Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Book review- Cabana Anthology!

Recently, I have received Cabana Anthology, another lovely publication from Vendome Press. In this delightful volume authored by Martina Mondadori Sartogo, you will find an incredible photographic journey through a unique and timeless mix of visual essays from contributors ranging from Manolo Blahnik and Alessandro Michele to Patrick Kinmoth, Christopher Gibbs and Annabelle Selldorf. The text is accompanied by artful photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna, François Halard, Tim Beddow, Guido Taroni and other internationally renowned interior photographers.

Without further ado, let's check out some of the stunning images you will find inside this fabulous book!

There is so much to love about this beautiful book! First of all, let's start with the striking hardcover. It is made with real cloth and has a nice texture to it. The book itself is pretty thick and substantial. In addition, it also includes multiple paper stocks, interior stamping and lamination and three facsimile inserts. Talk about astonishing production values!

With 488 pages of high quality photos of breathtaking interiors, impressive architecture and exquisite objects, these authentic, layered in history and deeply personal spaces will definitely wow you! 

Engaging and fascinating, this gorgeous book instantly transports me to far away places. If you love extraordinary interiors and enjoy exploring inspiring environments, this is the perfect book for you. I am so thrilled to add this inspirational design book to my collection. I know you will, too. Truly a gem 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.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Modern Aesthetic: Statement Ceilings!

This post is provided by Samantha Waites.

The world of interior design is one that is as dynamic as the direction of the winds. There are so many aspects to handle in interior design, and at times, one’s creativity can easily peak in the same way that a writer hits the dreaded writer’s block.

If you have hit that plateau, as I have many times, the solution is actually rather simple- think out of the box. What is one perspective that you have not considered yet?

Too often we focus on walls, how the furniture is arranged, and how the colors are gracefully coordinated with one another. We do not give ceilings enough attention, and even when we do, the importance of a new and modern aesthetic is often overlooked.

Today, take the chance to overcome your plateau, so that you can experience the elevation of witnessing your vision materialize before your eyes. And no, there is no need to mimic the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. These are rather simple tweaks that you can definitely adopt for your home.

Here are some sleek ideas on how you can add some pop to your interior ceilings:

Play With Colors

Contrasting your ceiling with that of white elements in the surrounding area is a surefire way to add pop to your interiors. Add in some furniture that is also the same color, or a slightly different shade, and you have got a nice, mellow, design that is not only clean, but also gently playful. 

Incorporate Different Materials

This is a rather permanent design that will require that you coordinate your plans with properly-licensed roofing contractors. This is because of the multiple layers that you are going to have to put together. It is a similar concept to layering in fashion. 

Because of the relative complexity of the project, you are going to need roofers who are reliable, keen with details, and of course, very skilled. Choose a quality roofing company that has a ton of reviews that can be checked, such as Westchase Roofing. It is also important to note that your materials are entirely up to you. The more diverse the materials, the more striking the final effect. 

White Ceiling, Neutral-Colored Walls

This is the exact opposite of our first example and it gives you the illusion that your ceiling is actually higher. Neutral shades create that clean, modern aesthetic that has been incredibly popular as of late. The more contrast you add to the color of the walls, the more defined the illusion of a higher ceiling is going to be. Do not overdo it, though.

Change Up Your Finish

Another sure way of driving a statement with your ceiling is not only by adding color to it, but also by experimenting with the different types of finishes. You can try a variety of finishes like gloss, matte, pearlescent, and iridescent. The varieties are plentiful, especially when you realize that you have so many combinations of colors and finishes that will easily make for an interesting design choice. Mix and match as you please.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Book review- City Of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles!

Today, I am thrilled to share a lovely new publication from Vendome Press with you. Thanks to Meghan Phillips for sending me City Of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles. In this book authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick, you will find more than 25 houses, bungalows, artists' studios, and art-filled compounds that feature the best of the city's architecture and design. Let's check it out!

Here's a glimpse of what's inside this stunning book!

Photo credit: Firooz Zahedi

I can't take my eyes off this gorgeous book and its abundance of awe-inspiring images! In this book, the author leads us inside the homes of film producers and directors, artists, photographers, collectors, architects, interior designers, musicians and bohemians living happily in houses designed by renowned architects, interior designers and garden designers including Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Harold Levitt, Rex Lotery, Peter Dunham, David Netto, Waldo Fernandez, Cliff Fong, Madeline Stuart, Mark D. Sikes, Mark Haddawy, Kulapat Yantrasast, Suzanne Rheinstein and Michael S. Smith.

Illustrated with hundreds of photographs of breathtaking homes, beautiful architecture and charming gardens, this book is perfect for those who love being transported to extraordinary places. With 392 pages of visually delightful and engaging content, this inspiring book is ideal for all design and architecture fans! Truly a gem and shouldn't be missed! Highly recommended! 

Get your copy here!

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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The She Shed: Your Little Space Of Quiet!

This post is provided by Samantha Waites.

Who says only men are allowed to get their own “me room” at home? We, women deserve to have our own place to escape. And, well, the ‘she shed’ is exactly that. It is a place separate from the main house that is solely dedicated to us and the things that we want to do. 

While you obviously need a shed to begin (in which case, sites like sheds Glasgow are going to be your best friend), you do not necessarily have to build a new shed if you already have an existing one. You can just as easily decorate and refurbish an old shed in order to make it the perfect happy place for you. Here are a few ways you can do just that.


Naturally, an existing shed is already going to be in your backyard. But where exactly should you put your shed if you are having a new one built? Easy! Under the shade of trees or right next to the pool, if you have one. The shade is going to shield your personal space from the glaring heat of the sun while the pool not only cools the nearby air, but it also makes for another easy escape from the heat. A poolside lounge is just one great idea for a she shed.

Externals: Landscaping And Gardening

The extravagance of your shed should not be limited to the interior. The outside of your she shed, along with the surrounding external area, could be a playground for your creativity. Think of the area around your shed as your very own private island- is not that a nice thought? 

Once again, how you shape the area around your she shed is entirely up to you. Pruning, gardening, sodding, and even simply putting a path toward your she shed is a great way to delineate between your own personal area and those common spaces in the rest of the yard. 

Select Your Palette

If you do not already know, colors can have a significant impact on our emotions. It is hard to say which colors are going to work best for you, because tastes and responses vary from person to person. Each color will have a different effect on your psyche and your emotions. Some colors will help you relax while others will stimulate your creativity. This article should help you choose which color palette is best for your needs.

Furnish Your Domain

A she shed would not be truly yours if you did not have any personal effects in it. In a general sense, all you really have to do is to put the things that make you happy in there. Some popular essentials include a coffee table, loads of pillows, and of course, a nice comfy couch or daybed. 

The Core Concept

The true essence of the she shed lies in making a space that is totally for you. While not everyone will be fortunate enough to have space for a shed on their property, that does not missing out on having a place to call your own. The she shed is more of an idea than a place. Make it your own, wherever you see fit, whether that is a room, an attic or an extension.