Category Archives: Wall Decor, Wall Paper, Art and Frames

Textured Walls: Fresh Ideas for the Accent Wall


The Jigsaw Designers have always been advocates for painting accent walls  fun colors, bold stripes, metallics or whatever trend is of the moment.  But, sometimes a little texture is just what you’re looking for.    From textured wallpaper to stone walls, in this blog we’ll show you some great ways to create a dramatic accent wall rich in texture.


The image above is a dining room with an accent wall made of stone.  The rustic ranch style room can keep it’s neutral palette, yet it attains a wow factor with the beautiful texture in the stone.  One would think that too much space would be taken up in a room with this size stone, however these are half stones which are installed with a similar process of how brick is installed.


We’ve always been a big fan of the exposed brick wall as a matter of fact we’ve dedicated an entire blog to it.  Taking the brick accent wall a step further by painting the brick can be a great trick to adding drama like in the charcoal painted brick below, or neutralizing a color palette like the white brick in the bedroom photo.

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brick-wall-1Additionally, wallpaper can be a great way to add texture to your space.  With an almost unlimited amount to choose from,  one can express their own personality through many differnt styles, colors, patterns and types.   Today, the market can satisfy any style need one can desire from grasscloth, flocked, and even paintable wallpaper.  Grasscloth can fit into many styles of space and it pairs especially well with Cape Cod, Traditional and Beach Chic, while flocked pairs perfectly with the old Hollywood Glamazon and Classic French styles.  For more information on Wallpaper, see our previous Wallpaper Blogs, and stay tuned for the upcoming blog focused solely on Grasscloth and natural wallpapers.

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Paintable wallpaper is hot trend right now because it allows you to love your texture, but be fickle with the color you want to keep.  Perfect for you design lovers and DIY types that like changing things up every season or so.  Also a great idea for stair risers, and ceilings.





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Fireplace Trends-Marble


Welcomed is the chill in the air, signaling fall to finally arrive.  The coziest time of year.  What better time to tackle that fireplace update you’ve been dreaming about for a while.  So, dust off those work boots and get ready for a fireplace demolition.   In the next few posts, we’ll share some of our favorite and/or most requested fireplace updates that our clients are asking for.

The first post will cover the ever coveted marble.   Found now in almost every room of the house.  Authentic marble, porcelain that looks like marble, marble wallpaper, you name it, it’s out there and everybody wants it.  With its former reputation as being only for the extravagant, marble has now been made accessible to everyone.

  1. The slab.  Insanely beautiful in a few words.  Why we love it?  Its natural, without seams it exquisite and quite impressive if you can spend the dough on it.  Slabs can cost from $1,000 to $6,000 on average depending on the quality and type.  Favorites are Calacatta (not Calcutta as many say), and Cararra (not Carerra as many others will say).  Both lovely and distinct, floor to ceiling…yes, please.


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2. Marble Tiles.  Artistic and personalized in a few words.  Why we love it?  So many sizes, styles, shapes and prices available.  Honeycomb, penny tile, subway, arabesque are all fun examples of marble tiles in the marketplace.  One can select a tile shape that is befitting their personality to express in their space.  Big oversized tiles like the image below are great for the floor to ceiling look without paying for the slab.




3. Cast Marble.  Statement making in a few words.  Why we love it?  Cast marble is striking with a high design reputation.  Intricate details, crisp modern cuts all can be achieved with the cast fireplace.  Cast marble are referring to the mantel surrounds while in the interior is cast stone, as seen below.




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Cannabis Dispensaries-The New Social Scene Among the Cannabis Community


Complements of the growing legalization of marijuana/cannabis dispensaries, cannabis dispensaries are popping up everywhere.  What were once haunted by a negative perception, the dispensary marketplace is evolving into chic new hangouts among the cannabis community.


Jigsaw Design Group has found themselves being a forerunner in this industry in bringing hip design to the sudden competitive market in Southern California.  “We focus on designing beautiful and welcoming spaces, we are also continually educating ourselves on the best environments to house the products [plants and food], displaying the merchandise, and clinical building regulations,” shares Michelle the principle designer for the firm.  “Thanks to our renderings services our reach is not limited to California, we can create great design for facilities all across the country, and then depending on the clients needs, we can do the install or simply render the designs for the client to seek out their own contractors,” Michelle further explains.




This industry is fast growing and a newly acceptable industry. Twenty-five states and District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.  Soon, there will be more and more states jumping on board and the demand for appealing design for dispensaries will be in paramount.


Meanwhile, dispensaries are becoming the new social scene, and just as in the food and beverage industry, people want to frequent places that are inviting and beautiful.  From the lobby area to the retail space, creating a comfortable atmosphere that is aesthetically pleasing will enhance the experience for the consumer as well as the staff’s work environment.



