Friday, February 15, 2019

Inside a beautifully layered and charming Spanish Colonial Revival in Los Angeles!


This 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival in Los Angeles belongs to Colette Dartnell and Rick Roskin that they share with their children. When they first saw the house, they thought it has great bones but lacked some character thanks to a bad '70s remodeling job. With a cozy, traditional house with current updates and modern floor plan in mind, they reached out to architect Tim Barber and designer Kishani Perera for help. Did they receive what they sought out for? Let's find out, shall we?












Photo credit: Karyn Millet

How charming and gorgeous is this home? I really love how varied and delightful each room looks! Thanks to a combination of stunning architecture such as high vaulted ceilings and graceful arched details, a colorful palette and eclectic furnishings, this home oozes style, warmth and character. Layered, thoughtfully designed and timelessly chic, there are so many wonderful inspirations to take away from this collected and global residence, don't you think? Any thoughts?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!



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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Happy 8th blog anniversary!


In a blink of an eye, my blog turned 8 today! Yay!

Many wonderful and exciting opportunities continue to come my way since I started this blog. At the same time, I am becoming more and more selective of the collaborations I picked and have declined a lot of product reviews to stay true to the original purpose of this blog. 

Some of most satisfying moments came from design clients who came back again and again to ask me for design help. Another client recently wrote to me to tell me they still loved their room that I helped them designed more than 5 years ago. As a decorator, I couldn't be happier!

On another positive note, my blog has garnered over 11 million pageviews throughout the years! Without you, my wonderful readers, my blog wouldn't have come this far so I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you who loyally follow, read my blog and take a moment to leave an encouraging and positive comment from time to time. 


I feel so blessed and grateful to all of you! I am sure my blog will continue to evolve over time but I will try my best to provide good inspirational content for you. Hopefully, you will continue to stay with me. 

Thank you my awesome readers, you are the best!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Inside a designer's picture-perfect Palm Beach estate!


This gorgeous Palm Beach estate belongs to designer Betsy Shiverick that she shares with her husband, Paul, an investor. To achieve their vision of creating a graceful structure after tearing down an undistinguished 1948 house on the plot, they designed their new home together with architect Richard Sammons and architect Anne Fairfax, his wife and business partner. The results? An airy picture-perfect five-bedroom home with an Italianate style and Mediterranean feel. Let's check it out! 









Photo credit: Björn Wallander 

Such a stunning estate inside and out! By incorporating saturated hues of green and red, wood elements, rattan pieces along with elegant yet playful patterns and textiles, her home exudes an old-world grace with new-world comfort and tranquility. I love everything in this beautiful home tour, how about you, my lovelies? Any thoughts?

Friday, February 8, 2019

Inside a bright and airy home with a classic modern flair!


This 1930s-era property in Houston River Oaks neighborhood belongs to a young couple with two small children. It has good bones such as crown molding, coffered ceilings and paned windows but it was dated. To transform their home into a stylish place for their growing family, they have enlisted designer Paloma Contreras for help. Let's check out the results of the makeover, shall we? 














Photo credit: Max Burkhalter

By incorporating a classic modern traditional approach, this home feels fresh, chic and collected. The combination of traditional furnishings with modern textiles and contemporary artwork creates a timeless yet updated look. Such a gorgeous and delightful tour, what's not to love? What do you think?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

How to get modern landscaping on a budget!


This article is provided by Samantha Waites.

There is no denying that the clean lines used in modern architecture and design are appealing, especially when they appear in the great outdoors. Modern landscaping is marked by its emphasis on strong graphic elements that impose themselves on the natural spaces; clean, structured hardscaping dominates in the form of stone, concrete and wood, and flora and fauna fill in the cracks. It feels fresh, is functional and ensures a high property value for years to come.

However, just as creating a modern interior is not easy and breezy, landscaping a modern design outside can cost a pretty penny. If you want a modern look to your landscaping without a modern price tag, read on for some helpful tips and tricks.

Understand The Tenets Of The Trend

In truth, modern is one of the easiest styles to master on a budget. That is because the fundamentals of the trend lend themselves to the cost-conscious DIYer. Still, it does not take much effort to get off-trend and into an unattractive mish-mash of styles, so before you do anything to your landscape, you should know these modernism rules backwards and forwards:

Clearly defined spaces. There should be a delineated difference between the area used for entertaining, any pathways around the yard, the kid’s play space, flower boxes and vegetation regions and any other area. This usually entails relying heavily on borders and frames, but you can achieve a similar feel with different materials, like a gravel space, a grass space, a concrete space and more.

Use of hardscaping. Modern yards do not lack greenery altogether, but they certainly are not wild and untamed forests. Instead, your yard should largely be hardscaped, which serves several functions that contribute to a more modern look and feel. For one, hardscaped features tend to be more geometric; for another, they look less cluttered and ensure lower maintenance responsibilities. For hardscaping, think natural materials like stone and wood as opposed to plastic.

Striking and well-maintained plant life. The flora that does occur in your outdoor space should be remarkable and impeccably maintained. Instead of picking up expected blooms from your local plant nursery, you should opt for somewhat outlandish greenery, like succulents and cacti. You should try to group similar types of plants together, perhaps in tiers. Then, if you do install a lawn, you need to be meticulous about fertilization, aeration and other oft-overlooked tasks that keep it healthy and green.

Artistic features. Modernism is not just a design style; it is an entire genre of art. Thus, you should drive home your modern landscape with a few key artistic touches. These might be functional, like statement planters or fireplaces, or they might simply add décor, like modern lawn ornaments.

