2/28/14

Fashion latest trend: Fur Coats

Fur coats have been used for cold protection since forever, although back then it was for strictly survival reasons rather than fashion motives.  Despite being probably one of the most controversial topics in Fashion it is indeed in its heydays, if we go by its constant presence during Fashion Weeks lately.  From real ones to fabulous faux fur options, fur coats are more present than ever in any chic woman's wardrobe.









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2/27/14

Not so feminine Crystal Chandelier

Crystal Chandeliers have always been considered feminine and girly hence often the first choice of a traditional woman when looking for overhead lighting options.  They can make a room look instantly elegant and sophisticated but in most cases can also make a room very feminine.  If that's not the road you want to take, because you are married, living with a guy or because you are simply too cool, don't panic, you can still have your fabulous crystal chandelier without making your guy feel like a perfect loser.  Here is what I would look for if I were in the hunt for a crystal chandelier.
Go for dark metal chandeliers, such as antique black metal, black wrought iron and so on.
Get a chandelier without light bulb shades.
Pair it with a neutral color palette or rustic elements as wood or concrete.  Don't worry you can still put your peonies on the table.  You both live there.


I'd like to live int his room and eat in front of that fireplace.






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2/26/14

Topshop Unique Autumn/Winter 2014

Topshop Unique is Topshop's runway collection shown at London Fashion Week.  Their Autumn/Winter 2014 presentation was pretty high fashion with a seduction of layers, mixed patterns and lots of fur.  Topshop Unique is well anticipated by the A-list fashion crowd for its fantastic and couture-like designs at reasonable prices.  Here are a few outfits that scream “wear me!!”. 





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2/25/14

Joseph Dirand Interior Design in Paris

After posting the kitchen designed by Joseph Dirand yesterday, it's a rigor to post the rest of this breath taking Paris apartment.  This apartment designed by him is situated in the widely popular neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-PrĂ©s in Paris and I would say that it also falls into the "new modern" category I spoke about yesterday where the design concept is still simple with "less is more" as the standard but, without sacrificing the warmth and provenance of the space.  And I'm sure that you would assume that such magnificent Interior Architectural features as stunning parquet floors found all throughout the house, extraordinary floor-to-ceiling French doors providing unbeatable amounts of light, and walls dressed with elegant ornate moldings, doesn't need much to be enhanced further.  Unquestionably though Dirand went on and did his magic by adding wonderful and sculptural furniture, paired them with top notch art while keeping the color palette to the minimum.  The result is a perfect symphony of harmony and beauty to treat our eyes.  
See more gorgeous Paris abodes here.


  A Pierre Jeanneret desk stands in front of an elegant marble fireplace. 





Photos by Adrien Dirand for AD France via Yatzer.
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2/24/14

The New Modern Kitchen

a New and modern kitche type of design
The design of the new modern kitchen has forever changed.  The new modern kitchen is far from the cold, showroom-looking kitchens that were once considered contemporary.  The design savvy homeowners are aware that a modern or contemporary design has more to do with the functionality and use of the space than with the final (outlook) of the room.  The main focus in remodeling or designing a kitchen nowadays is about planning and making the right choices to make life in a kitchen more enjoyable and productive.  The pictures below show some images of what a modern kitchen design looks like today.
A smart kitchen layout 
The layout of a kitchen is probably the first point of reference for any designer.  Not only it should be easy and functional but it should also provide a comfortable atmosphere for social gathering.  This is the place where we usually get together with close friends and family to cook, drink and laugh together.  
interior designer defines what modern kitchens look like
Durable and beautifully designed kitchen appliances
When selecting appliances stainless steel is still, the first choice.  Not only are they modern looking but they are also beautiful. 
Interior Decorator writes about modern kitchen elements
Family first
Kitchens with double functions such as eat-in area and perhaps an area where kids can do their homework are the norm now a days.
Interior Designer showcases kitchens with modern design
New modern design elements
White marble is perhaps the most prevalent design element in a modern kitchen at the moment. Subway tiles is a timeless style that goes well in any kitchen design and it's constant use makes them a modern choice.  White, light color cabinetry or high gloss finished cabinetry is also a very modern selection.  Open shelving, especially in small spaces, can make all the difference.
Color palette
Today's kitchens tend to stay away from saturated colors and prints.  They share either a monochromatic color scheme or a two tone.  I uploaded this kitchen below into my pinterest account 5 weeks ago where you can see not two but three different colors with the green standing out. 
David Gill's home
Top image Joseph Dirand, 3 via Design Sponge, 4 Athena Calderon kitchen,
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2/23/14

Words to live by






2 first quotes via, images Pinterest
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2/22/14

Lauren Conrad Charming Office

Lauren Conrad's eclectic and charming office was a result of a smart collaboration between Domain Home and Lauren herself.  The office is the HQ of Lauren's fashion label Paper Crown.  The main goal was to make the office design to be functional with a mixture of vintage and modern pieces that would interpret the fashion line.  The result is a beautiful office space with brick exposed walls contrasting with black floor and white walls and shelving.   An oversized inspirational board, Persian rugs, Louis XIV settee and beautiful brass accessories throughout. 

I love the predominated red in the office and the white frames on the walls.





The Louis XIV settee looks so chic and vintage in this cute space. 

 All images via Domain Home.
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