The Jigsaw Designers have installed a number of fresh looks for cannabis hangouts from hipster vibes, to glam settings with chandeliers, to graffiti walls.  It comes down to selecting a look that your customer can relate to, your personal style, and functionality.  As sampled in the following renderings, a few different looks are created for the same space, offering the client the opportunity to really capture the essence of the final product.




This emerging niche often has multiple moving parts so good design is key. Therefore, finding an interior designer or architect with industry specific experience is imperative.  For more information on cannabis dispensaries and dispensary design, leave a comment below or visit our contact page at and a  designer will get back to you.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog and like us on Facebook!


Visual Renderings-A Must Have For Great Design


Interior Designers have always relied on visuals of some form.  A hand sketch, a precisely measured floor plan, and/or a story board or vision board.  While some of us can visualize what black lacquer paint might look on that particular wall you’ve had your eye on, most of us can’t.  Hence the need for a visual image.  The Jigsaw Design team takes the visual image a step further with a multi dimensional visual rendering to ensure their clients have a clear picture for their design.

The following images feature a Southern California beach bungalow master bathroom that was originally a small office and bathroom.  As typical, it was challenging for the client to see the possibility of the two spaces combined into one spectacular master bath retreat.



The next images are designed with a view from above.  See how the designer was able to layout different tile patterns with each rendering.





There is a true value in the designer taking this initial step for the client.  In the end, renderings of this quality save time and money for the client, designer and the contractors.

Let’s take a look at another Southern California residences.  We will walk through the designer’s process step by step.

  1. First a photo of the original room is taken, and the entire space is measured; walls, ceiling, doors, windows, archways, fireplaces.
  2. Then, the furniture is removed, and the room is emptied.
  3. Next, the designer begins adding in furniture, flooring, paint, artwork, lighting, everything that has been previously discussed in design meetings.
  4. Finally, the designer makes a few options depending on what was discussed in the client meeting (color options, style options, lighting options etc).

In the following images, one can see the original space or ‘before’ image, then the empty room, and then three options given to the client.  This particular client had artwork that she wanted to consider for the new look in her space, so the designer was able to add the artwork into the rendering and add pops of color to tie her art into the modernized space.

Notice the accent chairs and accessories changing from image to image.




Empty Room Rendering


Client Option 1


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Client Option 3

Maybe you are a DIY type, or you have a great eye but just need to see if you can actually pull of your ideas. Or maybe you have contractors you like to work with but just need a good visual to show them to prevent mistakes.  Well, you’re in luck.  Jigsaw Design Group offers a renderings service that is completely unique to their firm.  After a phone consultation or face to face meeting, the designers can pull together visual rendering of your ideas so you can have a clear picture of how your design ideas will turn out.  During this process, the designer can help you fine tune your space to fit your budget and design style.  All that is need to get started are photos and measurements.


Jigsaw can help with renderings beyond interior design as well.  If you have a business or office space, the Jigsaw team also offers rendering services for commercial design.  The following images show a variety of options for one actual room at a business in CA.  This gave the client the opportunity to see how the space would function for customers when visiting their retail outlet, as well as how aesthetically pleasing that it would be.



The visual renderings service is not limited to interiors; plans can be visualized for decks, pools, landscaping and water features.  There is no limit, again, a photo and good measurements and all the work can be done virtually.  Jigsaw can even show the client rendered images of their space at night time.  This is a great tool for determining light features indoors or outdoors.   Take a gander at the exterior deck images in the following photos.  With visual renderings, you can play with all components from design to paint color, and in the end there will be no surprises.  Jigsaw has brought to masses what the trade has just begun to enjoy, visual imagery for solid design.



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Living Walls-The Indoor Vertical Garden


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The indoor vertical garden can breath life into your home or office.  The lush ivy muse for this post is the world renowned Fred Segal in Los Angeles.

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When adding its’ latest location to the LAX airport, the company brought it’s iconic ivy exterior walls indoors. Visually stunning, this look makes such an impact and is being copied in stores like West Elm from So Cal to London.

West Elm Ivy

The vertical garden can be interpreted many different ways.  For example, moss is a great plant to work with considering it’s heartiness, rich color and coverage like the moss walls in the images below.  Moss looks great on walls, upstairs cases, on furniture, or piquing through cracks.

Living Moss Wall Staircase


So you live in the city in a fabulous loft apartment, but no roof top garden is included.  Bring your loft to life by bringing your garden indoors and make a statement in your space.  Start by filling your feature wall with low light indoor plants.  While the list of possibilities is vast, a few favorites worth mentioning are Sword Ferns and Dracaena for greens and Crotons and Peace Lilies for flowers and color.  These varietals are easy to grow with little maintenance.

