One of the trickiest rooms to style is the dining room. As much as the table seems to play the biggest role, I always believe it’s the chair that makes or breaks a dining room. If I were on a budget, I would go for a moderately priced table, after all you will only see the top, the base is usually covered with the chairs. The chairs should be comfortable, yet stylish, I would splurge on those if I can. My next priority would be a beautiful chandelier or suspension depending on the ceiling height available. For the buffet, I always like to go for a statement design that would act as an art piece. Hope you liked the mood board above, below I will break it down into details and you can click on each image for source.
I love working on mood-boards, I can never start a project without it. Today I felt like a grey interior would look nice, as an accent color I added a blush pink only in hints. What is cool about adding color in minimal doses, is that when you tire of a color you can always change it without throwing away anything major. A neutral base is very flexible and forgiving, I loved adding marble, a chevron printed rug, a gorgeous Kelly Wearstler table lamp, some nice table accessories, and a breezy curtain. I curated these online, below you will find details of each item in the collage above and a link in case you would like to purchase!
With Pinterest and Instagram ruling our social lives, everything has to look pretty and picture perfect. There are so many beautiful ideas out there that are easily done at home without the need for a designer! Simple coffee tables with some nice decorative candles, vases, and books can create the looks we see all over Pinterest.
To create the ‘Pinterest’ coffee table look, you will need the following:
Styling a room is not complete without a beautifully styled coffee table. One of the classiest trends is adding beautifully designed books. Books could be topic themed, for example fashion books or art books, or could be color themed, gold tones, grey-scale, black and white.etc.. Bigger books are nicer. I always prefer same size books to give a more architectural and organized feel. In this post I will share a few of my favorite looking books for your table or open shelves.
Every year, furniture brands from around the world race to reveal their latest collections. They either add new pieces or elaborate on existing ones, with more versions or extra details.
Why would I dedicate an entire post to Fendi Casa?
Well, I, for one, have been monitoring the brand since its early years. It started as a fashion brand with a few pieces that were very ‘fashion’ oriented. The shift in the past 5 years has been tremendous. The finishing, the avant garde designs, the number of annual releases are astounding. I can’t but be in awe of this luxurious brand and the people behind it.
As long as I could remember, a good night’s sleep was something I rarely experienced. I never thought that the reason might be be the mattress itself, or the quality of my bedding, I always blamed my overthinking, over studying, etc..
Fast forward to a few years ago when I was in Paris, I stayed for a few nights at a Sofitel Hotel (Scribe), and had the best sleeping experience of my life!
I saw a brochure they placed in the room advertising the bed and the bedding as part of their online boutique. That’s when I told me husband we had to have the bed!
Good thing he agreed and our lives changed ever since. I have been getting good quality sleep and it is affecting my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
In this post I will share exactly how you can recreate this experience the Sofitel way, but if you are able to purchase the actual bed, then by all means I advise you to.
So let’s get started!
What you will need for perfect ‘Hotel’ style bed:
1 Featherbed Protector
1 Fitted Sheet
1 Duvet Cover
4 Feather & Down Pillows
4 Pillow Protectors
4 Pillow covers /Shams
Bed Skirt / Optional depending on bed type
Step 1: Featherbed and featherbed protector.
Above a good mattress I recommend having a featherbed and a featherbed protector. It’s usually filled with duck or goose feather, provides and extra layer of comfort on top of your mattress. The protector is to keep it clean and in tact, as it can be washed separately.
The purpose of design is not just to make a space aesthetically pleasing, but to provide easy solutions to our requirements. Every room to me is important, but the bedroom is sacred . It’s where I want to stop thinking of the outer world and just cuddle up and sleep. On weekends, I don’t want to get up, I just want to enjoy the peace and quiet and most importantly my extra comfortable bed.
Since the bedroom is meant to be the most relaxing place and a room for unwinding, it is advisable to make sure you use the right elements to keep it like that. We will start with the basics and then continue to the design elements.
Designing your kitchen should be one of the most fun parts of designing your home. The kitchen is considered one of the most vital parts of the home, It is the one room almost everyone goes to for comfort! I know at my house, whenever we are lost, tired, hungry, or bored, we end up in the kitchen, I call it the comfort room.
So how do you design your own kitchen? Are there rules? Can we be spontaneous? Well my answer is yes to both. There are rules yet at the same time the kitchen should be designed around your lifestyle. If cooking is an essential part of your life, it is natural to have 4 burners, a nice large oven, space to cut up vegetables, large fridge etc.. If you just order in and go for the basics, you might just need a microwave and a couple of burners. A kitchen for a family of 6 is different than one for a family of 3, and so on.
I will lay out the best points to consider when designing your kitchen:
Thanksgiving* is just around the corner, during this beautiful holiday it is traditional that all family members gather around the table. Beautifully designed tables are very much the trend now, I will post here 5 easily done tables shared from a few websites.
1- Elegant Theme: Black and gold will be the most elegant colors. I love this idea with the olive tree leaves giving a natural feel.
2- The All White Theme: This is very simple, a few leaves in the center, some candles, white plates, and you are all set for a beautiful and very simple table.
Silk and Satin have been all they hype in the beauty world the past couple of years. Why? It’s because of the fact that the less friction between hair, skin and the pillow case, the less wrinkles and the better you hair will be. No more frizz! If you are on a budget, you can go for Satin pillow cases made of polyester and still reap the benefits. Silk pillow cases tend to be more expensive, definitely on the more luxurious side. I have purchased several types over the past couple of years, and would like to share my two cents and compare them to better help you decide.
Product: ZIMASILK 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin,with Hidden Zipper, Momme Silk, 1pc Price: $21.99 + Free Shipping/ 1 pillow case Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com Size: Queen, King, Standard Colors: Available in 20 colors Material: Mulberry Silk
What I like about this product is that it is silk on both sides, with a 600 thread count making it extra smooth, perfect for hair and skin.
It has hidden zipper
Comes in all known dimensions, I use the king size for my pillows
The only Con is the price, I tend to need 2-4 pillow cases per person, this can get pricey. But since it is 100% silk, the price is justified.