When you're ready to make a change in your home (and, after this week, we're feeling the strong winds of change blowing through every aspect of our life), where do you look for inspiration? Many of us look to public spaces -- hotels and boutiques -- to inspire the changes in our private spaces. This week's feature story in the Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section on Trey Russell illustrates how to do this successfully. That Trey is also the owner of the gift boutique, Aris, in Laguna Beach and that both his store and his home are on constant display has no doubt helped him to hone his eye. He offers up 12 tricks that work in his small space home and that clearly underline his philosophy (and ours) that small size is no hindrance to big style. More, links and pics, after the jump...
To make the most of his apartment, a Laguna Beach shopkeeper applies decorating strategies borrowed from his boutique. And so can you.See the slideshow of Aris, retailer Trey Russell's gift boutique in Laguna Beach and his house, just behind the shop.
From Trey Russell, 12 steps to a sleeker style. Russell shares his secrets for a sleek, functional and stylish small space including replacing closet doors with high quality drapes in the bedroom; removing the jackets from art books so that the cloth covers create a monochromatic and less chaotic look; and, having a tray always at the ready filled with tea cups, a sugar bowl and cookies so you are always prepared to offer up refreshments to an unexpected guest.
Redecorating on a Dime. A Round up of wall art, from these sculptural wood decorations from Wallter, which come primed and can be painted any colour, to our favourite Blik, that can be used to inexpensively personalize any space.
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