Creating your home sweet home in a rental

 

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There are two different kinds of rentals, the furnished and the unfurnished. Of course, it’s always easier to create a space that resembles you in the latter case… In the first case, it really starts with a good negotiation with your landlord about what you have to keep and what he is willing to remove/change. I remember when I used to live in London, the owner was so terrible it was a hard negotiation just to remove cutlery, pans and dishes!
Before I start sharing tips, there is something that is true for both kind of rentals; choose the most neutral space possible, white walls, nice wooden floors or very well maintained floors in neutral tones. Basically avoid renting apartments that reflects the owner’s style too much (unless you share the same style), so try and avoid places with odd colors, overwhelming wallpapers, old fashioned furniture and dirty!

The Unfurnished rental (AKA the flexible space)

1/  First of all, discuss with your landlord, whether he would agree to upgrade/change some features (paint the walls and/or the cabinetry, upgrading appliances, bathroom fixtures, etc…).  It is ESSENTIAL to discuss this BEFORE you sign the lease, as landlords who want to secure their rent might be willing to approve some minor cosmetic changes either by raising the rent a little or allowing you to pay for it or sometimes they will just do it as it was much needed anyway. Once I visited an apartment and the owner was willing to go down on the rent price; then I saw the terrible, old and dirty appliances (dishwasher, oven, microwave and washing machine) so I told her I was happy to pay for the asking price for the rent if she changed the appliances.

2/   Please do not overspend on furniture, unless you know you’re renting the space for at least  5years+  or unless it is a timeless, designer small piece ( chaise lounge, stools, coffee table, lighting fixture etc…). The reason behind this, is simple, if you spend a lot of money on a sofa or a dining table set and you move into a bigger rentals 2years later or plan on buying very soon, you do not know if its going to fit, and don’t fool yourself,  it’s very likely that you’ll have to resell it at a much lower price than the purchase price!  But don’t worry with all the resources there are nowadays, you can definitely create a polished space without breaking the bank (those who tell you otherwise are just snobs ;))

 

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The furnished space (AKA the less flexible space)

1/  Choose the most neutral space possible. I know we all love charming little places, but it’s ok with neutral spaces it will be way easier to add your own little charming details that will make a house your home .

2/ Cleanliness, I cannot stress this enough! You are going to live with someone else’s furniture, so better check that it is pristine! Try to negotiate a mattress change, even at your own cost. Also check grouts in kitchen and bathrooms ( that goes also for the unfurnished rental).

3/ What if the landlord is a pain and wants to basically use his rental home as a storage for currently unwanted things? You love the space but it’s not so neutral and owner doesn’t want to remove accessories and/or some pieces of furniture? Don’t panic! Frames and art can be removed and placed in cupboards, under beds or  behind the sofa; a sofa can be covered with a nice throw and accessorized with cute pillows (just buy new pillow covers and cover the ones you don’t like for the time of the rental), lighting fixtures might be easily disassembled and hidden in your storage space, same goes for some window treatments. However, keep your lifestyle in mind if you cannot change a single thing; i.e.: I used to live in a furnished rental in London, very neutral, modern so the perfect set to add my personal touch! However, the owner didn’t want us to remove the furniture in the second bedroom, I didn’t mind at the time because it was fine with my family status; but now I’m thinking, what if I wanted/needed to have a baby’s room rather than a guest room?! Same goes if you love entertaining and you end up with a table with 4 seating maximum (definitely a deal breaker for me)! In which case, it might be better to keep looking for something that suits your needs better!

 

Now here are the few things that you can do in both kind of rentals to create your home sweet home:

It’s all about the details and as much as I said  you can’t overspend on furniture, you CAN splurge in home decor; because a nice vase or that tableware you always dreamt of entertaining with, will fit anywhere…  These little details will definitely help elevate and  customize the space, however difficult your landlord is! Also use your passion and incorporate in your decor as much as possible, you love horses, add pictures or art depicting it; you enjoy fine wines, add a nice wine cooler; you are passionate about fashion add books about your favorite designers on your coffee table…

1/ Let there be light! 

Hate that old fashioned ceiling light? No table lamp on the nightstands ? Adding and changing lights with something that is more to your taste will definitely redefine the “ambiance” of the of every room… However do not invest too much in a chandelier or pendant ceiling light, because again it might not be big enough or small enough in your next home; and it is not that easy to place in a different room.

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2/ Plants and flowers

I love to decorate with my favourite flowers and plants. It always makes a space more cosy by bringing colour and texture; it is also a good way to reflect your personality, as people often have a favorite flower and a favorite colour. Plants can also have a soothing effect, which is a good thing when you call a place “home”.

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3/ Window treatment

       It is such a great way to personalize your space by picking your favourite shades and/or patterns, especially if your landlord was not so flexible on paint or if you couldn’t change some pieces of furniture. It will definitely elevate the space. Again do not go and buy the most expensive custom window treatment if you know you are not going to rent for a long time (unless your landlord agrees to pay you back), windows are so different from one house to another and you might not be able to reuse it. In some cases, you might have to take down the current window treatment to replace with the one you like at your own cost AND might have to put back the old one  or something similar before you leave. Nevertheless, if there already are window treatments such as curtains, it’s really easy to remove and replace them with ones more to your taste.

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4/ Accent furniture and other styling accessories

It is an amazing way to add little things that will make your surroundings more “you”. Adding accent pillows to a neutral sofa or a nice, cosy and luxurious throw on your bed, placing that cute little side table,for your favorite books, next to your sofa. You might also be able to add some rugs, such as bedside shag rugs.  The owner might not have thought of installing a console in the entryway or cute little hooks for your coats. Same goes for the bathroom, where you can add nice towel hangers, hampers and other baskets and stylish storage solutions. Buy nice things to create your perfect tablescape and cover this otherwise basic dining table.

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5/ Changing the cupboards and closet knobs

This is is such an easy and quick fix. It’s a detail but we both know it’s also the little things that make a difference.

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6/ A defining scent and your favourite books

In my opinion, this is the epitome of a cosy home, a scent that you love and that defines you; a few good books and you feel at home, anywhere really! Try it even when you’re away from home for a vacation;  place your current reading on the nightstand and light your favorite candle, and you’ll instantly feel relaxed! So do not hesitate to style your shelves, coffee table, bathrooms with candles (even if its more for the look of it than the smell), and beautiful books… Also a good idea if you have a fireplace, fill it with candles! (also refer to my previous post about decorating your fireplace, it is such a lovely way to personalize a space 😉 ).

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6/ Art and photography

There is nothing more personal than family and friends pictures and art. Art is a great medium to reflect your soul and personality; and photos, well, a house filled with memories is “home”… You can create a little gallery wall to make the space more artsy and intimate.

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Kitchen design: focus on color

La Maison by Elle

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We all agree a bright white kitchen is timeless and fresh, I’m the first one to jump on this wagon and  then add small details to give warmth such as copper, brass or chrome accents… However, recently we have seen more and more colorful cabinets and/or tiles, even appliances; and yet, the results are often polished and edgy. But how to get it right? How to choose a colour that keeps the kitchen elegant yet trendy and that you will not bore you in a year? After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so better give it a lot of attention and character!

1/ The cabinetry

Personally, I prefer dark, rich hues  for a polished look. However, pastel colours have also entered the kitchen and give this delicate and romantic feel to the space… Whatever your style, I would strongly advise against any colour that…

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Kitchen design: focus on color

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deVOL Kitchens

We all agree a bright white kitchen is timeless and fresh, I’m the first one to jump on this wagon and  then add small details to give warmth such as copper, brass or chrome accents… However, recently we have seen more and more colorful cabinets and/or tiles, even appliances; and yet, the results are often polished and edgy. But how to get it right? How to choose a colour that keeps the kitchen elegant yet trendy and that will not bore you in a year? After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so better give it a lot of attention and character!

 

1/ The cabinetry

Personally, I prefer dark, rich hues  for a polished look. However, pastel colours have also entered the kitchen and give this delicate and romantic feel to the space… Whatever your style, I would strongly advise against any colour that look too bright, as it might look cheap, and you’ll probably be tired of it quickly. If bright colours are your thing, consider adding them as accents, like a shelf rather than going for all the cupboards. Alternatively, if you want to add colour but want to remain more “neutral”, you can always do bicolor cabinetry (shown pic 4) or just have the kitchen island done in your favorite shade. HOWEVER, if you want to go bold and add colorful cabinetry, you have to be mindful about the other parts of the kitchen. For a sophisticated, polished look, pick a more traditional and stylish countertop and backsplash; I personally favor marble-like countertop as it instantly looks more elegant and it is timeless, and I would even go for a matching backsplash; but some tiles for backsplashes work perfectly fine, as we can see in the first picture below. Another thing to pick carefully when having colourful cupboards, the handles, pulls and knobs, it is important to pick something that will complement the colour and for brass, copper and chrome will certainly do the trick; they work perfectly with deep hues, making them even more rich and they add elegance to pastels. If bright metallics are not your thing, then go for clear, crystal-like pulls, handles and knobs; it definitely completes a polished style.

To sum up:

  • Choose deep, darker shades or pastels – Bright artificial colours are an absolute no no!
  • Add a more traditional, neutral countertop and backsplash; marble-like ones are my pick for an elegant finish.
  • Elevate the design with brass, chrome or copper accents, such as door knobs, pulls and handles and even faucets etc…
  • For a more “neutral” look, consider having only the kitchen island or only the top or bottom cabinets in your favorite shade.

 

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2/ Vibrant tiles

Incorporating colour through tiles is a great way to make a statement but in a more subtle way.  I like patterns in tiles, so it gives this ethnic chic atmosphere in the kitchen, and adds colour without overwhelming the room.

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You can also create a “rug effect” with colourful tiles:

 

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3/ Appliances

If you want to add some fun to your kitchen, colorful appliances are definitely the way to go. The good thing is that it’s easy to replace when you’re tired of it, unlike changing the whole cabinetry… However, in my opinion, coloured appliances are fun and cute but if your goal is to add colour while remaining elegant and timeless, it is better to opt for more neutral coloured or dark shades appliances, as brighter colours sometimes (but not overtime, see pic.5 below), look a bit kitschy. Here are few pictures, I let you be the judge:

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Better Homes and Gardens

 

My Favorite Holiday Tablescape Ideas

La Maison by Elle

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I am sucker for the Holiday season ! It just gives me another excuse to add home decor and temporarily transform my house! It’s also a good excuse to explain my husband why I’m spending money on more and more decorations;) So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, New Year or just like to decorate your home for the holiday season; here are some of my favorite inspirations to create tablescapes that will impress your guests! Not hosting any party? It’s a merry and fun season so nothing prevents you from adding holiday decorations on your dining table! But before I show you some of my findings, I just want to outline a few Don’ts, in my opinion!

The Dont’s of Entertaining:

  • Plastic and paper everything: It really depends on how many people you are entertaining, I wouldn’t want any one to spend their holidays cleaning up BUT as much as…

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My Favorite Holiday Tablescape Ideas

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I am sucker for the Holiday season ! It just gives me another excuse to add home decor and temporarily transform my house! It’s also a good excuse to explain my husband why I’m spending money on more and more decorations;) So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, New Year or just like to decorate your home for the holiday season; here are some of my favorite inspirations to create tablescapes that will impress your guests! Not hosting any party? It’s a merry and fun season so nothing prevents you from adding holiday decorations on your dining table! But before I show you some of my findings, I just want to outline a few Don’ts, in my opinion!

The Dont’s of Entertaining:

  • Plastic and paper everything: It really depends on how many people you are entertaining, I wouldn’t want any one to spend their holidays cleaning up BUT as much as you can, try and avoid plastic or paper cups, cutlery, plates, platters etc… The absolute no; and no matter how many people you have is NO PLASTIC TABLE CLOTH! Just put a nice fabric cloth, runner or some nice placemats, it will make the look of your tablescape instantly more polished! You can find very nice ones for every budget, so there is no excuse. Then if you have a big party and it is just easier to use plastic and paper (really weigh in whether it is necessary), then go for the ones that resembles the most porcelain, glass, crystal and silver (or brass). Too much color and/or patterns will make it look cheesy and cheap. You can also find very nice paper napkins matching your table decor; again, for a chic look, not too many colours and/or patterns.
  • Cardboard centerpieces are an absolute no without discussion! No matter how fun they are, they are way too cheesy!
  • Fresh flowers VS Faux flowers: Fresh flowers are always preferable! Having said that, they usually do not last (it would be nice to have something that last at least throughout the holiday season) and they are expensive. If you have the budget for it, then yes splurge into luscious flower decorations; (see below Kylie Jenner’s Thanksgiving table, it’s just a dream!) – If you have a tighter budget, either try to combine both fresh and faux , or just decorate with faux flowers and petals BUT look for good quality faux flowers; otherwise it looks faux and consequently it looks cheap!

