Friday, February 23, 2018

Inside a traditional mountain retreat with a bold twist!


When Ross and Sally Singletary wanted to build a new home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, they turned to Atlanta architect D. Stanley Dixon and interior designer Heather Dewberry for design help. Thanks to their frequent collaborations, Dixon and Dewberry were given the creative license to design their mountain retreat. The Singletary's main directive is for the creative pair to show them something they hadn't seen before. The results? A striking home that wows! Let's check it out, shall we?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy 7th blog anniversary!


In a blink of an eye, my little blog has turned 7! My blog actually turned 7 on Feb 13 but I totally forgot it until yesterday, thanks to a week of celebrations (Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year), lots of cooking and heavy feasting. :)

Fun, exciting and wonderful opportunities continue to come my way, some I gladly welcomed and some I have politely declined. The most thrilling experience were from design clients who came back again and again to ask me for design help. One client even offered to fly me out of state to design her beach home! It means one thing. My design clients trusted me enough to transform their homes and I did something right. As a decorator, I couldn't ask for more!

On another happy note, my blog has reached another milestone yesterday. Over the course of 7 years, my blog has garnered over 10 million pageviews, believe it or not! 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 feel so blessed and grateful to all of you!

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


Thank you my fabulous readers, you are super awesome!

With Design, It Is The Little Things That Can Make Or Break The Look!


This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

It is the little things like this that can bring down your whole design if you are not careful. Here are a few of the little things that can make or break your design:

Pests

You have a pristine room with beautiful tile floors and a white linen sofa. Then a nasty cockroach crawls across the smooth stone or the alabaster fabric, creating a black spot on your design. Ditto for spiders, scorpions, or any other kind of pests.

Joshua's Pest Control in San Diego says that you need to develop a pest control plan well before you notice that you have pests. Once you have an infestation, the pests can be much harder to remove. But if you treat your home ahead of time, you can keep the pests from ever entering.

Wires

A jumble of wires behind your entertainment center or your desk just looks like a mess. It will be a blight on your carefully designed room. That messy pile of wires will make the room look more cluttered and decidedly less stylish.

There are many ways that you can hide those wires. The best way is to plan for the wires in your design, such as by choosing an entertainment center that has closed spaces where the wires can be hidden, such as drawers and cabinets. You can also hide wires by hiring an electrician to run them through the wall or to put an outlet closer to where you need it. You can also minimize wires by minimizing the number of devices in a location. Do you really need an Xbox and a Wii?

Generic Light Fixtures

You might not think that simple light fixture in your hall makes that big a difference to your overall design, but it does. All those generic light fixtures that you might think blend into the background actually detract from the full potential of your home's decor.

The best interior designs are planned to the smallest detail. The light fixtures should be chosen to complement the decor not only with their style but also with the ambiance they create. Different fixtures can change the light level in the room, which can have a profound impact on the atmosphere.

Shoddy Workmanship

Nothing looks as good as good workmanship. You do not want to look down at your custom made farm table and note all the ways that it is flawed, from that little puddle of stain in the corner to the screw sticking out on one of the legs. Nor do you want to be enjoying a bath in your huge garden tub and look over and see crooked paint lines or loose window trim. 

Make sure you hire the pros to do your home repairs or renovations. If you want to do some of the work yourself, make sure you take on only those jobs that you can do well. No one is going to praise your work if it does not look good, and your efforts could actually bring down the profile of your home.

There are dozens of other little things that can bring down your home design, ranging from ill-chosen throw pillows to a misplaced accent chair in your family room. It is important that you think through every aspect of your design carefully and that you pay close attention to the details. You will be looking at your decor every day, and you will notice the little flaws that are there. Over time, your guests will notice, too, and you will feel very self-conscious. You may even stop inviting people over as often because of it. 

Take your time with your design planning or work with a professional to make sure you get it right.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cool designer alert- Elizabeth Stamos!


Introducing talented Illinois-based designer, Elizabeth Stamos. A versatile designer, her work ranges from the traditional to the contemporary. Let's check out her beautiful portfolio, shall we?









The designer: Elizabeth Stamos

Photo credit: Elizabeth Stamos Design

I like how fresh, effortlessly layered and delightfully eclectic these rooms are. The way she creatively blends different metallics, textures and materials is so chic and refreshing! There are so many wonderful ideas and details in each space to be inspired by. Are you drawn to the these fabulous interiors as well?

To learn more about the designer and her work, please visit: 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Inside a menswear designer's chic and collected New York City apartment!


This 650-square-foot New York City apartment belongs to menswear designer Michael Bastian that he shares with husband Mike Vasquez. Decorated by the talented Michael, his home exudes a comfortable and gentlemanly vibe. Let's check out this well-curated home, shall we?











