Monday, August 31, 2015

Sharing is Caring- #ShareABear with Snuggle Bear this National Teddy Bear Day!

Children love stuffed animal especially #teddy bears because they make them feel safe and secure. I remembered as a child, I never had any stuffed animal, let alone a teddy bear. Fortunately, I had a small body pillow to keep me company every night. I remembered how I secretly wished my parents would get me a teddy bear when I was a kid. The truth is, I came from a family with modest financial means so I don't blame them because toys were definitely a luxury back then.

Times have certainly changed for the better and many parents can afford to buy stuffed animals for their children. In fact, most children in this modern day and age have more stuffed animals than they ever needed! However, they are still many children in many parts of the world who have never owned a stuffed animal or a teddy bear their whole lives.

Realizing this and in honor of all the joy, companionship and comfort Teddy Bears can bring, Snuggle Bear is creating a #ShareABear movement in conjunction of September 9th, National Teddy Bear Day to show the world that something as small as gifting a teddy bear will brighten one's day! With that in mind, Snuggle Bear will be making the world a softer place by donating 5,000 teddy bears to children in need in the month of September (SeptemBEAR).

However, since Snuggle Bear can only spread the teddy bear magic so far, Snuggle is asking fans to help raise awareness of this special month by sharing your own memories, stories, photos or videos of your favorite teddy bear in your life using the hashtag #ShareABear on one of your social media channels during the entire SeptemBEAR.

For this campaign, I was given three Snuggle teddy bears to give away! I planned to give one Snuggle Bear to my son and donate the other two away but alas, my son found those bears one morning before I had a chance to surprise him! He loved them so much, so much so that he put the all the three Snuggle Bears on his bed! I didn't let him keep the three bears, of course. Unsurprisingly, the Snuggle bear became one of his most favorite stuffed animal!

Since I can't capture my son's excitement when he saw the Snuggle Bear for the first time, I have decided to create a short story on a video instead. Check this out!

Learn more and join the movement here. Don't forget to watch the National campaign video at Snuggle on #NationalTeddyBearDay, 9/9. Make the world a better, softer place by gifting someone a teddy bear today!


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Friday, August 28, 2015

Home tour- A young designer's chic and beautiful Manhattan apartment!

Be inspired by young decorator, Lauren McGrath's beautiful one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side!


Photo credit: Lucas Allen
Isn't this apartment gorgeous? I really love how fresh, and effortlessly chic this home looks! Using mainly neutrals and a soft color palette, this apartment exudes warmth and a sense of feminine charm. Instead of feeling cluttered and busy, this small apartment feels layered and cozy, thanks to the designer's great eye for details and thoughtful editing skills. Such an inviting and inspirational home tour, what's not to love? Are you a fan of this designer's style as well? Your thoughts?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Favorite room of the week!

This is definitely one of my all-time favorite bedroom! I have fallen in love with this gorgeous bedroom since I first saw it a while ago. Recently, I stumbled upon this stunning bedroom again and I have it share it with you! This room just oozes Palm Beach chic, don't you think? The striking, large scale botanical wallpaper provides a huge design statement in this space, making it an amazing focal point! In addition, the magnificent four poster bed and the coordinating brass pieces create a luxurious and sophisticated touch to this lovely room. So much thought went to this fresh, beautifully designed and truly inspiring space, what's not to love? Thoughts?

5 tips for styling your home office!

Working from home is many people’s idea of heaven. No stressful commutes, some peace and quiet and the chance to strike a better work-life balance. However, without a well-designed home office, your attempts to operate from the comfort of your abode may not be as stress-free and successful as you imagined. 

From back pain to boredom, poorly planned home offices can lead to a range of problems. To help ensure you do not experience these difficulties, take a look at the following 5 simple styling tips.

1. Select the perfect spot
Before you get stuck into the finer points of styling your office, you will need to make sure you have found the perfect spot for your workspace. If you are lucky enough to have a study or spare room, this is a no-brainer. If not, you will have to use your imagination. A corner of your bedroom, a section of your landing or even the space under your stairs could double up as a work zone. Ideally, the area you select should be quiet and benefit from plenty of natural light.

2. Do not skimp on your seat

Arguably the most important piece of office furniture that you will buy will be your chair. After all, you might be spending long hours at your workstation, so it is important that you select a good quality seat and offers impressive levels of comfort and support. There are a host of designs to choose from these days and it really comes down to personal preference. For inspiration, you can visit the websites of specialist suppliers like Calibre Office Furniture. From mesh seats to executive chairs and designer ranges, you would not be stuck for choice.

3. Make sure you have plenty of storage

Storage is the unsung hero of office design. When you have the right drawers, cabinets and shelves in place, you hardly notice they are there. However, if you are lacking these furnishings, your office could quickly descend into chaos. So, if you want to prevent your paperwork from going walkabout around your home, make sure you invest in plenty of storage. Even if you do not use it all straight away, it is bound to prove useful eventually.
4. Use colors that will help you concentrate

Consider redecorating your office area too. There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a color scheme. The important thing is to select a look that works for you. Some people find that soothing pastels help them to focus on their tasks, while others prefer more vibrant hues, like lime greens and oranges. If you are not sure which color scheme to go for, try a few test patches first. There is no substitute for actually seeing paint in situ.
5) Introduce inspiring personal touches

Once you have the main elements of your office in order, it is time to think about introducing a few inspiring personal touches. For example, perhaps you have a prized piece of artwork that you could hang on the wall in front of your workstation. A framed family photo can make a great addition to your desk too, while a cute pot plant could bring added added color. By incorporating details like this into your office, you can give it instant personality.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cool designer alert- Caitlin Murray!

Introducing Los Angeles-based designer, Caitlin Murray. After successfully co-founding her first design company, Caitlin + Caitlin, she established Black Lacquer Design. Although she is relatively new in the design industry, her work earned praises from top publication and bloggers alike! Let us check out her fabulous portfolio, shall we?



The designer: Caitlin Murray
Isn't her work gorgeous? With a great eye for details and a flair for mixing textures and materials, her work looks refreshing, stylish and visually delightful! I really love the effortlessly chic vibe she injects in all her projects! She's definitely a designer to watch! So, what do you think of her design style? Are you drawn to her design approach as much as I do? Thoughts?
To learn more about the designer and her work, please visit:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Home tour- A warm and inviting London flat!

Designer Maria Speake helped her clients transformed their "corporate-looking" London flat into a warm and inviting home. Let's check out this lovely home, shall we?


Photo credit: Rachel Whiting 

Such a cozy and beautifully layered home! I can't get my eyes off the expansive windows and gorgeous wood furnishings. I am also drawn to those fabulous parquet flooring on the walls and sliding doors! Not only were the parquet floors a huge design statement maker, they are so refreshing and added so much warmth, visual interest and texture to the place. It's definitely a touch of genius! Such an inspirational, thoughtfully designed home, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Home tour- H&M Home's Head of Design charming Stockholm home!

Be inspired by H&M Home Head of Design Evelina Kravaev Söderberg's charming Stockholm home below!



This bright and airy home looks warm and calming, thanks to the thoughtful combination of beautiful mid-century furnishings and vintage pieces in a neutral color palette. I really like how well the vignettes are styled and textures are incorporated to create another layer of visual interest. Such a fresh, effortlessly stylish and well-edited home, what's not to love? Your thoughts?