New Year’s Day Traveling

We have a tradition for every New Year’s Day.  Yes, we will go to beach to enjoy some sunshine , to be close to the ocean to feel its abundance and greatness. Ocean has a magic power that always calm us and show us there are actually tremendous opportunities and hopes out there in the world. And the most important thing ocean teaches us  is to be kind, generous and tolenrant from those who are different from you.

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Toast to 2020!
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It’s a beautiful day!
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The view on the patio is stunning.
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I really enjoy this warm beach day.
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Yes, we are in famous Japanese Nobu restaurant in Malibu.

Malibu is a city west of Los Angeles, California. It’s known for its celebrity homes and beaches, including wide and sandy Zuma Beach. To the east is Malibu Lagoon State Beach, known as Surfrider Beach for its waves. Nearby is the Spanish Revival–style Adamson House decorated with historical California hand-made tiles. Malibu is such a lovely beach town in SoCal with pretty relaxing vibes. Our trip this time  is to visit Nobu, relax at its breath-taking beach-view porch, take a walk on the pier and just stroll around the town.

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Breath-taking beach-view at the porch of Nobu restaurant
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Nobu, Malibu is Iron Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese delicacies, plus California fare, in a modern, beachfront space. “Originally opening in the Malibu Country Mart in 1999 as the fourth Nobu location in the United States, Nobu Malibu moved to it’s current location in 2012. The views of the ocean from nearly every seat in the restaurant, as well as Malibu-specific specialty dishes in addition to all of the Nobu classics, make this a destination dining experience not to be missed.” We have been too Nobu restaurant and hotel in Las Vegas. I will say Nobu Malibu has more relaxing beach get-away vibes while the Las Vegas one gears  more toward high-caliber clubbing experiences.  Each restaurant has their specialities. But one dish we like from both locations is Black Cod Miso.  You’ve got to order it if you have a chance to visit.

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Inside of  crowded Nobu Restaurant, Malibu on the New Year’s Day of 2020

Known for its five-star cuisine and decadent Japanese-inspired interiors, you’re likely to spot a Kardashian at this California go-to. The LA-based sushi bar is such a celebrity staple, it’s even name-dropped in three Drake songs and a Kanye track. That said, the opening of their luxury hotel Nobu Ryokan Malibu is bound to attract a star-studded guest list. We didn’t get a chance to visit the hotel this time since it is guests-only(maybe next time). But I found an article from Elle Decor talking about this newly opened 5-star hotel.

beachfront-room-1494524903.jpgOverlooking Carbon Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway, the lodge draws from the area’s laidback California style while boasting Nobu’s signature Japanese design.The building’s original structure was a 1950’s beach motel, which architects Studio PCH and Montalba Architects have dramatically transformed. Each guest room has its own unique interior design, all incorporating teak, bronze, and limestone to maintain a calming neutral color palette throughout. And you can read the rest of the article by clicking here 

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Lee Radziwill’s Chic Paris’s Pied-à-terre

Couple of days ago, i wrote about Lee Radzwill’s (March 3rd 1933–Feb. 15th 2019)New York apartment.   You can click here to read the story.    Lee Radzwill is a former European princess and actress, socialite, interior decorator, sister of the late Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1994).  She  owned properties in New York, London and Paris.  Each home really reflects her personalities as a style icon.  Today, I am going to show you her Paris pied-à-terre, her love at first sight.   Overlooking  Avenue Montaigne with a view of the Eiffel Tower, the home was originally decorated by Christian Liaigre,  it is perhaps one of the most iconic Parisian abodes of the 20th century.  Her Paris home was featured three times on magazines, Vogue in 2003,  ELLE Decor in 2009 and Times in 2013 and it had being evolved each time.

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Lee Radziwill in her Paris apartment.
Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, August 2003
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Elle Decor, 2009

We can see the style in her Paris apartment is very different from her New York home. As herself said of her New York apartment :” but it’s extremely full. So it’s wonderful to have the contrast [in Paris] of having it totally Zen, totally peaceful. In what other city do you find doves outside your window…”   All of the furniture in her Paris home is clean-lined, yet there are gilded antique mirrors, gilded coffee tables, floral upholstery ,tons of artworks and books and a lot of detailed soft touches.  Her interiors are just like the way she dressed—modern , elegant and chic, yes American chic.

 

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Elle Decor 2013. Don’t you love these chinoiserie patterned fabric?  This is her favorite Chinoiserie Le Manach fabric which brings the soul, feminity and elegance to the room.
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This is the real-estate photo when the house was put on sale several years ago.
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Another real-estate photo when the house was put on sale several years ago.
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Obviously, pink is her favorite color.  With a large amount of creams and whites in the back ground,  mixed patterns of stripes, chinoiserie played off with pink on the sofa..  It is just such an elegant and peaceful place you want to wind down.
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Again, pink, stripe pattern, plant artworks, florals, neutrals for the  background and the sunshines… I would love to just sit here for the whole day watching doves flying by.
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Chic, chic, chic…
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A true style icon.

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A splash of Pink

For some weired reason, I always have a mood for color of pink on Wednesday.  What about you?  What is your mood color on Wednesday?  From hot pink, blush to muted pastel, pink always evokes feeling of romance, dream, elegance, feminism, sophistication and sweetness.

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Roses in different shades of pink for a Spring garden high-tea time.

 

 

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Pink flowers always look gorgeous with blue-and-white vase.
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The pink tablecloth pairing with  pink florals is always such a romantic approach for a Valentine’s Day  table decor.
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Pink flowers and birthday cake—my favorite!
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Pink and Pantone’s Ultra Violet means feminine and beautiful
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Pink with neutrals.
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Pink flowers add freshness and modern flair to this traditional dining room.
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Muted pink is one of signature colors for Scandinavia design.
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Pink and red means nobel, elegant and fashionable.
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Hot pink means pay attention to me!
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Pink— a soft touch for your office.

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Pink is spring color.
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Pink and brass—elegant yet modern.
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Pink walls and ceiling
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Pink bathroom
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A romantic spot.

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classic vibes
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A vintage pink print over the fireplace
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a traditional beauty

It looks like we do use a lot of pink in our design projects.

Happy Wednesday

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Elegant in Red

 

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Nicole Kidman arrived Emmy Awards last Sunday in a a Calvin Klein By Appointment grenadine silk gazar pleated bodice dress by Raf Simons. The gown was paired with Calvin Klein 205W39NYC pink satin sandals with asymmetrical crystal straps.  She looked absolutely elegant and stunning in color of red.  Red is the color of energy,  strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.  When paired with pink,  red create warmth, vibration,  excitement and romance  in both fashion and interiors .    It’s intriging, elegant, fashionable, ladylike and timeless.

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the Romance of Pink and Red

Here are more photos for pink and red paring in fashion:

 

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Elegant and feminine
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Edgy yet elegant
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the queen

 

Let’s look at pink and red pairing in interiors:

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Everyday Romance

 

 

 

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Fresh, fashionable, modern and ladylike
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in muted tones.
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Moody
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Vintage and romantic
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Classic and ladylike
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Graceful and serene
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Glamours and romantic

 

 

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the story-telling

Enjoy!

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My Christmas Home Decor Tour 2016

Happy holidays!  Hope everybody is enjoying the holiday time with loved ones.  Just before setting our NYE party,  I am finally able to put all of photos of our Christmas home decor 2016 together. I was having fun  mixing and matching  the traditional and modern, the old and new, the pinks and red, and etc… Overall our Christmas decor this year is light, modern and romantic with a touch of traditional.

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Entry—I used a lot of fresh greenery and red roses. It’s festive and makes you feel so good.
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LOVE pink poinsettias–look  chic with blue-and-whites.
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Here is our Christmas family dinner  tables-cape–red on red
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Fresh red roses and pine branches.
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the top view of our center piece.

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Hanging flowers from the chandelier—a romance for Christmas
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time for a drink

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Dreamy!
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The festive corner
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Wrapping the gifts.
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Our Christmas family dinner—Pizza fondu. So delicious!
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My reading room with the Christmas decor. A group of brass candles and magnolia garland make this room cozy and festive. 

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The chandelier in my reading room with a hand-made Christmas bow.
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Pink Christmas trees in our living room—it’s a modern flair.

Hope you enjoy them all.

Happy Holidays!

 

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Pretty in Pink

In my last post, I shared 5 quick ways to decorate your houses for Christmas.  One of the quick ways is to repaint your wall colors.  I will focus on color of Pink in today’s blog.

50 Shades of Pink?

 

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Pink is romantic and intimate, feminine, loving, caring and extremely considerate. It tones down the physical passion from the red color and replaces it with a gentle and loving energy.  In color psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive color that inspires warm and comforting feelings. The color pink gives the feeling that everything will go well or be okay. Most people have heard of the saying “everything is rosy”. It may also indicate good health and success.

Pink in Interiors

Applying  Pink in interiors can create chic, fashionable, cheerful, feminine  feeling. Combining it with darker colors like dark blue, dark green, black or gray, you can make the color pink stronger and more sophisticated.  Here are some room exmples:

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Vintage Pink

 

 

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The project we did earlier this year. We used color of  black and patterns to compensate vintage pink, making the room more sophisticated. 
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Salmon Pink

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Another project we did this year. Pink wall provides such an elegant backdrop for the artwork –The Lady in Red. This salmon pink is rich, passionate and classy. I really like the way how it pairs with cream panellings.

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Candy Pink
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A bath project by KHK Designs.  Love the how Candy Pink pairs with floral wallpaper and black-lacquered vanity.

Here are some beautiful pink rooms by other designers:

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Hot pink and yellow and gold to create modern classic feeling.
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Hot pink–ladylike.  Such a traditional beauty.
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Candy pink and white dining table set–crisp and warm.
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Candy pink with antiques—a touch of youthfulness.
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Candy pink with dark red—classy and rich.
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Vintage pink with bright yellow—alive, fashionable and cheerful.
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Feminine

 

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Calm
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The famous London Sketch
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Ladylike
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classy and sweet.
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Modern Classic
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Zen
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Cheeful
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Pink and wood— traditional beauty.

Pink

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Time to meditate.
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Luxe.

I hope these give you some ideas on your holiday decorations.

Happy Thursday

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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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Hello Monday

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It’s a rainy day and it’s Monday.  Sun just comes in and off.  When all know how that makes us feel.  What will be a great way to kick off the week?  The answer is if we engage some beautiful activities, we will definitely enjoy this Monday much more.  Maybe it’s time to make something special for your surroundings. I just created this little cozy brunch vignette by leveraging beautiful rose blooms outside.   I love it!  Here are 5 tips to design this beautiful space:

  1. Install some interesting wallpaper in this area.
  2. Have pop of colors.  Maybe it’s the color of the lamp shade.
  3. Leverage the beautiful outside view by framing it from inside.
  4. Prepare a healthy brunch for two.  Maybe it’s strategizing time for with the partner.  Conversations over nicely set-up brunch are always pleasant.
  5. Fresh flowers that will put a big smile on your face.

Happy Monday

Kristi

It’s all about Comforts and Coziness

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Seriously, what will be more important to make home comfortable and cozy?  I doubt that a house with a big mess and plain looking will make you feel homy.    Here are 5 ways to create a home with comforts and coziness.

  1. Have a relaxing and soothe color palettes that inspire you.
  2. Invest a good quality couch that you truly cannot get away from. Make sure you have some cool looking pillows for the couch.
  3. Create some vignettes like what we did in this house: books, tea pot, florals and candles. Don’t you want just relax here?
  4. A lots of natural nights and good lighting design.
  5. Natural green plants and flowers.

I hope you enjoy this!

Kristi

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