SEE 3 (modern) STORAGE SOLUTIONS for PLAYROOM for Kathryn and her mom + dad

1 modern play area in living room_hanging shelves wall cabinet 490 Since I specialize in creating affordable solutions, I don’t accept high end projects that consist of expensive furniture items; meaning I wouldn’t buy a 5,000 chair for a client, instead I would buy a $350 one and make it look amazing! With my secret ‘awesome-sauce’. It’s a secret so I can’t share the ingredient with you. Ok, I’ll share the secret ingredient . . . it’s love! I absolutely LOVE what I do, decorating clients homes customizing it to their style and budget is so dear to my heart. As insanely busy as it gets, I love the process of bringing my designs (tailored to my clients wish list) to life. The wishlist for my clients’ 3 year old daughter Kathryn’s design was to (1) carve out space within their living room for a play area (2) have storage, and (3) maintain a cohesive flow (so the play area didn’t stand out like a sore thumb) within their living room. Mission accomplished! Check out the 3 storage solutions I added (you may even be tempted to add it to your own room) AND photos on how the design turned out. Warning – lots of cuteness in the photos!

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THE SIMPLEST (3 steps) WAY TO RECOVER AN OLD LAMPSHADE

1 490 Ada Gonzalez - Recover lampshade Old lamp shade + new pretty fabric = an economical solution! Recovering an old, ugly, stained or an “i am bored with this shade design” is really simple to do; and in today’s post, I’ll reveal the three steps that will get you there. You will also see a cameo appearance from T-Rex, our new office assistant kitten who has taken on the role of inspecting every-single-thing that walks into our office.

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NO SEW PILLOW COVERS (in 1 minute, seriously!)

490 Intro_Ada Gonzalez_DIY no sew pillow covers I’m excited to share that I have teamed up with Furniture.com to create DIY projects for their Pursuit of Home division. My 1st DIY creation PUBLISHED yesterday (yaay!). Featuring, how to create pillow covers without sewing in JUST 1 MINUTE!  I wanted to show their readers and YOU that instead of having to buy tons of different pillows for every season, or holiday, or every time your pillow starts to fade, you can simply invest in buying fabric (you just need 1 yard!) to cover 14” to 16” pillows. Just 2 items are needed, and it takes 8 steps that you can do in less than a minute. Seriously, I timed myself!
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CUSHION COVER CREATED with the help OF A HAIR PIN

0 DIY custom size pink chevron seat cushion cover One of my clients needed a cushion cover BADLY! The cushion itself was in perfect condition. It passed my tushy comfort test, however the white leather cover not only had holes in it from cigarette smoking but it also looked dingy and worn-out. So, time to beautify (economically). The cushion is an semi-oblong shape which makes it a bit harder to simply buy a replacement cover that fits perfectly. Therefore, we went the DIY route and created a custom fitted cushion cover for approx $10.00 ($8.00 for 1 yard of fabric + $1.79 for an elastic ribbon. The secret ingredient for making this DIY easy to create is a bobby pin. Yep! Check out below where I purchased the materials, the 7 steps for creating your own pretty cushion cover, and how I look when I placed the cover on my head (clearly I had waaaay to much coffee that day). Continue reading

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SEE (Stephanie + Bills) GORGEOUS dining room WITH PHOTOS PRINTED ON CANVAS

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Isn’t this dining area GORGEOUS! There is sooo much beauty in simplicity. Need be to convinced? Then check out the AMAZING transformation of this room that I designed for Stephanie & Bill and their beautiful daughter Kathryn. We replaced their original (1) dining table, (2) chairs, and (3) added two personal photos printed on canvas. Since I aim to design a love story for my clients, of memories and objects that they love, we chose two meaningful moments in their lives – their wedding and birth of their beautiful daughter. Aren’t they stunning photos? Keep on reading to see my links to a few places where you can get your own canvas photo prints (economically!), see my design process, and check out more photos of the dining space, hallway, and kitchen. (And HUGE THANKS to Stephanie + Bill for trusting my vision for you, XO). Continue reading

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2 EASY STEPS TO MAKE YOUR home desk AREA BEAUTIFUL

0 new york economical interior decorator Ada Gonzalez - colorful confetti traingles wall decal The mission I received from my client, Maria, was simple and clear – “make work desk area look happier” (economically, of course!)And, that we did! In 2 easy steps we made her home desk area prettier and happier looking. Here’s the scoop: she had her home desk on the same wall as her sofa, so (1) with white paint we visually separated her work desk area from her loooong wall and (2) we added colorful fun CONFETTI triangle wall decals.  When I think of fun, confetti comes to mind (you too?). Check out the rest of the post to see (1) more installation photos, (2) how delusional I became from lack of caffeine,(3) Maria’s gorgeous New York skyline view, (4) where you can purchase this [and other similar] decals, and (5) the phone app I used to level the painters wall tape as I prepped it onto the wall (psst, its FREE!).

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3 STEPS TO MAKE CUTE COLORFUL PLANTERS FROM THOSE (ugly) PLASTIC ONES

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As you can see I had an aloe plant JUNGLE growing in my home. Time to repot them economically and beautifully! The solution = I found a stack of those ugly plastic planters that came with the plants / flowers that we purchased for this season + ransacked my stack of nail polish. Yep, nail polish! It only took me 3 steps to make cute colorful planters from those ugly plastic ones. Check out the fun designs that I created, the colors I used, and the 3 steps  . . .
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SEE WALL with MAGNETIC PAINT (plus photos of completed design)

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The traingle stencil installation was finished, yay! Next, was applying gray MAGNETIC PAINT to another WALL (with a huge lesson that I learned)! I came up with the idea of having a designated magnetic wall for fun crafts and cards when I saw my client’s Stephanie and Bill’s refrigerator covered with Kathryn, their toddler daughter’s pretty school crafts and photos. I wanted to give them a ‘clean sleek design’ for their kitchen so I relocated the school crafts + photos to a single wall, and added a map decal as a wall art. Here’s a before pic of the space and how the design was implemented (hint: wrestling match involved) . . . .

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STEPHANIE & BILLS ELEGANT FOYER DESIGN with cool WALL STENCIL

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It’s that time again – time to take you onsite with me to one of my interior design projects, to the behind the scenes of the design steps that we implemented in a foyer – for my cool clients Stephanie and Bill and their daughter Kathryn. They wanted the entrance to make a statement (a cool, hip, unique, fun, with a dash of elegance type of statement!). Wall paper is great for statement walls, however, they can also be expensive. So the alternative that I recommended was: stenciling the walls!  We used a fun triangle design stencil painted in a soothing gray (with sprinkles of color – see photos below). Here’s my design game plan for an elegant foyer  . . . .

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6 STEPS FOR TURNING A boring MOUSE PAD INTO AN adorable CAT MOUSE PAD (in just 10 MINUTES!)

490 colorful fabric mouse pad Check out all the 6 steps I took to transform my very boring mouse pad into an adorable colorful cat shape mouse pad. Hint: I used fabric! Oh, did I mention I made it under 10 minutes? – well, not including the glue drying time + gathering of the materials, but still super easy to make. if you have a boring plain zzzz mouse pad than create your own design or get my free . . . Continue reading

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