Friday, August 29, 2014

Home tour- A chic and beautiful Arizona home!


This beautiful Arizona home is designed by the talented Caitlin Wilson for a family who loves color and print. Let's check out the results of this stunning home, shall we?



















Photo credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat

Such a gorgeous home! I am absolutely drawn to the punchy colors, fabulous wallpapers, lucite pieces and brass elements. Chic, colorful and visually exciting, I can't help but fall in love with this fabulous home. Do you love this home as much as I do? Is there anything that catches your eye? I would love to know!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Favorite room of the week!


I am absolutely in love with this gorgeous room! This room oozes style, masculinity and warmth. The reclaimed pillars, tribal prints, statement art and the sleek, leather chairs create a visually interesting combination. Layered, sophisticated with an understated elegance, this timeless living room will still look relevant in the next 20 years, don't you think? That to me, is a mark of good design. Very inspirational space to say the least!



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Photo credit: Max Kim-Bee

Guest post- Making your kitchen the heart of your home!


A great family kitchen really is the heart of the home. It is where countless good times are shared over family dinners, where important conversations often take place, and where you and your family can sit down and catch up with each other after a long day. Putting a little extra thought into making your kitchen a place where people will want to gather can help you to really make the most of this space, so here are some ideas to get you started.

Go For a Rustic Feel

A rustic feel really suits the kitchen, as it is warm and friendly and gives a welcoming country vibe. Choose earthy colors and materials to bring a natural feel. 

A wooden dining table is a great choice as it fits with this aesthetic, as well as providing a great focal point for the room. So much revolves around the kitchen table – from homework to family dinners and everything in between, so it is worth investing in a really well built solid wood table. Check out Fortune Woods for some beautiful options for your home.

Focus on the Details

It is easy to forget the kitchen when it comes to decorative accessories and other details that would be second nature to include in other rooms, but including a few well-chosen pieces will bring a personal touch to such an important space.

A few simple, well-placed lamps can enhance your kitchen, particularly if there is not much natural light. It can also be fun to frame a favorite quote and hang it on the wall – it makes a great talking point for guests, too. 

If you have room, it can also be good to put a small comfy sofa in your kitchen – that way your kids can sit and chat with you while you cook dinner, or you can lounge and read a book while they do their homework!

Get Cooking

It seems obvious, but no candle or room spray can really substitute for the smell of home cooking and baking, so get experimenting and enjoy the results! Cooking and baking with your family is a great bonding experience. It also gives everyone an opportunity to get a little messy, create new things and learn new recipes. 

You can also leave a few treats out to lure reclusive teenagers from their rooms for some family time – freshly baked cookies or cakes and persuade even the grumpiest to come down and see you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Product review- Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus!


Recently, I was contacted by Downy, the popular brand for laundry goods to review their newest product, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. Any item that promises to reduce or eliminate wrinkles on fabrics sounds wonderful to me because who wants to spend hours ironing, yes?


So accepting this product to review is a no-brainer! I was promptly sent a review kit which includes one 1000ml bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, two 500ml bottles, three 90ml travel bottles and a Downy T-shirt.


The review kit.


Products close-up.



For this review, I decided to pick a severely wrinkled white blouse to see if it worked! 


 Before


After

Because my blouse was really wrinkled, I needed to spritz  a fair amount of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to get rid of the wrinkles (I did this little by little). 

For the product to work effectively, the fabrics has to be tugged after it was spritzed with the product (as instructed at the back of the bottle). As you can see, the wrinkles are greatly reduced after I spritzed my blouse with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. It definitely worked! 


However, upon closer inspection, I noticed some "water spots" at the bottom of my blouse. Perhaps I over sprayed?

According to the product, it is safe to use on visually all fabrics. However, to be on the safe side, always do a small test on a hidden area first. Before you spritz, please make sure you are 8 inches away from your fabric (as suggested on the Amazon website, there is no such instruction at the back of the bottle, by the way) while using the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. Also, be sure not to over spritz your fabrics.

I wanted to try the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus on a less wrinkled T-shirt to check for water spots.


Before


After

Because the T-shirt was less wrinkled, I gave it a little spray and yet, it worked pretty well! There are no water spots at all!

My verdict? Overall, I think Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is a wonderful, wonderful product! I would use it on draperies, comforters, pillows, table cloths, table runners, fabric home décor items and the occasional shirt or pants for convenience. I would highly recommend bringing a travel size bottle (meets current TSA liquid guidelines) for travels to eliminate wrinkles on your clothing for convenience's sake. 