 

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  • Avoid any banners and cheesy paper garlands
  • Finally less is more, even when it comes to holiday decor. By this I mean, you can obviously add lights and gold and metallics and colour; it’s holiday decor after all!  But be mindful and don’t mix too many different colours, use deep and rich colours or pastels as opposed to electric and artificial looking colour; do not use too many different patterns etc… For instance: You want a blue and gold decor, go for a rich deep teal or navy; same goes with green, go for a deep emerald/dark green rather than a forest green… You can also go for pastels, they can look very polished when mixed with metallics. You can also use different patterns as long as they are in the same colour palette. Basically, the authentic it looks the classier…

 

Now here are few inspirations for your holiday table decor:

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Live DIY Ideas

 

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Live DYI Ideas

 

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Live DYI Ideas

 

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Martha Moments

 

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Martha Moments

Happy Holidays!

With Love,

Leslie

7 Ideas to decorate your fireplace and mantel for any season

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I just love fireplaces, I feel it adds so much character to a room. Whether your fireplace is working or just decorative, it usually is the focal point in a room and therefore, should not be neglected and should be carefully decorated. Here are my seven tips to make the most of this beautiful feature; you can use them individually or combine them (see above picture). Have fun decorating !

 

1/ Mirror(s)

A lot of mantels have mirrors, I think it is such a great addition, especially in a small room as it adds depth and makes it feel larger and it will also add light by simply reflecting the one in the room. Mirrors also adds glamour to a room.

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2/Art

The mantel is a perfect place for art display. As I mentioned above, the fireplace is often the focal point in a room, meaning our eyes are automatically drawn to it, so what better place to show your most precious works of art? If you do not have art you want to place there, well I always say the most beautiful pieces are often family pictures, so add photo frames with your best shots!

 

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3/ Ornate with fireplace accessories

Whether your fireplace is working or not, adding a fire screen, wood logs and a tool set are a chic addition to your home decor. Here are my shopping suggestions for a cosy and elegant fireplace.

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Target

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Birch Lane

 

4/Books

Use the mantel as a display for fine books, it is a perfect match and the fireplace will feel even more cosy! I mean seriously, who hasn’t dreamt of reading a good book by the fireplace with nice cup of tea or red wine?

 

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5/Flowers, holiday and seasonal decor.

 

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7/ Candles

Candles are just a stunning addition to add warmth and a romantic feel to a space. Now you can either add just a couple of candle holders or literally fill the mantel and the fireplace with candles of every size and shape. For those of you who have a non working fireplace, it is the perfect addition to create a “faux” fire… (for safety purposes, you can use the faux flames ones for maximum effect without the damage ).

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6/ Adapt it to your style

Just bought a home with a fireplace but do not like the style? Too old, too modern, too dark, etc… This point comes to mind , as I had a friend, who bought this beautiful apartment in an old coop Manhattan building, so there was this beautiful fireplace with mouldings BUT the mantel was made of a very dark wood and some of the tiles were broken and missing! My client wanted a modern Scandinavian style design, so the fireplace felt out of place and she suggested destroying it! I stopped her straight away and explained how it was such a beautiful and unique feature; we decided to paint it in white, replaced the tiles with dark grey subway style tiles et voila! She loved it and I believe she would never think of destroying a fireplace again! This is to say that there are always solutions, and the most important is that the fireplace style should match the design of  the apartment, whether rustic, modern, transitional etc… You do not have to destroy it or live with it as is; ask a specialist about what are the best options if you are unsure;  but just keep in mind that sometimes it doesn’t take much to transform you fireplace.

 

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7/ TV or no TV?

