Friday, May 22, 2015

Home tour- Patrick Dempsey's inviting Malibu home!

This beautiful, light-filled Malibu home belongs to actor, Patrick Dempsey that he shares with his wife, Jillian and their three children. With help from decorator Estee Stanley and landscape designer Scott Shrader, the approximately 5,000 home was transformed into an inviting home. Let's take a tour of this fabulous home, shall we? 

Photo credit: Roger Davies

An absolutely amazing home, inside and out! What I really love about this home is the architecture especially the high ceilings, large windows and the exposed wood ceiling beams. The house's character, the effortlessly casual chic style and overall collected vibe also speaks to me!

While the inside of this home is gorgeous, the outdoor area is also equally welcoming with the lovely outdoor dining area, the fabulous pool, the fun airstream trailer, the wonderful flowers, veggies and herb garden and fabulous cushioned concrete seating area, don't you think? Such an impressive and inspiring home, what's not love? Thoughts?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Favorite room of the week!

I can't help but swoon over this gorgeous room designed by the talented Catherine Kwong! Perfectly gender-neutral, polished and sophisticated, this space feels tranquil yet visually exciting thanks to the graphic, bold artwork and furniture with beautiful lines and curves. Such an elegant and thoughtful room, what's not to love? Are you gravitating towards this space as much as I do? Thoughts?

Photo credit: Bess Friday

Guest post- Teen room decorating ideas!

Whilst every area of your home represents a design challenge, the interior of a teenage girl's bedroom is particularly exciting. This is one room where style is everything, and getting it right has never been so important!

First thing’s first: embark on some serious bonding. Your teenager daughter will most likely have some really creative ideas, so it is important that she plays a key role in the planning process. You might want to consider creating a mood board with examples of interiors that you both like. This is a great way to capture all of your ideas and a fun activity to do together.

Deciding on the color scheme is the first priority, and unless your daughter is very girly, there is a good chance the room could be influenced by bold, bright colors. The key then is to find colors that either complement perfectly, or contrast dramatically. Oranges and purples can look great together, as can navy and browns. Black, if used subtly and in the right way can also be very effective. Bright pink soft furnishings and black furniture, for example, can result in a strong look that is still feminine yet very edgy. 

Remember, subdued colors on the wall can be matched by brighter accessories such as rugs or lampshades. If you have one large wall, then a great way to create a unique space is through artwork or murals. A mural can really help to stamp your daughter’s personality, for example by featuring musical notes, a woodland scene or even a quote from her favorite book or film. 

If you are going for individual artwork, choose framed prints that tie in with the color scheme and theme. The subject of the artwork is again dependent on your daughter’s personality- classic black and white photo prints can work really well, as can modern graphic art such as images from Japanese Manga cartoons.

In terms of furniture, in most bedrooms the bed is the focal point, so it is worth shopping around- beds can differ greatly in both style and cost, you can find many options at stores like Tesco. Dress the bed with furnishings that match the color scheme, but do not be afraid to go for unusual fabrics such as vintage floral prints or stripes. Clothes storage will also be very important, you might like to go for something quirky such as a clothes rack or floating shelves for accessories. A dressmaker's mannequin can also add a nice, unusual element.

Remember that the layout of a room can be greatly affected by light, so it is a good idea to work out where the naturally light and dark areas of the room are. You might then want to think about adding more artificial light, by using up lighters, spotlights or mirrors, for example. The room should be an expression of your daughter’s personality, so involving her in the process is key. 

These quirky extras can transform a good room into a wonderful one. Invest time and money into getting it right and once it is finished, there is even a chance you might want to swap!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Eight tips for preventing asthma and allergies during springtime!

Thank you to Bona for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to create a Bona healthy home!

Welcome Spring! There is no question that springtime just feels good. Flowers begin to peek up from the soil, the sun feels a bit warmer and neighbors start to venture outside a little more. With all that we love about spring, it’s also a time when allergies and asthma can be aggravated. The best place to help keep dust, pollen and other allergens at bay is in our homes.

