footprint on the atmosphere. Rugs made from sisal are also naturally colored because of the differences in the fibers, which reduce the need for artificial dyes.
Area rugs made from sisal are an excellent design choice for an environmentally conscious client. As it has grown in popularity, it also has been dropping in price, so right now is a great time to find deals on sisal-based textiles. With its durability, environmental benefits, and design possibilities, a sisal area rugs is a solid investment for your client’s design.
The home office: The most cluttered and disorganized room in your house may tempt you to just close the door when showing around potential home buyers. You had the best of intentions when you converted that extra building into your office, but it rarely stayed clean and it was subjected to your ideas of organized chaos. But walk-throughs of your for-sale home are not going to avoid the office space just because it’s messy, they are going to view it anyway, and therefore it is up to you to stage it to best sell your house.
Keep the furniture simple and ergonomically designed. Your desk, chair, computer, and keyboard should be positioned to look comfortable, but also functional. Keep the surfaces clutter-free by using organizers and proper storage systems. The craziness may work for your own time, but for your potential buyers it just looks messy and detracts from the overall quality of the room. Simple furniture and clear counters also highlight the size of the room, making a big room look even larger and a small room look spacious.
Home buyers always look for sources of natural light, so enhance any windows with decorative window treatments. If the office doesn’t have any windows, install a source of overhead light. Add one or two other light sources such as floor lamps and a desk lamp near the computer. Stores carry a variety of fixture styles, so make sure that the light fixtures tie in with the style of your furniture.
Filling empty wall space with family photos or artwork will add a personal touch to the office. But as with any wall décor, there is a balance. Arrange one or two pictures in a frame on the desk and then add a few to a long wall to break up any emptiness. Beware of overloading your side surfaces; a wall can become just as cluttered as a desk.
With a coordinating theme and style of decorating used consistently through the room, the home office can be a highlight of a house showing. But neglecting to put the same effort into the office as you put into the rest of the house can be detrimental to your possible offers.