Friday, November 21, 2014

Home tour- A casually chic, coastal California showhouse!

This fabulous California home is designed by the talented veteran designer Betsy Burnham and her partner, Max Humphrey for 2014 Coastal Living Showhouse. The best part is the designers were given free rein of the entire house. The results? A effortlessly beautiful home with a casual, coastal feeling. Let's take a tour of this lovely home, shall we?

Photo credits: Tria Giovan

Fresh and charming, this coastal-inspired home feels comfortable and inviting. I love how the designers thrown in a few unexpected eclectic pieces into the mix to create a chic and collected coastal vibe. A perfectly pulled together home with tons of visual interest and inspirations, what's not like about this tour? I am swooning about each and every room, what about you? Thoughts?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guest post- Giving your home a funky and unique makeover!

It seems that many of us are looking for unique and funky ways in which to decorate our homes. Decorating your living space is an exciting project and no matter whether you have an entire property to work with, or just a single room, getting creative and putting your own stamp on things is an awesome way of expressing your personality. 

No matter what your budget, there are plenty of ways for you to give your home an interesting makeover, from re-claiming and upcycling old pieces of furniture and ornaments, to distressing newer pieces and giving them a contemporary look. Here are a few simple ideas to give you inspiration for giving your home a makeover with a difference.

Source Vintage And Antique Pieces

There is no better way to create an interesting home than mixing new with old – think 60s meets the 20s meets 2014! Antiques and vintage pieces are becoming more and more popular when it comes to decorating – and I can see why, as even the process of sourcing these pieces is exciting.

Taxidermy (or if you would prefer not to have animal bones mounted on your wall, crochetdermy), can add an old-time look to your home. Mix this with more contemporary, conversational patterned wallpaper and you can add an interesting focal point to any of your rooms. Victorian Gothic pieces are a great way of drawing attention to your decorating style too. However, if you prefer something a little more subtle, then there are plenty of easy to do projects that you can do at home that incorporate both old and contemporary. 

Give New Furniture A Makeover

If you want to refresh your home, then there is no better place to start than by adding new furniture. I am sure many of you are drawn to vintage furniture rather than newer pieces, but do not panic! There is a huge amount of potential in new pieces of furniture and so many ways in which you can give it the character of an older piece. 

Invest in good, solid pieces of furniture such as the pieces available from Furniture Plus Online and use paint or colorful fabrics to give them a whole new look! If you have access to a sewing machine, you can easily create some gorgeous chair slips in your favorite fabrics, which can be made to match other aspects in your room – simple and cheap!

All The Small Things

From the color scheme you choose for your walls to the pictures you hang, the finishing touches speak volumes when it comes to décor. Adding clusters of succulents and cacti to coffee tables, or using vintage wooden stepladders to display plants around your home is a sweet way of bringing the outdoors in. Do not over clutter! This is something that is so easy to do – especially if you are a hoarder of beautiful things like me - but should be avoided as much as possible as it can make a place look messy and disorganized. 

I hope this gives you plenty of inspiration to transform your space into something spectacular! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Product review- Prize Candles!

I love how scented candles lift up your mood instantly. So when I was offered an opportunity to try a new scented candle, I instantly agreed, thanks to the nice people at Prize Candle!

If you are new to Prize Candle, allow me do a little introduction. Prize Candle is an eco-conscious candle line that is sophisticated and refined, yet affordable and festive. So, what differentiates Prize Candle from other scented candles? While other scented candles offer you candles (obviously), each Prize Candle comes with a surprise! Every candle comes with a hidden ring that ranges from $10 to $5,000. How fun and exciting is that!

Some of the fabulous candles offered on their website.

Since I love the smell of nature, I picked two candles that are nature-related, the Garden Rose and Provence Lavender. Here they are!

I love their beautiful packaging designs!

On top of the packaging, they read, "Discover a prize valued at $10 to $5,000 in every eco-conscious premium soy candle".

Here's what the candles look like after the packaging are removed!

My beautiful Garden Rose candle when it was lit.

I forgot to take a picture of my Provence Lavender candle when I lit it for the first time. Here it is after a few hours of burning time!

Here's my hidden ring from the Provence Lavender candle!

My verdict? I really love both the candles I selected! Made of all natural pure premium soy wax, they are produced in the USA and do not contain any parabens, ammonia, chlorine or lauramide DEA & pesticide free! 

Both candles exuded a distinct fragrance even when they were still in their boxes. The Garden Rose candle smelled sweet and delightful while the Provence Lavender candle smelled fresh and invigorating, reminding me of a scent from a bottle of high-end perfume! Even when they are unlit, I always catch a whiff of the scents when I am at a distance. Each of their 9 oz candles are designed to burn up to 60 hours. The best part is, they are smokeless and they burn cleanly.

To retrieve my hidden ring, I lit the Provence Lavender for about two to three hours before I found a small piece of plastic container inside. Inside the plastic container was a baggie with a ring accompanied by a tiny piece of paper that had a code on it. 

To find out the value of the ring, I simply entered a code at the company's website for an instant appraisal and guess what, my ring is worth $10! Although the ring is not exactly my style and is a little too big for me, I had a great time prying it out from the candle. The anticipation definitely made it a fun experience!

Overall, I am very satisfied and impressed with the quality of these fabulous candles! I would personally buy it for myself even if there is no fun, hidden rings inside each candle because the candles themselves are well worth the money in my opinion. Highly recommend!

*I received these products to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are my own.

These candles are eco-conscious, beautifully packaged with fun surprises thrown in, what's not to love? I think they are perfect for gift giving, don't you think? 

Don't forget to visit Prize Candle to check out other amazing offerings! Happy shopping!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Home tour- A beautiful and luxurious Los Angeles mansion!

This 11,100 square feet, seven-bedrooms, nine-bathrooms and two half bath luxurious Los Angeles mansion is decorated by the talented Kelly Wearstler. With features like high ceilings, generously proportioned interiors and situated on a property just under an acre, this home is on sale for $15.5 million. Although a home like this is out of range for most of us, there are so much inspirations to be found in a splendid home like this, don't you agree? Let's check out the fabulous interiors of this amazing home, shall we?

Photo credits: Doughlas Elliman Real Estate

I am swooning over this home tour! Exuding timeless elegance with a touch of modern glam, this stunning home is right up my alley! The blend of bold colors, mixed materials and intricate details throughout this home are particularly inspiring. The deep-toned family room, gray family room and the beautiful kitchen are some of my favorites! Which room catches your eye, my lovelies? Do you have any favorite element(s)? Thoughts?