How to Create an Environment That Inspires

Is it possible to feel boundless joy and unfettered hope while sitting in a tiny, cramped cubicle shoved in the corner of a dreary, windowless room?

Sure, but it’s not easy.

That’s because our environments have a huge impact on our psychological well-being. It would be hard not to feel depressed and uninspired in that tiny cubicle. We don’t have a lot of control over what our work environment looks like (unless you happen to own the business), the bus station, or any number of places we must visit during the day, but we do have control over our homes.

So why not decide to purposefully create a space that inspires you? Every room in your home has its own purpose, and you can make design choices that create the emotional environment you want to forward that purpose. Your home office is a place that needs to support focus, motivation, and creativity. Your kitchen needs to be warm, loving, and highly functional. The living room needs to be a place where you can truly relax and where your family and friends will feel comfortable gathering together.

I am currently in the process of redesigning the headquarters of Eldorado Stone, a company that provides a wide variety of luxury stone finishes here in North County, San Diego. Eldorado Stone wanted a unique look that stayed true to their vision of a timeless, elegant, and beautiful product. My goal is to deliver an open and expansive industrial design that incorporates the company’s amazing stone showcases. To do this, I have utilized a mix of reclaimed materials to add a feeling of age and weight along with industrial punk fixtures. The result is a warehouse look that combines a feeling of [...]

Ten Great Ideas For Focal Points In Your Living Room

If you’ve ever stepped into a cluttered room and weren’t sure where to look or how to take it all in, then it’s likely that the room did not contain a strong focal point. A focal point is that special something that draws your eye like a magnet. As you redesign your living room – a place where friends and family will gather often – begin thinking about what part of the room or what special possession you want to highlight and turn into the focal point of your room. Here are ten great ideas for a focal point in your living room:

1.       The Fireplace

The fireplace is a natural focal point in a living room, especially when flames are crackling and dancing. Help make your fireplace the focal point of your room by adding decorations on the mantel or even putting something unexpected in the fireplace, like candles, if you don’t plan on building a fire any time soon.

2.       A painting

If you are an art lover, then show off your favorite print or painting by putting it on the wall in the living room. To turn your painting into the focal point of your room, consider putting it over the mantel if you have a fireplace or otherwise putting it high above the ground so that it brings the eye up. Don’t distract with other paintings or decorations on the same wall. Also, make sure you choose a painting that has enough heft and size to really hold its own. A decorative frame and accent lighting can help highlight this focal point.

3.       A mirror

An ornately framed mirror adds beauty and polish to your room and also makes it look bigger. To add an interesting [...]

Color Your House Gorgeous – How The Colors Of Your Walls Affect The Mood Of Your Room

We all intuitively understand the power of colors to affect mood. That’s why we use words like “soothing” and “calm” to describe soft purples and cool blues and words like “hot” and “energetic” to describe bright yellows and vibrant reds.
The colors you choose for the walls in each room of your home will, in a large way, influence the mood of the room and guide the rest of the design. Wall color is a big decision to make, so let’s review the different affects certain colors convey:
Red is a very bold and powerful color. It is aggressive, stimulating, and even a little erotic depending on the shade. There is a reason that red is used in stop signs and stop lights. It is highly visible and naturally draws the eye. Due to its strength and intensity, red is best used as an accent color. You might consider placing one piece of red furniture in the room to make a statement or painting an accent wall red if you want a bold and energetic mood in that space.
White is the color of purity. White walls can feel either calming or blank depending on what else is in the room. Sometimes, white walls look unfinished, like a blank canvas waiting for some colors. They may also be difficult to maintain if you have small children or pets in the house. However, white walls may be a good choice is you want to focus attention on other areas of the room. If you hang expressive artwork or fill the room with beautiful furniture, white walls won’t compete for attention and will naturally guide eyes to the more colorful pieces.
Many homeowners choose [...]

How Design Can Create Mood In Your Home

Décor has an incredible ability to affect a person’s mood. If you don’t believe me, head down to the nearest high-end spa and sit in the waiting room for a few minutes. You’ll immediately feel nourished by the soft pastel colors around you. The nature sounds wafting from the speakers will put you at ease, while your eyes will rest lovingly on a peaceful fountain in the center of the room. Ahhhh, I can feel the knots in my shoulders loosening already.

When it’s time to decorate or redecorate your home, give some thought to the mood you want the room to ignite. Maybe you want your living area to be cheerful or peaceful or warm. Perhaps your office should be soothing…no, no, lively and energetic instead. Should your bedroom be comfortable, sensual or maybe a little bit of both?

The mood you want to create will determine many different aspects of the room, including:


Colors have a well-researched ability to inspire moods and emotions in humans. Warm colors, like yellow, red and orange, call to mind energy, friendship and passion. You might want to consider warm colors as accents in an office or exercise room where you want to turn the energy up. Cooler colors, like blues, purples and greens, are soothing and relaxing. These are great accents for a bedroom or a bathroom. After a hard day of work, you’ll love resting your eyes on soft shades of turquoise or olive as you sink into a toe-curling bubble bath.


Ever wonder why so many restaurants dim their lights? Soft lighting helps inspire feelings of intimacy and relaxation that make the dining experience a little more special. When you compare this with the harsh institutional lighting of, [...]