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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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Is your bedroom lacking pizzazz?  Are you feeling board?  A few changes can always fix that.  Here are some affordable bedroom makeover tips that will uplift and shake up your bedroom for little to nothing.

  1. Organize everything!  Sometimes putting everything in its place is just what a room needs to feel alive again.  Organizing can do wonders and after this step, you may not even feel like you need to do anything else!  When things are cluttered it makes your life feel cluttered too.  It can also make you feel restless and uneasy in your room that is supposed to be for relaxing.  Go through your things and throw away anything you can.  This will make it easier later when you organize the rest.  Then pick out what you want to keep out and what you want stored away.  The things you keep out should be pictures, sentimental items, and other things that you like.  The things you store can be anything you don’t want to see all the time or anything you don’t have room for.  Remember, organizing will cost you little to no money!


  1. The main focus of your bedroom is your bed, so switching your sheets, bed spread, or duvet covers to something new and bright would bring a whole new life to your room.  However, you don’t have to always use bright colors to make a statement.  Having stripes or a wild pattern in muted tones would be just as bold.  Another inexpensive way to spruce up your bedroom is to get a few throw pillows that are of bold patterns and prints.  Drapes are another wonderful and inexpensive way to bring color into your room.  This is an area, instead of your bed, where you can bring in a unique pattern.  Ceiling to floor window treatments will also help the room feel taller!
  2. Paint can do wonders when you want a big transformation in your bedroom.  Paint is the ultimate way to set the mood for your room.  If you want your bedroom to be relaxing, a cool blue like (Dunn Edwards #DE5743 Silver Spruce) or (Benjamin Moore #AF-415 Grasshopper) soft green would do the trick.  If you want your room to feel cozy and warm, a mid-tone chocolate or rust will be the right touch to make your bedroom inviting.  You don’t have to go all out with the paint, though.  Another way to have a pop in your room is to paint just an accent wall a different color than the others.  This way if you want a really outrageous color, you won’t overwhelm the room with it.  Ideally your wall of color should be a focal wall for example the wall your bed is on or a wall with a large picture window.  One gallon of paint is usually around $30!
  3. Other ways to create a feeling of a new room is to add embellishments to things that you already own.  Add some beaded fringe to lamp shades or change out your old drawer pulls with new ones that are glass or in a bright color.  These would only be a few dollars each.  Switching your lamp shades for new ones is another great way to add some spice into your space and incorporate.  Remember to be creative with your changes and do something that you love!


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      It’s back to school time again!  Children all over the nation are ending summer and starting a new school year.  Many, of which, will be starting college.  Entering into college is an exciting and scary time for teenagers especially if they are going to move out and live on campus.  The dorms there are usually very small and boxy and it might be hard not to be homesick in such a sterile place lacking of any style and COLOR.  Luckily, there are many tips and tricks you can do to make your small space a great living area, even if it isn’t a dorm!

                There is very little storage in dorm rooms so it is best not to bring everything you have ever loved.  Remember to go through your things before packing them and to only bring what is really important.  The favorite things you do decide to bring should comfort you, just in case you find yourself longing for home.  These can be pictures of places you have traveled to with your family, a quilt that your grandmother made you, or just some object that reminds you of your home or hometown.  If you need more storage, and have room for it, get smaller items that can be used at least 2 ways.  It could be an ottoman with removable lid and storage inside it or a mini fridge used as an end table or TV/game stand.  Make sure these pieces that you bring in are not too large because that will make the room feel overwhelming.  Another way to increase storage is to put bed risers under the posts of your bed.  This will let you have tons more storage than you would have previously.

                Dorm rooms usually come with furniture that is the same throughout every single room.  So to make the clone furniture more your own, you need to use duvets, sheets, and pillows that you like and that represent you.  The fabrics should be your best friend here because they can be the difference of it being a room or your room.  It also will make it a cozy space for you to enjoy and, of course, do homework.  Decorating the walls with nonpermanent items can really transform the room into your personal space.  It could be maps of where you want to travel to, a cork board for important papers and pictures, or even a large mirror or a few smaller mirrors that will make the space feel bigger.

                The lighting is typically fluorescent in dorms, which is anything but flattering.  To bring in some more warm toned lights, have a few table or floor lamps around the room that you can turn on easily.  For extra space saving, you can hang lights on the wall or ceiling in areas that will be benefitted by the extra light.  This will really warm it up and make it feel like a place you can see yourself living in for four years.  Another way to liven up your room is to actually have living plants in there.  They will soften up the corners of the room and make it very inviting to come into.  If you feel like plants are too much responsibility then faux ones will do just as well.

                To make the space feel bigger you can add drapes that go from the floor to ceiling.  This will help elongate the wall and make the ceiling feel higher than it really is.  This may not work as well if you are going to have furniture underneath the window, but it is still nice to have some kind of window treatment on the windows for privacy and light control.  Furniture arrangement will also help to make your room feel larger.  Try to create different areas for different activities like a studying area near the window or area with a lot of light, a sleeping area where it’s the darkest and least noisy, and, if you have the space, a lounging area to hang out with friends and have fun is always a good idea.  Have some rugs to separate the areas into their own spaces and you will have the most stylish room in town!

Shaping Spaces Group – Interior Design & Home Staging can help design your childs dorm room too.

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Are you still missing something on your walls? With Kirkland’s new stretched canvas prints you can transform your home into a gallery of art!

Kirkland’s has brought on some fabulous canvas art? Or properly called Giclée (pronounced gee-clay) the image is taken from an original oil painting preserving the rich color attainable only from oil.  Giclée is created by a sophisticated print-making process in which images are generated using high resolution scans from original oil paintings, and printed with patented quality inks.   The quality of the Giclée is the Rolls Royce of the industry as compared to lithographic prints commonly found in the market. It’s exciting to see beautiful affordable art that can be mixed in with – pieces to creat an overall luxury look.

Another cool note is the giclée has a UV protective sealer; however, as with all fine art and decorative home pieces, it should not be placed in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

Using unframed canvas prints, gives a room a casual sophistication and they are so easy to hang especially with the new 3M command wall strips for damage free hanging. The Shaping Spaces Group love using those strips, makes picture hanging so easy.

When grouping prints try something new and unique other than the most common (two or three in a row). Try grouping different size prints together; by keeping the spacing between the prints uniform 3-5 inches apart depending on wall space makes the pictures or frames feel connected without having the same content but maybe the same color pallet.

The canvas prints can also be framed to jazz them up and feel even more luxurious. Your friends will have to get real close to know if it’s real oil or a print.

Have you used any of the canvas prints in your decor? If so please share your most successful grouping or what was your challenge?

Happy Decorating!

Shaping Spaces Group – Interior Design & Home Staging

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Whether you are a homeowner, realtor, or builder; Shaping Spaces Group is  your home staging and design partner working together to get your home or listing SOLD.

You would think a vacant home would be easy to sell, with no clutter, furniture or personal belongings to distract. The reality is, it’s the opposite. A vacant home has no place for the eye to rest, no place to allow buyers to make an emotional connection and often feel cold and uninviting no matter how beautiful or grand the home can be.

For full listing information for this Palos Verde Home contact:

Alan Kwan (310) 938-8574

Hawk Realty and Management

MRMLS #N11020592  

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Do you love the new color trend direction????

I just have to ask if you have seen the new Pantone color choice for 2011. Yes, everyone is it Hot Pink; I even heard it called watermelon Pink. The  Pantone color if Honeysuckle #18-2120. 

Do you love it? They say, “Turquoise of 2010 served as a dreamy escape for many but Honeysuckle empowers us to face everyday troubles with vigor and uplift our spirits to meet the challenges that have become part of everyday lives”. Really, wow I had no idea this reddish pink could do all that. Don’t get me wrong it is a beautiful color but, really?

Bold pink can be a great accent, but I hope it’s kept under control by those who decide to step out of the box with this fresh vibrant color.  By knowing that adjusting the shade of pink or the coordinating colors can make for a harmonious space or a disastrous one.

Check out Sherwin Williams Global Garden collection of beautiful colors to pair with pink.

What are your thoughts on this power house pink to set the tone for all things design in 2011?

Hope you all have a stylish and fabulous New Year!

Tanya Griffin | Shaping Spaces Group

Interior Design & Home Staging | 323.864.5433

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