Friday, May 26, 2017

A designer's bold and beautiful home in Hartfort!

This 11,000-square-foot home in Hartfort belongs to designer Kellie Burke that she shares with her entrepreneur husband and their young son. With a creative and unconventional decorating approach, her home is a reflection of her unique style and sensibility. Let's check out her bold and beautiful home, shall we?

Photo credit: Michael Partenio

How gorgeous is this home? The designer's daring mix of bright colors, bold patterns and eclectic pieces definitely creates a heightened sense of drama and visual delight in each space. She definitely has a flair for weaving together the unique and unexpected to make a grand design statement. Her decorating style is clearly not for those with a faint of heart. However, I find her uncommon design approach truly delightful and inspirational. Her cozy, elegant living room and her beautiful formal dining room are especially my favorites. What do you think of her fearless design style? Are you a fan or otherwise? I would love to know your thoughts!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Favorite room of the week!

I am swooning over this stunning bedroom! Transitional style with a fresh, modern twist, this inviting room is perfect for anyone looking for a calming yet stylish retreat. The beautiful soft blue tufted wingback upholstered bed is the natural focal point in this space. Accentuated by shams and pillows in complementary shades of blue, the bed really shines! The contemporary chandelier, abstract artwork and accessories create visual interest in the room; meanwhile the fur throw and shag rug provide a sense of warmth and coziness to the space. Layered, elegant and effortlessly chic, what's not to love about this dreamy bedroom? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Stewart & Company

Get To Know Your Chandeliers!

A chandelier always adds that extra bit of drama and elegance to your drawing room or the hallway, but they can be a costly affair nonetheless. Therefore, before you start buying these hanging electric candleholders, it is imperative that you at least get to know them first.

Tiered Chandeliers

Just as the name suggests, these are the ones that are made up of multiple tiers. The size of the chandelier itself depends on the number of tiers it has and that in turn should depend on the size of the room or the entryway where you plan to hang it. A three-tier chandelier is the standard size in most cases. If you are worried about whether or not it would fit the style of your interior decoration, rest assured that they come in all kinds of style and the very make of these chandeliers are such that they can be customized to fit in with most styles.

Contemporary (Modern) Chandeliers

If you have designed your home in a modern style and you think that chandeliers would not fit in with the look, you are wrong. In addition to a wide range of other types of chandeliers, Sputnik Chandeliers also have an excellent collection of modern chandeliers that range from being conservative-modern to downright futuristic. Some of the models look nothing like the candleholders which we are used to seeing. It is more about the shapes and designs here than the detailing.


Chandeliers can be designed to resemble various shapes that remind us of the old country days and sit in perfectly if you have a rustic or country styled home. Common design choices for rustic chandeliers include antlers, horns and tree branches.

Crystal Chandeliers

One of the more expensive options, a chandelier made out of real crystals can be glorious when combined with the right lighting. As it reflects all light in the room, this is the chandelier you want if you are going for the romantic and enchanting look.

Traditional Chandeliers

Chandeliers can be tiered but they do not always have to be. Traditionally styled chandeliers can be identified by the typical scrolling or filigree detailing which they sport. Perfect for a home office or even the drawing room, if you do not mind the formal look.

Mini Chandeliers

If you ever thought about putting a chandelier in your bathroom or bedroom, these should be on the top of your list. In particularly big houses with massive rooms, mini chandeliers can also serve to augment the giant crystal piece that is hanging from the middle of your roof. Although there are other variations, most of them consist primarily of beautiful reflective glass.

Transitional Chandeliers

When you are not yet ready to make that jump onto ultra-modern designs yet, transitional chandeliers are probably what you are looking for. They retain most of the design language found in traditional chandeliers, but also add a few dashes of modern design ideas. The best thing about them is that they go with more or less all kinds of home.

The Drum Chandeliers

Bordered by lampshades, the chandelier resembles a drum. However, if all the individual lights have lampshades of their own instead of just one large lampshade that covers the entire chandelier, it looks like multiple drum lights are hanging from your roof. It is quite similar to pendant lighting in many ways, but not quite the same.

A piece of advice would be to go chandelier shopping with a neutral mindset. You may never know what style will suit your interior décor until you actually lay your eyes upon the right chandelier.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cool designer alert- Brady Tolbert!

