Monday, June 27, 2016

Inside Michelle Adam's effortlessly chic Michigan home!

This beautiful Michigan home belongs to design insider, Michelle Adams. Famously known as Lonny's and TRADhome's founder, she is also the one who revived Domino from the dead. After relocating from her 475-square-foot New York apartment to a three-bedroom, one-and-one-half-bath Georgian-style fixer-upper in Ann Arbor, her renovating work begins. Let's find out how her renovation turned out, shall we?


Photo credit: Lesley Unruh

Such a gorgeous home! I really love the mix of European antiques with the casual, California bohemian vibe. The combination is fresh, unexpected and effortlessly chic. She definitely mastered the art of eclectic design and home styling, don't you think? I truly enjoy touring her lovely home, what about you? Your thoughts?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Nate Berkus' gorgeous Manhattan penthouse sold for $9.8 million!

This beautiful Manhattan penthouse used to be design guru Nate Berkus' abode. Recently, the three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, 10.5-foot coffered ceilings, three wood-burning fireplaces Fifth Avenue apartment was sold for $9.8 million. Renovated by Berkus, the interiors are a mix of sophistication, luxury and elegance. Let's check out the property, shall we?

Photo credit: Core

Isn't this penthouse apartment amazing? I really love how bright and airy this home looks. And those ceilings are simply gorgeous! The stunning kitchen with the curved glass roof and the luxurious marbled bathroom are absolutely swoon-worthy. It's easy to see why this home is sold for almost double for what Berkus paid for in 2013 after he puts his signature stamp on it. Do you think this property with the highly desirable Fifth Avenue address is worth $9.8 million or otherwise? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Favorite room of the week!

I am totally swooning over this beautiful bedroom! The combination of blue, white and natural wood tones looks so fresh and effortlessly chic! I love how the artwork is not placed inside the moulding but rather at a spot that works for the space. Talk about thinking out of the box (pun intended)! Every element in this room just flows seamlessly from one to another and to me, that is a great design. I truly adore this thoughtfully designed room, what about you? 

Photo credit: One Kings Lane

What to Know When Refurbishing Your Office!

When you choose to refurbish your office, the possibilities are exciting as you consider what you can do to increase productivity and employee satisfaction. However, there are certain considerations you should keep in mind as you are pondering what changes to make.
Employee Opinion
Knowing what your employees are expecting from their office space can help you plan the best design possible. Perhaps you have some great ideas in mind, but your employees will not appreciate them. Change can be difficult for everyone, and it may not benefit your employees if they are staunchly against the changes you want to make. One way that you can guarantee employee happiness is through conducting an office-wide survey. Have them submit their opinions in a clean, neat way so that you can see if there is an overwhelming desire for you to design the office in a certain way. Because the employees know that you are thinking of them in the redesigning process, they will be more pleased with the result, even if you did not take all their suggestions.
You want to consider when you will do the refurbishment and how long it will take. If your office is affected by seasonal business, such as more business around Christmas, for example, office refurbishment will be frustrating at that time for your employees. They will be trying to work extra hard to compensate for the extra business, and they will need to be kicked out of their normal work space for the refurbishment. Try to schedule the refurbishing around a non-busy time period for your office. See if the refurbishing team can break the project into phases. They can work on one side of the office for one month and the other side in the other month. This will be much less troublesome for your employees than making them all unable to work in their spaces for a longer period.
Refurbishing your office means that you will need to consider the cost. Many refurbishing companies will give you a quote that you can use for presentations to the board. Here are two ways you can keep costs down.
1. Sell your old furniture: By selling your old furniture, you will at least get a small amount of money back, which can help you with the cost of the new design.
2. Negotiate with your landlord: If you are renting the building and the refurbishers want to update or re-do the air conditioning or electricity units, you can negotiate with your landlords to see if they will pay for part or the whole of such changes.
Looking through the works of different designers and their previous designs can give you a good idea of what styles they have. Make sure you choose someone who has a style that matches what you have in mind. If you do not, you may end up with a design very unlike that which you were imagining.
When refurbishing your office, consider your employees' opinions, the timing, budget, and design.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cool designers alert- Dan Mazzarini and Brian Humphrey!

Be inspired by the talented New York-based design duo, Dan Mazzarini and Brian Humphrey's brilliant work below! 

The designer: Dan Mazzarini

The designer: Brian Humphrey

I absolutely love their gorgeous portfolio! Whether designing for residential or commercial clients, their work always exude style, sophistication and elegance. There's something undeniably chic and classy in each rooms they put their hands on, don't you think? Their talents, versatility and incredible attention to details are truly inspirational. 

To learn more about their work, please visit: