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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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:

  • Time to get your spray paint on and turn those boring pumpkins into 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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  • Keeping halloween with the Kardashian – Leave it to Kourtney to create a spooky and sophisticated black and white halloween decor!

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7/ All white for an ethereal, almost ghostly style

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8/ Keep it traditional with a touch of orange

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

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  • 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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  • Mercurized glass always adds glam and vintage to your decor

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

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

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Dark wooden floors VS Light wooden floors

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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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 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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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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. Light hardwood floor: 

 

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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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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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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.

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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.

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

 

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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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Girl’s bathroom by Restoration Hardware.

 

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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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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.

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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!

 

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

 

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

 

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

A Pineapple a day keeps the worries away

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One of the most delightful and fun trends of the season is to bring home the tropics by decorating with pineapples. There are pineapples decorative accents in every shape and sizes, so you can choose to be bold and have pineapple wall or add just a touch of fantasy with cute salt & pepper shakers. Whatever your style, this beautiful fruit will definitely put your brain in a summery mood. Here are my top picks to decorate with pineapples. Spoiler alert: there is a lot of gold in my selection!

 

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Golden pineapple print – Source: Westwing.fr

 

 

pineapple jar                 Pineapple candle – Source: stylishpetite.com via Pinterest

 

 

 

black pineapple lamp                                                    All black pineapple lamp – Source: westwing.fr
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pineapple black&white print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden pineapple on black and white stripes print –  Source: westwing.fr

 

 

 

pineapple vases                                                    Pineapple vases and and table decor – Source: pizzazzerie.com via Pinterest

 

 

 

pineapple wall                         Golden pineapple decals (comes in 32 colours) – Source: Etsy.com via buzzfeed.com

 

 

 

pineapple shower curtain                Pineapple shower curtain – Source: junique.de
pineapple salt & pepper                                                                                                     Pineapple salt & pepper shakers- Source: worldmarket.com

 

 

pineapple pillow                                  Golden pineapples pillow – Source: chicfetti.com

 

 

pineapple glass                                                           Vintage pineapple glasses – Source: theneotrad.com

 

ballard designs sconce                                                                                                         Vintage pineapple sconce – Source: Ballard Designs
target pineapple lamp                     Golden pineapple lamp (other colours available) – Source: Target.com

 

 

 

pineapple glass and shaker

Pineapple tumbler – Source: kellygolightly.com via Pinterest

 

 

pineapple night light.jpg               Pineapple night lights in soft pastel colours – Source: alittlelovelycompany.nl

 

Bohemian chic, when the runway takes over your home

Coachella and other festivals had big impacts on fashion designer and inspired a lot of collections lately! So much so that it is taking over interiors and outdoors… Bohemian style is all about plants, flowers, colors, patterns  and texture; to keep it chic and glamorous, the best is to not overdo it. If not carefully selected and mixed, bohemian can look messy and overwhelming. Bohemian, is also a lifestyle, a relaxed, low-key way of living; therefore, the way the furniture and accents are displayed plays an important role in the styling of your boho chic space. Hope the images below will inspire you and help you create a bohemian and chic home.

 

b7722307c57a56f2a33a7c05b39bbfc0                  Credit: James Ramsey and Jennifer Blumin via mydomaine.com

 

067343d8700851e6895fff2cb72af100                  Credit: Feng Shui Interiors via Harper’s Bazaar

 

5ae77ac79ebd99c0715eb8f730b11ef7                  Credit: Brit+Co

 

5cde0d0951188adef8252b59ad8a50ac                         Credit: Ball & Albanese / Lonny Magazine

 

12-cozy-bright-living-room              Credit: thefoxandshe.com/bohemian-home-decor/

 

13-eclectic-bohemian-kitchen              Credit: thefoxandshe.com/bohemian-home-decor/

 
07716ac6fd6bda668378e904e5e50ae4                 Credit: El Ramla Hamra

 

b8a1481fffa03856cb8e7368ac56b1fa                          Credit: Amber Interiors via mydomaine.com

 

 

bohemian bathroom                 Credit: kitchenwalls.nl via Pintere

 

bohemian outdoor                  Credit: lemme-holla-at-you via Pinterest

 

 

1446153402-terrace-                                                                     Credit: Elle Decor

 

 

bohemian pool                                     Credit: Style Estate via Pinterest

 

 

boho bathroom                 Credit: Thedesignfiles.net

boho theatre                 Credit: Architectural Digest

 

 

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greenery-645x397 Credit: Martin Lawrence Bullard design via Pinterest

 