Introducing talented California-based designer, Brady Tolbert. Previously working under Frank Gehry in Washington, D.C. and at a luxury design firm in L.A. and now working for Emily Henderson, his work has been influenced by different mentors. The results? His designs ooze an eclectic style with a relaxed and casual vibe. Let's take a look at his fabulous portfolio, shall we?


Photo credit: Brady Tolbert

Aren't his designs absolutely delightful? Fresh, layered, effortlessly chic and stylish, I like how he brings out the best in every room even with the more challenging, outdated spaces. The way he mixes interesting textures with charming, bohemian pieces and refined elements are truly inspirational. I love his gorgeous work, how about you? Any thoughts?

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Top 5 Housewarming Gifts To Give When Decorations Would Not Do!

This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

Housewarmings and housewarming gifts have been around since houses were first built and people moved into them. However, if you think about it, some gifts just end up sitting in the closet or being stuffed in the attic because the person had other ideas for their home and your decorations just did not fit into their decorating plans. Luckily, there are other uncommon gifts out there for housewarming gifts that do not involve decorations. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top housewarming gifts to give when decorations just would not do.

Give The Gift Of Food
A housewarming gift should say congratulations and welcome to your new home. Giving the gift of food in the form of housewarming gift baskets could be just what your friends are looking for. Think about it, no one has time to cook when they are moving and unpacking. The forks may be in the bedroom and the plates somehow ended up in the attic. If you know your friend’s taste, then giving them a food gift basket could be the perfect thing for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and maybe even a few snacks along the way. Everyone loves food and they can reuse the gorgeous basket later on down the line.
Coffee Table Book
While it could be considered a decoration, most people would love to have a coffee table book and they are truly coming back into style. If you know a lot about your friends, then this will be an easy one for you. Some examples of great coffee table books are cookbooks, a book filled with memories of themselves and their children, or even a travel guide to the places they want to go or have been.
Fresh Flowers Galore
There is nothing like fresh flowers to make a new home feel welcoming. A vase of fresh flowers in the middle of the dining room table will complement the food gift basket you gave them quite nicely. Choose your friend's favorite colors, add a bottle of wine to the mix, and your housewarming gift is complete!
Make An Offer To Help
Sometimes offering to help out can be the best housewarming gift there is. Offer to come over and cook one night or to help your friends unpack their possessions. Even put in an offer to take the kids for the night, so your friends can finish unpacking and have a night to themselves. You might be surprised at how quickly they take you up on your offer.
Kitchen Needs
Anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen will appreciate anything to do with small appliances or even spice racks. Find out what your friends like and give them something they can use for the kitchen. It is not a decoration and can be used whenever they feel foodie.
These are just a few of the best housewarming gifts for friends that are moving into a new home. Remember, decorating is in the eye of the beholder and what you think would be perfect in your friend’s home might not seem perfect to them. From offering your time to housewarming gift baskets, these things will make the top of anyone’s housewarming gift list.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A bright and beautiful country ranch in rural British Columbia!

This beautiful 3,200-square-foot, two-storey custom country ranch in rural B.C. is designed by local custom home designer, Scott Posno. With its open-concept layout, 20 feet exposed cathedral ceiling and abundance of glass doors, this countryside home feels open, bright and airy. Let's take a tour of this lovely, light-filled abode, shall we?

Photo credit: Janis Nicolay

Fresh, contemporary and inviting, this unconventional country ranch exudes style and warmth, thanks to a wonderful mix of modern furnishings and natural elements such as stone fireplace, wood ceiling and wooden beams. I am definitely a fan of this gorgeous, well-designed home, what about you? Any thoughts?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Inside a bold and gorgeous custom home in Buckhead!

This gorgeous custom home in Buckhead is the work of interior designer Melanie Turner and developer Stan Benecki. Raising the bar with design, this husband and wife team truly pushed the boundaries by employing features that are familiar yet innovative. Unsurprisingly, upon completion, this stunning property was sold within three days! Let's take a look at this beautiful residence, shall we?

Photo credit: Mali Azima

This home absolutely wows my socks off! Using a simple palette of black and white with brass accents, this home truly exudes a sense of style and timelessness. I really like the marriage of bold contrast, touches of newer pieces and traditional elements together for a fresh new twist. The glossy custom tiles on the walls and high barrel ceiling in the kitchen is a striking feature I particularly like. I am definitely inspired by this thoughtfully-designed home, what about you? Are you drawn to this fabulous home as well?