I’ve been asked many times if it was ok to put the TV above the mantel. The truth is , it all depends on the size and purpose of the room. If the room is small and it is a combined dining room/living room space, it is also very likely that the sofa(s) will face the fireplace; so yes, it would be more practical to actually put the TV there. If you have a large living room/family room, and you can fit your furniture in a way that you have the fireplace on the side (you do not want to have your back facing the fireplace; it’s just illogical) and the TV on a wall in front of the sofa; then it is best to place the TV on a separate wall, in order to optimize the mantel and fireplace decor… Then of course, the best would be to have a boudoir like living room to unwind by the fireplace and a media/family room 😉

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…You can still decorate your mantel in a chic way

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… Or you can find a sophisticated way to hide it

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Boo! My tips to create a Halloween Chic decor

 

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Personally, I love this time of the year; pumpkins and rich hues start flooding the street and the homes… It certainly is colder outside but somehow the home gets warmer and cosier! It is also a good time to spend times with kids and engage in fun and artsy indoor activities such as pumpkin carving and decorating, baking yummy treats etc… However, as much as I love Halloween and fall decor; I find it sometimes lacking glamour and always revolving around one colour: orange! But we can keep it chic and glamour while still entertaining and fun (and a tiny bit creepy) for the kids! I have gathered the best halloween chic decorations to inspire you to recreate the same “ambiance” at home; I know I will definitely use, mix and match, these inspirations to decorate my home this weekend – After all, Halloween is the best time to dare and be audacious, so don’t forget to keep your decor fun and spooky; happy Halloween!

 

1/ Skull home decor are dark and definitely a trendy Halloween decor

  • Ralph Lauren has been creating skull themed items for a while and they are definitely a posh and rock n’ roll addition to your halloween decor – Bonus point: It is trendy all year long, so in a way, worth the price (or so I told my hubby).

 

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  • Want to go the extra mile, add skull art

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2/ Black lace and old books for a sexy and vintage decor

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3/ “Bling Bling” and sparkly halloween!

  • This one would be a great addition to any halloween decor, after all diamonds are a girl’s best friends! 

     

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  • Take your brooms and make them sparkle; you will be the glitter witch of your household!

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4/ Light it up! I love candles and sparkly little lights to make a home feel cosy and entertaining – Here are few sweet and fun ideas:

 

 

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  • Mysterious and spooky lighting ideas

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5/ Go bold and add gold:

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  • Gold always adds glam and chic; don’t you think this front porch decor is brilliant? I leave in a Condo, so this decor really leaves me frustrated!

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  • Love these mantels, so glamourous yet all the halloween elements are present (pumpkins, skulls, bats, spiders, boos…)

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6/  Timeless with a black and white themed halloween decor

  • Spooky and vintage black and white decor

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    Source: Pinterest

 

  • Keeping halloween with the Kardashian – Leave it to Kourtney to create a spooky and sophisticated black and white halloween decor!

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    Source: Harper’s Bazaar

 

7/ All white for an ethereal, almost ghostly style

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Source: Harper’s Bazaar

 

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Source: Sugar & Cloth

 

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Source: Tone on Tone

 

8/ Keep it traditional with a touch of orange

  • Who would have thought pumpkins could make such an entrance!

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    Source: Harper’s Bazaar

  • Love this simple, yet chic idea of filling a lantern or a vase with fall elements

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  • Just add colorful candies to your black and white decor

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    Source: Pinterest

 

  • Mercurized glass always adds glam and vintage to your decor

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    Source: Pottery Barn

 

  • Studded pumpkin – It is definitely a glamourous version of the traditional orange pumpkin

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    Source: Brit + Co

 

  • This mantel is a halloween decor that will never go out of style 🙂

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    Source: Remodelaholic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark wooden floors VS Light wooden floors

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Credit: Alexander James Interiors via Pinterest

Some will say dark floors are more sophisticated some will say that a lighter shade is more modern and fresh. However, there are pros and cons to both shades, and one should carefully think twice before choosing the colour of the floor; as it will not only determine the style but also the atmosphere. But as everything in art and design, your first factor should be one’s own taste.

. Dark wooden floors:

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Credit: Architectural Digest

 Pros:
– Less stainable. You will worry less about dark marks or colored food stains.
– Looks great in sun-filled rooms; it will reflect the sunlight.
– Looks more sophisticated, but you better opt for a satin finish to perfect the look.
– Timeless and versatile; it looks great in both a contemporary interior and a more classic one.
–  Looks great in a large room, open floor plans and houses.                                                    – If your cabinets are of light/natural color, dark floors will stand out.
– Looks better if you have a dark or reddish shade of  wooden furniture and/or cabinetry *

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Source: cover.dk / Design : Tina Seidenfaden Busck

 

Cons:
– Darkens a room, so better to consider another option if you have poor exposure to natural sunlight.
–  Also not too great in a small space as the space might appear smaller*.
–  Dust and light food stain will be more obvious.
– Although it is less stainable than light hardwood floors, deeper damages such as scratches and dents will be more visible on dark wood.
– Consequently you might need to screen or rebuff and recoat more often than light wooden floors; as dark hardwoood floor tend to look “outdated”if they are not in good condition.

