Picking your Kitchen Countertops

Renovating? Building your new home?
In any case, nothing is harder then picking your Kitchen Countertops.
That’s at least my opinion. We just received the Countertops this weekend and I can tell you, it wasn’t a very quick decision. There are many aspects that need to be considered before placing the final order for your most Kitchen Countertops. Besides, the pressure is high considering that the kitchen is one of the most important places in a home, to be the centre of every event by friends and family, over the past hundreds of years.

Well, have you thought your Countertop Options through and how will you decide?

The most important steps you may want to consider are the following:

  1. Material
    There are lots of different materials that can be used for your kitchen countertop. Depending on your needs and lifestyle, either or are the best fit for you.
    Let me introduce you to the most common ones:
    QUARTZ: one of my favourite option for Kitchen Countertops, as it’s though and durable, which is great for busy families with kids. t’s man-made and nowadays are finishes available that look like natural stone.
    GRANITE: Durable and affordable. My absolute favourite is the “Dark Water” Granite from Margranite. (Which you can see in the featured picture).
    MARBLE: Absolutely gorgeous, but stains and scratches easily. Never forget to seal the countertops and clean very thoughtful.
    CONCRETE: Modern and durable, stunning but also simple. (We have decided for Concrete Flooring. Getting it all smooth and buffed was an act itself! I’ll tell you another time!).
  2. Design
    It’s quite overwhelming choosing the right finish. It starts by visiting  a countertop shop or manufacturer the first time. The choices are endless, it seams.
    It’s great to have your own designer in this case. Not only to help picking the right finish going well with your wall paint, cabinet finishes, flooring, but also to receive a great price/discount for your new countertops.
    If you decide to choose your countertops by yourself, I’d recommend to visit 3 countertop places and getting 3 quotes at least.
    You can compare then pricing and besides, not every countertop place offers the same brands. Make sure you compare and decide wisely.
    Tipp: Choose a couple samples of the most interesting finishes and take them home. Its ver important to see the countertop finishes at your own place, as the lighting may be completely different.
  3. Hands On
    I always encourage clients to choose, see and feel their slabs. After they made a decision for the finish, a sample can look a little or much different to the actual slab that would be installed. Talk to your supplier and find out if you can see the slabs in person before they start cutting your countertop. Besides, they usually need a day of a heads up to pull the slab into position to be presented to you. Give them a call in advance.

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    Book an appointment to look at your slab.
  4. Installation
    The final installation shall be booked with 100% professionals. Make sure that the installation crew visit your site before cutting the countertops. usually it’s in the price included and you’ll be ensured that they will take accurate measurements.

Don’t worry, be happy.

In any case, the most important part is that you are happy with your Kitchen Design in the end. It’s nothing that usually changes yearly and the money shall be well spent.
Take it serious, but also don’t let it overwhelm you and trust your guts. In the end, you can count in them or if it’s just too much, consider consulting a designer. We are here for you. And believe me, the pressure is gone once you see the countertops in place. Amazing.

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Squamish Sneak Preview of the Main Kitchen

The featured picture is a sneak preview of the Main Kitchen of our Squamish Project in B.C. Canada showcasing the “Dark Water” Granite with a waterfall! We just received the Countertops last Saturday and I am blessed how they have turned out.
Stunning! Lovely! Amazing! YES, I am happy.

Any questions or add ons? Please comment below.
Happy Monday!

Sina

Best Christmas Decor & Gifts at 5 Furniture Stores in Vancouver

Christmas is earlier here then you think. I know, I know you might think I am crazy (I AM crazy!), but Xmas basically just around the corner – 8 Weeks to go

Boom!

It hits you and you aren’t prepared? Your place still looks like Halloween was yesterday, or even the Bunnies from Eastern are around (trust me I found eggs months later…ups)?Give your place a nice Christmas flair and why not starting earlier looking for the best decor then being too late or hustling to get the last pieces available (and battling at over crowded places with everyone trying to find the right thing)? Be on top of things (even if you’re not going to buy them in November), it’s a great feeling being under control (if you can).

Great Christmas Gifts?

Besides, there are great Christmas gifts out there that are ready to be taken home. I personally plan Christmas presents earlier… usually end of November. Time is running so fast and with all the Christmas Dinners coming up in December, I basically have no extra free minute to inform myself about Christmas present options (and I don’t like to buy random gifts, they need to match the character of the lucky one!!) or my home decor!

Excuses, yes, but generally speaking, I like to plan in advance (actually, a lot of things in life, when I realize I have the chance to!! Lot’s of times you just simply can’t).

Take the Chance…

…and let me make your life easier with 6 best Furniture Stores – located in Vancouver – to fulfill your need for amazing Decor for your sweet home or your sweet friend? How about adding a bit window-shopping to a nice stroll on a Sunday through the City? Or, just be prepared where to run when the storm (of Christmas hustle) hits you.

5 best Furniture Stores in Vancouver to find your very own Christmas highlight f your home or a Gift for your beloved ones

  1. CB2 – Located at 1277 Robson St.
    Highlight: My love for Marble and Quartz is endless. I cannot celebrate Christmas without the Blanc White Marble Paper Cocktail Napkins. Cheers! For a limited time they are even on sale for CAD$6.71 (reg. CAD$8.95)
  2. The Cross – Located at 1198 Homer St.
    Highlight: The Cross has beautiful things to offer and I love just strolling through their store. My eyes caught a Rosebloom Mosaic Votive, an Iron Copper Boughs Candelabra and a special Black Calligraphy Mini Match Bottle. Very enlightening!

     

  3. The Bay – Located at 674 Granville St
    Highlight: I have found lots of Decor at The Bay but truly what inspired me were the kitten sets. I love the Set of Two Celebrations Wine Glasses with their cute writing, the celebrations Four-Piece Wine Glass Set and a Porcelain Appetizer Plate Set that is not too much – perfect!
  4.  West elm – Located at 2915 Granville St
    Highlight: Stockings. I mean, who doesn’t need Stockings? I love the Stocking verity Westelm is offering. The Knit Metallic Thread Stockings are just adorable, and even better the Candy Cane Striped Stockings which will catch you eye immediately. A real fun and difference will make the Faux Fur Stocking. So fun!
  5. Urban Barn – Located at 2354 Granville St
    Highlight: Urban Barn has a big verity of Pillows (you may already know from my blog post earlier that I cannot resist pillows) and that’s why I have to include their special Winter pillows. The Woodson Robin Toss (20×20) and the Bellamy Squirrel Toss (20×20) are super cute Decorative Pillows if you’d like to bring a little wild Winter Action into your home. Very chic is the Eloise Faux Fur Toss (20×20) Decor Pillow with it’s quite winter print.

 

Decorate with a designer’s eye and contact me.

Happy Shopping / Strolling. ♥
Sina

Pillow Party – 10 Modern Accent Pillows

Wanna cozy up but can’t find the right accent pillow? Try stepping back from the game and ask yourself a couple questions as like – Do you love patter? Which fabric do you like? Have you thought of the colour you’d like to bring into your home / room?
With even some answers to those questions it’s much better going shopping and not getting drowned in too many possibilities. (Because there are THOUSANDS of possibilities!!).

As promised, please find below my favourite pillow pieces from this season. (If you haven’t know yet, I am a big Pillow-Person-Oh-Hell-yes* Girl)

Cozy up with 10 Modern Accent Pillows that are out there in the world waiting for you:

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  1. For those who love Pattern: Give your space a little “WOW” with those cute 18″x12″ Leopard Accent Pillows from CB2 (don’t be shy!)
  2. Pier 1 has that cute fuzzy pillow in oversized 24″x24″ with an adorable pattern for only $39.95
  3. Round up your design with those Mini fur round Pillows from Westelm.
  4. Love the Lily Pillow from EQ3. Modern & great fall colours.
  5. For only $39.00 you’d get the 20×20 Accent Pillow from Urbanbarn to brighten up your space.
  6. Last but not least my favourite Izzy pillow from CB2 that is made out of Leather (one side) and 100% Cotton velvet. (I have purchased this one for the Squamish House Entry Way – first accent that won’t be forgotten on top of the Natural Wood Bench. Hallelujah!  Hint: Recognize how the shape of the Bench slats are to be found in the leather front side of the pillow?…SO GOOD!
    What an entrance!)