With this in mind, Bona is announcing the launch of a brand new formula- Bona Free & Simple® Hardwood Floor cleaner that is now certified and approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 

This non-toxic, effective hardwood floor cleaner removes at least 93.33% of allergens from hard surface floors. Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner has passed the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s rigorous testing to achieve this certification. Free of dyes and scents, Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner cleans effectively and is hypo-allergenic so it is safe for allergy-sensitive families.
Floors remain beautiful and allergy sufferers can breathe a sigh of relief.

Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner is really easy to use. It sprays and applies easily. 

I used Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner with my Bona® Hardwood Floor Mop. It leaves my floors feeling clean and looking shiny. As a bonus, this product has no smell, perfect for those who are chemically sensitive! Such a good product!

Speaking of of asthma and allergy, do you know that May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month? In conjunction with National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, I would like to share with you some of my favorite tips about allergies and allergy prevention.

Hardwood floors are healthier and cleaner! The Mayo Clinic recommends removing carpet in the home and replacing it with hard surfaces to ensure healthier air quality. Hardwood floors are healthier and cleaner!

2. Give Fido a bath! We love our animals but they can carry allergens on their fur and skin. Keeping your dog or cat brushed on a regular basis will help minimize allergens.

3. Bring on the green! Plants can help clean the air in your home and they bring a little of the outside indoors. Make sure to keep your plants watered and clean.

4. Sweet dreams. Consider an allergy friendly pillowcase to help you sleep sneeze-free. Many of these bedding products also keep away dust mites and other allergens.

5. Filters are not just for coffee! Make sure to change your home air filter every three months to keep the clean air flowing.

6. Rethink your exercise plan! Try to exercise indoor whenever you can to minimize your exposure to pollen. For example, instead of running in a tree-lined neighborhood, run on a school track. Also, try to avoid major roads and highways because chemical irritants from exhaust can worsen allergy symptoms. 

7. Smart gardening! Don't forget to put on a pollen mas when you rake the leaves or mow the lawn. Also, try keeping your grass short so it's less likely to sprout pollen-producing flowers or weeds.

8. Stay clean! Shower more than once especially after you have been outside because pollen and mold spores tend to stick on your hair and skin. Washing you hands, rinse your eyes and shower before you go to bed is also a good idea. Also, don't forget to change your clothes!

Hope you find these tips helpful. If you like to experience the Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner or other awesome Bona products for yourself, don't forget to download this coupon!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Home tour- A casually chic California ranch!

This dark and dated 1960s California ranch was given a complete makeover by designer Kelie Grosso. The results? A chic and casual California home! Let's take a tour, shall we?

Photo credit: John Granen

I absolutely love this home! It feels so effortlessly fresh and beautiful. I really like how serene and refrained it looks! This is a home where I can move in in a heartbeat without changing a thing! Such an inspiring design! What do you think? Are you drawn towards this particular style as much as I do?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Home tour- A designer's stylish and colorful Los Angeles home!

This beautiful Los Angeles home belongs to designer Krista Ewart! By incorporating colorful prints, chic vintage furniture and kid-friendly fabrics, her home is both stylish and well-suited for her family. Let's take a tour of this gorgeous abode, shall we?

Photo credit: Douglas Friedman

There's so much to be inspired about this stunning home! I really love her great sense of style and eye for patterns and colors! Her home is such a refreshing mix of modern and vintage charm, what's not to love? I thoroughly enjoy this fabulous tour, what about you? Thoughts?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Favorite room of the week!

This is not a room per se, but this is my favorite space of the week! A design collaboration between Los-Angeles based designer Michael S. Smith and landscape designer Philip Roche, this terrace from a Manhattan penthouse is absolutely stunning and inspiring! I really like how the designer blended classic outdoor furnishings with beautiful lush layers and greenery in a seamless, effortless way! Such a gorgeous, inviting outdoor oasis, what's not to love? Thoughts?

Photo credit: Melanie Acevedo