Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sponsor- Thank you!

Today, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome my newest sponsor, Latest Living

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Inside an incredibly fresh, chic and charming historic home in Northern California!

A couple decided to trade their Manhattan apartment for this 1915 Northern California redwood home to raise their two young daughters. To bring their vision to life, they have enlisted Liesl Geiger-Kincade of Manhattan's Studio Geiger Architecture and Los Angeles design firm Commune to transform their historic Berkeley home. The results is unbelievably stunning. Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Trevor Tondro

How incredibly gorgeous! The beautiful dark redwood ceilings, walls and woodwork exude so much warmth and coziness in this abode, don't you think? Unfortunately, the wood also absorbs too much light leaving the rooms feeling dark and gloomy. To brighten up the rooms while retaining the original woodwork, the designers cleverly incorporate discreet solar tubes along with additions of wall sconces, table lamps and ceiling lights to the space. 

With a great mix of vibrant pieces, contemporary furnishings, bohemian accents and geometric elements, this historic abode feels laid-back yet polished and sophisticated. Such a fresh, chic and charming residence, what's not to love? Your thoughts?

A Quick Overview Of Different Home Designs!

This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

Imagine you could start over when it comes to choosing the interior design style of your home. Perhaps, you have just moved into a new home. Perhaps, you have just come into a handsome sum of money and can get rid of your current, random selection of furniture and décor.

What would you do? Where would you start? Would you favor the classic chairs of a top brand like Thomasville Furniture, a company that started building its reputation as a purveyor of fine, handcrafted furniture since 1904, or would you prefer something ultramodern with glass desks, coffee tables, console tables, and dining tables?

Modern or mid-century modern? Contemporary or minimalist? Scandinavian or Industrial? What will it be? When you think about it, it is a huge list. Some designs you may know already. Others, you may have heard about. And some may take you completely by surprise.

Here is an overview of stylistic trends to give you some idea of how to decide on a beautiful, warm and welcoming home.

1. The Sleek Look Of Modern, Contemporary, And Minimalist Design

There is often considerable confusion between these three. They are often taken to be synonymous. They are similar, but not the same.

The modern design is crisp, clean, and simple. Your color palette consists of a few basic colors. Your materials will be made of metal, mainly steel, and glass. Rather like a cabin room aboard the Starship Enterprise, things are sleek, uncluttered; with a minimal collection of accessories.

While the modern style insists on impeccable order, the contemporary style is more flexible, less strict, more fluid. Things flow in a contemporary style, with curved lines and more color choices.

While the contemporary style loosens up the modern style, the minimalist tightens it up. A minimalist style prefers neutral or faint colors. The furnishings are as streamlined but even simpler. All excess has been expunged. There is nothing flamboyant about it. Ironically, less is more, and the entire effect is calm and reassuring. It is all about functionality, and the aesthetics of ultra-clean lines.

2. The Nostalgic Feel Of Mid-century Modern And Industrial

Mid-Century modern is modern for another era, the 1950s, and the 1960s. Although it is functional and non-fussy from the perspective of earlier times, we would consider it more retro, evoking in us a feeling of nostalgia. Things are pared-down. For instance, we are talking about egg-shaped chairs and simple colors and fabrics.

Industrial evokes yet another type of nostalgia, stirring up feelings for the integrity of honest labor and the inspiration of warehouses and urban lofts. There is a sense that great things are about to begin because they are in an elemental, raw, and unfinished state. This sense is evoked with elements like ductwork, brick, and wood. Art is usually abstract, perhaps black-and-white photography, or a painting that adds a dash of color in an otherwise neutral sea of wood and metal color schemes. Furniture is sparse and functional. Metal light fixtures usually dangle from high ceilings framed by old timber.

3. The Old World Charm Of Scandinavian, French Country And Bohemian

Scandinavian design reflects the simple elegance of Nordic countries, where functional furniture usually consists of understated works of art. Colors pop out from the natural fiber throws, from bright plastic accessories, and from enameled aluminum and pressed-wood furniture. Floors consist of broad plank flooring. Everything is spacious. Lighting is natural. Accessories are kept to a minimum. The style pays homage to the charm of Nordic country life.

French Country design is about warm colors and earthly tones, like red and yellow and gold. Furnishings are worn and elemental, like wood furniture, stone floors, and brick walls. You get the impression of a snug farmhouse out in the French countryside. There is no shyness about excess here: ornate porcelain dishes might line a mantelpiece while heavy linen and bed coverings make bedrooms look particularly cozy.

The Bohemian style focuses less on creating a comfortable and well-settled atmosphere and more on expressing a wild, creative, and carefree streak. It is about spontaneous collections and miscellaneous tastes. You will find an abundance of rugs, plenty of inspired textiles, and a rich display of collectibles. While light fixtures and furniture are vintage, the house gives the gypsy-like impression of an unfettered existence.

In conclusion, before deciding what type of furniture to buy or what type of rooms to work on, you need to decipher the vocabulary of interior design style. You do not want the multicultural theme in the playroom clashing with the French Country design of your living room. Whatever your choice of style, stay consistent with it in every room of the house.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Favorite room of the week!

This living room is right down my alley! With a classic blue and white palette, this space reminds me of a seaside retreat. The relaxed upholstery, woven textures and beach accents capture a sense of ease and charm of the ocean, don't you think? Gorgeous, effortlessly chic and timeless, what is not to love about this inviting room? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: One Kings Lane

Traditional Rugs- What Is The Difference Between Persian And Oriental Rugs?

This post is provided by Megan Reece.

For many years rugs have been seen simply as an interior accessory, however things are changing and rugs are more frequently becoming the focal point of a room. A rug can add many attributes to your room, transform even the dullest of spaces with exciting and warm patterns. Of course choosing the right rug for your room is not the simplest task, but this post should shed some light on the more traditional rugs and how they can be used in your room.

When it comes to traditional rugs there are two main styles; Persian and Oriental. So what are the differences between the two and which is best for your room?

Persian Rugs

Probably one of the most well-known styles in the world of rugs, as well as one of the oldest too. It is thought that they date back at least 3500 years, although they could be even older than this- it is really difficult to determine!

An impressive amount of labor goes into creating a Persian rug which definitely shows in the level of artistic quality that shines through the finished product. For a truly authentic Persian rug you should always check if it has been hand woven, this will add to the overall effect that the rug has on your room.

So what floors do Persian rugs look best on? The obvious answer is any floor, but they particularly stand out on hardwood floors and give off that real vintage feel. Picture the scene: a gorgeous rustic wooden floor topped with not just a rug, but a piece of art in the form of a Persian rug to create a real classic and warm feel. In regards to your decor these rugs are best paired with neutral colors to really allow the rug to ‘pop’ out.

Oriental Rugs

These rugs are often confused with their Persian counterparts, however Persian rugs stemmed from countries that belonged to the ancient Persian empire while Oriental rugs stem from countries such as Azerbaijan, China, Tibet and Ottoman regions.

To the untrained eye, Persian and Oriental rugs may appear the same but there are some differences, such as the way the fabric is used, the motifs used and other minor details. For example, Oriental rugs of Azerbaijani regions often have frills at the shorter ends. Oriental rugs work really well as a room divider, for example if you need to break a larger room up then placing an Oriental rug in the middle of the room will inadvertently allow you to create two separate spaces. Irrespective of where and how you plan on displaying your rug, an Oriental design will definitely prove a sense of style as well of an air of coziness too.

Whilst choosing between a Persian or Oriental rug may seem intimidating the choice need not be too hard, there are no set rules on any specific kind of rug and it all boils down to the rug that appeals to you and fits the decor of the room that you wish to place it in, as well as the budget you have to work with! For more information why not head over to Rug Mountain and check out their range of Persian and Oriental rugs.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Featured post- Sogni di Cristallo!

One of the elements I love most about interior decorating is the lighting! The right lighting in a home changes the mood and ambiance of a room in a snap. Not only does the right lighting create a cozier and classier atmosphere, it adds style and visual interest in a space as well.

Speaking about lighting, recently I was introduced to Sogni di Cristallo, a gorgeous Italy lighting company.

Sogni di Cristallo is more than a "Made in Italy" brand name, but more importantly, all its products are "Made in Venice" by Murano masters. All their pieces are handcrafted using antique techniques and can be fully customized in terms of size, dimensions and color, which I truly love! Offering a wide range of lighting products from classic designs to the newest trend in glass, you will definitely find something you love!

Here are some of my favorite lighting from their beautiful collections!

They are absolutely gorgeous, don't you think? With their elegant, versatile and timeless look, they would work in most rooms in most decor! These lighting fixtures are only a tip of the iceberg from their amazing collection so don't forget to check them out when you get a chance.

