Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sponsor- Thank you!

Today, I wanted to take a moment to say a big thank you to my fabulous sponsor:

My Urban Child: Offers an amazing selection of modern and stylish children products, from hundreds of baby products and baby furniture to children's products and children's furniture.

Please visit my sponsor when you get a chance.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Cool products alert- A bag of tricks!

Featuring 'JumpFromPaper', a line of playful and innovative handbags created by Taipei-based design duo, Chay Su and Rika Lin. These bags are unique and one-of-a-kind with cartoon-like outlines and bright cheerful colors. Despite their slim appearance, each bag has a roomy interior to accommodate personal belongings and even a laptop. The idea was born while the two girls were chatting one afternoon. When they got to sketching their dream designer handbag, a surprising idea popped up! They thought it would be amazing if a two-dimensional hand-drawn illustration could come to life as a real bag! Let's take a look!



'First Date'

'Play Hooky'

'Travel Bag'

'Bowling Bag'

'Play Harder'


The designers: Rika and Chay

These girls and so creative and imaginative. I absolutely adore these bags and I think they are so cool and fun, aren't they? Do you adore them as much as I do? Which one is your favorite?

For further details regarding these products and pricing, please visit:

Disclaimer: The author of this blog did not receive any monetary payment or other compensation associated to this particular post.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Home tour- A Swedish inspired home in Dallas, Texas!

Once a dark, two-story Georgian house, this home is now flooded in sunlight and filled with pale
European furnishings. This gorgeous home belongs to designer Shannon Bowers of Dallas, Texas. Inspired by colors of nature, the soft color palettes and understated elegance of painted Swedish furniture and light shades of flooring in many European homes, Shannon created a home that is refined yet unpretentious. Let's take a look.

Shannon's home look cohesive and beautiful with the use of a consistent color palette throughout the house. The result is a home that feels cozy, inviting and calming. What are your thoughts? Which room are you most drawn to? Are you a fan of this decorating style?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mood board- Sexy and sophisticated living room!

When I think of a bachelor pad, I always think of a sexy, stylish and sophisticated space. And what better way to create a sexy place for a guy than using moody dark walls to create a sense of mystery and intrigue?

So, to get started on my mood board, I selected a geometric wallpaper in a dark gray followed by a handsome brown leather sofa with clean lines. In either side of the sofa, I incorporated two stylish and sturdy gold side tables with a basket weave detail to add interest. To create contrast against the dark walls and other "heavier" furniture pieces, I selected two sphere-based table lamps with white shades to lighten things up. 

Next, I picked a round elegant gold mirror as a focal point for the room. The repeated shape of the round mirror and the sphere table lamps helps to create a sense of cohesion. To keep things lighter and airier, I decided to bring in a glass rectangular coffee table with a subtle pattern that mimics the look of the wallpaper. A green tufted leather chair is chosen for a splash of color and a cow hide rug was selected to ground the overall design.

What are your thoughts on my design? Would you create something similar for a bachelor's living room? When you think of a bachelor pad, would you immediately think of sexy and sophisticated as well?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Home tour- A graceful New Jersey brownstone!

With graceful curves and classic lines, this gorgeous home feels elegant and inviting. Do you love this home as much as I do? Which piece caught your eye? Any favorite room?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!

Whether your Christmas celebration is

Casual or


Glamorous or 


I hope you have a fun and joyous time during this special time of the year !

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a joyous new year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

My Dream Wish List!

Yesterday I had so much fun compiling a wishlist for things I like for $30 and under. Today, I am going to share with you another wishlist. This time it is my dream wish list, things I wish I had but couldn't afford. A girl can dream, right? If my hubby is reading this and decided to be super generous, I am more than happy to receive any of the items below for Christmas, on Valentine's Day, on my birthday or during our anniversary. I am flexible and easy to please, I know. :)

3. Lacquered Boxes (Orange & Black Trim): $325 (set of 3) $90-$140 (sold separately)

5. "George II" Chandelier: $1,495 (small) $1,795 (large)

7. X-Bench: $595

Which one is your favorite? Are you swooning over these fabulous goods as well?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas decor around our home!

