Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sponsor- Thank you!


Today, I would like to take a moment to thank my sponsor, Latest Living for keeping my blog up and running.




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Remember to visit Latest Living to explore more beautiful bedding and lovely home decor!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cool designer alert- Cynthia Hayes!


Introducing talented Massachusetts-based designer, Cynthia Hayes. Specializing in classic, fresh and timeless designs combined with beautiful and comfortable furnishings, her work always exude a relaxing and calming vibe. Without further ado, let's check out her stunning portfolio, shall we?




















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By incorporating a soft color palette and a minimalist approach towards her designs, her work often exudes a calm, chic and dreamy feel! I love how restrained, thoughtful and well-edited her rooms are. She is definitely a designer to watch, don't you think? What are your thoughts?

For more information regarding the designer or her work, please visit: 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Inside a stylish and contemporary New York loft with an artistic flair!


This stunning TriBeCa loft is designed by Kevin Dumais for a family with two young children. To create a metropolitan elegance feel, he masterfully weaves midcentury pieces, contemporary art, cool hues and rich textures together. The results? A polished, luxurious and sophisticated abode! Let's check it out!











Photo credit: Eric Piasecki

How gorgeous is this loft? Stylish, contemporary and warm, this home oozes modern elegance with an artistic flair. A combination of bold lighting, natural elements and luxury materials creates a youthful, edgy vibe which I find particularly chic and inspiring! The beautiful dining area with the butterscotch leather banquette is especially my favorite! Are you drawn to this fabulous abode as much as I do? Thoughts?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Inside a traditional mountain retreat with a bold twist!


When Ross and Sally Singletary wanted to build a new home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, they turned to Atlanta architect D. Stanley Dixon and interior designer Heather Dewberry for design help. Thanks to their frequent collaborations, Dixon and Dewberry were given the creative license to design their mountain retreat. The Singletary's main directive is for the creative pair to show them something they hadn't seen before. The results? A striking home that wows! Let's check it out, shall we?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy 7th blog anniversary!


In a blink of an eye, my little blog has turned 7! My blog actually turned 7 on Feb 13 but I totally forgot it until yesterday, thanks to a week of celebrations (Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year), lots of cooking and heavy feasting. :)

Fun, exciting and wonderful opportunities continue to come my way, some I gladly welcomed and some I have politely declined. The most thrilling experience were from design clients who came back again and again to ask me for design help. One client even offered to fly me out of state to design her beach home! It means one thing. My design clients trusted me enough to transform their homes and I did something right. As a decorator, I couldn't ask for more!

On another happy note, my blog has reached another milestone yesterday. Over the course of 7 years, my blog has garnered over 10 million pageviews, believe it or not! Without your love and support, my blog wouldn't have come this far so I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you who continued to follow and read my blog. I would also like to thank my dedicated readers who take a moment from their busy lives to drop me an encouraging and positive comment from time to time. I feel so blessed and grateful to all of you!

I will try my hardest to find the chicest, most beautiful and most inspirational interiors to share with you everyday so I hope you will continue to stay with me. 


Thank you my fabulous readers, you are super awesome!

With Design, It Is The Little Things That Can Make Or Break The Look!


This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

It is the little things like this that can bring down your whole design if you are not careful. Here are a few of the little things that can make or break your design:

Pests

You have a pristine room with beautiful tile floors and a white linen sofa. Then a nasty cockroach crawls across the smooth stone or the alabaster fabric, creating a black spot on your design. Ditto for spiders, scorpions, or any other kind of pests.

Joshua's Pest Control in San Diego says that you need to develop a pest control plan well before you notice that you have pests. Once you have an infestation, the pests can be much harder to remove. But if you treat your home ahead of time, you can keep the pests from ever entering.

Wires

A jumble of wires behind your entertainment center or your desk just looks like a mess. It will be a blight on your carefully designed room. That messy pile of wires will make the room look more cluttered and decidedly less stylish.

There are many ways that you can hide those wires. The best way is to plan for the wires in your design, such as by choosing an entertainment center that has closed spaces where the wires can be hidden, such as drawers and cabinets. You can also hide wires by hiring an electrician to run them through the wall or to put an outlet closer to where you need it. You can also minimize wires by minimizing the number of devices in a location. Do you really need an Xbox and a Wii?

Generic Light Fixtures

You might not think that simple light fixture in your hall makes that big a difference to your overall design, but it does. All those generic light fixtures that you might think blend into the background actually detract from the full potential of your home's decor.

The best interior designs are planned to the smallest detail. The light fixtures should be chosen to complement the decor not only with their style but also with the ambiance they create. Different fixtures can change the light level in the room, which can have a profound impact on the atmosphere.

Shoddy Workmanship

Nothing looks as good as good workmanship. You do not want to look down at your custom made farm table and note all the ways that it is flawed, from that little puddle of stain in the corner to the screw sticking out on one of the legs. Nor do you want to be enjoying a bath in your huge garden tub and look over and see crooked paint lines or loose window trim. 

Make sure you hire the pros to do your home repairs or renovations. If you want to do some of the work yourself, make sure you take on only those jobs that you can do well. No one is going to praise your work if it does not look good, and your efforts could actually bring down the profile of your home.

There are dozens of other little things that can bring down your home design, ranging from ill-chosen throw pillows to a misplaced accent chair in your family room. It is important that you think through every aspect of your design carefully and that you pay close attention to the details. You will be looking at your decor every day, and you will notice the little flaws that are there. Over time, your guests will notice, too, and you will feel very self-conscious. You may even stop inviting people over as often because of it. 

Take your time with your design planning or work with a professional to make sure you get it right.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cool designer alert- Elizabeth Stamos!


Introducing talented Illinois-based designer, Elizabeth Stamos. A versatile designer, her work ranges from the traditional to the contemporary. Let's check out her beautiful portfolio, shall we?









The designer: Elizabeth Stamos

Photo credit: Elizabeth Stamos Design

I like how fresh, effortlessly layered and delightfully eclectic these rooms are. The way she creatively blends different metallics, textures and materials is so chic and refreshing! There are so many wonderful ideas and details in each space to be inspired by. Are you drawn to the these fabulous interiors as well?

To learn more about the designer and her work, please visit: