Monday, June 29, 2015

Hotel tour- A vibrant and beautifully layered seaside boutique hotel in Australia!


These beautiful spaces were designed by Anna Spiro, a talented Australian designer for a seaside boutique hotel in Northern New South Wales. Not only are the rooms layered and vibrant, they are tastefully decorated in a refreshing way! Let's check them out, shall we?














Photo credit: Halcyon House

This hotel is absolutely stylish, inside and out! I really love the layering of textiles, patterns and textures with the warm, wood elements. Her designs are effortlessly chic and exude a relaxing vibe which I find truly inspirational! Digging her style and design aesthetic! I would love to stay in one of these fabulous rooms given a chance, what about you? Thoughts?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Home tour- Jillian Harris' eclectic chic home!


This 2,500-square-foot Kelowna, B.C. home belongs to Jillian Harris, the co-host of W Network's Love it or List It Vancouver. Facing issues upon issues within the first month, this 25-year-old home underwent a 4-month renovation. Walls were taken down, rooms were configured, etc during the makeover. Let's check out the results of the transformation, shall we?

















Photo credit: Janis Nicolay

There are so many delightful details and visually interesting pieces in this bright and airy home! This beautifully layered home exudes an effortless charm and comfort, don't you think? Such a pretty, eclectic chic home, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Favorite room of the week!


I can't get my eyes off this fabulous, fabulous bathroom! This is actually a bathroom in a London hotel, in case you are interested! I really love the mix of brick walls, wood planked walls with the modern bathroom fixtures and hardware. The juxtaposition of textured, warm and rustic walls with the smooth and shiny fixtures is both visually interesting and refreshing. Such an inspiring space! Are you drawn to this beautiful, well-balanced modern rustic bathroom as much as I do? Thoughts?



Photo credit: Artist Residence

Simple Décor Ideas for Your Home!


You may a have a house that you live in, but have you made it a home? A home is a comfortable place that you enjoy. It has hints of your personality and style throughout, and it is something you can call your own.

When it comes to decorating a home, some people have what it takes, and some do not. If your home is boring, or if you are just overwhelmed, use the following tips to gain some simple décor ideas for your home.

Paint

When it comes to decorating your home, one way to make a big (or little) impact is to paint. A new coat of paint can go a very long way when it comes to changing the style or theme of your home. You can opt to paint the whole room a new color. You can opt to paint one accent wall to make the room pop. Or you can even opt to paint a design on your walls for some added flair. The best thing about paint is that it is inexpensive and easy to do, so you do not have to break the bank or waste an entire weekend getting the job done.

Wall Décor

If you have blank walls in your home, you need to step up your game. You do not need to go overboard with wall hangings, but you should have some eye candy on the walls. You can opt for pictures of your friends or family, artwork by a local or your favorite artist, or even some nice hanging you found at your favorite store. Accenting your kitchen and empty space with wall hangings can be a great way to add some flair to your home. Just make sure that you keep it classy and consistent. Too much wall décor on top of each other will look bad, not better.

Flooring

Do not forget to look down when it comes to revamping your home. A dated floor can make an entire house feel old, even if it is not. If you have an old floor in your home, consider giving it a facelift. Old hardwoods can be revamped with a sanding and a new coat of stain. Old carpet can be replaced with new carpet or hardwood flooring. You can even opt for a peel-and-stick flooring option to give your home a new look without spending a ton of money. Your local home improvement store will have a variety of options for you to choose from, plus all the information and tools required to tackle the job yourself, so feel free to get to work.

Furniture

Your furniture has a lot to do with the style and décor of your home than you may think. If you have dated furniture, you will want to address this. You can either replace dated furniture with something more modern that fits your style, or you can opt to refinish the furniture on your own. Sometimes a new coat of paint on an old dresser will make it look and feel new, so do not be afraid to give it a little TLC.

