There are tons of options when it comes to these elements.  Depending on your climate, a fireplace might be a great way to add warmth and interest to your living space.  There are many options to choose from, so be sure to check all of your options before purchasing.  A wood-burning fireplace gives an authentic experience, with enhancing your senses of smell and hearing with the natural soothing crackling.  Though a gas fireplace still provides heat without the mess and or smell.  A double-sided or corner unit can differentiate from the everyday fireplace.  You can also go with a wood stove fireplace if you’re looking for a piece of art. If you want a contemporary touch, veer away from the traditional wood or tile mantel by going with stone, concrete or metal instead.

You can also update a dated brick fireplace very easily, with some fresh paint.  It’s inexpensive and can transform a space tremendously.  You can also add a fresh new mantle, this can also update a fireplace that you aren’t quite sure what to do with.

Take a look at some of my favorite fireplace looks below.  Let me know if you are thinking of updating a dated brick fireplace.  Or installing a fresh new one, to update your space.  Photos of how your DIY Projects turn out, before and after pics are great too!  We love to see all of your ideas.

Farmhouse Family Room by Brooklyn Architects & Designers Paul Rice Architecturehttp://

Craftsman Living Room by Austin General Contractors Avenue B Developmenthttp://


This week i was inspired to talk about bedrooms.  With busy lives full of family, friends and work, our bedroom is oftentimes the place we go to relax and escape everyday life. When done right, a bedroom can be a stress-free sanctuary full of soothing colors.  Trying to accomplish that and set that tone can be a challenge.
If you are thinking of redesigning your bedroom, be sure to consider what both you and your significant other prefer. Your bedroom is all about you, so don’t worry about using popular trends or what the it colors are today.  Figuring out your furniture layout is the biggest decision you need to make.  By the time you add dressers, nightstands, and a bed, your space can easily get crowded.  It’s important to figure out what layout gives you enough storage yet still leaves open space for you to move around comfortably without bumping into furniture.  That leaves you with finding a color scheme and decorations that reflect your personality.
I have included some photos of my favorite bedrooms.  All so different yet equally appealing, and designed with all the elements and principles of design in mind.
Transitional Bedroom by Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Martha O’Hara Interiors

Contemporary Bedroom by Huntington Beach Interior Designers & Decorators Domicile Interior Designhttp://

Modern Bedroom by London Interior Designers & Decorators Alexander James Interiors

Eclectic Bedroom

Transitional Bedroom by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Mary Cook

Beach Style Bedroom by Cambridge Architects & Designers LDa Architecture & Interiors]

Contemporary Bedroom by Savannah Photographers Andrew Sherman Photographyhttp://

Some people often ask, how do I pick my color scheme? Where do I start?

It usually all comes down to your personal opinion and interests.  However there are some colors that are more relaxing and therefore better suited for your sleeping area. Studies have found that people with blue bedrooms often get more sleep because of the calmness it brings.  Brighter colors may lead to a better mood, but it also might keep you up longer at night. If you have a significant other, you should also consider using neutral colors so everyone stays happy. Purple and pink might be too feminine, so try variations of green, gray or brown instead.

Lilly Cordeiro
Sunlight Heritage Homes