In conclusion, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is an amazing alternative for ironing. If you are looking for a perfectly crisp, neatly pressed shirt, then this is not the product you are looking for! However, if you are in a hurry or need to do quick touch-ups on wrinkled fabrics in a minute or two, then this product is perfect for you! As a bonus, this product produces a perfume-like scent too, love it!

You can get yours here

P/S: I just found out from the Amazon website that this product might create water spots on silk and rayon. My white blouse was made with 100% rayon, that explained the water spots.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Style in bloom – How to use flowers in your home décor!


Colorful fresh flowers have a way of brightening up a space and lifting your spirits with their vibrant shades and sweet fragrance – so why not use them as a design element in your home? There are many ways that you can decorate your home with the beauty of flowers, so think beyond the typical bouquet in a vase on the dining room table!

To make things easier, you can get fresh flowers delivery in Perth and have the perfect bouquet shipped right to your door. If you are looking for some inspiration when decorating with flowers, here are some great ideas to get you started:

Try Putting Flowers in the Bathroom

You might not have thought of placing floral arrangements in your bathroom, but they can really add an attractive element and make your bathroom feel like a luxury spa. Use very simple white or cream colored flowers to create a serene and relaxing feeling. Or, you could choose flowers that pick up on the same shades as your towels or bathroom accent colors - so that they really “pop”.

Why Not Use Unusual Containers?

Putting flowers in a vase is the typical and expected thing to do, but why not think outside the box and try something different? Hanging baskets can work very well as eye-catching and unique décor indoors or you can use something recycled to contain your blooms such as a vintage milk can or a mason jar. There are also a lot of beautiful sculptural planters and containers out there you could use to create a statement with your flowers.

Another attractive idea for decorating with flowers is to use the large round glass style of fishbowl. You can start with a layer of gravel on the bottom and then fill the fishbowl with water, then let the flowers float on top of the water.

When they Begin to Wilt, Dry Them!

Of course, flowers will not last forever and eventually your beautiful bouquet will start to wilt. At this point, you should dry your flowers so you can use them in a different way in your home décor.

For example, you could add the dried flower petals to a decorative basket with some fresh herbs and organic oils. This will make your home not only more beautiful, but also more sweet-smelling too. You could also consider turning your dried flowers into a beautiful wreath.

Create Artwork with Them

Another fun idea is to press your dried flowers and use them to create shadow box artwork. Pressed flowers give your décor a vintage feel and an eclectic vibe. When flowers are pressed they are transformed from three dimensional objects to two dimensional artwork, capturing their flowing and graceful appearance.

These are just a few fun ways that you can get creative with floral accents in your home décor. A few blooms might just brighten up your surroundings, so why not give it a try with your favorite flower?


Monday, August 25, 2014

Home tour- Tommy Hilfiger's fabulous Plaza Hotel Penthouse!


Check out celebrated fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger's fabulous Plaza Hotel Penthouse that he shares with his wife Dee Ocleppo and their five children! In 2008, he bought three separate units on the top floors of the luxurious hotel for $25 million. The units were renovated to create a five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath, 6,000-square-foot penthouse apartment. The renovations cost more than $20 million and last year, the home went on the market for $80 million. This home is still on the market. Any takers?










Such an impressive home, isn't it? Layered, bold and beautiful, this apartment oozes style and visual delight. The gorgeous black glossy cabinets, the stunning bone inlay dining chairs, the pretty purple bedroom and the classic black and white kitchen are my favorites! A very inspirational home for sure! Are you drawn to any of the elements or rooms above? I would love to know your thoughts.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Home tour- A bright and beautiful Manhattan home!


This bright and beautiful Manhattan home is designed by Steven Gambrel for a couple. The interiors was inspired by a cosmopolitan cocktail lounge in the the posh Mayfair hotel. The results? Absolutely stunning! Let's take a tour of this visually delightful home, shall we?















Photo credit: Eric Piasecki

Another gorgeous home designed by the talented Steven Gambrel! Using bold, statement making pieces juxtaposed with bright hues, this home is awe-inspiring and visually exciting. I am absolutely drawn to this fabulous home, how about you? Thoughts?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Favorite room of the week!