*If reddish-brown wooden furniture and/or cabinets, go for a darker shade of wooden floor; as it will not look so great if the floor matches.

*If you really prefer dark hardwood floors and have a small space, then make sure you go light with the colour of the walls and the furniture. And maybe add a light coloured rug to add brightness.

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Credit: Katty Schiebeck via Pinterest

 

. Light hardwood floor: 

 

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Credit: Elle Decor

Pros:

– Works wonders in spaces with no natural light; it will make it look brighter.
– Will make a small space look larger; therefore it is perfect in a space with lots of small rooms or in apartments.
– Looks more contemporary  but also looks looks great to perfect a vintage, rustic chic or French country style.
– Adds softness and complements well pastels colours for a shabby chic interior.
– Ages better than darker floors as scratches and dents are less visible on the light wood.

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Source: noiretblancunstyle.blogspot.com/ Design: Double G 

 

Cons:

– Although it ages better than darker wood floors, it does stain and dark marks will be more obvious.
– It can look “cheap”, if poor quality and colour.
– it does not look so great if you have reddish wood cabinets and furniture.

 

Worried about resale? 

Again, everyone’s taste is different and I think that as a buyer you see what works best in the space. However, whether you choose to go dark or light; try to avoid red woods, as they tend to look outdated and are therefore harder to please; or you can tone it down by mixing different shades of brown… I usually advise to change the colour to either a very dark shade or grays, if you want to opt for dark wooden floors; or for a very light and natural shade of wood if you opt for light floors. Personally,  I have a crush on natural coloured wooden floors with white stains for a French country chic and authentic style.

 

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Source: homebunch.com via pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

La vie en rose quartz

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One of the biggest design trends this year, is blush pink or pantone colour of the year, rose quartz. Although difficult to use to decorate a bachelor pad, it is definitely applicable in a family home or a new couple’s nest. It is obviously perfect in a baby girl’s nursery, or even a girlie girl teen room; spaces where you can allow yourself to be bold with this beautiful and tender colour. This trend has been so successful that it took all spaces by storm, we even saw it in the bathroom and the kitchen.  I have selected for you my favorite rose quartz spaces and decor, whether you choose to be daring or subtle. And if the men of your home are really not big fans, you can always add a touch of this beautiful colour with flowers here and there.

Just because I am obsessed with doors…

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La cuisine* en rose quartz

The kitchen is becoming as stylish as any other rooms, and the traditional kitchen colours (wood, silver, chrome, grey, white… ) do not have the monopole anymore. We see more and more non traditional colours in the kitchen and rose quartz is definitely one of them. Whether you choose to have pink cabinets or just a colourful rug, it is definitely refreshing! My only advice: just keep in mind that it should not look like your daughter’s mini kitchen; so first make sure you do pick rose quartz or blush and not a brighter shade of pink and even if you want to be bold, tone it done with more neutral colours and even with metallics.

ROSE KITCHEN SUPERFRONT Pink cabinets with a black countertop and copper hardware – Source: Superfront.com

 

KITCHEN DECOR  lAUREN CONRAD                                                                    Just a touch of rose with object of decor for a glamour and subtle touch – Source: laurenconrad.com via Pinterest

 

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b110eae3f2736698211a0980eabdd8814ef77ae8 Pink and white cabinets with dark grey countertop. source: thekitchn.com

 

 

KITCHEN TOUCH OF PINK CEILING AND BRONZE LAMPS                           Rose quartz ceiling and rose gold lamps for a glamour and polished look – Source: luxe.com

 

kitchen5              Dark grey and rose quartz rug for a subtle yet refreshing touch – Source: akstudioblog.com

 

5ebef65dee7cef6c08699ab20c78364f                                                                                                                    Pink dishwasher in a very modern kitchen and wood cabinets by Smeg UK – Source: Smeguk.com

 

La salle de bain* en rose quartz

The bathroom has often been a space where you can be bolder as it is a more intimate space. You might also have a girl only bathroom, where you can have pink walls and pink curtains; however if you have one bathroom for the whole family, it can be trickier to use rose quartz, so subtlety is definitely key.

