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During the past two years many changes have taken place in our routines. In particular, we started the era of remote working. How and where we work has shifted fundamentally, with work from home becoming the norm for many of us. Many organizations are re-evaluating their work process and are considering some degree of remote work as they plan for the post-pandemic time.

To adjust to the new reality,  we need to create a home office for longer-term and more permanent use. To design our workplace accordingly, we need to consider factors such as comfort and concentration.

Comfort

Comfort is fundamental before, during, and after working hours.  This involves physical, psychological, emotional, and environmental aspects. For example, maybe a desk chair that offers multiple adjustment features (i.e., back, lumbar, height, etc.) would enhance your work performance?

How about…
An electronically powered, adjustable standing – or sitting – desk with height memory settings and zero-tolerance for cable visibility.

Or…
A laptop desk to continue working with a change of scenery?

The workplace should be a place that enables every person to succeed in their work.

More tips for your Home Office in the next Newsletter!

Articles:

 
The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner
Bathrooms: First Impressions by Amelia Logan
If you are interested in Interior design  tips and trends, please visit my column, The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner at the Reston Patch. Comments and questions are always welcome! If there is a topic that you are interested in, please bring it to my attention (ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com), so I can include it in future posts. Take advantage of this resource available to you anytime.
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Events
Color Trends, window treatments and more…
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Amelia Vallone Logan, Ph. D.
Interior Designer
ASID Allied Member
703-464-0459
ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com www.ameliavallone.decoratingden.com

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Design Tips

I haven’t written my newsletters in a while, Oops. Is that a sign of stagnation? How about you? Did you try to do a home project and ended up frustrated and with another source of anxiety?  You are not alone.  Avoid stagnation and make changes in your home that stimulate your spirit today! The key to happiness is to be able to enjoy the present.

Window Treatments!

If you felt that you reached a closed door when you tried to do a home project recently, remember that there is always a window! Let’s embrace our windows this year! YES, YOU can HAVE a NEW WINDOW TREATMENT FOR THANKSGIVINGS AND THE HOLIDAYS. That is a wonderful way to brighten up your room and change the ambience.

You can have fun combining Draperies, roman shades and top treatments!

Maybe an
embroidered fabric…
We have a large assortment of fabrics. We can design the perfect window treatment for you.“The measure of intelligence is
the ability to change.”
Albert Einstein

We can make it unique to you
by adding a detail like these
nails on a cornice…
“The secret of change is to focus all of
your energy, not on fighting the old, but
on building the new.”
Socrates
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When the lavenders bloom again by Amelia Logan
If you are interested in Interior design  tips and trends, please visit my column, The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner at the Reston Patch. Comments and questions are always welcome! If there is a topic that you are interested in, please bring it to my attention (ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com), so I can include it in future posts. Take advantage of this resource available to you anytime.
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Events
Color Trends, window treatments and more…
Click here to find out information about our fall events.


Amelia Vallone Logan, Ph. D.
Interior Designer
ASID Allied Member
703-464-0459
ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com www.ameliavallone.decoratingden.com
If you are inspired to start your own project, click below to book a 15-minute chat today to see if our fun design process is the right fit for you!
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Whether your home came fully equipped with a sunroom or you recently embraced in an addition to your house, consider yourself lucky. An all-weather “outdoor” living space is always a plus. Isn’t sometimes the view more enjoyable from an air-conditioned room?


The casual style creates a relaxed mood. Rattan and wicker furniture are excellent choices to inspire that. You can opt for cozy cushions in a variety of patterns and colors. Performance fabrics are perfect for these rooms because they are easy to clean. 

Having rooms with different ambiences makes your home more interesting and unique. The décor style, the colors and the lighting create the mood, and you want to use the right ones for you and your family. Do you prefer pastel or vibrant accent colors?

There is no limit for creativity. If you don’t have a sunroom you can create your “suncorner.” A chair, an ottoman and a martini table will do it-a perfect reading corner.

For when the sunshine is too intense, add the perfect shades to control the light to your taste. For screen and shade options the limit is the  sky.

And for when the sun goes down, table lamps create a cozy ambience.

Events:
Upcoming Zoom Events in August
For the Grand Finale of the Spring-Summer Events–Setting the Right Mood for your Home–we are bringing the highlights from the last furniture show. Saying that this Market is Paradise for an interior designer is an understatement. You will understand that after attending our event this August!
– Highlights of the Last Furniture Show in High Point, North Carolina

August 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Fall Zoom Events

– The World of Built-ins: a key to fitting the TV, books and décor into difficult spaces

September 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm

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Articles:
The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner 
By Amelia Logan

If you are interested in Interior design  tips and trends, please visit my column, The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner at the Reston Patch. Comments and questions are always welcome! If there is a topic that you are interested in, please bring it to my attention, so I can include it in future posts. Take advantage of this resource available to you anytime. 
Click here to read the articles.

