2017 Was a Wild Year Full of Travel & Design Inspiration As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to reflect back on this busy year and think about what exciting adventures 2018 has in store! From the warm Atlantic waters of Miami to the chilly, misty mountain tops of Da-Lat Vietnam, we found inspiration domestically and abroad. My Family and Me Overlooking Da-Lat Vietnam South Beach Estates Some of the funnest homes to design are beautiful South Florida estates, like those on Palm Beach Island. Architectural Marvels Around the World! Vietnamese architecture is varied and fabulous: In the mountains, French influences are abundant and glass structures resembling flowers bring a little bucolic charm to the urban cities. Our partner company wrote in greater detail about the absolutely life-changing experience that was exploring Vietnamese Architecture, which you can check out here. Roy and I in front of the King's Palace, Vietnam French-Inspired Chalet in the Woods The "Crazy House" which operates as a bed and breakfast with 10 rooms Monk’s house at Thien Mu in Hue “Purple City” The emperor’s residence in the Imperial City in Hue Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist Temple in Hue Hawaiian Churches Similarly, in Hawaii, I found myself drawn to the patchwork quilt of architectural styles: beach shakes next to churches, made to withstand misty spouts of rain and sandy beaches.. Indoor-Outdoor Style in Mexico As a predominantly Southern California and South Florida designer, I cater towards home owners with indoor-outdoor lifestyles, which nowhere has perfected quite like Mexico! Every time I visit I’m sure to get in some morning yoga on the beach! High Point Market: Traveling for Work or Pleasure? I had the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at High Point Market as part of Esteem Media’s Design Bloggers Tour, where I got an exclusive look at what’s to come in the world of home design and furnishings. Playing trend predictor is fun, but it is even more exciting when you get to travel with an awesome group of designers and bloggers and experience how everything is made and designed first-hand. Social Media Design Trends Social media algorithms sometime have a way of making trend predicting so much easier! Our most shared images on Pinterest included photos from our bright, colorful contemporary Lake Sherwood project and from our monochromatic coastal chateau at Lemon Ranch. It would seem that monochromatic spaces with pops of vibrant colors were the crowd favorites! Instagram favored an entirely different design style: Our sleek, ultra modern Bond at the Beach and Hollywood Hills homes were the biggest hits over there. So What’s To Come in 2018… This past year I also had the privilege of working on a couple of exciting new design shows (but can’t reveal much more at this point so stay tuned!) And solidified some incredible new partnerships with some of our firm’s favorite companies like Amazon and Wayfair and Minted, who we’ll be working with to bring YOU exciting new curated art and home decor collections in 2018! Happy New Year Everyone! Ultra Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: Read About It Here
How to Create the Perfect Guest Room Your guest room should be homier than a hotel room, but still less personal than the rest of your home. Here’s how to achieve the perfect balance! These are the elements you need to create the perfect guest room or guest house so that visitors feel right at home. With these guest room essentials, they may never want to leave! Welcome Housekeeping Upon entry, you’ll want your guests to feel right at home. So you’ll want to take care of housekeeping items that let your guests know where they can find everything: Consider including some form of a placard with important instructions (ie: how to use the TV, where to find extra pillows and towels, and, of course, include the coveted wifi password!). Guest Room Amenities Save your guests late-night or early-morning trips to the kitchen by including a coffee station and/or small mini wet bar: We recommend including a coffee/tea maker with some local brew and teas, or a basket or mini fridge stocked with local bottles of wine or beer. Decorate your mini-bar with something living (a little green goes a long way!) and something that smells good -- we love a space with a signature scent! So consider including a pillow mist or some luxurious scented candles. Guest Room Bedding Keep a closet or bed-foot storage stocked with easily accessible, extra pillows and blankets in neutral colors that are always welcoming and easily washed. The bed may be the one area where it’s always a good idea to take note from your favorite hotel suite, complete with: Multiple high thread-count flat sheets, with a light blanket sandwiched between them Plenty of cozy, down feather-filled pillows! (Shams, pillows, and throw pillows) A plush duvet and blankets Lounge Seating in Your Guest Bedroom Creating a lounge-like atmosphere akin to that of a hotel room: Consider including poufs or small cocktail tables with cozy seating or benches or trunks that can function as seating, tabletop, and storage. Decorate with coffee table books and magazine/city guides that pertain to activities to do around town! This is also a good place to include a catch-all for keys or jewelry, and an additional phone and computer charging station. Guest Room Closet & Laundry In the closet, you’ll want to include an empty set of hangers, laundry baskets or a hamper, and for added hotel vibes, a luggage rack (like this super styling one from Dunes and Duchess)! Guest Bathroom Include travel-sized toiletries or bubble baths and oils for an added luxe element, and extra toilet paper and towels rolled in a basket for easy access.
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