Friday, March 23, 2018

Inside a layered Malibu home with a global chic flair!

This Malibu abode is designed by designed Martyn Lawrence Bullard. With his impeccable style and a flair for layering, this home is transformed into a gorgeous and inviting retreat. Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Veranda

How stunning is this home? Eclectic furniture, eye-catching light fixtures, grasscloth wallpapers, ikat textiles, unexpected chairs and a variety of natural elements are the key to this warm, layered and global chic abode. A combination of mixed metals, finishes, materials and textures create visual interest. There is so much style and inspirations to take a way from this beautiful oasis, don't you think? The casually elegant living room and geometric flooring in the dining room are especially my favorites. Are you drawn to anything particular from this home tour as well? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lilly Putlizer And Pottery Barn Collaboration!

A few days ago, I stumbled upon this fabulous collaboration between Lilly Putlizer and Pottery Barn. This collection exudes that unmistakably sunny, resort style vibe and an effortless Palm Beach style that Lilly Putlizer is known for. Pretty iconic prints and fresh, vibrant colors are part of the mix. Let's check it out!  

Photo credit: Pottery Barn

Such beautiful rooms, don't you think? I saw many wonderful pieces I wanted to get for my own home. The gorgeous shell mirror and the lovely scallop capiz pendant are some of my favorites. Are you obsessed about this swoon-worthy collection as much as I do? I would love to know your thoughts!

Disclaimer: I did not receive  any monetary payment or other compensation associated to this particular post.

The effect of faulty construction on building maintenance!

This post is provided by Jesse Hughes.

Faulty construction is unfortunately a fact of life, and it impacts the overall life and maintenance of any building. If you are concerned about the construction quality of your home, you could get a professional strata report and get more details on the property history. 

Poor construction practices do not just result in a shortened lifespan for the building. It also has a huge impact on the ongoing maintenance as well. Here are a few examples of how construction issues can manifest themselves. 


One of the biggest maintenance problems that comes from poor construction is leaks. Roofing is the biggest area for this. Flimsy materials for sheet roofing or shingles as well as imprecise laying of the material that leaves gaps will leave the roof vulnerable to water penetration. It would not take long for a rainstorm to bring water dripping indoors.  

And leaks can come from other parts of the house than just the roof. Siding or cladding that has not been fastened properly will leave opening for water, and even brick can lead to leaks if the mortar was not done correctly. Small cracks start to form and in comes the water. 

Cracks Inside And Out

If the building site was not properly prepared, or the foundation itself was poorly constructed, it will weaken the entire building. An unstable foundation will soon lead to cracks in the interior walls as the floors settle unevenly, and doors can stop swinging properly in their frames. When parts of the house shift, there can be even more damage to pipes or wiring within the walls. 

All of these potential gaps and cracks can also ruin the insulation value of the home, creating heat loss and drafts that impact comfort and utility use all year long. 

Drainage Problems

Another possible result of a bad foundation is poor drainage, especially in the basement. As floors shift position, water would not flow the same was as it once did, leaving drain holes high and dry. It could even mean that the bathtub does not completely empty if one end of the tub becomes slightly too high. 

Utility Costs

On the subject of insulation, that is another area that can be done in a sub-standard way that leads to many problems later on. Insufficient insulation or the use of improper materials will mean that heat can be lost, making a building difficult to heat in cold weather. It also effects sound quality in the home, and that you can hear noises from one room to the other more than you should. 

Though the origins of these problems come from the construction itself, that does not mean there is nothing you can do. Fixing a poorly done roof is a big project, though certainly not impossible. Adding new insulation can also be done without too much reconstruction. Problems with a foundation may not be truly fixable without razing the building but a good contractor should be able to help get things stabilized and straightened out to some degree. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cool designer alert- Iris Zonlight!

Introducing talented Holland-born, New York-based designer, Iris Zonlight. With a passion for design and fashion, she went to New York City where she designed and manufactured private label accessories for high end European fashion companies. In 2005, Iris and her family relocated to the Hamptons and started her own design studio. She has designed and staged the interiors of many homes, offices and estates, from charming Hampton cottages to sleek modern homes and grand city penthouses. Without further ado, let's check out her fabulous portfolio, shall we?

The designer: Iris Zonlight

Photo credit: Blue Ocean Design

Such beautiful rooms! To create warmth and visual interest, a lot of textures and natural elements such as wood pieces, rattan accessories and sisal rugs are used in her designs. Neutral color palettes are incorporated for timelessly chic look. I am a fan of her casual, non-fussy decorating approach, how about you, my lovelies? Any thoughts?

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Inside a bright, beautiful and stylish family home!

After falling in love with a 1917 home nearby Mississauga, homeowner-designer Christen Irwin got to work and transformed it into a cozy and comfortable abode for her young family. Let's check out the results, shall we? 

Photo credit: Donna Griffith

Such a bright and beautiful home, don't you think? A classic palette of black and white, neutrals and pops of color throughout the rooms is the key to this effortlessly stylish, cohesive and visually delightful abode! A combination of leather, wood, marble and organic accents creates a warm and interesting dynamic. She is definitely a pro when it comes to mixing traditional and contemporary pieces! Some of my favorite elements from this home are the gorgeous leather chairs from the living room, the herringbone slate floor tiles from the entryway, the wide plank oak flooring and the striking patterned floor tiles from the bathroom. Are you drawn to this fabulous residence as much as I do? Any thoughts?