Interior Design, Real Estate News

Exterior Color That Will Inspire


Springtime is in full bloom and it’s time to update home and building exteriors with the latest in exterior color palettes. Grays, blues and greens continuing to trend, as well as yellow-influenced hues and deeper browns. With so many fresh ways to show off color for exteriors, shown here are a range of schemes to inspire:

Palm Springs CA Interior Design Eichler

Desert Eichler Residence, Palm Springs, CA.: Body: DET618 Industrial Age; Front Door: DET584 Postwar Boom; Trim and Beams: DE6328 Anchor Gray; Front Lateral Beam: DET453 Majolica Earthenware. Photo Credit: KUD Properties

Palm Springs Mid Century Home Colors

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Interior Design

As a Designer You Need To Understand Your Client

An interior designer’s up-to-date knowledge of construction, industry standards, and design trends is only useful when paired with a deep understanding of the client they are working with. Whether it’s a commercial project or a residential remodel, a respect for the context and the client are key.

In this series of articles, we’ve explored the importance (and the art) of gathering a client’s preference for line, pattern, repetition, space, depth, color, textures, etc. The experience of learning what lights a client up is a rewarding experience for all involved. Along the same lines, as a designer learns what a client does day to day, a better picture of the person–and their ideal space–takes shape.

As a designer gets to know a client’s likes and dislikes, learning how people in a space will work together is vitally important. Maybe a couple is having a new home built and wants a designer to help them bring it to the next level. An expert interior designer like Lori Wiles learns how each client spends time, what they like to do independently and together, or how they prepare for their day. In commercial spaces, a designer must know how people will move through it, where they will sit and stand, wait, come together or need privacy. These considerations affect all aspects of design like what kind of structures are built or modified, what materials, colors, and finishes are used, and where furniture is placed.

Orange County Interior Design

These are important ways an expert designer knows the people she’s working for. Understanding a client isn’t just crucial for a good design, though, it’s the key to a great experience when things could otherwise go south.

A good interior designer respects boundaries; instead of convincing a client to try things that are uncomfortable, Lori Wiles explains that some clients have non-negotiable considerations, like a favorite chair that has to stay in a certain spot. There’s a difference between getting a client to consider something they didn’t think possible and pushing them to try something that’s just not a good fit. An expert designer knows and respects those lines.

Some clients are working within strict limitations like a set budget. Maybe they value a designer’s expertise but can’t take advantage of all the services available. Lori works with clients and guides them to resources to make their own decisions, saving money in the design process. “Instead of giving a client a list of the three faucets that I think will work best, I teach them how to make those decisions themselves.”

When conflict arises, having a relationship with an experienced and skilled interior designer can make all the difference. Disagreement can occur between a couple, between the client and a contractor, or even the client and the designer. Having a designer who knows you, how you work, your lifestyle, opinions, and preferences helps smooth over even the most potentially contentious situations. Lori has experience resolving–or more often avoiding–conflict through respect. She cares about the people she’s working for. “Clients ask me, “How do you know what I want?”” Lori says. “I tell them, “I listen.””

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Real Estate News

We Buy Ugly Houses | How to Sell your House In 10 Days

Sell your probate house for cash



You want to sell your ugly house because of Death, Divorce, Debt and Downsizing? Well we buy ugly houses Orange County and Riverside can help.

Try calling the guys at BuyMyFixer.com they are a real estate investor company. I have heard very good things about them. My sister-in-law sold a rental house she had and just got tired of being a landlord. It was quick! They offered her a fair cash price and they bought her house quick and simple and it was hassle-free.

Normally, you would consult google tips about selling a house. It’s time-consuming. They require choosing a realtor and choosing the right price for your house. The tips tell you to make the house look great from the curb, and move all of the personal things out of the house. The tips also suggest you stage the home for sale, which may be expensive. The tips suggest you fix it up, paint and correct the obvious faults that put off potential home buyers. After doing all that is suggested, there’s no guarantee you won’t be here in the fall.  Deals can fall through for a number of reasons.

Get cash in One Week for Your House!

Did you read that right? We Buy Houses in Riverside. Yes, that’s what they promise. We will buy your house in Riverside or Orange County in about a week. My sister-in-law was very happy. The whole process took about 12 days from start to finish. She was presented and offer, then after she accepted the offer and the paperwork for started, she had her cash in about 8 days.

Joe and Brian were great. They say, Bring us your tired, unpainted, needs new siding and new roofs houses. We want to hear about the crumbling foundations and the creepy yards. We want to see your kitchens and baths that need to be updated, that you just haven’t had the time or money to attend to.

We buy your ugly houses in Riverside for cash.

We understand you may need to sell your ugly home because of a stressful situation – Each situation is different and we try to help make the process seamless and easy. We want to help no matter what.

Do you want to sell your house quickly?

Need to sell fast? Sellign with a real estate agent can take months… There is a better way!

No need to:

  • Wait for the prospective buyer to close on their existing home before the can close on yours
  • Negotiate with buyers over price, repairs and conditions before they will buy your home
  • Worry about curb appeal or home renovations needed to make your home more competitive and attractive to buyers
  • Deal with property appraisals, home inspections, and the mortgage approval process that can take weeks to complete.

You can sell your houses fast in Riverside and Orange County, normally in 30 days or less. That is much quicker than a traditional sale, which can take several months even if there are no major items that need to be repaired before closing. In most cases when an investor and a seller can agree on a price immediately, they can close as quickly as one to two weeks.

A real estate investor will buy as-is. Worrying about some repairs that you’ll need to fix based on an appraisal? An investor will estimate the repairs needed to restore your property, arrive at an offer, and will purchase the property in whatever condition the property is currently in.

No Fees! A real estate investor doesn’t charge you a real estate commission, and may take care of any other nagging financial problems such as back taxes, code violations, or past due water and sewer bills.

We will give you the simple honest truth about your home and how we can help you sell it fast to resolve any situation. Just fill out the coupon on the home page. There’s no obligation.

ByMyFixer.com is there to help homeowners out of any kind of distressed situation.  As investors, they are in business to make a modest profit on any deal, however they can help homeowners out of just about any situation, no matter what!  There are no fees, upfront costs, commissions, or anything else.

Just the simple honest truth about your home and how they can help you sell it fast to resolve any situation.


  • We’ll pay your closing costs
  • We’ll handle the repairs. We purchase houses in its present condition
  • We pay money. No banks required!
  • We shut in as fast as 30 days
  • Get in touch with us today to begin!
  • When You Need to Sell Fast, Sell to Us.


It doesn’t make a difference what sort of ugly home you have, Buy My Fixer will want to make you a no obligation money offer to buy your home for cash. Whether your house is in need to repairs, has repair issues, you can count on Buy My Fixer to be the hero with a quick and fair cash offer.



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Interior Design

What Makes A Great Design Experience?

coastal shabby chic

I often get a chance to work on interior design projects long distance, particularly for vacation homes all over Southern California. I recently had an opportunity to stay in one of the homes I designed last year. It was really a fun opportunity for me for many reasons.

coastal shabby chicThe Client: My client and I have a long relationship. We’ve worked together on his office, his private home, show homes, luxury homes, condos, extensive remodels, and flip houses. I’m making a guess here, but we’ve probably done over 30 complete residences or offices together. By now I know his particular design aesthetic, his need for everything to be of high quality in appearance and function, and his relentless attention to detail. His trust in me gives me the opportunity to propose possible floor plans, appliances, plumbing, and finishes that I think would be worthwhile. So, when it was time to remodel his family getaway I was delighted! This meant that we could use finishes and combinations that appealed to him and not a possible buyer or homeowner. (Note: his wife is really laid back and is happy to abstain from the design process!)

Space: As always, we started working on making the floor plan more user friendly. The tiny laundry room went away, making room for a much larger kitchen with the stackable washer and dryer tucked into a tall cabinet. A big island with an overhang on 3 sides increased work space, storage, and seating. Off of one of the bedrooms a little powder room was rearranged to squeeze in a custom shower. We relocated a smaller on-demand water heater in an oversized bedroom closet.

Appliances and Plumbing: When the space plan was right we discussed appliances and plumbing fixtures. The client wanted to use many of the appliances that we’d specified many times for his award-winning show homes. Since we knew the sizes and finishes of these we were able to move quickly to the next part of a project.

Finish Composition: We then went to the decorating portion of the project. I proposed that we acknowledge the beach location in all of the finishes with a nod to the Mid-West, kind of like having one foot in the sand and one in the prairie. For ease of maintenance we chose tile for all of the rooms. Broad barnwood-like planks of tile flooring would go everywhere and become the base for the rest of our choices. The walls would be a pale gray-green with contrasting trim in pure white. In the kitchen we selected cabinets with a classic Shaker profile in a soft, cloudy driftwood gray finish. Our cabinet hardware choice was a counterpoint to the classic Shaker style. We chose large rectangular crinkled metal pulls, strong in shape but soft in finish with tones of stainless steel and chrome. Big expanses of counter top were the perfect place to use quartz material with reclaimed glass bits in shades of blue, turquoise, and amber. Watery glass tiles on the backsplash repeated the blues and grays of the kitchen.

In the bathrooms we placed a smaller, lighter plank style tile on the walls. The cabinets are the same gray with pure white sinks and fixtures. To add more character the walls in the baths are a Caribbean sky blue. The whole effect is very pleasant, clean, and soothing just as I imagined.

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Local Reviews

Quality House Painters in Orange County

Exterior painting in Orange County is a once-in-a-while project, but most homeowners would prefer to paint only once in a great while. If that’s your mindset, there’s good news: It’s easy to extend the life of an exterior paint job by several years or more. Here’s how:

House Painters In Orange County

House Painters OC

1. Do a good job on surface prep. Before starting to paint, make sure the entire surface is clean and sound, free of dirt, mildew, and loose or peeling paint. Spot-prime areas that have no paint at all, either because they are new surfaces, or because the old paint has completely worn off.

2. Work in the right weather conditions. Apply exterior coatings on mild days — ideally, when temps are between 60 and 85 degrees F. — with little wind. That will enable primer or paint to form the most protective dry “film”.

