Home & Design Trade Secrets

Successful gardens use plants that are well-suited to the region. Get to know your climate zone, what kind of sun you have, and how much 
irrigation will be available. From there, narrow down your selections based on color, size, fruit, etc.

Landscape Plant Source | www.landscapeplantsource.com

Always use high quality primers on both interior and exterior finishes to ensure that your paint will better adhere to the wall and last longer.

Penniman Painting | www.pennimanpainting.com

Visit the planning and building department of the local jurisdiction at the beginning of every project to start a relationship with planners and building officials as well as filter out any issues that could affect your project timeline.

Douglah Designs | www.douglahdesigns.com

A natural stone fireplace will transform your living space into a work of art. Stone can be included on fireplace surrounds, mantle shelves or floor to ceiling. The material you choose will determine the feel of the room, so be sure and establish your design goals.

All Natural Stone | www.allnaturalstone.com

Remember when planning a bathroom remodeling project, to balance 
three key aspects—aesthetics, functionality, and maintainability. You want your new bathroom to please your senses, but also provide 
additional features that are easy to maintain on a daily basis!

The Bath Studio | www.thebathstudio.com

Home & Design Trade Secrets

Outdoor lighting can add a dramatic touch to any landscape. 
Modern wall sconces, fence lanterns and lights that showcase specimen trees or planting areas will achieve this desired look. Also consider safety lighting along outdoor walks, steps or level changes and at various points along the perimeter of the yard.

Gayler Design Build | www.gaylerdesignbuild.com

Before finalizing your materials for your project bring the samples home to view them in the space they are intended to be used. The light in the space and other materials around the samples can affect the look of the materials making them appear differently than in the showroom.

Douglah Designs | www.douglahdesigns.com

Look at your planting area during different times of the day and take note of whether it will be in full sun, full shade, or something in between. Note that afternoon sun is more intense than morning sun and choose plants that are suited for your sun conditions.

Landscape Plant Source | www.landscapeplantsource.com

When it comes to bathroom design nothing makes a bigger impression than tile—whether it’s on the floor, in the shower, or used for a decorative backsplash behind the sink. If you’re retiling a shower, be sure your new tile reaches all the way to the ceiling. This will create a much cleaner and more finished look.

All Natural Stone | www.allnaturalstone.com

Home & Design Trade Secrets

Well laid out floor plans can often give you the extra space you need without going to the added expense of an addition.

Gayler Design Build | www.gaylerdesignbuild.com

Wall coverings are back and they are the best use of material in a house to soften a hard elevation, give it texture, and big bang for your buck.

Douglah Designs | www.douglahdesigns.com

Maximalism is a new trend to have fun with - pile on color, textures and patterns. Mix styles and eras for that more is more look!

Diablo Design Group | www.diablodesigngroup.com

Avoid muted colors when redesigning if you are looking for your 
interior design to stand out. Instead opt for exciting colors and patterns that will catch anyone’s eye.

Diablo magazine | www.diablomag.com