February 12, 2013 6:00 AM
Los Angeles is one big melting pot with distinct style and flair. When it comes to putting your personal stamp on your own home it is also fun to turn to local neighborhood influences. L.A. interior designers and decorators love to play up the glamour of Hollywood, accent with the tones and vibes of the Pacific Ocean and show off Pasadena’s unique treasures. Interior designer Joanne Dossick of J. Dossick Designs offers trade tips on helping people freshen up their homes.
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The glamour of Hollywood in the 1950s is about luxury at its best. Young starlets like Elizabeth Taylor and Cyd Charisse entertained the show biz industry quite a bit in elegantly-decorated living rooms. Today, it is easy to decorate with the influences of Hollywood. For this look, Dossick says to accent the room with fabrics that are shiny – how else can you make the room shine like a star? Otherwise, key pieces of furniture that make this look complete are a chaise flanked by an end table with a geometric base and a mirrored console, which can be perfect to set up your bar. A fabulous crystal chandelier is a beautiful centerpiece and a plush white area rug brings the whole look together.
The serenity of the beach plays a big part in many L.A. lifestyles. For a beachy cottage feel, begin by selecting paint colors in blues, whites and sand tones. Dossick shops at local flea markets, specifically seeking distressed furniture pieces. She likes slouchy, but not sloppy, slip-covered sofas and oversized chairs in natural fabrics and materials. Accent your great room, bedroom or living room with a sisal area rug and glass apothecary jars filled with sand and shells. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy the cozy feeling of your new beach chalet.
Known for more than the Rose Bowl, Pasadena’s rich culture and historical estates have been thriving since the 1880s. To bring the treasured style of Pasadena to life, Dossick recommends finding inspiration in your grandmother’s attic. Set up your room with a traditional Windsor chair along with additional furniture with hints of mahogany. Bring light into the room with an English antique light fixture and add molding to the ceilings to provide an easy design element. Dossick loves fresh flowers in the home and says to always keep a fresh vase of roses on display.
June 23, 2015 5:00 AM
As college grads are gearing to make it on their own, one of the many things on their to-do list is finding a place to live. With new budgets in place and for the most part, limited funds available, decorating a first apartment takes creativity and some thinking out of the box. Repurposing old furniture from childhood bedrooms, keeping décor simple, shopping secondhand stores and auction websites, and having a plan are some great strategies to decorating a first apartment on a budget. Manhattan Beach interior designer Joanne Dossick works with a variety of living spaces throughout the Los Angeles area. Best known for honoring her client’s needs, style and budget, Dossick researches and utilizes décor elements to help design a first apartment, first home, bedrooms and bathrooms and outdoor spaces.
J. Dossick Designs
Interior designer Joanne Dossick helps clients make a house a home. For more than 15 years in the interior design industry, Dossick’s unique perspective helps create meaningful living spaces. She uses her love for fabrics, paints, textiles and furniture to uncover her clients’ personal styles and tastes. Often, Dossick’s clients are surprised by that some thing unexpected– a piece of furniture, a color or a pattern – that puts the finishing touch on a room. Always putting her clients’ needs first, she makes herself available as a sounding board, consultant or holds clients hands through every step of the way. J. Dossick Designs is a respected business that works closely with architects and contractors to make it all happen.
Make A Floor Plan
One of the primary things to do before moving into an apartment is to draw a floor plan. This plays a big hand in staying on budget. It also enables apartment dwellers to know exactly how much space they have and helps them avoid over-purchasing. Find floor plan tools online, which are easy to download. Bring a measuring tape to account for accurate dimensions of the various spaces – don’t’ forget to measure windows. Pinterest is a fun and useful website for searching floor plans that look similar to the space you are decorating.
Use Multipurpose Items
Working with multipurpose furniture will help save on space and money. In the living room, a storage ottoman is perfect for extra seating when you are entertaining, great for putting up your feet and kicking back and for storage. You can keep extra blankets, books, and whatever is lying around the house that you want out of sight. Larger desks can also be used as a dining table or work space, and a side table or end table can also serve as a bookcase. Dual purpose pieces also work for decluttering, which is a smart idea to keep your apartment clean and orderly.
Adhere To A Neutral Color Palette
Using neutral colors such as whites, light grey and beige add the feeling of openness and endless lines in apartment living. These colors may seem indistinct but are always in style and set a clean palette for introducing color as tastes and moods change. Neutral colored sofas are easy to find on the less expensive online shopping sites including Overstock.com, Wayfair.com, One Kings Lane, etc. Don’t forget to search for towels and linens on these websites or visit stores such as Target, which sells bamboo-made bath towels and bedding at a good price.
Light Is An Inexpensive Way To Decorate
Chances are your first”home” will be small, whether you are apartment living or moving into a house. It’s all smoke and mirrors when trying to make a small space appear larger. Purchase good lightbulbs. They are cheap, and can transform a small dark space into a light, airy one. Mirrors are terrific accents. They give the illusion of brightening up your home as mirrors reflect light and make your home or space appear larger. Additionally you can find relatively inexpensive pieces. Work a mirror into the entrance of your apartment – it will give the illusion of another focal point, plus it’s nice to have for people coming and going to give themselves one last look.
Create Cheap Art To Give Your New Home Some Personality
Photocopy art or images that you connect with. It’s an easy and cost-effective way to make your new home pop. Basic frames are inexpensive – find them at Michaels or Aaron Brothers (these stores often have frame sales). Frame landscape or beach photography from old wall calendars and hang throughout the living room or bedroom. Also, a fun and easy project is to paint your own canvas – find supplies at any craft store. A solid color on canvas can go a long way with white walls and neutrals. This gives the same effect as wallpaper.