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Living Staircase glass and plants

There are many interpretations for an indoor garden, and many can be done as a DIY project.  Exploring ideas like attaching boxes or pots to the wall for small spaces, or recycling pallets for a succulent garden on a large wall are all possibilities.  Want to do it yourself, but not work that hard?  Well, Urbino makes these cool magnetic garden pots to design how you want with very little work involved.

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Urbio magnetic garden

For more fun indoor garden ideas and information on resources, visit the contact page on the Jigsaw Design Group website at  Someone will quickly contact you with more information.  Please subscribe to the blog for more informative articles like these, and check out our Facebook page for more tips and images!  Be sure to ‘like us’ on Facebook!   Now join us on Googleplus too!

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Flower Power-Oversized Floral Trends

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Floral motifs have stood the test of time in remaining classic and ladylike.  But, in today’s trends these budding beauties create wow factor when oversized raising this look to almost pop art status.

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Get the trend quick with an oversized piece art.  Use it as a headboard, in the dining room or above the sofa to  bring a fresh mood to your space.

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Adding a great piece of art above your bar cart or in your dressing area create a glamorous feeling and will bring life to those areas.


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Take your botanical obsession to the next level with colossal printed wallpaper.  Paper the walls, the ceiling or anywhere outside of the box for maximum impact.

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Blossoming wallpaper produces big style in a small powder room.   The Jigsaw designers love using bold, dark colors in small spaces like in the image below.

floral bathroom

Horticulturally flexible: bold and bright blooms in a dining room bring life to walls in vivid color, while romantic blooms in a soft palette create a cozy dining experience in a more traditional space.

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Flowering linens, duvets, and headboards create an air of romance with comforting appeal.  Matching linens and wallpaper add sophistication like that of a luxury hotel.

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The office has never been more stylish.  Bold wallpaper makes a big statement and is sure to inspire.

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floral wallpaper blackEmbrace you inner flower-child with  this motif in a grand scale for maximum flower-power.  For more information about floral trends or styles and images in this blog simply leave a comment below or reach  designer on the contact page of our website  Be sure to subscribe to the blog and like us on Facebook.


White Spaces

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White is a timeless hue that is never out of style.  Containing the power of positivity on our psyche it’s a harmonious note that streams between purity, clarity, and sophistication in our subconscious.  As for interior design,  it naturally benefits from visually creating a perception of more space.

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Benjamin Moore carries quite a hit list of whites for 2016.  The Jigsaw Design Team are currently big fans of several of the white hues namely Paper White that has a hint of grey, and Simply White, a slightly warmer tone.


Paper White in the bath is clean and refreshing, as well as for the living room to echo light around the space.

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Simply White is pure with warm touches, perfect for a sitting room or bedroom.  Its subtly and clarity are relaxing for a great night of sleep.

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Another way to bring this statement making color into your space is through using white brick on one or two walls.  This looks amazing in an industrial space, but can work well in a modern or minimal home as well.

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Not up to the task of bricking your home, the mess and then get tired of it in a few years?  Well, we have an answer…brick wallpaper is available in many styles and shades. is a great resource for realistic styles at fair prices.

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Add a girly touch with a white lacy wallpaper.

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Go full throttle in Scandinavian style with white wood floors, walls and accessories.  With relaxed furnishing this all white look plays out as very soothing for comfortable living.

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Add touches of white to play up the sophistication in your space with great pieces like consoles, lamps and end tables.

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Whatever your favorite hue of White, Jigsaw can help you pull your space together for a room you’ll love.  For more information on White color trends or the images above, please leave a comment or reach a designer on our contact page and someone will get right back to you.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and like us on Facebook!

siimply white kitchen






Periwinkle-Color of the Month

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The wonderfully flexible hue, Periwinkle,  is the Jigsaw Design team’s color choice of the month.  While it’s true color is a bit debatable, it spans the spectrum between slightly blue and  barely purple.  This color’s range is vast and can be interpreted to fit almost any style.

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Our favorite slant on the blue side of periwinkle is Periwinkle Dream by Valspar.


…and Periwinkle by Dunn Edwards on the lavender side of periwinkle.

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This delightfully cheerful color is not just for little girl bedrooms anymore.  It can be light and beachy for your coastal retreat, or dramatic for a sexy city abode.  A lively place to try the color is the dining room, and one can see how the hue blends seamlessly into the different design styles below.  From a circular space in the Parisian apartment with dramatic red contrasting chandeliers,  to the coastal and traditional side of the multifaceted color; this refreshing color works beautifully in all scenarios.

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Play up layers of pinks, purples and even teal in the living room for color filled spaces that intrigue.

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The Periwinkle shade can also create a soothing affect perfectly fitting for the bedroom.  The soft periwinkle linens in the cottage style bedroom are the ideal bed companion.  We are also loving the p X Ottoman chairs in the traditional room with faintly painted walls.

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Make a splash in the kitchen with an updated look for your cabinets or surprise guests upon arrival with a welcoming  Periwinkle front door.

