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How to Design Small Spaces

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Contemporary design is what is happening in the moment. Today . . . now . . . 

Traditional is then, transitional is neither here nor there.

Mid Century Modern is stuck in the 50's.

Of course, the style of the house dictates the design inside.  

Don't do a modern look in a traditional home.













Contemporary interiors beg for a contemporary exterior.  

Sleek fabrics, white leather or white linen.

Clean lines in your furniture choices, more geometric than floral. 

Simple and solid patterns. Decorate with less color and more shape.

Cool (literally) flooring; concrete, large tile or hardwood floors.

Geometric or Solid Color Area Rugs 

Paint the walls in bright colors or white.











Make sure comfort is the centerpiece of your design. Don't be trendy . . . be classic.

January 3, 2020

I was working with a friend's wife the other day, helping her make decisons on the new kitchen she wanted. She was planning on doing the project by herself. She felt she had good taste and knew where to find the pieces she wanted to complete the job. What I realised wh...

October 10, 2019

* That the designer will maintain interest in the project if you cannot make any decisions

* That you will attend each shopping trip or will be shown every possible fabric.

* That the designer can read your mind

* That there will be no misunderstandings or mistakes along...

June 21, 2019

So many homeowners call me who have never worked with an interior designer and they just don't know what to expect. Can they afford one?  Do they need one? How do they find one?

Before you take the leap and start thinking about wanting help with your project,


April 26, 2019

Designers use a variety of fee structures and, as with other professions, base their fees on variables such as geographic location, years of expertise, professional reputation and client demand. Most designers charge using one of the following fee structures or a combi...

December 11, 2015

 Montana Ave. Interiors has been selected to participate in a new Showcase House to open next year. We have been given

the Living Room to renovate and design.  We are expecting to collaborate with Thomas Lavin of the Thomas Lavin Showroom in Los Angeles and Orange Count...

December 11, 2015

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definte form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways - Oscar Wilde


If used effectively, color can be one of the most effecrtive tools a designer can use. Color is a form of communication that transends ver...


It doesn't get bigger than French street art collective Ella and Pitrs entry to the Norway Nuart Festival's 15th anniversary celebration, Lilith and Olaf. Occupying nearly 70,000 sq. feet of Klepp, Norway, the mural is the latest and greatest of the large-scale illust...

February 17, 2015


Seems like the new big thing is tearing down the old . . . typical LA vision or lack of?

The debate over tearing down the Norm's Restaurant on La Cienega is the latest in the long list of recent Tear Down's. I am still bemoaning the loss of the Ambassador Hotel. Not so...

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