Monday, June 30, 2014

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Home tour- A stylish and glamorous Soho loft!

This stylish Soho loft is decorated by Michael Adams for the former president of marketing for Walt Disney Studios Worldwide.

 Photo credit: Nicholas Calcott

Such a gorgeous home! I am definitely drawn to the beautiful master bedroom and the fabulous bathrooms. I also like the large artwork by the entryway and how the books are arranged by colors. Have you noticed the delightful butterfly towel? I can't get my eyes off it. It's from Missoni and retails for $299 (gulp)! 

Spacious, stylish, luxurious with glamour touches, what's not to like about this home, yes? Thoughts?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Protecting Your Home -- Inside and Out!

You probably spent a great deal of time, energy and money to get your home perfect. Maybe you worked with a well-known interior designer to create a unique, cozy atmosphere; or perhaps you went to countless furniture stores across the state to find the right pieces for your space.

At the end of the day, you put your heart and soul into designing your home; and after all your hard work, the last thing you need is someone intruding on your space and taking your valuables. But unfortunately home burglaries are extremely common — regardless of who you are and where you live.

Even if nothing bad ever happens on your block or within your community, there is a first time for everything. Therefore, it is only smart to take the necessary precautions to protect your home.

1. Home insurance

A home burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. And during these invasions, the typical homeowner “loses nearly $2,000 in stolen goods or property damage.” A homeowner’s insurance policy is the best way to soften the blow from a home invasion. And if you do not own your property, look into renter’s insurance. Compare prices among different companies ensures the best premium. The right home insurance coverage policy can provide you peace of mind as well as the money you need to repair or replace your home and/or belongings,” says Mills Insurance.

2. Security System

For less than $40 a month, you can have a monitored security system from one of many trusted security providers. A security system not only deters thieves and keeps your home safe, it also protects your family from other dangers, such as fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

3. Window Treatment

I am always amazed by the number of people who do not have blinds or drapes. You might feel that these home accessory pieces take away from your beautiful decor. However, it is easy for someone to peek into your house at night if you do not install blinds or drapes. Intruders can case your home and see what you have, which ultimately increases your risk of a home invasion. 

4. Motion sensor lights

Outdoor motion sensor lights not only add to your amazing landscaping, it is also a safety measure to protect your home from burglary. If an intruder steps foot on your property, motion sensor lights illuminate, potentially scaring away the intruder and alerting you to potential danger.

5. Prune your shrubs

Your focus might be on maintaining an impressive interior, but keeping a close eye on your exterior also keeps your property safe. Thieves look for any way to break into a home, and if bushes and shrubs are planted too close to a window, they might hide behind these as they work to pry open a window. Therefore, keep your shrubs pruned to eliminate potential hiding places.

6. Do not advertise new purchases.

Whether you buy a new flat screen television or new appliances, do not leave boxes at your curb. Use a box cutter to tear down boxes, and then take these to a public dump area. Leaving these boxes in plain sight makes you an easy target.

7. Solid wood or steel doors.

If your front and back doors are hollow, it will be much easier for an intruder to break down the door. Gradually switch out these doors for a solid wood or steel door.

8. Inside timer lights

If you are going away for more than a day, use inside timer lights to make it look as if someone is at home. You can set lights to turn on at a certain time in the early evening, and then off during the late night hours.

This is your home and it is your responsibility to protect it. Thieves are clever and they know an easy target when they see one. But if you take the necessary safety measures, you can keep your home, its contents and your family safe.

Guest-post- Decorating with Patterned Bathroom Tiles!

In a bathroom many people are tempted to adopt a pristine white theme. White is a color we associate with cleanliness and it has the added advantage of being reflective to give the impression of more space in the room.  But is there an alternative?

Patterned tiles can give a room a sense of your own style.  When you are treating yourself to some relaxation time in the tub it is great to be able to feel comfortable and secure in your own little haven.  A totally plain, stark white environment can feel a little impersonal and sterile.

The Magic of Morocco

Moroccan styling is right on trend and it gives you the opportunity of making plenty of quirky additions to your bathroom. You can treat yourself to some specifically designed Moroccan themed tiling; a small taste of Moorish architecture in your home. If you are going with this look there are plenty of options to accessorize across the theme. 

Instead of using candles around your tub why not try out some Moroccan styled tea lights, a real touch of exotic.  You can even go African with your fittings, faucets with ornate golden Moroccan stylings are a great way to go. 

What Size and Style Should you use?

You may not be a fan of the Moroccan theme, that is fine but what style should you adopt and in what size tile? You want to express yourself in the style you choose so do not be afraid to go for it, you can learn more here. That being said if you have a small bathroom very intense fussy patterns can make the space feel even smaller. Likewise dark colors can purvey a claustrophobic feel. Tiles with a brighter, wider, less intense pattern will add some color and interest without making the space seem even smaller. 

It is also a good idea to use small tiles in a small bathroom, they are easier practically as they do not need so much cutting, and they do not dwarf the size of the room. Conversely, if you are lucky enough to have a luxuriously large bathroom you can be big and bold in both the size of the tiles and the theme.

Should I go for an all-over Pattern?

Some of this is down to personal taste, but remember that a small space can look overly busy with a lot of pattern going on. Black and white may seem simple but it can be ideal for keeping a clean and classic style while still putting your own stamp on the room. 

