Thursday, May 31, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

This gorgeous breakfast room is designed by lifestyle expert/ homeowner, Danielle Rollins. By incorporating a classic palette of blue and white, this space feels fresh and timeless at the same time. The peacock-blue walls is bold, unexpected and exudes a sense of coziness and enveloping feel in the space. The striking textiles on both the window covering and table cloth soften the room while providing visual interest. The blue and white porcelain add elegance while the woven water-hyacinth chairs and rattan cabinet create warmth in the space. The potted banana plants give the breakfast room a garden-like atmosphere while oozing a vibrant energy. Bold, beautiful and effortlessly chic, what's not to love about this stunning breakfast area? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Lesley Unruh

How to care for your solid wood furniture!

This post is provided by Boris Goncearenco.

The furniture, made of natural wood, is distinguished by its high aesthetics, beauty and being environmentally friendly. Such furniture will always be in fashion and is sold by a big number of online furniture retailers like NY Furniture Outlets, Wayfair, etc. And although modern furniture made of wood is covered with all sorts of high-quality lacquers, you still need to know how to clean the furniture so that it will please your glance for a long time with its flawless appearance.

Basic care rules

Natural wood is one of those materials that require constant care. Wipe the wooden furniture with a damp and dry cloth at least one a week. The ideal option is a soft fabric or suede. Sometimes you can clean furniture with special tools, but these should not contain ammonia, abrasives or solvents. It will be also good to treat the surface with wax, vinegar or burdock oil.

Right climate for your furniture

For wooden furniture, the room temperature should not drop below 60ºF. However, too high temperatures also may have negative effect on furniture. For example, placing heating devices near furniture covered with wood veneers or made of solid wood can lead to deformation of the finish layer, appearance of blisters and bubbles. Relative humidity in the room with wooden furniture should not exceed 65%. It is advisable to avoid direct exposure to direct sunlight.

Cleaners and polishers

Hundreds of manufacturers of household chemicals offer a variety of means to care for furniture- cleansers, sprays, polishes, waxes, wet wipes, etc. When making your purchase, you should exclude products that contain acetone and silicone compounds. Preference should be given to polishes based on natural ingredients- beeswax, olive and linseed oil.

Avoid direct sunlight

On bright sunny days, especially if the room in which the furniture is located is on the sunny side, it is recommended to darken the windows with translucent curtains or blinds so that they scatter light and prevent direct sunlight from reaching the surface of wooden furniture.

Solid wood furniture care

There are also special features of care for the solid wood furniture:

1. When cleaning the facades, the wood must be wiped in the direction of the pattern, thus removing dirt from the pores of the wood.

2. Steam cleaning is not suitable for cleaning furniture from solid wood.

3. Dry cleaning of straight panels made of natural wood can be carried out with a vacuum cleaner and soft brush nozzle.

4. Water may not harm the surfaces of the facades, but it can adversely affect the base material. It is always necessary to immediately wipe the water that has fallen on the surface of the furniture so that moisture does not penetrate into its base, for example, through the seams or pores.

Most important thing to keep in mind

Monthly maintenance of solid wood and veneered furniture should contain:

-dry cleaning with a vacuum cleaner with a soft nozzle

-wiping the surface with a soft cloth (flannel, suede or velvet) in the direction of the wood pattern so that the dust does not remain in the pores

-in case of scratches and other minor defects, it is better to wipe them with a special mastic of the appropriate color, applying it to a clean, dry surface

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cottage & Bungalow decorative pillow and table lamp!

Recently, I was contacted by Cottage & Bungalow to review their beautiful products. After checking out their website, I immediately agree!

Cottage & Bungalow is a wonderful company offering distinguished coastal furniture, beach decor and accessories that are handpicked for their design and quality. On their website, you will also find custom handcrafted furniture of highest quality crafted by artisans. With endless selections from laid-back pieces to elegant and luxurious furnishings, you will find something you love at Cottage & Bungalow!

Here are some of my favorite items from Cottage & Bungalow!

Such beautiful pieces! I love how effortlessly chic and casual they look! For today's review, I have chosen a pretty decorative pillow and a table lamp to spruce up my guest bedroom. Here they are!

Check out my guest bedroom mini makeover!

I really love the new additions in my guest bedroom!

Measuring at 12"x16", this small pillow creates a big impact in the room, thanks to its beautiful intricate patterns. It really gives the room an added visual interest and a dose of boho flair, don't you think? It comes with an insert and is removable for the occasional cleaning.

With a warm, neutral tone, it can be easily incorporated into any room and in many color schemes. Talk about versatility! At the moment, this pillow is on sale with a 20% off discount given at checkout.

This table lamp is absolutely stunning and brings me so much joy! Thanks to its coral design, this lamp exudes an effortlessly casual, coastal feel. The beautiful glass base adds a touch of style and elegance to the overall design. 

Both products are truly gorgeous and well-made. I couldn't be happier with both my choices. Highly recommended!

On a side note, the first coral table lamp I received was broken during transit. However, I was sent a new lamp promptly. Needless to say, I am pleased with their amazing customer service!

Don't forget to check out Cottage & Bungalow when you have a moment. Currently, they are running a sale with a 20% on selected rugs, bedding and pillows with sales ending tonight!

*I received both products to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day!

Remembering those who paid for our freedom. Also, thank you to all the brave men and women who serve and protect the country everyday. Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Inside the newest One Kings Lane store in Southampton!

Guess what? One Kings Lane will be opening a new Southampton store this summer! As always, their stores are designed to feel less like a store and more like a comfortable home so they are truly inspirational. Here's a sneak peek into the new space!

Photo credit: Tony Vu

By mixing the old and new, luxurious pieces with down-to-earth wicker elements, the rooms and vignettes are given a fresh, collected and layered look. Found objects, blue accents and beach-themed artwork evoke a casual and relaxed coastal feel. Chic, visually delightful and inspiring, what's not to love about this beautifully designed store? Your thoughts?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

How gorgeous is this bedroom? Designed by Alessandara Branca, this guest suite from Village Suites evokes a sense of comfort, timelessness and understated elegance. I absolutely love how fresh and crisp it looks! The four poster bed, the star of the room grounds the space while the canopy curtains soften the bed while adding a sense of coziness. The neutral grasscloth wallcovering and sisal rug add warmth and texture while pops of green found on the artwork, chair and decorative pillows provide style and visual interest. Stunning, inviting and tastefully decorated, what's not to love about this tropical style retreat? Your thoughts?  

Photo credit: Windsor

Tree management, removal and safety!

This post is provided by Jesse Hughes.

Trees live for a very long time but at some point they are likely to need to be removed, or at the very least pruned. When they are small this is not likely to be an issue but as they grow you are likely to need professional help.

This is particularly true if you are looking to use a tree removal service in Sydney. No matter how long your tree has been alive, regular maintenance will help it to stay healthy and extend its life. 

While it may be tempting to do the work yourself, there are several good reasons why the management, removal and safety of your trees should be entrusted to a professional:


In Australia, you cannot remove or even prune certain trees without getting permission from the local authority. Even if the tree is diseased or a danger; it needs to be verified by a professional.

Alongside this if you prune a tree that you do not think is on the list and you turn out to be wrong you can face a hefty fine.

The prudent and recommended approach is to get a professional in to verify the type of tree you are dealing with. They can confirm this is writing, allowing you to prune your tree or use their services.


Have you ever seen a tree fall? You may be surprised to discover just how far it can go and how much damage it can do in the process. 

Of course, you would be attempting to make it fall in a certain place, but unless you are a professional this is harder than it appears.

A professional tree removal specialist will have the right equipment to bring your tree down without causing harm to other properties or people nearby. You will be grateful you used them.


A good tree management company will have all the relevant insurances to cover you and themselves should anything go wrong with the felling or pruning.

Trees are surprisingly heavy, even a large branch can squash a car. It pays to have the right insurance to ensure there are no issues after the event.


Knowledge is often underrated but it is essential. You may think that your favorite tree is dead and needs to be removed, a specialist will know if it is or if it can be saved. They have the knowledge to help you make the right decision for the tree and your surroundings.

The opposite is also true; sometimes a healthy tree needs to be removed simply because its roots are starting to cause an issue for your foundations or the road nearby.

You may not spot the issue but a tree specialist will. This is why it is so important to create a schedule for your tree maintenance and to find a professional firm that will handle all your needs.

Their assistance will ensure you are complying with all the relevant regulations and your trees are removed and managed in a professional and environmentally friendly way.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Cool designer alert- Jennifer Wagner Schmidt!

Introducing talented designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt. Since opening her own design firm, JWS in 2006, she has been creating timeless, beautiful and practical spaces. Let's check out her gorgeous portfolio, shall we?

The designer: Jennifer Wagner Schmidt

Photo credit: JWS Interiors

Don't you love her style? Sleek, restrained and sophisticated, her designs evoke an air of tranquility and serenity, don't you think? She is definitely a master of mixing neutrals, textures and natural elements. Are you drawn to her decorating approach as well? What are your thoughts?

To learn more about her work, please visit: