Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Product review- products!

Lately, I was contacted by if I would like to receive some products to try. After checking out their wonderful website, I immediately agreed because frankly, I can't believe they offer so many things I needed! (even though I not a student living in a dorm anymore) :)

If you are unfamiliar, is a college dorm supplies superstore and provides the widest selection of college dorm essentials at the lowest price. Honestly, I can't believe my eyes when I saw their low prices for some of the things that other stores sell for so much more! The best part is they offer shipping for only $2.95 on your entire order, how fantastic! 

I love so many of the fabulous and nifty items they offer on their website. Below are some of my favorites! 

College students or not, the items above are super cool to have, don't you think? Honestly, I can easily find 50 items from their website that I wanted for myself! :)

For today's review, I have selected these fabulous products!

First item: 

I am in love with my gorgeous dorm trunk! The hardware and details are simply beautiful. Measuring at 29" L x 20" W x 14" H, it is huge and spacious. I also like that it comes in 2 wheels so you can transport your items in the trunk easily. I am planning to use it to store my seasonal clothing or shoes. College students can use this trunk as a temporary coffee table or a side table. With its stylish good looks and multi-functional capability, this white trunk is a winner in my book!

Second item:

I am someone who always feel cold when I am sleeping so this comforter is a godsend! Not only does the material feels super soft and plush, it provides me with the warmth that I needed for a good night's sleep (this coming from someone who use two blankets and a comforter on a daily basis, not kidding). In fact, this is the warmest comforter I have ever used in my life! If you are always feeling cold or live in a cold region like me, this comforter might be the one you are looking for!

Third item:

This table top ironing board is absolutely wonderful! With its compact size, it is ideal for small spaces and convenient enough for ironing a few items of clothing. Quality wise, it is sturdy, well padded and well-constructed. I especially like the iron rest it comes with so you can easily put your hot iron in a safe place when it's not in use. I also like that an over the door hook is provided with the ironing board for easy storage. Such a well-designed product, I highly recommended it for small spaces and dorm use!

Fourth item:

I love my new steam iron because it gives me a lot of ironing options with its variable steam control and heat setting adjustment. I like that I can dry or steam iron my clothing, depending on how wrinkled my item of clothing is. When the heat indicator light turns red, it means the iron is ready for action! I especially like the steam option because it helps get rid of the wrinkles fast! It also comes with a small measurement cup for filling up the water tank conveniently if you are using the steam ironing option! The iron is very easy to use and my clothes turned out creaseless and crisp within minutes. This iron is well-made, high quality and user-friendly, what's not to love? I would absolutely recommend this wonderful product to everyone!

Fifth item:

I always travel and this roomy laundry bag will really come in handy! The beautiful colors first caught my eyes and I especially like its stylish geometric design! Made with durable cotton lined material, it features a strong drawstring closure. The best thing about this laundry bag is its size because it can hold a lot! To determine how much clothing the laundry bag can fit, I put two adult size puffer jackets and a kid size puffer jacket in the laundry bag and believe it or not, there is still room for another adult size puffer jacket or two! Simply amazing! I can't wait to bring this fabulous laundry bag with me when I go travelling in the future. Highly recommend!

Sixth item:

This fabulous drying rack is another winner! I have a ton of thick sweaters and after they have been washed, I usually lay them on a flat surface on top of absorbent bath towels for drying. Yes, the bath towels did the job but they always make my wood floors wet and damp. I also ended up with more laundry to do so it is not an ideal solution! Hanging my wet thick sweaters on clothes hangers is not an option as well because they often result in unsightly pucker marks and sagging. The great thing about this pop open mesh drying rack is it easily pops open for arched drying and fold flats for easy storage. The best part is it fits right over the bathtub for drip-drying sweaters and clothing. Now, I don't have to worry about ruining my wood floors anymore while drying my clothes! With its wonderful design, adjustable width option and good quality material, I will be using this product regularly and during all my travels. Fantastic product, highly recommended!

Seventh item:

I love this wonderful lint brush! Featuring two sides, it helps remove more lint in a shorter time span. It is lightweight, reusable and it removes lint on my wool jackets in a jiffy, what's not love? Another great product that I would use at home or during travels! 

Overall, I am pleased with all the products I have received from Great quality products despite the low price points! Shipping is fast and efficient as well. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to applaud the excellent customer service provided by To be perfectly honest, I was slightly disappointed when I was sent a wrong item. I had thought of keeping the wrong item because I don't want the hassle of shipping the item back but in the end, I decided to return the product because it couldn't meet my needs. After a few emails exchange, I was ready to swap the wrong item for the right one but decided to let me keep it. The right item was promptly delivered to my doorstep within a few days. A company that is efficient and does the right thing and knows how to make their customers happy? Now that is great customer service! I would definitely recommend purchasing items from this company!

