Monday, June 18, 2018

Inside a bright and cheery nautical-inspired beach home!

This five-bedroom, 2,118-square-foot raised bungalow-style retreat in Bay Head, New Jersey is reconstructed by designer Susana Simonpietri with the help of contractors for a young family whose beach house was critically damaged during the destructive Hurricane Sandy. By incorporating nautical motifs and punchy hues, this beach home feels relaxing and fun. Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Jacob Snavely

Such a bright, cheery and vibrant home! I like how the designer combined white-painted shiplap, bold hues, polished nickel fixtures and nautical patterns against a crisp white background to create a fresh, youthful and contemporary space. Bleached-wood floors, jute rugs, woven baskets, woven headboard and rope accents provide warmth and coziness to the space. The beautiful breakfast nook and all-white kitchen are especially my favorites! Is there anything that catches your eye as well? Thoughts?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!

Photo credit: Simple As That

A dad is not only someone who provides for his family, he is also a pillar of strength, creating a foundation in the family.

Happy Father's Day to all wonderful dads who have made huge sacrifices for their families! Wishing all dads a marvelous day filled with lots of love, warmth and happiness!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Inside a delightful and colorful Sonoma Valley lake house!

This gorgeous Sonoma Valley Lake House is designed by the talented Ken Fulk for a pair of tech entrepreneurs. Bursting with colors and patterns, it's a visual treat no matter where you look! Without further ado, let's check out this stunning lakeside getaway!

Photo credit: Douglas Friedman

Beautifully layered, well-curated and inviting, this lake house is filled with delightful moments! With a combination of old and new and a few unexpected elements, this unconventional lakeside getaway is fresh and inspirational. The swoon-worthy double story floor-to-ceilings windows, pretty green floral wallpaper and the classic bar in the grand salon are especially my favorites! Are you drawn to anything from this home tour? I would love to know!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

This beautiful room is designed by renowned designer Mark D. Sikes. With a classic color palette of blue and white, this room feels timeless and calm. By incorporating a symmetrical design, it creates stability and a visual balance, making the room feels just right. Stripes and patterns are used to create visual interest while curtains installed just below the molding and tall plants are used to draw the eyes upward, creating the illusion of height. Such a gorgeous, timelessly chic and well-designed room, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: One Kings Lane

Selecting the right HVAC system for your home!

This post is provided by Jesse Hughes.

At some point you will need to replace or add a HVAC system into your home. It does not matter where you live in the country you will appreciate the benefits of a good Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning unit.

But when you come to start looking you will realize that this is a huge decision and one that you want to get right. After all, the system should be in your home for many years to come.

Just follow these steps and you will be sure to get the right system.


Choose a well known and respected manufacturer such as Axiflow. This will ensure you are purchasing a quality product which comes with guarantees and should last you for years.

If you are unsure regarding a manufacturer you can easily check their reputation online, specifically on their website and social media sites.

Know The Ratings

There are 3 main ratings when dealing with HVAC systems:

Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency

This rating shows how efficient the system is. For example, if it has a rating of 70% then the HVAC system is capable of converting 70% of the fuel used into heat or cooling for your home.

The higher the rating the better the system.  The best systems are rated at 98%; it is recommended that you choose one that is offering at least 80%.

Heating Seasonal Performance Factor

Instead of assessing the efficiency of the system this rating relates to the energy efficiency of the heat pups within the system. 

Again the higher the rating the better. A high rating means the pump is very efficient and uses very little energy to power it. You should aim for at least 8. But the best are in the region of 13.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

Again the higher the rating the less energy that is used, this makes it more efficient and more desirable.

You should aim for a HVAC system with at least 14 although the best are 30+!

Your Budget

Of course you need to decide what you can comfortably afford before you commit to a HVAC system. There are two elements to affordability.

The first is the cost of the system to buy and install.

It is worth noting that installation is more complex and costly if you are not replacing an existing system. This is because you will definitely need ducts installed round your home. If you are replacing an existing system it may be possible to use the ducting already in place.

The second is the cost of running the system. Generally the higher the purchase cost the lower the running costs!

The Capacity

You need to know the HVAC system will be effective at heating your home. To do this, you will want to measure the area inside your home and find a system that can comfortably meet this requirement.

It is worth getting a system that does a slightly larger area than your home, this will help to extend its life as it would not be working at full capacity all the time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cool designer alert- Lori Morris!

Introducing the super talented Toronto-based designer, Lori Morris! With a sophisticated, avant-garde edge and a finely tuned approach, her work exudes an unparalleled beauty and luxury. Without further ado, let's check out her extraordinary portfolio, shall we?

The designer: Lori Morris

Photo credit: Lori Morris

Such an impressive portfolio! Whether she is creating a sophisticated room or an ethereal space, her work always exudes beauty, elegance and grandeur! From her portfolio, we can see how this talented designer unleashes her creativity and design prowess by melding bold colors, unique built-ins and intricate details with strong design elements to make each room shines effortlessly. With a meticulous eye for detail, a great eye for color and a flair for visually interesting pieces and finishes, her designs truly stand out! Needless to say, I am a huge fan of her phenomenal work, how about you, my lovelies? Any thoughts?

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