Friday, February 17, 2017

A fresh and unexpected traditional home in the Hamptons!

This gorgeous Hamptons home is designed by Florida-based designer Jack Fhillips for his client who has a sophisticated and confident style. Using his artistic vision, this home is transformed into a formal, English-inspired style residence. Let's check out the results, shall we?

Photo credit: Robert Brantley

Simply mind-blowing! I like how the designer takes a cue from his client's wooded backyard instead of taking the conventional approach with a nautical theme. The results? A beautiful updated traditional home with a tranquil palette of peaceful green. The stunning architecture such as the coffered ceilings, dentil molding and columns provide a wonderful backbone for this elegant home. The guest room with the pretty floral linen and the inviting outdoor are particularly my favorites. There is so much to love about this fresh, layered, charming and well-designed traditional abode. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Favorite room of the week!

This living room is absolutely stunning! The restrained monochromatic color scheme and great mix of eclectic pieces exude style, sophistication and understated elegance. Incorporating a contemporary gray velvet sofa and the Louis XVI style armchairs in the same room is a fresh, unexpected touch. The contrasting furniture styles between the two different seating provide an interesting dynamic especially with the clean, modern lines against the curvy, classic silhouettes. A group of gorgeous blue and white ginger jar and vase collection provide a pop of color and visual delight. Layering a zebra rug on top of a pale, neutral rug creates another visual interest. I also like the elaborate yet unfinished look of the beautiful fireplace. This effortlessly chic, calming and refreshing space is truly unique and inspirational, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Thomas Loof

Which wooden floor should I choose?

This post is provided by Luxury Flooring & Furnishings.

With so many options available, choosing flooring for your newly decorated room can be a daunting task. Solid wood? Engineered wood? Laminate flooring? There are so many options. But which one is the right one? 

Simply put, there is no ‘perfect choice’, as a lot of your decision comes down to personal preference. Of course, each different type of flooring comes with its own pros and cons, but ultimately it is down to you. 

Solid wood flooring is exactly that- flooring made from planks of solid real wood. It is a 100% natural product, and is seen as a great way to add character, and a warm and rustic feel to whichever room you choose to lay it in. There are many other benefits to having solid wood flooring in your home, one of which being its durability, particularly with oak flooring. One of the only downsides with solid wood is that it tends to react badly to moisture and stains easily. With this in mind, it is probably best to keep it out of your kitchens and bathrooms! Of course, you can go some way to protecting your floor by choosing a lacquered finish, but in the case of any accidental spillages, it is best to mop them up immediately. 

Engineered wood flooring is another option to look at if you are considering a wood floor for your property. Engineered wood floor is constructed by putting multiple layers of timber together which is then finished with a hardwood lamella. This makes it one of the strongest flooring options on the market, as the construction of the plank allows greater stability, meaning it is able to withstand high levels of moisture and fluctuations in temperature. This makes it an ideal flooring solution for underfloor heating.  

As with solid wood, there are many different types of wood, styles and finishes to choose from, and looks identical to the solid product. Another benefit to engineered flooring is that it takes a shorter period to acclimatize pre-installation, meaning it can be laid quicker, and you can have your new flooring sooner than you thought!

If you are not sure on the two more natural options, then laminate may be your best bet, particularly if you are looking for flooring for an area where moisture is present a lot of the time, such as a kitchen, utility room or bathroom. Designed to look like hardwood flooring, laminate is made up of four layers which consist of the backing, core, image design and wear layer. The backing keeps moisture out, with the core usually made of a sturdy resin or fiberboard. This is then topped with the image layer, a photographic image of wood on a vinyl board, and then the wear layer is the final step in the process. Laminate is long lasting, easy to replace if damaged, and is an ideal choice for redecorating on a budget, as it is considerably cheaper than solid or engineered wood. 

In summary, which floor you choose is really down to you and what fits with the style of your interior, but remember to always consider the practicality aspect. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2015 Designer Showhouse Kitchen!

This gorgeous kitchen is designed by Lisa Mende for the 2015 Designer Showhouse. The old kitchen from the 1912 home was seriously dated and in need of some modern update. Inspired by the history of the house and the previous homeowners, the designer chose a classic black-and-white palette and bold geometric patterns for the space. Let's check out the results of this fabulous transformation, shall we?

Photo credit: Peter Rymwid

I am absolutely wowed by this stunning kitchen! The combination of beautiful black kitchen cabinets, classic white subway tiles, brass hardware, modern appliances and geometric accents really take this kitchen up a few notches. The styling is fresh and delightful. The breakfast room and mudroom are both stylish, wonderful additions. I am truly digging this chic and elegant kitchen, what about you? 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Image credit: Place Of My Taste

Isn't that the truth? Happy Valentine's Day, my lovely readers! May your day be filled with lots of love, kisses, cuddles and wonderful surprises. 

Any special plans today?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy 6th blog anniversary!

Yay! My little blog has turned six today! It's hard to believe that I have been talking about beautiful homes and stylish spaces for six long years. Through this blog, I have meet a lot of like-minded, design-obsessed friends which I wouldn't have met in real life and for that, I am very grateful.

Since starting this blog, I have received many exciting and unexpected opportunities, some I gladly welcomed and some I have politely declined. The most satisfying experience were from design clients who came back again and again to ask me for design help. It means my design clients trusted me enough to transform their homes and I did something right. As a decorator, I couldn't ask for more! :)

Over the course of six years, my blog has received over 8.5 million pageviews! Without your love and support, my blog wouldn't have come this far so I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you who continued to follow and read my blog. I would also like to thank my dedicated readers who take a moment from their busy lives to drop me an encouraging and positive comment from time to time. 

I will try my hardest to find the most inspirational interiors to share with you everyday so I hope you will continue to stay with me. 

My lovelies, thank you for your love and support! You are the best!

Friday, February 10, 2017

A designer's bright and beautiful, art-filled apartment in Birmingham!

Be inspired by talented designer, William McLure's bright and beautiful, art-filled apartment below!

Photo credit: Frank Tribble

By looking at this gorgeous one-bedroom apartment, you would never realized it is a rental. Layered, collected and effortlessly chic, this eclectic home is truly a feast for the eyes. A mix of antiques, traditional pieces, art collection and a few modern touches makes this abode feels fresh, less predictable and absolutely delightful. I truly admire his uncontrived and unconventional design approach! What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy this work as much as I do?