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!


Photo credit: Lesley Unruh


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: 

Monday, February 12, 2018

A designer's beautifully layered and sophisticated California bungalow!

This 1,800-square-foot Arts and Crafts bungalow in Oakland, California gets an update from interior designer Patrick Printy every few years. Using his home that he shares with his partner, Dan Holland as an ever-evolving design laboratory, his current home is a wonderful mix of taupes, blues and greens. Intrigued? Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Björn Wallander

With a soothing palette, a great mix of men's suiting fabrics and patterns ranging from plaids to stripes, this home exudes style, an air of elegance and sophistication. Beautifully layered with warm textures and expertly blended textiles, this abode feels fresh, airy and inviting. Are you drawn to this gorgeous tour as much as I do? I would love to know your thoughts!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Inside a bright, charming and effortlessly chic weekend home in Connecticut!

This gorgeous weekend home in Darien, Connecticut is designed by Ashley Whittaker. Using an enchanting floral wallpaper as the starting point, this abode is transformed into a charming weekend escape. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Read McKendree

A combination of pretty botanical wall coverings, vibrant colors and interesting textiles evokes a bright, delightful and springlike feel in this dreamy abode. Unexpected details such as the floral fabrics found at the back of the dining chairs and the citron welt on the powder room molding provide additional visual interest in the rooms. Chic, beautifully layered and thoughtfully designed, there are so many inspirations to take away from this fabulous tour. My lovelies, any thoughts?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

This gorgeous Newport, Rhode Island living room designed by Ruthie Sommers totally rocks my world! I love how she incorporates classic design with a modern twist to create an interesting dynamic. The way she masterfully mix unexpected prints and unique colors is refreshingly chic. The tiger print ottomans and geometric rug add a sense of style and youthfulness to the eclectic space. Cozy, inviting, beautifully layered and timeless, what's not to love about this inspirational room? What are your thoughts?

Photo credit: William Waldron