Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cool designers alert- Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward!

Be inspired by talented designer duo, Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward's gorgeous portfolio below!

The designers: Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward

Aren't their work fabulous? I find the collected, well-traveled look combined with a bold and graphic element particularly original and refreshing. There's something undeniably chic and visually delightful about this unconventional design approach, don't you think? I am looking forward to see more of their stunning work in the future. 

To learn more about their work, please visit: http://pierceandward.com/.

A Guide To Interiors: How To Source Good Quality Products!

This article is provided by Samantha Waites.

Today, more people than ever before are choosing to arrange a stay in serviced apartments. The fact that these accommodations offer far more flexibility and comfort when it comes to space and privacy, has helped them increase in popularity amongst holiday makers, the world’s business community, and those looking just looking to re-locate for short periods of time.

As a result, more and more individuals are recognizing the significant return on investment that comes hand in hand with running a serviced apartment in a rapidly expanding sector. Of course, where there is competition, it is important that furnishing professionals offer a unique approach to integrating high quality linen, home comforts and other interiors into  their apartments.

To assist with blending an interior with good quality well sourced products, we have created a helpful guide that all furnishers can use for best effect.

Choosing your linen and furnishings

Although you will be able to find plenty of linen and soft furnishings in high street stores, we recommend turning to a reputable and experienced hotel linen supplier instead. 

This approach will not only allow for the guarantee of quality, solid durability and comfort in linen and soft furnishings, but this will also ensure your guests are able to enjoy the utmost hotel luxury. All of these factors help make an apartment stand out from industry competition.

Build a relationship with your supplier

Forging strong relationships with an experienced supplier is a great way to acquire a lot of insider tips and tricks for catering to guests. The majority of hotel linen suppliers are extremely experienced at sharing  knowledge of different types of linen with you, including the thread counts and weaves they possess, which will effectively allow you to source the very best products for your guests. 

Of course, professional linen suppliers can also help you choose the best products for your brand, regardless of whether your business falls under the boutique or budget category of furnishing requirements.

More choice

One of the main advantages of dealing directly with an experienced supplier is that you will be able to find far greater choice than you will when relying on High Street stores, especially when it comes to luxury or regular hotel bedding, duvets, linen and toweling choices. So whether you are looking for flame retardant soft furnishings or anti allergenic bedding for guests who suffer from allergies, you will be certainly able to find interiors that meet your exact specifications.

Tailor-made products

It is not unusual for many brands to incorporate an identity into individual décor choices as one of the many ways to boost brand identity. And another advantage of contacting a professional supplier is that the products you choose can be tailored to meet your  requirements, which is perfect if you want your apartment to look a certain way regarding  the color scheme, theme and décor you use. 

For example, many suppliers offer a service in which they help you achieve a variety of different appearances. From country chic through to a more contemporary urban feel, many well-established suppliers will even help you to choose the right fabrics and colors based on your vision. 

Blackout lining

There really is nothing more annoying than the sun shining through your window in the morning when you are enjoying a sound and comfortable sleep. And when it comes to purchasing curtains for your apartment, we would definitely recommend opting for curtains that have a blackout lining to ensure the quality of your guests' sleep is undisturbed.

You will be able to find these types of curtains from a hotel provider. If you stand any chance of optimizing the comfort and aesthetic appeal of your serviced apartment, it certainly pays to know how to source good quality interiors that will not let you down when it comes to style, cost and quality.

From connecting and engaging with the right suppliers through to choosing soft furnishings and tailor made solutions that reflect the style of your apartment, there are lots of ways that you can integrate high quality linen, home comforts and other interiors into your apartment.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A bold and beautiful Manhattan apartment!

This gorgeous Manhattan apartment is designed by Los Angeles designer Mark D. Sikes. Bright, bold and beautiful, this home is nothing short of a visual treat! 

Photo credit: Bjorn Wallander

It really takes a gifted designer to marry a myriad of eclectic furnishings, bold colors and a variety of patterns seamlessly because this combination of elements can easily go wrong if one is not being careful. Masterfully styled and decorated, this abode oozes a fresh, global chic vibe, which is right up my alley. Are you drawn to this fearless beauty as well? Your thoughts?

