Friday, April 18, 2014

Home tour- A designer's stylish Bahamas vacation home!

Be inspired by this beautiful Bahamas vacation home designed by homeowner/designer Alessandra Branca below!

Photo credit: William Waldron

This gorgeous home exudes style, comfort and casual elegance. I love how the designer uses a restrained palette of red, blue and white color scheme throughout the house to achieve a sense of cohesiveness. The chinoiserie details are particularly my favorite. The room I am most drawn to is the stunning master bedroom with the charming four poster bed, I thought the room feels really fresh, bright and airy. I am truly inspired by each and every room in this wonderful home, what about you? Any favorite room(s)?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Favorite room of the week!

I have always been a huge fan of Emily Henderson. This living room (from her previous home) is a good example of her fabulous taste! It looks warm, collected, fluid and absolutely chic. I really love the vibrant, exotic vibe in this beautiful room. What are your thoughts? Are you in love with this space as much as I do?

Photo credit: Zeke Ruelas

Guest post- Spruce up your bedroom for spring!

This post is provided by Ella Mason.

Spring is a time for color and it is a perfect excuse to give your bedroom a makeover (you could also do a bit of spring cleaning in the process). Here are some tips for sprucing up your bedroom for spring.

New bed

One way to completely change the look for your bedroom is to get a new bed. You might be moving onto something more modern or you might want to simply update your current style. Take a look at to get an idea of what is available to you.

Fresh flowers

Flowers can inject a little bit of spring into any room. You do not have to go all out and buy expensive bouquets every week but a small bunch of daffodils would go down a treat. A beautiful vase filled with flowers not only brightens a room but it can instantly make you feel more cheerful too.

Daffodils are perfect for Easter and spring as they represent re-birth. Tulips are also a great spring flower to have in your home as they last a long time and symbolize true love, happiness and affection.

Fresh bedroom linen

A bed takes up a lot of space and it can make a room look disorganized if the sheets are not in keeping with the rest of the look. Treat yourself to new bed sheets, perhaps even more than one set, and make sure they are neutral in color or match the look of your bedroom.

Refreshing the space

If there is space, consider rearranging your room. Take into account things like Feng Shui or just move things around and see how you feel about it. A new room layout can take some getting used to but give it some time and you might find that the extra space will feel much better. 

Look through interiors magazines and websites to get some bedroom layout inspiration.

Modernize furniture the easy way

If you have bedroom furniture that needs updating but you can not afford to buy new items, consider just changing the hardware on drawers and cupboard doors. This can really reinvent your room and bring everything together. It might not be as good as replacing worn out furniture but it can certainly make a difference in the interim. 

Decorative accessories

Find yourself some bright ornaments and accessories to bring life to your bedroom. These might be cushions, a vase, a pretty ornament or a throw. Not everything has to match; play with colors and patterns.

Get it all covered with a rug

If you have a worn out carpet but do not have the time to redo it, you can spruce up your bedroom with a rug. These look great in the main walk way between the door and the bed. If you have a large bedroom, you can put them at the end of the bed for added visual interest.

Color is completely up to you. You could go modern and either stick to something in a color block or monochrome, or you could go for something bright and patterned.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creative and beautiful Easter eggs and Easter centerpiece ideas!

My lovelies, Easter is only a few days away. If you are not feeling inspired, fear not. I have compiled some beautiful Easter egg decorations and Easter centerpiece ideas to help you get started. Be ready to wow your kids and guests this coming Easter!

Such fresh and whimsical Easter inspirations! Which is your favorite idea? Do you decorate for Easter? Any Easter decoration tips to share? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy birthday to me!

I turned 34 years old today. In the beginning of this year, life has been challenging for me. It's hard to believe but most of the challenges have been blog-related (one crazy obstacle after another, some technical issues and some financial ones) and it made me almost want to quite blogging altogether. Honestly, I was quite depressed for many, many weeks.

Fortunately, my sadness subsided and I am feeling happier recently. We have some exciting plans ahead, a few wonderful things I definitely look forward to! We are supposed to have an early celebration last Saturday but something came up at the very last minute so our celebration is postponed to this Saturday instead.

My plans? It's simple. This Saturday, I am planing to go to Chicago and have dim sum in Chinatown for brunch, then shop for a desk chair (it will be a birthday present from hubby) and have the best roast duck in town (according to Yelp reviews) for dinner! This is the desk chair I have in mind.

I like how it looks but I will need to take a test drive to make sure it works for me. Do you have this West Elm chair? What do you think about it, comfort-wise? Ideally, I would love to have this desk chair from Jonathan Adler but it was out of our price range.

This chair is gorgeous isn't it? But for $695 (before tax), it is quite expensive for us. Maybe one day! A girl can dream....

How do you celebrate your birthday, my lovelies? Do you have quiet celebrations with your loved ones or throw big parties to celebrate the special occasion? Do you wish to receive home goods for your birthdays as well?

How To Achieve A Special And Memorable Holiday!

This post is provided by Sandy Chetz.

There are several reasons we go on holiday; they are an escape from the usual humdrum of daily life, something we can tell our friends and family about, and the perfect chance to catch some sun and sea. Ultimately, we go on holiday to have an experience we will cherish forever, long after the tan has faded. If you want a special and memorable holiday then you will love these top tips!

Pick Your Travel Agent Wisely

Always make sure you pick a travel agent that knows exactly what they are doing, unless you want your holiday to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. With Thompson and other reputable travel companies, you can make your vacation more special and memorable. Trusting experts to handle your time away will ensure you have the most incredible time. We all hear horror stories about delayed flights, substandard hotels and dirty bedrooms, which is why picking your travel company wisely is so important.

Choose The Perfect Destination

Where is the one place you have always dreamed of going? Is it far across land and sea? Does it have unique cultural wonders? Now is the time to pick that ultimate destination and visit it; after all, there is no time like the present. If you want a holiday that is truly special and memorable then make sure you choose that perfect destination. If you are unsure where you want to go then pick up some travel brochures, scour websites and guide books, then make a list of all your options. Once your list has been made you can pick one at random or go for the one that screams “Pick me!”

Do Not Forget The Camera

Last, but by no means least, is the camera. However great our memories are, it would not be long before you forget exactly what that white-sanded beach looked like. If you want something that will last forever then it is time to get snap happy. You can take selfies with dolphins or professional style shoots of the pyramids, just remember to take that camera with you. When you get home make sure you get some printed, before putting them online and making all of your friends jealous.

A special and memorable holiday does not have to be expensive or extravagant; it has to be about you. If you want an experience that you will cherish a lifetime then follow our tips, and your heart.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Home tour- A designer's New York beach house!

This fabulous beach house belongs to designer Gideon Mendelson and his partner. Located in quiet hamlet Sagaponack, New York, this traditional shingle-style house comes with five bedrooms, a perfect fit for his three children. Let's take a lovely tour of this eclectic home, shall we?

Photo credit: Eric Piasecki

I am in love with this stunning home! Layered, thoughtfully decorated and effortlessly sprinkled with playful and unexpected details, I find this traditional home particularly fresh and inspiring! My favorite rooms are the welcoming dining room, the classic white kitchen and the beautiful wallpapered bedroom with the four poster twin beds. Which room or element catches your eye, my lovelies?