Our Top 3 Before-and After in 2016

The first week of 2017 is to reflect. Here are our top 3 before-and-after in 2016.

 

Enjoy

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017

The Pantone Color announced back Dec. last year that  the 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery.  It means “revive, restore, renew, replenish, regenerate, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, re-oxygenate. Design is an outlet for all of these fresh beginnings. And the yellow pigment in Greenery references the sun, the symbolic light that people need in these times.”

Happy Tuesday

 

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Holiday Show-house of KHK Designs

It’s the best time of the year.  It’s the time to celebrate, reflect and be merry.  I wish you enjoy your time with your loved ones at your beautiful and festive home.  Here is our annual holiday show-house 2016—2017.  Enjoy!

 

 

From Victoria Secret Fashion Runway to Hallway—In Love with Chinoiserie

Victoria’s Secret fashion Show, Paris,  was broadcasted on Dec. 6th.  There were six themes for the show: Road Ahead, Mountain Romance, Pink Nation, Secret Angel, Dark Angel and Bright Night Angel. With performances by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mar.  For Road Ahead part, it was mainly about Chinese influence—Chinoiserie.

Chinoiserie , (derived from the French word Chinois, meaning “Chinese”) is the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater, and musical performances. First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was popularized in the 18th century due to the rise in trade with China and 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, while chinoiserie focuses on subjects that were thought to be “Chinese.”—Wikipedia.

 

We usually do the pairing From Runway to Hallway after major fashion shows.  Here  are our pairings for Road Ahead part(Chinoiserie)

  1. Dragon— Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it.

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Dragon application in the interiors will bring your positive energy.

2. Phoenix–In ancient and modern Chinese culture, they can often be found in the decorations for weddings or royalty, along with dragons. This is because the Chinese considered the dragon and phoenix symbolic of blissful relations between husband and wife, another common yang and yin metaphor.Victorias_Secret_011216_01-840x560.jpg

 

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2. Red—Red is considered the luckiest color in China, and it is widely used during festivals and important events.  It also symbolizes happiness and joy.

 

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Fashion Icon Diana Vreeland’s apartment

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Coco Chanel Paris Apartment

 

 

3. Blue—Blue represents the Wood element and also symbolizes spring, immortality and advancement.

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Valentino’S apartment

 

4. Green— stands for wealth, harmony, growth;

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Ann Getty’s house, the red-haired wife of Gordon Getty, fourth child of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty,designed by architect Willis Polk in 1906 

4. Pink—a shade of Red in Chinese.

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5. Purple—it stands for divinity and immortality.

6. Yellow—Yellow was the emperor’s colour in Imperial China and is held as the symbolic color of the five legendary emperors of ancient China. Yellow often decorates royal palaces, altars and temples, and the color was used in the robes and attire of the emperors.

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Wouldn’t you fall in love with Chinoiserie after all of these beautiful fashion and interior pictures?  Hope  you feel inspired for your home projects

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Before and After—5 Tips to Decorate Christmas in a Fashionable Way

Hello, December!  Christmas decorations are  in full force. No matter what’s you mood and how busy you are, it’s really up to you to make any holiday season festive, happy and special.  There is only one Christmas a year.  Why not make it beautiful?   If you are not into big construction work, there are so many different ways to decorate your houses in this holiday season.  Here is our project  I would love to share with you :

There are 5 steps we did for this project:

  1. Change the wall color from the old  dull yellowish color to cheerful  candy pink—it’s youthful, feminine and elegant. The traditional Regency  walnut breakfast table, Louis-XVI chairs and trimmed upholstered sectional sofa add a touch of classic  and make the space more grow-up.
  2. Add a cream faux fur area rug to make the room cozy and inviting.
  3. We go all natural from Christmas tree, green branches around beams to dried fruit wreath at the back of the chairs.  It’s more fun, inspiring to play with natural materials. Here are some guidelines on how to take care of real Christmas trees.
  4.  Have some modern brass lighting fixtures   to make the room dazzle–it can truly fresh up an old space immediately.tableandlamp.jpg
  5. Make your table display festive and beautiful—it’s show time.tabletop

Happy December!

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7 Take-aways for Hosting a Chic Holiday dinner party—Our Thanksgiving Dinner Table Scape

Hope everyone just had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. We usually dined out or went to relatives houses for a big family Thanksgiving dinner.  This year, we decided to do something different maybe because of LA’s traffic.  I am just joking although it is kind of true.  The major motivation is that we have  some fine China at home  and we want to eat healthy as much as we can.  Plus I was in a good mood to make some fresh flower arrangements and a Thanksgiving tables cape.  So here is what we did.

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Fresh flowers always put us in a festive mood.  I know it is Fall and it is Thanksgiving. We are supposed to have some colorful foliages.  But we are in LA and we have Spring through the year.
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What a lush indoor garden!
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The view from my kitchen to the dining room.
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Time to play around with these adorable pink roses with other  purple and burgundy flowers and greenary.
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The best way to celebrate Thanksgiving—tons of hearty veggies with rainbow colors.
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A touch of Chinese style with this little cute bamboo steamer.
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The top view–crystals always make us feel festive.

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A set of red crystal china is a must for our holiday parties.

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Baked hearty honey-glazed purple sweet potato.

 

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The most popular dish from our Thanksgiving dinner party—beloved Belgian endive beef wraps with Sukiyaki sauce.  It’s gone after 5 minutes on the table.
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Roasted veggies with chicken broth and organic butter.
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Here is our dinner table.
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Our floral center piece.
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Chinese sweet-and-sour soup
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Time to enjoy a cup of herbal tea.

Here are 7 simple take-aways for hosting a chic and stylish holiday dinner party.

  1.  Make sure you are going to have fun.  If you are not a super chef or self-claimed one, you can just leave the truly heavy cooking to pros.  We ordered a turkey from Honey Baked Ham. It’s so yummy.  Therefore, I was able to enjoy myself while cooking cookies, cakes, veggies and setting the table through the day.
  2. Have a lot of fresh flowers.Flowers can instantly put you in a cheerful mood.
  3. Time to take out all of your fine china that you inherited from your grandma.
  4. Have something exotic that people can start a conversation with. We had Belgian endive beef wraps with Sukiyaki sauce and some Chinese steamed food and soup.
  5. Make your dishes as much colorful as you can. It’s festive.
  6. Cool mixed background music.
  7. Have a self-help cocktail station to keep your guest engaged.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

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A Glimps of Obama’s Stylish Yellow Oval Room by Michael Smith

8 years ago, renown Los Angeles-based interior designer Michal Smith decorated Obama’s private residence in White House.  Smith was introduced to the Obamas by a mutual friend in Chicago following the 2008 election.  “They were unbelievably charming, gracious, and thoughtful, and those qualities were reflected in the design of their home, the decorator says. “It’s very welcoming and comfortable, with books everywhere, and I immediately grasped the spirit of their family.”  The overall decor is chic  and elegant with a modern flair by mixing and matching  abstract and  contemporary paintings by varieties of artists and designers, reflecting Obama’s progressive spirit. One of my favorite rooms is Yellow Oval Room.  We are going to focus on the decor of this room today.

While The Yellow Oval Room is an oval room located on the south side of the second floor in the White House, the official residence of the President of the United States, first used as a drawing room in the John Adams administration,   it has been used as a library, office, and family parlor. Today the Yellow Oval Room is used for small receptions and for greeting heads of states immediately before a State Dinner.

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Not long ago, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted tea at Yellow Oval Room for future First Lady Melania Trump.
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Obama’s stylish Yellow Oval Room

Designer Michael S. Smith specified a Donald Kaufman paint for the Yellow Oval Room. Then he mellowed the Yellow Oval Room with smoky browns, greens, golds, and blues, the color palette that gives the room a fresh and modern feeling.

Smith and Obama worked together on the room mixing bold modern art with a marvelous Oushak rug. “Mrs. Obama often talks about bringing new voices into the national conversation, and that idea informed many of the decisions we made,” Smith told Architect Digest. “We selected artists and designers who would never have appeared in the White House before.”

In the above picture, artworks by Paul Cézanne and Daniel Garber flank the mantel.

 

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Obama’s stylish Yellow Oval Room.  The 1978 Camp David peace accords were signed at the antique Denis-Louis Ancellet desk, front left.
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The Obamas meet with the Crown Prince and Princess of the Netherlands in 2009
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The first lady with Queen Rania of Jordan in 2009

Here are some photos of Yellow Oval Room in under different presidents through American histrory. You can see how decor has evolved through years.

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Laura Bush with guests in the Yellow Oval Room in 2007
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Laura Bush hosts Xiomora Zelaya, first lady of Honduras, in the Yellow Oval Room in 2006
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Regan’s

 

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The Reagans with the Waleses in the Yellow Oval Room in 1985
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The Kennedys in the Yellow Oval Room in 1963
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The Resolute desk in Truman’s study in 1948
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FDR’s Study 1934

To learn more about history of Yellow Oval Room, please click here.

To see Obama’s current White House private residence, please click here 

Happy Sunday

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A Pretty Start

The past weekend was crazy and fun.  We went to West Edge Design Fair and truly inspired by a lot of cool designs.  Hopefully,  I am  able to share our inspirations here soon.   Anyway, my Monday always starts with playing textiles, flowers in different shades and colors and set up the mood colors and design theme for the whole week.  For this week, we are in the mood  for red, dark purple and pink complemented by leafy green. The color palette suits for current fall decor–fashionable, elegant and quiet.  Through the week, we will share some of our design projects based on this color palette.  Here are some photos from our studio this morning.

 

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I always spend some time in the flower market on Sundays. Love these  red tulips.
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Dark purple is such a beautiful color for flower arrangement for this fall decor.
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Nature is always my inspiration.
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Purple and pink.
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Red roses in the morning sunshine.  Coffee is served.
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My favorite spot on Monday, where I create our weekly design theme and color palettes.

Happy Monday!

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