 

jamie chung living room Credit: thedecorist.com / Jamie Chung Home designed by Ashley Redmond

 

 

jessica alba bedroom    Credit: mydomaine.com / Jessica Alba Home designed by Mat Sanders

 

IMG_5770                                           Credit: Static1.squarespace.com via Pinterest

 

 

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Credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel via Pinterest

 

 

jessica alba outdoorCredit: mydomaine.com / Jessica Alba Home designed by Mat Sanders

 

 

main.original.640x0c Credit: Amber Interiors via mydomaine.com

 

main.original.640x0c nursery Credit: mydomaine.com via Pinterest

 

 

playroom boho          Credit: stylemepretty.com

 

 

screen1 Credit: Brit+Co via Pinterest

20 stunning pool area inspirations

Summer is fast approaching, so it is about time to revamp your outdoors and here are some inspirations to get the most enviable pool of the neighborhood. Everything goes with nature, so think outside the box and play with colours, patterns, shapes, art, flowers and plants to create your perfect retreat.

 

1/ Asian inspired : Artsy, uncluttered and modern white furniture for a zen pool

ando studio poolCredit: Ando Studio.

 

2/ Create your life-size aquarium with an above-ground pool!

Above ground for a human-sized aquarium style

 
3/ Colorful accents and hanging chairs for a bohemian chic style

Bohemian:Chic pool                                   Credit: Style Estate via Pinterest.

 
4/ Curtains, wooden furniture and a fireplace make for timeless and elegant pool area

50 Stunning Outdoor Living Spaces @styleestate                                   Credit: Style Estate via Pinterest

 

 

5/ Copper and brass lanterns, patterned tiles, mosaics and luscious plants for an oriental oasis

copper and gold Lanterns and luscious plants and mosaicsfor a morrocan vibe                       Credit: Priceypads.com via Pinterest.

 

 

6/ Build a partly elevated pool floor to add furniture in the pool and create a surrealist landscape

$100,000 Bungalow Bliss Package Offered at Delano South BeachCredit: Delano Hotel, South Beach via kiwi collection.com.

 

 
7/ Rocks, cascade, plants and a fire pit to create a cosy, countryside, retreat

50 Stunning Outdoor Living Spaces @styleestate                                       Credit: styleesteate.com.

 

 
8/ Cypresses, stone wall, and Mediterranean jars for a Tuscan look

c53f82d99a6d941bd431b197b7f91ffa                                   Credit: stylestate.com.

 

 

 

9/ Play with lighting – There are so many outdoor lighting options and it has the power to transform your “meh” outdoor into a glamorous one.

Lights for a touch of glamour and midnight dips
Credit: Anthony Exter via Pinterest.

 

 
10/ Create your Meditteranean retreat with orange trees, and greek-temple style pool house

30 Serene Outdoor Living Spaces - Style Estate -

Credit: Style Estate via Pinterest.

 

 

11/Black and white stripes for an unexpected chic and timeless outdoor

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Credit: CB2.

 

 

 

12/ Red is the new standard to add color to contemporary outdoors

taiwana_02Credit: Taiwana Hotel, St Barts.

 

 
13/ Colourful patterns, curtains and chic lighting for sophisticated and glamour outdoor

edc6ecc0aa1f14e1612f2abac0c30b0e                     Credit: Traditional Home.

 

 

14/ Decorate with balls in the pool and outside

54c0cc42ef996_-_18-hbx-walter-lamb-vintage-patio-furniture-griffith-0608-s2Credit: House Beautiful / Design: Jay Griffith.

 

 

15/ White airy curtains and light wood for an ethereal feel

54c0cc4283fc3_-_16-hbx-poolside-gauzy-curtains-brockschmidt-coleman-0808-xln                                        Credit: House Beautiful/ Design: Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman.

 
16/ A perfectly landscaped garden and touches of yellow for a Palm Beach style outdoor

54c0cc4735163_-_hbx-yellow-pool-furniture-carrier-0913-s2Credit: House Beautiful/ Design: Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller

 

 

17/ Make it a fun pool with a statement pool float and colorful floating accents

swan-float-2Credit: Lovely Indeed via Pinterest.

 

 

18/ Shades of blue to reflect the pool and the sky, what more natural?

blue decorCredit: House Beautiful/ Design: Kim Coleman and Michele Green.

 
19/ Casually placed outdoor pillows on the floor for a cosy and laid-back style

pillows on the floorCredit: House Beautiful/ Design: Markham Roberts.

 
20/ Try and mix orange accents with the  blue waters of the pool and you’ll discover  a true match!

