Selfie Sunday—Color of Red

One of my favorite things to do over the summer weekends is scrolling around little  beach towns in the neighborhood.  I couldn’t think where I can go to get  some fresh cool beach breeze , explore unexpected vintage founds and enjoy my different colors of macarons.  Often, the color palettes on the hight streets of  these little towns are so fascinated that they put me in such a relaxing mood.  I start to slow down and really take time to absorb and observe my surroundings.  So, today I am going to feature color of red.  Color of red  refers to  passion, happiness , positive vibes, high fashion, romance. When pairing with pale blue, pink , black and blush, it creates different moods.

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Red and Pale Blue—very vintage

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This blue and red interior is classical with a modern twist.

 

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Red- on- Red and Black—modern

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Red and black kitchen —super modern and luxury
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Red and Pink—happy and cheerful

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Orange red with pink interiors—fashionable and youthful.

 

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Red and Blush—peaceful, soft and romantic. This is the color palette where I love to enjoy my sweets.

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Fresh Color Schemes from Runways

 

I usually spend a big chunk of time on Saturday to catch up with what’s going on in the fashion industry just to be inspired. I love to explore the fresh color palettes from the recent runways and street styles.   Not surprisedly, when I enjoyed my organic oolong tea this morning in my backyard garden, I came across quite few exciting color palettes and some interesting ways of mix -and -match. Wow, these fresh color schemes really makes my day. Here are some of my favorites:

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Blue-and White in Different Patterns—cool, playful yet feminine
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Different Shades of Lilac in Different Textures—very interesting
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Pattern-on-pattern in a modern way—Strong yet Soft and feminine
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Muted Patels with Earthy Tones—Timeless
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If you like dark and neutral, a touch of muted pink just just bring the energy out.
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I always feel plush lilac is kind of cool with silky grey blue

 

 

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Earth tones with Pastels
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Hope you enjoy all of these. Please stay in tuned, we will bring these updated color palette to home soon.

 

Happy Saturday

 

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Beautiful Rooms

Happy Friday!  I have worked on specifying dimmer- able LEDs for the whole week and it  took a lot of time  to communicate back -and- forth with vendors for so many details.  Now I feel I need a break to see some beautiful rooms, rooms that use quite unique color schemes, rooms that are eye candy  for a Friday retreat.  Are you ready?  Here we go:

 

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Love, love, love this color palette: white-on-white, grey and light wood-tones–modern yet classic.
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It’s grey and white color scheme again. But I like pop of violet color on the artworks.  Mix-and-match of furniture in this living room space is quite interesting too. 
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Grey-and-white color palette with pop of blue on the artworks. Brass, fresh flowers  and antiques add a touch of warmth and elegance to this modern living room.
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Grey–white-and-black color palette with pop of orange on the vintage console table, piping on the chair make the space edgy yet super sophisticated. 
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Silver-blue-black color scheme makes this living space very cool and edgy. Yet the velvet and mirror wall , vintage art pieces adds interests, depth and warmth.
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A touch of blue and brass with a beautiful view in this light-filled high-rising living room make it inviting, playful and up-scale.
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Now we got some colors. But I love that muted creamy wall  by the fire-place side with a pale pinkish under-tone.

 

Happy Friday

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5 Tips to Choose Right Paint Finishes

In my recent posts, I talked a lot about paint colors, but choosing the right finishes is equally important to reach the goal.  Often different paint companies have different terms for their finishes. So, it might be confused and a little bit intiminated when you  have to choose your  paint colors.  So, today I will share Here  5 tips to make the process easier:

  1. Understand the sheens: first of all, please don’t worry that you have to choose at least dozens of sheens from different brands .   Most brands of paint come in several sheens, and both latex and oil-based paints are available in different sheen levels. Gloss sheens have the highest light-reflective characteristics. Next are semigloss sheens; then satin, eggshell, or low-lustre sheens; and then flat or matte sheens.  So, general speaking, here are basic 6 sheens : flat, matte, satin, eggshell, semi-gloss and high-gloss.  The lower the sheen, typically means the lower the cost per gallon. Since homes tend to have multiple bedrooms to paint, you can actually save a few bucks by choosing flat or matte paint for these rooms.

2. Decide finishes by how busy the traffic is in those spaces: rule of the thumb here is the higher the sheen, the higher the shine — and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be and the easier it can cleaned.  Flat paint has no shine; high-gloss is all shine. In between are eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, each with its own practical and decorative job to do.  So I guess you get it, high gloss will be perfect for kitchen & bath  areas.

