Monday, September 26, 2016

Inside Christian Siriano's bright and colorful Connecticut home!


This beautiful Connecticut home belongs to Project Runway winner turned popular fashion designer, Christian Siriano that he shares with his husband, Brad Walsh. Since it was a getaway home, Christian decided to decorate it in a way he normally wouldn't; to make it super bright and colorful. Let's check out the results, shall we?












Photo credit: Alec Hemer

This layered, collected and cheery abode is quite the eye candy, don't you think? I love how lively and vibrant it feels! He definitely has a great sense of style and a flair for mixing colors and patterns. I truly enjoyed this fun and inspiring home tour, what about you? Are you a fan of bold, colorful interiors or otherwise? Your thoughts?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Inside Sophia Bush's chic and cozy Los Angeles cottage!


This beautiful Los Angeles cottage belongs to actress Sophia Bush. With the help from interior designer Alexander Reid and the stylists from The Studio at One Kings Lane, her Hollywood Hills home is transformed from outdated to gorgeous. Let's check out the results of the makeover, shall we?















Photo credit: Joe Schmelzer

The exposed wood beams, the vaulted ceiling and the wide windows are such wonderful features in this bright and airy cottage. I really love how the designer and stylists thoughtfully incorporated a mix of midcentury furnishings with contemporary and eclectic pieces to create a fresh, layered and collected vibe. There is so much visual interest and delightful pieces in this chic and cozy home no matter where you look! What are your thoughts?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Favorite room of the week!


This gorgeous bedroom designed by the talented Marie Flanigan absolutely rocks my world! I really love how bright and airy this space feels! The high ceilings and the reclaimed wood ceiling with the charming beams are some of my favorite elements in this room. Using timeless, clean-lined furnishings, subtle textures and a neutral palette with an occasional pop of color, this beautiful bedroom exudes warmth, serenity and understated elegance all at once. This is the perfect sanctuary for me, what about you? Your thoughts?



Photo credit: Marie Flanigan Interiors

What to look out for when hiring a maid service in Houston!


This post is provided by Yunas.

Living and working in Houston is incredible. Whichever sector you are involved in, getting home to a heap of dirty dishes, clothes and surfaces can be a terrible thing to find. Imagine coming back to a clean and inviting home. Wouldn't it be wonderful for the body and the mind? What you need is to get in touch with an organization that provides maid service in Houston. Now you do not have to worry about having visitors popping in any time. 

There are a number of companies providing maid services but how do you find the best maid service in Houston? We highlight what you should check out for before settling on a maid service provider. 

Professionals

It is important to note that not everyone can clean. Cleaning is one thing but getting the right results is another. Work with a professionally trained team of experts if you are looking to have your expectations met. In any line of profession, normally the professionals have the needs of their clients at heart. While looking up for a maid service cleaner, be certain to get a provider who is up to the task of ensuring he or she keeps your home sparkling clean. 

Green Products

Cleaning products contain a lot of chemicals which in one way or another may harm you. Using eco-friendly products will go a long way towards ensuring that your well-being is in check. A good maid service provider is one that not only ensures your house is clean but also one that uses green products leaving your home smelling great and with no harmful toxic chemicals. 

Cost Friendly

In the hunt for the best maid service in Houston, you most certainly meet various providers with different packages. Unfortunately, some are normally after the money rather than customer satisfaction. Remember cheap is not always best. Always scrutinize your findings before settling for one whose services will match up with the value being paid for. 

Insured Technicians

Go for a provider who has fully insured his or her employees. This is because you never know what might crop up during the line of duty. Not working with an insured individual will most definitely cost you a lot of money and your precious time. If anything, you are looking to spread your risks rather than amass a pool of them.

Availability

Availability is an important aspect in this field. In the event of impromptu visitors, you should be in a position to get hold of your service provider. Like any other business, communication is of the essence. 

Houston is the place to find anything and everything, even the best maid service providers. Good luck in your pursuit! 

*I have received compensation for the publication of this post.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cool firm alert- The Design Co!


Introducing The Design Co, a Toronto-based design firm specializing in private residences. Their design approach is combining classic design principles with a modern edge. Without further ado, let's check out their gorgeous portfolio, shall we?
























