Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Home tour- A stylish and inviting Tribeca loft!


This stylish Tibeca loft is decorated by designer Sara Gilbane for her young clients. The draperies and the navy tufted sofa were decided before the designer was brought in, thus becoming the starting point of the whole design. Let's check out the results, shall we?






Photo credit: Patrick Cline

Such an inviting home! This home evokes a sense of casual glam, don't you think? The gorgeous custom rug in the living room and the beautiful chandeliers in the dining room are my favorites. I wish there were more pictures of the nursery and other rooms in this lovely home.  Thoughts?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fabulous finds- Great deals around the web!


Happy Labor Day, my lovelies! I hope you are having a great time spending the 3-day break with your friends and family so far.

As for us, we decided to stay home because our son was having a slight fever since yesterday. We have planned to celebrate his birthday today since he was born on Labor Day (his real birthday actually falls on September 4th). Hopefully, he will get well soon to celebrate his birthday.

Anyway, since it's Labor Day today, there are bound to be some good deals around the web. I have decided to do a some research for you and put together my favorite sales. Check them out!



I have always love the chic agate acrylic boxes they have on One Kings Lane. Unfortunately, they are usually quite expensive, costing $80 and upwards. 

Fortunately, I stumbled upon this gorgeous little acrylic box on HSN recently on clearance for only $14.97! Needless to say, I bought it instantly. With taxes and shipping included, it only costed me about $20. The quality is great (both agate and box) even though my pink agate is not as gorgeous as the one shown on their website. The agate comes in purple and blue as well. 

A pretty box like this is quite versatile and perfect for styling a writing desk, a coffee table, a side table, a nightstand, a dresser, a console, a shelf and vanity table. So get them now before they are gone, deals like this don't come very often! 



This glossy gold deer head is absolutely chic and it's on sale for only $49.99. Put one on a small wall or group a few together/ with artwork to make a design statement! 



These glamorous, oversized vases are gorgeous! Buy one or pair them together on a dining table, dresser or console table for maximum drama! The 19"H is on sale for $29.89 and the 13"H is on sale for $24.89. A terrific deal to create a major visual statement if you ask me!



These gorgeous lamps are on sale and they are only $187.19 for two! If you have been shopping around, you would realized a pair of beautiful glossy gourd lamps like these could easily cost twice or thrice the price, a fantastic deal I would say! I really love the high-end look and the gold trim detail. There are plenty of color options too. The best part is FREE shipping, it can't get any better than that!



It's brass, it's quatrefoil and it's beautiful, what's not to love? Use one above the bed, console, dresser or fireplace or simply pair two or three together on a wall to make a design statement. It's on sale for only $84, limited quality. Oh, by the way, you can enjoy FREE shipping (today only) with the code OHSNAP.



This beautiful screen is on sale for only $99.99, a great buy if you ask me! I love the classic, ivory color. The nail head details is a great touch! A great solution to separate two rooms or hide unattractive exercise equipment. You can also use it in a home office as a room divider or as an inspirational board to pin your favorite images. Win-win!



This lovely sofa is on sale for only $549.99! I really like the button-tufted details and clean lines. Since it's only available online, it comes with a $110 delivery surcharge. However, you can save the $110 surcharge by ordering it in-store and picking it up yourself (as suggested by one of the reviewers on the website),  



Can you believe this stylish console is on clearance for only $499? You can save an additional 10%-20% on top of the $499 (details here). I have seen it in person and the quality is good! It comes in red, too. I would use it behind a sofa, in the foyer/ entry or in the dining room as a buffet table. Such a great price for this versatile piece! 



Another amazing deal for a great quality Jonathan Adler bookcase! This piece is now on clearance for just $555. You can save an additional 10%-20% on top of the $555 (details here) It comes in white, teal and charcoal as well. I would use one in a small area or a pair to create height in a room! This bookcase is perfect to display books (obviously), pretties and collectibles! 

Sale ends today!




Such a bright and cherry graphic rug! It's now on sale for 70% off and comes in red, blue and gray. Sizes are quite limited so get yours now before it's too late!




I love the graphic punch! I envisioned using it as a backdrop for colorful, modern furniture. At 80% off, you can now get the 7'6" x 9'6" size for $186 with free shipping (for US orders), it's such a steal for a 100% wool rug! Get it now before it's gone!




Adore this lovely rug! I would use this pretty rug in a transitional home or to freshen up a traditional space. It's made with 100% wool and available in four other wonderful colors as well. You can now get the 7'6" x 9'5" size for $200 (with the 70% off coupon code). What a bargain!




I am drooling over this fabulous outdoor greek key rug! It is totally a steal at 70% off! I really like the classic pattern and combination of textures. With a neutral color palette, it will work well with any outdoor style furniture! 




Another fabulous neutral outdoor rug with 70% off! The Moroccan-inspired motif would work really well with any transitional or contemporary patio furniture. 

Don't miss these stunning rugs, they would be gone before you know it! Sale ends on Sept 5th.

