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The Real Estate Value Good Design Brings To A Home

Whether you’re building a home from scratch or simply renovating your space to prepare it for sale in the near future, you must remember that good design will always translate into a considerable price premium. Therefore, including features [...]

The Importance Of Light In Design

Have you ever noticed that being in a place with well-lit and inviting light uplifts your mood and makes you feel at ease? Whereas a room with poor lighting brings feelings of grumpiness and annoyance. Why is that [...]

What Clean Air Does For Your Home 

Figuring out when to sweep and dust our home is easy but realizing when the air needs purification and cleaning is more challenging.  With modern designs where homes are tightly sealed, the risk of having polluted indoor air [...]

Clean Water In Your Home 

Water is one of the most basic yet essential resources that anyone needs for survival. The human body is made up of 70% water which flows through our cells and organs. Therefore, it needs to be free from [...]

Color Theory In Interior Design 

Designing our home is a lot more than furniture, drapery, and artwork. Whether shifting into a new house or just going for a remodel, there are many important decisions we have to make. One of the essential aspects [...]

Laguna Beach Interior Designer Changes Lives Through Design With Purpose, a 501(C)3

Take a look at the walls in your room. What do they make you feel? Do you feel happy, secure, or energetic? Maybe gloomy, bored, or tired? Or nothing at all? In the past, interior design was considered [...]

What Is Trauma-Informed Design?

You might be wondering how trauma is related to design. With the emergence of trauma-informed design, interior designers and architects have realized that there is an unbreakable, deep link between the two.  An estimated 70% of adults in [...]

The Importance of Biophilic Design 

Whether a swim in the ocean or a walk through the forest, nature never fails to bring tranquility and peace to our minds. The importance of biophilic design is key. Living in a space that keeps you connected [...]

Simple Habits For Creating A Purified Home 

Considering the time we spend in our home, keeping it clean and purified should be one of our top priorities. Keep reading on simple habits for creating a purified home! From purifying the air and water to cleaning [...]

A Toxin-Free Environment For Your Home

When moving toward a healthier lifestyle, we prioritize our diet, mental health, and physical health, but we often forget to consider the environment of our home. Creating the right environment at home depends on you — you can [...]

Create Your Perfect Self-Care Space At Home

Wondering how to create your perfect self-care space at home? No, we are not addressing demanding workout sessions, restrictive diets, or confounding investments today. In fact, we are talking about giving yourself a little pat on your back [...]

The Psychology of Interior Design

Have you ever walked into a cozy restaurant and felt instantly at home? Or checked into a hotel and experienced an immediate sense of calm? Spaces like these are great examples of how interior design and psychology go [...]

Kitchen Styles to Consider for Your New Home

Let’s talk kitchen styles! When you move into a new property, the kitchen is often one of the first rooms to get a new look. The kitchen is considered the heart of the home, not just where meals [...]


        If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that we turn to our homes first to heal before we bounce back to face the music. Wellness design focuses on health and wellbeing as its primary factor. They are built [...]

Kitty Corners and Dog Days: Pets and Interior Design

From sly Sylvester to affable Snoopy, pets complete the picture of a happy household. Keeping the house tidy and beautiful, however, is a whole other story. It can be a lot of work to have pets around the [...]

Travel Tales: Bringing a Piece of the Globe Into Home Interiors

In the past year, the world came to a grinding halt as plans, travel, and goals got thrown out the window. With everyone balled up inside, a fast-growing trend in interior design is Escapism. Exhibiting pieces from faraway [...]

Staying Organized: A Review of Houzz Pro

At Duffek Design, our concept-driven design solutions embrace an integrated approach and present authentic stories with the power to transform people. Houzz Pro is the perfect way to accomplish this mission and ensure our busy team stays organized. [...]

Home Improvement Tips For The New Year

During this uncertain COVID time, we want to welcome the New Year more than ever before. Finally, it is here! Our creativity and zest are at their highest so we were inspired to share a few tips to [...]

The New Home Office

We have recently borne witness to a paradigm shift in the office culture. With the drift towards the work-from-home movement, creating a devoted home office is the smart move. An organized yet cozy alcove can help dodge the [...]

Summertime Blues

 We absolutely love being a part of the Laguna Beach community and especially love celebrating our local artists. Today’s art scenes are a far cry from typical gallery openings; exploring original ways to introduce art to people, they [...]

The Role of Art in Interior Design

Art Thеrару came іntо еxіѕtеnсе іn the mіddlе оf thе 20th сеnturу. It is bаѕеd оn thе concept of vіѕuаl rерrеѕеntаtіоnѕ, tо express оnе’ѕ feelings. Paint, chаlk аnd clау (among other art mediums) аrе essential tооlѕ of Art [...]

Role of Nature in Interior Design

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you”.  – Frank Lloyd Wright  Some might call him the unsung prophet of today’s green movement. As one of the most recognized Architects and Interior Designers, Frank [...]

Sustainability in Interior Design for Residential Spaces

Our homes are оurѕ havens, our рlасе fоr relaxation and соmfоrt аwау from the hustle and bustle of this usually busy wоrld. Now, more than ever, due to the COVID virus causing us to slow down, quarantine and isolate — we [...]

