Interior Design

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts. www.christopherporikosdesign.com

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Today we have many choices when it comes to flooring, especially wood flooring. Both have their pros and cons so lets go over them.

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Below is a list of steps on how to prepare before removal. Since I’m asked all the time on the ‘how’s’ of hanging or removing wallpaper, I thought I’d find clear and concise steps to pass along.

ceiling light.jpg - 6.91 KbWhen putting a room together, we must really take into consideration the type of lighting needed. Lighting can make or break a room and just by adding the correct lighting for a space, the mood and atmosphere can change. Below are the three types of lighting generally used.

Friday, 11 May 2012 19:23

Home Organization - How organized am I?

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Many people set a goal in the spring to clean out the house, garage, basement, closets, etc. Some set super high goals and expectations and often fail. They make the attempt to clean out a room or two, get discouraged and stop. They haven’t made a plan or realistic goal for themselves. Remember, it’s a process. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the clutter.

1389summitridge-35-crop-low.jpg - 38.18 KbMany homeowners find it difficult to arrange furniture. The average person will line the walls with all the pieces, leaving a huge space in the middle of the room, causing it to look like an office waiting room. While this plan might work for bedrooms, it certainly makes for a boring and unimaginative space in other areas of the house.

For many of you choosing paint colors can be a daunting task, which sends you running in the other direction. But don’t let the colors scare you off. Take charge! Just follow a few simple steps and you’ll be fine.

interior design tips noho arts districtMany clients often express concerns when we reach the accessory stage of a project. There are so many options out there that they simply want to give up. Many are afraid to make a mistake since trends seem to come and go so quickly these days. But it’s really not that hard to figure out.

Sophisticated, dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenalin rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.

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Today, in our series lets talk about that combination, the guest room/home office. Many clients in the past have found it challenging when trying to incorporate both into one space. Which way do you go? Make it a home office that can double as a guest room or the other way, a guest room with office space?

How many of you know the difference between the two?  So many use the terms interchangeably, not really knowing there is a difference.  For years, the term ‘decorator’ was used when referencing the profession.  But with all the added responsibilities and education today, ‘designer’ might be more accurate.  However, there are a few differences; training and licensing.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:00

Designing for Less - The Dining Room

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A few months ago we celebrated the ‘holidays’. Most of us used our dining rooms for dinners, buffets and even casual conversation. At the last minute how many of you scrambled around to make the room look ‘just so’? A lot, I bet. There are many simple ways to keep your dining room looking fresh and updated without spending a fortune all year.

Friday, 17 February 2012 09:43

Designing for Less - The Master Bedroom

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Now that we’re back inside this week, lets take a look at the master bedroom. A few weeks ago we tackled the master bathroom and how you might want to coordinate it with the bedroom. We apply those same principles here as well. Both spaces really work as one in terms of color and style. So when you’re working on one, keep the other space in mind.

Monday, 06 February 2012 10:36

Designing for Less - Outside Space

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Before I start this week’s blog, lets look back a bit to see what we’ve covered. So far we’ve talked about the kitchen, bathrooms and the living room. But what’s the first thing people notice about your house? The outside. I primarily design the inside of a home, but have at times worked with clients on their yards. I’m not a landscape designer by any means, but I can offer an opinion on what looks good.

Monday, 23 January 2012 10:43

Designing for Less - The Guest Bathroom

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The guest bathroom or powder room is one of my favorite rooms in a house. To me, this is where the faint of heart can really have decorating fun. The guest bath is just that, for guests. So why not jazz them a bit while they visit. It’s usually a small space comprised of two pieces; a sink and toilet. So it should be relatively easy to decorate. Paint and lighting is key here.

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