Thursday, October 20, 2016

Favorite room of the week!

This gorgeous dining room designed by Antonio Martins absolutely wows me! Although space is limited, this dining area doesn't feel small at all. In fact, I like how cozy and cocoon-like it feels, thanks to the abundance of artwork, delightful objects and collectibles surrounding the room. Exuding warmth, elegance and sophistication, this tastefully designed space is right up my alley. I am particularly drawn to the beautiful classic style dining table and the stunning zebra rug, what about you? Are you drawn to this eclectic space as well? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Laura Resen

How to Avoid Online Furniture Shopping Mistakes!

When it comes to buying furniture online, your initial response might be that it simply can not or at least should not, be done. Furniture after all, needs to be touched and tested in-person to make sure that it is going to be the right fit doesn't it?
While that last sentence may hold some truth, there are more compelling reasons than ever to purchase furniture online, not least of all having access to a much broader selection than what might be available in your area. While there are many tools available to help those shopping online to make the right buying decision, there are nonetheless a great many pitfalls that still threaten the unprepared buyer. The question is then, how to avoid online furniture shopping mistakes?
Do Your Research Before You Buy
It is easy to fall victim to a “good deal”; particularly if you have got a limited amount of time to make a buying decision. Because there are so many online furniture stores, many of them rely on unbelievable pricing models to win customers over. Granted, given the opportunity most people would opt to spend less rather than spending more for something they want, but buying decisions should never be made based on price alone. With that in mind...
Read All the Small Print, Take Your Time
The lure of 0% financing is tantamount to a siren’s call, but are you getting all the details when you get the receipt at checkout? It might seem as though 0% financing is a good deal- and it can be- but ensure there are no hidden conditions so you get no surprises. The best part of purchasing online is very likely the price is what you see; or better yet, you have a chance to see those details without a sales associate rushing you through the contract. Buying online means you can take your time and be informed.
Solution: Avoid impulse buys. Compare the price point of the piece of furniture that is offered at 0% to similar items from competitors that are made of the same materials.
Stick to Your Budget
Furnishings can be expensive and it is easy to get carried away especially if all the costs are not properly displayed on a company’s website. The item you purchased may fall handsomely within your budget, but delivery, customization, fitting, and taxes can all put you over your budget in no time. Before you click “Purchase”, make sure you have been able to review a breakdown of all the costs.
Solution: Set a budget and stick to it at all costs. If it is not clear whether or not any additional fees apply to your purchase, contact the company directly through their website or their social media page and request more information.
Comparison Shop; You Are Online After All
There is more to comparison-shopping than simply putting one price against another. You will want to read plenty of reviews both about the piece of furniture you are looking to buy and about the company itself. You can learn a lot about a company by reading customer reviews, especially with regards to the following:
Their commitment to customer service
*Post purchase service
*Delivery costs
*Whether or not there were any issues with delivery
*Return policy and flexibility
*Item quality or lack thereof
That last item is especially important because you can not possibly assess an item’s quality by examining a photo on your screen. Be sure to keep in mind that just about every company out there will have a bad review written about them. If the positive reviews significantly outweigh the bad, odds are that you have found a company worth dealing with.
Take Your Measurements
Of course, taking measurements is key for anyone buying furniture. Make sure that anything you purchase falls within those dimensions because if it does not, you might be looking at a hefty fee for returning the item. You might also want to confirm that the item’s dimensions displayed on the website are correct as it is not uncommon for measurement figures to be erroneous. If the furniture’s dimensions are displayed in units you are not familiar with (imperial vs metric) convert them using an online conversion tool and double check your results before you buy.
Do Not Miss Out on a Deal!
Once you have selected a piece of furniture that falls within your budget, will fit in the allotted space, and it is from a reputable company there is just one last thing that is left: check for a coupon code! Just about every online retailer uses coupon codes at one time or another, so there is no harm in doing a quick Google search to see if there are any active coupon codes for the online furniture store you are buying from.
While it is true that shopping online is fraught with perils, it is nonetheless one of the most effective ways to purchase items for your home. Making sure your online buying experience is a successful one you need only be prepared and arm yourself with the knowledge that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Inside Scoop- Furniture Store (Arhaus) in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Furniture window shopping is one of my favorite weekend activity. I love to check out what's new in the market and see how the design experts style their goods! 

Speaking of furniture window shopping, I never fail to visit Arhaus, a furniture store conveniently located inside the mall when I am out shopping. Arhaus always strikes me as a furniture store that offers the best of both worlds; think upscale, polished industrial furnishings from Restoration Hardware and glamorous, unique Z Gallerie pieces combined together!

While I was at Arhaus recently, I managed to take some pictures of their wonderful offerings. Check this out!

What do you think about this store? Is there anything that catches your eye?

I love that they offer furnishings in a variety of styles to suit different tastes. There is so much to love about their store, their beautiful lighting being one of my favorites! I also love that they offer customization for your sofas, chairs, bed, etc in the fabrics and materials you want. Visiting their store is always a fun and inspirational experience. You should check them out if you are in the area.

Here is their store address:

Woodfield Mall
N120 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg Illinois.

If you are not near my area, fret not! The good news is they have a total of 65 stores across the states so there's a high chance you will find a store in a location near you.

If you are interested to learn more about their products, please visit their website. I hope you enjoyed this feature because I am planning to cover more furniture stores in the near future!

