Thanksgiving Weekend Hiking

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. As we planned, we did a hike over the Thanksgiving weekend. We were so lucky that the weather was nice for this year’s Thanksgiving weekend–sunny and warm. And the air is crisp and clean too.

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Tour An Arizona Home With Bold And Dramatic Accents

It is a beginning of a new week. We thought it might be a good idea to share a home with colors, something that excites us and pleases our eyes.

We are often fascinated how designer Jamie Drake uses colors in his work—layered, rich, romantic, fashion-forward, elegant and simply beautiful. Not surprisingly, when he and his partner Caleb Anderson designed this second home for their long-time client in Arizona, color and texture plays such an important role. What surprised Drake and Anderson is their client’s taste has evolved and more attracted to bold and vibrant colors, which is different from how he wanted the home to be elegant before. here are our favorite highlights:

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Tour A Sophisticated Home With Young Energy

It is always fun and pleasure to see homes that are layered up with antiques with a fresh young energy and spirit. Today, we are going to tour a home in east side of New York.

Living Room

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Tour A Glamorous New York Family Home

A glamorous home is quite often well balanced which means there are interesting contrasts between muted and vibrant, texture and plain, vintage and contemporary, classical and modern. And at the end of the day, it is all about who live in the home and what is their story. We came across this glamorous New York family home and simply love its vibes–interesting but quiet, glam but elegant, vintage but fresh, classical but modern. Here are some of our favorites.

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Fall Color Inspiration from Nature

Today is the last day of August, 2020. And fall is approaching. Nature always knows the best colors to please our mood in the season. Plum, dark red, dark purple, indigo, brown, all beautiful warm rich jewel-tones inspire us to create a fall-themed fantasy.

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Rooms We Love

TGIF! It is just another busy week–designing, specifying, placing order , following-up and yes , tons, tons of paperwork. And weird enough that there are people out there whom we can only communicate through emails. Anyway, we all definitely need some inspiration. Lucky enough, we found these awesome rooms when we browsed internet today. So sit back and enjoy:

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Room Design—A Resort Style Living Room at Home

The wood furniture, wick wall decor and chinoiserie touch on pillows and vases magically transform a rather polished and glamorous living room to a home getaway with a casual and relaxing vibe. This summer, we might not be able to travel the world, but we can create a resort decor at home and bring things that are natural and exotic to please our heart. Interested in how we did this resort-style living room? Now you can download our design packages:

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15 Chic Living Rooms with a Touch of Red

Our color of in July is red. We have being talked about it for a while. Color of red is cheerful, warm, fashion-forward. At the same time, it can be romantic, classic and moody. Today we are going to share 15 living rooms. with a touch of red.

Iconic Lip Sofa

When we talk about color of red at home, the first thing that comes out of mind is probably Dali’s iconic lip sofa. Around 1935, Spanish artist Salvador Dalí saw something special in the face of movie star Mae West: an apartment. In a watercolor, he turned her blonde curls into portières, her eyes into paintings, her nose into a fireplace, and her lips into a divan. The last was a furnishing so provocative that British arts patron Edward James requested a three-dimensional version. The rest is the history.

The lip sofa is just such a sculptural piece that make a focal point at any space.

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Beauty of Timeless Chinoiserie

We were on Timothy Corrigan and Fromental Design IG Live this morning for their talking about Tomothy’s new collection —Les Folies.

“Spring Fever Exquisite botanical illustrations by 16th century Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel inspire the playful and decorative motif of Spring Fever. The interpretation of Hoefnagel’s drawings provide the foundation for the repeated design, which transforms the wallcovering from a delicate pattern to a powerful visual experience.” Timothy said that his Spring Fever collection has spirit of chinoiserie. We couldn’t agree with him more.

The beautiful China Porcelain vintage blue, the graceful and intricate details of hand-painted botanical blooms and butterflies are rather fascinating. The term chinoiserie, which comes from the French word chinois, or “Chinese,” denotes that chinoiserie did not, in fact, come directly from Asia but is instead a European interpretation of Asian culture and decorative arts. The style originated in the 17th century, in tandem with Europe’s flourishing trade with China and other countries of East Asia. As a style, chinoiserie is related to the Rococo style. Both styles are characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry, a focus on materials, and stylized nature and subject matter that focuses on leisure and pleasure.

From traditional to modern, chinoiserie goes well with every look and adds a sense of timelessness and sophistication to any space.

