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Here at Shaping Spaces Group, we love pieces that can go from traditional to contemporary with ease, just like this lamp!

Today on Fun Finds, I found this rectangular slate lamp from Crate and Barrel! It’s urban texture and sleek lamp shade offset each other to make one of the most interesting lamps that I have seen in a while. Because its mix of styles, it could be placed just about anywhere in any style room! Here at Shaping Spaces Group, we love pieces that can go from traditional to contemporary with ease, just like this lamp!

Below are some pictures of this versatile lamp in action!

Above is a more traditional space and the lamp looks wonderful!

Above are two contemporary spaces that the lamp seamlessly works itself it as well.


Will you be checking out this lamp at Crate and Barrel?


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 Interior Decorating Workshop

Presented By

Shaping Spaces Group

Your home should be an expression of your lifestyle. It is a place of comfort and     safe keeping.  Learn to decorate like a Pro, with a little design advice from professional designer, Tanya Griffin, you can shape your space so it’s comfortable, inviting and functions properly with a whole lot of Wow.

We offer an array of informative, interactive decorating workshops for those who need a little design direction. What do I buy? Where do I start? What colors to choose?  What’s my design style?  Learn basic decorating principles, such as choosing the right color schemes, lighting, composition, and space planning.

Find out how to look at a room, develop a plan, stay within your budget and get the results you desire.  Then apply this knowledge with confidence to help pull your design together.

Our monthly workshops will help you gain vital insight, save time and money, eliminate the frustrations that always come with home decorating projects.  Our workshops will help you to shape your space into a beautiful, functional home you will feel proud of.

Room Makeover Workshop (3 hrs) – $199 (Location: Torrance Office)

    • The Art of Accessorizing
    • Learn Tricks of The Trade
    • Picture Hanging
    • Space Planning, Proper Area Rug Size
    • Create Your Own Material Board for a Room in Your Home
    • Snacks and Beverages
    • $25 Gift Card to Home Goods to help start your project

Learn Specialty Faux Painting Techniques – $299

  • This class will be held offsite at the showroom of one of our specialty paint vendors in Los Angeles
  • Learn how to select the right color for your home
  • Hands on Specialty Paint Workshop (each class is different) Rag Paint, Venetian Plaster etc.
  • All supplies needed that day will be provided
  • Snacks and Beverages
  • Paint coupon to help start your project

Faux Painting Class by Shaping Spaces Group

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Ocean Inspired Decor


Summertime always makes me think of warm sand and sparkling waves. When it’s hot out, sometimes going down to the beach is the only thing that can cool a person down. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring some of that cool beach atmosphere into your home?

Photo from OneKinDesign.com

Idea # 1 – Texture and Materials

“Beachy” style is really about the materials and different textures that are brought into the space. Anyone can paint a room light blue, but not everyone has the right accessories to make the theme shine. In the picture above, the wood tones and rattan furniture bring warmth to a rather cool space.

Idea # 2 – More than Blue

Even if you don’t like teal, you can still get that beach living look! In the picture above, orange is used in their design. This room still ends up feeling beachy because of the neutral colors in the room and the rattan on the coffee table.

Photo from CoastalLiving.com

Idea # 3 – Go Nautical 

Red and navy blue are other colors that could be used in this kind of design because of their nautical feel. These darker colors also help bring a more masculine feel to the space. Like the design above, you can use mostly neutral fabrics and colors and add pops of your navy and red in the accessories. If you want to go bold, paint a side table bright red!

Photo from HGTV.com

Idea # 4 – Patterns

Stripes is a pattern that is very often used in a beachy feeling room. Try neutral sand or bright turquoise stripes on a large piece of furniture (shown above) or on an accent wall to create a large impact.

Photo from WasabiGreen.com

Photo from FrontGate.com

Idea # 5 – Easiest Way to Add Beachy Style

Switch out some of your throw pillows for some with sea creatures or a chevron pattern on them, like the ones above. Add a few seashells here and there for an easy application of beachy style!


Enjoy these ideas and enjoy your time spent in your updated, seaside inspired space!

Header photo from ViaMagazine.com

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Shaping Spaces Group



Open House Sunday Oct. 6th 11am-1pm – 1185 Masselin Ave. LA

Shaping Spaces Group has brought another listing to life with their home staging services. This is a  4 bedroom 4 bath Beautifully Remodeled Home in Miracle Mile!! All of the charm and character has been brought back to life!! Turnkey!! Very spacious, open floor plan with natural light shining through every room!!


Listing provided courtesy of

  • Jeremy Daniels-Stock,
  • Barefoot Realty

DRE #01886149

Staging by Shaping Spaces Group

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Shaping Spaces Group

502 North Crescent Heights Blvd. 


Shaping Spaces Group had the pleasure of staging this beautiful spanish masterpiece located in one of Los Angeles’ most desirable neighborhoods. This home offers it all, 3 bedrooms and 2 bath of pure beauty on a 5,200 square foot corner lot. The kitchen and bathrooms have been remodeled with modern touches and sleek finishes. The open layout, good size living areas, and backyard deck make this house perfect for entertaining.

Listing provided courtesy of

DRE #01460017

  • Raul Sandoval,
    Ontrac Real Estate

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Los Angeles Based Shaping Spaces Group Interiors Turns 5 This Year

February 8, 2013 – Los Angeles  interior design firm Shaping Spaces Group turns 5 this year. Owner Tanya Griffin says it has been a challenge keeping a luxury design business alive through the economic downturn. “It hasn’t always been a smooth ride, however I was determined to hang on by the very last thread and dust myself off once the storm had passed,” Tanya said. “Last year we doubled our numbers from the previous year and we continue to thrive and grow with many opportunities on deck. It certainly wouldn’t have been possible without the loving support of my family who have been there since day one when I decided to leave Corporate America as a designer and start her own company.” Shaping Spaces Group Interiors is a full service boutique design firm that offers consulting, full remodels, room redesigns, home staging and more for commercial spaces.

For more information about Shaping Spaces Group, call 323-864-5433 or e-mail shapingspacesgroup@gmail.com

Tanya Griffin, Shaping Spaces Group Los Angeles Interior Design

Tanya Griffin, Shaping Spaces Group Los Angeles Interior Design

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Chairs give us comfort and they make it easier to do certain activities, such as eat and browse the internet.  But chairs can do a lot more than just give us seating; they are also a great way to bring in some style and flair.  Why not bring in your favorite designs and materials with an awesome arm chair or lounge?

Why don’t we usually care about the chairs we sit in?  Probably because there is nothing special about them and just seem to be tools that get you through the day.  However, unique and interesting chairs can really make your room pop and make a statement!

                The above chair is great because it brings in traditional features with contemporary touches.   Add something like this to a traditional space to feel more modern and updated without straying too far from the traditional vibe.  Or add it to a very modern space for a grounded feel.  Another way to make a traditional room feel more updated is to reupholster the chairs and sofas in modern looking fabrics or bright colors.

Cool looking chairs can also be used as a conversation piece.  It could be a chair brought back from traveling or just something you picked up at a local store.  These chairs would not necessarily be for seating but rather for look and feel.  They can also be actual functional pieces of furniture (other than to sit in) like this picture above.  There is no reason why armchairs can’t be a way to store knickknacks or books.   This specific chair can be wheeled around anywhere with ease!  Put it in the living room or office to make a statement.

Chairs can be anything you want them to be!  Above, this armchair is doubling as ambient lighting.  It could be a terrific way to have a night light for kids or to light up an area that is extremely dark at night.  This kind of chair could blend its way into modern and traditional areas as well.  The pattern is more traditional while the design is more contemporary.  There are many other styles and shapes of this kind of lighted chair as well.  Just look around!

Create a unique and fresh feel to your outdoor space with this rounded lounge chair.  It is contemporary in design yet it looks inviting to sit in, a wonderful combination when trying to get that modern look.  The rattan adds texture to the space and it also makes the space feel warmer. 

This chaise is a perfect way to add comfort as well as style, which sometimes don’t go together as one.  Some people may sacrifice one for the other but there is no reason why you can’t have both!

There is no reason why chairs can’t be cool and cozy!  You just have to find the right one for you.

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