I Heart Tokyo . . .

Friday, November 30, 2012

I just had to share a few snaps of our visit last weekend to Tokyo - what an amazing city! Everyone told us we would love it but I still could not have imaged a place so creative, cultural, quirky and lively! The combination of an exceptionally rich past with a modern energy and spark puts Tokyo at the very top of my travel list. We adored the vibrant nightlife, warm people, bold fashion choices and delicious food. . .  I will stop gushing now but honestly, if you ever can, please go! 

I already want to go back . . .

And a special thank you to our good friend Jonas, you are the most wonderful host and tour guide ever! You are the best! 

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Daily Detail: Loft + Barn Living

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I just love this rustic yet modern interior! I adore mod architecture with clean lines but dislike how cold it can feel.  The rough hewn beams and natural textures make this space is so warm and appealing, while the linear iron railings and solid white walls keep it fresh and contemporary - a beautifully balanced combination!

What appeals to you about this interior?

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Inspired IKEA: My Top 10 Picks

Monday, November 26, 2012

IKEA is all around us! The giant Swedish chain is so accessible, affordable and has so locations across the globe, that most of us think we know all they have to offer. And while they do still have many of the staples we had in our first apartment or dorm room, lately they have upped the ante with lots chic design steals too! I love to mix IKEA with higher end pieces for a really collected look, so when The Honeycombers asked me to put together my most inspired picks I was thrilled! Just visit here or read below for my Top 10 . . . 

 Docksta Dining Table $199. One of my favorite mod yet classic pieces! Pair it with antique or vintage chairs for an unexpected and eclectic dining or study area.

Byholma Armchair $94.99. I love this armchair indoors or out. The woven pattern is so natural and pretty, it reminds us of the French countryside. You could also add a colorful printed pillow as a bold accent!

 Songe Mirror $49.99. Mirrors help reflect natural light and make a space feel more airy, and this beautiful silver frame is just glam enough but still understated. Don't forget to use some round pieces in your space, it's a wonderful balance to traditional sharp corners.

 Ljusas Ysby Lamp $99.99 People are always surprised this lovely glass lamp is IKEA! The warm gray color works with so many color palettes and we love how it's just a bit translucent.

Tarnby Jute Rug $99.99-149. Natural jute rugs work perfectly here in the tropics! The natural texture feels wonderful under foot and these rugs are also great for layering, try adding a small colorful wool throw rug on top for a global, well travelled looking interior.

Stockholm Coffee Table $199. The modern lines and warm wood finish of this table look right out of 1950's Scandinavia! The taped legs are elegant in shape and the shelf underneath is an added bonus for extra storage. 

Forsa Work Lamp $29.99. This timeless lamp is perfect for a desk top or bedside table. Its glossy chrome finish and heavy, weighted base give it a surprisingly luxe feel. 

Hemnes Glass Cabinet $325. With loads of storage and simple glass paneled doors, I love this slim cabinet in an office, living room, or even a bathroom. Mixing vases, small frames, and vintage glasses in with the storage can also help make this piece feel like custom shelving.

Dalfred Stool $39.99. Industrial chic interiors are so on trend lately and these adjustable bar stools really look the part! They work beautifully here in a kitchen for extra seating but also could be great as a small side table or next to a club chair. 

Ribba Frames $9.99 - 24.99. Perfect for creating a gallery wall of art or family snapshots, these frames come in lots of sizes and are such a steal compared to custom framing! Don't be shy to mix different sizes and finishes, a variety of frames creates lots of visual interest. 

I just love that no matter where on the globe you live, you can get these pieces! 
What's your favorite pick? 

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Tokyo Bound!

Friday, November 23, 2012

One of the most amazing perks of living in Singapore is how close we are to so many incredible travel locations! While lately we have been working far too much to travel, this weekend we are heading to Tokyo to visit a close friend. I have never been to Japan and am so fascinated to experience it all! More to come next week. . . 

Sooo excited! Hope you have a wonderful weekend too! 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! 
I am so thankful for my wonderful family and friends - no matter how far away - and wish everyone a fantastic day. Here is a little tabletop beauty in honor of my favorite holiday . . . 

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Love or Loathe: Plates as Decor

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

While it might bring up memories of your granny's house, plates as wall decor are making a big comeback! I love the eclectic, layered look plates can bring, and think they can be a lovely and unexpected alternative to a mirror or gallery wall. Using solid plates, modern graphics or poppy colors is the key to bringing these plate collections into the 21st century. Here are a few of my favorite inspirations . . . Do love or loathe this look?

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Singapore Shopping: FrancFranc

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I am always searching for chic home accessories here in Sing so I was super excited to hear about the opening of Japanese home-ware shop FrancFranc! They have a small selection of pretty, modern furniture but what I really love is the great selection of textiles, dinnerware, glasses, kitchen gadgets, bedding, throw rugs, baskets, candles and decorative storage {just to name a few!} I went home with a turquoise melamine salad bowl, a striped plum and white pillow and an amazing tangerine and calico flower candle. I was most smiten with all the lovely bright hues they carry, here are a few snaps of my favorite pieces . .  .

See the FrancFranc site for more info!

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