I have been very late to the Christmas decorating party, I know. I wasn't ready to decorate my home for the holidays initially because my goal is to finish decorating the master bedroom first before everything else. Since we wanted hardwood floors for our master bedroom, we are still shopping for the right kind of flooring. The selection process is not easy because my taste and my husband's are so vastly different (he thinks honey oak floors are wonderful and there's nothing wrong with it). Not that there is something wrong with honey oak floors, I just prefer ebony/ dark chocolate brown wood floors for a more seamless look. The ironic thing is, our home is covered in these flooring. Yes, we can always restain them but it is not going to happen anytime soon because it is out of our budget.

So, at the mean time, while blog hopping and looking for holiday decorating inspirations for my blog, I felt so inspired by all the gorgeous Christmas decorations that I decided to go for it. And so, here is it!

Before we look at some holiday decor pictures, let's check out my super duper easy makeover with my preserved boxwood. I got each one for $13.90 each at Meijer, which is a total steal. On average, this sells for over $30. I saw similar ones at Restoration Hardware for $50 each and $20 each at Home Goods.

There is a reason I got such a great deal. As usual, while grocery shopping at Meijer every weekends, I love to browse at their selection of greenery and flowers. One day I spotted these. I have a habit of checking out the price for everything, okay, not everything, just mostly things I love. I looked everywhere even the bottom of the pot but I found no price tag.

I went to one of the employees and it took about 10 minutes before one of them decided each one of this gorgeous preserved boxwood sells for $13.90. I was so happy when I heard that, I actually bought three of them. I only used a pair for my Christmas decor.
This is how it looks when I first got it. It's very similar to the Restoration Hardware version, isn't it? I plan to put it on my fireplace mantel but it would blend too much with the stone. I always like a good contrast when it comes to decorating. So, I decided to get another vase to put it in.

I went to Ikea and found this fabulous vase for just $2.99 each. (I bought a pair of red ones for the holidays and a pair of white ones for regular days) Gotta love Ikea for their amazing prices! It fits perfectly, but do you see anything wrong with this picture? Yup, you still get a glimpse of the original flower pot and it doesn't look that great!  It's time for improvisation! 

My first thought is to get a ribbon to tie around the two flower pots to hide the "flaws". And how festive is this ribbon? I got it from Michael's for just $1.90 during their pre-holiday sales. Unfortunately, it wasn't like regular ribbon, it was like those plasticky,  disposible table cloth material. It was a tricky material to work with. Let's just say it took me 10 minutes to tie a somewhat presentable bow. (You can see a little wrinkle on the bow if you look closely enough, I don't remember how many times I tied and untied that bow, urgh! Anyway, ta-dah! The final look I was looking for!

Now, let's check out some holiday decor around my home. Oh, by the way, I switched my "stand-ins" fashion prints for a white faux deer head. I know many people like those prints, I love them too but I don't think they are ideal for the fireplace. For your convenience, I will include a picture before the switch to refresh your memory. You can read more about it here.

I always thought the ideal object to hang on my stone fireplace is either a mirror or a deer head. I have been wanting one of these deer heads since I first saw them at Z Gallerie a while ago. But I am not ready to part with $250 for this. So, I waited till the Thanksgiving sale and I got it for 20% off. The total is $200 plus tax. These large white lacquer deer heads are now on sale for $200, so grab it while it lasts. There is a whole collection of these faux animal heads at Z Gallerie but I picked this one because I love the sculptural look of the antlers and the scale is right for my fireplace!


I will let the rest of the pictures do the talking because I have been quite wordy today. If you let me go on, I will discuss all the deals I find and this post will never be up! :) 

Have fun viewing the pictures!

Our unlit Christmas tree.

 Our Christmas tree during the day.

Our Christmas tree during the night.

Do you like my holiday decor? I hope you enjoy this little tour of my living room during the Christmas season. Truth to be told, this is actually the first year that I go "all out" with the Christmas decorations. I have been collecting the ornaments and holiday decor over the years, though. Next year, I plan to decorate my dining area with a nice table setting for the holiday season. Do you have any last minute Christmas decorations to share as well? I would love to see it!

By the way, I am linking this post to Cottage & Vine. I hope you have fun checking out other fun and beautiful holiday tours, too.