9 Tips to Clean Brass

Brass is here to stay regardless how quite a few  influencers or bloggers said it is going to tone down for the home furnishing market in the year of 2020. First of all, not all brass products create equal. Second of all, brass is here to stay after we went to visited Las Vegas Market earlier this year and were invited over to many many trend reports for the past  5 months. Third, just as the design has been always evolving, this is the same for  brass decor objects. We have been seeing a lot of brass applications in  modern design in lighting fixtures, furniture, decorative plumbings, tiles, tabletops. Also,  brass can be a very timeless decor piece and it all depends on how you pair them with other materials and objects.  We love to use brass for our design projects since it always adds a touch of luxury to any space.
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Color Inspiration from Nature

We were on an ING Live last night for an art opening and quite amazed by the color palettes by the artist. Those colors are such pleasures to the eye. And the artist said all of these color palettes came from nature. We couldn’t agree with her more.  We took a hike over this weekend and were stunned to see some really amazing colors from nature.

 

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Friday Vibes–Rose Garden in Sunset

Hope you had another successful week.  At this pandemic crisis time, our wellness is far more important than anything else. One of the ways to take good care of ourselves is to be close to nature—fresh air, sunshine, blooms, greenery and birds…etc.  Every Friday, we will spend quite some time in our rose garden for a meditation.

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Home Tour–An Organic and Modern Manse with a French Influence

 

We were on a Zoom meeting about color this morning. The guest speakers for the discussion panel are renown designers either from fashion or interior design industry.   It is interesting to see how they react so differently to different colors. So the conclusion here is that color is a  very personal thing and is all about the contexts.  Same is true for home styles. What really speaks to you matters the most. Our mission here is to share as many different styles  as we can, styles  that inspire us and touch our heart.  Often, we  also give your suggestions on how to achieve these looks by our handpicked products and tips.  One of the strong trends we see over this pandemic crisis is that people are eager to create a refugee that is organic, quiet and layered. So today, we are going to take you to this amazing home tour—an organic and modern manse with a romantic French influence.   This is a  five-bedroom manse in McLean, Virginia. This home is traditional and French-influenced  outside while having an  organic and modern feel inside. The home is owned by  NHL star T.J.and his wife Lauren Oshie. Here are  the highlights of our favorite spaces.

 

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Home Tour–A Modern Classic Dallas Home with Edge

 

We are impressed by how the design team transformed this 1980s Georgian-style home with high glamor and edge while  keeping  its classical bone.  The house was originally designed by local architect Paul Turney and built to such a high level. So the design team decided just to add new flooring and windows with larger panes, an iron stair rail in lieu of a more traditional wooden version, and a stone surround for the front door rather than tearing down the original structure.  Other changes include opening up the kitchen and incorporating  an adjacent family room, reconfiguring the master bathroom and adding  a covered back patio for easier outdoor living.  Here are highlights of our favorite spaces. Let’s take a tour together.

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7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home IV- Home Fragrance for Aromatherapy

We talked about how color, light, plants, air quality, noise reduction..etc affect our well being at home in our recent blog series of 7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home.   You can click here for part Iclick here for part II   , and click here for part III. The more time we spend at home, the more important we feel home is to us.  Today, we are going to talk about one more important factor that will affect how we feel at home—the scent.  We often say Stop to Smell Roses. The sweet and fresh scent of those fresh roses often relaxes us and puts a big smile on our face in a second—that is the magical power of the natural fragrance.  Throughout history, fragrance has been used as a way to delight the senses. Some of the first known uses of fragrances date back to the times of the ancient Egyptians.   The Egyptians began incorporating fragrances and natural plants into ointments and other medical aids. The use of these fragrances and oils for medicinal purposes was the beginning of aromatherapy.  We now use scented candles, herbs, plants and flowers and diffuser to make  our  home smell great, not just for reducing nasty smells, helping clean the air of unwanted smells, but for improving our well being as  aromatherapy.

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Our Memorial Day Backyard Cocktail Party

 

 

We are hosting another BBQ & Cocktail party in our backyard for Memorial Day celebration. From my home to yours, wish you a happy Memorial Day.

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A Day in A Local Outdoor Garden

 

What can be nicer than strolling around a garden in a beautiful sunny day after staying home for so long when it is still the spring season. Some of businesses are re-opening over this Memorial Weekend. So we decided to visit a local  outdoor garden by the coast for some fresh air and pretty blooms.

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Global Home Tour V—A Centuries-old House in Puglia

We all need a comforting escape, specially right now in this strange time.  So, today we are going to take you to a home  in Puglia, Italy.

The house was built  in the 1600s and had been through a five-year renovation.

 

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7 Ideas for Your Memorial Long Weekend

Can you believe that it comes to the end of May so soon and soon fast. It looks like we haven’t really lived the year of 2020 and then the second half is about to start. So, the best we can do is to live our best as much as we can.  In case you need some ideas to make this long weekend truly memorable, we collected some our favorite ideas from Instagram and click each image to learn more.

 

  1. Enjoy a good workout from home.

 

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