Another option is to spot your patterned tiles around the room, and use plain tiles for the remainder. If you are going to do this it is a good idea to choose a color from the design and to select plain tiles in a shade that complements this color. 

For a design in moderation, and if you want to keep clean and simple for the majority of the bathroom space, pattern the backsplash areas around your units; a great way to add a little uncomplicated style. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Home tour- Pamela Anderson's contemporary Malibu beach house!

This fabulous 2,700-square-foot Malibu Beach House belongs to Pamela Anderson, yup, you have heard it right, the popular Hollywood celebrity! Currently, she intended to sell her three-bedroom, three-bath house for a whopping $7.75 million! For just $27,5000 per month, you may also opt to rent this gorgeous contemporary abode to impress your friends! Any takers?

Photo credit: Chris Cortazzo

Such a stunning home! I am especially drawn to its beautiful, modern architecture, its light and clean decor, the ginormous windows and the blonde teak floors. I also love the nice flow between the indoors and outdoors. This is definitely a dream home for me, what about you? Is there anything that catches your eye from this amazing tour?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Favorite room of the week!

This is such a fabulous home office! I really like the combination of warm colors, rustic elements and industrial pieces. The different textures of hard and soft surfaces and effortless styling make this space much more visually appealing. Gender-friendly, stylish and timeless, I can definitely envision this space shared by a couple or between two people of the opposite gender. What do you think? Are you drawn to this room as much as I do?

Photo credit: Trevor Tondro

Guest post- Unlocked Mailboxes Can Expose You to Identity Theft!

Identity theft strikes fear into the heart of almost everyone. Whether this theft occurs online or through paper documents, stopping the theft and then preventing further violations can be time consuming and costly in more than one way. And, did you know that identity theft can originate in unlocked mailboxes? You assume the check you are mailing is safe.However, in 2012, 85% of victims of identity theft cited fraudulent use of existing account information, such as credit cards or bank account information. This type of information can be easily obtained from stolen mail. So, what are the best ways to prevent identity theft in the first place? Here are ways to protect yourself and your mail from theft.

Money in the Mail

You might think that there is no harm in slipping a five-dollar bill in a card, but it is a good rule of thumb to never send cash in the mail. It is easily taken and untraceable.

However, many send money through the mail as a means of payment for an assortment of bills. If you decide to opt out of electronic payments, be sure to use checks or money orders to pay those utility bills and mortgage payments. Using this method, you will be able to track when the check is cashed and both are more difficult for a thief to cash. If you happen to be on the receiving end, and you are expecting a check or other valuable in the mail and it is taking longer than expected to arrive, contact the issuing agency immediately. In order to stop or prevent identity theft, a stop may need to be put on a particular check or an account might need to be frozen. If there is a breach, the sooner this is done, the better.

Location of the Mail

As mentioned above, many people still pay their bills by mailing checks. While this is a traditional — and completely acceptable means of making a payment — it is imperative that any mailed check be sent through a mail slot or box at the local post office, via a locked mailbox or handed directly to a mail carrier. In contrast, placing a check in an open mailbox will leave you vulnerable to identity theft.

You also want to make sure that mail sent to you arrives at your current address. So, if you move, it is important to immediately notify your post office and anyone you do business with that you have a new mailing address. This will help avoid any sensitive materials falling into the hands of those living at your previous address.

Timing of the Mail

If you do use an unlocked mailbox, like the ones attached to homes or at the end of driveways, be sure to promptly remove any mail after each delivery. This is especially important if you are expecting checks, credit cards or other negotiable items. If you would not be home when the items are expected, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail and hold it until you can retrieve it from them.

If you are going on vacation or will be away from your home for an extended amount of time, have your local post office hold your mail. You will then be able to collect it from the post office when you return. This will not only keep your mail safe but will also prevent passers-by from noticing that you are away due to the accumulation of mail in your box.

Another option is to install a locked mailbox, allowing only those with a key to retrieve the contents. Multi-mailbox units, similar to those used at apartment complexes, as well as single locked mailboxes can be purchased at You can also consult with your local postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.

But you do not have to fight mail theft alone. You can also partner with your neighbors to start a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other's mailboxes as well as homes when you or others are away. And, if you do observe a mail thief, be sure to call the local police immediately, and then call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455.

While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are steps you can take to prevent it and lessen your vulnerabilities. So, be sure to mail all sensitive materials through locked or official post office mailboxes and look into installing a locked mailbox at your home to protect items you are receiving.

About the Author: Dave Vincent is an expert on identity theft and knows that locked mailboxes are safer for you and your mail. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A chic and colorful new London hotel!

Check out Firmdale Hotel's new London property, Ham Yard Hotel, designed by Kit Kemp, one of the owners of the hotel. This is a fabulous hotel tour you don't want to miss!

Photo credit: Firmdale Hotels

Using lots of textures, bold prints and vibrant colors, this stunning hotel reminds me of a gorgeous home, which is the reason why I find this hotel so appealing. I am particularly drawn to the refreshing lobby area, beautiful library and the stylish bathrooms. Other things that caught my eyes are the chic geometric headboard, the pretty floral wallpaper and the colorful artwork. Quite an inspiring hotel, don't you think? Thoughts?