The Power of a Healing Environment

5 Simple Tips for Creating a Healing Environment at Home Did you know that yоur hоmе’s іntеrіоr design directly influences your health and well-being? When it comes to designing spaces, people often focus on functionality, practicality, and personal [...]

Interior Design for Summer Tips

With the arrival of summer comes the opportunity to revitalize your home with new design refreshes and decor to match the hot weather. Summer is a fantastic time to incorporate some fun new ideas that may have come [...]

Hiring an Architect vs. an Interior Designer

When you are planning a large scale renovation, there are many choices available when choosing an expert to assist you. There are many people in a wide variety of careers when you need an expert to work with [...]

How to Find Interior Inspiration For Your Home

Taking on an interior design project can be a huge undertaking. It can be especially challenging when you find yourself stuck at some point in the process and you can’t seem to get an idea on how to [...]

How to Choose Original Art For Your Home

Designing your home can be an exciting and fun challenge for you to take on when wanting to revitalize an old room you have grown accustomed to or moving into a brand new space. When there is a [...]

Spatial Design and Your Home

Designing for a home environment can be a challenge when you are trying to achieve a balance between aesthetics and fluidity within a space. You want to be able to comfortably navigate your home without having to sacrifice [...]

Questions to Ask Your Next Interior Designer

Choosing the right interior designer is the first step in the design process.  It can be overwhelming with a multitude of thoughts and questions running through your mind.  Is it the right match? Are we on the same [...]

Interior Spaces and Environments

When it comes to planning interior spaces, you want that environment to reflect the people who will be occupying it. We believe that the layout and design of your home should be an extension of who you are [...]

Interior Principles For Spring

With Spring quickly approaching, now is the best time to start planning for how to reflect the upcoming warm weather with your home decor. The dark days of Winter are slowly starting to come to an end so [...]

Interior Design Trends 2019

The start of a new year signals the beginning of another 12 months of new and exciting design trends to make an appearance. Many people will celebrate the year 2019 by exploring new designs and performing the renovations [...]

Laguna Beach Interior Designer

In the world of design, knowing what type of environment you are designing and for and what purpose it will serve is crucial for success. When it comes to designing for interior and exterior spaces, there are various [...]

Laguna Beach Designer

We’re a few months into 2019 through the year quickly approaching spring, which is a great time for Laguna Beach Designers to take stock of 2019’s emerging design trends, with an eye on what is coming later on. [...]

Coastal Remodeling Tips

Coastal style design and décor is loved by almost everyone.  It reminds us of the fun and relaxing times frolicking in the sun, sand, and water at the beach.  While there are different types of coastal styles, similarities include [...]

Interior Design in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a beautiful place to live, and we want to make sure your interior design complements such a stunning city. If you’re a Laguna Beach interior designer–or aspiring to act as one for your home–here are [...]

Kitchen Makeover Tips

Are you tired of your kitchen?  Do you need a new look?  Makeover your kitchen in just a few days with these simple but effective projects.  Little experience required, plus, these ideas won’t break the bank and leave [...]

5 Tips to Find Inspiration Before Your Next Home Improvement Project

A house is simply a building before you buy it; it becomes a home once you begin the process of home improvement and customizing it to match your lifestyle. Ultimately, improving your home not only increases its value [...]

Here Are Your Top 6 Interior Design Tips For Summer 2018

Summertime!  The best time of the year. Maybe I’m a little bias since I was born and raised in Southern California and I dream of the days where I’m driving with my windows down to enjoy a day [...]

Getting Into The Mindset of an Interior Designer

Interior designers work hard to devise the perfect interior for their clients.  It takes inspiration and a sense of style to design something that is both functional and fantastic.  Before hiring an interior designer, there are a few [...]

6 Principles of Design

As William Lidwell stated in Universal Principles of Design: “The best designers sometimes disregard the principles of design. When they do so, however, there is usually some compensating merit attained at the cost of the violation. Unless you are certain [...]

Elements & Principles of Design

As William Lidwell stated in Universal Principles of Design: “The best designers sometimes disregard the principles of design. When they do so, however, there is usually some compensating merit attained at the cost of the violation. Unless you are certain [...]

Branding 101

Sell out or selling art? It seems as though there is sometimes a perception that being a successful artist entails selling out. I find it difficult to believe that the two options for artists are sell out or [...]

Discover Your Personal Art & Design Style

Understanding what your personal art style is can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. As artists, we all want to be successful and sometimes don’t treat our art with the same respect we would another job. Also as artist, [...]

Creating the Future You Want

Many years ago I was introduced to a technique called mind mapping. Later the concept evolved in to vision boards and vision books all of which are ways of helping me create my envisioned future. In general, mind [...]

How to Nurture Your Inner Artist

I am an artist, designer and educator, not necessarily in that order. For years I told people that I was a designer and worked in the development business, “oh and by the way, I am an artist.” It’s [...]

Just Paint: Painting Commissions

What does it mean for an artist to paint commissions? In the art world, a “commission” is the hiring and payment for the creation of a piece of art, often on behalf of another. I think I speak [...]