Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Your "Go-to" brand for upholstered furniture on a budget!

Hooray! My custom headboard has arrived from Carrington Court!

The first day of Spring is finally here and you may be ready to refresh your home on a budget. I happen to be on a mission to redecorate my own bedroom right now. Carrington Court has been an amazing resource for finding quality upholstered furniture at reasonable price. I have just traded out my traditional wood headboard for Carrington Court's Bergman Headboard, which comes with custom nailheads in the finish of your choice. They offer over 200 custom fabric selections ranging from bold patterned fabrics, to solids, and even leather. You can check out how my custom headboard with Carrington Court turned out in the photo above. It is extremely well-made and I love the fabric. I selected their "Dakota Snow" fabric, which has a subtle sheen and a nice reflective quality that really brightens my room.

I've styled 3 of my favorite Carrington Court furniture selections below to inspire your next redecorating project. These looks all have a fresh contemporary feel and feature Carrington Court's budget friendly upholstered furniture. You will seriously love this brand!

1. Bergman headboard w/ custom upholstery & nailheads | 2. Bubbly Green Table Lamp | 3. Alegria Sital Woven Tasseled Pillow | 4. Nearly Natural Agave Succulent in Vase, set of 3 | 5. Auric Orbit Table | 6. Nika Throw Blanket | 7. Coconut Milk Mango Lavish Hand Cream | 8. Tonka Noir Diffuser

When it comes to relaxing at home transforming your bedroom into your own personal sanctuary will go a long way. Here’s how to style this chic headboard complete with custom nailheads. This luxurious bedroom design will make relaxing at home so much easier!

1. Keats Seat in 'Angela Lime' | 2. Carved Wood Coffee Table | 3. Allurine Floor Lamp | 4. Costura Sectional with Chaise | 5. Agua de Oro framed print by Parima Studio

This compact seat will impress you double when styled as a set of two in your living room. These seats will also do well as a set at the foot of your bed. The lime green upholstery accented with blue piping makes this seat a unique original. Here’s how to add a dose of style and color to your living room with Carrington Court.

1. Salisbury Leather Parsons Chair | 2. Hand-Painted Moroccan Pillow | 3. Horne Scholar Table | 4. Cog Desk Tidy in Gold | 5. Yuda Table Lamp | 6. Nearly Natural 64" Faux Palm Tree & Cylinder Planter with Black Metal Base  | 7. Paris Map Print | 8. Natural Agate Bookends

Love the luxe look of camel colored leather? You’ll love this FAB parsons chair from Carrington Court. Try this chair in your office paired with casual-luxury decor elements. If you prefer a more contemporary look, style this tan leather chair with contrasting black decor for a truly eye-catching look.

Which of these Carrington Court furniture selections is your favorite? The Leather Parsons Chair, the Bergman Headboard, or the Keats Seat in lime green? I happen to also really like their classic Hemingway Wingback Chair which would go well in nearly any space. Hoping you've learned about a new brand that can meet your future furniture needs. Visit www.CarringtonCourt.com for more information!

This post is sponsored by Carrington Court.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Transforming a Warehouse Into a Well-Designed Home

Warehouse Home Magazine is a publication that explores the transformation of warehouses into homes. 

One of the design ideas I've been especially inspired by lately is the idea of transforming and living in non-traditional spaces, like old industrial warehouses. My interview with the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Warehouse Home Magazine Sophie Bush was my introduction to this new way of living, and I must say that I am loving it! Warehouse Home Magazine features the best of historic and industrial warehouses in London and beyond, made new through architecture, interior design, and the imagination of their passionate owners. See the interview below.

Warehouse Home CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Sophie Bush.

Jacquin: Tell us about how your love of warehouse homes came to be. What do you find most charming about taking non-traditional spaces like warehouses and turning them into lovely decorated homes?

Sophie: I have always been passionate about architecture and interior design. When I moved to London, I was immediately drawn to its industrial conversions. These buildings represent a by-gone era of manufacturing that I find fascinating. And they have so much grit and character - they offer a very different way of living for more conventional and contemporary flats. Authentic features like exposed brickwork and concrete are incredible backdrops for adventurous homeowners and interior designers - normal interior decor rules don't apply here, you can really get creative! At the same time, steel columns and more unusual proportions, including high ceilings, can represent challenges when it comes to establishing different living areas in an industrial conversion. But no two warehouse homes are the same - and that's what I think really appeals to their residents and to anyone channelling that industrial look.

CEO of Warehouse Home Magazine, Sophie Bush, photographed in front of one of London's historic warehouse homes, revived with contemporary style. 

Transformed warehouse home in London.

Jacquin: How was your experience transforming and decorating your own warehouse home, Sophie? What challenges did you face? What was most rewarding?

Sophie: I've drawn a great deal of inspiration from the heritage of the building - it's a grade II listed former mill on the banks of the River Thames. Much of my furniture has been sourced via London-based salvage experts like LASSCO, The Old Cinema and Retrouvius, but I've had quite a bit of success on eBay too - including a beautiful old school desk, used as a side table. I love hard-wearing, heavy-duty pieces and classic industrial designs that started their lives on the factory floor. But I've combined these with contemporary designs from high-street brands like Made.com and H&M Home

The ceilings are relatively low and combined with exposed brickwork that could make spaces like the living room look gloomy, so I've incorporated bold splashes of red. Large-scale typographic prints create a contemporary effect and modern metal cabinets on castors reference the industrial features. Right now so much of my time is spent on Warehouse Home magazine, that I am still transforming my own home. It's a careful and considered process where the spaces are gradually evolving. And I actually really like that - there's a sense that every item has 'found its place' over time.

Peek inside the warehouse home of Warehouse Home founder, Sophie Bush.

Jacquin: What details should home buyers consider when deciding whether to pursue a warehouse home or other non-traditional space as a home? What advice would you give to people in the process of transforming a warehouse into a well-decorated home?

Sophie: The debut Warehouse Home book provides so much inspiration for these scenarios. It showcases the most incredible homes all over the world, from San Francisco to Sydney, London to Hong Kong, and numerous locations in between. There are family homes in former factories and foundries, bachelor pads in old printworks and cement works and much more besides! The homes are collected together in chapters themed around typical industrial architectural features - like brickwork, beams, columns, warehouse windows - and showcases the many ways in which these heritage elements can be preserved, celebrated and adapted for modern living. These properties vary enormously so there is no one-size-fits-all solution for a conversion home - I would simply suggest really embracing the industrial characteristics and enjoying the process of finding both vintage and contemporary furnishings to complement them.

The debut BOOK Warehouse Home will be available for purchase April 2017.

Inside of a historic Spratt's factory renovated unit featured in Warehouse Home Magazine.

Jacquin: What are your all time favorite warehouse homes that you've featured in your magazine, Warehouse Home?

Sophie: In Warehouse Home Issue Four, photographer Debbie Bragg contributed photographs of her own home, together with the homes of three of her neighbours, all in London's iconic Spratt's Works - a former dog food factory. When the building's conversion was completed in 1989, the units were sold as empty shells - so every home is entirely unique, as Debbie's photographs demonstrate. One of the apartments depicted belongs to the incredible denim artist Ian Berry - he lives entirely surrounded by scraps of the fabric in every conceivable shade of blue, it's a truly unique live-work environment.

We also featured the home of chef and entrepreneur Patrick Drake, co-founder of HelloFresh, in Warehouse Home Issue Five. Situated in London's fashionable Shoreditch, it's light and airy with white-painted exposed brickwork and a minimalist scheme.

London's historic Spratt's factory revived into several individual homes. 

Warehouse home of HelloFresh founder, Patrick Drake.

Inside of a historic Spratt's factory renovated unit featured in Warehouse Home Magazine.