High Gloss

  • Practical application: kitchens, door, and window trim
  • Durability: very high

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Semi-Gloss

Good for rooms where moisture, drips, and grease stains challenge walls. Also great for trim work that takes a lot of abuse.

  • Practical application: kitchens, bathrooms, trim, chair rails
  • Durability: high

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Satin

Has a yummy luster that, despite the name, is often described as velvety. It’s easy to clean, making it excellent for high-traffic areas. Its biggest flaw is it reveals application flaws, such as roller or brush strokes. Touch-ups later can be tricky.

  • Practical application: family rooms, foyers, hallways, kids’ bedrooms
  • Durability: high

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Eggshell

Between satin and flat on the sheen (and durability) scale is eggshell, so named because it’s essentially a flat (no-shine) finish with little luster, like a chicken’s egg. Eggshell covers wall imperfections well and is a great finish for gathering spaces that don’t get a lot of bumps and scuffs.

  • Practical application: dining rooms, living rooms
  • Durability: medium

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Flat or Matte

fFat/matte soaks up, rather than reflects, light. It has the most pigment and will provide the most coverage, which translates to time and money savings. However, it’s tough to clean without taking paint off with the grime.

  • Practical application: adults’ bedrooms and other interior rooms that won’t be roughed up by kids
  • Durability: medium-low

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3. Decide finishes by the conditions of the walls.

 Glossy sheen will highlight any imperfections in the surface. Allocate yourself time to deep clean the wall, spackle any holes, and let the surface fully dry.

Eggshell is great for spaces that are lived-in but not quite as exposed to the messes and moisture frequently found in kitchens and bathrooms.

Satin hey’re also excellent at resisting mildew, dirt and stains (they can better withstand cleaning and light scrubbing) making them more suitable for frequently used spaces than their eggshell counterparts. Try this finish in hallways, children’s rooms and on woodwork that will need to withstand modest wear and tear.

Flat and Matte- great for hiding surface imperfections making walls look smooth. This finish, which cleans easily with a damp sponge.

4. Decide finishes by aesthetic:

 The higher the sheen, the more vivid and rich your color will appear, making it ideal for deep, jewel-toned colors such as reds, forest greens and navy blues. Experts are partial to this finish for wood surfaces, such as trim, cabinets and doors, but only when blemishes are minimal as shinier surfaces make flaws more evident.

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High Gloss Finishes the Doors and Trims
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Gloss Finish on the Walls, Trims and Door.
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Eggshell finish on the walls. Satin Finish on the Doors and Trims
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Matte Finish on the Walls

 

5. Open to the new technologies: there are new paints with new technologies.  For example, Benjamin Moore just develops new matte finish which can be used in bathroom and super durable and easy to clean.

 

Happy Thursday

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3 Popular Sherwin-Williams Interior/Exterior Paint Colors That Will Chill You Out in this Summer

 

 

1. SEA SALT SW 6204 –refreshing and charming.

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2. ALABASTER WHITE SW 7008

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2016 Color of the Year

A hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year. At a time of interconnected commotion and overstimulation, Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds. It is the true neutral to set the tone for 2016.

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3. REPOSE GRAY SW 7015

Repose Gray SW 7015 a gray/greige that has a slight blue undertone. It’s still a warm gray  but is cooler than several of the grays and greiges in the SW deck.

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Happy Wednesday

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5 Ways to Create Summer Easy-breezy Vibes

Summer is all about fun.  There’s nothing we want more than to chill out at comfy home,  and luxuriate alfresco, with a touch of glamour. Here are 5 ways to create easy-breezy vibes to let you enjoy this summer more.

 

  1. Have a cool palette–a lot of blue and white and stripes.

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2. Set up Alfresco dining table with fresh flowers and bold pattern vintage table clothes.

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3. Have some touch of bright color by the poolside.

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4. Create a beautiful outdoor seating area.

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5. Have a chic floating tray in the pool.

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Happy Tuesday

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Weekend Vibes

 

“Less Talk, More Ice Cream”, what about talks over ice cream?

I love just scrolling  around the neighborhoods of  Los Angeles to experience diversified cultures, find new cool shops with quirky interiors, or simply having my sweet-treats and batheing in the sunshines.  What about you? How do you spend your weekends?

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Peach and Gray—cool and inviting
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Cool Vibes

 

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Color of Orange is all about being happy and optimistic.

 

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I am just like everyone here and enjoying each other’s company. 

