Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tagged, you are next!

Last week, I was tagged by the lovely and talented Linda from My Crafty Home-Life to answer eleven questions. You really need to check out her blog for some awesome home project tutorials. She can do any complicated upholstery job, sew anything, use power tools to install plank paneling, well you get the drift. And just yesterday, she revealed her dining room makeover after working on it for just 6 weeks during the One Room Challenge! Is there anything this lady can't do?

Alright, back to the tagging. Here are the rules:

1. You must post the rules.

2. Answer the 11 questions the tagger posted for you and then create 11 new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.

3. Tag 11 people and link them in your post.

4. Let them know you have tagged them.

Here are Linda's 11 questions:

1. What makes you laugh?

It's easy to make me laugh. Watching comedies, listening to funny things my son says or sometimes, reading funny quotes/ remarks/ comments from the internet made me laugh. I remembered reading somewhere from this blogger who confessed that she is quite technically challenged. When she wrote about how she always needed her husband, the computer whisperer to fix her computer problems, I laughed. I found the term "computer whisperer" to be totally hilarious!

2. What is your favorite quote?

If it's worth doing, it's worth it doing right.

3. Are you a morning person?

I never considered myself a morning person. I always stay up late. My regular bedtime is always past 2am but I get up early everyday at 7:20 am to prepare breakfast, pack lunches and snacks for my family. My ideal time to get up is 11am everyday but it is not going to happen anytime soon. LOL. (Update: I forgot to add: I took my naps after my son and my husband left the house for at least 2 hours or more everyday because I can't really function well with only 5 hours of sleep.)

4. What do you do better than most people you know?

I am very detail-oriented and seldom overlook anything.

5. If you could re-live one day from your childhood, what would it be?

It would be the time I spent with my paternal grandma during the school holidays. She always spoiled me with my favorite food. We definitely have a special bonding and I miss her when I am living here in the States. I can't wait to meet her again.

6. What was your best blog post?

This is a tough one. I always put a lot of time and effort in all my blog posts. There are a lot of editing and a lot of researching to do (mostly to find the most inspiring picture for a blog post). I have two blog posts I liked so I can't decided which one is better. One of the blog post is about Kelly Wearstler and ways to incorporate her style for your own home and of course my all time favorite post, my living room reveal.

Kelly Wearstler's Design

My living room

7. When you look back at this year (2012), what do you think will be your greatest accomplishment?

Another tough question. While I do not know what the future will bring, I hope my greatest accomplishment this year will be doing what I love most, which is decorating for others. It is something I wanted to do my whole life. It will bring me huge satisfaction if it becomes a reality.

8. Who is your celebrity crush?

I have a great crush on Takeshi Kaneshiro and John Cusack. Both have great charisma about them.

John Cusack

Takeshi Kaneshiro

9. What is your favorite movie?

I have a lot of favorites. Among them are Slumdog Millionaire, Pulp Fiction, Alone and Shutter (Thai horror movies).

Slumdog Millionaire

Pulp Fiction



10. What chore do you hate?

Washing the dishes. The mesh of different sauces from the various different dishes and the dish washing liquid combined together emits a yucky odor. The unpleasant smell makes me want to throw up everytime. That's why I cook and my husband do the dishes. LOL.

11. What would be your perfect meal?

A perfect meal would be a bowl of piping hot Japanese udon with sushi and takoyaki as sides. Yummy!

Japanese udon



Hope you enjoyed getting to know me better. Here are the 11 bloggers I am tagging. 

1. Amanda at Amanda Carol At Home

2. Brooke at Inside-Out Design

6. Anya at Anya Adores

7. Meera at First Sense

8. Sundeep at Designwali

9. Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home

10. Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt at TG Interiors

11. Carla at Design In The Woods

Don't forget to check out these fabulous blogs 'cause they rocked!

Now, my 11 questions............

1. What is your favorite room to decorate and why?

2. What is your favorite decorating trend?

3. Which decorating trend you think is way overrated?

4. What is your biggest decorating pet peeve?

5. Averagely, how much time do you put into a blog post?

6. What have you learned/ gained from blogging?

7. Who do you most admire in the blogging world and why?

8. What is the coolest opportunity that has come your way because of your blog?

9. Who is your favorite decorator and why?

10. What is a little-known fact about you that your readers would be surprised to learn?

11. What do you hope your blog will achieve in the long run? Please elaborate.

I hope you ladies will play along because I would love to learn more about you. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Giveaway- Amazon gift card by Unique Vanities!

I am excited to announce a fabulous giveaway brought to you by Unique Vanities.

Unique Vanities offers a wide variety of unique bathroom products which includes vessel sinks, sink vanities, faucets and mirrors. All the products are hand selected by the owner, Julia Ritzenthaler to ensure that they meet the highest possible quality standards in craftsmanship while also offering unique characteristics and style.

