Decorating for the holidays!

December 6, 2018

Decorating for the Holidays!!

As the holiday approaches, we get busy decorating. Many of us decorate with the traditional color theme of Red and Green.

But I’m here to tell you; you can decorate with any color you like!! The real trick to decorating is layering your vignettes. This is what will give your decor that professional design look. Layering gives warmth and dimension.

First, decide what items you want to put in that space. Then start layering. I start my base with silver leaves, then add pinecones, pine branches, and finally flowers.

I use different textures, and I love to add height. In this case, I used a book.
Creating odd numbers of vignettes works best.

Decorating for the Holidays takes a lot of time and work. But the finished product is a “Winter Wonderland” I’m proud to call home.

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Wall Treatments

October 4, 2018
Wall Treatments!
Your walls are a blank canvas. It is the perfect way to show your creativity. They can dramatically transform a space.

So what are YOU  doing to reinvent your walls? Here are just some ideas that you can implement into your space.

Wood Paneling – Adds warmth. Can be traditional or contemporary.

Painting – The least inexpensive way to reinvent your space. You can also change the look whenever you want.
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Wallpaper – Comes in many styles, from geometrics, florals to two dimensional, and even wallpaper that is paintable!
Chalkboard – Can make a statement! They are great for kids rooms, craft rooms, basements, and even kitchens.
Peg Board – Comes in sheets and can be cut down. They can even be painted! Great for organizing.
Wood Pallet – These pallets seem all the rage these days. They are basically free. But make sure you check the warnings on the bottom of the crate. Some give off toxic fumes. But most are safe!!
Bricks –  They have been around a long time. But it has recently made a comeback. They can be painted, distressed, or left in its natural state.
Stone – Bringing the outside in. Stones come in many textures, styles, and colors. They come in panels and you can adhere them to the walls.
Faceted or Modular – 3-dimensional sculpted surfaces. They interlock and are made from natural gypsum components. They definitely add a unique look to any space.
Wood Bocks – Again, it’s the ability to bring nature indoors. We love the organic feel to nature. It’s calming and peaceful.
Wainscoting – There are many different variations.  They come in different heights, styles, and forms.

Raised Panel.

Boxed Wainscoting
Board & Batten
Picture Frame
Flat Panel – This comes up 3/4 of the way. 
Bead Board
As you can see there are many options. Many more that I did not include in this post. You can feature wall treatments over a fireplaceor use as an accent wall. 

Remember to think outside the box and ALWAYS have fun!!

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Types of ceilings

September 12, 2018
Types of Ceiling!!

Did you know there are many types of ceilings? Some you may know, others may not be familiar to you. Either way, you have a choice. Every kind of ceiling will give your space a unique look. Each ceiling offers different characteristics.

Here are some just some of the ceiling to chose from:

Exposed Beam Ceiling– This style gives the space a more rustic feel. It can also be exposed to metal beams. 
Tray Ceilings– Cut-out design. The mid-way of the ceiling is cut out. There can be lights around the perimeter, or in the center, or both!!
Vaulted/Shed/Cathedral Ceiling – They are all very similar. They form the shape of the roof. Sometimes the ceiling can be slanted, as opposed to meeting in the center of the room.

Coffered Ceilings– Repeat sunken square or rectangular pattern. This is one of my favorite type of ceiling.
Domed Ceiling– Mimics circular dome. Usually found in high-end homes. Can be very expensive to build.
Suspended Ceiling –  Used mostly in commercial buildings. They have dropped ceiling and can be used to hide pipes.

Cove ceiling– Elevates gradually. Meets with a flat center.

Barrel Vault Ceiling – Upward arch. The entire length of the room, like a barrel cut in half.
As you can see, there are many types of ceiling!! Hard to choose? You betcha!! If you have the choice of doing something different, then go for it. After all, it’s up to you. 


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Mixing Patterns

September 5, 2018
Mixing Patterns!!
When mixing patterns, odd numbers work best. When selecting colors, I generally like to choose colors from big items, such as a sofa, area rug or chair.
Here is some guideline that will help you when choosing patterns:

  • Vary the scale of the patterns. Use large and small-scale patterns.
  • Choose two important colors and one neutral.
  • Use either cool tones or warm, DO NOT  mix the tones.
  • Use the patterns in all three working zones, function zone (furniture area), power zone (mid-area) and ceiling zone.