Happy Sunday

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6 Ways to Make Your Home Fun and Elegant through Polka-dots

Happy Friday.   I hope  your life is filled with actions, fulfillments, progresses and happiness in this passing week.   Just in the last couple of days,   I came cross a lot of polka-dots when I seached for inspiration.  Yes, it all started from Paris Haute Couture and street style 2019–2020:

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Pretty in Polka Dots.

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Playful and ladylike

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life is just beautiful by wearing a polka-dot dress.

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Don’t you just fall in love with these pretty polkadot dresses and accessories! Welcome to summer!

This trend also goes strong in   interior designs. I love polka-dot patterns because they are light, playful, youthful and elegant.   So today I am going to share 6 ways to make your home fun yet sophisticated by incorporating polka dot patterns.

  1. Use them on the wall-treatments.
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Polka-dot wallpapers light up the entry.
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When polka-dots meet stripes, it’s a Pop!

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Adds a touch of modernlity to this traditional home.

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2. Yes, some polka-do-themed  accessories

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It just makes me smile. What about you?
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Fancy in brass.

3.  Of course, art pieces.

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4. And what do you think  Polka-dot tiling walls?

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Cool yet playful.

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6. And  on an upholstered furniture piece.

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3 Rules for Hanging a Chanerlier

A chandelier can actually hangs in any room to create a mood and to have a drama. And yes, besides just being pretty, there are several rules to hang a chandelier in different rooms. Let’s take a look.

Rule 1: In Dining Room

  1. A handy rule of thumb is that a chandelier should be 12 inches narrower than a table. You should leave 12 inches of space between the outside edge of dining room chandeliers and the outer edge of round tables or the width edge of rectangular tables — as long as you have a table properly sized to the room. For example, a 48-inch-diameter table requires a 24-inch-diameter chandelier. To size chandeliers for large rooms and foyers, add the room’s length and width measurements together to determine the chandelier’s dimension in inches. For example, a room that measures 14 feet by 18 feet requires a 32-inch diameter chandelier.
  2. The bottom of a chandelier over a dining table or kitchen island should hang 30 to 32 inches above the top of the table or kitchen island.

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Rule 2: For 8′ ceiling height room.

Most rooms call for at least 7 feet of space between the bottom of the chandelier and the floor.

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Rule 3: For rooms taller than 9 feet, please consider a two- or three-tier chandelier.

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Rule 4: For a two-story foyer, a chandelier would need to hang about 9 feet off the floor, but if your two-story foyer has windows above the ground floor, you should center the chandelier in the windows, so you can see it from the outside. Ensure your ceiling will support the weight of your chandelier wherever you choose to hang it.

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Rule 5: By knowing all the rules above and dare to break them once a while to create a little personality and drama. At the end of the day, it is your home.

 

Happy Tuesday

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A Day of Traveling Part II

 

We just had another big earth quick last night in SoCal after the 6.4 one on 4th July! It is 7.1!  Send love and prayer to people who are affected seriously. And I followed Dr. Lucy Jones from CalTech last night the whole night for her analysis on what’s going on. Somehow, listening to her gives me a sense of peace.

 

Well, when natural disasters happen, we know we need to appreciate all of the beautiful things around us more.  So, guys, let’s continue our Day of Traveling—Part II. There are a lot of beautiful photos for the modern classic interiors I caught during the trip, so it’s time to  sit back and relax.

 

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Arte-decor clubbing house.  The geometric black-and-white rug does the wander for this room. And of course, the brown leather tufted mid-century chairs, the fireplace and wooden wall panelings add the layer of old school traditions  and bring the stories and warmth to the space.
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Dark and Handsome space.
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Fresh light pink hydrangea sets the romantic tone in the lobby.
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Fresh light pink hydrangea sets the romantic tone in the lobby.
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Love this abstract artwork in brass frame.
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I am just so so so obsessed with this blue-and white vignette. Who wouldn’t—elegant and romantic!

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Such an airy and light-filled sitting area. Color of Live Coral on my dress  kind of pops up   in this muted creamy background. The wall panelings add the depth to the space.
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Modern classic vibe.
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a moment of feeling beautiful

 

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Love how they pared orange with silver champaign leaf.
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I always have a thing with sheer roman shades—they often soften the lights shining through the windows.

 

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The details on this clean-line classic fireplace.

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in love with this full-body French-pleated drapery—it’s elevated this cozy beachy hanging-out area. Yes, we are ready for a good conversation oner the afternoon-tea.
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So elegant!
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Casual yet elegant
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Love the trim on the pale-blue pillow.
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Light blue does relax me a lot in this outdoor sitting area.
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pillow details!

 

Hope you enjoy all of them.

Stay Safe

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