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Contemporary Bathroom Remodel

Small spaces don't have to be boring. Matter of fact we love designing them and taking on the challenge! Here's a recent project we completed in Los Angeles, Ca. Our client needed to update their downstairs guest bathroom, so their guests who came to visit could enjoy it. 

We took out the tub/shower combo to create a larger shower space and added a bench. Floor to ceiling porcelain tiles we chosen for easy maintenance and a simple overall design that made this small space seem larger. Beach glass accent tiles enhanced the wall mount vanity in espresso finish as well as the chrome plumbing fixtures throughout at vanity and shower ensemble. 

See the before and after photos below.  

BEFORE Guest bathroom remodel  

BEFORE Guest bathroom remodel  

AFTER Guest bathroom remodel. What a transformation!  

AFTER Guest bathroom remodel. What a transformation!  

AFTER - Guest bathroom remodel

AFTER - Guest bathroom remodel

Orange county interior designer - Audra Wrightson - Faces of Design / Modern Luxury Interiors CAlifornia Magazine

Audra Interiors is thrilled to be a part of the October issue of Modern Luxury Interiors CA magazine. In this issue, our CEO and award winning Interior Designer, Audra Wrightson is featured as one of California's "Faces of Design".

Pick up your copy today! Available throughout California in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

Master Bathroom Remodel - Audra Interiors & Rohl Plumbing fixtures / California Home & Design Magazine

We are so excited that our bathroom remodel project was selected as one of the top 5 designers, specifying Rohl plumbing fixtures! The winner will be featured in California Home & Design Magazine.

We would love your support in visiting the contest link for California Home & Design Magazine! Please go to this link, click on our photo "Audra Wrightson", and LIKE it to place your vote! The winner will be announced September 10th, 2016.

OR cut and paste this link to your browser - http://bit.ly/ROHLBath

We so enjoyed designing this master bathroom for our client located in Aliso Viejo, CA. This was one of many spaces in their complete home remodel project. A transitional blend of dark cabinetry, hints of green and brown accent tiles and crisp white field tiles. We opted to showcase Rohl's beautiful Paladian collection throughout in the shower head and hand held ensemble, the soaking tub faucet and hand held spray, as well as faucets at both vanities. A simple, yet sophisticated design that was just enough for our clients that didn't want alot of maintenance, but yet still be elegant.

Bathrooms are one of our favorite spaces to design!! If you're in need of help or ideas to create your dream spa bathroom, we'd be honored to deliver your dream bathroom!

Even though we are in Corona del Mar, of Orange County, CA, we love servicing clients across the United States. You may hire us online through our E-design services or have us come to you. That's what Skype and planes are for, right?!

Thanks for all the love and support!

Audra Interiors

www.audrainteriors.com

(714) 904-7431

Audra Wrightson - Bathroom Remodel - Orange County CA

Audra Wrightson - Bathroom Remodel - Orange County CA

Custom Bedding and Window Treatments - Designed just for YOU!

We love when our clients request personalized bedding and window treatments! We're excited about this master bedroom ensemble, which includes custom bedding, pillows, bed skirt, headboard and window treatments. Rich jewel toned fabrics are mixed with black velvet and Swarovski Crystal buttons for bling. It's sure to be a show stopper for sure!

Audra Interiors is based in Orange County, CA, but we also service clients remotely in other states. It's easy! Just email us at audra@audrainteriors.com to set up a phone consult so we can we can understand your overall interior needs and vision. 

We look forward to serving you and designing your dream space or home. 

Color palette of fabrics for our clients master bedroom bedding and window treatments ensemble.  

Color palette of fabrics for our clients master bedroom bedding and window treatments ensemble.  

We'd love to help you design your dream space too. Call today to set up your personalized interior design consultation (714) 904-7431

Bathroom Remodel - Painted Tiles are all the rage!

Painted decorative tiles are all the rage! We're excited about this bathroom remodel being installed. Flooring tile design going in today! Can't wait to show you the after photos!  

Orange County, CA Award Winning Interior Design

Audra Interiors

Painted tiles installing today at our client's home in Pasadena, CA

Painted tiles installing today at our client's home in Pasadena, CA

Call today to start your designing your dream space! (714) 904-7431

7 Things To Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Audra Wrightson is an award winning interior designer and the CEO of Audra Interiors, located in Orange County, CA. - Corona Del Mar.

In this video she shares a few very important things to consider when you're remodeling your kitchen. Whether you're needing new appliances, wanting to update your countertop or backsplash, or needing more light while cooking and entertaining, Audra shares her tips and tricks of the trade to make your remodel process a less stressful experience overall. Her motto when working with her clients is "Getting it done and designed right the first time!"  

Audra is joined by Christie Miller of Eat Train Win. The healthy living architect. She shares tips on eating healthy while creating a fun space to cook in. 

Audra not only works with her local clients in Southern Califirnia, but she also travels extensively to clients all over the US and globally to help them design their dream home or commercial space!

Call us today to share your vision and needs for your remodel or custom home project!