Disclaimer: I did not receive any monetary payment or compensation associated with this particular post.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Meg Ryan's chic and sophisticated New York City loft!

This gorgeous New York City loft is designed by Monique Gibson and architect Joel Barkley for movie star and now first-time director, Meg Ryan and it's nothing short of inspiring! Let's check it out!

Photo credit: William Abranowicz

A stylish, sophisticated and eclectic chic aesthetic is instantly created by the designer's masterfully mix of interesting pieces and furnishings in different styles. I really like how layered, collected and effortless this loft feels! You will find something unexpected and delightful in this abode no matter where you look and that's what make this industrial style residence so inspirational. Some of my favorite rooms are the bold and striking dining room (love the mirrored fireplace), the inviting bedroom (love the incredibly high ceiling!) and the spacious bathroom (adore those charming floor tiles!), what about you?

Friday, October 14, 2016

A stylish Los Angeles guesthouse with a youthful flair!

Working with architect Marc Appleton and landscape designer Deborah Nevins, decorator David Netto decided to inject some fun and excitement into this traditional 4,000-square-foot Los Angeles guesthouse. Let's check out the results of the makeover, shall we?

Photo credit: Roger Davies

How fabulous is this home? Exuding a lively, youthful spirit, this guesthouse is nothing short of stylish! The beautiful architecture especially the vaulted ceilings is my favorite. I also love the eclectic living room, the colorful kids' bedroom and the gorgeous bathroom. Are you drawn to anything from this fun tour as well?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Favorite room of the week!

This gorgeous bedroom is part of talented designer Anne Maxwell Foster's 1850s New York home and it absolutely blows me away! I like how effortlessly chic, beautifully layered and visually delightful this room is. The fresh, exciting Sandberg's Raphaël flora wallpaper truly stands out and provides the perfect backdrop for layering patterns and textures. The designer really did a great job balancing the bold wallcovering with smaller patterns so each element shines on their own! Such a stunning and thoughtfully designed space, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Trevor Tondro

How To Keep Your Garden Pest-Free- Naturally!

This post is provided by CroppMetcalfe.

With all of the time, money, and work you put into keeping your garden green, blooming and healthy year-round, it is frustrating how quickly bugs, slugs and even four-legged critters can damage your plants. And while nurseries and stores are full of chemicals you can spray and spread into your soil, that is hardly ideal for you, your pets, or the environment. The good news? You can keep your garden pest-free and pesticide free, with just a little bit of planning.

A Pinch A Day Keeps The Bugs Away

The first, easiest thing you can do is inspect your garden plants as frequently as possible for discoloration, holes, or other damage. Remove, deadhead or pinch off any diseased areas. Healthy plants can more easily fight off pests.

A Clean Garden Is A Happy Garden

Weeds, grass clippings, leaves and other debris, especially when wet, are attractive to slugs and insects. If you do not give them a place to hide and breed, they will be less likely to stay.

Invite Unwelcome Guests

A great way to keep pests away is to attract or introduce their natural predators to your garden. Depending on the type of pest you are dealing with, you can bring in ladybugs to eat aphids or make your property hospitable to the toads and lizards that eat slugs. Talk to the specialists at your local nursery, who can tell you what creatures should be invited into your garden. 

Put Out A Nice Spread

Creeping pests like slugs, snails and caterpillars move along the ground to get to your plants, so make the approach unpleasant. Sprinkle crushed eggshells or diatomaceous earth beneath your plants to make your garden a sharp, dangerous and unpleasant place for these pests.

But what if your problems are larger? What if voles, woodchucks, gophers, rabbits, moles, or even deer are the pests wreaking havoc in your gardens? 

Shut Them Out

You can make your property less attractive to wildlife by eliminating brush piles and tall grass, where they can hide or nest. Seal off access to spaces underneath your porch, deck, shed or garage. 

Take Their Treats Away

Keep your compost pile covered or sealed to discourage raccoons and clean up (or eliminate) birdseed to discourage squirrels. If you use Milky Spore or beneficial nematodes on your grass to reduce or eliminate grubs, moles and skunks will look elsewhere for food.

Attack Their Senses

You can make your property repellent to four-legged friends by using bad smells, bitter tastes, noises, and scary sights. Put out garlic clips or spray castor oil, predator urine, or other organic compounds that will make your plants seem unappetizing, either by smell or taste. Ultrasonic repellers, motion-activated water sprayers and noise makers will frighten most animals, and visual devices like reflective tape and faux predators also help- just change up these tactics over time pests would not become familiar with them and ignore them.

If none of these techniques work, it is time to consider calling in the professionals.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book review: A House In The Country!

Recently, I have received a lovely design book, A House In The Country from The Vendome Press, authored by Anne Walker and photographed by Eric Piasecki, thanks to Meghan Phillips. 

Here is a sneak peek of some of the gorgeous photos you will find inside this fabulous book!

A House In The Country is truly a visual delight! In this book, renowned architect Peter Pennoyer and his wife, highly sought-after interior designer Katie Ridder tell the story of the conception, design, decoration, and landscaping of their dream home. Besides offering a fascinating insight behind two highly creative individuals, this book is also filled with pages and pages of beautifully illustrated photos, interesting architecture, vibrant interiors and detailed documentation of their collaborative work. Trust me, this book will leave you feeling inspired! 

A highly recommended book for all architecture lovers, design aficionados and gardening enthusiasts! Get your copy here!

*I received  this book to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.