Multi-Purpose Rooms
By Martin Amado | 05/11/2009 - 13:00

Nowadays, whether it’s by choice or necessity, a big trend we’re seeing in American homes is multi-purpose rooms. They can function as a guest bedroom, office, reading room or even a playroom for the kids. So, the question I get asked often is, “how can I make my room serve different functions, yet have one cohesive design?”

Read more
Surprise Mom with a Home Office
By Martin Amado | 05/04/2009 - 14:00

These days, having a home office is as essential as a kitchen and bathroom. We either work from home, study at home or have a dedicated area to pay the bills. If you’re lucky enough to have a room like this, the biggest mistake I find is that homeowners don’t take the time to decorate this space to complement the rest of the home’s décor.

Read more
Redecorate for Spring and Summer
By Martin Amado | 04/27/2009 - 18:00

I’m a big fan of having your home’s décor reflect the current season. Especially after the winter months are gone, it’s nice to refresh the look of your space with a color palette that welcomes spring and carries you through summer, too. It changes the entire atmosphere.    

Read more
Your Baby's First Year in Pictures
By Martin Amado | 04/20/2009 - 13:45

There’s no arguing that new parents LOVE taking photos of their baby almost every day! And I totally understand that you want to capture every moment of their first year whenever possible because it can go by so fast. As a decorator, my challenge is, “what to do with so many photos of the precious little one?”

Read more
Green Tip: Recycle & Redesign Furniture
By Martin Amado | 04/13/2009 - 17:14

Creating a home environment that is eco-friendly can greatly affect the impact we have on the planet and our health. Of course, there are many ways we can go about this—from buying energy-efficient appliances to using sustainable materials in our home decor—but one simple thing you can do to live a greener lifestyle is recycle your old furniture instead of throwing it away.

Read more
Easter Entertaining
By Martin Amado | 04/06/2009 - 16:10

Easter is one of those special holidays where families make it a point to spend time together. In addition to the egg-hunting ritual for the kids, most of the adult activities revolve around brunch, so it’s a perfect opportunity to bring a touch of whimsy and fun to the table for all ages to enjoy.

Read more
Updating Your Dining Room
By Martin Amado | 03/30/2009 - 16:20

This is one of my favorite makeovers because I took a dated dining room and transformed it to reflect a more contemporary, global style with simple changes you can do as well.

Read more
Turn Your Garage into a Playroom
By Martin Amado | 03/23/2009 - 13:50

If your kids' toys are getting out of control inside the house, converting an area in the garage to a playroom is the perfect solution. For many, garages become places for storage and clutter rather than a place to park your vehicle. Therefore, it's sensible to make better use of this space by turning it into a more functional environment to meet the family’s needs. 

Read more
A Room Without Walls
By Martin Amado | 03/16/2009 - 13:50

Spring is the perfect time to begin enjoying your outdoor spaces again. How does yours look right now? It doesn’t matter whether it’s a backyard, terrace, or even a balcony: if it’s empty, then you’re truly not maximizing your living space!  

With some simple tips, you can create a “room without walls” by following the same principles of design that you use for your indoor spaces.       

Read more
Creating A Gallery Wall
By Martin Amado | 03/09/2009 - 14:20

Photographs are the best way to capture precious moments in our lives. And nowadays with digital cameras, it’s so easy for everyone to point and shoot like a pro!

What tends to happen, though, is that picture frames start taking over the coffee table, end tables and any surface around the house as a result. The solution? Design a gallery wall to display them beautifully and complement the décor of your home!

Read more