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Another home staged by Shaping Spaces Group. This immaculately restored mid-century home  in up and coming Glassell Park area of Los Angeles features three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and an amazing kitchen with sky lights. It’s 1243 sq ft. with a wrap around deck perfect for entertaining, outside parking pad in addition to a garage. This is a must see for the area

To see inside contact Sky Minor at 310-709-8283 http://skysreblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/glassell-park-immaculate-remodeled-32.html

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Contact Shaping Spaces Group for your home staging and interior design needs. (323) 864-5433


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Who would have thought a clock could be the center of attention.

The wall clock is a special piece in the home. On one hand it is highly functional, displaying the time in a prominent and public manner, ensuring that the passing minutes and hours are never totally forgotten. On the other hand, the wall clock is a highly visible feature in a room. It can sit high upon a wall, overlooking the space, casting its countenance across the room. In such a prominent position, the style of this piece becomes an important component of the rooms overall look.

This dual spirit makes the wall clock relatively important to a room, and as such you should spend some time contemplating both the clock you choose, and how you choose to display it.

Indoors or out a great clock is right up there with a storage ottoman in terms of multi function. Not only is it for the obvious but it can be a great attention grabber depending on the size, style or placement.

When it comes to unique clock decor you’ll find a wide variety of options that would be suited for any room of your home, even the kid’s room. Check out Kirkland’s Home Decor

Types of unique clock decor:

o Contemporary Clocks

o Whimsical Craft Clocks

o Kids Clocks – Children’s Themes

o Kitchen Wall Clocks

o Decorative Table Clocks

o Theme Clocks

o Animal Clocks – Fun Designs

Here are few tips and placement ideas when decorating with clocks.

Living Room:

1. Place a large clock over your mantel in place of the traditional mirror or painting.

2. Hang a clock over the sofa flanked with sconces or framed photos

3. Create a dramatic grouping of collectable clocks for a one of a kind conversation starter.


1. Toss out the old alarm clock and go for a sleek modern or themed clock that fits the room decor

2. Try the clock with the iPod docking station so you can awake to the music of choice, not the old buzzer.

3. If it’s for a childs room go for a personalized or colorful clock


1. Add a little sophistication with a crystal clock on the shelf or in the paper weight.

2. Add a wonderful round clock in a wood or iron frame to the wall.

3. Go all out and hand an abstract free form clock to add character.

You can place them up and down the wall, diagonally or in a pattern. When you have one large clock you can place it in the center of the room with several smaller ones all around it. Use your imagination and try different patterns to see which one enhances the unique clock decor the most.

Happy Decorating!

Shaping Spaces Group

Your Single source for Interior Design & Home Staging

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In September of 2009 Los Angeles home staging and interior design company, Shaping Spaces Group teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and two other designers from Southern California to design and furnish a home in San Juan Capistrano.

We had the pleasure of working with Furnishing Hope from Orange County to help supply the furniture for the Mendez family, as well as other great volunteers to make it happen for this single mother with three beautiful daughters. Speaking with Ms. Mendez she said  the process and qualifying took four years and she was so excited and grateful.

It was such an emotional and gratifying experience to be a part of the process from beginning to end. Seeing the home constructed from the ground up, selecting the paint, flooring, lighting, furniture and accessories. The project took about 4 months to complete before finally meeting our family and presenting them their new home. We all had tears of joy as we showed Ms. Mendez and her children around the home. Each of the girls room where designed especially for them with their request of color and interest.

It was a wonderful experience that we would do again in a heart beat and we just might, there are 18 more homes scheduled in that community.

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Do you wish your home would look the same as those magazines? Do you wonder how the colors that you see and the choices of fabrics and furnishings would look in your home together? You want that luxury look so bad that you find yourself driving to Home Depot or Lowes looking at different paint swatches, taking sample after sample home but afraid to paint. So why do you still have your walls in the builder’s white paint it came with years ago? The answer is simple; you do not know where to begin and you don’t trust your inner voice.