Which is your favorite deal? I would love to know!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Home tour- A chic and beautiful Arizona home!


This beautiful Arizona home is designed by the talented Caitlin Wilson for a family who loves color and print. Let's check out the results of this stunning home, shall we?



















Photo credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat

Such a gorgeous home! I am absolutely drawn to the punchy colors, fabulous wallpapers, lucite pieces and brass elements. Chic, colorful and visually exciting, I can't help but fall in love with this fabulous home. Do you love this home as much as I do? Is there anything that catches your eye? I would love to know!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Favorite room of the week!


I am absolutely in love with this gorgeous room! This room oozes style, masculinity and warmth. The reclaimed pillars, tribal prints, statement art and the sleek, leather chairs create a visually interesting combination. Layered, sophisticated with an understated elegance, this timeless living room will still look relevant in the next 20 years, don't you think? That to me, is a mark of good design. Very inspirational space to say the least!



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Photo credit: Max Kim-Bee

Guest post- Making your kitchen the heart of your home!


A great family kitchen really is the heart of the home. It is where countless good times are shared over family dinners, where important conversations often take place, and where you and your family can sit down and catch up with each other after a long day. Putting a little extra thought into making your kitchen a place where people will want to gather can help you to really make the most of this space, so here are some ideas to get you started.

Go For a Rustic Feel

A rustic feel really suits the kitchen, as it is warm and friendly and gives a welcoming country vibe. Choose earthy colors and materials to bring a natural feel. 

A wooden dining table is a great choice as it fits with this aesthetic, as well as providing a great focal point for the room. So much revolves around the kitchen table – from homework to family dinners and everything in between, so it is worth investing in a really well built solid wood table. Check out Fortune Woods for some beautiful options for your home.

Focus on the Details

It is easy to forget the kitchen when it comes to decorative accessories and other details that would be second nature to include in other rooms, but including a few well-chosen pieces will bring a personal touch to such an important space.

A few simple, well-placed lamps can enhance your kitchen, particularly if there is not much natural light. It can also be fun to frame a favorite quote and hang it on the wall – it makes a great talking point for guests, too. 

If you have room, it can also be good to put a small comfy sofa in your kitchen – that way your kids can sit and chat with you while you cook dinner, or you can lounge and read a book while they do their homework!

Get Cooking

It seems obvious, but no candle or room spray can really substitute for the smell of home cooking and baking, so get experimenting and enjoy the results! Cooking and baking with your family is a great bonding experience. It also gives everyone an opportunity to get a little messy, create new things and learn new recipes. 

You can also leave a few treats out to lure reclusive teenagers from their rooms for some family time – freshly baked cookies or cakes and persuade even the grumpiest to come down and see you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Product review- Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus!


Recently, I was contacted by Downy, the popular brand for laundry goods to review their newest product, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. Any item that promises to reduce or eliminate wrinkles on fabrics sounds wonderful to me because who wants to spend hours ironing, yes?


So accepting this product to review is a no-brainer! I was promptly sent a review kit which includes one 1000ml bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, two 500ml bottles, three 90ml travel bottles and a Downy T-shirt.


The review kit.


Products close-up.



For this review, I decided to pick a severely wrinkled white blouse to see if it worked! 


 Before


After

Because my blouse was really wrinkled, I needed to spritz  a fair amount of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to get rid of the wrinkles (I did this little by little). 

For the product to work effectively, the fabrics has to be tugged after it was spritzed with the product (as instructed at the back of the bottle). As you can see, the wrinkles are greatly reduced after I spritzed my blouse with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. It definitely worked! 


However, upon closer inspection, I noticed some "water spots" at the bottom of my blouse. Perhaps I over sprayed?

According to the product, it is safe to use on visually all fabrics. However, to be on the safe side, always do a small test on a hidden area first. Before you spritz, please make sure you are 8 inches away from your fabric (as suggested on the Amazon website, there is no such instruction at the back of the bottle, by the way) while using the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. Also, be sure not to over spritz your fabrics.

I wanted to try the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus on a less wrinkled T-shirt to check for water spots.


Before


After

Because the T-shirt was less wrinkled, I gave it a little spray and yet, it worked pretty well! There are no water spots at all!

My verdict? Overall, I think Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is a wonderful, wonderful product! I would use it on draperies, comforters, pillows, table cloths, table runners, fabric home décor items and the occasional shirt or pants for convenience. I would highly recommend bringing a travel size bottle (meets current TSA liquid guidelines) for travels to eliminate wrinkles on your clothing for convenience's sake. 

In conclusion, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is an amazing alternative for ironing. If you are looking for a perfectly crisp, neatly pressed shirt, then this is not the product you are looking for! However, if you are in a hurry or need to do quick touch-ups on wrinkled fabrics in a minute or two, then this product is perfect for you! As a bonus, this product produces a perfume-like scent too, love it!

You can get yours here

P/S: I just found out from the Amazon website that this product might create water spots on silk and rayon. My white blouse was made with 100% rayon, that explained the water spots.