Disclosure: I have received compensation for the publication of this post.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A fresh and timeless farmhouse-inspired home in Arkansas!

This beautiful ranch-style home in West Little Rock is designed by Katie Henry for her clients with a vision to create a home that complemented the natural environment. Using farmhouse-style as inspiration, the designer transformed the house from dark and cramped to light and airy. Let's check out the results of the makeover, shall we?

Photo credit: Rett Peek

I can't take my eyes off this gorgeous residence! Employing a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette throughout the entire house, this home feels fresh, open and cohesive. A mix of textures, natural elements and brass accents provide visual interest to the calming, neutral color scheme. Are you drawn to this decorating approach as well? 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Inside a chic global-inspired home in California!

This gorgeous 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Los Angeles home is designed by Rosa Beltran of Homepolish for a family with three young children. The designer's vision for the abode included incorporating global-inspired furnishings and enhancing the authentic architectural details while giving the active family the storage they needed. Without further ado, let's take a tour of this fabulous home, shall we?

Such a bright and inviting home, don't you think? A great mix of patterns, colors and textures from the textiles and eclectic furnishings not only creates a layered and collected feel, it also accentuates the global chic vibe the designer was going for. Warm, delightful and comfortable, what's not to love about this beautifully curated home? Your thoughts?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Favorite room of the week!

Such a gorgeous Parisian style breakfast room! Fresh, light yet effortlessly opulent, this room reminds me of classic pattisseries in Paris. A few beautiful French furnishings and thoughtful accents totally transformed this space into a chic and elegant eating area, don't you think? What are your thoughts?

Photo credit: One Kings Lane

Four Challenges Of Moving To A New Place!

This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

Moving can be an exciting time, although that does not necessarily mean you will look forward to the process. Having to relocate to a new place can present a lot of challenges. It is common that a life change of this magnitude can create a lot of stress because of the things you need to do. You will want to be as prepared as possible beforehand to help alleviate your anxiety. Here are some of the issues that may accompany your move.

Challenge #1: Finding the right professionals

The key to making any move less stressful may rest in hiring professionals, like North American moving company, to assist you. Being able to rely on a team of professionals that can help you pack, move and unpack your boxes at your new location is important.

One thing you will need to do is shop around and look for the lowest price. Keep in mind, the amount of stuff you have to move will typically determine what you will have to pay to do so.

Challenge #2: Decluttering

It is important to take a long look at the number of things you have in your home. Do you need to pack and move all of these, or can you work to declutter your space as much as you can?

It is highly likely that you can have a garage sale or donate a lot of things you are not using any longer. Doing this will enable you to pack less and save you money on your next move by simply downsizing your home.

When it comes to your clothing, you may want to consider getting rid of anything you have not worn in the last year. This is proof that it is likely you may not wear it at all in the future either.

Challenge #3: Renting storage space

You may need to consider renting a self-storage unit until you get settled into a new home. This can allow you to keep a lot of your belongings in a safe and dry place as long as necessary.

The good news is the monthly cost for doing this is typically very affordable, and you can sign a contract that may only last a certain amount of time. You will want to thoroughly read any agreement before signing it because breaking it could mean you may have to pay penalties or late fees.

Challenge #4: Transporting pets

One of the greatest pleasures in life is having a furry friend that you love to spend time with each day. Regardless what type of pet you have, you will need to move it to your new location.

It can be a real challenge to transport your beloved pet, and you will want to be prepared as possible for this transition. One thing you may want to consider doing is getting some of your pet’s favorite toys together. This can be a great way to alleviate the anxiety of any animal you may have and is sure to help make a move easier for both of you.

Making a move may not be the easiest thing to do in life but could be something you may need to do at some point. The key to stressing less and getting through this task is to be as prepared as you possibly can. Being aware of some of the largest challenges beforehand could be the most efficient way for you to move with ease when necessary!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cool designers alert- Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto!

Introducing talented Illinois-based designers, Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto. Since joining forces, they have been creating beautiful and functional rooms together. Without further ado, let's check out their lovely portfolio, shall we?

Photo credit: Park & Oak

Aren't their work absolutely fabulous? Their designs feel fresh and casually chic, thanks to a thoughtful mix of neutral palette, clean lines, natural elements and eclectic furnishings. Exuding warmth and incredible style, what's not to love about their chic decorating approach? What are your thoughts?

To learn more about the designers and their work, please visit: