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Planning the white-and-wood kitchen

Planning the white-and-wood kitchen

Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Decorating, Design, My house | 1 comment

I’ve been busy sourcing fixtures and fittings for the kitchen renovation. As a reminder, we’re looking for a kitchen that combines matte white cabinets, white quartz countertops, and warm-wood flooring and shelving. This Bulthaup kitchen has been my inspiration for cabinets: And these two stunning kitchens from Houzz show the type of wood...

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Bathroom inspiration

Bathroom inspiration

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Personal | 3 comments

Our renovation is moving ahead slowly. We still haven’t appointed the contractor, but plans are completed and we have the permit. That means we’re also at the stage of choosing fixtures and fittings – at last. In addition to the kitchen, we’re also hoping to put in a new master bath and renovate the family bathroom. For the master, I...

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Book review: Kelly Hoppen Interiors

Book review: Kelly Hoppen Interiors

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Designers | 3 comments

I first became a fan of designer Kelly Hoppen’s inimitable style when I visited her store in South Kensington, London. I had just graduated and was living in a poky rental in Islington with vivid pink walls and unsalubrious neighbors. Her store seemed like a refuge of tasteful calm. Kelly Hoppen is sometimes referred to as the queen of taupe. But her...

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Not too-girly nursery schemes

Not too-girly nursery schemes

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Decorating, Design | 1 comment

A friend who is expecting a baby girl this summer asked for some tips on converting her guest room into a nursery. As her first child was a boy, she was looking forward to choosing more girly furnishings, but didn’t want to go over-the-top as the room still had to function as a guest room. I was all too happy to help (aka window shop) and came up with...

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Interview with Niche Interiors

Interview with Niche Interiors

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Designers | 3 comments

Today, I’m speaking with Jennifer from Niche Interiors, an up and coming interior design firm in San Francisco. What I like about Jennifer and her team’s work is the fact it’s so accessible, and yet inventive and unique. It’s great inspiration for anyone wanting to give their home a more polished, pulled-together look: Jennifer...

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Monochrome and metallics

Monochrome and metallics

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 1 comment

Why didn’t I know about this beautiful blog until this weekend? Of course, I’ve seen these photos of blogger Nicole’s stunning apartment all over the blogosphere, especially since it was featured in Rue Magazine. But the blog is a great source of inspiration too. Especially right now – while Nicole is off bonding with her newborn,...

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Kitchen tiles from Heath Ceramics

Kitchen tiles from Heath Ceramics

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Decorating, Design, My house | 1 comment

The plans for our kitchen are starting to come together – although we still have a long way to go before we can start picking out fixtures and fittings. That hasn’t stopped my mind from wandering onto topics such as which backsplash to choose… I didn’t really want to go with tiles as they can look rather traditional. But a backsplash...

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Black walls for a bedroom

Black walls for a bedroom

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design | 11 comments

Although I’m a fan of black walls, I always felt that black was for cozy, moody rooms. To take a bright, airy room with lots of windows and paint it black would surely be a waste of all that natural light, right? How wrong could I be? Take a look at this striking bedroom from Ab Chao. And here’s what it looked like before. Incredible, right?...

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Modern ski lodge

Modern ski lodge

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Houses | 5 comments

We’re going skiing at the end of February but, sadly, we’re not staying here… This Tahoe home is the work of John Maniscalco Architecture (also on Houzz). I love the way all the traditional features of an alpine cabin – from the wood-clad walls to the fireplace to the fabrics – are reinvented with a more modern twist....

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