Audra Interiors - www.audrainteriors.com

(714) 904-7431

Email - audra@audrainteriors.com

10 Steps to Designing & Building a Custom Home

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You're building your dream home - How exciting! As an interior designer I get excited to help my clients with the myriad of choices they get to make. There are so many decisions that go into building a home. The must haves, the to do list, and the what not to do list. Poor planning can in turn create costly mistakes and errors along the way. Be sure to take the time to think about what your priorities and wish list of spaces you'd like to have. You must consider your current and future lifestyles, such as family planning for expanding your family or preparing for them to leave for college. Most importantly, be sure to meet with an interior designer and a contractor to discuss your options and get you thinking of what your priorities and lifestyle needs are.

  • Here are a few questions to keep in mind -
  • Will this be your forever home?
  • Do you have children living with you? If so, how many and what are their ages?
  • Will your family be expanding?
  • Do you need a study or play area for your children?
  • Are you empty nesters?
  • Do you entertain guests often? If so, maybe you want a larger dining room or kitchen?
  • Do you have out of town guests stay? If so, maybe you include an additional guest bedroom for them?
  • What styles are you drawn to? Traditional, contemporary, transitional, beach cottage, other?
  • Do you like to cook?
  • Do you need an outdoor kitchen and space for entertaining in your backyard?
  • Are you wanting a pool, fire pit, putting green, or dog run?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Do you want a movie theater or media room?

1. HVAC SYSTEM Poor planning here can lead to issues with moisture and terrible mold growth. This can lend itself to great health concerns. Furthermore, careful attention should be giving to the size of your units. Models that are too small will be under performing and won't cool and heat your home efficiently. When your home is too cool in the wintertime and not cool enough during the hot summer months, those that are too large will utilize too much energy.

2. SPACE PLANNING Unless you have plans to build a very large home, space planning and design is crucial. Ample storage is necessary, but pay attention to where you place your storage space. Does the master bedroom really need an over sized walk in closet, or is it more important to add space to the bedroom or master bathroom? Depends on what your priorities are. There should be one closet in each bedroom and one in the main hallway for linens and other immediate use items. Too much storage takes away from the living spaces, so choose placement wisely. If you don't need a coat closet in the entry or foyer, don't add one. It could be space you could use otherwise such as a wine cellar or a pantry. Or maybe you would rather a mud room if you live in a cooler climate, therefore space to take off your wet boots and coats is important. If you need more space that's fine too, but adding specific areas and making the each room flow one to the next is crucial. When designing your own home you should take your lifestyle and habits into consideration. How long do you plan on staying in this home? Will you need to accommodate safety features for new or young children? If this is your forever home you may want to think of your needs later in life as you reach retirement age and beyond. Think ahead, long term, to plan where you want to be and how you want your home to function and grow with your lifestyle needs.

3. LIGHTING Light fixtures and outlets should be plentiful, as should windows. Windows should be present in every room and be as large as possible. Natural light is best, when possible, and should be the main source of light. Think about adding skylights as well, which add unique features and ambiance to any space.

4. UTILIZED ROOMS The addition of a child's playroom, game room, a home gym or multipurpose room sounds enticing, but only plan to build a specific room that will actually get used. Often an unused room becomes a place for all the things you don't use. If you plan on adding a spare room, make sure that it is a room that can be transitional from everyday use to easily prepare for occasion guests to stay. This is sometimes the case with offices or craft/sewing rooms. Be sure to plan for storage space in the closet so that it's out of sight when your guests are staying there.

5. PLACEMENT OF LAUNDRY ROOM This is a very personal decision. Placement of the laundry room should be relatively close to the bedrooms for convenience and easy accessibility. Upstairs laundry rooms have become more popular, but it may be best to have it on the first floor, closer to the kitchen, which makes cooking and doing the laundry much more efficient.

6. PLACEMENT OF BEDROOMS If you're building a one story home, the bedrooms need to be as far away from the noise and traffic as possible. The master bedroom should not be near or above the garage if members of your family are likely to be coming and going while you are asleep or resting. The master bedroom away from the central living areas and furthest away from the garage. The master bedroom ideally, should not share a common wall with the central living areas or bedrooms if you can help it. If you're planning on building a two story home, mostly if not all bedrooms should be upstairs for more privacy and more serene environment purposes.

7. PLACEMENT OF THE KITCHEN I had homes where the kitchen was nowhere near the main point of entry. When it came time to bring in the groceries, one had to walk through the house in order to transfer everything to the kitchen. This was not a good location. The kitchen should be placed, preferably near the garage or or back entrance. The kitchen tends to get alot of through traffic and it would therefore be best to divert the foot traffic from constantly traipsing through the main living areas.

8. PLACEMENT OF THE GARAGE It is standard to have the garage on the main level, near the kitchen or mudroom. This is where groceries, backpacks, dirty shoes and coats are dropped off before entering the home. Here flooring materials need to be well planned and though out. Tile or a hard surface material that is easy to clean is the best option for this area and throughout the kitchen.

