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Spring Trends 2014

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Although we are in January, and the thermostat has not ventured far from 15 degrees fahrenheit here in New York City, it’s time to start thinking about the Spring Trends for 2014.  In December Pantone announced that the Pantone color of the year is Radiant Orchid 18-3224.  According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.… Read More

Transform a room with “wallpaper”

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Wallpaper can instantly create a mood by introducing a dominant color to a space, it also produces complexity and detail. Often, in a tiny room installing wallpaper can be very appealing. For instance, the addition of detail in a powder room or small bedroom can deliver a unique kind of feel.… Read More

Interior Design Fees

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How much should you expect to pay for an Interior Designer?

When hiring a designer you need to think about a budget for the space you’re designing as well as a budget for the designer who will be executing your vision.

The rate associated with hiring a designer varies depending on whether you are looking to design your entire home or just a room.

One way, which designers may charge for their expertise, is by coming to an agreement with their client where the designer purchases all of the furnishings and accessories and sells them to their client at an additional percentage.… Read More

Creative Ways to Transform Walls

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A blank wall is a canvas for you to be creative. Dont limit yourself to one piece of art, fill the whole thing! Here are some fun ideas!

Use an over sized book shelf, fill it with fun colorful accessories such as candles, books, and frames

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mirrored wall- Use an oversized mirror to create a temporary room divide. Not only does this look great, but it makes the room appear larger.… Read More

Office Environment

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A good office environment is important! You want your employees to want to work, to feel comfortable, and love the environment that they are in. Good aesthetics will boost everyone’s morale and spirit! Here are a few tips!

Lighting is very important in an office space. Make sure your space has great natural sunlight, if that’s not possible at least ensure that your space has a common area with natural sunlight.… Read More

Launch of VDA Virtual Design

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VDA is so excited to share the launch of Virtual Design!




(June 2013 – New Jersey/New York) Ask any designer and they will say the same thing. The Internet has changed the game. Vanessa DeLeon, celebrity designer and Principal of Vanessa DeLeon Associates (VDA) has her finger on the pulse of the 21st Century and is poised to make her mark in the digital economy.  … Read More

The Great Gatsby’s Influences for the 21st Century

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If you are looking for that Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby look here are some great fashion tips!
Brooks Brothers came out with a new Gatsby line with all recycled fashion from the 1920’s for men and women!
Loving this look!!
Geometric printed dresses, liberty printed scarves, deco jewelery, deco clutches, T-bar shoes, peter pan collars, tassels, fringes, and beads were all extremely popular in the 1920’s and they are making a come back for women!!… Read More

Why Hire a Designer?

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If you are looking to show off your home you have invested money into, it’s a great idea to hire an interior designer that has the visual capability to create the style you are looking for.

Save Money:

Hiring a designer can actually save you money in the long run. A designer will help you avoid costly mistakes. Hiring a designer can increase the value of your home and make it a breeze if you plan on reselling.… Read More

Stair Risers

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There are several different ways you can add pop to your stair risers, here are a few of my favorite ideas.


-Decals- You can purchase great decals with quotes, designs etc. It’s a great and easy way to decorate. You can switch decals up however often you would like. They are easy to apply and easy to remove with absolutely no damage.



-Mix up the area rug creating a mix of different colors and patterns



-Use different colored carpet on each stair tread


-Stencil your own design, make it personal and unique to your particular style.… Read More

Staging a Home

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VDA has just completed two model homes at the Marquis on the Hudson located in Edgewater, NJ

Here are some tips if you are in the process of trying to sell your home.

-old kitchen cabinets can be a turn off to potential buyers. Instead of replacing them, save money and fix them up. Stain the cabinets and replace with stylish hardware to give the cabinets an updated look

-Clear out the clutter.… Read More