Friday, January 30, 2015

Home tour- A bold and delightful New York apartment!

This beautiful New York apartment is designed by Celerie Kemble and Caroline Irvin of Kemble Interiors for a family with two young children. By incorporating bold colors, interesting textures and unexpected pieces, this home is transformed into a chic and lively abode! Let's take a tour of this fabulous home, shall we?

Photo credit: Simon Upton

Such a delightful home! I really love the amazing furnishings the designer picked for this home. The gorgeous teal leather dining chairs, the purple sink and the kitchen banquette are quite unexpected and refreshing! I am also drawn to the painted kitchen flooring, how charming is that? My favorite room has to be that inviting bedroom with the elegant canopy, what about you? Which room catches your eye? Thoughts?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Favorite room of the week!

This early 1900s Craftman California home belongs to Erin Chan Coffman, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the blog, Honestly WTF. With the help from top One Kings Lane stylist Alex Reid, her living room was transformed in 3 days from bare to beautiful! I love how fresh and stylishly put together this room is. My favorite element is the charming basket adorned with lovely tassels, such an easy and wonderful DIY idea! This living space feels so bright, airy, comfortable and effortlessly chic, what's not to love? I am absolutely inspired by this gorgeous room, what about you? Thoughts? 

Photo credit: Nicole Lamotte

5 Top Home Interior Trends For The New Year!

Everyone wants to have an updated home. With the start of the new year, everyone is scrambling to know the latest trends in home interior. Whether you plan to do big renovations or you want small updates that will improve your home, there will always be something for you to do. Here are the five top home interior trends for the new year:

Colors and paints - One of the ways you can change the way your home looks is by changing the colors. According to Pantone, the color of the year is Marsala (18-1438). However, it would not look as good if splashed all over every single wall. Make it an accent color by using Marsala within the drapes, accessories, and decorations for your home. If you have a wooden-themed home, you are lucky, as Marsala is a good accent for wooden pieces. Other top colors that you can work with this year are grey, olive, and Mediterranean blue.

Sculptural candles – Another design trend this new year is sculptural candles. Candles have always been good decoration accessories to have in different parts of the house. You can add them to a side table, a dining table, or above your fireplace. This year, instead of going for plain-looking candles, try to go for structural candles in different colors and designs. Play with shapes and scents and you will be on your way to have a stylish house that will please you and your visitors.

Window treatments – Get rid of those old curtains and become more fashion forward by adding other window treatments to your home. You can choose from Roman shades, blinds, or even a makeshift shade made out of a blanket. Choose a color that will complement that aesthetics of your home. Adding window treatments will increase the elegance of your home and it is a good alternative to those old curtains.

Spa in your own home – When we talk about the interiors of your home, we must not forget the bathroom. According to the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association, one of the trends this new year is spa-like features in the bathroom. If you have a small bathroom, just add a few pieces that will make your bathroom feel more welcoming. The bathroom is a place of relaxation, so if you want to splurge, go ahead and spend for your bathroom.

Plants in the home – Some people always make it a point to have plants in their home to make it feel more lively and organic. If you are one of those people, the plant for this year is the pencil cactus. It may not have plenty of leaves, but it can make a big impact when you use it as a focal point in one of the rooms in your home.

These are the top 5 home interior trends that you can follow this year in order to update your interiors. If you follow these, you will have a beautiful home that will be the envy of your friends. For more help on the latest trends for your home, check out fashion magazines or consult an interior designer.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cool designer alert- Clare Morton!

Introducing talented London-based designer Clare Morton. In 2012, she established her own design consultancy, Studio Morton after working in the creative and design industries for over 15 years. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and one of her recent projects have been nominated for the What House? Best Interior Award 2014 and in 2013 Clare was filmed for an interview about her own home for the 2013 Housing Design Awards. Let's check out her fabulous portfolio below!

The designer: Clare Morton

Her work exudes an unmistakably easy, warm comfortable charm, sometimes with a contemporary or a bohemian twist but the results are always effortlessly beautiful, don't you think? Are you drawn to her style as much as I do? Thoughts?

For more information regarding her work, please visit

Monday, January 26, 2015

Home tour- A bold and eclectic townhouse in Brooklyn Heights!

This fabulous Brooklyn Heights home belongs to a young couple from California. With the help of talented designer Nick Olsen, the house is transformed into a bold and beautiful abode. Let's check out the results of this mid-1800s townhouse, shall we?

