Monday, August 20, 2018

Inside an elegant, floral-filled Southampton country manor!

This Southampton country manor belongs to Mary Ann Tighe, a powerhouse New York commercial real-estate broker that she shares with her husband, Dr. David Hidalgo. With the help from designer Bunny Williams, this home is transformed into a romantic retreat. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Douglas Friedman

Such a stunning property, inside and out! A combination of gorgeous floral textiles, pretty wallpapers, vibrant colors, bold geometric patterns and incredible architectural details add a charming, delightful and elegant feel to this lovely country manor. I am especially drawn to the graceful dining room and the eclectic peach colored master bedroom. Fresh, chic and beautifully layered, there are so many inspirations to take away from this elegant home, don't you think? Any thoughts?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Inside a chic and captivating historic villa in Cartagena!

This two-story, high-ceilinged villa in Cartagena is the home of Colombian fashion designer Johanna Ortiz that she shares with her husband. With a passion for interiors, travels and furniture shopping, her home is an eclectic mix of styles. She uses textiles from her own fashion collection to furnish her home and also enlisted a few muralists to add visual interest to her walls. The results? A charming vacation home oozing style, personality and a tropical flair! Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Ricardo Labougle

Isn't this home stunning? I am especially blown away by the gorgeous palm-landscape tableau in the salon. It definitely transported me into a tropical paradise. Chic, charming and captivating, what's not to love about this amazing historic villa? Your thoughts?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

This beautiful nursery is designed by Brittany Nixon Brun. With a soft peach pink colors on the wall, the brass crib immediately pops and becomes the focal point in this room. Brass accents continue from the brass rods to the étagère to create a sense of cohesiveness and a pulled together look. A dalmatian-print rug is added for a playful touch. Meanwhile, a gorgeous abstract artwork provided visual interest. A lovely dresser-turned-changing table and étagère are not only functional but they could be easily transition from a nursery to a big girl room. Fresh, thoughtfully-designed and charming, what's not to love about this chic and inviting nursery? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Rett Peek

Tips For Decorating Your College Bedroom!

The years that you spend in university will undoubtedly be some of your most memorable times. Setting off alone into the big world can be a life-altering time for most young people. The excitement of personal freedom, new friends, and new teachers can all be overwhelming at the start.

Many students want to live the full college experience with living in the dorms on campus. For others, they may want to try living independently in off campus housing. Either way, for most new college students it will be mean a brand new living space that is all their own. Whether you are sharing a dorm room or an apartment off campus, this will be your first opportunity to decorate your own space to really reflect your personality.

Your new space may have limitations about whether you can paint the walls or make any big changes, but at the end of the day it is up to you to create a comfortable and unique space of your own. Use these tips to help you design your room to be comfortable and functional with some small reminders of home.

Add Color And Flair

You may not have too many decorating options as far as the basics in your new room, so you have to be creative. Add a bright and cheery rug to the floors, and choose elements that are easily changed, like bed linens, to make a personal statement with your favorite colors.

It is not advised in most rental spaces or dorms to mount things on the walls, so you might consider using a hung wall tapestry instead. Tape up your favorite band or team posters to cover empty wall space. Dot your room with colorful throw pillows to help brighten up any dull areas.

Use A Cork Board

No matter what size you choose, a wall cork board in your college bedroom can be both functional and decorative. Use it to pin all of your essential papers and notices. It is a great way to keep your class and work schedules in plain view and in a safe place where they would not get lost.

Along with keeping all your papers and receipts in order, a cork board can be used as a display case as well. Pin up family and friend photographs or maybe a used pair of concert tickets. It is a great opportunity to create a visual snapshot of your college experience.


Do not rely on the basic lighting that you will find in your new room. You will generally find a basic overhead light or even fluorescent lighting in some dorms. Bring a desk or a floor lamp with you to either brighten your work space or soften the effects of the overhead lights.

It a situation where you may be sharing a space, always remember to be considerate. If you are a night owl, make sure that you bring a book light or bedside lamp to use when others are trying to sleep.


Adding plants to any space is a great way to bring life and softness into the room. Plants not only provide you with better air quality but they can add a pretty flair to your space. For many students who have had to leave their family pets behind, it is a great way to still have something living to take care of. 

Under Bed Storage

Storage space is at a premium in college housing. Your personal space is already pretty tight, so it can be tough to find space for all of the rest of your stuff. Keeping things organized is the best way to stay on track.

Invest in some low level storage bins with wheels that can be easily rolled under your bed, giving you space for extra or bulky clothes and coats, blankets and bedding, shoes, books and personal items.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cool designer alert- Melanie Finkleman!

Introducing talented Vancouver-based interior designer, Melanie Finkleman from Hazel+Brown Design. With a clean and uncluttered aesthetic, her designs always feel fresh and inviting. Let's check out her lovely portfolio below, shall we?

The designer: Melanie Finkleman

Isn't her portfolio beautiful? I like how refreshing, stylish and effortlessly chic her designs are! By strategically combining contemporary furnishings, textural pieces and wood elements in her interiors, they immediately evoke a sense of warmth, beauty and visual delight. I am absolutely drawn to her clean, contemporary and restrained decorating style, what about you? Do you enjoy checking out her work as much as I do?

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Inside an architect's charming island escape!

This charming 1,200-square-foot B.C. home belongs to homeowner and architect Jim Bussey that he shares with his wife, their five grown children and their beloved Yorkshire terrier. To create his island escape, he purchased a heavily treed empty lot when it came to the market four years ago. With the help of interior designer Jack Brown, it was transformed into an inviting and relaxing boat-access cottage. Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Janis Nicolay

Such a lovely home! With interesting architectural elements like shiplap walls, exposed ceiling beams, vaulted ceilings, salvaged windows and doors, this cottage is bursting with charm, style and personality! To let the architecture shine, white walls and clean-lined furnishings are incorporated. Natural textural elements such as sisal rug, wicker chair and linen throw pillows are used to add depth and coziness to the space. Exuding warmth, comfort and a carefree vibe, this cottage with spectacular ocean views truly has it all! Your thoughts?