3 Takeaways on How to Create a Happy Place—a Review On the Design of Elle Decor Cafe 2020

We came across an article this morning about Elle Decor Cafe 2020 in Plaza Hotel New York  and immediately fell in love with the unique decor that is modern, youthful, feminine and chic yet still keeping  a old-world charm. Not surprisingly, the make-over design work is by renowned interior designer Sasha Bikoff whose design, in our opinion, is very UN-American—out-of-box, playful, chic and romantic in a very lady-like way. Since today is Friday, we want to talk about the design of this pretty cafe and hope to bring some weekend cheers to you.

The ELLE Decor Café at the Plaza is located at the famed Rose Club, which was once a popular venue for entertainers like Billie Holiday, Bob Hope, Liza Minnelli, and Kay Thompson. Along with showcasing her passion for energetic, global-inspired interiors, Bikoff reimagined the iconic space to reflect its rich jazz roots.

1. color Palette: “Since the Plaza is such a happy, colorful, monumental place, it was really important that I used a light color. We did have these more traditional jewel tones, but I wanted to brighten up the space with pink and lavender to balance all of the wood paneling. One really wonderful thing is that the ceiling lights can turn purple, so it worked out perfectly that I had a fabric that was red (a connection to the Rose Club) and lavender (a connection to the lights on the ceiling).”—Sasha Bikoff

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We love the interplay between  pink  and rouge to create such  a happy and romantic atmosphere.

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2. Mix old-world charm architecture with modern  furniture to create a fun and timeless moment.

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The modern furniture injects a very youthful energy to this historical club.
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Stylish bar chairs pairing with an ornate bar counter create a very fresh feel.

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12 Ideas to Spice Up All-White Kitchens

Do you think white-on-white-on-white kitchens are out of date after the trend has stayed strong so many years. The answer is no. As matter of the fact, all-white kitchen style is getting evolved through years thanks to new tile designs, innovative grout products, advanced digital printing technologies, large-format porcelain slabs, design-oriented appliances, jewel-like light fixtures, adorable bar stools …etc.   today we are going to talk about  12 ways to spice up a all-white kitchen in the year of 2020.

1. Bring in wood materials to warm up a minimalism white kitchen.

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The wood-beams in this white kitchen add warmth and character to this all-white kitchen, making it so livable and grounded.
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The wood bar stools, a wood display bowel and hardwood flooring all contribute to making this all-white kitchen warm, inviting and livable.

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2. Glam up a all-white kitchen with upscale pro-appliances.

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A pro vintage French range elevate this cottage-like white kitchen with a dose of glam.

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3.  A touch of gold to add warmth and elevate a white space with a chic modern feel.

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The brushed-gold finish on this kitchen island is a star in this white kitchen and the use of natural fiber rug avoids too flashy feel.
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Subtle gold finish on the kitchen island kind of add youthful energy to this white kitchen.
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Brass hardwares on white kitchen cabinets give this all-white kitchen a contour feel.
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Brass hard-wares on all-white  cabinet create a big style in this small kitchen.

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4.  Have a  cluster of  modernized pendants spreading out in the kitchen ceiling to create a fun moment.

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A cluster of modern pendants in this all-white kitchen not only draw your eye up but also create a bistro feel. We also love this white-plate display ideas in the central island.

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10 Ideas to Bring in Biophilic Design to Your Home

You may have heard   the terminology biophilic design a lot.  the design concept has being grown popularity in architecture and design industry in the recent years.  Simply put this way,   biophilic design  is all about wellness by  incorporating natural elements – such as circadian lighting, natural sounds or scenes– into the modern living environment.  According to many researches, brining in elements of nature into the built environment can reduce stress and lower heart rates and blood pressure, while also increasing creativity, productivity and well-being. Corporations like Apple, Google and Amazon are at the forefront of instilling biophilic design in their workspaces, and the idea has spread to homeowners and designers.

The term “biophilia” which translates to “love of nature” appeared for the first time in 1984. Edward Wilson, an American biologist and influential theorist at the time wrote a book titled Biophilia thus popularizing the term. Wilson brought up a bold hypothesis in the book, arguing that humans have an innate tendency to seek and form connections with nature. He stated that people can benefit greatly when they’re in close contact with nature and suffer if they’re excluded from it. When people focused on urban spaces, their bond with nature has weakened, and as a result, their health deteriorated. At the same time, a study conducted by Roger Ulrich’s provided objective proof that our health is greatly impacted by our environment. These theories and conclusions lead to great changes in architecture and that’s how biophilic design emerged.

The easiest ways for most homes to incorporate biophilic design are via plants , windows, skylights,  and the use of natural materials (i.e. wood and stone) and natural sounds, and aroma. We have put 10 ideas for biophilic design at home.

  1. Big windows always guarantee to bring in a lot of natural light.

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2. And skylight in a room  is another effective way to bring in a lot of natural light.

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3. Live plants, green walls  and fresh flowers truly make any space alive.

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7 Ways to Incorporate Antiques to Interiors

Antiques can add depth, personality and timelessness to any interiors. There are 7 ways to incorporate antique to your spaces.

1. Start small.

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This small ornate antique mirror is very interesting and whimsical and has a nice contrast with the contemporary wall paneling.

 

2 . Have a new lamp-shade or reupholster an antique piece to make it look chic and fresh.

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The new pleated  silk trimmed lamp shade gives a new life to this antique ceramic table-lamp.
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We particularly love this wide green banding at the bottom of the lamp-shade and it adds a touch of fresh elegance to an aged object.
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A newly reupholstered French salon sofa looks fresh and chic.

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3. Always pair antiques with fresh flowers.

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4. Mix and match pieces from different eras.

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The Magical Power of Fresh Floral Arrangement

We  have being enjoyed the nice sunny weather recently  in SoCal. With approaching the end of Feb, it is the  time to plan  refreshing home for  Spring.  One of the magical way to fresh up home is to simply bring in fresh flowers and plants.

 

 

We recently visited Blackman Cruz.  When we stepped into  the showroom,  a large fresh flower arrangement over a hand-made stone vase greeted us and make us so happy.

 

 

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We love how the beautiful delicate flowers play with a antique console, sculpture and vase by the entrance.
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In the showroom, there were a row of  floral arrangements in the the newly designed resin vases.
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We love how the artist arranged the flowers in such a fresh and relaxing way.
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On the second floor, a fresh floral arrangement in a hand-made Mexico ceramic vase atop of an antique console lights up the dark  corridor.
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The colors on the flowers make you feel so cheerful.

 

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Interestingly, with the presence of the fresh flowers, we started to pay attention to the craftsmanship of these antique case-goods.

 

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It looks like that we really cannot get enough of this beautiful vignette.

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From Buildings to Home Collections—Breathtaking Works by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Mohammad Hadid  (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) was an Iraqi–British architect.  Known as  the “Queen of the curve”, She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004.  Her major works include the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics, Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in the US, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, and the Beijing Daxing International Airport in China.  Please click here to learn more about Zara Hadid

Zaha Hadid’s Legacy

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Guangzhou Opera House resonates with its riverside location.

Aren’t those breath-taking design?  And besides buildings, she also designed a series of home collections. One of them is Cove Kitchen she designed for Boffi Kitchen.

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We were invited toBoffi Los Angeles re-grand opening last night and able to see this cove kitchen island in person.

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Boffi is a luxurious contemporary Italian kitchen company with more than 50 years of history.

Zara Architects  based the curvaceous Boffi Cove kitchen on the forms of its famous MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome and the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.

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We had a panel discussion to pay tribute to Zara Hadid.   Over the panel discussion, we were trilled to know that  there are a series of Zaha Hadid home collections too and they are as fabulous as Zaha Hadid-designed buildings. We handpicked some of  Zara Hadid’s home collections here and believe they will definitely uplift your home.

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Las Vegas Winter Market 2020 Trip VI–6 Trends in Home Furniture

 

 

Today, we continue to talk about the trends we saw from Las Vegas Winter Market 2020. There were 2 showrooms we hadn’t been to for a while. And this time, when we were back to take showroom tours, we were pretty amazed how they have change their styles from country, industrial rustic to fresh mid century modern style with a lot of great artworks and fresh flower arrangements.

1.Green leather with wood frame mid-century modern chairs are among the most popular pieces.

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2. Art plays a critical role in their vignettes and people love it.

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3. Comfy mid-century modern sofa style with great craftsmanship and details is very  popular.IMG_0990IMG_0992

4. Fresh flower arrangements elevate any interior spaces.

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5. Earthy -tone objects are people’s new  favorites since they bring calmness to home.

 

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6. Functional and eye-pleasing pieces do delivery the wow factor.

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This ladder is cool and functional.
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Chic functional mirror with a bottom shelf .

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Las Vegas Winter Market 2020 Trip V–3 Trends in Home Decor

Today we are going to focus 5 trends in home decor section from Las Vegas Winter Market 2020:

  1. Gold finish is still the king:
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Gold and white—chic, glamorous and fresh
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Elegant gold wall decor
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Indirect gold finish wall scone.
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Gold metal floral wall decor
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Gold crown to light up your interiors
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Brass-framed cocktail table.

2. Unique elegant  glasswares  for cocktail glasses, water glasses, juice glasses, coffee mugs, tea cups, margarita glasses, beer glasses and wine glasses for every occasion.

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We love this large fluted candle holder.

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Emerald green candle holder is very elegant.
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A nice way to display fresh flowers.

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Gold and brown.
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One of may favorites—love the large scale
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Classic Blue 

2. One of the kind

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Pop art on the pillow
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Moroccan-influenced
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Love the patterns on these ceramic vases.
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A great piece to make a statement for any room.

3. Organic and natural hand-made objects.

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Luna New Year Series 2—Behind-the-Scene Story for Our 2020 CLNY Tabletop

Every year we will design Chinese New Year tabletop theme. For lunar  New Year 2020, the year of the metal rat, we features the following elements:

  1. Color Palette—embrace Pantone Color of the Year 2020—Classic Blue with touch of traditional Chinese red and pastel pink to create a modern, intimate, chic and festive decor vibe. The large area of white paint in this eat-in space balance off Classic Blue and light up the whole area.  In this color palette, we have influences from Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2020–First Light, DunEdwards Color of the Year 2020 –Mint Fresh and PPT color of the Year 2020—China Porcelain.

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  2. Mix of modern and clean-line classical furniture to create a fresh, inviting, relaxing, comfy and feminine atmosphere where we are often drawn to for a holiday family get-together.
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5 Ways to Transform your Home with Beautiful Rugs

The weather drops so low in LA today. And this is just reminding us that winter is still here. Well, you might already take away all of your holiday decor that made your home cozy and warm. There is one magical item that you really should still keep it around. Yes, rug, please. As matter of the fact, you should keep several of rugs in your home–runner for your kitchen and hallway, a large area statement area rug for your living room, a faux fur rug for your relaxing corner and rug-on-rug-on-rug style to bring in  pattern, color and  some casual bohemian vibes.  In the following, we will talk about how different style of rugs can transform and elevate your home in a second.

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For this newly designed project we just did recently, we throw a cream faux fur rug under a clean-lined modernized classical gilded chair to make the corner of this all-white room warm, cozy, inviting and romantic.

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For the study room project we did several years ago, we also had this faux fur rug by the window seat to create that a cozy and relaxing zone in the study.

2. A wow factor statement.

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For this entry we did several years ago in Walnut, we used an emerald green silky rug with geometric lines to eco the circle design at the edge of the entry table.

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This is the entry for one of our holiday show-houses a couple of year ago. We love this large floral pattern rug at the entry to wow the guest.

3. To keep cohesive through rooms and holistic decor.

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We did this modern house project last year. We actually keep the client’s Moroccan style rug and start to curate the whole house decor based on the color palette on the rug.

4. Add a  touch of whimsical and interest by stacking different rugs together casually.

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For this new project we just did, we actually stack two rugs together to have that extra coziness.

We are really obsessed with layering different rugs together to create visual interest.

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5. Transform your home with Scandinavia chic and cleaness.

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