From Margaret Everton on July 9, 2010 in Los Angeles
Designer Cisco Pinedo of Los Angeles has an obvious appreciation for meaningful decorative touchesbut that doesnt mean he goes overboard. Instead, he attempts to create simple designs that draw the eye to each rooms most important elements. Here are some tips to help you follow his lead:
#1 - Edit Your Design
Cisco Pinedos own living room highlights the importance of choosing a few objects and letting them speak for themselves. The design doesnt feel cluttered. Rather, it seems well-planned and comfortable. It also forces you to decide exactly whats importantand what might be better off stored in the closet.
#2 People over Things
Pinedo believes that home should mean family. In order to allow ample room for gathering, dont clutter your rooms with too much furniture. Keep it open, fill it with special photos or specific memories, and create a sense of warmth with well-thought-out pieces.
#3 - Let the Outdoors In
Pinedo likes natural light to pour through his familys dining room, so he does without the curtains. Simple, colorful touches like the tables centerpiece highlight the scenery while still allowing the outdoors to be the rooms focal point. Bright designs like this make any room feel warm and welcoming.
#4 If it Aint Broken Dont Fix it
The cabinets in Pinedos kitchen may be made from unfinished wood, but they dont appear to need any work. He suggests leaving natural materials as they are for added interest and texture. Here, they bring a nice, rustic feel.
#5 - Spend Time with Your Design
Most importantly, suggests Pinedo, take your time in creating a design that speaks to you. It took him 10 years to collect everything currently on display in his home, so theres no rush to buy things immediately. Wait until something strikes you, and then make it your own.