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Credit: JANUS et Cie.

How to make the most of your load-bearing column?

Unfortunately, sometimes, engineering and technology, gets in the way of your perfect home design. Imagine, this beautiful space where you could create your dream home, if only, you could take down this one column (or more) in the middle of the room… Fortunately, creative minds, find a way to make the most of these annoying columns and use them as design elements. First, you have to think about furniture placement around these to optimize the space, then you have to find a way to make the most of it by finding a column design that will either take the room to another level, or make it as discreet as possible. Here are some the best ideas of load-bearing columns I have selected for you.

 

 Use it as a display niche, to place art, flowers, pictures etc…
Make it part of room and use it to define a room; i.e: to separate the kitchen from the dining room .
 Make it match other pieces of furniture to create symmetry and harmony

 

 

Use a different material to perfect a style
Use a different style that contrasts with the rest of the room for an eclectic and edgy design

 

 

Column-ideas_exterior-grass-covered-column.jpgUse it outdoor or indoor to create a green wall (so trendy these days) – Design: Harold Leidner Landscape Architects/Credit: popartdecorations.com

 

 

Add them to add character and authenticity to an otherwise very modern and simple decor.
To perfect a mediterranean style.

 

 

Use them to add grandeur and elegance to your home.
…Still hate it and want to make it as discreet as possible?  Then, first,  choose a classic style column design and work with your structural engineer or architect to discuss how large and how simple they can be .

Available Column Stylescredit: columnsandbalustrades.com

Then, carefully pick a paint and finish for a polished, simple and sophisticated look. I would usually advise for a matte finish.

 

exposed-brick-ideasCredit: http://www.home-designing.com

HDPColumns300x348                                                                                          Credit: columnsandbalustrades.com

FullSizeRender 3Credit: Elledecor.com via Kevin O’Gara (@kfogara Instagram).

Incorporating gold and brass in your decor

One of the 2016 design trends is the comeback of metallics, especially brass and copper. For a while contemporary interiors did not have those last two, as they were categorized as “old-fashion” materials that will not blend well in modern interiors. Even more classic interiors were styled with silver and chrome to give a more modern feel. However, in today’s designs we see them more and more and its all in the details… Subtlety is key to incorporate those materials and colours to create a contemporary, glamour and sophisticated interior. Here are some the best designs with brass and gold, room by room.

1/In the bedroom

RH bedroom2Delicately incorporated in the furniture for a more vibrant style – Credit: Restoration Hardware

chambre epureJust a simple detail (side table lamp) for a more polished look – Credit: Ando Studio

2/ The living room

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Simple, yet sophisticated when subtly added in the details (thin table frame, thin floor lamp), to remind a beautiful massive statement piece (here the ceiling lamp)- Design/credit: Studio McGee

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Be bold by choosing gold and brass accent furniture and tone it done it down with more neutral larger pieces. Design/Credit: Ando Studio

3/ Dining room

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Pick a gold statement piece of furniture to create an instant “wow” effect – Credit: ByKoket.com

fe69c462c3df48db7c9aa92679b61077                        Adds sophistication to pastels – Stay Chairs by Nika Zupanc for Sé

4/ Kitchen

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Contemporary and sophisticated with dark grey –  Credit: House Beautiful

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Brings elegance and warmth in a white transitional kitchen – Credit/Design: Decorpad.com/Nicole Davis Interiors

5/ Bathroom

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With subway tiles for a contemporary and edgy look – Credit: Bjurfors.se

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Gold sink + gold details for a bolder and refined bathroom – credit: Maddux Creative

6/Baby, child and teen rooms

TN15_054_simeon_bedroom.jpgHere, it adds glamour and helps create a rock chic style to this teen girl bedroom – Credit: Restoration Hardware (RH Teen)

s15_168_callum_platform  To perfect industrial and add sophistication – Credit: Restoration hardware (RH Baby & Child)

f60f9102515d4fe33f5b19e31e9a3fc9                           To add edginess to a vintage style girl nursery – credit: project nursery.com

7/ Office
Xavier-Lust-SalonArtDesignCubeMe1To step up your game with a statement office desk / Design: desk Gold Graph by Xavier Lust (via cubeme.com)

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To add instant glamour for a fashionista’s office – Design: Laurel&Wolf (via mydomaine.com)

How to create a peaceful and glamour bedroom

Your bedroom is one of the most intimate room in your home and it should feel the most peaceful; after all this is where you rest. But peaceful and cosy doesn’t mean it cannot be elegant and timeless. Here are some of my tips to transform your bedroom into your own little sanctuary.

