Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ideas For A Memorable Backyard Wedding!

This post is provided by Matt Collins.

A Fine Wedding You Can Afford

Here are some hot wedding trends; but sometimes going the nostalgia route makes more sense- it all depends on you and your future spouse. For example, getting married in the backyard can be very romantic, and it can be convenient. It can be fun, it can ease the stress of the ceremony, and it can allow you to spend more than you would have been able to otherwise. Did you know the common cost of a wedding in the United States is north of $20k?

Certainly you want to be able to have the most extravagant event you can; but the realities of today may prevent you from having such an experience. However: with your own backyard, or that of a close relation, you may be able to get there. If you have a beautiful backyard, that is even better! And take this into consideration as well: just because your marriage is on the property, does not mean you are necessarily being thrifty.

Remember The Godfather? That wedding took place in a backyard, and it was a downright top-tier event! Certainly that is an extreme example, but it is worth keeping in mind. It may just be that the venue of your parents' home, or that of a relative, represents a better place to get married than any chapel or beach you can think of. It all depends on you.

If you do decide to go the backyard route, there are a number of things to take into consideration. Following, a few suggestions to help you maximize your options will be explored.

Wardrobe, Decor, Honeymoons, And Catering

The internet is making all kinds of wedding costs less impacting than they would be otherwise. Consider these lovely light pink wedding dresses as an example. It is possible to get the style you like, the quality you expect, and the cost you can afford online. Shopping for you and your bridesmaids using such techniques makes a lot of sense.

Another internet savior comes in the form of crowdsourced funding. If you think a crowdfunding option could work for you, you should check this website: You may find resources to extend your honeymoon, too; and that can be important as an initiating force in your developing marriage.

Something else that makes sense is decorating with the backyard you have chosen, rather than against it. Are there trees? Bushes? Is there a garden? What kind of lawn is there? Does a pool take up most the premises- could it be covered? Ask and answer these questions, then ensure the decoration you have in some way pays homage to that which was there before; this will make it look the most natural and graceful.

When it comes to catering, ask yourself: will the family whose backyard you are using do a better job than caterers? Are they inclined to do so? Perhaps let them, and even give them a little money for goods. You may be surprised; some people really like to cook, and would jump at this sort of opportunity. If they are also good at cooking (as desire is not enough), let them shine!

More Control, More Savings, More Fun

With a backyard wedding, you are in a venue over which there is more control. Other parties booked in the same location would not be at the fringes of your wedding. You would not have to leave for the reception.

You will be able to cut the cost of the event down substantially, and involve more people. Altogether, this could make a backyard wedding more fun collaterally. Whether going this route makes any sense will be up to you, but there is a lot to recommend a backyard wedding.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Inside a warm and gorgeous Japan-inspired modernist showpiece!

This 1976 one-bedroom California home belongs to architects Robin Nanney and her husband, Christopher Norman. Designed by architects Conrad Buff III and Donald Hensman, this Buff & Hensman residence exudes an Eastern-influenced modernism. To soften the interiors, the homeowners enlisted help from interior decorator Caroline Feiffer. Let's check out the results, shall we?

Photo credit: Emily Berl

What a gorgeous, gorgeous abode, inside and out! With an abundance of natural light, warm woods, organic forms and sculptural details, this home exudes style, warmth and a sense of coziness. The plush elements help soften the linear layout of the house while creating comfort and contrast. I am especially drawn to the inviting indoor/ outdoor entrance and the stunning living room. There is so much to love about this Japan-inspired modernist showpiece, don't you think? Are you drawn to this beautiful oasis-like home as well? I would love to know your thoughts!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Inside Minnie Driver's casually chic seaside retreat in Malibu!

This two-bedroom in the Malibu mobile-home community belongs to famed actress, Minnie Driver. Although she loves the low-key seaside getaway, the design of the space is constantly a challenge for her. As a decor enthusiast with a unique sense of style that combines pattern-happy English charm with a fresh California sensibility, she enlisted design help from One Kings Lane Interior Design to make her vision come to life. The results? Her abode is transformed into a restful, beautiful and functional retreat! Let's take a look, shall we?

Photo credit: Joe Schmelzer

This home exudes a sense of airiness, thanks to a pale blue-green wall color. The sisal rug, hardwood floors and other wood elements add warmth and coziness to the space. Meanwhile, a mix of sleek furnishings and nautical pieces creates a fuss-free, streamlined and seaside feel to the room. Calm, casual and effortlessly chic, this beachside haven is gorgeous and beyond inspirational, don't you think? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

New Silestone Concrete Looking Counters For 2019!

This post is provided is by Sherley Grimes.

The kitchen is the heart of every home. When it comes to kitchen worktops and other elements of this precious space in the house, you can always trust Silestone. The brand is known for being able to provide the perfect color, style or design to any property. If you are looking for a versatile product that can be used practically in any of the interior, Silestone is the name to remember. You can choose from a palette of over fifty colors available in the UK as off 2019. You can also consider the immaculate integrity sinks. These will match the color of your worktops, offering a seamless and minimalistic look. 

Silestone makes quartz products in different colors, thicknesses and finishes. It boasts 8 different collections called ‘Series’. There is a strong trend for industrial features in interiors that are both functional and beautiful. An industrial feel in the kitchen puts you in touch with different elements of nature, creating a sense of calm and relaxation. Also, it is a special place in which you gather with friends and family, disconnecting from everything else. The Loft Series is the latest collection in the range of the leading quartz surface manufacturer. It is inspired in traditional building materials such as concrete and cement. In contrast with the building products, the surfaces are easy to clean and require no special maintenance.

Here is a look at the concrete-inspired colours for kitchen worktops that you can choose from.

The “Loft Series” created by Silestone has two new, sophisticated colors.  They offer a fresh and modern take on the architectural and industrial look of cement and concrete. The Loft Series by Silestone consists of Brooklyn and Silver Lake. They are both classic colors that will complete any kitchen, regardless of their style or design. 

Silestone Brooklyn: A part of the Silestone Loft Series, Silestone Brooklyn is a fantastic color inspired by the look of concrete. If you are looking to change your worktops in the New Year to breathe a new life into your kitchen, this is one of the best choices you can make. Fresh and modern, this color will add a cool, contemporary look and feel to your space. Brooklyn is available in slabs with thicknesses in 12mm, 20mm and 30mm. The slab dimensions are 3250 x 1590mm which means you have a huge canvas to create seamless designs. Similarly, you can use large panels in the walls, creating splashbacks in matching material.

Silestone Silver Lake: Silestone Silver Lake, from the Loft Series is another superb choice for those who want to create a clean, modern look for their kitchen or bathroom. Like Brooklyn, Silver Lake has a concrete look, a trend increasingly popular among designers and architects alike. If you are looking for a color different from the usual grey or white, then this is the one you should pick for your kitchen countertops and work areas. In addition to magnificent looks, all Silestone colors come with added benefits such as exclusive bacteriostatic protection and N-Boost treatment on the material. If that was not enough, you can protect your investment by registering the purchase of your worktops at Silestone’s website via an approved supplier of their products.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Inside a designer's rustic chic ski retreat in Vermont!

This classic New England saltbox in Wilmington, Vermont belongs to interior designer Lisa Ehrlich that she shares with her husband and their school-aged kids. When they saw the picturesque home the first time, they were attracted by the original, 100-plus years barn wood. Even though the house is dated, it has lots of potential. With a great eye and a vision, the designer turned the property into a ski retreat. Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Michael Partenio

A combination of wide wood planks, mountain furnishings, modern pieces, rustic elements, whimsical touches, interesting materials and textures add warmth, coziness and style to this mountain house. Charming, rustic and chic, there are so much wonderful inspirations to take away from this stylish ski cabin, don't you think? I love everything about this beautiful tour especially the inviting living room with the wall-to-wall windows and French doors overlooking the outdoors. Are you drawn to this updated ski retreat as well? What are your thoughts?  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Inside a beautifully layered and charming Spanish Colonial Revival in Los Angeles!

This 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival in Los Angeles belongs to Colette Dartnell and Rick Roskin that they share with their children. When they first saw the house, they thought it has great bones but lacked some character thanks to a bad '70s remodeling job. With a cozy, traditional house with current updates and modern floor plan in mind, they reached out to architect Tim Barber and designer Kishani Perera for help. Did they receive what they sought out for? Let's find out, shall we?

Photo credit: Karyn Millet

How charming and gorgeous is this home? I really love how varied and delightful each room looks! Thanks to a combination of stunning architecture such as high vaulted ceilings and graceful arched details, a colorful palette and eclectic furnishings, this home oozes style, warmth and character. Layered, thoughtfully designed and timelessly chic, there are so many wonderful inspirations to take away from this collected and global residence, don't you think? Any thoughts?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, my lovelies! Hope your day is filled with lots of love, kisses and fun surprises. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Happy 8th blog anniversary!

In a blink of an eye, my blog turned 8 today! Yay!

Many wonderful and exciting opportunities continue to come my way since I started this blog. At the same time, I am becoming more and more selective of the collaborations I picked and have declined a lot of product reviews to stay true to the original purpose of this blog. 

Some of most satisfying moments came from design clients who came back again and again to ask me for design help. Another client recently wrote to me to tell me they still loved their room that I helped them designed more than 5 years ago. As a decorator, I couldn't be happier!

On another positive note, my blog has garnered over 11 million pageviews throughout the years! Without you, my wonderful readers, my blog wouldn't have come this far so I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you who loyally follow, read my blog and take a moment to leave an encouraging and positive comment from time to time. 

I feel so blessed and grateful to all of you! I am sure my blog will continue to evolve over time but I will try my best to provide good inspirational content for you. Hopefully, you will continue to stay with me. 

Thank you my awesome readers, you are the best!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Inside a designer's picture-perfect Palm Beach estate!

This gorgeous Palm Beach estate belongs to designer Betsy Shiverick that she shares with her husband, Paul, an investor. To achieve their vision of creating a graceful structure after tearing down an undistinguished 1948 house on the plot, they designed their new home together with architect Richard Sammons and architect Anne Fairfax, his wife and business partner. The results? An airy picture-perfect five-bedroom home with an Italianate style and Mediterranean feel. Let's check it out! 

Photo credit: Björn Wallander 

Such a stunning estate inside and out! By incorporating saturated hues of green and red, wood elements, rattan pieces along with elegant yet playful patterns and textiles, her home exudes an old-world grace with new-world comfort and tranquility. I love everything in this beautiful home tour, how about you, my lovelies? Any thoughts?