Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cool designer alert- Cecilie Starin!

Introducing talented San Francisco-based designer, Cecilie Starin. With a background as a former fashion designer, a trained fine art painter and an interior design program graduate, she cleverly applies her skills and knowledge to each of her interior design projects. The results? Her designs always exude a fresh, eclectic and refined aesthetic. Intrigued? Let's check out her gorgeous portfolio, shall we?  

The designer: Cecilie Starin

I am totally swooning over her beautiful designs! Her interiors evoke a sense of comfort, timelessness and modern classicism which I really love! The way she juxtaposes classic with contemporary, industrial with refined and East with West in an unexpected, effortlessly chic way is truly delightful and inspiring. I am a huge fan of her work, what about you, my lovelies? Are you drawn to her timeless eclectic style as much as I do?

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Monday, April 24, 2017

A fresh and updated traditional St.Louis home!

This 1919, 6,000-square-foot house in St. Louis is decorated by Amie Corley for a family with three children. The homeowners sought a fresh, contemporary update for their traditional home and want to keep things kid-friendly. They also asked for plenty of color, with blue and white being a favorite combo. Let's find out how Amie tackle this design challenge, shall we?

Photo credit: Ashley Gieseking

Such a bright, beautiful and airy home! By introducing pops of vibrant hues through textiles, wallpapers and accessories in this home, it feels fresh, current and youthful, don't you think? A wonderful mix of classic elements and contemporary furnishings provides a refreshing and delightful twist to this historic abode while touches of wood and brass accents provide warmth to the space. I am truly obsessed with this incredibly gorgeous home, what about you? Are you drawn to this fabulously chic residence as well?

Friday, April 21, 2017

A beautiful, Belgian-style lake cottage in Ontario!

This beautiful lake cottage in Ontario belongs to designer Anne Hepfer. Elevated high above water, this custom home feels like a giant treehouse. With rustic touches, luxurious accents and incredible finds from her travels, this abode is a year-round vacation for her family and friends. Without further ado, let's check out this dreamy retreat, shall we?

Photo credit: Don Freeman

Inspired by modern Belgian design, the designer seeks for an unpretentious, luxurious minimalism design and it really shows in this neutral and monochromatic home, don't you think? A mix of woodsy elements, curated collection of mementos and contemporary furnishings creates a sense of style, warmth and a lived-in feel which I really like. The bright and airy living room with the 20-foot-high wall of windows and amazing view is especially my favorite. Such a chic, comfortable and inviting lake cottage, what's not to love? Any thoughts? 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Favorite room of the week!

This stunning kitchen is designed by Manhattan decorator Nannette Brown. The warmth from the vintage wood table, island and bistro chairs provides a visually delightful contrast against the sleek and modern appliances. The combination of beautiful brass vintage pendant lights and vintage style cabinet evokes a nostalgic feel which I find to be quite charming. Such a gorgeous, timelessly chic kitchen, what's not to love about this space? Are you drawn to this updated classic kitchen as well? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Mikkel Vang

How Can I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Permanently?

This post is written by Quintin Bentley Crevling.

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to remove from your home. They can live on any surface and burrow into your furniture. They sense your body smell and are drawn to you very quickly. The telltale sign of bed bugs are when you get a row of bites that all follow a straight line. These small creatures will suck your blood until they are too fat to walk (up to 200% of their body size), so you are unlikely to have a bed bugs walk great distance to find a new surface to feast. To learn more about exterminating the bed bugs, click here and see what they recommend. If you want to permanently remove these nasty bugs from your home you will need to machine wash all fabric items, treat surfaces they may reside in, and call pest control to thoroughly inspect your home.   

A bed bug’s favorite place to reside in a home is on fabric surfaces such as mattresses, or furniture cushions. These places often provide them warmth and enough human contact to fill their stomachs. Since these bugs can lives on any fabric surface, you will need to machine wash all fabric materials in your home including: clothing, towels, bedding, curtains, and furniture covers. You will want to wash and dry these items on the hottest setting. If you have items that cannot be cleaned on this setting, then you will need to have them professionally steam cleaned, as steam is one of the most effective ways to kill the bugs.

The hardest thing about exterminating bed bugs is that they can live in just about any surface and they are resistant to many pesticides. Bed bugs have developed genes outside of their bodies that detoxifies harmful pesticides. Vacuuming your home will serve as a good first line of defense by sucking up many of the bugs and their eggs. The vacuum may not kill the bugs, so you will want to immediately empty your vacuum outside of your home into a plastic bag that is then tied to prevent them from escaping. You will want to make sure all of your wallpaper is properly glued to the walls, because even the smallest gap can create the perfect home for these nasty bugs.

Bed bugs can thrive in any environment and they breed like their life depends on it. This means that you will have to completely eradicate every last bug or they are going to come back in force. Make sure to have pest control come to inspect your home and spray insecticide in the areas of your home that may house the bugs. A pest control expert will be extremely knowledgeable about the bugs and where they thrive. They will be able to find small crevices in your home that most people would not think to check. Make sure to follow all of the expert’s instructions so you can live pest free!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Featured post- Fabric.com!

Finding a fabric with the right colors and patterns is always a good jumping off point for any design projects. Since I am in the design industry myself, I usually like to start a decorating project with my client's favorite colors so fabrics are one of the first few things that I look for. Needless to say, I am always on the hunt for beautiful, affordable designer fabrics and Fabric.com totally fits the bill!

In fact, it is one of my favorite fabric stores because of its amazing offerings and endless fabric options! The best part about Fabric.com is all their fabrics are neatly categorized so you can find the fabric you want in a snap by narrowing your search through color family, fabric type, fabric pattern, brands and designers, usage, theme, weight, price, etc. I also like that most fabrics come in a few colorways to suit your design needs.

Here are some of my favorite fabrics from their wonderful website!

Aren't these fabrics absolutely stunning? I can already envisioned using these fabrics for window treatments, decorative pillows, upholstery, headboards, ottomans, chair pads, slipcovers, tote bags, makeup bags and many, many more! 

These fabulous fabrics are only a tip of the iceberg from their amazing collection so don't forget to check them out especially if you are shopping for home decor fabric at the moment. Which of the above fabric are you drawn to? I would love to know!

Disclosure: I have received compensation for the publication of this post.