For most who do not have the extra money to buy new furnishings, and all new accessories, here are some basic tips in achieving a Designer look that fits you:

1. COLOR – Painting is the cheapest improvement to update your home, it is also the easiest to reverse. Depending on your taste you would want to start by trying on different hues of paint. Try to use a neutral palette if you are not too sure of what color you want. It is the safest choice. Neutral colors do not have to be boring. You can use different shades of browns, ranging from light taupe to dark caramel or chocolate brown. When painting and you want to use a two-tone effect commonly used by designers, make sure that the colors complement each other. Consider also your current furnishings, are they going to blend well with the color of the fabric on your sofa or dining chairs?

2. FURNITURE PLACEMENT: People are often challenged with arranging their furniture ending up putting sofas against the walls. Although there may be times that this is the best choice, consider placing them flanking or facing the focal point of the room. Put sofas and chairs in a conversational way. A good rule of thumb to have a minimum of 18 inches clearance between sofas and coffee table to allow for knees not to bump into the table yet close enough to be able for a seated person to reach for the items on it.

– Bedroom furniture placement can be another point of some confusion. Make sure your head board is on the focal point wall. If you have a square room, it is easy to do…but if you have an irregular room, look for the window and door placement. Let those be your guide, you always want a good comfortable flow through a room.

3. WINDOW COVERINGS: Hang curtains over your window blinds.  Hanging curtains, whether you have any window blinds or not help in addressing privacy, as well as soften the look of the rooms you’re decorating. Match the colors of your furnishings and wall paint or make sure they complement each other. Use texture if you are designing in neutrals, so that the room will look more interesting.
– lower ceilings, to give the illusion of height, hang curtains from ceiling to floor.

– Small window, you can give a sense that the window is bigger by hanging the curtains wider than it should, layering curtains with sheer panel underneath can help in achieving this illusion.
4. ACCESSORIZE: Now the fun part, accessorizing. (Kirkland’s is awesome for finding great deals on amazing items)Put framed art on the wall; make sure that they are at eye level. Do not put a small frame in the middle of a very huge wall. It will look awkward. Make sure to have a unifying theme for the room you are decorating, for example, if you would like to decorate in an Asian theme, this should repeat in the accessories you would use in the entire room. From the throw pillows, flower vases, lamps, etc.
– Do not be afraid to use varying texture to achieve that designer look. Mix things that sparkle with textured items. This puts more dimensions to your design.

Hope these few tips help get your creative juices flowing. Good Luck,

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Buying the right area can be a challenge depending on what the use of the space is. Are you buying for the Dining Room, Living Room, Foyer, How big, what shape? There are a wide range of rug sizes, some standard and some not. There are also a variety of shapes like rectangle, square, circle, ovals, runners, and octagon. Let your room size, function and what you want sitting in the rug dictate the size and shape of the rug. Here are a few guidlines that may help with your rug shopping.

Living Room: The two most common ways of having an area rug is a “room rug” this is a rug that is about 3 feet smaller than the room dimensions, thats about 1 1/2′ feet of exposed floor on all sides. The other look is an area rug that is used to define and contain a grouping of furniture (usually a 11’x13′ or 9’x11′). Remember it’s ok to have a grouping of furniture with the back legs off the rug as long as the font legs are set on the rug. This anchors the grouping to the rug (try a 7’x9′ or 6’x8′ for this look)

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Dining Room: A good rule of thumb when selecting a rug for your dining area is to select a rug that is about 30″ larger on all sides than the table surface. This allows enough room for the chairs to slide in and out without getting caught on the edge of the rug. Tight low patterned rugs are always good in eating areas to hide any stains.