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Want to try to the color trend, but your feeling a little fickle?  Jigsaw’s quick fix recommendations to get the look without a big commitment:

The Gia Lamp in light blue available at Bungalow 5 is a great choice, or simply add a few throw pillows and art work into the mix.  We love the framed Agate photograph in periwinkle colors, and the Lulu DK fabric Chant is great for the wall or as a textile.

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Lulu DK Chant Fabric peri


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Art We Love: Vintage Lifestyle Photography-Featuring Slim Aarons


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Art takes on many forms.  While styles ebb and flow in the mainstream, so to speak, selecting art still remains a very intimate decision based on personal style and what appeals to ones eye.  Vintage photography is nothing new to the art or interior design scene, however we are seeing it displayed in fresh new ways and being reproduced by high profile designers.  In this post, the Jigsaw Designers selected famed photographer Slim Aarons as the feature photographer for this months Art We Love.  (Seen in self portrait below.)

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Aarons joined the army at age 18 and served as a combat photographer in World War II.  Afterwards, leaving Aarons with an extreme dislike for war he famously stated, “The only beach worth landing on was decorated with beautiful, seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun.” Hence leading in him the desire to photograph ‘attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places’ as he himself coined.  One spot-on example would be the image of sunbathing beauties on St. Tropez beach below.

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Aarons photographed the jet setters and society types from the 50’s to the 80’s.  Trekking across the world from Capri, St. Tropez, Palm Springs and then some; he yachted, vacationed and observed the celebrities and aristocrats at their leisure, often times from inside their own estates and villas.

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Not your typical college dorm poster; what brings these time transcending images to life again are most often the process used for display.   A photograph is printed from scans of the original negative that are then mounted on aluminum and faced with museum quality plexiglass.  Processing from a negative allows one to create the image at any size, even a wall mural in the mid-century baby nursery below.  But, most often the museum quality plexi brings added luster to the color saturated images Aarons was famous for.

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One of the most beloved images featured here is called Poolside Gossip which was photographed at the famous Kaufman house in Palm Springs, CA.  The image of society ladies relaxing and simultaneously “stirring the pot” is charming and yet, familiar to us all.  This image is available in a variety of sizes at along with many other Slim Aarons favorites.

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Slim Arrons in study

Summer by the sea in the south of France beckons you in the timeless image of celebs sun worshiping at the Hotel Du Cap in Antibes.  Ultimately, Aarons’ imagery draws you in and makes you feel welcome, making his work a fabulous compliment to ones swinging stylish pad.


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Rock the Croc: Jigsaw’s Top Reptile Picks

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Spring 2016 is the season to invest in our slithery animal kingdom friends.  All things crocodile, snake, lizard, and python are hot!  Whether you have the conscience for faux or faux-real  (aka authentic ), in this post we’ll feature faux items we can really get behind!

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Style and function are both satisfied in this Ralph Lauren Home trunk bar.  It is stately and sophisticated and we love it!  Cleverly named the One-Fifth Trunk Bar, this kitsch little number is a Pullman style trunk bar with embossed crocodile leather and polished brass stand.  It features a mahogany interior and a mirrored back panel. Includes storage for barware, mixing surfaces and custom fitted wells.  Martini anyone???

Croc RL Bar

One of the Jigsaw team’s favorite ways to introduce reptile into a client’s home is with a bench.  A reptile bench is perfect for the foot of the bed, down a hallway, in an alcove…just about anywhere will do.  We can’t get enough of the Moreletti Crocodile-Embossed Bench by Massoud at Horchow.  At $1799, this is a solid addition to any space.

Moreletti Bench

Faux reptile pieces are not limited to natural colors.  Bright eye popping colors inspire in pastels, metallics, jewel tones-all hot this spring.  Kelly Wearstler killed it with these gorgeous pink faux snake chairs for this Bel Air home office.

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Snake Desk

While most designer reptile pieces will cost you a pretty penny, you can rock croc that won’t break your budget.  For example this fun Threshold™ Faux Snake Skin Lamp for Target at $54.99; or this fun metallic faux croc trunk printed on high-quality textured vinyl.

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Gold Faux Croc Trunk

Take the trend a different direction with embossed wallpaper.  Give your fireplace a whole new meaning by applying the paper all the way to the ceiling.  This dramatic focal point will certainly satisfy.  Available in mattes and metallics in a variety of colors.  The fireplace with antlers below is Ralph Lauren about $55 per roll.

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For more information on reptile trends or the images featured in this post, simply leave a comment or visit the contact page on the Jigsaw Design Group website at  Someone will quickly contact you with more information.  Please subscribe to the blog for more informative articles like these, and check out our Facebook page for more tips and images!  Be sure to ‘like us’ on Facebook!   Now join us on Googleplus too!

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