Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Chinese New Year!

My lovelies, wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Chai!

May your new year shines brightly with new beginnings, all your wishes be fulfilled and many blessings!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

Such a stunning and stylish room! This fabulous space is from one of the rooms in Georgia Inn, in Montclair, New Jersey owned by makeup maven Bobbi Brown and her husband, realtor Steven Plofker. By thoughtfully employing a few modern industrial touches and British elements, this boutique hotel exudes a stylish, downtown Manhattan vibe. The recessed built-in book shelves surrounded by the traditional moulding makes an excellent focal point in the room. Not only did they make a wonderful design statement, they also add a sense of depth to the room. The tufted leather sofa, trunk side table and modern coffee table evoke a masculine chic vibe while a mix of textiles softens the space while creating visual interest. A pair of industrial-style chandeliers adds more light to the moody room while drawing the eyes up. Cool and offbeat, I find this hotel truly inspirational. Are you drawn to this fantastic hideaway as well? I would love to hear your thoughts!


Photo credit: Lesley Unruh


Barrier And Soil Treatments For Termite Control!

This post is provided by Jesse Hughes.

Your home is probably the most expensive item you have purchased. You can expect it to last for the rest of your lifetime.

Unfortunately this is not always the case. Termites are one of the biggest threats to any home. This is because they can exist in your walls for long periods of time without being noticed. For this reason they are able to cause a huge amount of damage.

In fact, it is estimated that termites cost in excess of $5 billion dollars of damage every year.

There are in excess of 2,000 types of termites found across the world. Just 50 of them are found in the states, the only state they have not yet been found in is Alaska.

No matter where you live, if you think you might have a termite problem it is important to talk to your local pest control expert about termite control.

Dealing With Termites

The three main types of termites to concern yourself with are dampwood, drywood and subterranean.

A termite is usually between ¼ and ½ inch long although the kings and queens are often found to be as long as 1 inch.

They eat any cellulose based material. In general this is any type of plant life. As wood is originally plant life it is an excellent source of food for them; all they have to do is reach it.

Unfortunately this means that your home is an excellent target for them.

In general they will cross your yard and then get into your home through cracks, around pipes and wires. Once inside they can start eating your wood and, unchecked, will work their way round your home.

It is worth noting that termites need damp conditions to survive. If you have a leaking gutter or downpipe then your foundations will be permanently damp, allowing the termites in.

Barriers And Soil Treatments

It is important to take as many precautions as you can to ensure the termites never reach your home:

1. Repair any leaking gutters and pipes, this will prevent the termites from having somewhere comfortable to live.

2. Remove excess plant cover and wood mulch, especially near the walls of your home.

3. Make sure all water drains off and away from your property.

4. Seal all entry and exit points around pipes and wires.

5. Keep any wood products away from the outside of the house.

6. Regularly inspect your outbuildings and decking.

7. Screen your vents, this will allow the air to move but prevent termites getting in.

8. Treat your wood with a wood preservative and insecticide; this will make it less appealing or even deadly to any termites.

Perhaps the best tip is to create an area that the termites simply cannot get across.

To do this dig a trench round the outside of your home. It should be six inches deep and six inches wide. Then soak the trench with a good quality termiticide. Making sure the soil is loose at the bottom of the trench will help ensure it soaks in properly.

You can then close the trench in, or preferably fill it with concrete to make an effective barrier. Then all you need to do is stay vigilant.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Photo credit: DestinationsSVG

Happy Valentine's Day, my lovelies! Hope your day was filled with lots of love, kisses, cuddles and wonderful surprises. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cool designer alert- Lindsey Lane!

Introducing talented New York-based designer, Lindsey Lane. With a fresh, feminine take on traditional style, her designs often looks effortlessly chic. Let's check out her gorgeous portfolio, shall we?

Photo credit: Lindsey Lane Design

How stylish and refreshing her work is! Whether she is incorporating a bold color, a variety of textures or a mix of patterns, she always do it with great flair and pizzazz. Needless to say, her designs are always a visually delight! I truly adore her aesthetic, how about you, my lovelies? Do you find her beautiful portfolio as inspirational as I do? Any thoughts?

For more information regarding the designer and her work, please visit: 

Monday, February 12, 2018

A designer's beautifully layered and sophisticated California bungalow!

This 1,800-square-foot Arts and Crafts bungalow in Oakland, California gets an update from interior designer Patrick Printy every few years. Using his home that he shares with his partner, Dan Holland as an ever-evolving design laboratory, his current home is a wonderful mix of taupes, blues and greens. Intrigued? Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Björn Wallander

With a soothing palette, a great mix of men's suiting fabrics and patterns ranging from plaids to stripes, this home exudes style, an air of elegance and sophistication. Beautifully layered with warm textures and expertly blended textiles, this abode feels fresh, airy and inviting. Are you drawn to this gorgeous tour as much as I do? I would love to know your thoughts!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Inside a bright, charming and effortlessly chic weekend home in Connecticut!