9. MATERIAL SELECTIONS When selecting materials throughout your home keep in mind what functions will occur in each space. If you have pets or small children tile or laminate that looks like wood is the best option for cleaning and maintenance purposes. Wood is beautiful, but more maintenance is required, so it's probably best to install in the living and formal areas such as the dining, family and living room. For bathrooms tile is always recommended with implementation of larger tiles on the floors and walls with small amounts of grout, which means much easier cleaning. Carpet is still great for the bedrooms for warmer spaces. Area rugs can be added if you have wood flooring installed to warm the space and enhance your overall color scheme throughout your home.

10. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL Last, but certainly not least, it is most important and crucial to interview and hire the right professionals to help you with the entire process. There are 3 professions you need on your jobsite to help things run smoothly every step of the way. From day one you will need a builder who specializes in building new or custom homes, an architect for all of the structural drawings and and details decisions that need to be implemented, and a professional interior designer who is certified and experienced in whole house design, who helps to select all of the materials and fixtures throughout the homes structure and all furnishings such as furniture, window treatments, lighting, as well as finishing touches in the artwork and accessories.

So there you have it!

If you have any questions or need direction with planning your dream home, please feel free to contact me. I'd love to help you make it become a reality!

Best Wishes,

Audra Wrightson, CID, Allied ASID Certified Interior Designer #6422 WEBSITE - www.audrainteriors.com Phone - (714) 904-7431 Email - audra@audrainteriors.com

 

 

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Audra Interiors - 6 Ways to Update a Space

ways to update your space, use accent pillows, new window treatments, area rugs, art work and great lighting Follow my "Ask Audra" Design Blog to stay in the know on how to update a space, with the latest products and trends in interior design.  Audra Designs provides residential and commercial interior design services in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County, CA as well as on-line consultation across the nation.

Audra Wrightson, CID, Allied ASID Certified Interior Designer #6422 WEBSITE – www.audrainteriors.com Phone – (714) 904-7431 Email – audra@audrainteriors.com

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New Years Resolution - Are You Planning to Remodel Your Home?

What home remodel projects are you wanting to tackle in the New Year? Meeting with an interior designer helps you to get a plan in place so that each step throughout the process. Hiring an interior designer is key in saving time and money in the long run. Many details are involved and very time consuming and one decision can affect ten other elements throughout your home. When you are making important decisions such as selecting materials for flooring, countertops and walls it is vital that you also consider other factors. Things like paint colors for interior and exterior, plumbing fixtures and appliances, light fixtures, window treatment options that work with the flooring and other choices. Making sure that your furniture is selected properly to scale within each space in order to compliment your personal style and overall color scheme, all of these things work together to create a cohesive and inviting space.

Audra Interiors is a full-service interior design firm that offers you an initial consultation and overall custom design proposal to map out what it will take to complete your desired projects. We have reputable and licensed general and sub-contractors that we can refer to you. We can in turn hire these contractors oversee the projects to ensure efficient and timely installation every step of the way.

We walk you through each step of the remodeling process to help make it a less stressful experience by designing your perfect space with a color scheme and materials to reflect your personal style and personality. Being surrounded by what you love is so important in order to create a serene yet productive living environment.

Whether it's an entire home remodel, a kitchen or bathroom design, or corporate office remodel, we can help you make the most of your time and money by selecting the right materials and furnishings the first time around. So you can relax and enjoy the home or office of your dreams!

Audra Interiors services all areas of Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and all coastal communities throughout Southern California.

Call us today for your initial design consultation - (714) 904-7431

To learn more about us, visit our website - www.audrainteriors.com

Audra Wrightson, CID Certified Interior Designer #6422 Email - info@audrainteriors.com (714) 904-7431

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10 Common DIY Interior Design Mistakes to Avoid

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Remodeling your home can quickly become overwhelming, and there are several mistakes that one can make along the way. I am going to focus on a few that I think are the most common interior design mistakes to avoid. If you take these simple steps one by one, you will be successful in creating a beautiful interior.