Jacquin: What can readers expect from Warehouse Home Magazine in 2017? What are you most looking forward to for your business this year?

Sophie: You can expect to see more furniture and lighting added to our online shop over the coming months. And the debut Warehouse Home book published by Thames & Hudson will be out in April - there will be various exciting events to coincide with its launch. We've also launched an online subscription service, which is proving incredibly popular and enables customers to order any of our back issues, as well as pre-order Warehouse Home Issue Six (which will be out in June). 

We have ambitious plans to grow the Warehouse Home brand even further over the coming months. In addition to raising angel investment, we've received a number of enquiries about crowdfunding. So, on 13th March we'll be launching a crowdfunding campaign with Seedrs - a platform which enables anyone to invest in businesses they believe in from as little as £10. It's easy to register and we would love as many people as possible to watch our video and hear what we have planned. 

If the idea of transforming a spacious warehouse property into a contemporary home peaks your interest, be sure to subscribe to Warehouse Home Magazine for more industrial-style inspiration. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Ultimate Luxe Gift Guide

With a year of special occasions ahead of us, I have taken the hard work out of gift shopping with this ULTIMATE LUXURY GIFT GUIDE. What makes a gift truly luxe? The answer is uniqueness and quality. These 10 items deliver on both. Here are some fantastic gifts to consider for that upcoming birthday, anniversary, or Valentine's Day. Or even buy a gift for yourself!




THE ULTIMATE LUXE GIFT GUIDE












What occasion are you looking for a special gift for? Hoping you've found some inspiration here! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Art Deco Revival in Atlanta

This historic Atlanta home is known to be the city of Atlanta's only Art Deco property in existence, and so when it came time to revive this piece of history the space got a contemporary update while preserving the home's rich architectural history. Here's a glimpse into this beautiful, art deco home featured in Atlanta Homes magazine. 

 Historic Atlanta art deco home featured in Atlanta Homes. Photography: Erica George Dines









Historic Atlanta art deco home featured in Atlanta Homes. Photography: Erica George Dines

To view the full home tour, head over to Atlanta Homes to learn more about this art deco beauty.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

7 Proven Tips and Tricks for a Perfectly Clean Bathroom

Image via Dustjacket-Attic.com

If you struggle to keep your bathroom shiny and spotless, you’re not alone. Next to the kitchen it is the most used room in the house, which can make it hard to keep everything neat and clean. From toothpaste stains and soap scum to hair products all over the counters, there is always work to be done.

And while I don’t have a way for your bathroom to magically clean itself, I do have something just as good: Proven Tricks and Tips to Organize and Clean Your Bathroom. With use of these proven cleaning methods, I’ll help you make your bathroom tidy and pristine. Because if the place you go to get clean isn’t clean, then what’s the point?

Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors, Inc.

From Grout to Grime, here are 7 proven tips to make bathroom cleaning easier:

A dirty bathroom is not only unsanitary, but unsightly. Who wants to wash in a room where there are soap rings around the toilet or grout that looks gray?

To combat these common stains and achieve floors that are clean enough to eat off of (not really, but you get the point) we found simple, effective mixtures that will get the job done. Read on and find out the answers to your most stubborn cleaning problems.

TOILETS

It makes sense that toilets, the place where we empty out tummies, are one of the hardest to clean parts of the bathroom. Plus, standing water can cause lime build-up and mineral deposits, making it hard to keep fresh. Luckily, there is an easy way to keep it clean, and it's using household baking soda.

Amber Interior Design

For daily cleaning: pour a cup of baking soda into your toilet, let sit for 5-10 minutes, then brush gently around the sides using a soft-bristle brush and flush. You can also use this solution on the outside of the toilet and the seat, using a rag to wipe and rinse.

For built-up stains and caked-on grime: use the same amount, but allow it to soak longer and use a damp pumice stone to scrub clean. Pumice stones work well without scratching the toilet surface.