Honestly, I haven't seen so many unique bathroom vanities on a website and I am very impressed with their stylish selections. 

Below are some of my favorite vessel sinks I found from their website:
This whimsical leaf shaped glass vessel sink is perfect for a child's bathroom with a forest or a garden theme.

This clear round vessel sink would look great and make a major design statement in a modern bathroom.

A square version vessel sink similar to the above design looks equally stylish and gorgeous as well.

This sculptural canoe-like sink would look amazing in a minimalist, modern or zen bathroom.

The vessel sink truly exudes beauty and luxury, who wouldn't want this for their master bathroom?

This round marble stone vessel sink is so simple yet so beautiful, it's a wonderful addition for any contemporary bathroom.

I can envisioned this hammered copper vessel sink in a warm and elegant bathroom.

Now, the best of the the best among all vessel sinks. This carrara white marble infinity pool vessel sink definitely tops the rest in terms of the looks and luxury, in my opinion .

Which one is your favorite?

Moving on to my favorite sink vanities:

Now, my lovely readers, Unique Vanities kindly offers one lucky Mix And Chic reader an opportunity to win a $30 gift card from Amazon. In case you are wondering what a $30 Amazon gift card will get you, these are some of my favorite picks from books to iPad cover:

This stylish book by Jonathan Adler. 

This colorful book by Jonathan Adler.

The decorating must-have book by Deborah Needleman.

This glamorous coffee book by Kelly Wearstler.

This gorgeous coffee table book by Celerie Kemble.

These set of stylish nautical coasters by Thomas Paul.

This whale melamine tray by Thomas Paul.

This beautiful green tray perfect for serving.

This pretty tray (also available in other bright colors).

This stylish yellow chevron designer pillow cover (also available in other colors).

This versatile black chevron designer pillow cover (also available in other colors).

This beautiful designer trellis fret work pillow cover.

This convenient and chic cell phone wallet flip cover case

This fun iPad cover by Jonathan Adler.

Of course they have more fabulous stuff at Amazon but you get the drill!

To enter:

You must be a resident of the United States.

1. Be a follower of Mix And Chic's blog via Google Friend Connect, visit Unique Vanities and let me know the name of your favorite vessel sink. (basic required entry)

For additional entries (an extra entry for each of the following):

2. 'Like' Mix And Chic on Facebook and leave a separate comment. (If you are already following, please leave a separate comment to let me know as well.)

3. 'Like' Unique Vanities on Facebook and leave a separate comment.

4. 'Follow' Mix And Chic on Twitter and leave a separate comment. (If you are already following, please leave a separate comment to let me know as well.)

5 'Follow' Unique Vanities on Twitter and leave a separate comment.

6. 'Follow' Unique Vanities on Pinterest and leave a separate comment.

7. Mention this giveaway on your Facebook status (include a link back to this post) and leave a separate comment.

8. Tweet about this giveaway (include a link back to this post) and leave a separate comment.

9. Blog about this giveaway (include a link back to this post) and leave a separate comment.

There is a total of 9 chances to win for everyone! So hurry, don't miss this opportunity!

The deadline for entries is February 29, 2012. The winner will be chosen by and announced on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Good luck, my lovelies!

Monday, February 13, 2012

My blog's first anniversary!

Today, my little blog turned one! A lot of exciting things and wonderful opportunities came my way after I started this blog. I have learned so much in terms of designs and interior decorating in general and of course, the technical part of blogging as well. I couldn't be more happier with everything that is happening and I am already wondering what the future will bring!

And just for the fun of it, I want to show you what my blog looks like during its earlier days.

The first blog banner I had was a simple template I selected from Blogger. Unfortunately, I didn't save it so I couldn't show it to you today. I liked it but it wasn't the look I was looking for.

This is my second blog banner. It was a free template I got from a website. I made a few changes by inserting my blog's name, a tagline and played with the colors to achieve this look. Again, I wasn't truly satisfied with the design because it looked a little amateurish.

This is my third blog banner. I wanted to simplify my design with a geometric background but still, it doesn't look professional.

Finally, my fourth blog banner. I am finally satisfied with the design. It's chic, it's green and it's definitely the look I was going for, thanks to an awesome blog design giveaway that I won!

Like my blog banner, I am sure my blog will continue to evolve and hopefully improve in the future so I hope you will continue to stay with me. I want to take this opportunity 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.

Without your support, my blog wouldn't have come this far. Thank you my fabulous readers, you are simply the best! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

And the winner of the giveaway is ..........

It's time to announce the winner of the recent giveaway brought to you the wonderful people at Kirkland's.

I used to draw a winner and here it is. The lucky winner of the $50 Kirkland's gift card is 

the lovely Karena from Art By Karena.

Congratulations, Karena. Thanks to everyone who entered. There will be more fabulous giveaways in the near future. So, stay tuned and drop by regularly.

Have a beautiful weekend, my lovelies!