Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A chic and eclectic coastal style home in Toronto!

This 2,400-square-foot four-bedroom Victorian home in a Toronto neighborhood is designed by Robyn Rider for a young family of three. Inspired by a mix of by Palm Beach style, this home exudes a cheerful, eclectic coastal style. Let's take a look!

Photo credit: Style At Home

I really like how fresh and chic this home looks! By using a variety of patterns sparingly, the designer cleverly adds visual interest throughout the house without overwhelming the space. Such a bright, cheerful and delightful home, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Inside a chic and charming restored kitchen house!

This beautiful 1770s Charleston home used to be a "kitchen house". Restored and updated by designed Cameron Schwabenton for her client to be used as a guest quarter, this home is nothing short of charming. Let's check out this wonderfully restored Colonial-era home, shall we?

Photo credit: Trevor Tondro

The original exposed brick and plaster walls are the best feature in this house, don't you think? It oozes charm and character which I really love! The designer did a great job weaving together the new and old and balancing the feminine and masculine accents to create delight and visual interest. There's so much warmth, coziness and personality in this fabulously designed abode. The inviting outdoor courtyard and the gorgeous master bathroom with a mix of rustic wood and luxurious marble absolutely rock my world, what about you? Do you enjoy touring this home as much as I do?

Friday, October 21, 2016

A stylist's beautiful Charleston rental home!

This beautiful 1740s Charleston home is stylist Jill Sharp Weeks' rental home. Although the house is a short-term rental, she didn't waste time transforming the entire house with paint and props. Let's check out the results, shall we?

Photo credit: Björn Wallander

This abode looks nothing like your average short-term rental, don't you think? There's so much gorgeousness inside and out! I like how the designer paints the entire house in the exact shade of gray to unify the rooms. Although her abode is mostly neutral, she did an excellent job creating warmth and visual interest by combining various patterns, textures and materials. While the interiors are absolutely stunning, the garden is a total paradise. I am absolutely inspired by her incredible style and talents, what about you? Your thoughts?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Favorite room of the week!

This gorgeous dining room designed by Antonio Martins absolutely wows me! Although space is limited, this dining area doesn't feel small at all. In fact, I like how cozy and cocoon-like it feels, thanks to the abundance of artwork, delightful objects and collectibles surrounding the room. Exuding warmth, elegance and sophistication, this tastefully designed space is right up my alley. I am particularly drawn to the beautiful classic style dining table and the stunning zebra rug, what about you? Are you drawn to this eclectic space as well? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Laura Resen

How to Avoid Online Furniture Shopping Mistakes!

When it comes to buying furniture online, your initial response might be that it simply can not or at least should not, be done. Furniture after all, needs to be touched and tested in-person to make sure that it is going to be the right fit doesn't it?
While that last sentence may hold some truth, there are more compelling reasons than ever to purchase furniture online, not least of all having access to a much broader selection than what might be available in your area. While there are many tools available to help those shopping online to make the right buying decision, there are nonetheless a great many pitfalls that still threaten the unprepared buyer. The question is then, how to avoid online furniture shopping mistakes?
Do Your Research Before You Buy
It is easy to fall victim to a “good deal”; particularly if you have got a limited amount of time to make a buying decision. Because there are so many online furniture stores, many of them rely on unbelievable pricing models to win customers over. Granted, given the opportunity most people would opt to spend less rather than spending more for something they want, but buying decisions should never be made based on price alone. With that in mind...
Read All the Small Print, Take Your Time
The lure of 0% financing is tantamount to a siren’s call, but are you getting all the details when you get the receipt at checkout? It might seem as though 0% financing is a good deal- and it can be- but ensure there are no hidden conditions so you get no surprises. The best part of purchasing online is very likely the price is what you see; or better yet, you have a chance to see those details without a sales associate rushing you through the contract. Buying online means you can take your time and be informed.
Solution: Avoid impulse buys. Compare the price point of the piece of furniture that is offered at 0% to similar items from competitors that are made of the same materials.
Stick to Your Budget
Furnishings can be expensive and it is easy to get carried away especially if all the costs are not properly displayed on a company’s website. The item you purchased may fall handsomely within your budget, but delivery, customization, fitting, and taxes can all put you over your budget in no time. Before you click “Purchase”, make sure you have been able to review a breakdown of all the costs.
Solution: Set a budget and stick to it at all costs. If it is not clear whether or not any additional fees apply to your purchase, contact the company directly through their website or their social media page and request more information.
Comparison Shop; You Are Online After All
There is more to comparison-shopping than simply putting one price against another. You will want to read plenty of reviews both about the piece of furniture you are looking to buy and about the company itself. You can learn a lot about a company by reading customer reviews, especially with regards to the following:
Their commitment to customer service
*Post purchase service
*Delivery costs
*Whether or not there were any issues with delivery
*Return policy and flexibility
*Item quality or lack thereof
That last item is especially important because you can not possibly assess an item’s quality by examining a photo on your screen. Be sure to keep in mind that just about every company out there will have a bad review written about them. If the positive reviews significantly outweigh the bad, odds are that you have found a company worth dealing with.
Take Your Measurements
Of course, taking measurements is key for anyone buying furniture. Make sure that anything you purchase falls within those dimensions because if it does not, you might be looking at a hefty fee for returning the item. You might also want to confirm that the item’s dimensions displayed on the website are correct as it is not uncommon for measurement figures to be erroneous. If the furniture’s dimensions are displayed in units you are not familiar with (imperial vs metric) convert them using an online conversion tool and double check your results before you buy.
Do Not Miss Out on a Deal!
Once you have selected a piece of furniture that falls within your budget, will fit in the allotted space, and it is from a reputable company there is just one last thing that is left: check for a coupon code! Just about every online retailer uses coupon codes at one time or another, so there is no harm in doing a quick Google search to see if there are any active coupon codes for the online furniture store you are buying from.
While it is true that shopping online is fraught with perils, it is nonetheless one of the most effective ways to purchase items for your home. Making sure your online buying experience is a successful one you need only be prepared and arm yourself with the knowledge that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Inside Scoop- Furniture Store (Arhaus) in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Furniture window shopping is one of my favorite weekend activity. I love to check out what's new in the market and see how the design experts style their goods! 

Speaking of furniture window shopping, I never fail to visit Arhaus, a furniture store conveniently located inside the mall when I am out shopping. Arhaus always strikes me as a furniture store that offers the best of both worlds; think upscale, polished industrial furnishings from Restoration Hardware and glamorous, unique Z Gallerie pieces combined together!

While I was at Arhaus recently, I managed to take some pictures of their wonderful offerings. Check this out!

What do you think about this store? Is there anything that catches your eye?

I love that they offer furnishings in a variety of styles to suit different tastes. There is so much to love about their store, their beautiful lighting being one of my favorites! I also love that they offer customization for your sofas, chairs, bed, etc in the fabrics and materials you want. Visiting their store is always a fun and inspirational experience. You should check them out if you are in the area.

Here is their store address:

Woodfield Mall
N120 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg Illinois.

If you are not near my area, fret not! The good news is they have a total of 65 stores across the states so there's a high chance you will find a store in a location near you.

If you are interested to learn more about their products, please visit their website. I hope you enjoyed this feature because I am planning to cover more furniture stores in the near future!

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