Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!










HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

During the evening, I plan to go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood with my son. He has been looking forward to this day since forever! :) 

Whatever plans you have in store today, I hope you have lots of fun! Wishing you the happiest of Halloweens filled with luck, magic, and charm! Stay safe!

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Energize your space with this vibrant, delightful classic double gourd shape lamp! Available in 10 custom color combinations.


This glamorous gilded tiered lotus lamp is absolutely swoon-worthy! I would put this beautiful lamp in a living room or a bedroom to make a chic design statement.



Love this gorgeous modern, industrial inspired pendant! I would use this delightful pendant in a dining room or kitchen. Perfect for a rustic farmhouse or a modern, industrial setting.



Transform your home instantly with this beautiful and timeless lantern! Available in antique silver as well.



Exuding style, luxury and timelessness, this stunning chandelier is perfect for those looking for a touch of glam for their homes.



This sleek and stylish wall sconce is the perfect mix of modern and vintage. I would use it as a pair to highlight a beautiful artwork or a modern mirror. Available in bronze as well.




Make a huge design statement in your foyer, living room, bedroom or a bathroom with this gorgeous, glamorous mirror!



This stunning Chinese Chippendale mirror will add some 'wow factor' in your home. Place it on your foyer, living room, dining room, bedroom or bathroom to add some Asian flair. Available in white as well!



Inject some style and beauty in your home with this handsome cowhide rug! Available in two other patterns as well!




Animal prints are the new neutral and this classic pattern couldn't be a more perfect fit for a chic, glamorous abode!


Create instant style and "wow factor" in your space with this gorgeous, decorative pagoda shelves etagere. Such a perfect piece to display your precious personal collection! Available in white as well.

Don't forget to check out Shades of Lights to explore more exciting lighting and gorgeous home goods!

Friday, October 28, 2016

An effortlessly chic and eclectic Southhampton beach home!


This almost 10,000 square-feet 1980s Southhampton beach retreat receives a beautiful transformation from interior designer David Netto and architect David Hottenroth. Let's take a look, shall we?


















Photo credit: Pieter Estersohn

Such an amazing property to start with and the interiors are equally swoon-worthy, don't you think? This home feels absolutely fresh and vibrant, thanks to the use of bright colors and bold patterns. There's something visually engaging no matter where you look. I like how the designer incorporates furnishings in different styles and eras to accomplish an effortlessly eclectic chic look. Every room is filled with gorgeous details and unexpected, delightful accents which I find truly inspirational. It's definitely a dream home for me, what about you? Are you inspired by this breathtaking residence as much as I do? Which room are you particularly drawn to and why? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Favorite room of the week!


You need to check out this fabulous bedroom designed by Memphis designer, Sean Anderson. His client, a bachelor envisioned a personal refuge resembling a Parisian pied-à-terre for his bedroom and the talented designer totally delivered, transforming the outdated room into a handsome and masculine space! I especially love the stylish menswear-inspired pinstripe motif on the focal wall. A grouping of carefully placed antlers adorning the already delightful feature wall truly takes it to a whole new level of gorgeousness, don't you think? What's a masculine room without some gorgeous plaid textiles? The room is further enhanced with warmth and charm by the thoughtful layering of collected artwork and vintage accessories. The dark, moody walls surrounding the room conjures a sense of coziness and an enveloping, cocoon-like feeling which I really love. Are you drawn to this absolutely chic masculine space as much as I do? I would love to hear your thoughts!




Photo credit: Alyssa Rosenheck

How to give your home some personality!


This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

It is that time of year again, when the heat of summer has faded and we stand in our homes, hands on our hips, and try to come to terms with spending the next few (or many) months indoors. We love our homes, sure, but they do not feel enough like us to make the prospect of spending fall and winter sequestered in them seem like a fun adventure. Here are a few tips that you can use to help you add some personality to your home.

Go Slowly

Do not try to take on your entire home at once. This makes the project way too overwhelming and will make it cost way too much. Instead, go through your home one room at a time and look for changes you can make on a smaller scale to make the room feel more “you.” To encourage this approach, we are going to use it with the rest of this post. 

The Kitchen

There are a lot of small changes you can make in a kitchen to add some personality. Hanging a new piece of art, buying new floor mats to place in front of the sink and the oven, heck, even putting some new funky magnets on the fridge can accomplish this goal. 

If you are looking to make a larger statement, however, you should focus on the cabinetry. Like the DeWils Custom Cabinets website points out: “You know it all happens in the kitchen. So why not give the heart and soul of your home the beauty, style and quality it deserves?” New or refurbished cabinetry can make your kitchen feel like an entirely new room, even if you change nothing else about it.

The Bedroom

If you share your bedroom with a partner, work together with them to figure out which elements can or should be changed. The room, after all, will need to reflect both of you. Pick out a new bedspread, switch from quilts to duvets, add a chair or switch out a current chair for a new model. Consider a new coat of paint. Maybe put up new curtains or blinds.

If you do not share the bedroom with anybody you can go a little further. One option is to buy a new bed and replace your headboard with something that feels more in tune with who you are now and what you need. Put up new art. Refinish your bureau. Clean out your closet (sometimes this is all it takes to make the room feel fresh and new). You get the idea.

If you have kids, know that if you are changing your room they are going to want to change theirs as well. Again, simple changes like new paint and bed linens can go a long way toward turning up a room’s personality.

The Living Room

Ah, the living room. It is the one room that is shared by everybody. It is, after the kitchen, the most highly trafficked room in your home. This is where you host guests and get togethers, play games, curl up on the couch with a book or your Netflix subscription, etc.

With this room, one of the best things you can do is clear everything out of it. Seriously. Empty the room entirely and then slowly start putting items back in. Start with the big stuff: the couch, the entertainment center, etc. Try rearranging them to focus the attention on a different angle of the room. Then slowly put back in the art and decorative items. Rearrange the books on the bookcase.

If you have “left over parts” do not be surprised. A lot of people find that their living rooms feel done before they have replaced every item they took out. You might not need anything new, you might simply have needed to clear away debris that detracted from the personality that was already there!

If this does not work, try putting a new cover on your couch, introducing a different coffee table, some new throw pillows and blankets. If you have carpeting, give it a thorough cleaning. If you have hardwoods, try a new rug.

Entryway

If you have been using a coat rack, try switching it out for wall hooks. If there is space, put a small table or a bench. Hang a piece of art that you love so you will feel happy every time you walk through the door.

The Yard

Change your current porch light out for a different model. Solar lights have gotten much more affordable. Put something outside that you love looking at so that, even when the weather keeps you inside, you can look out at the yard and feel happy. 

These are just some of the ideas we have come up with. What are some of the things you do to make a home better match your personality?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A chic and eclectic coastal style home in Toronto!


This 2,400-square-foot four-bedroom Victorian home in a Toronto neighborhood is designed by Robyn Rider for a young family of three. Inspired by a mix of by Palm Beach style, this home exudes a cheerful, eclectic coastal style. Let's take a look!










Photo credit: Style At Home

I really like how fresh and chic this home looks! By using a variety of patterns sparingly, the designer cleverly adds visual interest throughout the house without overwhelming the space. Such a bright, cheerful and delightful home, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Inside a chic and charming restored kitchen house!


This beautiful 1770s Charleston home used to be a "kitchen house". Restored and updated by designed Cameron Schwabenton for her client to be used as a guest quarter, this home is nothing short of charming. Let's check out this wonderfully restored Colonial-era home, shall we?



















Photo credit: Trevor Tondro

The original exposed brick and plaster walls are the best feature in this house, don't you think? It oozes charm and character which I really love! The designer did a great job weaving together the new and old and balancing the feminine and masculine accents to create delight and visual interest. There's so much warmth, coziness and personality in this fabulously designed abode. The inviting outdoor courtyard and the gorgeous master bathroom with a mix of rustic wood and luxurious marble absolutely rock my world, what about you? Do you enjoy touring this home as much as I do?