You should also spend some time trying furniture in different rooms of your home. For example, that oversized recliner may no longer have a home in your living room, but it may look great in a guest room or the den. You will be surprised how much you can change the style and look of a room with the items you already have. Do not be afraid to try things out in different rooms and see how you feel about it. You may like it or you may not. If not, move the item to another room. Eventually, you will figure out what to do with it.

You do not have to be scared of decorating your own home. Instead, get a little creative, do not be afraid of some elbow grease, and get to making your house into a home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Product review- Robert Matthew tote!


Most of you who have been my long time readers know that I am a big fan of handbags and purses so I was thrilled when I was contacted by Robert Matthew (a brand offering fashionable women's handbags and stylish women's accessories) for a bag review.


Some of the lovely handbags offered by Robert Matthew!










For today's review, I picked the Robert Matthew Khloe Tote- Toasted Caramel!


 Check out my stylish new tote!




 Check out the details of this fabulous tote! 


The top zip closure is a wonderful addition so I don't have to worry about spilled contents or getting my contents soaked when it rains.


 The light gold tone hardware accents is a nice touch. I also like the simple, modern and classy buckle detail.


The two roomy side pockets are great for a water bottle and a baby bottle!


The structured design is a great plus!


The back of my tote!

Having another back zip pocket is wonderful to stash small random items!


The best part about this fantastic tote is the abundance of zipped pockets and different compartments for organizing cellphone, keys, purse, coin purse, facial tissues, etc !

Overall, I love my Khloe tote very much! It's large, roomy and versatile. This tote can be used as an everyday bag for casual outings or used as a stylish diaper bag with its many zippered pockets and compartments! 

Handcrafted with luxurious pebbled animal friendly vegan leather on the outside and pinstriped polyester lining on the inside, this tote is well-constructed with good quality material. As a bonus, it also comes with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap for added convenience and comfort. I also like that this tote comes with a black dust cover for protection.

I have used this tote frequently for the past few weeks and I have noticed no color transfer on the bag or on my clothes. On rainy days, the contents in my bag remained dry (there's no leakage with the top zip closure). This beautiful tote is chic, classy, versatile and well made, what's not to love? Highly recommended!

Now you can get your own Khloe tote (available in 4 colors) for less! Just visit Robert Matthew and simply mention mixandchic40 during checkout to receive 40% off the Khloe collection! Hurry, this fabulous offer is only available for a limited time! Happy shopping, my lovelies!

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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Free Downloads (Free GraphicStock Images) You Shouldn't Missed (Plus A Giveaway)!


I will be the first to admit that I am not good with graphics. Creating gorgeous images on a computer is just not my forté, period. I know some people use Google to grab images but do you realize that you may be running into copyright issues? So, what are your options?

GraphicStock might be the answer you are looking for. GraphicStock is an affordable, subscription-based stock media site that gives you unlimited access to 250,000 royalty free images, stock graphics, vectors, icons, infographics and more for your creative pursuits. 

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Some of my favorite GraphicStock images and patterns I found on their fabulous site!












Aren't these designs fabulous? I am so inspired by these images, so many new ideas and possibilities already formed in my head! Now I just need to find the time to start my projects! :) If you need help creating gorgeous invitations and decorations for your upcoming summer events, whether it's a birthday party, wedding, work event, etc. GraphicStock has you covered!

My 10th year wedding anniversary is around the corner so I decided to make a lovely card for my husband using the image below.

The results!


As I mentioned earlier, I am not good with images so I wanted to keep things really simple. All I did was simply downloaded the image I wanted from GraphicStock, save it on my file and added some words. It's super easy! What I really love about GraphicStock images is how all their images are created in high resolution so you don't have to worry about blurry images if your project calls for large graphics!

Those of you who are more imaginative can download different graphics and patterns found on their site, mix and match the images and made them your own. You can use them for your DIY projects, scrapbooks, children's craft, T-shirts, wedding invitations, cake decorations, banners, announcements, etc. The possibilities are really endless!

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If you decide not to use it past the free trial, please don't forget to cancel your subscription to avoid membership fees.

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To enter the giveaway:

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