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.
The favorite, yet most hectic, time of the year is upon us, the Holiday season. During this time, choosing gifts is the most joyous task but could get tricky for a number of reasons. I have been going through cool and nice gift ideas, I will list here my favorites so far, personally I would love getting anyone of these.
For the new year, who doesn’t love a new planner? I love planners, but this one is different. It is a culmination of 3 years of work by the famous Brendan Burchard. The authos describes it as a combination planner-and-journal . It helps readers strategize their lives and increase their performance via writing prompts, self-assessments, and calendars–all backed by science and the author’s 20 years coaching the highest performers in business, athletics, entertainment, and beyond.
It comes in a single version or a 6-pack where each book is designed for 2 months. I am definitely getting one for myself.
AARKE – CARBONATOR II (PREMIUM CARBONATOR/SPARKLING WATER MAKER)
Can you imagine, making your own sparkling water?
Kit Includes 1 Carbonator (Sparkling Water Maker), 1 PET Bottle, 1 User Manual (Gas Cylinder is a separate purchase)
Bottle is safe, nontoxic and made from high quality PET plastic
Sleek and Compact Construction requires no batteries or electricity, and has a 2 Year Warranty
Requires separate purchase of 60L 14.5 oz Co2 carbonator cartridge, which is easily exchanged at several of your favorite retailers
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.
One of the coolest smart products released this year is Amazon’s Echo Plus 2nd generation. This is a perfect solution for people who love the ‘Smart Home’ without all the complex connectivity of an elaborate system. The Echo Plus can be used for music, listening to the news, an alarm clock, and much more all through Alexa, the brain of the Echo.
Product: Echo Plus 2nd Generation Price: $149.99 Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com Size: 5.8” x 3.9” x 3.9” (148 x 99 x 99 mm) Connectivity: wifi, bluetooth, ZigBee My rating: 4.7/5
The Echo Plus has a ZigBee hub built in to help set it up with compatible smart home devices. The speakers are powered by Dolby play 360° audio.
With this device, you can ask Alexa to control compatible smart lights, switches, sensors, door locks, play music in different rooms, and call or message someone. My favorite feature is that you can make announcements in other rooms! Just perfect for calling the kids to dinner or reminding them to tidy up their rooms!!
The Echo Plus can hear you so well even when their is music playing, it’s just amazing!
This particular offer comes with a free bulb, to set the bulb up plug in and set up your Echo Plus, plug in your bulb, and ask, “Alexa, discover my devices.”
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.
As a follow up to my previous post on designing your kitchen, I thought I would share with you some of the latest and most useful kitchen gadgets for 2018.
1- Kitchen Rack Fridge Magnetic Organizer – 2018 New Design Paper Towel Holder, Rustproof Spice Jars Rack, Heavy-duty Refrigerator Shelf Storage Including 6 Removable Hooks
This rack can be hung on your fridge which means it’s a great space saver, perfect for smaller kitchens. it is heavy-duty and powerful, with triple bar magnets grip holding up to 20lb weight; made of elegant wood and robust stainless steel.
Includes a 12” hand roller to easily hold your paper towel roll, plastic wraps or aluminum foil, while its other two shelves organize your accessories, etc. It also has 6 utensil hooks.
2- iTouchless 13 Gallon Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can with Odor-Absorbing Filter. This trash bin is amazing in every way, the fact that is automatic means you won’t have to touch it to open it and the better part is that it has an odor absorbing filter. Powered by Batteries or Optional AC Adapter
Perfect for all meat and chicken made with 56 Stainless steel needle blades. The ultra-sharp blades penetrate all the way through. Saves time on cooking or marinating. Safe to use, most importantly does not alter the shape of the meat.
As you know by now, I am all about organizing and space management especially when it comes to the kitchen. This is a great way to store your pans and yet have easy access to them. You can put this rack on the counter or inside a cabinet if the space permits.
The rack accommodates up to five pans with vertical installation (or four pans with horizontal installation)
5- Instant Pot : DUO60 . With our busy lifestyle, I believe every kitchen should have a pressure cooker. This is my favorite one. It combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster.
I know it’s not sorbet season, but I love having an ice-cream maker among my kitchen appliances. I mainly use it for frozen yogurt, I add Greek yogurt and alot of berries to make healthy frozen yogurt for my family. This particular color s beautiful as well.
Cuisinart introduced in this particular model new mixing paddle which help make frozen desserts and drinks in 20 minutes or less.
Large capacity makes up to 1-1/2-quarts
Double insulated freezer bowl eliminates the need for ice
Easy lock transparent lid with large spout makes adding ingredients simple and mess free
Fully automatic with large ingredient spout for adding ingredients