June 30th, 2017
Decorating themes are as varied as the people on the planet.
You might be wary of decorating themes in the belief it will freeze you into a specific style that could be unwavering.
When placing an area rug in a room it can be used in two different ways, as a focal point or as a way of tying all the other décor elements together.… [Keep Reading]
Design My Own Area Rug?
To some, designing an area rug for their home is an awesome prospect. But to others, it seems impossible and overwhelming. Most people go out and buy an area rug and that’s it.
There are many reasons why not everyone can use a traditional area rug. They may have severe allergies, dogs, or live in an environment such as the … [Keep Reading]
Carpet Allergies, a whole new meaning with volcanic ash.
I don’t have to worry about carpet allergies.The Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica has been active since last September sending tons of ash into the atmosphere. With westerly winds blowing ash to MY side of the valley it has been a challenge to keep anything clean
So let me ask you this. Are you in an … [Keep Reading]
Stuck : immovable, stuck fast, jammed
What does stuck mean for you? Stuck in a routine? Stuck in writer’s block? Stuck in your décor? How do you become UNSTUCK?
Interior design creates a space to live in. Interior décor is more changeable and often small changes in interior décor can make you feel unstuck. Change the furniture around; buy a new lamp or … [Keep Reading]
Placemats in our art studio were an off shoot of the canvas rugs. We wanted to create something beautiful using the pieces of canvas and many colors of paint left over from custom canvas rug orders.
Our first placemats were painted on one side and varnished with two coats on both sides. This soon graduated to the concept of a coordinating design … [Keep Reading]
Designing A Dining Room Rug
When making hand painted custom dining room rug for homeowners I am most excited about creating a new design.
Often a client sends a photo and says “paint this” or takes one of our house designs and we either modify the colors or tweak the design to fit into each unique interior décor.
In the case of Rodger and Sharon, … [Keep Reading]
Home decor fabric is the life and lifeline of any interior décor project.
Home decor fabric IS home.
Every room, every space uses fabric to make life comfortable.
Curtain fabrics dress our windows and keep the light out or let the light in. Upholstery fabrics allow us to be cozy, safe and enveloped in beauty,
From soft absorbent towels in the bathroom, hand towels in … [Keep Reading]
Coastal Rugs, No Limit to Design
Coastal rugs belong in Costa Rica which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on two different oceans. However, coastal homes all over the world have their own unique décor reflecting the coastal environment they are located in.
Coastal rugs come in a variety of designs, such as nautical designs, beach life, or ocean life. Jute … [Keep Reading]
Costa Rica Tropical?
Where does the interior design aspect come into living in the tropics? What does living in the tropics mean? Many people think of Costa Rica as tropical but there are many altitudes and weather systems with 12 climatic zones and hundreds of microclimates, not all of them tropical.
When I arrived in Costa Rica in 1977 my first night in the country … [Keep Reading]
Selecting Art for Dining Room Rug
Making the decision to purchase a hand painted dining room rug needs to be taken with care.It is an investment that will be lived with for many years. As Wendy, our most recent client expressed,
“I knew I wanted Laurel’s Originals canvas rugs in my home but I had to really think about the design”