  1. Over Furnishing a Room: This is by far the most common mistake that I see in my profession as an interior designer. People buy furniture which is too large for the room or fill it up with too many items. This makes the space crowded and small. Purchase furniture that will allow a room to breathe and not overcrowd it. Having furniture that is multi-functional will reduce the number of pieces in a room.
  2. Buying Furniture Out Of Scale: Before purchasing furniture, be sure to measure the room and any existing furniture you plan to keep. This is important step in ensuring  your new furniture will fit properly. Be certain to  measure the width, depth, and height of each piece. Buying the right furniture pieces the first time around will save you a huge amount of money, therefore avoiding costly mistakes later on.
  3. Hanging Artwork Too High: Hang your artwork around 66″-72″ from the top of the piece to the floor. This is most visually appealing in a room with an eight-foot ceiling. There are exceptions when the art is very large or it is hanging above a large furniture piece. Do not hang art in a diagonal line. Group smaller pieces together to create one focal point. Lay everything out on the floor and measure first before installing on the wall.
  4. Clutter and Disorganization: If you organize your day-to-day clutter and eliminate “stuff” you seldom or never use, you will have much more living space. Purge unwanted items. Make room to display your collections and provide storage for things you want to keep. When purchasing furniture, keep in mind storage use capability if that is what you ultimately need.
  5. Quantity vs. Quality: Buy only what you love and avoid cheap knickknacks and artwork. Buy the best art, furniture and accessories you can afford. The more expensive pieces may cost more initially, but the quality of the item will last over time. Inexpensive products is exactly that, cheap, and will not hold up and eventually become throw away items in the future.
  6. Bad Lighting: Be sure you have several light sources in a space, and don't just count on the recessed lighting on your ceiling. Layer your lighting for proper use and ambiance. Lighting is one of the most important elements in a room. It enhances all of your furniture and overall color scheme. It’s also important to have the proper lighting for various tasks such as reading, conversation, etc. Incorporate floor and table lamps for reading and tasks. Chandeliers offer overall ambiance and illumination in a space, such as a dining room, kitchen, or bedroom. Track and recessed lighting provide accents for artwork and accessories.
  7. Choosing Paint Before Flooring and Furniture: Be sure you decide on a color scheme first and coordinate it with your existing fabric in your upholstery, throw pillows, area rugs, artwork, etc. If you’re planning to start fresh with all new furniture, select those pieces first. Then select your flooring, and countertops. Paint should be chosen last, but installed first so it doesn’t damage your new flooring. If you’re wanting a fresh coat of paint or a new look throughout your home, pull colors from your exisiing furnishings and add splashes of color for accent walls, niches, and cozy rooms such as dens, powder bathrooms, and master retreats.
  8. Breaking the Flow of Your Overall Color Scheme: Choose 3 or 4 colors you like, and stick to it to create your entire color scheme. Carry those colors throughout your home. This will help the design concept flow and create a serene interior that makes sense. Tip – If you have an area rug you really like that can be your start. Take a few colors from it and use in your chosen fabrics and paint colors. People will thing you’re a model home pro.
  9. Not Planning Your Remodel: Take the time to plan and coordinate your remodel project. Don’t rush! Focus on a design style and the feeling you want to create and what you want it to look like. Pull pictures from magazines to get inspiration. Plan out a budget to stay on track.
  10. Not Hiring a Professional to Help: I cannot stress enough the importance of hiring a professional interior designer, as well as a licensed and bonded contractor who is credible and reputable. A professional designer is educated, and will be able to help you avoid costly mistakes and make things go smoother overall. Again, it may be an expense up front, but if you put it in your budget it will save you a ton of money in the long run!

Interior Designers are experts in the remodeling field. It is their job to be your expert in the various materials, color, and all construction details. For example: Paint alone is a challenge, and a paint consultation is a valuable investment that will save you from going back and forth to the paint store. Not to mention investing in hiring a painter to paint your home, and then you don’t like the color.

If you are planning a  remodel, you can avoid making design mistakes by consulting a professional interior designer. They can create a design style more quickly and they know what manufactures and sources to purchase from, as well as help you to select the proper materials that are perfect for your unique project. Therefore, creating your a custom design, that no one else has. I guarantee your project will run smoother and less costly mistakes will be made!

If you have any questions or need advice, please feel free to contact me, I’d love to help.

It’s my goal as your personal interior designer to “Deliver Unique Design with Peace of Mind”

Best Wishes, Certified Interior Designer Orange County, CA / (714) 904-7431

www.audramillerinteriors.com

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Stress-Free Remodeling Tips – Hiring an Interior Designer in Orange County, CA

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Are you overwhelmed with your home remodel project? Are your contractors organized and keeping you within your budget and on schedule as promised?

It can be a very stressful experience without a professional interior designer on site. As an interior designer, it is my job to make sure things are selected properly and implemented quickly and smoothly so you can relax and take care of your daily tasks and responsibilities. It is my goal to connect the dots, select the perfect color scheme and materials, lay out the design plan, and communicate and coordinate all of the contractors involved.

This creates an overall peaceful experience in a general chaotic environment of any remodel. By this I mean that I handle issues before they arise. I’m not going to lie, remodeling any part of your home is disrupting. But when you have the right interior designer on your team, behind the scenes and on board 24/7, it makes your everyday life easier and less stressful, and the process goes faster so you can get back to your normal everyday life and enjoy your newly remodeled kitchen, bathroom, living space or bedroom.

From the beginning I am the “go-to” person for any issues that may come up so I can handle them and correct them before things are installed incorrectly, causing more time and money spent. I communicate with all of the chosen manufacturers, showrooms, and contractors to ensure that the proper materials are specified, ordered, delivered, and installed on time and correctly the first time. I oversee every step of the design process. By providing project management services a designer adds huge value, therefore the homeowner is given peace of mind in one of their largest investments – updating their home. Because in the end, any type of remodel will add value to your home.

