Mastering Furniture Layouts

Mastering Furniture Layouts

One of the most important, and at times trickiest, things that we do when staging a house is figuring out the best way to lay out furniture. Sometimes the layout may be straightforward, but there’s been a time or two (or three) where we move a couch all over the room in order to find the best configuration. Here are a few tips to arranging pieces.

First, take an honest look at what furniture you have and if it’s right for the space. Maybe you’ll decide that it’s time to look for something new, or maybe a new piece isn’t in the budget and you’ll have to get creative. If is time to look for a new piece, keep in mind the scale of the space. Pieces of furniture that are too small will make the space look smaller than it actually is.

Designed by Andrea Schumacher

Designed by Andrea Schumacher

Second, consider what type of atmosphere you want to foster in the space. For a more formal living room, or one that fosters conversation, place furniture so that it faces each other. If you want the space to be more relaxing, try out placing furniture in an L shape. Consider what effects different configurations might have on people within the space.

Designed by Emily Henderson

Designed by Emily Henderson

Third, play around with different layouts. Moving things around is the best way to determine whether or not a new layout works. If your furniture is heavy or fragile and you want to minimize its movement, try drawing out a floor plan and cutting out to-scale pieces to move around on that plan. This reduces physical labor and will allow you to try out as many configurations as you can imagine!

Photo from Worthing Court

Photo from Worthing Court

Finally, look for “holes” or awkward empty corners in the room. Maybe a new couch wasn’t in the budget but you can swing a fiddle fig tree or console table. This isn’t to say that every corner needs something in it - too much furniture creates a whole different issue. Rather, think about whether an additional item would help create balance in the room.

Designed by Joyelle West

Designed by Joyelle West

We hope that these steps help you as you rearrange and redecorate!

Our Biggest Piece of Design Advice

Our Biggest Piece of Design Advice

the biggest piece of advice we give to homeowners when we do our initial walk through of a house we’re going to stage. We find ourselves giving these same instructions over and over, saying them in the nicest way possible. “Clear off your nightstands, take these things off of your kitchen counters, put your beauty products under the sink..” The easiest, cheapest, and best thing you can do to transform your house: de-clutter!

5 easy ways to refresh your home

What better way to start the new year than feeling refreshed in your own home? Here are 5 easy steps to help you feel refreshed! 

1. Fresh coat of paint


It’s cold and gloomy outside. No better time to do it!

I must admit that taping ceiling is not my favorite thing in the world, so if you’re interested in improving your painting skills and saving some time look up this super helpful video on how to cut a straight line. I also highly recommend handy dandy brush from Home Depot.

Even if you’re painting the exact same color you’ll be able to tell the difference a nice and fresh coat of paint can make!

2. Re-arrange your furniture

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Don’t be afraid! The worst thing that can happen is you’ll have to move it back. But sometime moving a piece of furniture a few inches here and there can make a great different in a flow of a house. You can start with something as small as swapping a picture from one room to another.

2. Spray paint is your friend

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Spray paint is a great way to revamp some pieces of decorations. Think about items that aren’t handled on a daily basis, like a lamp base, decorative vases,  bookends and other small things. It's a great way to give an older item a new look. 

4. Live Plants

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I was not born with the green thumb genes and I live in one the places with the LEAST amount of sunshine so it’s not very easy to find one that thrives in my house. Even though I’ve had my failures I continue to try. Indoor plants can not only hide awkward corners, add visual interest but they refresh and purify the air. Triple bonus! 

Would love to hear your thoughts on this. What do you do to refresh your home every once in a while? 





Clutter free living

Last year I decided it was finally time for me to do the thing I've been telling others to do. I built a whole business around my main belief that we should only surround ourselves with things that either brings happiness or serves a real purpose. After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and watching the Minimalists documentary I was inspired to make a significant change. 

“From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change. That’s why the task of putting your house in order should be done quickly. It allows you to confront the issues that are really important. Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.” -Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

“From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change. That’s why the task of putting your house in order should be done quickly. It allows you to confront the issues that are really important. Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.” -Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Why I did it:

Having my second child brought me so much joy alongside a never ending feeling of being overwhelmed. I felt that I was cleaning and picking up after my little humans all day long without having the proper time to focus on myself and my business. I was looking to really simplify my life so I wasn’t spending all my time cleaning, cooking or changing someone’s diaper.

And let me tell you, this process has REALLY helped take back control. I have been able to do the things that are important to me and started be the best version of myself every day by only wearing my favorite things.

 Lessons Learned:

The main lesson I got from examining my belongings one by one was having this sense of urgency in dealing with things seemingly unimportant. For someone that procrastinates as much as I do, this was life changing. 

I realized there was a pattern in my life in the way I dealt with putting things away in the past. Whenever I came across something out of place, I would quickly stash near the closest bin or basket available and that created a lot of frustration and anxiety trying to find specific items at times. 

Now, instead of having FIVE possible places where I stored scotch tape there’s only ONE. Everything has a designated place and putting it away is SO MUCH easier because I know exactly where to put and where to find when I need it. This may sound really small and even silly but when you are already feeling overwhelmed, not finding that scotch tape to wrap presents on December 24th can literally bring someone to tears.

Small changes, big impact:

I have learned to deal with things as they come. It’s not always big, in fact many of these things are so small and mundane that it’s hard to believe I haven’t done anything about it before. A perfect example is the amount of daily emails that I’m automatically subscribed to and do not care to receive. As these emails come, instead of deleting only to receive another one next week I take the extra 3 seconds to hit that beautiful and tiny “unsubscribe” button. And that folks is LIFE CHANGING!

But seriously, opening up my life to only having things that spark joy in me has opened up my heart and mind as well. If you haven’t read this little book yet, I strongly recommend you do so and start living the life you envision for yourself.

The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude, and bidding them farewell, is really about examining your inner self, a rite of passage to a new life.


Top trends for 2017 holiday decor

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

I love the end of a year because we can contemplate about the great things we've done and the greater ones we want to accomplish. It's a time to gather with family and friends and be grateful. It's also time to eat LOTS of yummy treats and decorate your house like no other time of the year! So I pulled together some of the top trends going on this year just for you! 


1. Alternative Tree Options

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Less is more is becoming true to more people each year. I't's no surprise that alternative/eco-friendly christmas tree options are one of the most searchable inquiries on Pinterest and Etsy this holiday season. 


2. Moody and Dark Tablescapes 

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There's something so simple, classic and chic about combining black and white. This is the complete look for a modern and masculine feel with less frills but with some feminine lines here and there. 


3. Chunky Knit Stockings 


This is another trend I can truly get behind! Knit is so classic and it'll ALWAYS look great during this time of the year. No need to worry replacing these spendy bad boys next year! 


3. Creative Wrapping 

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Gone are the days where you can just grab a roll of gift wrapping on your way out from holiday shopping. This year's trend of creative gift wrapping is beautiful but just not for me. My kids will be lucky to have their gifts wrapped -at all- On that note, Merry Christmas y'all! 

Color forecast of 2018

2018 Color predictions are in!!

A surprisingly common denominator between them is the political tension brewing around the globe. Bold, serenity and simplicity are a few adjectives you can find in the 2018 picks. 

Top paint companies predict each year's color trends by picking up cues and influences from different industries, including fashion, art, and even politics. Once all that information is gathered they are able to see common threads in between these different disciplines and areas of the world. 


Benjamin Moore- Caliente AF-290

Expressive and Bold 2018 Color of the Year.

Expressive and Bold 2018 Color of the Year.

Like so much else of the present moment, Benjamin Moore's choice was unapologetically strong-willed. It transformed the National Mall into a sea of color at the Women's March in January, it starred in hit TV shows from the eerie Twin Peaks to the somehow eerier The Handmaid's Tale. It stomped down practically every runway in February and stampeded onto the streets come September. 

Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence Ellen O’Neill, stated: "I think it’s voice. Red is a radical choice for a color in a room. But I guess it comes back to being bold, and you kind of have to be bold right now to break through the clutter of all this messaging that doesn’t maybe feel or sound right. Dark rooms can be very seductive. We discovered examples of the comfort red brings—the cocooning, the assuredness. If you’re out there and you’re afraid to turn the television on at night because you don’t know what’s coming, you’re in this secure red space in a way that’s grounding and enveloping. It’s a place to retreat and not just be out marching."


Sherwin Williams- Oceanside SW-6496

 A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive

 A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive

"Green-blues in deep values, such as Oceanside, respond to changes in light, which is a quality that creates intense dimension," says Sue Welden, the director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “It is a tremendously versatile color, and harmonizes with other diverse color groups."

The color—rich, deep, and complex—is a bridge between the familiar and the foreign. It's an exciting choice that experts perceive as intelligent, honest, and interesting, which both boosts creativity and brings clarity to its surroundings. 

Behr- In the moment T-18-15

This cool, tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green.

This cool, tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green.

This comfortable color evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives. In name and color, this hue speaks to our desire to take a break, be present and recharge. In The Moment is versatile and perfect to use for both interior and exterior projects. It also crosses multiple design styles, ideal for working with traditional, modern, coastal and global décor. 