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

Eclectic with an industrial glam vibe, this home is bold and visually exciting! I love how the designer mixes patterns in an unconventional way, injects interesting and unexpected pieces into the same room to make a design statement. My favorite room is the black subway tiled bathroom with the copper fixtures, I found it very chic and stylish! I absolutely enjoy touring this sophisticated home, what about you? Thoughts?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to decorate a Southern California Home!

Southern California homes are stylish, casual, and comfy. Everyone’s design aesthetic is different, but well-decorated homes typically feature open floor plans, clean lines, and are filled with brightness and color. How you decorate your home is going to depend on what style home you have. In general, Southern California has the following property types:

·  Bungalows
·  Beachfront
·  Ranch
·  Mediterranean and Spanish mission
·  Modern contemporary

You will find all of these architectural styles in Southern California: from real estate in San Diego to San Luis Obispo.

How to Decorate a Southern California Arts & Crafts Bungalow

Charles and Henry Greene are the originators of the bungalow. During the early 1900s, the Ohio-native architects were inspired by the arts & crafts movement. They designed the bungalow using natural materials, so it makes sense to decorate similarly. 

Bungalows typically feature covered porches, open floor plans, and manicured gardens. Bungalows are best decorated with hand-crafted furniture, and artistic wall-hangings. Choose paintings that are bohemian in a way, such as the painting of Gustav Klimt.  

How to Decorate a Beachfront Property

In Southern California, there are no shortage of beach houses. There is so many different styles that it is hard to narrow them down. For instance, some beach homes are small, single story homes. Others are expansive mansions. One thing does remain the same - beach homes are typically outfitted with verandas, and feature large windows. Both provide excellent views of the ocean, and large windows allow a lot of natural light into the space. 

Beach homes are best decorated in bright colors, such as white and aqua. Furniture should feature a neutral palate, but you can add brighter colors with accents (just make sure they are in uniform in color).  

How to Decorate a Ranch Style Home

In So-Cal, ranch homes are often referred to as ramblers. These one-story homes often feature plentiful windows and open floor plans. There are a few ways to decorate a ranch home. The rambler style home is very rectangular, so to offset this, choose furniture that features non-linear lines and new shapes. Colors should be natural, but here and there you can throw in something dark or eye-catching. For example, you can paint a room a heather grey, but include bright red accent pillows on the furniture.

How to Decorate Mediterranean and Spanish Mission Style Homes

Mediterranean and Spanish mission homes are easy to spot. They feature terra cotta roofing, and are influenced by Spanish architecture, such as stucco finishing and covered entryways. Walls should be painted in warm, natural colors, such as earthy oranges, sandy brown, and sea green. Mosaic tiles make great backsplashes, and can become focal points in any room (use them around appliances, as well as fireplaces and wood stoves). Finish with hardwood and wrought iron furniture to keep with the Mediterranean theme.

How to Decorate Modern Contemporary Homes

The phrase 'modern contemporary' is rather redundant because both words have the same meaning: new. Despite this, modern contemporary is the name given to So-Cal homes built in the 20th century. These homes are typically decorated in minimalist style, with clean lines and neutral colors. Shades of grey and white are perfect for the walls, and furniture should offset this color palate accordingly. For splashes of color, add plants potted in terra cotta.

How You Decorate is Up to You

This guide is simply to provide you with a jumping off point. When decorating, do not be afraid to allow your natural instincts to take over. It is your space, and you are the one who has to look at it every day, so why not infuse it with your personality? 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Home tour- A comfortably elegant lakefront home!

This 10,000-square-foot lakefront property on Lake Chatuge is designed by Beth Webb for a young family of five with a tight move-in deadline. With the help from an amazing commercial contractor, every mahagony-covered surface from the floors, stone and beams are limewashed in less than 6 months! The results? A beautiful home with a calming and contemporary vibe! Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Emily Jenkins Followill

Such a gorgeous home! With its classic, natural furnishings and a monochromatic palette, this home feels timeless, exuding a sense of comfortably elegance! The mix of warm rustic elements with luxurious textures provides good contrast and great visual interest. I really love the designer's impeccable sense of style and eye for details! I am a fan of this stunning abode, what about you? Is there anything that catches your eye?