The misconception of hiring an interior designer is that they are too expensive. In reality it is just the opposite. Designers are hired to save you a lot of money. Have you heard the expression, hire me and pay once, do it your self and pay twice? In the long run, having someone like myself to guide you and be sure that you’re making the right decisions the first time around wil be far less expensive than doing things yourself, and then calling me in a panic to come and fix it!! And you would be surprised at how many times that happens?

You cannot afford NOT to hire a professional interior designer. One who is professional, with a degree and credentials – CID (Certified Interior Designer), ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), etc. Do your homework and interview them in person. Personality compatibility is key to be sure you are both on the same page in what you envision. Hiring the right professional interior designer makes all the difference. Be sure the person you hire is credible, has many years of education and experience in the project you are planning and will listen to your ideas, while still guiding you in the best way to do things.

If you are planning a remodel, in the process of a remodel, or planning a custom home project, please call me, Audra Wrightson. I’d love to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

I’m here to help!

Audra Miller, CID, ASID, NKBA Audra Miller Interiors Interior Designer located in Orange County, CA www.audramillerinteriors.com 714.904.7431

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Bathroom Remodeling Tips / Orange County, CA Interior Designer

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Are you planning to remodel your bathroom soon?Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning and selecting materials –

1) Hire an Interior Designer – First, and foremost, be sure to hire a professional interior designer. Going this route will save you not only a ton of time, but a lot of money in the long run! These professionals design spaces every day and know all of the ins and outs to make the overall process easier and less stressful.

2) Budget – Research standard bathroom remodel budgets in your area. Your designer will work with you to be sure to select all of the elements and educate you on what a realistic budget is for you and what you want to achieve. They are great at plugging in each element necessary, such as plumbing, tile, cabinetry, labor, etc. I stress to all of my clients, do you not try to do this on your own. This is the most time consuming part of the design process. Put it in the hands of a professional who again, does this everyday, you’ll be glad you did. That’s what we’re hired to do for you.

3) Create a plan – Your designer can create a floorplan that makes sense and functions well. Whether you keep the same layout or change things around, it’s important to have a plan so that the contractor chosen can bid it more accurately.

4) Materials – Be sure to select materials that are easy to clean and withstand being in a wet area. Porcelain is always a good go-to choice due to it’s durability and easy maintenance. A lot of porcelains today are also through body, which means if it chips, the same color shows through, and isn’t as noticeable.

5) Less Grout – The popular tile installation today is called “but-joint”. This means each tile is installed very close to the next one, so the grout is less visible. And if you chose a larger tile, let’s say on the floor, you’ll also have less grout to keep clean.

6) Plumbing – Keep in mind that designing the same plumbing layout keeps your labor costs down. If you are changing the configuration, check with a contractor before the plans are created, so you have a better idea of what is involved. If you’re buying all new fixtures, allow for it in your budget. It can add up quickly and is the second largest portion of your budget, labor being the largest portion. Even using the same layout, issues can arise behind the walls once demo and construction has begun. Be prepared for any and all surprises.

7) Contractors – I would highly recommend going through your hired designer for contractor referrals. They are a great source for that because they work with them every day and know their quality of work and reliability. Make sure they are licensed and bonded. I highly recommend getting a few client references for testimonials as well.

If you need further assistance or help with your bathroom project, I would love to help! I am located in Orange County, CA, but can also work with you remotely via the internet.

Best Wishes, Audra Wrightson, CID, Allied ASID Certified Interior Designer

www.audrainteriors.com

(714) 904-7431

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Bathroom remodeling tips - Interior Design, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County, CA

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Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinets – Remodel or Reface?

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Whether you’re planning a simple kitchen spruce-up or a complete overhaul, deciding what to do about your cabinetry is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make.New cabinets can take up nearly 50% of your total budget for a kitchen or bathroom renovation, and functional cabinets can mean the difference between a kitchen that works and one that doesn’t. But what if you can’t afford to buy all new cabinets with the latest storage features and styles?

Many homeowners today are saving money by “refacing” rather than completely replacing than completely replacing their exisiting cabinets. There are three primary ways to reface cabinets:

  • Refinish or paint existing cabinet and drawer fronts.
  • Install new wood laminate veneer over existing cabinet and drawer fronts.
  • Install completely new cabinet doors and drawer fronts.

In all three cases, new hardware such as hinges and pulls helps to complete the update. The interiors of the cabinets can also be sanded, painted or stained for a completely new look.

Even with the potential cost savings, however, refacing isn’t right for every kitchen or bathroom remodel. Before making the decision to reface, rather than replace, homeowners need to consider a number of factors, starting with the bones of their existing cabinetry.

If they are not high quality cabinets to begin with, it usually makes send to replace all of cabinets. Therefore, don’t spend money to reface products that are truly worn out. Do not put more money into installing new countertops and backsplash materials on top of old worn cabinets that are not of high-quality material that will last over time. In addition, if the functionality of your old cabinets is not there, even more of a reason to have all new cabinets installed.