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Royal Monceau Paris – Bedroom Suite

1/ Choose a soft palette for your walls
Your room should reflect your personality, so by choosing a colour you love, it will naturally feel more inviting. However, bear in mind that some colours have the power to soothe and some have the power to agitate – So I would recommend choosing a soft palette for your bedroom; if you wish to obtain that peaceful look –  If you really love strong colours, you can use it in decorative elements, such as art, flowers, a throw or accent furniture , etc… On that note, personally, in my designs I mostly use neutrals for bedroom walls.

 

 

2/ Symmetry
In a small space like the bedroom, installing the furniture in a symmetrical way is essential. Symmetry is naturally more attractive to the eye, it creates balance and harmony; which makes for a more peaceful room. The bed is usually the focal point in the bedroom design as it is the heaviest and largest piece in the room; so you can add on each side matching nightstands, lightings and art, for instance. Want to throw off the balance a little to make it look less boring and “too perfect” ? You can do this by adding different decorative accent on each side or something personal, a book for Mr and a frame for Mrs, or a flower on one side only…

 

 

3/ Personal objects
As I mentioned earlier, the bedroom is one of the most intimate rooms in your home and if you want it to feel like your little oasis away from the craziness in your life; then it should feel welcoming and familiar. To that purpose, add objects that you love, that bring up memories… An artwork, some books, a fragrance to spray the room with, pictures. I feel that sometimes to best art is enlarged professional family pictures…

 

 

4/ Invest in the bed!
It is the biggest piece of furniture in the room, so it needs to be stylish and comfy! They say a mattress should last at least 10 years! So yes, it can be pricey, but it’s worth it in the long run. It’s worth it financially and physically; I do not need to tell you how important a good bed is for your back and a good night sleep for your brains and nerves:) – The frame of the bed, again, if you are looking for serenity, try to opt for neutral colours; you can have fun with the different shapes and materials of headboards etc… Finally the bedding , it is important to carefully select your duvet covers, shams and other decorative pillows; when you look at all these well-designed bedrooms, you will see that the bedding is no exception to achieve this perfect look. You can play with patterns, if you want to keep neutral colours and you can also play with colours; the good thing with this part is that you can change every week… Just make sure the colours go well with the rest of the room. Oh and please resist the urge to put too many decorative pillows…

 

 

5/ Curtains
I have to admit I am very fond of curtains, I just love the effect they have on a room; but I am very picky and if the windows are not “fit” for curtains, then I’d rather simple and sophisticated blinds. In my opinion, if your windows are to narrow or small , then it is not worth it, it can look awkward and outdated, and the absolute no, no (for me), is short curtains. Curtains should be floor lengths, the bottom should touch or fold on the floor. I always think about a nice evening gown, if it falls just above the ankle then it is weird and lacks elegance; the same goes for curtains. Having said that, the good thing with curtains is that you can play with texture, patterns and colours…

 

 

6/Glam it up with mirrors and flowers
Mirrors always add depth to a room, which is good in a small space like the bedroom, but it also adds glamour and sophistication. You can also add a nice bouquet here and there, it will instantly brighten the space and add a pop of colour to a neutral room.

 

 

7/ A boudoir
This one tip is only if you have the space for it; it is one of the design trends of 2016 to style your room like a hotel- How to create it? It’s very simple, choose a nice seating that fits your space, it can go from a chaise lounge or a small sofa to a beautiful pouf; then add side or coffee table, it can also be piled up books that serve as a table… Then you can add a nice tray with beautiful glasses and a bottle of your favourite water (or wine, after all it is your own little sanctuary); and there you have your boudoir area! But bear in mind the last thing you want is an overwhelmed room where you can’t move, the more spacious it looks the more peaceful it will feel; so make sure that even even if you add the tiniest seating you can still move around:)

 

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8/ Unclutter
You do not have to go minimalist, if it is not your style. But try not to put too many things in your bedroom. Not too many pillows, not too many pieces of furniture if you do not have the space, do not put to many things on your nightstands and dresser… The les cluttered,  the more spacious and therefore, zen, it will feel!

 

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9/ Carpet or no carpet?
This one is my last point, only because, I personally am not a fan of carpeted floors. It feels very comfortable and it is noise-cancelling if you have easily upset neighbours. So yes, if you like carpeted floors then go ahead, but choose a soft and rich texture and neutral tones and it should go from wall to wall. If carpeted floors are not your thing either, a nice rug can do the trick to add softness to the room. It should be placed in a way that one part is under the bed and the other part, should stick out.