3. Start with a coat of primer. Priming creates a tackier surface to which paint can tightly adhere, reducing chances that it will peel or blister. As a bonus, the paint will have more uniform color and sheen. In the alternative, apply two or more coats of one of the new “primer and paint” products.

4. Use top quality paint, 100% acrylic latex paint. Much more durable than ordinary housepaint, it has more flexibility, better adhesion (for resistance to peeling and flaking), and superior color retention. These paints can last 10 years or more, compared to a life expectancy of only three or four years for lower quality paint.

5. Choose exterior colors carefully. Earthtones tend to have good color retention; other colors, such as bright blue and bright red, tend to fade more quickly. Ask the counterperson how your color selections will fare over time, and choose your hues accordingly.

6. Apply thicker coats. The thicker the paint film, the more protection you’ll get. So, apply your paint liberally . . . and never water it down. Paints are carefully formulated to be used as-is for the longest-lasting protection.

7. Apply an extra coat of paint. That extra coat will thicken the protective coating on your home even more, and may very well add an extra couple of years of service.

By following these suggestions, you’ll stretch out the life of your paint job to the max . . . and minimize the amount of exterior painting you’ll have to do for years to come!

Check out these guys. They did an excellent job on my house.

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Huntington Beach Paintless Dent Removal

Ouch, I got a door ding on my new car!!!! At some point, inevitably, your car gets dinged or dented. While it might not seem worthy of an insurance call or a visit to the body shop, it bothers you every time you see it.

Huntington Beach Paintless Dent Removal

If the damage is smaller than a football, you may be able to bypass the body shop and still get the dents fixed. There are a number of services that offer paintless dent repair in Huntington Beach, or PDR which involves using specialized metal rods and tools to push out small dents from the inside. Unlike with a typical body-shop repair, there is no sanding, body filling or repainting needed. It works best on late-model vehicles, which have stronger bodies and more resilient paint.


Most services charge by the dent, which is still cheaper than full-body work. Since it doesn’t involve heavy machinery or car repainting, technicians will do repairs at customers’ homes. We put paintless dent repair to the test with four cars with dings, using some nationwide franchises as well as independent operations.

Paintless Dent Pro In Orange County

In the Huntington Beach area, we called a mobile dent repair service call paintlessdentpro.com for a free estimate to fix a baseball-size dent and a couple of door dings of a 2013 Ford. The estimator said the price would depend on the location of the dents; it would be cheaper if they were on the same panel. Of the three dents we had, two were on the same panel.

We were a little astounded when a truck with an different name pulled up for our house. Turns out the organization subcontracts out its littler employments to a little shop in Huntington Beach Dent Repair. With the auto in the garage, they opened up the boards from underneath and embedded golf-club-size poles behind them, utilizing them to tenderly back rub and push out every region. Inside a couple of minutes, the imprints began to vanish. He expelled two or three little dings at the edge of the entryway board at no charge. Approximately a hour later, the marks were gone and the boards smooth to the touch

He attempted to settle it once more, hitting a little elastic tip with a hammer to reshape the metal around the scratch. The imprint was truly gone this time.

In Orange County, a 1999 Jeep had a golf-ball-size gouge in the hood. When we called another Paintless dent removal company said he once in a while homes repairs nowadays. The greater part of his business originates from body shops and auto merchants. He was especially bustling when we called on account of harm done to autos by a noteworthy hailstorm that as of late hit the territory.

(While none of the autos we utilized had hail damage, hail storms ended up being an issue in various territories in the nation, expanding wait times for appointments and bringing on a few administrations we called to reject at-home repair employments by and large in view of the expansion in business. A few administrations charge on a case-by-case premise, as opposed to per scratch; others won’t go up against the issue if the marks are too substantial or too profound.)

Because of the accumulation of tempest related work, we chose to take the auto to him for repairs. Following 20 minutes of a tap here and a push there, the mark was no more. Mr. Adams saw a couple of small dings on the hood and expelled them at no charge. He likewise waxed and buffed the whole hood. We were charmed with the administration and results.

Garden Grove Paintless Dent Removal

In Garden Grove, there was a door dent on a 1999 Subaru. I called another paintless dent repair in Huntington Beach and spoke to the owner, Brian. He said the company would do an onsite estimate and would charge us $20 for it if we decided not to do the repair.

We called on a Monday and he came out to do the repair on Thursday. We had a small dent on one of the passenger doors, which turned out to be in a difficult place to repair because the dent was on top of a beam within the door. They explained that with a normal door dent, he would insert a tool through the window, push it down, and rotate it inside the door to push it out. With our dent, he said if he went down through the window, the amount of leverage required to fix the dent could break the window.

Instead, he opened the door and inserted a tool through a small hole near the door latch, leveraging it to push out the dent. After fixing the dent, he covered up the hole with a rubber plug. He cautioned that sometimes the work could slightly crack the paint. We were satisfied with the results. If we look carefully, we can still tell there’s a bit of a flaw in the paint where the dent was. Though no one would know it was there but us.




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