TILES AND WALLS

Image via DecorPad

Tiles can be a pain to keep clean, as every splatter and fingerprint tends to show. A quick, efficient way to clean them involves just 3 basic items (a rag, bathroom cleaner and your shower), but done in a different and more efficient way.

Simply spray the walls and ceiling with a basic bathroom cleaner, then run a hot shower and let the room steam up. Close the door, keeping the steam in for about 20 minutes, then go back and wipe down the walls and ceiling with a rag. The steam loosens and moistens the tiles, allowing for a much deeper clean with minimal effort.

SHOWER


Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors, Inc.

While the trick above works great for shower walls, it won’t do much for your shower head, tub, or doors, which are breeding grounds for bacteria.

To get your shower head clean, fill a Ziploc bag with white vinegar, then submerge the head in it, securing it with a rubber band. Leave it to soak overnight, then rinse with warm water. This can be done weekly for a deep cleaning. 

For shower doors, make a paste, using a few drops of distilled white vinegar and baking soda, then apply to the door. The paste should be thick so it sticks to the door. Let sit for an hour, then rub it off using a microfiber cloth. Rinse with water and dry.

BATHTUB

Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors, Inc.

Bathtub’s can be an annoyance to keep clean since they are used so frequently. An easy solution is to mix pack of baking soda with vinegar to lightly scrub the tub with, then rinse with warm waterThis solution is also very effective for removing stains from grout.

GROUT

Cleaning grout is tedious but necessary. To get it white and looking new, dip a toothbrush or brush in bleach and rub over itRinse after with water to prevent yellowing. The previous baking soda and vinegar solution is also great for grout. 

SINK

Brooklyn home of Catbird founder Rony Vardi

Sinks are one of the most used areas, so keeping them clean is essential. To keep the faucet and water knobs sparkling and germ-free, use disposable cleaning wipes regularly if you're on the go. Especially since soap and water alone will not kill all the germs. Wiping down your sink daily will really go a long way. For the drain, pour white vinegar down the drain and flush with hot water to keep bad odors away.

Once you try these easy cleaning techniques you'll find that you have more time to enjoy your house- and the people in it. And once your bathroom and home are cleaned to perfection, you'll also have more time for the luxuries of life... like enjoying a spa day at homeCheers to a life that's not only cleaner, but more relaxing!

For more tips on cleaning and organization visit Top Reveal

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

4 Shortcuts to a Luxury Look at Home - Sponsored by Overstock.com

If your home is already furnished, but you still aren't achieving that luxury look you're going for, it could be because you need to revamp your home decor accessories. You'd truly be surprised by how far a change of accessories will go with your present furnishings. The secret to achieving a luxury look is to select high quality decorative items, that will add visual impact to your space. 

With the help of Overstock.com you don’t have to sacrifice great design over price to create a well-designed, luxury space. Overstock.com has an incredible assortment of home products at every price-point so that everyone can create their dream home. However, sometimes it's easier to have a professional point you in the direction of pre-approved decor to achieve your dream space. In this blog post I've linked to beautiful home decor additions from Overstock.com that will have luxury impact at an affordable price. Let's get started!

4 EASY SHORTCUTS TO A LUXURY LOOK AT HOME - Sponsored by Overstock.com!


THE RECAP - FEATURING WHAT TO SHOP FOR INSTANT LUXURY:

(1) Introduce nature inspired elements to your home like marble, wood, and leather. Consider these beautiful home decor items:
(2) Add a touch of gold at home with these great accessories: 

(3) Buy a range of colorful glass vases to add a pop of color at home. They are even gorgeous when flowers aren't in them! Try these: 

(4) Decorate with rich fabrics. And once you've found the perfect, high-quality curtains to accent your home, make sure to complete the look with equally luxe curtain rods. I suggest these curtain rods in antique gold, which I use at home right now. Afterall, rich fabrics + gold accents are always a hit! Here are my recommendations for top notch upholstery to beautify your home: 

Overstock.com is your one-stop-shop for luxury home decor selections at an affordable price. Adding these pieces to your home will absolutely give your home a luxury boost! Which of these luxe home accessories featured is your favorite? Happy shopping!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Designer Spotlight: Ponyo Porco of Taiwan


Ponyo Porco, based in Taiwan, is a print & textile design company focusing on fine art, fashion, and graphic design with the intention of their painterly prints being used across the spectrum. Ponyo Porco's hand-painted print designs lend themselves to uses from home decor to fashion and more and has landed the brand a coveted spot in New York Fashion Week this year. Take a look at our recent interview with Crystal Lupa and Larry Chen, the creative design duo behind Ponyo Porco.

Ponyo Porco at 2016 New York Fashion Week.

I saw your runway show at NYFW this past fall, is this the beginning of Ponyo Porco being a part of the international fashion industry?

Lupa: It was really a good start for us to share our concept and creations around the world as we are a very new team. It’s not easy but we are working hard on developing our brand to be more connected with the international creative industry.



How did you become interested in working for the fashion industry?

Larry: Ironically, we started our careers not that interested in the fashion industry but we both liked to create and design with prints. And since Lupa graduated with a focus on fashion design women’s wear, we combined our specialties to create a brand that is not just about fashion, but more so a print lifestyle brand.


Artist Crystal Lupa, one of the creative forces behind Ponyo Porco.

I noticed that each collection has an excerpt or poem that goes with it, what came first as inspiration – the writing or the collection?

Lupa: You're right. Each print has it’s own poem and original artwork. The poems are always written once the artwork is complete and serves as a description. 

Original artwork for Ponyo Porco prints.

Original artwork for Ponyo Porco prints.

Since your designs have a fairytale aspect (especially with the use of writing) are their any childhood stories, folktales, and stories etc. that inspire the design process?

Lupa: My painting style is definitely inspired from childhood stories and folk art. I often create characters with self-invented logics about the world, and love to express a glimpse of cold, dark charm in the style of na├»ve amusement. I’m especially attracted to seemingly inanimate organic forms. While trying to endow them with personified characteristics, I also like to demonstrate an event or scene narratively.

Original artwork for Ponyo Porco prints.

What is each of your favorite pieces, or favorite collections you have worked on?

Lupa: My favorite pieces are the prints of WITCH&CROWS coat and the POOL pleated dress.

Larry: I like the printed coats in all prints!


Do either of you have a fashion icon that you find inspirational?

Lupa: Frida Kahlo

Larry: Yves Saint Laurent


Since, Ponyo Porco is based in Taiwan, how does that influence your work?

Lupa: Although we founded the brand in Taipei, most of the education in art and working experience is in London. So I can say that there is a mixture of cultures in the creation. Taiwan is a beautiful island filled with oriental visual inspiration as well as various foreign influences, both of which greatly impact our work.


How does Ponyo Porco want their buyers to feel when they wear your collection?

Larry & Lupa: Unique, bold, delicate, and playful!

How much does the type of material and fabric influence each piece? Is there a specific way in which you select them?

Lupa: For Ponyo Porco the textures and characteristics are very important. Before we confirm the fabric for each piece, we digitally print on more than 15 kinds of materials for samples. We use 100% polyester fabric for pieces that need to be pleated, because the cotton won’t stay in pleats after a few washes. And for the coats and bomber jackets, we use 100% cotton with a satin finish to bring a subtle glow for more formal occasions.


What do you hope to see Ponyo Porco to become in the future?

Larry: So far we have developed our print ideas into a diversity of products such as clothing, accessories, paper products, and packaging. As we move forward we look to cooperate with brands, manufacturers, and studios from various fields to develop creative products in even more forms. There will also be a great 2017 calendar and a menswear capsule collection. Overall, we hope to become a strong design team and feast for the eyes of the print lovers around the world.

By Jamie Lee, Interiors by Jacquin intern