Thank you for checking in. Happy & Cozy start into the week.

Cheers,
Sina

Pillow Fight in the Guest Bedroom

One Bed? = Many pillows.
That’s a simple conclusion – in my mind.
Thats exactly what I am thinking of when it comes to home decoration and design for any Bedroom. And so typically as it is, between man and women – my boyfriend imagines something else: “Less pillows. They aren’t useful! Why do we need so many Pillows?” .. Why being always so practical, and who said that decorative pillows are’t useful… (pillow fight?)

Despite of whats everyones preference, …

how many pillows are actually suppose to be on a bed?

And aren’t pillows just – pillows? Clearly not! Besides different texture and colours, there are different variation of pillows – pls find below my list of pillows that are (luckily) existing in this world:

So, how many pillows are suppose to be on a bed? Simply ,it’s the matter of the size of the bed. But there is no real rule that has to be lived by to make your bed cozy and beautiful, even though I have my own 5 little rules.
Please see below & enjoy my

5 *pillow-recommendations*:

  1. TWIN Bed:
     Starting with the smallest size of the standard beds – the twin bed. I’d recommend not more then (1) Regular Sleeping Pillow, (1) Standard Sham Pillow and (1) 18″ Square Decorative Pillow. The picture below is showing a twin bed with (2) 18″ Square Decorative Pillows, which I feel like is overloaded (and thats ME saying too many pillows!!??!!), but sometimes is less more.

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    Twin Bed with too many pillows can look overwhelming.

     

  2. Full / Double Bed:
    A double bed shall have (2) Standard Sleeping Pillows with (2) Standard Shams and to finish up the decorative part (2) 18″ Square Pillows. The 18″ Square decorative pillows can be easily replaced by (1) Bolster Pillow (if Mr. Right prefers less pillows –  5 pillows might sound better then 6 in total…).

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    This Double Bed is looking quote empty with only (2) Sleeping Pillows.
     
  3. Queen Bed:(2) Sleeping Pillows, (2) Shams and (2) 20″ Square Decorative Pillows. With that little extra inch on each pillow, the size of the queen will be much more noticeable. Also, feel free to add (2) Euro Sham Pillows – Bigger Bed, bigger (and more) pillows.Feel free to replace the (2) Decorative Pillows with (1) Bolster, but make sure you pick a LARGE Bolster in this case. Going with smaller Decorative Pillows/Bolsters, would make the bed look smaller then it is.
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    Simple and clean lines.
  4. King Bed:The King Size Bed is my absolute favourite size of bed. Not only because it gives me the opportunity for lots of pillows, but also because I have lots space to sleep and move around (I am tall, active and need my space when it comes to stressful days / nightmare times). I’d recommend using besides the (2) King Sleeping Pillows (Make sure you buy the King Size Sleeping Pillows AND the King Size Cover!!), (2) King Shams and (2) 20″ Square Decorative Pillows. Now the fun begins, because you can easily add (3) Euro Sham Pillows to that Bed, too. Unstoppable. Incredible.
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    Another interesting combination with (2) Bolster and (2) Square Pillows (thecolumbia.club)
  5. Daybed:A Daybed does not have to be just a daybed, sitting in the corner of a room. If it is an additional bed in your office, barely used? Take it as an advantage. Make it cozy and inviting. I’d recommend using (2) Sleeping Pillows and (3) Euro Shams. If more space allows (and the husband) use (2) Standard Shams to fully cozy it up.Besides, the (2) small Bolsters on each end are a MUST. Classic and chic.
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Inviting Pillow Arrangement

This said, there are many options and even my rules are not applying to every interior design project I have been working on. So, do what feels right.

And if Mr. Right doesn’t agree – (maybe after a pillow fight he will notice that more pillows are an advantage for more fun..) there will be always plenty of time to sneak in one or two more pillows without him even noticing. 😉

Cheers,
Sina

PS. Stay Tuned with the hints & highlights. In one of my next Blog Posts, I will talk about the most current and stylish Pillows you can get or your money these days.

 

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Me with all the Love to You ♥ Picture taken at Vitra in Germany.