Cabinets built prior to the 1980s were generally built of better materials than newer ones. Back then, 3/4 inch plywood was actually 3/4 inches thick and particle board was used for floor underlayment.

Another alternative for homeowners with older cabinets in good condition is to remove the doors altogether and convert their existing cabinets to open shelving. Interior shelves can be removed or reconfigured inside the existing cabinet frames for a thoroughly modern and updated look.

If your kitchen or bathroom cabinets are in good condition then it makes sense for you to invest in an updated countertop material, as well as a beautiful backsplash. Put the “Wow” into those two elements to make your kitchen or bathroom uniquely yours. This will also help raise the value of your home, since the two most important areas of your home that should be updated is your kitchen and bathroom, it’s the first thing buyers look for.

There are so many material options to choose from today. Options for countertops include granite, quartz, marble, limestone, laminate, and even glass. Backsplash options are endless and you can use just about any material because it doesn’t get the wear and tear like the countertop space. Keep your cabinet style simple and timeless, but make it unique with a beautiful countertop, enhanced by the backsplash materials.

You don’t have to break the bank to update your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. But do be choosy in your material selections. This is where a professional interior designer comes in. Hiring a designer is a small investment in the grand scale of a remodel project expense. Getting it done right the first time around saves you time, money, and energy in the long run. Your project will run smoother, be within budget, and will get done faster, so you can relax and enjoy your beautiful new space. For more information, go to my website to learn more about my services.

Best Wishes, Audra Miller, CID, ASID Website – www.audrainteriors.com Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/audramillerinteriors Phone – (714) 904-7431

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Painting your Walls? Knowing which type of paint finish can make a BIG difference!

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You’ve finally chosen a paint color, and now you have to decide one more thing! I know, after running back and forth to the paint store 50 times, and putting 20 patches of different paint colors on your walls it can be a frustrating and exhausting process! It doesn’t have to be. Hiring a professional interior designer for a paint consultation is a small investment compared to the large investment of painting your whole house. It’s definitely worth the time and money saved in the long run!

Once you decide on a paint color, there are many different types of paint finishes to choose from. This will make it easier for you to decide what type of paint finish application is best, depending on what wall in what area or room it is for.

  1. FLAT / MATTE - Where to use: Best choice for walls with many imperfections. Use on ceilings and bedroom, dining room, and living room walls. Do not use in kitchen or bathrooms. Great for touch-ups, but hard to clean. Premium flat paint has better wash ability.
  2. EGGSHELL - Where to use: This low-sheen finish is a great choice for living room or bedroom walls.Great for kitchens, bathrooms, and kids rooms for easy maintenance and wash ability. Do not use in high traffic areas, like hallways, because the delicate finish mars easily. Eggshell has a washable finish that can be easily touched up.
  3. SATIN - Where to use: With a silky, pearl-like sheen, it’s a good choice for woodwork as well as walls in the family room, children’s rooms, laundry room, kitchen, and bathrooms. Satin has a warm finish that can be scrubbed, although it is more difficult to touch up because of any difference in sheen will be apparent.
  4. SEMI GLOSS - Where to use: Semigloss is a popular choice for trim and moldings, and is also ideal for kitchen and bathroom walls because it is more resistant to humidity and withstands stains, chipping, and scuffing. It is durable and easy to clean, and the most scrubbable sheen for walls. However, semigloss is more difficult to touch up because the difference in sheen may show up more easily.
  5. GLOSS - Where to use: Gloss is rarely used on walls because it shows imperfections like a mirror does. It is typically used on woodwork, trim, moldings, and works well only for surfaces that are truly smooth. Gloss is the most durable finish and the easiest to clean, yet is the most difficult to touch up because the difference in sheen may show up more easily.

REMEMBER, DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOR! Your walls will love you for it, and it will enhance all of your furnishings. Make your house your haven, and surround yourself with the colors and things you love.

For more tips and to inquire about a design consultation, please contact me.

Happy Painting!

Audra Wrightson, CID, Allied ASID

Audra Interiors, Inc. www.audrainteriors.com(714) 904-7431 Email – audra@audrainteriors.com

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OC Interior Design Tips – Natural Stone vs. Porcelain Tile?

Are you planning a home remodel project?

Maybe you need to update the flooring throughout your home or remodel your kitchen or bathroom? Today there are so many materials to choose from. The most popular in hard surfaces is natural stone, and porcelain, a man-made material. Many man-made materials look like natural stone, there are just a few differences to consider. Here are a few tips to help you decide which one you prefer.

What is the difference between natural stone tile vs. ceramic/porcelain tile?

Both materials are of excellent quality and durability. Natural stone is varied in color and no two pieces ever look the same. It is unique and timeless. Many ceramic/porcelain tiles are made to mimic natural stone. They are a bit controlled in the range and variation, however many people have difficulty distinguishing between natural stone and ceramic/porcelain tile due tot he advanced technology used today.

