Friday, May 31, 2013

Home tour- A stylist's creative and beautiful Madrid home!

This beautiful three-story home in the mountain of Madrid belongs to stylist, Dafne Vijande that she shares with her husband and her four children. When photographing or decorating homes for magazines, she often uses lots of patterns and strong colors. In her own home, she prefer to decorate using soft, soothing colors. She created this stunning home with her husband, Carlos Arriaga, a painter and a photographer. Let's check out their stunning home below! 

I really enjoy this home tour. The decor feels fresh, relaxed and filled with creative inspirations. My favorite rooms are the inviting patio and the eclectic living room. Which room are your drawn to?  

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Home tour- A young family's refined Connecticut retreat!

This beautiful Connecticut weekend retreat is designed by designer Thom Filicia for a young stylish family. Let's take a look at this elegant home below!


Relaxed and sophisticated, this home exudes style and refinement. I really love the way the designer mixes patterns and textures. The living room and bedroom are my favorites. Which are yours?

Guest post- The Swinging Sixties!

The swinging sixties - if you can't remember them, you were not there. There is always been something special about the decade. Many of the icons of the period remain household names today, such as Audrey Hepburn and John Lennon.

Sixties homes were colorful and fun. In keeping with the overall party spirit, there were places to chill out with friends and family. The sixties was a time when houses started to shrink and open plan living was adopted to make the most of these smaller spaces. 

Wood was taken off the floors and on to the walls and ceiling. Floors were the place for thick, shag pile carpets, which were warm and comfortable to lounge on. They were also the place for bean bags and scatter cushions, which were ideal for lounging or as extra seating for unexpected guests. 

In terms of furniture, plastic was the material of the decade. Vernon Panton's iconic S chair was a sensation when it was released in 1960 as was the Eames Lounge chair in 1961. They were followed by the egg chair and its close relative the hanging pod chair. While these chairs were popular for general seating, dining chairs tended to be more compact and usually had one central leg on top of a wide base for support. This was also a common feature of dining tables. Other types of furniture were influenced by the new “flat-pack” trend. 

Many a sixties husband found himself assembling another piece of 1960s culture (which remains popular), the hostess trolley. After his efforts, he might well have felt himself in need of a rest on his water bed. Although the sixties is often remembered as an ultra-modern period, it actually took a lot of inspiration from the past, in particular art nouveau. 

The key to sixties style was the playful way these influences became reinterpreted. Hence the stylized forms of art nouveau met with the rebelliousness of Dadaism to become the pop art of Warhol and Hockney. At the same time the scientific progress made in the area of optics in the 1950s and 1960s along with the sixties' fashion for Psychedelia combined to form the pop art of Riley. 

There are plenty of paintings to buy online for those who would like a piece of sixties style at a more affordable price. Some of them are also good investments for the future. Buying a piece of art can either enhance an overall sixties look or else provide a sixties reference to another interior scheme.

Jerry Seguin: ©Jerry Seguin

Lighting is another way to channel the sixties look. The mesmerizing lava lamp is a sixties icon which has managed to stand the test of time. As well as still being made, there are plenty of good quality restored lamps available. 

Neon fiber optic lamps which change color are another sixties classic. An alternative approach is to look for lights and light fittings which reference the exotic destinations of the period, particularly India and Morocco. 

There is plenty of inspiration online for those looking for ways to create a sixties look and the period is often effectively portrayed in films and on TV, for example on the current hit program Mad Men.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A product review- Uncommon Goods!

I am thrilled to collaborate with Uncommon Goods again for another product review. You can check out my previous review here.

Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. Uncommon Goods provides shoppers thousands of fun, quirky, cool and one-of-a-kind products such as home and garden products, women's jewelries and accessories, home office items, children's toys, puzzles and more. 

Below are some of my favorite products from their website.

Aren't these products fantastic? You can check out other unique home decor and garden products here.

Honestly, I had a hard time picking out an item for this review because I have so many favorites. In the end, I picked the reclaimed teak wood rain ducks because they brought a smile to my face.

I decided to put these adorable ducks on my dresser.



Aren't these the cutest thing you have ever seen? I am absolutely in love with my adorable wooden ducks! These whimsical duckies instantly freshen up my dark dresser with its bright, happy colors. These delightful wooden ducks are in great quality. They are beautifully hand-carved from recycled bamboo and reclaimed teak wood. The fun and well-made yellow rain gear is an added bonus. They are also completely removable so you can switch things up once in a while. I couldn't be more pleased with this product! 

*I received this product to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Do you like them as well? Have you added something whimsical in your home recently?

Don't forget to check out Uncommon Goods when you get a chance for unique birthdays gifts and gifts for special occasions. You are bound to find something fun and special for anyone in any age group. 

By the way, Father's Day is around the corner. If you need some cool gift ideas for dad, go here. Happy shopping!