If you are inspired to start your own project, click below to book a 15-minute chat today to see if our fun design process is the right fit for you!

Amelia Vallone Logan, Ph.D.
Interior Designer
ASID Allied Member
703-464-0459
ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com www.ameliavallone.decoratingden.com

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With the summer almost here, it is time to get your outdoor space ready to spend more of your time outside the house! In addition to power washing  your deck, patio and porch, it is a great moment to take a look at your outdoor color scheme.  In other words, you may want to spruce it up to feel that summer is in the air! 
Why is orange often selected as an accent color for outdoor furniture?
Orange is often the color chosen as an accent for outdoor spaces . One of the reasons is that is a nice complement to the green in lawns and trees, but it also has a very positive effect on our moods.  Orange is a warm and vibrant color. It inspires creativity and determination. It is associated with health, vitality and team work. It symbolizes persistency, strength and endurance. 
To me, it is the color of sunrise,  and it inspires me to start the day with strength and endurance. To end the day, I would recommend to pairing this curved armless sectional with a cosmopolitan…

Outdoor living spaces have become an extension of one’s indoor space. Outdoor furniture also comes in many different styles. Whether you prefer a curved sectional with soft contemporary lines and striking architectural elements, or chairs with the classic look of woven wicker, with intrinsic patterns that give a refined, yet casual look, we can help you with a design tailored to you. We can offer a broad  assortment of fabric selections for your taste and style both in solids and with patterns.
Nothing says outdoor luxury so much as gathering around a fire. Fire pits can feature ample service areas to enjoy refreshments. Does the oasis of your dream include a fire pit?
Or perhaps, take your dining style to the next level in a small patio with this stylish Mid Century Modern set.  The furniture features sinuous frames, in a rich burnished mocha finish that are covered in a seagrass coloration of all-weather wicker. The graceful sweep of the back leg on the  dining chair makes a design statement unto itself. The effect is even more dramatic when combined with the soft curves of the wicker table base. 
This furniture endures very well through time; the legs showcase a textured aluminum surface that translates as wood grain with remarkable effect.  Are you ready to select your favorite fabric for the cushions?

Upcoming Zoom Events in June

Please join us for our Spring-Summer 2020 Interior Design Series Focused on Setting the Right Mood For Your Home. The events are free of charge. Many award-winning before-and-after photographs are discussed in the framework of color, balance and harmony. A Q&A session will follow the presentations. These 90 minute events are a great source of inspiration. Click on the links below for more information. See you then!

The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner 

By Amelia Logan

If you are interested in Interior design  tips and trends, please visit my column, The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner at the Reston Patch. Comments and questions are always welcome! If there is a topic that you are interested in, please bring it to my attention, so I can include it in future posts. Take advantage of this resource available to you anytime. Click here to read the articles.

If you are inspired to start your own project, click below to book a 15-minute chat today to see if our fun design process is the right fit for you!

Amelia Vallone Logan, Ph.D.
Interior Designer
ASID Allied Member
703-464-0459
ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com www.ameliavallone.decoratingden.com
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Like every May, the rhododendrons are at their peak. The spring continues its course with its symbol of energy.  As I am writing this newsletter, I am listening to one of my favorite waltzes. Usually when I design I listen to Bach or Chopin, instead, this spring I often have found myself listening to waltzes. Like colors, music creates moods and is linked to our memories and experiences. I grew up listening to waltzes and learned how to dance it at the age of four. Before a holiday, my father would start the celebration with a waltz. He used to say: ”let’s start the holiday with joyful music.” It was energizing for him and he wanted us to feel the same way. I realized that in the back of my mind, my memories from
childhood were boosting my inner strength. While you  read this newsletter, I invite you to listen to the most joyful waltz composed by Johan Strauss: “Voices of the spring.”
Music and color have something in common -they both impact our moods. As we are spending long hours at home, it is important to avoid monotony in the decor. We can bring the energy of the waltz to our homes by adding the right accent colors in the right places. Then we can waltz all day long. Let’s see how!

Add an accent in a vibrant color such as red

Red is the most powerful color in the spectrum and it is a great accent color, in particular in palettes with black, grey and neutrals. It creates excitement, courage and power. It  symbolizes leadership and action.  The red carpet has always been the symbol of royalty and creates a grand atmosphere. It is the color of fire and passion, and it is associated with love, sexuality and desire. As the hottest color of the spectrum, a red accent can transform any room. Adding an art piece with some red in the family room would bring energy to your mood. 

Then introduce some rhythm in the room by pairing it with some fruit. A pedestal silver platter with some pomegranates would create a beautiful  accent on the counter top. My favorite treat is a glass of champagne with brie cheese and raspberries. You can use details like these to create your grand atmosphere!

Window Treatments

One small adjustment to your windows can transform the room from floor to ceiling. The right window treatment can make your space feel more refreshed and cheerful. Sheers can add a touch of elegance without looking too bulky.

Roman shades are a great resource to add pattern and color on walls where space is limited. Or perhaps you may prefer a top treatment in a fabric with a print harmonious with the color scheme of the room.  It is that custom detail that would make it unique to your home. In our next event, we will be exploring the world of dressing up your windows. See you then!

Next Virtual Event: 

Window Treatment Trends: Where Elegance and Functionality meet

Please join us for our second virtual event on Friday, May 22 at noon EDT, the second in the series, “Stay-at-Home Spring 2020” presented by Amelia Vallone Interiors via Zoom meetings. The events are free of charge. 

There are more trends in window treatments and design than you might think. Are you thinking about draperies, Roman shades, top treatments or shutters? Well, we will be talking about all of them and many more types. Hopefully, this will spark an idea or two to make your custom window treatments more exciting!

A Q&A session will follow the presentation. See you then!

Click here to register.

The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner 

By  Amelia Logan

If you are interested in Interior design  tips and trends, please visit my column, The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner at the Reston Patch. Comments and questions are always welcome! If there is a topic that you are interested in, please bring it to my attention, so I can include it in future posts. Take advantage of this resource available to you anytime. Click here to read the articles.

If you are interested to start a project, we are here for you!

Contact us  for your virtual complimentary design consultation

Amelia Vallone Logan, Ph.D.
Interior Designer
ASID Allied Member
703-464-0459
ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com www.ameliavallone.decoratingden.com


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I hope that this Newsletter finds you, your family and friends, healthy and safe.  No doubt that this is a very different spring than we had imagined last fall. Although the spring is the season full of energy and vitality, this year it is a stay-at-home spring.  The perception of time seems altered; however, the spring is following its course as the changing blooming plants- first the camellias, now the azaleas and then the rhododendrons attest.

I am very proud of the efforts that all Americans are making to overcome this surrealistic situation. We are all standing as a nation together, giving up gathering and many valuable aspects of our lives to protect the most vulnerable individuals in our society. It is my desire that we would be able to gather again by the summer.

You are probably wondering why I chose a jasmine for the header of this Newsletter. I invite you to read my latest article in The Patch – The Reston-Great Falls Interiors Design Corner: A Positive Vision of the Future.

It can be unsettling when our routine and plans are disrupted even when we know that it is temporary. But everything in nature tends towards equilibrium; we find a way to adjust to new situations and take a positive approach. For example:

Prepare a special dinner for your family

Tonight maybe you can set up your family dinner table with the nicest table mats that you have. Pick some flowers from your garden or get some flowers from the store when you shop for groceries and arrange to make a center piece. Prepare your child or spouse’s favorite dish. Enjoy the evening with your family.  Every moment is precious.

Take on projects that you can control

Maybe the bookcase in the family room looks a bit busy, so that is a nice project! After all, it is spring and you always do spring cleaning! Organize books and magazines in groups and leave open spaces to place accessories such as a colorful vase or a bowl. Look for some of your favorite photos and use those additional frames you had in a drawer. Be creative!  The wonderful work on the left was done mostly by a client and friend. I  came up with the different colors on the back to give it some rhythm.  Would you like to know how we avoided monotony?
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Business Update

Amelia Vallone Interiors is currently open for business and following the CDC guidelines. We are conducting virtual initial consultations through Facetime and Zoom.

As many of you know, before I started Amelia Vallone Interiors, I worked as a chemist for over a decade at the Smithsonian Institution. I was not only working with hazardous materials, but I was in charge of training the laboratory users as well. I never imagined I was going to use PPE (Personal protective equipment) as an interior designer. I was also part of the Smithsonian disaster preparedness team that was created after 09/11. On the right  you see me ready to go for an install in March 2020.

Next Virtual Event: 

Color Trends and setting the right mood for your home

Please join us for our first virtual event on Friday, April 17 at noon EDT. I will be talking about colors and how you can set the right mood for you and your home. 

The event will be conducted in a Zoom meeting. Please register by sending an e-mail to RSVP at ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com. Or click here to register. You will receive the ID and the code to join the meeting. See you then!

The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner 

By  Amelia Logan

My column, The Reston-Great Falls Interior Design Corner at the Reston Patch, will come to you every week  during the stay-at-home-spring. The articles are focused on tips for home decor. Comments and questions are always welcome! If there is a topic that you are interested in, please bring it to my attention (ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com), so I can include it in future posts. Take advantage of this resource available to you anytime. Learn about upcoming virtual interior design events. Click here to read my last post.
If you are interested to start a project, we are here for you!

Contact us  for your virtual complimentary design 

Amelia Vallone Logan, Ph.D.
Interior Designer
ASID Allied Member
703-464-0459
ameliavinteriors@decoratingden.com www.ameliavallone.decoratingden.com

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