This gorgeous weekend home in Darien, Connecticut is designed by Ashley Whittaker. Using an enchanting floral wallpaper as the starting point, this abode is transformed into a charming weekend escape. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Read McKendree

A combination of pretty botanical wall coverings, vibrant colors and interesting textiles evokes a bright, delightful and springlike feel in this dreamy abode. Unexpected details such as the floral fabrics found at the back of the dining chairs and the citron welt on the powder room molding provide additional visual interest in the rooms. Chic, beautifully layered and thoughtfully designed, there are so many inspirations to take away from this fabulous tour. My lovelies, any thoughts?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

This gorgeous Newport, Rhode Island living room designed by Ruthie Sommers totally rocks my world! I love how she incorporates classic design with a modern twist to create an interesting dynamic. The way she masterfully mix unexpected prints and unique colors is refreshingly chic. The tiger print ottomans and geometric rug add a sense of style and youthfulness to the eclectic space. Cozy, inviting, beautifully layered and timeless, what's not to love about this inspirational room? What are your thoughts?

Photo credit: William Waldron

Top Trending Decoration Tips For Your Living Room!

This post is provided by Matt Lee.

Your living room is the go-to space for relaxing after a long day, spending time with family and friends, and entertaining guests. Since this room is often the host of get-togethers and likely where visitors will spend most of their time, it is important for this space to really shine.

Decorating a living room can be a little intimidating, but by following a few of these trends you can create a fresh, inviting atmosphere.

Bold, Dark Furniture Adds Drama Without Coming Across Cold

When dark walls are too intimidating or not an option, a solution is for your furniture to add drama. Dark-toned or classic Mission-style Amish living room furniture look substantial and really add structure to a living room, without making the room feel smaller or cold as dark painted walls may. The matching look of a set is very attractive, just be sure to decorate around it with more eclectic pieces that go along with your style. 

Incorporate An Unexpected Color In Your Decor

So much of home design focuses on very similar color palettes, particularly a range of neutral grays, beiges, whites, and browns. Consider bringing an unexpected color into your living room in the form of a bold emerald green or a jewel-toned amethyst. Such shades are not so common, and therefore are memorable, and really add a touch of richness. An easy way of doing this is added colored pillows or a throw over a sitting chair, but do not be afraid to have a chair or sofa reupholstered in a new shade.

Touches Of Natural Wood Creates Texture And Dimension

There is nothing like real wood to add texture, warmth and dimension to a boring living room. Though a driftwood coffee table or furniture is obviously a great route, consider covering the main wall in reclaimed wood wall panels or go for a very luxurious look with wainscoting. Both can be added to structurally sound walls easily but look as if your living room went under a serious remodel. Reclaimed wood is eco-friendly and offers that incredible aged wood look that is highly sought after.

Minimalistic, Unique Lighting Fixtures

Minimalism always seems to be on trend, but recently has flowed into lighting fixtures. Matte-finished metal lighting fixtures that hang as pendants draw the eye in and are a great way of making a statement without the living room looking cluttered. Simply finish the rest of the room with recessed lights. Do not forget about including dimmable lighting to really set the mood. 

Smarten Up Boring Walls With Personalized Art

A living room without art is simply not a finished space. Rather than buying expensive art or spending time searching for the perfect frame for your photo, go the route of custom canvas prints instead. Not only can you print classic pieces as well as personal photos you have taken yourself, but they also come in a variety of sizes. Being so lightweight, canvas prints are easy to hang, look casually chic, and allow you to create a beautiful gallery-style art display.

Although any and all these tips can apply to essentially any settings, if you are starting from a bare room it is worth it to settle on a theme (i.e. industrial, farmhouse, urban, etc) prior to making big purchases. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Basic Invite- Truly Custom Invitations!

If you know me well enough, you would know that I am a huge fan of beautiful paper goods. When I am at the mall, I always visit the greeting card store even when I have nothing to buy. I like admiring and soaking up the stunning designs found in greeting cards. 

In my opinion, pretty greeting cards are very similar to artwork. They are created with great imagination by the hands of talented artists; with size being the only difference. Needless to say, after each trip to one of these stores, I always feel inspired!  The love for gorgeous paper products is real, y'all!

With that said, I can recognize a good paper product instantly. Take for example Basic Invite, a site which specializes in high quality, perfectly customized stationery, which I was introduced to recently. Contrary to its name, Basic Invite is anything but basic! They offer a wide range of gorgeous, elegant and stylish invites for all occasions dedicated to weddings, babies, special events, etc.

Check out some of the fabulous and creative invites from their site!

Aren't these totally swoon-worthy? So what sets Basic Invite apart from others, you may ask?

Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

Foil - Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

The amount of customization offered on their website is unbelievable! Whether you are looking for wedding invitescustom made birthday invitationsinvitations for sweet 16Basic Invite has you covered!

At the moment, Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51 so be sure to take advantage of this wonderful offer before it's gone!

Disclosure: I have received compensation for the publication of this post.