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Looking for a unique and awesome gift this holiday season? Look no more because SERreal Designs has you covered!

Picky friend or relative? Person that already has everything? Just at a loss of what to give? We’ve all been there. Everyone can use decorating help – men, women, your grandma…just imagine how surprised and excited they would be to get decorating help from a pro.

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Give the gift of design, and your loved one will have a gift that gives back to them all year long.

Visit my studio at:

SERreal Designs – The Studio

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Facebook Live – Featuring April Elizabeth Hewitt of AE Design

April Elizabeth Hewitt, AE Interior DesignPhoto credit: April Elizabeth Hewitt, AE Interior Design

What’s TRENDING in the design world?  Have you ever wondered why lime green is a hot color, what made it a hot color and who decided it was a hot color?

Or who decided that woven wall hangings or modular furniture was the “it” item to decorate your home with this year?  Stay tuned.

Interior designer and artist, April Elizabeth Hewitt of AE Interior Design, gives you a first-hand account of this mysterious aspect of the interior design world.

Watch, listen and learn as April explains how trends come about, and if you should use them or not.

APRIL ELIZABETH HEWITT LIVE ON FACEBOOK

Not only an accomplished interior designer and artist, April is well-versed in color theory, space planning, furniture and decor selection, and also deals with the retail aspects of design, as well as her own private clients.

This gives her the unique position of being able to explain this “trend” phenomenon in plain English so we all can understand.

You can also watch her video here:  April’s live video on SERreal Designs

Why Paint Looks Different Once You Get It Home – Lori Sawaya, Color Strategist explains why

This article from Lori Sawaya at The Land of Color explains why the paint color you bought at the store may look different once you get it home

This article from Lori Sawaya at The Land of Color explains why the paint color you bought at the store may look different once you get it home, to the job site, or wherever you’re going to be using it.

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They look so different here at home, I wonder why? Credit: http://www.thelandofcolor.com

Why Colors Look Different in the Store vs. at Home

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This has happened to me before and it’s really frustrating when you spend the money, and don’t get what you thought you paid for.

Lori is a well-known color strategist and in this article gives an explanation of why it happens, tools you can use to keep it from happening, and a lot of other information.

Bookmark her post for future reference – it’ll come in really handy.

Read it on my Facebook page:  SERreal Designs featuring The Land of Color

Be sure to check out Lori’s website for more great info on color!

The Land of Color


A Commercial Space Doesn’t have to be Sterile

Just because a space is “commercial”, doesn’t mean that it has to be cold and sterile.

Take a look at this conference room.  The color palette is blue and brown.  Brown is a warm color and it signifies stability, warmth, coziness, and the earth.  Natural materials bring the outdoors into a space.  We all know that nature is a natural “feel good” element for our minds so this is great.

Conference Nouveau – Conference Room

Blue is a soothing and calming color.  Here the blue patterned wallpaper gives you something to look at while you’re sitting in that long boring meeting; it’s interesting yet not too distracting.  We don’t want you falling asleep on the job do we?  Absolutely not.

Notice the chairs; they’re upholstered, which means your butt and thighs won’t stick to them when you stand up, ladies?  Am I right?

They’re comfortable enough to sit in for an extended period of time, yet the straight backs and no armrests force you to keep yourself at the table.  No headbanging happening here, thank you very much.

The space is inviting, relaxing and unintimidating, and the goal of a conference room, in my opinion, is to gather your employees together so as to facilitate streamlined communication, share ideas and problem solve.

Although it wasn’t specifically addressed in this space, a good business practice to follow when designing or having your commercial space designed is to make sure it’s accessible to everyone.  This means handicapped or disabled people.

And don’t forget about your audio/ viual materials.  Ensure any printed materials are clear, legible and provide large print formats of documents when possible.

Follow ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards for width of hallways, height of counters and tables, etc.  Here’s the link for reference:

ADA Design Standards

Keeping your employees happy and comfortable, and making everyone feel that they’re a part of the team and that they matter, is crucial for a successful business.

New Painting – Etsy listing available in my shop

Good morning.  I just listed a new, original painting I completed.

It’s titled “Wave Coming In” and I have to tell you I’m incredibly happy with how well it turned out.  I hope you’ll drop by my Etsy shop and take a look at it.

Check out this item in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/384337228/art-wave-coming-in-original-painting-art