  • Try to keep 3 patterns. Using too many patterns doesn’t give the eyes a place to rest and will feel chaotic…

The most important rule when mixing patterns is COLOR. Make sure the colors are in the same tone. You also want to show some restraint and NOT go overboard!! A healthy mix is excellent. So go out there and have fun!!


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Wallpaper making a comeback!

August 31, 2018
Wallpaper making a Come-Back!!
Whenever I suggest wallpaper, I can see my client’s expression of dread and even horror!! Why is that?  I’m here to tell you, have no fear. Wallpaper used today is soooo much better than yesteryear! They can add a lot of charm, elegance, and interest in any space. They come in a wide range of materials and styles

Here are the latest trends to hit the market.

Floral/Botanicals – Bring nature indoors. This wallpaper will add bursts of colors to any room.

Geometric– They come in different shapes and sizes, creating a more modern look. It can bring versatility and visual interest in any room.
Metallic– Metallic wallpaper can add depth and sparkle while making your space feel incredibly luxurious. It’s one of my personal favorites!!

Brick/Stone/Wood/Natural Effect – This allows you to incorporate natural elements into your space without the expensive construction work.

Bamboo/Grasscloth– Natural material, they add tremendous appeal to any room. Not recommended in the kitchen or bath since they are not cleanable!! They do have antiseptic characteristics so they will not grow moss or germs. Very expensive. Used mostly in bedrooms or dining rooms.

These are just some of the examples of wallpaper that are out there. Get creative and don’t be afraid to add wallpaper to any space in your home. Whatever you decide, do it with flair!!

Decorating for the Holidays!!

November 30, 2017

Decorating for the Holidays can be overwhelming. The problem usually is, “Where do I put everything?” Here’s a solution you might want to try, create vignettes. This will allow you to use more items!! Also, think outside the box!! Who says your Christmas decor has to be the traditional red and green? Why not use another color theme? I decided to use turquoise, chartreuse green, and white. And I love it!!

As you can see here, I grouped a few items together, allowing me to use more of my decor. Layering is key to good decorating!!

Here’s a grouping of deers and trees!!

I try to utilize all the space in my home, including the kitchen. The decor that hangs over the kitchen window was handmade. I merely brought items that worked well together. I also kept my color theme in mind.

If you look closely, you can see that I added the ornament and greenery to the bow. Again layering!!

Think outside the box!! Use items that can work with your decor. In this instance, I used my white tray and white candlestick holders.

 Here’s an overview of my living room.

Close-up of the tree. You can see I used a lot of items, besides the conventional Christmas Tree balls. Walmart has an enormous selection priced right!!

Of course, I don’t use a traditional Christmas tree topper!! I like to make my own. I use this unusual item as my tree topper.

I go one step further and make sure my wrapping paper co-ordinates with my color theme!! I know! I know!! A bit over the top here!!

I even had the Christmas stocking embroidered to color coordinate with my color theme! I also added an ornament with some greenery to embellished it (again layering).

My favorite is the stair railing!! I love the way it turned out. I added some burlap bows and turquoise bells. Again layering!!

Second Christmas tree by the front door. Continued the color theme. 

Here I added the same ornament and greenery from the Christmas stocking and silver bow.

Here’s an overview of the dining room. I’m hoping next year to purchase a new dining room set since I sold my old one when I moved into this house. So, for now, this folding table and chairs will have to do!!

The most important thing to remember when decorating is to layer!! Take a step back during the process to evaluate your work. Need more? Then add to it. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Some of my best work has been created when I think outside the box. Most of all have fun!! Drink eggnog (or wine!!) and put on some Christmas music!! In the end, you will have a beautifully decorated home!!

Should you paint a fireplace?

September 13, 2017
Painted fireplace, is it a good idea, or a bad idea? Tough decision!! As a home stager and redesigner, I often see fireplaces in my client’s home. Some are in great shape, some not so much. When I recommend painting, I usually get this reaction, “Really you think I should paint it?”.  If your fireplace looks outdated, then it’s definitely worth painting it.
What a difference!!
But what if your fireplace looks like this? Then what? Do you still paint it? I have to say, I like the fireplace before it was painted. I also love it after as well. So what do you do? To Paint or not to paint? That is the question. My opinion, if it looks nice then leave it alone. Not everyone may like painted fireplaces, and if they do, they can always paint it themselves. Only paint it, if it’s in bad shape!

Remember, when you’re selling your home, it’s essential to eliminate any potential problems buyers may have. An ugly fireplace is a potential problem. So don’t be afraid to paint the fireplace if you think it may be an issue! 

At Abella Home Staging & Redesign, we believe any home can be beautifully transformed. We believe in delivering a custom-made look but without the custom-made price tag!! Call us and let’s get started today!!

Master bedroom are huge selling point!!

August 30, 2017
Master bedroom, is a huge selling point when selling your home. Many buyers want a 5-star quality master bedroom when purchasing a home. As a redesigner, this is one area I noticed, that is usually neglected!!  It isn’t difficult or expensive to achieve a high-end look. Here are some easy step to achieving the bedroom of your dream!


Don’t try to fight it, instead embrace and work around it.  Long narrow vertical windows can be a problem, but if you get floor-to-ceiling curtains and hang the rod 6″-8″ outside the window sill, that will give the illusion of a wider window.

Matchy, Matchy:

This is one place you can and should match. Matching nightstand and lamps will give the room asymmetric look and feel. This will enhance that soothing and serene feeling that we want to achieve.

Use fabric that can withstand stains. When selling your home, try not to use bold colors,  jarring patterns, or lacy fabric. If you using a pattern, make sure you repeat it and keep it simple.
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When choosing sheets for your comforter, my rule of thumb is to match the bedspread. Too many colors are jarring to your senses. Make sure your wall color coordinates with your bedding and has a cohesive look.


Be practical: 

Don’t try to have a high fashion bedroom that only looks good but it is difficult to live in. Be practical and make it livable.


Remember this is your bedroom, use items that will appeal to your sense. Limit the amount of furniture, especially if you’re selling your home (overcrowding is a huge problem in bedrooms) and if you can at all help it, don’t put your office in the bedroom. Too many times I’ve seen the master bedroom used as storage areas!! This is a place to retrieve from your hectic life!! Remember master bedrooms are a huge selling point when selling your home!


At Abella Home Staging & Redesign, we believe any home can be beautifully transformed. We believe in delivering a custom-made look but without the custom-made price tag!! Call us and let’s get started today!!

Contemporary Interior Design Style

August 9, 2017

Contemporary refers to things that are of trending right now. Today’s modern interiors are comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered and dark. These rooms are designed with abundant open space and natural light in mind. It embraces simplicity. Here is a few suggestions on how to decorate your room with contemporary style. 


Contemporary interiors rely heavily on grey, brown, taupe, cream and pure white.


Majorly the furniture is featured with clean lines and smooth surfaces without any carving and decoration. Furniture is made of light-colored woods such as maple and birch, stainless steel, and nickel. The sofas and chairs have exposed legs



Natural fabrics such as silk, wool, linen, and cotton are used for their textural aspect. However, bold color or geometric pattern may be brought into the design with pillows, or a rug. 



At Abella Home Staging & Redesign, we believe any home can be beautifully transformed. We believe in delivering a custom-made look but without the custom-made price tag!! Call us and let’s get started today!!


Making your Home Smart

July 17, 2017

Today’s technology has gone far. With human knowledge and skills, we have gradually improved our lifestyle into a much more straightforward and easy way. It has now become even easier with the idea of a smart home. Imagine yourself waking up in a comfortable bed who adjust itself with your ideal temperature and with coffee maker freshly brewed coffee, and getting ready to work knowing that your house is safe with smart lock.

Smart Refrigerator:

The smart refrigerator operates with a Wifi enabled touchscreen that helps you manage your groceries. You can even contact your family and friends. And enjoy the music that comes from the refrigerator. The family Hub has three built cameras which capture the photo of your fridge every time you close it. How cool is that! You can have access to photo in your phone and quickly know what is missing from the refrigerator which makes your shopping far easier


The nest thermostat adjusts the temperature automatically according to your pattern as it learns your habit. It also connects and interacts with other devices in your home.

Smart locks:

Smart lock locks and unlocks a door when it receives instructions from an authorized device. The key here is not a typical key but a smartphone which performs wirelessly and gives authorization to automatically unlock the door.



At Abella Home Staging & Redesign, we believe any home can be beautifully transformed. We believe in delivering a custom-made look, but without the custom-made price tag!! Call us and let’s get started today!!