Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Fifth Element

I'm head over heals with this gorgeous kitchen by Sara Story.

I'm blown over the purple ceiling... so amazing! It gives just the exact amount of color and sparkle the neutral tone kitchen needed. And how about the contrast between the white pendant and the purple. It's really gorgeous.

As if that wasn't enough, Sara went on with the hardwood floors and painted them with a very popular, geometrical pattern. Dreamy.

Totally mouthwatering.
Ok. Time for me to stop drooling.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Flexible, Environmentally-friendly Furniture

I'd like to share with you this amazing chair by Flexible Love.

The amazing thing about it is that it's an expandable chair, and it can turn into a chair long enough to sit 8 or 16 people (depending on the model). This flexibility brings tremendous versatility to it, since you can arrange it in many different ways. Imagine the posibilites! And it's a space saver (when folded, it's narrower than a regular chair).  

Best thing about it is it's made of recycled paper and wood waste... ain't she sweet? And don't let yourself be fooled by its looks, cardboard is strong enough to hold many people on top of it.

The chair was designed by Chishen Chiu, from Taiwan, and if you're interested, it's available at Flexible Love for almost anywhere in the world. Its price is 250 euros for the 8 people version, and 490 euros for the 16 people version. Not bad considering it sits so many people, huh?

Now, would anybody out there like to get me one, pretty please? ;)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Before and After

Hi y'all!
I'd like to show you my newest "Before and After"

It's not about any room, though. It's all about me!

Normally I don't speak about myself, but today I'm happy about my new haircut, and I want to share it with you.

In this last year, I've had 3 different styles (which are far too many for me):

1. Really long and curly.

2. Short and curly.

3. Now: short and straight! (ok, that's just for today, let's see how it turns out when I get it wet!)

What do you think?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I Heart Damask

Damaskas you probably are well aware of, is one of the lattest, trendiest patterns in design. I must truly say I have a crush on it. It's gorgeous! (Hmmm... notice something peculiar on the background?) 

Damask was so in in the late 1960's and the following 1970's. So heavy and over-the-top, it became history for over a decade. You must remember it from your grandma's furniture, perhaps?
Do you remember now? Waaaaay too much!

Well, damask is back, but it has undergone an awesome make-over. The curvy shapes are staying, but the design is modern and sleek, using two colors instead of the many more that were used before. Now, damask is a great patter to use as an accent or a focal point in a room (with more-than-fab results).
via decorpad wallpaper
via decorpad
Nowadays, it's easy to find damask in almost any kind of decoration and design. You can find it in strong or subtle combinations, perfect to suit your desing wishes. Yay! This is precisely why I want to show you some great damask items for inspiration.

cross design chair

zimbio damask table lamp
archiexpo azulejo damasco
And of course, my favorite:
Wait a sec, what's that? Am I thinking about babies (again)? Though it would be nice someday soon. =)

By the way, my daughter absolutely loved damask for her room. I really hope to get started on it soon!

Do you like Damask as much as I do?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Let's Hang Up Those Dishes!

I'm soooooo loving this idea by Brazilian designer Paula Juchem and Non Sans Raison with their new line Coco.

These awesome decorative wall plates are held in place by magnets, making a huge statement in any space (and not using storage space!).

Every plate is unique. And they're within reach just when needed.

Gorgeous, huh? 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Perfect Present for Father's Day

This is probably the best present I could get for my husband this Father's Day. It's a very cool wall barbecue by  Focus. Check it out!

I love how good it looks both opened and closed, and it's excellent for small places, such as ours. Great! ;)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DIY Bookshelf

Take a look at this amazing blue ladder turned into bookshelf:

How cool is that? I discovered this great idea this last weekend, while spending some time in Chapala. Easy, colorful, and oh so lovely. A very cool and fun DIY project to do over a weekend or even a sunny afternoon to suit your space needs.

And for all of those mommies out there... I know I'm a little too late for this, but I truly hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Remember, every day is our day!

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Inspired by Blue and Green

Last night, while putting my daughter to sleep, we were talking about how she would like her room decor. Her room projects is a huge one on my list. She was telling me she wanted a blue and green room... finding these images yesterday was such a surprise!

So it definitely istn's your typical girl's room, but it is stunning! I love that it is sleek, fun, fresh... oh so lovely! The talented designers to blame for this gorgeous space are Lisa Martensen and Jan Jones. Amazing, huh?

What do you look for in a girl's room?

Monday, May 3, 2010

No Internet Service, Huge Project

These last days have been awful, not having phone nor internet at home =( Worst is, the problem is not fixed, so we're hoping to have it solved soon... I hope so 'cause I really miss the blog world.
In the meantime, I've been keeping myself busy...

And looking for projects. :) I'm still not spilling it all, but I'll tell you this: it involves fabric, lots and lots of fabric! That's why I drove myself to one of my favorite stores in town,  Centro Mercantil Villanueva. If  you're looking for fabric, this is the place to go. Going there is like taking a child to the toystore...

Soooo many options...

... every piece of fabric blows my mind. Pure inspiration.

Look at the flower details in this one.

And it comes in this color too. Perfect for some curtains... or pillow covers.

How about this one? I would love to make myself a beach dress.

This is a very cool and girlish fabric, with real glitter on it. In fact, this is what I used in my easy headband project.

I would love a duvet cover in these ladies.

This last one really made me go crazy. The picture doesn't do justice. It's so soft and the black has a beautiful blue hue. I'm thinking a small pillow for my living room... hmmmm!

This is the fabric I went for:

And the awful truth: I CANNOT SEW. What am I doing buying myself 10 yards of it? This is what DIYing and remodelling addiction does to you, I tell you. I hope this not a crazy DIY project that goes to the garbage, for sure! At least I've got my Mom's help behind (and she does know how to sew).

Anyhoo... we'll see how it turns out.
Promise to keep you up to date.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Great (and Easy) Ideas for Your Master Bedroom

Every so often I find myself delighted with gorgeous images in magazines and decor blogs. However, a lot of the ideas pictured there are a little difficult to do in my very own house, due to a lack of time, money or space.

BUT, since that cannot hold us from transforming our house into our dream home, I've come up with a a few great ideas for our Master Bedroom, and making it gorgeous and sexy.  ;)
The big plus? They are easy and affordable. Yeay!

1. Get rid of clutter.

Ever noticed how magazine shots show perfect rooms? No sign of clutter?
Having an organized room and NO clutter gives a boost to the Master B. It's and immediate, wonderful change. You can't except to have an amazingly sexy room when clothes are all around the floor and there are a million thing on the tables and bed. Nope. Doesn't sound nice at all.

As Feng Shui (and common sense) do tell, mess generates chaos, while order brings serenity to our lives.
A great idea is to clean up clutter every night before going to bed. That way it'll be really easy to keep it in order.  ;)

2. Make your bed

Ok, I don't want to sound like a mom right now, but this is something they got it right all the time. Once again, a mess vs order thing, see?  

You don't need to have the most luxurious duvet nor the latest trends in beddings. A well made bed is beautiful and appealing. And it makes an excellent focal point in the room.

3. Set the mood with lights

I think I'll never get tired of the hypnotic power of lamps and lights. In the bedroom, lighting has a major role, because it helps set the mood you want (romantic, relaxing, you name it).

Of course, the first choice are the side tables, but don't limit yourself. And remember candles are more than welcome, so get creative on this one.

4. Dare to use color

Paint is probably the best way to transform any room, and the Master Bedroom is no exception. It's a great way to give life and help you setting the mood, once again. Don't be afraid. Results are generally amazing with just little effort and money. If you don't like it, you can always repaint.

How to choose the best color? To me, this is not a one answer question. However, you might be able to make your mind by thinking about your favorite colors. Then a good question to ask yourself is what feeling each of them transmit to you. What do you want in your room? Are you looking for energy, serenity, romanticism? Options are endless.

There's no need to paint the whole room. In fact, I always prefer to paint one wall: the one where the bed goes. It's generally the one that has the highest impact in the room.

5. The "boutique"look

To achieve the "boutique" look, as hotel rooms do, focus on details. For instance, add some flowers in a simple arrangement.

Or place a throw on the bed.
If there's enough room in your room, a chair with a great pillow is an excellent way to go.

Do you have any ideas to share?