 

2c258e38088c2d9b9ff61582e02d632f                                                                 Pink walls with other pastel colours for a springy and sugary feel all year long! It remains chic and “adult” thanks to the mouldings, the beautiful fireplace and the vintage-style tub and bathtub faucet. Source: House & Garden.co.uk

 

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Shiny Pink tiles for a glamourous room -Source: Decor Salteado via Pinterest.

 

 

4be05cec60a7f0498e02d5cd1993ae0b                              It’s all about accents; rugs, flowers, towels; for a subtle yet trendy use of rose quartz – Source: Domino.com/ Credit: Alyssa Rosenheck

 

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Girl’s bathroom by Restoration Hardware.

 

226b34f7d6c731411b6744f3e0bda2b2                                                     Just a subtle touch of blush with flowers and pink bath salt in a see through container. Source: TheSimplyluxuriouslife.com via pinterest.

 

La salle a manger* en rose quartz

As always, metallics compliment perfectly pink and makes it look more polished and even more glamourous; you can add a beautiful copper chandelier above the table or brass details  and finishes on blush pink dining chairs etc… If you love the trend but would like a less permanent and visible decor, you can always go for tabletop decor with blush and metallic accents; and why not create yummy light pink cocktails for those endless summer dinners.

 

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Screen shot 2011-08-08 at 11.42.06 PM                                                    Dining room design: Suzanne Kasler via jenniferschoenbergerdesign.com

 

SE COLLECTION STAY CHAIRS                                Stay Chairs by Nika Zupanc for Sé Collection

 

TABLE DECOR AND PINK DRINK                    Blush  and copper tablescape – Source: friedatheres.com via Pinterest.

 

Le salon en rose quartz

In the family room, rose quartz blends in very well with neutral colours and greys; and as mentioned before metallics are a perfect match. It adds softness to modern and scandinavian style furniture; glamour to more traditional interiors and chic to a more bohemian style home.

fc8ea262cb70f620af4045380e64d5e0                                          Grey + brass details + rose quartz – Source: Living After Midnight Blog

 

 

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La chambre* en rose quartz

It is the obvious colour for a girl’s room but not so much for a couple’s bedroom. However, I found some beautiful bedrooms that have rose quartz accents and that can definitely please your partner… If you are a single girl and love this trend, then dare to be bold because it will not be as easy to do it once you’ve found your better half!

 

9f5a8d3f473e2131a49904f1b8aea0e9                              Teen Girl Bedroom by Restoration Hardware

 

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2177bfec76a085e5ecc581b358fbcb79                Copper, white and blush bedroom for fresh and springy feel – Source: Bloglovin.com via Pinterest

 

2295320158eab4f7109f3d9d7b5e0084                                       Source: theprettyblog.com via Pinterest

 

ad760cb52565a31717c1380f4a5cda71                         Girl’s room with a delicate pink bed frame and lamp shades by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

 

aed8cac849696f8223e6789fe6e86876                      Girl’s bedroom with blush pink  beddding by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

 

 

ba482234ea8231f142a9a8268088f638                   Pretty in blush pink baby girl nursery for a delicate and soothing space – Source: mydomaine.com

 

 

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11Le-Royal-Monceau-Raffles-Paris              Chic and subtle mix of blush, greys and lavender – Source:Hotel  Royal Monceau, Paris.

 

 

ab86a9961137edddcb8ff8e376de5c12              Charcoal, blush and copper for delicate yet not too girly couple’s bedroom – Source: Bloglovin.com via Pinterest

 

 

Le bureau* en rose quartz

Even the office is not spared. If you want to make your home office space more glam and girly; and therefore more inviting, add a touch of blush. Why not also try adding a pillow or just blush pink flowers to your desk at work.

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81e6b27380d59a29b639145afbcd953a                                                                            Source: Amie Corley Design via amiecorley.com on Pinterest.

 

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*The Kitchen; *The Bathroom;  *The Dining Room; * The Living Room; *The Bedroom; *The  Office