Friday, August 19, 2016

A chic and charming English country home in Cotswolds!

Be inspired by fashion insider Amanda Brooks' charming English country home in Cotswolds!

Photo credit: Oberto Gili

Such a dreamy home, inside and out! It actually reminds me of the romantic comedy "The Holiday", starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. I really love the way she freshens up the house with a mix of modern furnishings and contemporary artwork while retaining the original wood beams and textured walls for warmth and character. The cozy and collected living room is particularly my favorite. Are you drawn to this beautiful English country home as much as I do? Your thoughts? 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Favorite room of the week!

This delightful kitchen is designed by Austin designer, Kim Lewis. To make the most out of the 72 square feet kitchen, the designer came up with a brilliant copper-pipe shelving idea to maximize storage and keep the counter clutter free. The beautiful color palette, wood and copper accents exude charm and warmth. The wood beam on the ceiling and shiplap walls are the cherry on the top. Such a fresh and fabulous kitchen, what's not to love? Your thoughts? 

Photo credit: Kohler

How to Design Your Home Around Your HVAC Components!

This post is provided by Debra Lewis.

Decorating your home is a fun way to show your unique style and personality. However, sometimes important fixtures around your home can get in the way of that style or be unsightly. Whether it is a metal vent cover, an awkwardly shaped thermostat, or a cumbersome wall unit, HVAC components do not always jive with interior design. You can overcome the rough look of HVAC components with these five tips.

Disguise Vents

Vents should never be covered up because it can cause serious problems for your HVAC system. Your system needs to be able to take in and expel air throughout your home. Blocking these vents can harm your system and make it run less efficiently. However, that does not mean you can not disguise vents.

If you have a vent with a metal cover, you can paint the cover to match your décor or the color of your wall. If you are the artistic type, you may even want to paint your vent cover with a lovely image and put a frame around it. If your vents are low to the ground, consider placing a decorative bench or side table in front of the vent. As long as the vent is unobstructed under the bench or table, you can gracefully hide the vent cover without risking any problems for your HVAC system.

Cover Thermostats & Wall Units

Flat, rectangular thermostats are easily covered up with a little elbow grease. By adding a hinge to the back of a lovely picture or framed mirror, you can create a sneaky little hideaway for your thermostat. Wall air conditioning units may seem impossible to hide, but by removing the back from a small wall cabinet and hanging it in front of your wall unit, you can create a cute decorative element in your home. When it is time to turn on the AC, just open the cabinet doors and enjoy.

Garden Around Outdoor Meters

Outdoor meters and HVAC components can be a distraction from your gorgeous landscaping. You want everyone to see how hard you have worked on that luscious lawn and those beautiful rose bushes- not to see the ugly gray contraption alongside your home. Put your gardening skills to work by hiding your air conditioner unit with an attractive, breathable siding or by planting shrubs around the base. As long as the unit has proper air flow.

Create a Collage

Sometimes bulky thermostats, vents, or other HVAC components can not be covered up. In that case, blend these unattractive items in with a lovely collage of framed pictures, art, mirrors, and other wall décor. By surrounding a thermostat or air vent with personalized wall decorations, you will draw attention to your charming mementos rather than to that unsightly HVAC component.

Upgrade Old Components

Older HVAC components may be big and bulky. The next time your HVAC system is getting a tune-up during its regular maintenance plan, ask about newer, smaller components. Smaller items are easier to hide and can be more easily incorporated into your lovely home décor. 

Just because your home needs these uncouth HVAC components to function properly does not mean they can not be made over. Get creative by using these great design tips for hiding the HVAC components around your home.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cool designer alert- Sarah Bartholomew!

Introducing talented Nashville-based designer, Sarah Bartholomew! With an eye for the chic and timeless, her interiors are unsurprisingly elegant and sophisticated. I can't wait to show you her super gorgeous portfolio!

Her work is absolutely swoon-worthy! The way she effortlessly injects a fresh and modern twist into her classic interiors is truly inspirational, don't you think? There's so much warmth, style and visual delight in every room she creates. Needless to say, I am her newest fan! Are you a fan of her classically chic style as well? Your thoughts? 

To learn more about her work, please visit: http://www.sarahbartholomew.com/.