Bling for the Home!

Bling for the Home!.

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Bling for the Home!

We take time to wear jewelry  to “complete the look” of our clothing.  The same should apply to our homes!  

Accessories are truly the jewelry for our interiors!  You can have the most beautiful furniture, but without accessories, your home won’t have any personality, and look like a furniture warehouse.

Check out the sparkly Capiz Shell Chandelier and Ceiling Light to the left. Instant room transformation!  Add bling to your home- you will love it!


If you would like to add some dash to your home, call me for a complimentary “getting to know you” appointment:  Thora Tam, Decorating Den Interiors, 408.223.7300

 We proudly serve the Silicon Valley:  San Jose, Evergreen Valley, Silver Creek Valley, Willow Glen, Rose Garden, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Monte Sereno, Cambell, Milpitas, Fremont, and Sunnyvale.

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Long Live Red, White and Blue!

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Patriotic colors continue to show themselves in a variety of home decorating products!  Decorating with these colors is not strictly limited to the Fourth of July!   Here are a few ideas on how you might…

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Long Live Red, White and Blue!

Patriotic colors continue to show themselves in a variety of home decorating products!  Decorating with these colors is not strictly limited to the Fourth of July!


Here are a few ideas on how you might chose to add a bit of patriotic flair to your next decorating project:


  1. Bold white and red striped fabric – or blue and white striped fabric, specially treated to withstand all the “elements” makes a great choice for upholstering outdoor furniture.  They definitely make a very bright and lively color scheme. 


  1. Blue accents – in the form of mosaic glass, dishes and even glassware, make great additions to an understated patriotic theme.


  1. Area rugs with a patriotic theme can liven up any décor.  They can be used year round, or simply to give your home a lively “red, white and blue” theme.


  1. Smart accents – in linens, towels, soaps and candles – abound in patriot colorways. 


  1. Accent pillows – designed in floral patterns featuring reds and blues are guaranteed to add a spark to your décor.


And, by all means, don’t forget to add the glory of our American Flag by displaying in front of your home!  Hail to the Red, White and Blue!

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10 Must-Haves for Holiday Decorating!

10 Must-Haves for Holiday Decorating!

10 Must Haves for Holiday Decorating!

The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s not too early to start enhancing your holiday décor. For inspiration, here are ten “must haves” to inspire your creativity!

1. Let There Be Light! Soft glowing light is complementary to you and your guests. Once you’ve turned the lights down low, bring out the candles by the boxful. From tall and tapered, to short and stout, candles set a celebratory tone. For the most dramatic impact, group candles just as you would any other collectible, and display them on a silver platter.

2. Haul Out The Holly! When choosing plants to help add holiday cheer, think beyond the traditional poinsettias. Fill metallic vases with bouquets of fresh flowers and holly. Or choose beautifully shaped topiaries covered with pepper berries.

3. Precious Metals. You can incorporate metallic colors in a number of ways, including candlesticks, picture frames, and decorative boxes. Don’t hesitate to mix things up a bit. In formal rooms, combine your silver pieces with gold or polished brass accessories. Or take a more casual approach by blending pewter, copper and brass.

4. A Feast for the Eye. The dining room itself should be a visual feast. Drape the chandelier with pine garland or holly. Surprise your guests with wrapped gifts on their salad plates. And for a cohesive feeling, incorporate an element of your room’s design on the table. If your room features a mirrored wall, use a mirrored charger beneath each plate.

5. Ornamental Accents. Christmas tree ornaments are not just for trees anymore. Display some on the coffee table is an oversized bowl or clear glass urn. You can even use round glass balls as place cards, and write each guest’s name on each piece, and set them around the dining table.

6. Be My Guest. Is your guest room ready for holiday guests? Is there a luggage stand and/or enough space in the closet? Are there plenty of pillows? Is the bedside table big enough to accommodate a lamp, reading materials, and a carafe of water? Don’t forget the little extras such as fresh fruit, potpourri, and a basket of toiletries. And be sure to include a few holiday touches like greenery or a small gift.

7. The Wonder of Wreaths. Whether you prefer wreaths made of natural materials or some of the lovely permanent florals on the market today. Wreaths are an absolute must for any holiday home. In addition to their traditional place on the front door or over the mantle, smaller wreaths can be used as curtain tiebacks or napkin rings.

8. Festive Fruits and Vegetables. Visit the produce aisle of your grocery store for unique holiday decorations. For example, spray-paint walnuts and gourds in silver of gold and display them in a decorative basket. Or fill a large crystal bowl with red and green apples.

9. Set Your Own Style. Make your tree an integral part of your decorating scheme and a reflection of your personality. Are antique toys a personal passion? Then decorate the tree with miniature wooden versions. Are you a dedicated beachcomber? Attach some of your favorite shells to the tree with simple grosgrain ribbon.

10. Wrap It Up With Ribbon. Ribbon can be used for much more than wrapping presents. Use French wire ribbons, in a variety of widths, to tie bows on your trees. Or instead of a garland or greenery, wrap your banister with ribbon. You can also hang holiday cards from a mantle or shelf using narrow ribbons in holiday colors.

Try some of these festive tips and your home will be ready for the holidays!

Thora Tam
Interior Decorator, Master License Owner
Decorating Den Interiors

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Get Your Outdoor Space Ready for Summer!

Get Your Outdoor Space Ready for Summer!

With so many of today’s new homes being built to incorporate gorgeous patio spaces, doesn’t it stand to reason that with a little thought and planning these spaces can become an exciting extension of your home’s indoor space?

So, where do you begin, and how do you master the design of flowing your indoor and outdoor spaces together? Here are a few things to take into consideration before creating the outdoor space of your dreams.

It all starts with a plan!

It’s generally a good idea to begin this process by first taking into consideration all the possible events your family will want plan for when they use your new outdoor haven. Large gatherings and family events will call for one type of plan. And conversely an outdoor space designed for two to relax and unwind, will dictate a totally different set of priorities.

As you consider all the activities you want to accommodate in your new outdoor space, you might consider creating specific spaces for specific events. Activities such as outdoor cooking – on a grill or customized outdoor kitchen, might be best suited in one area…dining in another. And just as on the inside your home, area rugs are a great way to help separate and definite spaces. Today’s selection of indoor/outdoor area rugs is wide and varied –a practical and easy-care solution in many shapes, sizes and colors!

Secondly, creating the right landscape plan to surround your outdoor space is extremely important. Shrubbery, flowers, and architectural accents, will all play an important part in the overall design as you finalize your landscape plan. You’ll find that stonework and carpentry choices will be critical components to aid you in creating your perfect outdoor retreat. Why not give special consideration to the plants you chose to surround your space? Just think of the delicious scents you could add to your outdoor space with the right plantings!

Thora Tam
Interior Decorator, Master License Owner
Decorating Den Interiors

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