Be Crafty

While you could pay a professional landscape designer and contractor to give your yard the modern feel you crave, it is much more budget-friendly to do most of the work yourself. Thankfully, because modern landscaping is simple and sparse, you can DIY a great deal of it. Here are a few projects to get you started:

Grass tiles. You can arrange concrete tiles and sod to make a geometric pattern with your lawn. You can conform to a grid pattern or blur the lines between natural and manmade. This allows you to enjoy a lawn but also create a work of art from your landscape.

Stone tiles. If you do not want the hassle of grass, you can cover your yard in gravel and install stone tiles of varying sizes and colors. You should try to create geometric interest, though that does not have to mean symmetry or perfect balance. In fact, asymmetry is common in modern design. If all that tile is outside your budget, you can also create a similar look by pouring quick-mix concrete into small blocks around your yard.

Upcycled planters. You can create stylish and striking planters in a variety of ways. For one, you could make molds for concrete planters using items you already have around your home. For another, you can purchase inexpensive or clearance planters from a home décor or home improvement store and paint them in bright, modern colors.

Upcycled hardscaping. You should not shy away from unconventional materials when designing the hardscaping of your yard. Corrugated steel, wood scraps and other found objects integrate well into a modern design, especially in fences and patios. You can also use these materials to make art objects to decorate the yard.

When executed well, modern landscaping will remain attractive and in-style for eternity. If you can cut costs without cutting corners, you will end up with a modern yard that you love and love to show off.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy Chinese New Year!


My lovelies, wishing you and your family 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!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Inside a designer's fresh and timelessly elegant Buckhead home!


This beautiful 1960s ranch house in Buckhead belongs to interior designer Suzé Surdyk Jones that she shares with her husband. After enlisting architect Michael P. Landry to implement smart structural solutions, Jones began to dress the interiors. Marrying function and sophistication, she transformed her one-story home into a cozy and elegant abode. Let's take a look!










Photo credit: Mali Azima

How gorgeous is this ranch? With a pared-down approach and a fresh twist on a refined aesthetic, this home exudes style, comfort and timeless elegance. The pair of red velvet antique chairs are especially my favorites. Are you drawn to anything from this tour as well? What are your thoughts?

Friday, February 1, 2019

Inside a chic, pattern-filled Palm Beach condo with a resort feel!


After James Sharp Brodsky, CEO of Sharp Communications and private wealth manager Philip McCarthy bought a 1960s Palm Beach condo, they enlisted their interior decorator friend John Fondas for design help. With a talent for mixing with a Caribbean flair, this Floridian home is transformed into a chic getaway! Let's check it out, shall we? 










Photo credit: James Merrell

How gorgeous is this abode? By masterfully weaving warm textures with bold prints, whimsical patterns and bright color palettes, this home feels fresh, cheery and visually delightful! I love how this condo exudes a relaxed, easy-breezy resort feel. The insanely inviting living room and the striking entryway are especially my favorites. Needless to say, I am truly inspired by this beautiful tour, how about you, my lovelies? Any thoughts? 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Four Beautiful Kitchen Interior Upgrades!


This post is contributed by Matt Lee.

One of the simplest methods for refreshing a home and increasing the property value is to upgrade the kitchen. The kitchen is a functional and comfortable gathering place which acts as the center of many homes. Each element must work cohesively in order to serve and function properly.
   
Sometimes the features of a kitchen no longer suit the style or needs of its occupants. Instead of a pricey, time-consuming kitchen remodel, consider some smaller kitchen upgrades. Simple changes such as swapping out old hardware or adding a new coat of paint can make a world of difference in the appearance and feel of a kitchen. 

Here are 4 stunning kitchen upgrades that will transform your cooking space. 

1. Revamp Your Cabinets

Cabinets form the face of the kitchen. The size, shape, color, and design of the cabinets can make or break the tone of the kitchen space. Fortunately, kitchen cabinets are also among the easiest transformations to undertake. 

For a subtle, understated change, the cabinets can be stained a natural color. Humble pine or maple cabinets can take on the appearance of pricier mahogany or cherry with a simple coat of stain and varnish. For a bolder statement, try a bright coat of paint. 

If you are not looking to make a serious change, consider a simple hardware swap to give the kitchen more up to date interior features. Consider swapping black handles for stainless steel or bronze to compliment dark colored cabinets for a more industrial look.

2. Quartz Countertops

Many older homes feature countertops made from lackluster materials, such as laminate or faux stone. Upgrading your countertops is no small task, but it can be a stunning change that will last for years. But what material should you choose?

Granite may be a popular choice, but quartz countertops are a more durable and lower maintenance option. Quartz is generally a light cream or beige color, which will stay on trend for years to come. But quartz can be easily customized to fit any style. If you are looking for a more sophisticated look with some design to it, consider quartz that looks like marble.  

3. Install Under Cabinet Lighting

Recessed lighting is a classy way to incorporate style and functionality. By installing under cabinet lighting, you can easily see and navigate the kitchen space while maintaining the warm feel of the kitchen. Under cabinet lights can eliminate the need for harsh overhead lights. Additionally, many under cabinet lighting systems can be installed easily on your own without having to call an electrician, making this upgrade a seamless transformation. 

4. Update Your Kitchen Faucets

The sink may not be one of the first places that comes to mind when upgrading the kitchen. However, with so many new advances in sink technology, there are thousands of styles, colors, and finishes to choose from. Faucets provide an opportunity to showcase your style and improve water efficiency at the same time, as many new faucets are designed with an eco-conscious purpose. 

Consider matching your faucet to the hardware on your cabinets for a seamless look. If you are considering upgrading the kitchen, a faucet upgrade can be an excellent place to begin.

Upgrading the kitchen is a rewarding undertaking. You can do as little or as much as you want and still transform the room.