Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

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

Photo credit: Zen Brush

Photo credit: Irangilaneh

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

Friday, February 5, 2016

Home tour- Hollywood celebrities Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber's gorgeous New York City apartment!

This gorgeous New York City apartment belongs to Hollywood celebrities Naomi Watts and husband, Liev Schreiber that they share with their two sons. With the help from design firm Ashe+Leandro, this Manhattan artist's loft is transformed into an inviting and stylish abode. Let's check out this fabulous home, shall we?

Photo credit: Douglas Friedman

I can't stop admiring this bright and airy home! Visually delightful, eclectic and effortlessly chic, there's just so much to be inspired by this beautiful home. I enjoyed this home tour tremendously, what about you? Do you love this stunning abode as much as I do? Your thoughts?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Favorite room of the week!

This classically beautiful kitchen is designed by Barbara Westbrook for a South Carolina home. I love the contrast between the warm wood elements and the shiny cold appliances. The gorgeous island and the marble backsplash are the icing on the cake! Timeless, thoughtfully designed and effortlessly chic, this is absolutely my dream kitchen. What are your thoughts?

Photo credit: Björn Wallander

What to do if your toilet is blocked?

If your toilet is flushing really slowly, is not clearing properly, or even worse, is not clearing at all, you obviously need to solve the problem quickly. If you do not take action as soon as the problem starts then it is only going to get worse. Find out what is causing the problem, and make sure your toilet is back in full working order as soon as possible.

On many occasions you will be able to resolve the problem yourself. If this does not happen then you will need to contact experienced professionals for help; learn more here

Here is what to look for and what action to take if you want to try and return your toilet to full function yourself before calling in the experts.

Is your toilet definitely blocked?

First, you need to be sure that the problem is a blockage. If your toilet is flushing slowly it may be because there is not enough water in the toilet tank. You will need to lift the lid on the tank to check this. There may be an indicator on the side of the inside of the tank to show you where the water level should be. If there isn’t, you need to check the water is approximately half an inch below the vertical pipe in the center of the tank. If the water is too low you simply need to adjust either the ballcock or fill valve.

If the water level is fine, and you discover that there is a blockage in your toilet there are actions you can take to resolve the situation.

How to resolve a blockage?

The easiest way of attempting to clear a blockage in your toilet is by using a plunger. One useful tip, if you do not have a plunger is to grab a mop, a coat hanger or a similar object, and securely tie a plastic bag over the end. This homemade device has the same effect as a plunger.

If you are not able to clear the blockage then it may be that a toilet auger is required. This usually happens when something has been accidentally flushed down the toilet, and is stuck. An auger has a flexible cable which you are able to send down the drain. This sturdy cable can dislodge any items that are stuck, and leave you with a clear toilet.

If you do not have this tool, you may want to call a plumber to take a look at the problem. One thing you should never do is just ignore the problem. If it is not flushing as it normally does then something is causing the issue. If you do not take steps to remedy the situation then it is only going to get worse, and you could be left with an overflowing toilet. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cool designer alert- Anthony Baratta!

Introducing celebrated New York-based interior designer, Anthony Baratta. Baratta began his design career over 30 years ago after graduating from Fordham University with a degree in art history. Partnering with William Diamond, they established their design firm, Diamond Baratta Design. Thanks to their colorful and luxurious interiors, the design duo quickly became media sensations, gracing the cover of over 40 luxury shelter and lifestyle publications including Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Veranda, etc. He has also been honored with numerous awards and accolades for his brilliant work. Upon the retirement of his partner, he now carries on the work of the firm with his new company Anthony Baratta. I can't wait to share his jaw-dropping portfolio with you, let's take a look, shall we?

The designer: Anthony Baratta

Isn't his work amazing? I really love it when a designer pushes the envelope! His bold, layered, versatile and exciting designs are so inspiring. 

There's always an especially delightful and unexpected detail in every room he creates, don't you think? I am particularly drawn to the charming room with the tartan wallpaper tucked in between the rustic wood beams and the beautiful treillage shower enclosure. 

I can't get my eyes off his swoon-worthy interiors, what about you? Are you a fan of his award-winning designs as well? Thoughts?

For more information about the designer and his work, please visit: