We have developed an appetite for tone-on-tone neutral palettes in the past year. We firmly believe that all these neutrals help create a soothing and relaxing home—the ultimate sanctuary for most of us under the current situation. We find out that if we do it right, the tone-on-tone color scheme will make home interiors high style and timeless. The challenge is often on how to create a monochromatic home that has a depth, dimensions and warmth. We came across this urban Chicago home and fell in love with its aesthetic. Yes, it has varied shades of grays and subtle pops of jewel tones— a perfect case study for a monochromatic home that is fresh, clean, modern yet elegant and sophiticated.
The entry is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone which sets the tone of a crisp, monochromatic palette for the rest of the home. The gray leather on the seats add textures while the dark brown wood flooring evokes a warm feeling. The brass details on the console lamp and the mirror above elevate the entry with a touch of glam. And of course, the loose floral arrangement enlivens the space. You can click here for more ideas on entry design.
Our weekly Cocktail Talk is to break up from our daily work routine and have a casual talk over cocktails about everything that interests us. Today’s talk is our Episode 15. In today’s episode, we talk about Scotch & Soda,hiking in Santiago Oaks Regional Park , Japandi style and Eve Aqua–smart water controller. You can check out the cocktail receipe and smart home technologies we mentioned in this episode below. So please enjoy!
Spring is here. It is a perfect season to bright up your home and give you a mood boost. Life is about creating and enjoying the beautiful moments, right? Specially right now, we have spent more time than ever at our only ultimate sanctuary –home. Just in case you need some fresh inspiration to start your project, we will share 3 top home trends that we love. So, read on to see they can be any of help for your thought process.
Breezy Materials Rattan, Cane, and Woven Leather Looks
Nature always makes us feel good, happy and relaxing. In the uncertain time, we more lean to nature. So the natural materials like rattan, cane and woven leather are all over the social media channels. The trend started last year from fashion, and we will see it will play even bigger this year. This spring , tight weaves step aside for large-scale styles. Look for this trend in rattan, cane, and woven leather. The good thing about these breezy natural materials, they are super versatile and can be easily blend in any type of home decor.
Vanities are not only a functional necessity. They also give us an opportunity to bring style and wow factor to a space. As we have stayed at home since the past year, we know how our home decor will affect how we feel daily. A well-designed piece in terms off unctionalities and aesthetic , without any doubt, will bring in more joys to our life. Today we are going to share vanities that we love and think you have to see if you are planning your bath remodeling in the year 2021. But before we do that, here is the summary of The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2021 Design Trends Report .
Residential professionals and homeowners have been leaning toward lighter materials and medium-toned colors for their choices.
For vanity countertop materials, quartz remains a top choice.
Professionals see full painted wood as a popular choice for facing vanity materials, followed by full-wood grain.
More designers are interested in modern, sleek vanity designs, such as flat panel doors and floating vanities, though transitional remains a highly popular bathroom design style.
Rather than handless vanities or push-to-open drawers and doors, professionals still see a strong desire for decorative hardware.
When it comes to color, the most popular color schemes for bathrooms are by far whites and off-whites, though grays, blues, and beiges are chosen by at least 26% of surveyed professionals.
Hope you get some insights about what’s going on in the market.
So here are the bathroom vanities for your 2021 bath project:
Ways Dishware has developed a renewed kind of cultural cachet and social media feeds everwhere are filled with eye-cathing tablescapes and place settings thanks to our spending more time at home. Suddenly, china was no longer something registered for before a wedding or reluctantly inherited from Granny—it had become an extension of your outfit, part of one’s personal style. It seems that a lot of stlye icons are full-on obsessed with their dishes.
But one sad thing about the fine china is that people usually store them away in the cupboard when it is out of holiday season and there is no party around. As time goes by, you may forget they are there. So these beauiful plates sit somewhere unseen , unused and unappreciated. But in the reality, these beauiful plates can actually transform your home magically thanks to their colors, textures, design patterns and shapes. Today we are going to share 5 fresh ways to to display your china in your everyday’s life.
You can just keep a few pieces of fine china on your dinning table to create a very homey, casual and relaxing atmosphere that invites you to take a seat at any time.
Easter is around the corner. Just in case you are still looking for Easter table ideas, we have some pretty awesome Easter tablescapes for you today. Please enjoy!
Tablescape Designed by Steve Cordony in Australia
Steve’s Easter Table Design Tips: I love to do a mix of classic but with a twist and to create strong visual look that tells a story. Whether its blue and white, or neutral, I love to use crisp linen, interesting foliage or flowers and this year I’m playing with beautiful fruits on the table to evoke a sense of a modern day still life painting.
Steve’s Easter Gift Idea: Wedgwood Folia Jasper mini pots – they are so versatile and textural and suit just about any home!
Tablescape Designed by Krayl Funch in North America
Krayl’s Easter Table Design Tips: As much as I try to plan ahead when designing my Easter table the truth is my final creation is almost always inspired by the flowers I find at the market or local garden shop. After months of cold and snow, vases and bowls filled with the scent of fresh Hyacinths, clippings of bright Forsythia and the ruffled petals of Parrot Tulips seem to guide my hand when selecting the dinner, glass and flatware to add to my table.
Krayl’s Easter Gift Idea: If I had to pick I would choose from either the Burlington Pots, Magnolia or Folia collections. They all feel truly Wedgwood with designs for modern living everyone will love.
An Easter table setting is made memorable by the china you are eating off and the accessories such as the best linen napkins and beautiful glasses. The Gio is perfect. I like to have a flower by each plate and a centrepiece of beautifully wrapped eggs to add some height and drama.
Marianne’s Easter Gift Idea: For an Easter gift I would give a Wild Strawberry tea set. It is pretty, charming and nostalgic. I feel as if I am taking tea with the queen when I use mine.
When we renovate a bath, we are not only aiming for a better look, but also for striving to maximize its functionalities. In case you would like to age in at your home, there are some functions we should take into account and accessible seat is one of them. Here are some standards to spec accessible seats.
Guys, TGIF! In case you are planning your outdoor space just as most of us do in spring time, here are 6 outdoor living space ideas we love. So, for your Friday inspiration, please enjoy!
We were never a big fan of white tablecloths until now, specially a really good-quality linen and cotton ones. Somehow, the white tablecloths once are put on the table , they will magically change any space to an oasis with a casual, relaxing, quiet yet super elegant atmosphere. We even more like those that are puddling on the ground. We just feel the fabrics can really soften the outdoor spaces. So, the more the better.
When Apple first introduced the HomePod Mini during their keynote, they did not mention it was a Thread Border Router. This is possibly the future of smart home device connectivity. The HomePod Mini is the starting point of a Thread mesh network because it is a Thread Border Router and it is automatic and does not need any configuration or setup.
Thread is a new low energy mesh network protocol standard for smart home devices. Thread enabled smart home devices inter-connect to each other to form a mesh network so there are no central hub to relay data. A thread network starts with at least one or more border routers (sometimes called edge routers). The best border router to use for HomeKit home automation is the HomePod Mini which is very easy to set up because it automatically works when you connect to your wifi and login with your Apple ID. You can have as many HomePod Mini as desired such as having one in each room. They will all route and connect to Thread enabled devices. Each Thread device can connect to each other and extend the Thread mesh network.
Advantages of using Thread in your HomeKit automation:
*Network is decentralized and non-hierarchical.
*Self organizing and self configuring.
*Can add one or more border router (HomePod Mini).
*Full Enabled Thread devices can extend to the network by connecting to each other.
*No single point of failure (as long there are more than one border router (HomePod Mini)).
*The network is self-healing. Should one device fail, connected device will switch connection to another device so data can continue to routed.
*High level of security.
*Low energy so battery device (Minimal Thread Device) can connect without draining battery.
*Open industry standard.
Start by adding one or more HomePod Mini to your home WiFi. These HomePod Mini will act as border router for your Thread Network and other Thread enable devices can connect to the HomePod Mini. This happens automatically. You simply use the Home app on your iPhone or iPad to scan the HomeKit device to add to your HomeKit network. It will automatically connect to a HomePod Mini or another Thread device that is connected to the Thread network.
The Thread protocol is new so there are only a few Thread enable devices on the market so far but more are expected to be announced or some current devices may be Thread enabled with a firmware update.
The Eve Energy smart plug is a fully enabled Thread device because it is plug into a socket and is on all the time so it can connect to other Thread devices to extend the network. It is a good idea to add some these to build up the Thread mesh network. Plug in some lamps, fans, and other non-smart device into the Eve Energy to make them smart.
There are two type of Thread devices. There are Full Thread Devices and Minimal Thread Devices. Full Thread Devices allows other thread enabled devices to connect to them. Full Thread Devices act as router and extends the Thread mesh network. These devices are always on. The more of these device on the network, the more extended and robust the network becomes. Minimal Thread Devices are generally battery powered devices and can connect to Full Thread Devices or Thread Border Router (such as a HomePod Mini), but other Thread devices cannot connect to them thus Minimal Thread Devices do not extend the network. For example, Eve Weather is a Minimal Thread Device and is battery operated while the Eve Energy is a Full Thread Device and can route data from other Thread enabled devices connected to them.
Our weekly Cocktail Talk is to break up from our daily work routine and have a casual talk over cocktails about everything that interests us. Today’s talk is our Episode 14. In today’s episode, we talk about Cablegram, super green Chino Hills State Park, Easter table setting and home automating air purifiers. You can check out the cocktail receipe and smart home technologies we mentioned in this episode below. So please enjoy!
Cocktail: Cablegram 2oz whiskey 1oz of lemon juice Ginger Ale Stevia