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Bedroom: Rugs look best when they are large enough to fit all or partially under the bed and extend out at least 30″ from under the bed on 3 sides. Still can’t get the right size for your large great room or odd shaped foyer, you can always have a custom rug made from broadloom carpet. By customizing the rug you’ll have a wide range of patterns and shapes to choose from, you could even mix colors and create your own pattern. Be sure to tell them you want finished, “bound” edges.

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Tip: Always use a rug pad under the area rug. This gives stability, extends the life and protects the floor underneath. Good Luck and have fun decorating.

Shaping Spaces Group

Home Staging, Interior Design & Eco-Consulting

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A quick fun way to add character to a room is with a glamorous lamp shade for your table or desk light.

Take your plain lamp shade a little fabric glue and hot glue to add these decorative touches, any or all of the following: (Ribbons, Artificial Flowers, Rhinestones, Stencils, Fabric Paint, Tassels, Buttons, Shells, Charms, and Beads)

– Line the top and or bottom rims of the lampshade with glue, then create a border with one of your decorative pieces. You could simply glue colored ribbon smoothly around the circumference of the lamp for a simple border, or you could create a border of tiny sea shells, rhinestones, or tassels for an elegant effect.

– Using stencils (the shapes of your choice like Polk a dots or vines), you can paint designs onto the shade. Tape on the stencil, use a sponge to apply the fabric paint over the stencil. Using a sponge will prevent dripping, and it also creates a textured look.

In less than a hour you can have a fabulous new shade to compliment any decor, best of all have fun creating your own unique piece. Make it a craft project for Halloween, stencil a few black cats for a spooky surprise.

Tanya Griffin
Live Green:Design Well

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The Public Classify Outdoor Living Rooms Favorably

August 17, 2009

                    Courtesy of www.theshapingspacesgroup.com
oor Living rooms have long been desirable amongst residents of coastal communities, and now more and more people are gravitating to the outdoor spaces surrounding their homes.


According to Walt Hibner, Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of Dayton, Ohio, “Now that we are moving quickly into prime outdoor living season, and while laundry rooms still rank the highest in essential features for new homes, the desire for more outdoor living space is not far behind.

According to research from the National Association of Home Builders, a front porch ranks fifth, rear deck sixth and rear patio and fenced yard 10th and 11th on the “must have” list of design and other features that influence new home purchasing decisions.

Further, a recent survey from a national energy research council revealed that consumers across the country are spending more time at home and more time living in outdoor “rooms.” Based in Washington, D.C., the council is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry (NCHI) – the Supplier 100 of NAHB.

Among the survey results:

* Half of all American homeowners (50 percent) said that they are spending more time at home than they were five years ago.

* Eighty percent said it is important to have an outdoor living space where they can relax and entertain.

* Thirty-five percent said they had a finished outdoor room, and 34 percent said they were planning to design one in the next one to two years.

* Homeowners identified as their most important reasons for adding or remodeling an outdoor room: creating a space to relax (89 percent); spending more time outside (87 percent); adding value to a home (79 percent); extending a home’s living space (78 percent); and creating a space to entertain (74 percent).

* In outfitting an outdoor room, most homeowners said that they were likely to include: outdoor lighting units (94 percent); a gas grill (86 percent); an outdoor fireplace or pit (67 percent); and patio heaters (53 percent).

Citing findings that well-designed outdoor spaces return more than 100 percent of their cost when a home is sold, the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association recommends these five products:

* Commercial-style grills. Most grill owners use natural gas or propane. The grills heat and cool quickly, making them safe and efficient, with no ash or dust.

* Gas hearths offer a cozy touch and are easy to install. They include a range of fireplaces, gas logs and gas campfires.

* Patio heaters extend the use of an outdoor room into the cooler months. Most models include adjustable temperature controls and safety features, and many are equipped with lights.

* Outdoor lighting fixtures and lamps are available in portable, wall-mounted and post-mounted styles, and are easy to use in remote locations such as outdoor rooms.”

Use this knowledge to your advantage.

These are my outside views…Marcia Blake

Posted by Marcia Blake on August 17, 2009

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