Instant Style: Textile Draped Headboard

Monday, September 30, 2013

One of my favorite styling tricks to add an instant boost to a bland bedroom is to simply drape the existing headboard with a textile! I know it is not complicated, but layering fabric or a rug over a plain headboard helps create a collected, casual and visually interesting look with no heavy lifting needed. It is also a great way to experiment with a burst of color - if you tire of it, it's so easy to swap out! A beautiful throw blanket, flat-weave area rug, quilt or vintage textile all can work wonderfully. Maybe you already have a favorite piece at home to try? Here are a few of my favorite examples. . .

For a little retail inspiration, here are four textiles available online right now {bonus: they all ship to Singapore, wow!}

This Eivor throw from Ikea would be so graphic and fun! 

One of these richly hued Kantha Quilts from West Elm would add so much warmth and texture too:

I love the geometric pattern and soft hue of this blue Moroccan Dhurrie rug:

Or how lovely would this vibrant vintage Suzani textile be? 

Have I convinced you to try this trick at home? 
Happy Styling! 
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House Tour: Laid Back Charm in Malibu

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Today I am so in love with this shingle style Malibu home by L.A. based designer Jeffery Alan Marks. It is the perfect mix of classic glamour and casual California charm. I especially like the unexpected pairing of rustic antiques, mid century modern pieces and fresh, beachy textiles. Airy and cozy all at once! 

But to tell the truth, what really sold me was this incredible outdoor lounge and fire pit! So amazing! 

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Trend Alert: Aqua Cabinetry!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I am almost always a fan of classic, neutral kitchens and love to punch up the space with vibrant accessories and textiles. But lately I am spotting so many gorgeous kitchens with aqua cabinetry! Balanced with lots of natural wood and white it can be such a warm, calming and unexpected color choice. Soft, watery aqua also looks fantastic paired with gray and white marble countertops. 

So what do you think. . . . color overload or refreshing beauty?

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Singapore Decorating: A Colorful & Quirky Boost

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Adding that final layer of accessories and art is without a doubt my favorite part of the design process. . . like the icing on the cake! My client's lovely but serene living room {with components above} looks great but now we are aiming to add an extra boost with pops of vibrant color, casual bohemian details and lots of fun pattern. The art is all from Society 6, I adore their quirky but beautifully curated collection {and they even ship to us in Singapore!}. The pillows are all handmade by Etsy vendors, PopOColor and Whitlock & Co are two of my go-to spots.  I can't wait to see it all come together. 
Which pieces are your favs? 

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Drool Worthy Kitchen: Vintage Mediterranean Style

Friday, September 13, 2013

I spend a lot of time scanning blogs, Pinterest, product sites and online mags but sometimes a image just stops you dead in your tracks! I am so in love with this vintage inspired Mediterranean kitchen designed by JHID {Jessica Helgerson Interior design}. Located in Portland OR, this home is actually part of an apartment complex which was originally built in 1926. The black, white, brown and brass color palette is simple yet so dynamic and I love the way JHID brought a modern edge to this classic style. I also think the layout of the kitchen to include a library nook is so cozy and practical {the kitchen really is the heart of the home!} The chic black and white Moroccan tile floors and the vintage gloss black stove are also just amazing. 

Any details you love? 

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InstaTravels: 48 Hours in Hong Kong

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hi all! We are just back from an amazing weekend in Hong Kong - what a creative, vibrant and beautiful city. After almost four years in Asia it was really our first visit and it was worth the wait. I loved the gritty, hectic pace of life here and the incredible landscape, the skyscrapers seem to just grow right from the lush jungle below - so inspiring! The city is full of art galleries, vintage stores and edgy boutiques but the night life is pretty fantastic too.  Here are a few of my favorite HK Instagram moments. . . .

Do you have any exciting travels coming up? 

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