Natural stone will  require periodic maintenance. It needs to be sealed once a year, and it is more expensive to install due to the fact that each piece has a different thickness, therefore it needs to be carefully installed by “floating” the material. Ceramic/porcelain tile requires no extended upkeep, is virtually maintenance free, and is less expensive to install.

How should I decide which type of product to use?

The application (for use in a bathroom shower, floor, etc.) and the traffic levels it will experience will determine the type of tile you should select. Be sure to research what the best application is for your remodel project – Is the design project you’re doing a residential or commercial remodel? There are different levels of wear and durability – ask your interior designer to direct you properly.

How big of a grout joint should be expected for tile/stone?

For non-rectified tiles, 1/8″ is the smallest grout joint we recommend for ceramic/porcelain tile. For stone that has a straight edge, 1/8″ to 1/16″ grout joint is recommended. If the stone is tumbled, then your grout joint will be larger. Many factors determine the size of the grout joint, therefore it is important to discuss this with your tile installer.

Will setting tile on a diagonal require more material?

Yes, typically more material is required when tile is set on a diagonal versus a straight-set. Approximately 20% should be allowed for a diagonal tile design. Standard rule of thumb is to order at least 10% on top of what you need to allow for cuts.

What is the best way to maintain my granite/marble/stone/tile?

For everyday cleaning, simply use a Ph-balanced natural stone cleaner to care for your stone. Natural stone needs to be sealed after installation. There are many sealers on the market that are made specifically for natural stone as well as companies that specialize in sealing and maintaining natural stone.

Should I be concerned about radon in granite?

No. Scientific studies have found that granite countertops pose no significant radon or radiation risk. While it is true that some types of granite do emit radon gas, the studies have shown that even the most active test samples of granite most commonly used in US countertops contribute emissions that are below the levels requiring EPA-recommended remediation. And most fall below what the EPA would consider “background levels” of radon.

Do I need to seal my granite countertops?

Yes, granite countertops should be sealed periodically. In a new installation, ask your installer if the countertop has been sealed and what product was used. If it has not been sealed, then use a penetrating sealer made for granite. Sealing granite will provide a barrier that will give you time to clean upa spill before it penetrates the stone. On average your granite surfaces should be sealed every one to three years. Higher traffic areas may need to be sealed more often.

How do I keep the grout clean?

Grout cleaners are available for stubborn stains. Remember to have your installer seal your grout after installation to keep a barrier from spills and stains.

How do I repair cracked tile or grout?

Cracked tile will need to be replaced. This is another reason to order additional tile to store in case one piece cracks. It’s also important to use material ordered from the same dye lot to ensure that the colors will match. Cracked grout can be removed with a grout saw and then re-grouted.

Can the holes in travertine be filled?

Yes, and it is recommended to fill the holes to prevent cracking in natural stone. When the installer sets your floor, they will fill the voids wiht the grout color of your choice.

If you need help selecting materials for your home or corporate office remodel, I’d love to help! There are many material options available today, so it can quickly become an overwhelming process. I will help you narrow down your options and make the overall process less stressful.

 

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Audra Interiors – Featured in OC Metro – Commerical Interiors / Office Remodels and Branding

Commercial office remodels and branding is crucial in today’s marketing world. First impressions make all the difference with prospective clients! This was a medical office remodel I did for a doctor at Kaiser in Orange County, CA.

My client had the following to say about her new office space –

“Audra performed a small miracle at my office. She managed to accommodate my needs seamlessly, and far surpassed my expectations. The colors and design are welcoming and soothing, perfect for a doctor’s office. She managed to incorporate all of my medical certificates in a beautiful, uncluttered arrangement, and designed the space to give us more room than I had before. I truly look forward to coming into my office every day. Without a doubt, I have the best and most attractive office in the entire building. The nurses drop by the office just for that comforting feeling it affords. I could not be happier – Thanks Audra!”

Luxurious Designs for Outdoor Rooms – Orange County Interior Designer

Bathe in beauty with a backyard haven for relaxing!
Outdoor Lighting:

Forget typical ceiling fans and create different levels of lighting with gas sconces, chandeliers, and table lamps. Nothing flickers like real flame in a gas lantern. If you’d rather stick with the convenience of a ceiling fan, consider adding misters for warm climates and radiant floor heaters for cold climates.

Choose a gorgeous chandelier made of iron, crystal, or blown glass as a sophisticated accent piece for covered outdoor rooms. Melted glass coutertops fed with fiber optics illuminate cocktail glasses with color and guests with ambient light. Design your outdoor space with specific focal points in mind.

Fireplaces and Trellises:

Outdoor fireplaces and heavy timber trellis structures turn an outdoor space into an outdoor room. Both elements also make the area usable year-round, with the fireplace offering warmth in winter and the trellis offering shade in summer. Plus, two-sided fireplaces create a natural separation for living and dining areas. Nothing does a better job of defining the outdoor living room than a large structure like a pergola to define space and give an outdoor room a more intimate feeling. Don’t forget artwork! Any interesting art that can be outside is a great accent, like a wall hanging or a Balinese stone statue. Divide your patio and yard into separate areas to accommodate groups of people.

