Friday, June 30, 2017

Inside a Florida vacation home with a rustic charm and urban flair!

This gorgeous three-story vacation home in Florida is designed by interior designer Georgia Carlee and architecture firm of Thurber & Voigt. Balancing coastal sophistication and family fun, this family retreat is a mix of rustic charm and urban flair. Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Jean Allsopp

Such a beautiful abode! Drawing inspirations from Texas farmhouse, this home is given a fresh and contemporary twist by combining rustic elements with clean line furnishings. From a pair of antique doors with chicken wires that frames the entrance of the den/ TV room, the oyster shells that lined the walls of a bathroom and a swinging daybed crafted from old barn door in the back porch, this home is definitely filled with many unexpected features that I find to be quite unique and inspiring. I am a huge fan of this stunning residence, what about you, my lovelies?

Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck With A Smaller Home!

This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

If the home within your price range has a lot less square footage than what you are used to, you will need to find ways to improvise. While you can always decide to downsize, you do not have to completely. Learn ways in which you can utilize every square foot of space and take advantage of using empty space to find a comfortable place to live. Here are just a few ways to get the most out of your overall budget with a smaller home.

Adding Cabinets

One way to take advantage of your smaller space is to create more room within a room. Built-in cabinetry is one way to do this. Take a look at your kitchen area. Do you still have a lot of room from the top of your cabinets to the ceiling? If so, you may want to see about having new cabinets installed. Cabinets today take advantage of every square inch of space. You can also customize cabinets to fit your needs. Some add-ons include:

*Drawer organizers
*Double cutlery dividers
*Lift up units for more counter space
*Drawers within drawers
*Canned good storage additions
*Walled spice racks
*Built-in appliances
*Drawer peg systems for better organizing
*Built-in layered pull out drawers to utilize corner cabinet space
*Cabinet pullout spaces

Do not let a small kitchen in a nice home, defer you from making a purchase offer. Ask the professionals at Berkshire Hathaway to help you find the exact Santa Monica Real Estate property that you are looking for. In addition, sit down with a kitchen or home designer to go over space and budget options that will help make your kitchen a more workable area and less cluttered.

Building Up

With many prime real estate locations, lot size can be a big issue. You may have found your dream home property, but still need more square footage in order to make the land work for you. In some cases, you may be able to build up. Depending on your overall budget, consider placing an addition onto your new home by utilizing attic space or adding on from an upstairs area. You will have to talk with your contractor to see if it is a possibility and also check with the city to see about ordinances and building code approval.

How Decor Can Make A Room Look Bigger

When you have a small space to work with and have utilized every square foot for a living area, try altering the appearance of a room. Here are a few suggestions:

*Pull furniture away from walls to give of an appearance of more space.
*Make your ceiling a darker color.
*Apply crown molding half way up the wall to separate two differently painted wall spaces.
*Place shelving units near the top of the ceiling.
*Use striped furniture or rugs to create an elongated look within a room.
*Utilize mirrors and glass to decorate rooms with smaller square footage.
*Use textured wallpaper on the ceiling for a more elevated appearance.
*Paint walls a very light color and follow up with light carpeting or flooring.

Stick to larger items for decorative pieces such as plants or vases. Avoid a lot of small furniture items and knickknacks that may overcrowd your small space.

Converting Garage And Outbuilding Space

Do you have an attached garage to your home? Consider using this space as an extra living area. Depending on the size, you could easy add another bedroom and bathroom to this particular section. If you have a large garden shed or sunroom, take advantage of these areas for workable living spaces. An outbuilding can be turned into a small den or home office if there is heat and electrical access. 

Making use of every small space in your home is important. Utilizing a few methods and tweaking your budget can turn your home into a comfortable living area that you will love!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Favorite room of the week!

This gorgeous dining room is designed by homeowner Roberta Freymann, the founder of Roller Rabbit, a line of bold and colorful block-printed designs. Channeling her love for bold, fun colors, her dining room is painted a bright teal color. The teal walls feel youthful and vibrant, making an instant statement while providing a wonderful contrast to the traditional woodwork. The layering of bohemian textiles and casually placed contemporary artwork exudes a laid back feel which is a great, unexpected juxtaposition against the elegant chandelier and formal dining chairs. Fresh, effortlessly chic and timeless, what's not to love about this gorgeous dining room? Are you a fan of this beautiful space as well? What are your thoughts?

Photo credit: Lesley Unruh

What to look for in a good mattress!

This article is provided by James G. M.

Choosing the right mattress can seem like a daunting task with so many different types of materials to choose from as well as firmness and brand. It can be even harder if you are someone who is suffering from bad back pain, neck pain, sore muscles or fatigue.

Here is a guide that will help you choose the perfect mattress suited for your needs.


Talking to a physical therapist or a chiropractor is a good place to start before going any further with your search. They can give you a proper insight into what is best for body, especially if you are asking a chiropractor. If you are someone with chronic back pain you would not want to increase your discomfort by making a wrong decision.

Keep in mind that these people can only give you good pointers and are not mattress experts.

Watch out for gimmicks

Many mattress companies will market their mattresses as “medically approved” or “orthopedic” even though there is no such organization that would officially certify a mattress as such. 

Types of mattresses

There are plenty of mattresses to choose from, here are the kinds that you can pick from and a few details that will help you make a decision.

Innerspring mattresses

These fall under the category of a traditional mattress. They are most widely made and used. These kinds of mattresses have several layers of metal coils that create the support of the mattress. The metal coils are generally encased to prolong the quality and longevity of the mattress and provide comfort. 

Coil count varies but generally speaking the higher the count the more even support and pressure relief. These types of mattresses are safe go-to because they provide even support and a good bounce which can be a helpful thing if you’re someone that might have issues getting up from the bed

Memory foam mattress

Over the last decade or so, memory foam has become a very popular choice and rightfully so. These adaptable mattresses offer great support and are usually recommended for people suffering from bad lower back pain. Since the memory foam is heat sensitive, it will contour and mold to your body relieving pressure points and give your body even support no matter if you are a side sleeper or someone that prefers to sleep on their stomach or back.

The only drawback is low breathability and heat-trapping. This can be a problem for someone that might be sensitive to changes in temperature during sleep but it can also be a major plus for people with bad circulation.

Memory foam has minimal bounce meaning that if you are sleeping next to someone you would not notice much movement should they toss and turn at night. 

Latex foam mattresses

Latex mattresses are, in many ways, similar in to memory foam ones but with a minor difference. They are more breathable and do not hold any heat. They offer great support and a relaxing, cooling effect. Latex is also, generally, firmer and, since it is a natural and scarce material, more expensive.

Hybrid mattresses 

Just as the name suggests, hybrid mattresses are a blend of two types, usually a mix of latex and memory foam. Combined to bring great comfort and cooling effect of the latex foam with the support and pressure relief of memory foam.

Another common hybrid is a combo of latex/memory foam and springs. These hybrids will be the choice of people who do not like the feeling of “sinking in”.

Adjustable beds

These high-end mattresses are sleeping luxury-embodied, with the best known brand being the Sleep NumberThey are designed to allow you to change the elevation, position, shape, and the best of them, even the temperature of the sleeping surface. This kind of versatility allows you to create your own optimal sleeping conditions for better breathing, blood flow and reduced back pain.

They are combination of ultra tough and practically indestructible air chambers, enclosed into layers of latex and memory foam. It is the air chambers that allow them to be “adjustable”.

Air mattresses 

Airbed or inflatable mattresses use air chambers that are similar to the metal coils of an innerspring mattress. Long gone are the times when and “air mattress” would be a synonym for a lilo that you would take to a beach or pool. Over the last two decades, they have evolved into mattresses that many people use as their main beds.

The best of the air mattresses can provide just as much support as a regular mattress. Keep in mind that air beds vary in quality and not every brand or make will offer the same results.

It is possible to find anything from an inexpensive air mattress to a high end model that is close to a traditional mattress. 

The great benefit of an inflatable mattress is that it is very easy to customize and adjust to your needs and the needs of the person sleeping next to you since both sides are adjustable.

If you are someone that suffers from bad back pain this is a good choice of blow up bed since you will be able to adjust the firmness. Some nights it might feel better to have a firmer mattress and other nights a more “cushiony”, softer bed. Another good thing to keep in mind is that these types of mattresses are usually in the lower price range so they are a good option if you are looking for a new bed but also have a limited budget.

Test run

When picking out a mattress in the store see if you can lay down on it for at least 10 to 15 minutes and if you are shopping with a partner have them lay down as well and compare opinions. Since this is a big purchase it is best to have a feel for the mattress and see how your body responds to it before making the final decision.

Final tips

Ask your retailers about the guarantee before you buy the mattress and make sure you fully understand all the terms and conditions such as whether you are paying for transportation, if you can get your money back or an exchange should you not feel completely happy with the mattress. 

All of these things are very important and should be taken into consideration when you are ready to make a final decision. 

Keep your mattress protected from stains as this will void your warranty. A good quality mattress should have a minimum 10 year warranty which gives you plenty of years of carefree sleep. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cool firm alert- Bright DesignLab!

Introducing Bright DesignLab, a Portland, Oregon-based design firm specializing in both private residences and commercial projects. Their design approach is combining stylish elements with a modern edge. Intrigued? Let's check out their fabulous portfolio, shall we?


Photo credit: Bright DesignLab

How incredibly chic are these interiors? Fresh and visually interesting, these rooms exudes an effortless vibe with a modern minimalist feel. Such tasteful, inspiring and unconventionally beautiful designs, what's not to love? Are you a fan of their stylish work as well?

For more information about this firm, please visit: Bright DesignLab.

Monday, June 26, 2017

A beautifully layered historic Spanish Colonial in Dallas!

This 1930s Spanish Colonial home in Dallas has received a makeover from designer Cathy Kincaid. Inspired by her client's lifelong collection of porcelain, she incorporated the rooms in a palette of soft blues and whites. The results? A beautifully layered abode with a global charm. Lets check out this gorgeous home, shall we?

Photo credit: James Merrell

I absolutely adore this stunning home! The layering of beautiful textiles, interesting patterns, fine furnishings and antiques in a subtle palette makes this home truly elegant and delightful. The designer did a marvelous job incorporating the different elements in a fresh, effortless way. Such a breathtaking and inspirational home, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

Friday, June 23, 2017

A charming, modern and eclectic boutique hotel in Stockholm!

Built in 1910 by architect Fredrik Dahlberg, Ett Hem has been converted into a 12-bedroom boutique hotel. With the help from designer Ilse Crawford, this Stockholm hotel is transformed. Charming with an eclectic flair fit for modern living, this beautiful hotel shouldn't be missed. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Chase Daniel

Isn't this boutique hotel absolutely gorgeous? A mix of old, original decorative details and cool, modern furnishings creates a fresh and effortlessly chic feel in each room, making it feels more like a home than a hotel, don't you think? I am especially drawn to the beautiful covered glass patio and the inviting courtyard, what about you? Is there anything that catches your eye in this stunning hotel tour? I would love to know!