The designers.

Such stunning spaces! Fresh, effortlessly pulled together, timeless and elegant all at the same time, these rooms are beautifully designed with great style and pizzazz! I am in awe of their talents, what an inspirational portfolio! Are you drawn to their work as much as I do?

For more information about this firm, please visit: http://www.thedesignco.ca/.

Turning an extra bedroom into an at-home office or study!


This post is provided by Melissa Frank.

Whether the kids have moved out leaving you with some extra bedroom space, or you have always had that one room that is sat unused (besides housing the occasional guest,) turning an extra space into a usable home office or study is always worth the investment. 

The Color Palette

Take color very seriously as you redesign your guest bedroom into the office or study of your dreams. If you are looking to craft a space that is all about reflective calm, stick to cool grays, blues, and greens. If you need a home office that is going to spark those creative fires, consider a brighter color, like orange or red. Do not underestimate the power of a good coat (or two) of paint. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to transform a new space, and sometimes the shift in color can help inspire the rest of your design structure and plan.

Lighting 

Whether you plan to use the space for serious work or pleasure reading, you will need the right lighting. Use varied levels of light to best fit your needs no matter the time of day. A floor lamp in the corner could provide the perfect ambiance for curling up with an old book, while the right overhead lighting can help you remain focused on the documents you have drawn up for a new client. Check out the lighting options at a site like LightingIncOnline.com

Furniture

The furniture in your new home office or study should be all about comfort. It is also important to consider your aims for the room. Are you creating a space where you can read the morning paper in peace or catch up on all of your favorite literature? Perhaps you are looking to create a functional home office that ups your productivity levels. If it is the former, it is important to look for tailored but plush recliner-style chairs that will keep you cozy and snug while you take in your favorite literature. If it is the latter, look for an ergonomic office chair that will keep your back aligned and your feet firmly planted on the ground while you work away. This will not only improve your posture, but also render you able to focus longer. 

Remain Organized

Although a home office can be the perfect way to still get your hours in without actually heading into the office, working from home can be very distracting. Add clutter to that distraction and you have a recipe for disaster. Cutting down on distraction means getting rid of clutter and staying as organized as possible. Keep work space as clear as possible, filling drawers with organizers to keep all those knick knacks in line, and use vertical shelving to take up as little floor space as possible. Keeping organized will also ensure little hands do not get into anything they are supposed to- after all, working at home means your kids may have access to all of those important documents that should be kept hidden. If you have kids or pets, it is especially important to keep cords contained and tucked away to avoid any dangerous situations. 

The Décor

Do not forget the accents in your new space. Whether you are looking to put in a few extra work hours in on the weekends or utilize your transformed space as a relaxing hangout space, decorations are important and provide the personality that makes any room feel more inviting. If you are looking to incorporate warmth, consider a unique bookshelf filled with all of your favorite titles. If you are looking to craft an at-home office, keep the clutter to a minimum. Seek out statement art pieces that will spur your creativity, and keep decorative objects small and refined. Sites like TouchofModern.com offer modern, refined décor items that serve practical purposes, and look great simultaneously. 

Transforming an old guest bedroom into an updated study or home office is probably a lot easier than you think. Keep these tips in mind and turn that extra space into something you will get plenty of use from as the years go on. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Anthropologie's founder boho chic home!


Many of us adore the unique and charming home offerings from Anthropologie but have you wondered how the founder really lives? Wonder no more! Check out this Tudor beach house in New Jersey, designed by Colleen Barshaw for Scott Belair, the cofounder of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie now!












Photo credit: Maura McEvoy

This home absolutely exudes the quirky, boho chic that Anthropologie is known for, don't you think? Every room is an explosion of colors, textures and bold patterns, which I find particularly refreshing and inspiring! Did you notice the interesting sisal rug installment on the entryway wall and the fabulous vintage lace-fronted armoire? Those are some of my favorite moments from this tour. I am also drawn to the relaxed, eclectic living room and the effortlessly stylish kitchen. Such an awesome, beautifully layered, bohemian chic abode, what's not to love? Your thoughts?