*I have received these products to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

What do you think of these products? Is there anything you would like to have for your own home as well? 

If you have a college going kid or know someone who is going to college, this website is a must visit! To check out more dorm essentials and other nifty home products from their collection, please visit

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How To Inject Your Personality Into Your Kitchen!

The last thing you want is to have a kitchen that does not reflect your personal style. Some kitchens can look clinical, bland and unloved. If you inject your personality into your kitchen you will instantly give it more life, and make it feel like home. Try thinking outside the box and doing something a little different, going with your preferences will make your kitchen your own. If you want to make your kitchen unique to you then here are some ways you can do it.


Head out to the shops and search for some great accessories for your kitchen. The accessories you choose are an excellent way of showing off your creativity and personal tastes. Look for accessories such as wall hangings, pottery, cake tins, mugs and candles.


Everyone naturally gravitates to a specific set of colors. When you walk into your kitchen and it is painted a color you love it will make it feel yours. Do not settle for a color that you do not really like just because it is easier to leave it. Colors can have an impact on your mood so choose a color that makes you feel great. Do not be afraid to go for a bold color, kitchens can really stand out with bold colors such as red, bright yellow and green.


What sort of theme do you want to go for? For example some people prefer a nautical theme, others like to go for a vintage look and a lot of people these days like the modern look. Have a think about some styles you like and consider a range of different themes. The type of accessories you buy will need to tie in with your theme so this might influence your choice.

Personal objects

Theo From DesignerKitchens said “Do you have any meaningful objects you could put in your kitchen? Objects that bring back memories or have an important meaning to you? Adding very personal items is another way of making your kitchen really unique and making sure it reflects your personality.”


Everyone has a type of flower that they absolutely love. Flowers can really make kitchens come alive and add a touch of elegance. You can get fresh flowers or buy some green house plants to make your kitchen feel vibrant and green.


You can go for plain block color kitchen walls or a use tiles or wallpaper with bold patterns. What sort of print you choose is another way of injecting your personality into your kitchen. Contrasting colours and textured patterns are very in right now so do not be afraid to try something new.

Gadgets and appliances

Do you prefer high-tech kitchen gadgets or appliances that are a little more classic? Connected products are very popular at the moment such as coffee makers operated by smartphones but this ultra modern look might not be you. You might prefer the look of a retro kitchen with slightly more unique appliances.

There are limitless inspirations out there. If you do some research, you are bound to find some ideas you really love that you can easily replicate for your own kitchen.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Which Size Tote Is Right For Me?

With humble roots as shopping bags and diaper bags, totes are well-known for the amount of space they offer. A tote bag can be your most indispensable accessory, but choosing the right one for your lifestyle is the key to buying a bag you will carry every day instead of just when it looks great with what you are wearing. Totes should be as big as they have to be and no bigger, and so the right tote bag for you depends on a number of factors, including its purpose and your lifestyle. 


A small tote bag is ideal for carrying light essentials, such as a wallet, keys and a smartphone or tablet. Small tote bags are not designed to carry much weight, and so can be made of an array of materials from plastic to chain mail to suit your personal style. Women who tend to travel light may find everything they need in a small tote bag, while those with more to carry will likely need a bigger bag.


The most common type of tote bag, the medium-sized tote is a great choice for everyday carrying. Bringing a relatively compact profile together with increased capacity, a medium tote bag is perfect for carrying the essentials as well as other items such as books, sweaters, sunglasses and bottles of water.

Most medium sized tote bags are made from leather or canvas as well as synthetic materials. Medium tote bags also have reinforced bottoms for occasional carrying of heavier items as well as multiple interior and exterior compartments for easier storage of smaller items.


A large tote bag is ideal for the woman who is constantly on the move, featuring plenty of space for travel essentials and other items. Large totes are the ultimate choice for women planning a full day of adventure, and many large tote bags have dedicated spaces for laptops, tablets and other office supplies, making a large tote a fun and attractive substitute for a briefcase as well.

Larger tote bags typically see heavy-duty use, and so good material choices for large tote bags include canvas and leather, durable materials that can stand up to the abuses of everyday life. Large tote bags should also have a closure of some kind to keep the contents secure.

Beach totes are another type of large bag designed for carrying items such as towels, clothes, sunscreen and more. Beach totes are usually made from materials like straw to resist the elements of the shore, but are not limited to the sand and surf as they make just as big a statement on the street.

Tote bags offer the opportunity to get the most out of accessorizing by unifying form and function. Finding the right one for your specific lifestyle could be one of the wisest investments you ever make.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Trends in door knobs and door locks!

Door knobs and door locks are hardly an interior designer’s dream playground, but the truth is that without choosing the right knobs or locks, a room can be ruined. In fact, if you are talking external door knobs, a home can be ruined. Here is a look at some of the trends in the world of door knobs and door locks.

Trending door knobs

Ceramic door knobs are proving popular in many homes. A traditional white ceramic knob can add a touch of understated class to a door (and room) while the more creative amongst us are opting to go with bright colors and interesting images. If you are looking to make an impression, cut glass knobs or crystal door knobs will do the job nicely. Both add elegance and flair to even the most plain of wooden doors. 

Some households are opting to take a European approach and switch from door knobs to door levers, both in their internal and external doors. Like door knobs, door levers can make a great impression. From stainless steel to brass, the finish you choose should depend on the room you are working with.

Of course, not everything is trending upwards. The likes of oversized and overly-ornate door knobs are not currently on anybody’s hot list, while wooden knobs are finding themselves more and more relegated to the kitchen.

Trending door locks

When it comes to external doors, the importance of aesthetics takes a back seat to security. After all, there is no point in having a stylish door knob or handle if it is going to be easy pickings for a burglar. Like every other aspect of property building and maintenance, door locks – which play an essential role in the security of our homes – are a matter of fashion. Locks that were popular a decade ago are not necessarily popular today and vice versa.

Here is a look at some popular trends:

The five-lever mortise deadlock remains a firm favorite with property owners, thanks mainly to the high level of security it offers: a deadbolt is almost impossible to force. However, because it is built into the door itself, a deadbolt lock is also inconspicuous, meaning it is an interior decorators’ delight. Perhaps the most obvious trend when it comes to door locks is the increasing movement towards electronic door locks, particularly in larger houses and commercial properties. Access control systems make it easier for property owners to regulate who enters the building and at what time.

While electronic locks are trending upwards, the likes of security chains and knob locks are proving less popular. The former is something of an eyesore and offers little actual security. The latter often requires regular repair work, usually in the middle of the night, and it's hard to find a 24/7 locksmith in Dallas (or any other city).

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Product review- Redbubble photographic print!

I am thrilled to be working with my favorite site, Redbubble for a review again! You can check out our previous collaborations here and here.

I am sure by now Redbubble needs no further introduction. If you are new to Redbubble, it is a site with one of the most diverse creative community and marketplace on the internet. With a wide range of talented artists and designers hailing from every corner of the globe offering thousands of unique, fabulous and affordable men's clothing, women's clothingkid's clothingphone casesstickerswall arthome decorstationery and tote bags, you are most likely to find something you need and love!

Speaking of love, I would love to have these awesome prints for my home, pronto!

Aren't these stunning? Which one is your favorite? For today's review, I have selected this beautiful photographic print.

I will show you what mine looks like!

My print arrived in this fabulous mailing tube!

This lovely photographic print measures at 20"x 20" (extra large).


This gorgeous image is created by Margaret Morrisey in Dublin, Ireland. According to the artist, a texture has been added to the image to give it a painterly feel. 

I am usually one who loves images with lots of color but this minimalist style print absolutely stole my heart! There is just something calm and dreamy about this picture. I am really drawn to the simple color palette and clean lines. The perfectly symmetrical image with the circling seagull is wonderfully captured! Such a charming, well-composed picture, what's not to love? 

Quality wise, it is printed on great quality paper in an excellent glossy finish, I couldn't be more pleased. Service wise, it arrived quickly upon ordering, in a perfect condition. Great product and equally great service, highly recommended!

Disclosure: I have received this product to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are my own.

There are many, many more fabulous work of art on their site 
so check them out when you have a moment! Happy shopping!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Four Bathroom Remodel Tasks You Should DIY!

Remodeling your bathroom may seem like a scary nightmare, but it is not something you should be afraid of. Bathrooms sell houses, and even if you are not in the market to sell your home, updating your bathroom can provide equity in the home that you can use for other purposes.

Sure, there are sometimes when a bathroom remodel requires the help of a professional. If you are considering a major bathroom renovation, you should call in the professional contractor, plumber, electrician, and anyone else you may need.

If you are just looking for some minor upgrades, the following are four bathroom remodel tasks that you can easily handle on your own.