Outdoor Fabric & Accessories:

Comfortable seating with luxurious fabrics and pillows blurs the lines between the indoors and outdoors. Draperies add softness and privacy. Use vibrant colors and high-quality fabrics, like Sunbrella, Robert Allen, or Kravet.

Outdoor Furniture:

Never cut corners when buying furniture. Cheap furniture can destroy the look of a carefully planned design. Manufacturer, Jordan Brown, uses high-quality, comfortable teak furniture with Sunbrella’s colorful cushions. Design your outdoors to accommodate an outdoor kitchen for those fun nights of barbecuing out by the poolside.

Outdoor Kitchens:

As one of the most common big-ticket items, outdoor kitchens are now built with a variety of features, like side burners, warming drawers, refrigerators, beer taps, and beverage/cocktail centers designed for entertaining. Popular designs include an outdoor kitchen with surround sound and drop-down plasma TV screens.

Pots and Planters:

Pots can set the room’s theme and can make or break a good design. Use only high-quality, frost-proof terracotta from a reputable company such as Seibert & Rick because mismatched old pots will destroy the look. Place three large pots on an outdoor room patio or behind a chair or loveseat to help define outdoor spaces. Fire and water are opposite, yet complementing elements in an outdoor space.

Water Features:

My favorite pieces to splurge on in a garden room are accent pieces like water features and pottery. An artistic water feather or beautiful pottery placed carefully in the landscape can bring the surrounding plants and hardscape to life. Depending on the color scheme and style of the the garden, picking up one accent color used elsewhere int he design is a great way to tie in the decorative elements with the rest of the space.

Entertainment:

Surround-sound rock speakers throughout the garden make a great impact on your music selections. Always use multiple speakers so that sound volume can be kept lower and more ambient. The biggest mistake people make is putting speakers at the back of the house over the main patio. This makes it difficult for people to hear themselves talk.

Audra Miller, CID, ASIDInterior Designer / Orange County, CA

www.audramillerinteriors.com

(714) 904-7431

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Interior Design Tips for Spring Cleaning

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Spring is HERE!

Time to clear the clutter to plan for those Summer parties! :)

Here are a few interior design tips for spring to refresh your home:

  • Donate thing you haven’t worn or used in a year
  • Organize and file all bills and paperwork
  • Dust everything above eye level – Ceiling fans, refrigerator, shelves, artwork
  • Clean out your refrigerator
  • Clean your windows and blinds
  • Have your window treatments dry cleaned
  • Rearrange your furniture or purchase all new pieces
  • Spruce up your accent pillows – Add color!
  • Paint a wall or an entire room
  • Purchase an area rug – Once again, add color!
  • Relax and enjoy! A clean and organized space creates good energy and relaxation

Happy Organizing!

Audra Miller, CID #6422Certified Interior Designer / ASID, Allied Member

www.audrainteriors.com

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Corporate Office – Design Tips for Branding Your Office

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Thinking of changing or updating your work environment ? I would like you to also think about your brand, and the colors you use in your materials.

Today branding your image is extremely important. You clients get a first impression of you as soon as they walk in the door, and you can’t get that back.

A fresh coat of paint, new furnishings or maybe a new space plan, along with artwork and accessories can transform a space immediately.

Put your own personal touches into the space. What are your favorite colors, fabrics, interests? Keep it simple, but professional.

Add touches of silver or bronze to create an overall richness that screams “HIRE ME”! :-D

Does your furniture layout make sense and function properly? There are so many ways you can save space with attractive furniture such as bookcases and cabinets, and you really don’t have to spend a lot of money. Think simple, but professional. Don’t go cheap, invest in good quality. Even IKEA has good quality furniture, simple designs at affordable prices.

Let your surroundings be a direct reflection of you. Don’t you want to work in an environment surrounded by the things you love and that make you feel good? In turn, you’ll feel confident in the your work environment and more than likely increase your income because of it.

If you need help designing your office space to reflect your own style, I would love to help!

Audra Miller, CID, ASIDhttp://www.audrainteriors.com/

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Interior Designer in Orange County, CA – Choosing the Right Paint Colors for Your Home

Color affects your mood, it’s a proven fact. When choosing paint colors for your home or office, think of what type of ambiance you want to create. If you want the space to feel cozy, choose a slightly darker, richer tone – such as for a master bedroom or retreat area.

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After Remodel

If you want the space to look larger and feel brighter, choose a lighter, neutral color – such as for a living room with low ceilings or not a lot of natural light.

When you want to accent just one wall, choose a color two shades darker than the rest of the walls in the room.

If you’ve just purchased a home in Orange County, CA, more than likely there are things you want to change to put your own personal touches into it. Paint is a simple and low cost investment that transforms the look of a room instantly.

If you need a good paint contractor, or help with creating your own color palette, I would love to help!

Best Wishes,

Audra Miller, CID, ASID

714.904.7431

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