Monday, April 30, 2018

Inside a movie executive's glamorous West Hollywood home!

With a love for interior design, movie executive Ricky Strauss subscribes to every shelter magazine and have read countless interiors books. Well-versed in decorating, he successfully transformed his 1930s West Hollywood abode like a seasoned decorator, filling it with decorator touches and Hollywood treasures. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Trevor Tondro

Such an inspirational tour! By combining bold accents, striking pieces and brass elements, his home oozes style, glamour and personality! I am especially drawn to the beautiful living room and the cozy bedroom, what about you, my lovelies? Are you drawn to anything from this gorgeous tour as well? What are your thoughts?

Friday, April 27, 2018

Inside a timeless and beautifully layered Houston home!

This newly built Houston home belongs to former NFL Player Owen Daniels that he shares with his wife Angela Daniels and their two boys. To decorate their 7, 200-square-foot abode, they enlisted Houston-based designer Julie Dodson for help. Since the designer has collaborated with the Danielses before, she understood their taste and style preferences. Without further ado, let's check out their stunning residence, shall we?

Photo credit: Nathan Schroder

How amazing is this home? Soft, neutral colors like whites, creams and grays are incorporated to create calmness and serenity. Interesting artwork, unique lighting and small doses of colorful accents are integrated to inject style and provide visual interest. Beautifully layered, tastefully decorated and timelessly chic, what's not to love about this gorgeous abode? Your thoughts?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

I absolutely adore this lovely farmhouse kitchen from Primrose Hill, London! By incorporating classic white subway tiles sans upper cabinets, whitewashed wood floors and white ceiling, this space instantly feels bright and airy. The well-worn antique kitchen cabinets ground the room while adding warmth and character. The farmhouse table and benches exude charm while tying in with the other rustic elements in the room. Layered, collected and charming, what's not to love about this new country kitchen? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: One Fine Stay

How do I know if it is safe to dig into my backyard?

This article is provided by Jesse Hughes.

Digging in your backyard – is it safe?

Making the most of your outdoor space is often a good idea. You can build an extension to your property, a garden room or even just a workshop where you can go and spend some time away from the chaos that often comes with family life. It is not as simple as just starting to dig up the ground in your yard though. There are things that you need to think about before this happens. 

One of the most important things to consider is the safety aspect of digging in your outside space. If you do not think about this, you could be putting you and your family in danger. 

How do you know if digging in your yard is safe?

You may think that you know everything there is to know about your yard. It is easy to spot a tree or an old piece of fence that may present an obstacle to a building project. You can take these things into account and make sure that the structures you are planning are safely built around them. 

However, it is not as easy to deal with obstacles that may be hidden underground. You cannot see what is happening down there. As a result, there is a chance that you could hit a water pipe or a gas main. This could cause serious issues with your project and could also be dangerous. This is why you should have utility locating work carried out, to ensure that it is safe for you to continue as planned. 

What else do you need to think about?

It is not just safety that you need to think about when you are building on your property. There are other important factors that you need to take into account. 

Checking that you have any permission that is needed.

Depending on what type of structure you are building, you may require permission from the local council. You should always check to see if this is the case, before the digging starts. 

Making sure that you have a realistic budget in place.

There is no point in having the perfect workshop in your yard if all you do is worry about money because you have spent too much on its construction. You need to sit down and work out a realistic budget before the project starts. It is important to include a bit extra to the expected spend so that you can deal with any unexpected issues.

Hiring the right people for the job. 

If you want your building project to be successful, you need to make sure that you have the right people in place to do the work. It is worth taking time to hire a good contractor, so that you can be sure that you have made the right choice. 

You should never neglect the safety aspect when you are thinking of digging in your yard. Make sure that you know about any obstacles, above and below ground, so you can be safe and reduce the risk of unwanted costly surprises. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cool designer alert- Marshall Erb!

Introducing talented Chicago-based designer Marshall Erb. An expert in art, antiques and textiles, he creates carefully curated rooms that provide a perfect reflection of their owner's taste and lifestyle. Without further ado, let's check out his gorgeous portfolio, shall we?

The designer: Marshall Erb

Photo credit: Marshall Erb Design

Don't you love his sophisticated design aesthetic? Fresh, layered and effortlessly elegant, there is so much style and inspirations to take away from his tastefully decorated interiors. The beautiful tufted built-in banquette with the grid style gallery wall is particularly my favorite, how about you?  Are you drawn to his work as much as I do?

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Inside a charming and inviting Japanese-style house in upstate New York!

This upstate New York vacation home is designed by art and creative director Vivia Horn with her now-ex husband, lawyer C. Steven Horn. With the help of Steven's early client, Mr. Kobayashi, a Japanese artisan, the 1950s ranch is transformed into a Western-inflected, traditional Japanese space. Books on Japanese architecture and interior were used as reference for customizing the abode. Intrigued? Let's check out this Eastern-influenced retreat, shall we?

Photo credit: William Abranowicz

How amazing is this Japanese-style home? A combination of brass accents and a range of wood elements provides warmth and coziness to the space. Details such as sliding screen doors, wood beam ceilings, a Japanese-style fire pit and various Japanese accessories provide character and authenticity. Exuding charm, elegance and serenity, this retreat truly captures the essence of Japanese decor, don't you think? I am particularly drawn to the charming antique pot holder with the hand-carved wooden fishhook and the stunning antique screen above the master bedroom, how about you, my lovelies? Is there anything that catches your eye? Thoughts?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Inside a cheery and beautifully layered Nashville home!

After Bunny Blackburn snapped up her favorite 1926 Georgian Revival house from her childhood, she turned to friend and Nashville designer Sarah Bartholomew for design help. To reflect her friend's personality, Bartholomew artfully mixed feminine florals with graphic patterns. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Emily Followill

What a gorgeous, gorgeous home! I like how the designer gives this traditional abode a modern twist by incorporating fresh hues with a few contemporary accents. A mix of pretty colors, attractive patterns and striking pieces create a visual delight! Cheery, classically chic and beautifully layered, I am absolutely inspired by this stunning residence! How about you, my lovelies?