We love how this classical chinoiserie wallpaper nicely contrasts with modern furnishings in the house.

We love the more modern approach for Chinoisseire wallpaper design in the past several years. It feels so fresh and chic in terms of color, scale and motif applications.

The Major Motifs in chinoserie include Foo dogs, pagodas, nature scenes and dragon.

Foo Dog: These date back thousands of years to Imperial China. And despite their name, foo dogs are actually lions, made to stand guard outside palaces and temples. Foo dogs typically come in pairs—one male and one female—to represent the balance of yin and yang.

Pagodas:While an integral part of East Asian architecture, pagodas actually originated as sacred sites in India. The spread of Buddhism brought them to China, where they were assimilated into the regional style.

Nature scenes: As wallpapers became popular in European homes, the upper class turned to chinoiserie designs, many of which were handmade and often very costly. Lighthearted nature scenes were all the rage, including lush garden vignettes and sprawling floral motifs. 

Dragons: Symbolizing strength and good luck, dragons hold a prominent place in Chinese mythology and folklore. Historical emperors favored dragon motifs in clothing and interiors; today, they surface on all manner of ceramics, silk screens, and works of art.

Ready to add a touch of chinoserie chic at your home for this summer? Shop chinosserie furnishings and objects We handpicked for you(click each image for details):

9 Benefits of Acrylic Furnishings

One of the trends in home furnishing industry in 2020 has continued going strong is acrylic furnishings. They are just like glass, crystal clear, light and airy, injecting a very chic, versatility vibes to any room without adding too much visual weight. If you are looking forward to update your home this summer in a clean, modern and glamorous fashion, do consider acrylic furnishings–it can be a bench next to your king bed, a coffee table in your living room, a desk or chair in your study, a chandelier or a tray, etc… We feel excited every time when we incorporate acrylic pieces to our design projects.

So what exactly is acrylic material? Acrylic material is often referred to as Acrylic glass but it does not contain silicates like more common glass products. Acrylic is a chemical polymer and we often refer to it by the brand names: Lucite ( DuPont ) and Plexiglas (Rohm and Haas). The more clear and polished they look, the better quality they are. Polishing is the key process which enhances clarity and luster. Most large pieces and structural furniture components will be polished on a wheel by hand while smaller items may be flame polished. Now you know that hand-polishing always has the finest result. The material was developed in 1928 in several different laboratories by many chemists, such as William Chalmers, Otto Röhm, and Walter Bauer, and was first brought to market in 1933 by German Röhm & Haas AG (as of January 2019 part of Evonik Industries) and its partner and former U.S. affiliate Rohm and Haas Company under the trademark Plexiglas. The earlier application of acrylic material was in aviation. The acrylic bubble canopy was used on aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Westland Whirlwind, which gave better all-round visibility and reduced weight. We now know how durable acrylic material is!

 There are 9 benefits of acrylic furnishings:

  1. Acrylic has been classified as non-hazardous under OSHA regulations since it doesn’t outgas or release toxins when used as directed:—-Don’t expose to flame and don’t expos to acids.
  2. It is very durable and has much higher impact strength than glass. Under high impact, it will not shatter and if it does break, it fractures into large, dull-edged pieces .
  3. Acrylic can be used over a broad temperature range and has superior weather resistance compared to glass and other forms of plastic.
  4. Acrylic can be formed in a number of ways and create all shapes of beautiful design.
  5. Acrylic is lightweight and approximately half of the weight of glass.
  6. Acrylic takes little or no visual weight of any spaces.
  7. Acrylic furnishings will help update your home with a modern and sleek look.
  8. Acrylic furnishings will not inhibit lighting and this allows more daylight in the home and help promote wellness at home.
  9. Acrylic will help showcase other design elements in the space such as pops of color, patterns, textures.

Care of  Acrylic Furnishings?

Direct sunlight in a climate controlled environment will not discolor high quality acrylic. But it is always recommended to consult manufacturers recommendations for performance.

Cleaning

—Carefully dust surface with a fine duster

—-Use a clean soft cloth dampened with water

—Do not use the same cloth for other surfaces

—Avoid glass cleaners and solvents. Use ammonia free cleaner all the time.

Scratch prevention and restoration

—-Use anti-scratch pads on objects placed directly on acrylic surface.

— Novus 1/2/3 is highly effect product to get rid of scratches.

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