Photo credit: Ellen McDermott

How fabulous is this abode? Layered, collected and laid-back, this home is truly a visual delight! I like how the designer thoughtfully blend the old with the new, his antiques with street treasures and shabby pieces with luxurious details. The results? A warm, effortlessly chic and timelessly eclectic home! I am a big fan of his decorating approach, how about you, my lovelies? Any thoughts?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Chinese New Year!


My lovelies, wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Chai!





May your new year shines brightly with new beginnings, all your wishes be fulfilled and many blessings!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Favorite room of the week!


Such a stunning and stylish room! This fabulous space is from one of the rooms in Georgia Inn, in Montclair, New Jersey owned by makeup maven Bobbi Brown and her husband, realtor Steven Plofker. By thoughtfully employing a few modern industrial touches and British elements, this boutique hotel exudes a stylish, downtown Manhattan vibe. The recessed built-in book shelves surrounded by the traditional moulding makes an excellent focal point in the room. Not only did they make a wonderful design statement, they also add a sense of depth to the room. The tufted leather sofa, trunk side table and modern coffee table evoke a masculine chic vibe while a mix of textiles softens the space while creating visual interest. A pair of industrial-style chandeliers adds more light to the moody room while drawing the eyes up. Cool and offbeat, I find this hotel truly inspirational. Are you drawn to this fantastic hideaway as well? I would love to hear your thoughts!


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Photo credit: Lesley Unruh

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Barrier And Soil Treatments For Termite Control!


This post is provided by Jesse Hughes.

Your home is probably the most expensive item you have purchased. You can expect it to last for the rest of your lifetime.

Unfortunately this is not always the case. Termites are one of the biggest threats to any home. This is because they can exist in your walls for long periods of time without being noticed. For this reason they are able to cause a huge amount of damage.

In fact, it is estimated that termites cost in excess of $5 billion dollars of damage every year.

There are in excess of 2,000 types of termites found across the world. Just 50 of them are found in the states, the only state they have not yet been found in is Alaska.

No matter where you live, if you think you might have a termite problem it is important to talk to your local pest control expert about termite control.

Dealing With Termites

The three main types of termites to concern yourself with are dampwood, drywood and subterranean.

A termite is usually between ¼ and ½ inch long although the kings and queens are often found to be as long as 1 inch.

They eat any cellulose based material. In general this is any type of plant life. As wood is originally plant life it is an excellent source of food for them; all they have to do is reach it.

Unfortunately this means that your home is an excellent target for them.

In general they will cross your yard and then get into your home through cracks, around pipes and wires. Once inside they can start eating your wood and, unchecked, will work their way round your home.

It is worth noting that termites need damp conditions to survive. If you have a leaking gutter or downpipe then your foundations will be permanently damp, allowing the termites in.

Barriers And Soil Treatments

It is important to take as many precautions as you can to ensure the termites never reach your home:

1. Repair any leaking gutters and pipes, this will prevent the termites from having somewhere comfortable to live.

2. Remove excess plant cover and wood mulch, especially near the walls of your home.

3. Make sure all water drains off and away from your property.

4. Seal all entry and exit points around pipes and wires.

5. Keep any wood products away from the outside of the house.

6. Regularly inspect your outbuildings and decking.

7. Screen your vents, this will allow the air to move but prevent termites getting in.

8. Treat your wood with a wood preservative and insecticide; this will make it less appealing or even deadly to any termites.

Perhaps the best tip is to create an area that the termites simply cannot get across.

To do this dig a trench round the outside of your home. It should be six inches deep and six inches wide. Then soak the trench with a good quality termiticide. Making sure the soil is loose at the bottom of the trench will help ensure it soaks in properly.

You can then close the trench in, or preferably fill it with concrete to make an effective barrier. Then all you need to do is stay vigilant.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!




Photo credit: DestinationsSVG


Happy Valentine's Day, my lovelies! Hope your day was filled with lots of love, kisses, cuddles and wonderful surprises. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cool designer alert- Lindsey Lane!


Introducing talented New York-based designer, Lindsey Lane. With a fresh, feminine take on traditional style, her designs often looks effortlessly chic. Let's check out her gorgeous portfolio, shall we?























Photo credit: Lindsey Lane Design

How stylish and refreshing her work is! Whether she is incorporating a bold color, a variety of textures or a mix of patterns, she always do it with great flair and pizzazz. Needless to say, her designs are always a visually delight! I truly adore her aesthetic, how about you, my lovelies? Do you find her beautiful portfolio as inspirational as I do? Any thoughts?

For more information regarding the designer and her work, please visit: