small space design

Mastering Small Space Design

Cynthia Cuellar, the visionary lead designer behind Rancho Interior Design, is a virtuoso in the realm of small-space transformations. Guided by a commitment to innovation and style, Cynthia adeptly navigates the challenge of crafting enchanting and functional environments within limited dimensions.

At Rancho Interior Design, our philosophy thrives on embracing the potential of small spaces. Following the wisdom of Elle Decor’s insight that “small spaces should never compromise on style,” Cynthia tailors each design to the unique character of the area. She orchestrates furniture and layouts that seamlessly integrate with the available space, offering practicality without sacrificing elegance.

Small Space Design Requires Special Planning

The fusion of Cynthia’s creativity and the essence captured by Dwell magazine – “embracing the mantra of ‘less is more'” – results in a symphony of visual coherence. By thoughtfully orchestrating colors, textures, and materials, she imparts a sense of spaciousness that defies the confined dimensions. Multi-purpose furnishings, strategically implemented as recommended by Dwell, further amplify the efficiency of each space, with foldable furniture, hidden storage compartments, and modular designs ingeniously redefining form and function. Rancho Interior Design exemplifies how small spaces can transform into stunning canvases for sophisticated living, embodying design innovation at its finest.

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Space Planning

Mastering the Art of Space Planning: Insights from Rancho Interior Design

Space planning is the cornerstone of interior design, a delicate balance of functionality and aesthetics that defines the way we interact with our surroundings. At Rancho Interior Design, we believe that creating harmonious living spaces is a blend of intuition, expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ needs. Let’s explore this art through the lens of architectural luminaries and design connoisseurs.

Architectural Digest emphasizes, “Space planning is about understanding how people move through a room and how they use it.” This sentiment resonates deeply with our approach. Every furniture piece, every layout choice, is meticulously crafted to enhance the flow of movement and optimize the use of space. Elle Magazine further accentuates this, stating, “Space planning is like orchestrating a symphony – each element has its role, but the harmony they create together is what truly mesmerizes.”

Space Planning is Critical to Planning a Room

Space PlanningRancho Interior Design embraces the principle that every inch of space matters. Architectural Digest aptly notes, “It’s about creating zones that serve specific functions while maintaining an overall cohesive design.” Our designers translate this principle into reality by integrating various “zones” within a room. For example, a cozy reading corner bathed in natural light, a dining area that beckons conversation, or a workspace designed for productivity.

Elle Magazine underlines the significance of personalization in space planning, stating, “Successful space planning not only reflects the architectural layout but also the personality and preferences of the inhabitants.” Rancho Interior Design embodies this philosophy, meticulously curating layouts that not only optimize space but also reflect the unique character of each homeowner.

Space Planning-Where Art and Science Converge

Architectural Digest beautifully encapsulates the essence of our practice: “Space planning is where art and science converge, where imagination meets functionality.” Our commitment to this convergence is evident in every project we undertake. We plan each space with an artistic sensibility that is grounded in practicality.

In conclusion, the art of space planning is a symphony of design, psychology, and functionality. At Rancho Interior Design, we understand that spaces aren’t just inhabited – they’re experienced. We strive to shape spaces that resonate with the heart and soul of those who live in them.

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Barbie, Barbie, Barbie

Everywhere you turn these days we see Barbie, the beloved doll from the 60s to today. Every girl has had one and has spent hours of fun, playing house with her and her friends, Ken, Skipper, and more. How fun is her Dream House with all the bright colors and “funky” furniture? Even HGTV is building a real Barbie house. It’s lots of fun but don’t get caught up in the excitement of this fad when it comes to your home’s interior.

By definition a fad is “An intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities: a craze”. In Interior Design, it’s always best to avoid fads and instead look and follow trends. By definition a trend is “A general direction in which something is developing or changing”.

We at Rancho Interior Design always guide our clients toward the trends in design that will be lasting. When making an investment in your home interiors, you want to always consider how long the design elements will be relevant and current. So following fads is not advisable.

A Barbie inspired bedroom or playroom would be fine and fun for a young girl and absolutely appropriate. The investment in a child’s room is small compared to a main room in a home and the look will be fine for several years in a child’s life.

If you feel like you want to have fun and join in on the current fad in other rooms, you can by incorporating small touches in your space. Here are some ideas-add bright coloured accent pillows to a neutral sofa, bring in some fun accent pieces to display on your tables, add a fluffy poof and bright pattered area rug, change some of your artwork or add stick on wallpaper or decals that can easily be removed.  These touches can quickly transform your look without going overboard in cost and you can enjoy the look until the fad fades away.

Coastal Design: Giving Your Home a Coastal Design Look

Coastal Design: Giving your home a Coastal Design look- Are you dreaming of a tranquil and breezy ambiance that captures the essence of coastal living? Look no further than the captivating world of Coastal Design. With its soothing color palettes, natural textures, and coastal-inspired elements, this design style can transport you to a serene beachside retreat right within the comfort of your own home. At Rancho Interior Design, we are passionate about helping you bring the refreshing allure of Coastal Design into your living space.

 Coastal Design FurnishingsCoastal design furniture for coastal design rooms

Coastal Design embodies the essence of coastal living, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the sea, sun, and sand. It’s all about creating an atmosphere that reflects the relaxed and carefree lifestyle associated with coastal regions. By incorporating the right elements and following a few key principles, you can transform your home into a coastal haven that exudes tranquility and elegance.

Color plays a crucial role in Coastal Design, as it sets the foundation for the entire aesthetic. Soft, muted tones reminiscent of the ocean, sky, and sandy beaches are central to this style. Think shades of soft blues, calming greens, sandy neutrals, and crisp whites. These hues create a soothing backdrop that allows the mind to unwind and the spirit to rejuvenate.

To further enhance the coastal vibe, natural textures take center stage in Coastal Design. Incorporate materials such as weathered wood, rattan, jute, and seagrass to infuse your space with a sense of organic beauty. These textures bring warmth and depth, while also evoking a connection to nature. Woven baskets, driftwood accents, and textured rugs are just a few examples of how to incorporate these elements into your home.

When it comes to furnishings, Coastal Design embraces comfort and a relaxed atmosphere. Opt for plush seating with slipcovers in light fabrics like linen or cotton. Soft, oversized pillows adorned with nautical motifs or coastal patterns add a touch of whimsy and create an inviting feel. Incorporate natural light as much as possible, allowing it to flow through sheer curtains or blinds, accentuating the airy ambiance that is characteristic of coastal spaces.

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Decorative accents are where you can truly bring the coastal theme to life. Seashells, coral, and coastal artwork are popular choices. Fill glass jars with beach sand or display a collection of seashells on a shelf or coffee table. Hang coastal-inspired artwork depicting seascapes or playful marine life. These small touches will infuse your home with the spirit of the coast and add a personal touch to your overall design.

At Rancho Interior Design, we believe that every home has the potential to reflect your unique style and create a haven that resonates with your soul. Our experienced designer understands the intricacies of Coastal Design and can guide you through the process of transforming your space into a coastal oasis. From selecting the perfect color palette to curating the ideal mix of textures and accents, we are dedicated to bringing your vision to life.

If you’re ready to embrace the serenity of Coastal Design and create a home that exudes coastal charm, look no further than Rancho Interior Design.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and let us help you embark on a journey to transform your space into a coastal retreat you’ll love coming home to.

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BoHo Design

Here are some photos of a BoHo inspired living room we designed for a young couple in Menifee, Ca. They loved our use of bright colors and ethnic inspired furnishings and accessories.

BoHo living room

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Aging In Place

In 2011, the first of the baby boom generation reached what used to be known as retirement age. And for the next 18 years, boomers will be turning 65 at a rate of about 8,000 a day, according to AARP. As this unique group grows older, it will likely transform the institutions of aging — just as it has done to other aspects of American life. Will boomers redefine this life stage? Most experts believe so. The boomer generation is more active, youthful and less likely to “embrace” aging as previous generations have. They want to remain independent as long as possible maintaining their lifestyle and home.

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2014 Interior Design Trends

0212141409The 2014 Las Vegas winter furniture market was held this past February. The market that is held twice a year features hundreds of vendors in the World Market Center. Each vendor showcases their newest products for store buyers and designers. Buyers and designers shop the market to discover the latest products and trends in home furnishings. The market is a great indicator of what we can expect to see in stores in the coming year and educates us designers on the latest looks to create for our clients. Let’s take a look at some of the trends that emerged from the 2014 winter market.

Colors: Neutral colors are still and always will be very popular in home décor. Exotic prints in fabrics and wall coverings are toned down with sophisticated neutral hues. This year think of adding bold, pure colors like peacock blue, navy, orange and yellow as accents in a room. Bold citrus colors when mixed with white, are beautifully crisp and upbeat-think papaya, coral and tangerine. Bold colors can be introduced as an accent wall, sofa or chair against a neutral wall or by using colorful decorative accessories throughout the space. This year we will see more gold used in lighting fixtures, mirrors and accessories.

Global Influence: Hand crafted, brightly colored ceramics, baskets, plates, and statues from all over the world-China, Tibet, Peru, Brazil, India and Africa provide a beautiful pop of color and texture to a room. Think global traveler for an eclectic decor. Baskets and plates look beautiful when displayed in groups on a wall or table.

Industrial: The industrial look still remains strong. This “Restoration Hardware” style has grown in popularity as companies like “Pottery Barn” and others are featuring the look. To soften the hard edged style the new approach is pairing industrial tables with upholstered traditional, tufted chairs. This style has a very cool, urban look and broad appeal especially with the younger customer. Other industrial items include metal lockers used for storage, steel or metal accessories, vintage signs and old black and white photography art.

Eco-Friendly: Reclaimed, recycled or sustainable materials will be a strong trend in 2014. The look includes furniture made from reclaimed or recycled wood sometimes paired with metal feet or top and often distressed for an even greater aged appearance.

Mid-Century: Mid-Century continues to be popular with a lot of manufacturers. It’s classic modern look fits well in 2014 interiors so plan on seeing more of it in the coming year.

Upholstery: More traditional detailing in upholstery pieces will be seen everywhere this year. Tufting on sofas, chairs, benches and headboards are important this year. In addition to tufting, nail heads add extra detailing on furniture pieces that you will see this year as well.

These are a few of the trends you will be seeing this year. Lifestyle furniture stores can give you ideas on how to put the looks together. Designing a room, however, can still be a daunting experience and you should avoid designing a room that looks like a cookie cutter store showroom. You should aim for uniqueness, incorporating your personality in the style that suits you best. For a professional perspective, be sure to consult an interior designer for help in pulling your looks together.

Cynthia Champness Cuellar, IDS, owner and principle designer Rancho Interior Design.