We have just designed a series of rooms with different themes to celebrate our sanctuary and refugee that nurture and calm us at this current pandemic crisis. We want to stay positive to find where joys are at home . For the design below, this is a modern glamorous living room with muted blush wall paints. It is airy, open and soft. The patterns and pops of color on the pillows bring us a summer resort cheer. We mix and match contemporary pieces with classical details to create a layered look with a touch of sophistication. It is also a pretty livable place. The wicker touch bring in a sense of organic and nature vibes. The seating area is casual,comfortable and relaxing. And artwork are a good conversation starter. Green plants bring in a sense of wellness.Continue reading
“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 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.
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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:
- 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.
- 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 .
- Acrylic can be used over a broad temperature range and has superior weather resistance compared to glass and other forms of plastic.
- Acrylic can be formed in a number of ways and create all shapes of beautiful design.
- Acrylic is lightweight and approximately half of the weight of glass.
- Acrylic takes little or no visual weight of any spaces.
- Acrylic furnishings will help update your home with a modern and sleek look.
- Acrylic furnishings will not inhibit lighting and this allows more daylight in the home and help promote wellness at home.
- 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.
—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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With the arrival of summer, we see cane, rattan, wicker objects from runway to home all over the internet.
So, what do you think? Do these woven handbags just put you in a vocation mood? These woven bags are seen to have their own charm—structured, functional, boho, artistic, vintage and unique. They can perfectly combine with any outfit, formal or non-formal with an understated relaxing elegance. Woven bags became popular in the 70s which was popularized by artist Jane Birkin that she wore for a walk. Then woven bags became a trend again in 2017 when several world designers showcased summer collections, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Charlotte Olimpia, Tory Bruch, Gucci and Chanel. In the year of 2020, these woven bags have became even increasingly popular thanks to their natural beauty. Maybe, we all desire to have a piece of nature to ground and calm us and keep us cool in this strange time.
Luxury brands are taking materials such as rattan, straw, raffia and canvas and treating them with the same care and attention as they would high-end materials. What’s more, they are employing techniques more commonly associated with cottage industries – such as weaving, macramé and crocheting – to create pieces with a more handmade appeal.
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This high-low approach of combining natural materials with unique hand-made artisan skills has been adopted by the home industry too. Woven furniture is having a moment according to ELLE Décor Trends for 2020. They are not just for outdoor furniture anymore. They are chic, fashion-forward, versatile, durable and functional and can elevate any space with their uniqueness without adding too much visual weights into spaces. And most important, these natural beauties create a calming and soothing vibe in our home and truly promote our wellness.
Nowadays woven furniture is more design-oriented and streamlined. They add a touch of warmth and sophistication to any modern interiors. You can click here to learn how to create a peaceful space by incorporating woven furnishings.
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We sure have talked a lot about modern farm house style since the beginning of this year. So far, we still cannot get over it thanks to the airy, light-filled vibe, crisp white paints , warm muted different shades of gray, green, blush, natural elements such as rattern furnishings and relaxing upholstered sofas. What’s more interesting is the way how today’s modern farm houses mix and match different styles to make the spaces timeless.
Today we will take you to tour a modern farm house in Arizona. We love the overall vibe of this house—bright, clean, crisp, stream-lined yet warm, grounded and livable. Here are the highlights of our favorite spaces.
I was trying to get some design inspiration after another long day filled with zoom meetings. Then I was pleased to find this adorable apartment with a classical bone and modern touches all over the house. Here are the highlights of our favorite spaces.
We love the neutral tone in this entry. The sleek black-top console is perfect for this narrow hallway while the artwork featured with ocean injects calming and expansive feel. The leopard running on the stairs is for sure the super star here—chic and glamorous.
Our recent blogs have featured homes with a light and airy vibe. Today, we decide to go to a different style—a home with a fashionable flair by using colors. Why not? Color is a therapy that heal us and make us feel good. We have included color in one of principles of wellness at home . Here are the highlights of our favorite spaces.
From the entry, you probably won’t tell this is going be a colorful home. Instead a large silver artwork by Anselm Reyle and a geometric black console and dark brown round mirror make a statement by forms and rather keep the color palette simple and neutral. We can feel a very masculine energy here.
The neutral palette continues in the living room. But here, two of white curved sofa create a very inviting, cozy and elegant atmosphere here. We feel the feminine energy here. We love how chic and stylish side tables and ottoman with jewel-tone colors just casually sit around those two of the curved white sofa . They are just like beautiful and adorable accessories for this home.
Now color starts to play in this family library. The blue color here is exciting yet very calming too. The colors on walls and furniture pull out the color palette from an abstract artwork atop the fireplace to grantee a harmonious and cohesive feel even though bold colors are applied in this space.
We love this warm pink on two of these reading settees.
A black bar cabinet and a black vase on top of is understate yet stylish and also well uses the niche space here.
This blue wall by the dining area is opposite the above blue wall. So the key to use a bold color still keeping a balanced and harmonious feel is to repeat the color in a symmetric way. Those hanging little pendants above the dining table are just like jewels for this home. The warm brown on the velvet dining chairs is inviting and nicely contrasts with and well balances off the blue on the walls here.
This swing bed is a great idea when you have a limited space but still want to have some fun.
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Home in West Coast is all about light, airy and coziness. A pristine loft apartment with soaring ceilings and monumental windows in a historic 19th-century building in NYC was just transformed into a cozy West -Coast-like home. Here are the highlights of our favorites.
The loft is full of natural light. So the earthy elements such as wood panelings were introduced to anchor this light-filled space. We love this mixed-media piece by Thea Djordjadze over the console. A stump stool is just adorable. The take-away design lesson here is to have the master artwork and unique furnishings in the entry to create that wow factor while using earthy elements to delivery an inviting and understated feel.
With hunkering down at home for so long, we all are so desperate to expect something new, exciting and inspirational particularly in our home. Chances are most of us probably will spend most of time at home in the near future. With opening of most of businesses, we were able to visit some home decor showrooms recently just to please our eye. The feeling is fresh and great! And of course, we wore the facial cover and kept social distance all the time during the visits. So here are some our takes to update your home to inspire and cheer you up during post-covid19.
1. Floral Sofa
The weekend hiking is always such a get-away for us particularly after we had hiked and camped so long in our backyard during this pandemic crisis. Well, it is also good to see people start to appreciate more nature and really focus on their well being. We have never seen the trails are packed with so many crowds before by the beaches, in the mountains and deep in the forests and parks. We human beings always feel good when we are close to nature. And we often find stunning colors and scenery that make us super excited when we explore nature.