An Assessment for Aging in Place

Here is a great site with a series of assessment tests that let you find out if your home is ready for you to stay for the long haul.

Click for Safe Score Assessment and Video

At Talianko Design Group, we always keep the health, safety and wellfare of our clients in mind as we plan their projects.  Aging in place should be a consideration if you plan to stay in your home for a long time, or perhaps have loved ones with special needs.  These added features can increase the resale value of your home and will be less expensive to do while remodeling as opposed to making adjustments down the road.


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7 Casually Elegant Living Room Design Ideas (Infographic)


Your living room is the center of your home

It’s where your friends and family can come together to converse, watch movies and relax.

Creating a beautiful, functional living room is easier than you might think.

That’s why I created this infographic to show you my 7 favorite living room design ideas to breathe new life into your home!

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25 Easy Decorating Tips For a More Beautiful Home


I am sure you’ll agree with me when I say:

Decorating can be daunting…

…it’s not easy to take that first step as a Do-It-Your-Selfer.

There are countless choices and lots of steps in the process.

It is easy to make costly errors if you are not careful.

That’s why in today’s article I am going to share 25 home decorating tips (interior and exterior) you can use TODAY, as well as a SlideShare + a bonus PDF.

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Back From the High Point Show

Photo Apr 22, 3 35 40 PMLast week, we attended the home furnishings market in High Point, North Carolina.  What a show!  Miles of buildings with many showrooms within.  Many shoe changes along the way (and lots of Advil) but we managed to visit 55 showrooms in order to stay ahead of what is new and to bring fresh ideas to our own clients and their projects back home.

Interestingly, it seems that the urban loft look that was all the rage only last year has now been eclipsed by a more chic and glamorous style which echoes the 1940’s Hollywood apartment. BUT… with a fresh new twist.  Lots of blush colored fabrics, mirror, crystal and gold took center stage throughout the show.

That said, while it is interesting to see what is “trending” in the market today, these trends may not be right for you.  Your home should reflect your own style and one that makes you feel comfortable and at ease.  After all, you’ll be living with it for years to come.  Trendy is exciting but not always practical.

The vendors who impressed us the most were:  Palecek, Chelsea House, Robert Abbey, Stanley, Seasonal Living, Left Bank Art, John Richard, Thibaut, Henredon, Anna French, Pearson, Eastern Accents, Feizy Rugs, Hickory Chair, and Kravet.

Here are some of our own favorites we spotted along the way and thought we should share them with you.

Photo Apr 21, 10 34 15 AM (1)Photo Apr 23, 12 29 34 PMPhoto Apr 23, 12 24 05 PMPhoto Apr 23, 11 10 16 AMPhoto Apr 21, 2 33 25 PMPhoto Apr 22, 2 32 51 PMPhoto Apr 23, 10 32 29 AMAlden Parkes DeskThanks for visiting.  We’d love to hear from you soon!


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3 Reasons to Choose Wool

Ever wonder which way to go when selecting your wall to wall carpeting or area rug? In this article, we’ll take a look at the features and benefits of natural wool.

(To read the entire article from Wools of New Zealand, click here.)


NATURAL FILTER-traps unwanted particles from the air, keeping them away from people with respiratory problems.

HUMIDITY MODERATING-absorbs up to 1/3 its own weight without feeling damp. Releases back into the atmosphere when humidity drops.

TEMPERATURE MODERATING-a natural insulator keeps warm in the winter and cool in the summertime.

LOW VOC EMISSION-does not give off harmful gasses, which can cause eye, nose, throat irritation, and even aggravate allergies and asthma.

  1. SAFE

SLIP RESISTANT-natural friction makes it safe to stand and walk on for people of all ages.

CUSHIONING FOR FALLS-naturally springy in nature. Keeps its shape and wears well.

FIRE SAFETY-fire resistant. Will form an insulating char layer, which inhibits fire.

STATIC RESISTANT-the natural moisture in wool prevents the build up of static

HEALTHY POSTURE-promotes good posture and gate due to the natural springiness.

SAFE FOR BABY-traps bacteria and allergens, keeping them away from the play area where baby is breathing. Its springy nature protects baby from injury when falling.

SAFE FOR SMALL PETS-does not promote the growth of bacterial, dust mites and does not give off harmful emissions.

NATURAL AIR FILTER-non-allergenic and does not provide nutrients for bacteria or dust mites, and does not promote the growth of molds.

NON-IRRITATING-fibers are too long and thick to be inhaled. Will not irritate the respiratory system.


EASY CARE-easy care with vacuuming and occasional professional cleaning. Naturally elastic so it stands up to everyday wear and tear and resists crushing.


  • Scoop up solids before cleaning.
  • Blot out as much liquid as possible with a clean white rag.  DO NOT RUB.
  • Clean with correct cleaning agent and remember to apply agent to towel and not carpet.
  • Rinse with cold or lukewarm water.
  • Air dry with cool-air fan.

Ask us about a wonderful new line of wool carpeting from Masland Carpets, one of our favorite vendors. This line is made from New Zealand Wool, the finest wool you will find.

Please call us and we’ll be happy to send you a copy of the Wools of New Zealand Cleaning Guide. 

(626) 836-2935


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