Interview with Laguna Beach Artist Dedre Sines

Posted in Art, Featured Artists, Home Design, Interior Design, Residential Design, Uncategorized on October 7, 2013

By Julie Ann Segal Laguna Beach, California has a sizeable artists’ community. On a recent working trip there, I was fortunate to be able to interview one of the many, talented fine artist Dedre Sines JS:  How did you...

Custom Cornice Board

Posted in Home Design, Interior Design, Residential Design, Uncategorized, Window Coverings on August 29, 2013

  By Julie Ann Segal Window treatments can be a finishing touch that tie a whole room together. For a client we’re working with now, we scanned fabric images into the computer to see how they’d look on this...

Before and After Stairway at the Spa House in Laguna Beach

Posted in Flooring, Home Design, Interior Design, Residential Design, Uncategorized on July 11, 2013

By Julie Ann Segal Before, this stairway at the Spa House in Laguna Beach, CA had a warm feel, with its deep brown wood tones, but the hard, shiny steps felt a bit harsh.       After adding...

Before and After Master Bedroom at the Spa House in Laguna Beach

Posted in Bedding, Faux Finishes, Furniture, Home Design, Interior Design, Lifestyle, Residential Design, Uncategorized on June 13, 2013

By Julie Ann Segal A bedroom should be a place that draws you in, and makes you feel comforted and pampered. Before, this master bedroom was not so inviting. Although it had some higher-end features, it lacked warmth, and...

Before and After Framed Art at the Spa House in Laguna Beach

Posted in Art, Home Design, Interior Design, Residential Design, Uncategorized on May 30, 2013

By Julie Ann Segal At my most recent trip do some design work at the Spa House in Laguna Beach, CA, I had a custom frame made for this piece of art. (Read our earlier post about the framer,...

Change Your Space, Change Your Life

Posted in Art, Feng Shui, Home Design, Uncategorized on May 23, 2013

In the recent article “Change Your Space, Change Your Life” in Twin Cities TOSCA magazine, discover how Julie Ann and the Metro Interiors team go beyond creating spaces that look good, to ones that feel good too. Featured Here...

Framing Art for the Spa House in Laguna Beach

Posted in Art, Home Design, Interior Design, Residential Design, Uncategorized on May 14, 2013

By Julie Ann Segal I’m here in Laguna Beach working on the Spa House again! Besides being here for general maintenance items, I’m working on some elements of the design. A piece of art I needed framed led me...

Art Appreciation at Any Age

Posted in Art, Home Design, Interior Design, Residential Design, Uncategorized on May 9, 2013

By Julie Ann Segal I talk a lot about how the art you have in your home can change your life. Recently, I was pleasantly surprised when my son Josh selected an original piece of art for his 10th...

Choosing the Right Granite

Posted in Color, Home Design, Interior Design, Residential Design, Uncategorized on May 2, 2013

Adding an element of granite to your home? How do you know what granite will work best in your space? When selecting granite, take a look at the space it will be going into, and what colors you would...

Art Review by Julie Ann: Gary Borse’s Wekiva Chief

Posted in Art, Color, Featured Artists, Home Design, Interior Design, Residential Design, Uncategorized on April 25, 2013

By Julie Ann Segal (Originally published in Exploring TOSCA Magazine) I was attracted to “Wekiva Chief” because its bold colors command attention. After speaking with artist Gary Borse and learning his creative intentions, the piece was even more striking....

Transformation Through Decluttering

Posted in Decluttering, Feng Shui, Home Design, Interior Design, Residential Design, Uncategorized on March 5, 2013

Before, this room had a lot of visual clutter – making the eye distracted and the feel of the room heavy and uncomfortable. With careful editing and more intentional placement of things – for beauty and balance – this...

New Space, New Art

Posted in Art, Home Design, Interior Design, Lifestyle, Residential Design, Uncategorized on February 27, 2013

By Julie Ann Segal The Baumann’s, a beautiful couple we have been working with, just added the piece of art pictured here to their upper-level apartment overlooking Lake Calhoun. Shari and Tom have been so fun to work with....

Meeting a Homeowners’ Needs in Small Space

Posted in Feng Shui, Home Design, Interior Design, Lifestyle, Residential Design, Uncategorized on December 18, 2012

How do you make a small space look good, feel good, and support you in life? Here’s some advice from our Designer Victoria Mott: This small “efficiency” condominium is part of a luxury condo high rise in downtown Minneapolis,...

Using Feng Shui to Improve Your Life: What Your Thoughts Have to Do With It

Posted in Feng Shui, Lifestyle, Uncategorized on December 11, 2012

By Julie Ann Segal Applying Feng Shui principles to your space–to improve your life–doesn’t happen simply by selecting design features with the right color, texture or shape. And it’s not just about placing items in such a way that...
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