Updating a dated vanity can be an easy way to upgrade your bathroom. You can either opt to install a brand-new vanity on your own, or you can refurbish your existing vanity.

If you opt to refurbish, one easy way is to paint the existing vanity. You can paint the entire vanity a new color, or you can create new vanity doors for a new pop. Either option will make your bathroom look great.

You can also upgrade the vanity by installing new hardware or changing out the dated countertop.


When it comes to easy upgrades, painting is the cheapest, easiest, and quickest way to update your bathroom. Choose a new color, and then spend the day transforming your bathroom into a new retreat. You will be surprised at how, sometimes, only adding a new coat of paint is enough to make your bathroom look like new.


Updating your old fixtures in your bathroom is another simple task you can do on your own. For example, if you have old knobs on your vanity, old faucets on your sink or in your shower, or dated light fixtures, consider replacing these with something new. You may need to watch a few YouTube videos if this is your first time dealing with electricity or plumbing, but it is something you can do on your own.

If you do not want to buy all new fixtures, consider painting your existing fixtures for a cost-effective DIY upgrade.


Adding new tile to your bathroom is another great way to upgrade your existing bath. If you have old floors, adding new tile floors to your bathroom can make the room feel like new. You can buy tile at your local home improvement store, as well as the other tiling essentials you may need to complete the job. Plus, most home improvement stores offer classes to help you learn what to do.

If you feel like you have mastered tiling the floor, you can always opt to tile the rest of the bathroom, including the shower or adding a backsplash to the sink.

If the thought of tiling is too much, or if you are not having any luck, you can also opt for laminate or peel-and-stick flooring for your bathroom too. This is extremely easy to install, and it will make your bathroom look like new.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

How To Maintain Your High End Interior Design Furnishings!

After spending a mini fortune on decorating your home with the best of interior design furnishing, you cannot afford to compromise on its maintenance. While it may seem like a tedious task to clean and keep the house in tip top shape during your busy schedule, it can be well worth the effort. 

The following maintenance tips will help you keep your furnishings slick and shiny throughout the year:

Clean Frequently

When it comes to cleaning, scrubbing, vacuuming, and dusting your valued interiors, try to do it often. Not letting dust settle on your interiors will help keep it vivid and fresh for a very long time.

Invest in a multifunctional vacuum cleaner to clean your upholstered furniture and curtains once a week. This should also help address spills and spots that have the capacity to appear on the upholstery.  

Do Justice To Wooden Surfaces

Every piece of wooden furniture demands special attention. You will often question yourself about whether to dust, clean, or polish wooden furniture. Ask your supplier about how to keep your wooden furniture glossy over the long term.

Some wooden pieces have a finishing that can be cleaned with a damp cloth (do not use wet dusters on wooden surfaces) and some require a special polish, oil, or wax. Apply the polish, oil and wax only as required, as applying in greater quantity will make the surface smell foul and attract dust.

Retain The Plush Factor Of Your Carpets

Carpets are prone to obstinate dust and stains on a daily basis. A quick way to keep your rugs and carpets looking fresh is to vacuum or brush three to four times a week; doing it every day can be damaging for the carpet fibers.

There is also the option of professional carpet cleaning services that use carpet protectants to keep spills and stains from settling into the carpet. This gives the home owner enough time to clean them up. Washing or scrubbing carpets can make them lose their luster, so utilizing such services will help in retaining their softness.

Pay Attention To Flooring

Looking after the carpets is not enough; you need to maintain the flooring under the carpets and rugs as well. Keep the use of harsh chemicals restricted to a very minimum to avoid damage to the shine of your floors. 

For cleaning hardwood floors, you can mop twice a week with a diluted wood cleaning liquid. Make sure that the mop is not too wet or it will damage the wooden surface. Laminate floors can be cleaned daily with a dry mop. Never let any liquids stand on wooden on laminate flooring. Marble or tile flooring can be mopped regularly with clean water and occasionally with some antibacterial floor cleaner.

Make Intelligent Purchases

Make each purchase an investment by opting for interior furnishings that are easy to clean and maintain. You can give yourself an upper hand by making smart upholstery purchases: opt for fabrics that are less likely to catch dust and easier to clean. Similarly, furniture with crevices and intricate details can pose difficulty while cleaning, so opt for smooth and sleek designs that are easy to clean and maintain. 

Apart from regular cleaning, your high end interiors can gain great benefit if you let the upholstery breathe in fresh air; open the windows and let some air in. However, save your upholstery from direct sunlight to avoid damage.