Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Photo credit: Brian Jannesen/ Alamy Stock Photo


Trick-or-treating with my son in the neighborhood has become a fun tradition for us. It's a special day that he always look forward to. Before we leave the house, I would leave some candies and a note on our front porch for the tricksters. Do you do something similar when you are out trick-or-treating with your little ones too?

No matter what 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. Most importantly, stay safe!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

A fresh and classically rooted South Georgia home!

When estate owners, Joe and Fran Brannen were seeking to build a larger home, they enlisted architect Brandon Ingram for help. During the designing process, they have also hired interior design Mallory Mathison Glenn and landscape architect Carson McElheney. Because of the house's grand proportions, the project took the design team four and a half years from the very first meeting to completion. The results? A charming and classically rooted home that still feels very fresh. Let's check out this gorgeous South Georgia home, shall we?

Photo credit: Jeff Herr

Such a grand and graceful home! With stunning architectural details such as elaborate cornices, ornate casings and pediments along with fresh interiors, this breathtaking home is more than inspirational. A mix of traditional furnishings, bold colors and prints definitely give this classic home a youthful spin, don't you think? I am absolutely in love with this beautiful residence, what about you? Are you drawn to this spectacular home as well? Your thoughts?

Friday, October 27, 2017

A lifestyle blogger's fresh and chic nautical-inspired home!

With the help from Sally Gotfresdon from One Kings Lane, Will Taylor's (lifestyle blogger from Bright.Bazaar) Bellport home is transformed. Let's check out the results of this wonderful collaboration, shall we?

Photo credit: David Land

Aren't this home absolutely beautiful? A classic palette of whites, creams, blues and blacks provides a calming and relaxing feel to this gorgeous abode. Eclectic furnishings, brass accents and a few nautical pieces such as a rope-wrapped chandelier and a set of nautical style kitchen stools suggest chic coastal style without being overly theme-y which I find refreshing! What are your thoughts?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Favorite room of the week!

I can't help but drool over this gorgeous bathroom! Designed by SuzAnn Kletzien for a young, fashion-forward couple, this bathroom is actually inspired by an Alexander McQueen skull pillow, how fabulous! The traditional penny-tile flooring with the beautiful hexagonal pattern is definitely the first thing one notices in the space. Eye-catching and impactful, it's definitely the star in the bathroom! A modern jewelry-inspired chandelier above the bath tub gives the classic bathroom a fresh and youthful spin. Meanwhile, the gilded mirrors and brass fixtures oozes luxury and glam to the classic black and white palette. The addition of steel framed glass shower doors keep the room feeling open and spacious. Such a chic, bold and stunning bathroom, what's not to like about this fantastic bathroom? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Nathan Kirkman

Lacquered vs Oiled Wood Flooring!

This post is provided by Ben Duke.

Lacquered vs Oiled is one of the biggest debates and wars that goes on in the flooring world. First we will start with a bit of information, and to answer what I imagine is a question going through your heads right now, what exactly are lacquered and oiled finishes?

Lacquered comes with a high gloss and matt finish, and the lacquer that is applied is a type of varnish used as a protection. Oiled comes with more of a vintage finish, and is far more old fashioned, and finished with a hardwax. Both have their advantages and their disadvantages which we will break down for you now.



Lacquered is incredibly water resistant, so spillages can be very easily cleaned up before permanent damage is caused. Excessive exposure to moisture can cause your floor to curl so you have got to be cautious of the amount of water spilled, but generally it is far more water resistant than oiled. 

It is also good for rooms with heavy footfall, and has good resistance to high levels of traffic and is probably the toughest finish around.


It can be very easily scuffed or scratched, so if you are worried about the appearance of scratches then this may not be the best finish for you. So if used in hallways it is advised to invest in a door mat!

Resanding can be an issue, if small scratches are an issue the whole floor will need resanding and refinishing!



One of the main advantages of oiled is its durability. The protection is not just on the surface, it runs deep to the core. It is more sustainable than lacquered, and is far easier to resand and refinish. It is also anti static meaning that dust and dirt would not attach itself, and is easy to clean up. 

Due to the nature of the finish, the wood is allowed to breath, and it is perfect for areas of high traffic and heavy footfall.


Although the protection is one of its benefits, it does take a lot of maintenance. It has very little, if any water resistance, so spillages will need to be cleaned up quickly to avoid damage to the flooring. The anti static nature of the flooring can be problematic for pet owners, as it can see your pets sliding all over the floor! 

There is no right or wrong answer with this debate, as both have pros and cons. We hope our guide has helped you to make your final decision!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Book review- Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor & Thorp!

I have another lovely design book, Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor & Thorp from Vendome Press that I wanted to share with you today. Thanks Meghan! In this book authored by architects M. Brian Tichenor and Raun Thorp, you will find exceptional properties that integrate large-scale residences and luxurious gardens and landscapes into a singular, unified vision designed by this Los Angeles-based husband-and-wife team

Without further ado, let's get a glimpse of this stunning book, shall we?

Photo credit: Roger Davies 

There is so much to love about this gorgeous book and its abundance of awe-inspiring images. Among those featured in this book are a Spanish-inflected courtyard house and garden in Las Palmas; a Bel Air estate tinged with English and French influences; a Newport Beach hilltop hideaway that evokes a Portuguese quinta; a Pasadena retreat inflected with John Soane-inspired details; two luxe Manhattan apartments; and a mountain getaway in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Most photographs are accompanied by essays, captions, drawings, plans and masterly watercolors to give the reader a deeper understanding of how the firm takes each of these elements into account and incorporates them into their projects. 

With 272 pages of breathtaking homes, beautiful interiors, amazing gardens and spectacular landscaping, this inspiring book is ideal for any design, garden or landscaping fans! Trust me, you will be swept away by this visually delightful and engaging book! Highly recommended and shouldn't be missed!

Get your copy here!

*I received  this book to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Inside a chic, glamorous and beautifully restored Atlanta home!

This 1934 Regency-style house in Atlanta belongs to a young family. With the help from designer Melanie Turner, this home is restored and transformed into a beautiful and youthful residence. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Mali Azima

Such a gorgeous home inside and out! Gold accents, luxurious textiles, striking lights, whimsical wall covering and hand-painted murals add a touch of luxury, whimsy, sophistication and glamour to this home. Fresh, chic and beautifully layered, this home is the epitome of style and elegance. I am particularly drawn to the stunning powder room and the delightful dining room, what about you? Is there anything or room(s) that catches your eyes? Any thoughts?