Friday, August 18, 2017

Inside a chic and colorful San Francisco pied-à-terre!

This San Francisco pied-à-terre received a fabulous makeover from designers Martha Angus and Katie McCaffrey. Boasting bold geometric rugs, animal print dining chairs, statement artwork and bright colors, this home is filled with style and personality. Let's check it out, shall we? 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Favorite room of the week!

This lovely playroom is designed by Nicole Fisher from The Studio at One Kings Lane for actress Lucy Liu! Lucy Liu's son, Rockwell was the designer's primary source of inspiration. Employing a sophisticated and soothing, neutral color palette, this playroom is definitely a serene kid's space with an adult appeal. Even though there is a lack of bold colors in the room, it still feels like a child's space, thanks to a variety of toys, fun pieces and whimsical elements. To achieve a multicultural feel, tribal masks, Moroccan baskets and global-inspired pillows were integrated into the space. To organize kid's toys and books, shelves, bins and baskets were used. I especially like the way the designer incorporated multiple tables and seating to accommodate different activities for both adults and kids alike. Such a beautiful, comfortable and thoughtfully designed kid-friendly space, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Joe Schmelzer, Treasurbite Studio

Choosing The Right Floor For Your Home!

This post is provided by Megan Reece.

When it comes to redecorating and renovating your home most people opt straight for the paintbrush, or head to the store in search of furniture that will bring the room back to life. Whilst both of these are important, have you ever considered how much of a difference your floor can actually make? The very foundation/base of your home is the floor and yet it is so often overlooked. Today, we have teamed up with Luxury Flooring to tell you why renovating your home should literally start from the bottom! 

As mentioned earlier, the floor is the foundation of your home and when it comes to pairing with your interiors and furnishings it can really set the tone for how you may choose to build upon it. Of course we are not insinuating that your flooring must match the decor of your home but it can help towards a theme, for example if you are looking to stick with neutral colors such as beige and magnolia then these can be paired with deep wooden floorboards, but if you are looking at a grey color scheme then perhaps you could head towards a more pale/whitewashed floor. 

One of the most important things that you will have to consider when choosing your flooring is what budget you will have to play around with. Do not get us wrong it would be absolutely wonderful if money was no object and everyone could buy whatever they wanted, but unfortunately life does not work that way! The first thing you need to do when it comes to working out the cost of flooring is determine how much you will actually need, once you have the measurements done then comes the fun part; choosing the material that you want! There are so many types of flooring available on the market, all with different price tags but what it really comes down to is personal preference, in the end you are paying for quality and longevity within your home. 

With budget crossed off there is another important aspect to factor into your decision, what kind of traffic will be walking on your floor? No we do not mean transport! Foot traffic, for example, how busy is your home? Where will the flooring be installed? If you are looking at somewhere like the hallway or lounge and kitchen area then it is likely to get busy because these are the places that we walk in and out of more often than others. If this is the case then it may be worth your while investing in more durable materials like hardwood flooring or perhaps laminate, heck if you feel like getting real fancy then why not throw some tiles into the mix? If you are considering giving your bedroom a bit of a facelift then you can play around with softer materials as they would not face such a heavy footfall. 

Whilst looking at the traffic of your floor it is also a good idea to consider the type of home that you are living in. Are you a bachelor with the world at your feet (literally)? Or do you run a tight ship family home with little ones and pets running riot? Although they are small they can cause a bit of damage given half the chance- of which I am sure many parents can vouch for! This is when you have to look at things like the guarantee that is offered with different floors and the ability to sand and refinish should any damage occur. The most family-friendly floors in our opinions are bamboo (also eco-friendly), laminate, wood floors and even vinyl. 

So with these all in mind you should have all the information that you need when it comes to considering new flooring. Now take it and run with it, there is more to life than carpets!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cool designer alert- Anne Chessin!

Introducing talented New York-based designer, Anne Chessin. With a penchant for combining timeless classic lines with a mix of contemporary and traditional pieces, her spaces are often eclectic with practical details. Intrigued? Let's check out her beautiful work below!

The designer: Anne Chessin

Such gorgeous designs! The way she effortlessly bridges classic pieces with modern elements is truly inspirational. Her work often feels fresh, elegant and timeless which I truly adore. I also like the way she uses patterns in small doses to create just enough visual interest without overwhelming other elements in a room. What do you think of her decorating approach? Any thoughts?

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Things You May Not Have Thought About for Your Bathroom Remodel!

This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

So, your bathroom need a makeover? Bathroom renovations are among some of the most popular home improvement projects. Whether you are looking to enhance functionality, bring it up to modern times, or increase the overall value of your home, there are some important things you need to consider. You are going to be investing a lot of money into this project and knowing what to expect is ideal.
When you are thinking about your dream bathroom, the last thing on your mind is the plumbing. Though you might be more focused on tile color and bathtub type, it is important to think about your plumbing. This is especially true for those who have older bathrooms. Issues with ejector pumps (Check out most common ejector pump problems and their solutions here), improper sewage flow, old and rusted pipes, dry rot, mold, and water damage are all a real possibility when you start to tear down those bathroom walls. Plumbing problems are not the only thing you will need to consider when it comes to a bathroom remodel. You will also need to think about your design choices in relation to your plumbing. For instance, a walk-in bath would require more plumbing than a traditional bathtub.
Bathroom remodeling costs can quickly get out of hand, so make sure that you are careful when choosing your design. While things like paint and bath fixtures can be changed out for a reasonable price, when you get into changes that involve structural work it is not as simple or affordable. Go to showrooms to get ideas, check out boards on Pinterest, and lastly make choices that you love and would not get tired of in a few years.
You need proper lighting in your bathroom at all times. Whether you are shaving, taking a bath, using the restroom, or applying makeup, you want to make sure that you have the right lighting to do it in. Some suggestions for lighting might include installing task lighting that would illuminate areas of your bathroom where you need the most light. Another option is installing dimmer lights so that you can adjust the lighting as you see fit. You might prefer dim lights while bathing but bright lights when washing your face in the morning.
Cabinets and Storage
Storage is important in a bathroom if the space allows for it. As you think of ideas for storage make sure that you are not only thinking of style but functionality as well. Recessed, built-in shelves for instance can help you save space in the bathroom while providing ample storage for toiletries. Under sink storage is also great for keeping bathroom cleaners and larger necessities that would not fit on the shelves.
Safety is probably not something you thought about in your bathroom remodel but it is vitally important. With water being present often in the bathroom, the chance of accident is higher. Installing grab bars and shower seats are great not only for those with a disability but to help keep those who use the bathroom safe. Here is a bonus, installing a shower seat can provide a great place to sit when shaving your legs.
Bathroom remodels are a great way to enhance the overall look and feel of your home and accommodate your lifestyle. When you are ready to design the bathroom of your dreams, be sure that you keep all of the above factors in mind. It also helps to work with an expert remodeling company to ensure that the project is completed without a hitch.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Inside a charming and delightful rental cabin in Ontario!

This charming summer rental cabin in Durham, Ontario was a labor of love for lifestyle blogger Lynne Knowlton and her husband, Michael. Nestled in the woods, this tiny 400 square feet cottage boasts a lot of natural light, a loft bedroom, country-style details and plenty of white touches. Intrigued? Let's check out this cozy cabin, shall we?

Photo credit: Stacey Branford

The high ceilings, reclaimed wood beams and charming furnishings are some of my favorite elements in this beautiful cottage. Unexpected details such as the delightful branch drapery rod, the lovely vintage leaded windows and the eye-catching banisters provide visual interest to the small abode. Tiny space, big inspirations, what's not love? Your thoughts?

Friday, August 11, 2017

A designer's chic, layered and polished Manhattan apartment!

This gorgeous 1883 Manhattan apartment belongs to designer CeCe Barfield Thompson that she shares with her husband and young daughters. With the designer's amazing talent for layering and the wonderful original details that come with the house, this home is transformed into a chic and polished abode. Lets check out this fabulously designed home, shall we?

Photo credit: Lesley Unruh

I really like the way she effortlessly marry classic pieces with trendy, contemporary elements to create a fresh, layered and timeless look. By injecting just the right amount of patterns and colors but keeping the overall color palette soft and restrained, her home exudes a warm, restful and calming effect. This is one of my favorite home tours, what about you? Are you drawn to this beautifully designed home as well?