Such a gorgeous kitchen! This Florida kitchen is designed by Urban Grace Interiors, inspired by the ocean's color palette. The first thing that caught my eyes are the beautiful oversized lantern and the pretty fish-scale pattern backsplash. I also like the brushed stainless steel hood and the lovely gray cabinets. Warm, classic with a modern feel, what's not to love about this stunning kitchen? I am usually drawn to white kitchens but I would take this kitchen in a heartbeat! What about you? Are you mesmerized by this fabulous kitchen as well?




Photo credit: Tara Striano

Guest post- Creating A Sophisticated Bedroom!


When it comes to our bedrooms, there is nothing we want more than an elegant, sophisticated place to rest our heads. As much as we would all love to be the owner of a stunning period room with tall ceilings and lofty windows, a four poster bed and exquisitely decorated walls, unfortunately for the majority of us, this is but a dream. However, it is much simpler than you might think to create a sophisticated boudoir (no matter how small your bedroom might be). Here’s a little inspiration on how you can turn your bedroom into an abode that even royalty would be proud of.

Research, Research, Research

Although it may well be tempting to get stuck in straight away, it’s imperative that you do not get ahead of yourself and make mistakes that are difficult or expensive to rectify. Have a look through interior design magazines, websites and blogs and spend a little time researching and even creating mood boards of ideas and inspiration of your dream room.

There are a number of factors to consider such as:

1. Color scheme

2. Furniture

3. Fabrics/curtains

4. Bedding

There is just so much to consider, so a little research will go a long way, and there is plenty of inspiration online (for free!) to help you.

Color Scheme

Deciding upon a color scheme is the obvious place to start when considering decorating your room. When it comes to creating a sophisticated bedroom then the color scheme you choose will affect the rest of your design choices. 

Avoid bold patterns as these can often clash with the pieces you will add to your room. Settle on your favorite colors or color schemes, then spend time considering the mood each color projects. Rich colours create a sensual mood and often add warmth to a room, whilst shades of white and light colors such as duck egg blue can create that refined French bedroom you have always dreamt of. It is entirely down to your personal taste but ensure that the colors you choose are easy to match with any furniture ideas you may have.

Furniture

Picking out stunning furniture is extremely important when creating a sophisticated boudoir, and it is best to think outside the box when it comes to making these decisions.

When it comes to beds, although woods like oak and pine can be fantastic if you are opting for that more shabby chic look, if it is sophistication you are after then it is often better to opt for something a little different, such as leather. Leather or faux leather beds are effortlessly classy and come in a range of colors and shades, so they are easy to work with your other choices in furniture. As they are frequently low slung, they create a more intimate feel to a room. There is plenty of choices when it comes to leather beds and companies such as Bedzrus offer a wide variety of options. It is key that before you invest in a bed you ensure you have found furniture to coordinate with the color you want.

Once you have decided upon furniture and color schemes, then you can pick out fabrics, bedding and lighting to complement. However sophisticated you desire your new room to look, it is still important to inject a bit of your personality into your choices–if you are feeling brave you could always try your hand at painting or decoupaging your bedside tables, adding photographs and pictures in ornate frames here and there to add a personal touch to your walls.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Product review- Natural Wood Decor!


Have you heard of Natural Wood Decor, an online-based company that provides beautiful, handmade wood decor that is safe for the home and the environment?


I like so many products from their website, their line of products are beautiful and seemed very well-constructed. The following pieces are particularly my favorites!













Which one is your favorite?

Can imagine how delighted I was to receive an item from their wonderful website to review? The item I picked was the Teak Storage & Shelving Unit.



Here is the storage and shelving unit I received! 






I love this storage and shelving unit! Handcrafted from sustainably harvested teak wood, this piece feels heavy and solid. Measuring 18" in width, 11.5" in depth and 30" in height, this unit is generously sized and offers ample storage for everyday items. The hinged compartment on top helps to hide clutter and provide easy access to your items. Practical and versatile, this wonderful unit can be used in the kitchen to store food prep or in the bathroom to store lotions, extra bath towels, toilet papers, etc. I am planning to use mine in the bathroom for additional toiletries storage!

Like many wood products, this unit has its imperfections. I found some cracks, holes, knots and tone variations in this piece but I guess it's part of the charm and character, yes?

This is definitely a great, quality piece! If you are looking for a solid piece of storing unit with a bit of rustic flair, then this unit is perfect for you! You can get yours here!*

*Disclosure: I have received this product to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Don't forget to stop by Natural Wood Decor to check out other quality offerings! Happy shopping!