The shade speaks to our society’s desire to disconnect and be present, evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our always-on lives.

Glidden Paint- Deep Onyx (00NN 07/000)

A classic, deep rich black

A classic, deep rich black

A no-fuss shade of black that encourages a "less is more" approach to decor. It almost has a chalkboard-like look to it, which is why it doesn't feel too harsh when seen on walls and the floor. Just make sure you pair this color with light furnishings, as seen here with natural wood chairs and a white statement lamp.

Why should you hire a designer?

Fernanda Bertrand

It’s taken me many years to gain perspective and clarity as to what being an interior designer actually means for my clients and myself.

I will break down a few of the reasons why I believe interior design might be beneficial to you. 


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“I know what I like but have no idea how to put it all together into reality” -anonymous

It’s SO EASY to scroll through interior design pictures and see a million things you like. The hard part is distinguishing WHY you are attracted to certain things versus others.

When you work alongside a designer their main goal is to get to the bottom of your style. Through my design process I make sure to ask some really fundamental questions that will later on help me if we get in a road block and can’t seem to make a decision on something. For example on my initial questionnaire one of the questions is to describe how you want your space to feel, If they choose adjectives like, comfortable, relaxed and cozy, those words go straight into my client folder and every time I’m sourcing an item or pitching an idea those words are at the top of my mind.

A designer's job is to translate your dream home into reality as well as expose you to things that enhances your vision. 


Fernanda Bertrand interior design concept

"You're right I do need a Pinterest intervention. Let me go look on Pinterest for some ideas"

We’ve all been there before, pinning a million pictures on Pinterest saving for the one day when we’ll wake up and magically have a ton of spare time to make our homes perfect in the way we’ve always envisioned. However if you’re anything like me, life tends to get in the way of those pins. Babies are born, dinners need to be made, laundry folded… You catch my drift? 

That’s where a designer comes in and saves COUNTLESS of your own hours doing research, purchasing, dealing with returns, damaged items, furniture assembly and managing the project so you have all the things you need in order to achieve your vision in a timely manner and within budget. 

A harmonious design pulls pieces from various vendors to achieve a cohesive look and focus is essential for that to happen.


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From choosing the perfect shade of color with just the right undertones to planning out structural changes and project management. An interior designer can help to break down the process into easy steps to achieve your overall vision. Too many choices are overwhelming, an interior designer is able to pick the top choices for your project and make your decision making MUCH more manageable and enjoyable.

Every project needs a process and that’s just a way to describe a flow of things. If step 1 isn’t done properly that affects the following step. Ultimately interior design ends up being much more than just aesthetics, it has a lot to do with the whole process of achieving a desired look.

A great designer will have a set of their own steps laid out so you know exactly what to expect and when. 


Nice to meet you!

Hello, I'm Fernanda, 

Fernanda Bertrand- Edmonds

I am a mother of two beautiful children, wife to the most amazing/supportive husband, only child to the most selfless parents, business owner, podcaster and lover of coffee, red wine and cheese. I am a major home body, live for summer time and my favorite things to do are spin/yoga classes, listening to a great book/podcast or spending quality and intentional time with my family and friends.  

Fernanda Bertrand

I was 16 years old when I packed everything I owned in one luggage and moved from Brazil to live with my dad in L.A. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done to leave everything and everyone I knew behind but it was also fundamental for my personal growth. 

Moving to the U.S. also brought me to the love of my life who ultimately convinced me to leave sunny California to follow him to the Pacific Northwest. The first winter was ROUGH but I found that as long as we sneak out to a warm weather vacay during the winter it makes it more bearable. Luckily we have amazing family in Brazil and L.A. that graciously hosts our rambunctious little family for a break from the winter.

Bertrand Family

My business began after the birth of my first child and it is a decision that I will never regret. Becoming a mother and business owner has changed me in more ways than I can count. It has given me the opportunity to self analyze my own life and come to the conclusion that if I’m not helping others in a meaningful way I’m not doing the job I intend to do.

Each day I try my best to make a difference in the world by setting an example to my children of what a loving home is. I truly believe we each have a set of special skills we are meant to share with the world. My personal mission in life is to elevate others around me and leave everything and anything in better shape than I found them.


If you’re dying to hear more, here are five things you might not know about me.
1. I learned English when I was 16 years old
2. My very first job was at Baskin-Robbins
3. I'm one of the hosts of Brazilcast podcast
4. I can only set alarms at odd numbers.
5. Biggest guilty pleasure: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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Photography: Nicole Solvang Photography