How to enhance an empty Wall Space

Haven’t we all been there when there is that one empty wall in our space that does need some attention but we really have no clue what to do with it?!

Lets be excited about it and see it as a great opportunity for more.

I got you 5 tricks to fill your wall beautifully

  • First of (w)all, think of the wall becoming functional in your day to day life. Are you in need of more storage space? Could that wall possibly hold some shelves that can be used as an extra storage space? Depending on your area and if you like the wall to be not only beautifully decorated but also functional, this might be a win-win situation. Or go totally nuts on plants. Plants are always a good ideas ๐Ÿ˜‰ Please see blow jungle.
Shelf Accents
  • Wallpaper – There are lot of patterns out there that blow my mind. Plus, you don’t have to go the big way – You can easily order some self adhesive paper online for example from Walmart or Amazon. It’s less expensive, easy to apply and will be save to your walls (in case its a rental).
    Find below some of my fave patterns that are available online.
  • Paint – If you are not the “pattern” or “wallpaper” type of person, pick a colour that fits to your space and adds to your cohesive style.
    I personally stick to light and bright colours, but some of the dark navy blue and dark grey tones are moody chic and have drown my attention lately.
  • Wall Sculptures – I personally love wall sculptures.
    If not with a paint colour or wallpaper print, a wall sculptures can do the difference. My top favourite and timeless wall decor are the Muuto Dots.
    They are functional (great hangers for bags, hats and more) as well as they look funky and fresh. They come in different colours, finishes and sizes.

Mirrors – Mirrors are always a good idea, but in some spots they aren’t at all. I am totally agreeing to it, if there was a window across the spot showcasing a green scenery.
Its a great thing having the mirror reflecting the woods or other green sceneries that are calm and something that you would like to see inside your home. However,ย I won’t recommend a mirror, if it reflects anyย sort of bad โ€œFormsโ€ outside the window. With โ€œFormsโ€ I’d include an electric pole, electric wires, pipes and others. A mirror could bring those negative energies inside.

Picture from Pinterest.com

I hope you guys enjoyed my little blog posts.

Happy Thursday
xoxo – Sina

Online decor finds under $50

As most of you know, we moved into our sweet new home in December and we are still landscaping & building the driveway. Where the money goes right now is very clear. Not into my “little” interior design projects.

This said, I am super keen on decorating the space on a lower budget and one of my main go-to’s are Amazon & Wayfair at the moment (besides thrifting here and there downtown).

Let me show you below 5 decor pieces that I have found online (and some of them already purchased) that are under CDN$50.00 this week.

  1. The Antique Gold Hands Bookends
    –> For only $43 you can tidy up your books and use them to add some sophisticated look to your room. Chic and useful.

2. The Abstract White Human Figure
–> I love Abstract. Posters, Sculptures… anything that adds glam to my home. I cannot forget this super chic abstract white human figure. God forgive me if I have to place another order soon. ๐Ÿ™‚
This figure is only $28.99 (and patiently sitting in my checkout)

Tip: Pair it up with some abstract posters. See below some pictures of the posters and the sculpture. Match Match. #3.

3. Desenio Posters
–> Desenio has currently a Poster SALE. I placed already an order, but I could find more blank walls in our new home to find a reason to get more to be honest. The abstract posters caught my eyes, but to stick to the rule “bringing the nature into our home” I added an abstract poster and a whale poster that adds some dramatic. Please see my last choice of posters below.
Why the whale? Try to stick with something you love. Whale wahle, my man love whales, so it’s basically a win-win.

Tip: Use my code “Sinamolnar” to get extra 15% off at your checkout.

4. The Umbra Trigg Hanging Planter
–> Who doesn’t know umbra? I love the brand. A Set of two Hanging Planters for only $16.00. I ordered them a couple weeks ago and I use them for my small snake plants – you can use them for basically anything that is small and needs to be stored. I love the white and gold look but they are available as well in brass, if that fits better to your style.

5. The Gold Geometric Candle Holder
–> Another item patiently sitting in my checkout ready to come home.
Available in Gold, Black or Rose Gold. A great small accent that shows off big times – only $7.99

I hope you liked my finds of the week. They are all online available.
Btw, I do not get any credits for amazon purchases.

Leave a comment! Thank you and have a wonderful long weekend.

xoxox
Sina

6 Questions to ask a Designer before you hire one

The day has finally come and you bought your dream house that needs to be furnished or you finally have enough money and time to renovate your bathroom, but… where do you start? After reviewing many options and possibilities and many many many ideas on Pinterest and IG, you can get very fast and easy simply overwhelmed.

Hiring a Designer is a great idea when it comes to renovations, staging and simply creating a space you feel 100% comfortable and yourself.
A Designer knows trades, has experience and gets sometimes incredible designer discounts working close with dealerships and manufactures.

I bet that Google will spit you a dozen designers and some of them are even just in the same town as you are. Great! But, which designer is your designer? Pick out 3 designers, book a consultation and start asking questions.

6 Questions to ask a Designer before you hire one

This article is made for everyone who is looking for a designer and don’t know where to start. I recently had written a full article about how to master the initial interior design consultation, which was giving tips to designers in first place, but can be inspiring for clients as well.

  1. Would you mind walking me through your portfolio please?
    There are many many designers with a great portfolio and some of them showcasing a lot of pictures, but not so much of an explanation how they got there. It’s very helpful to understand the designer’s thought and see it through their eyes. The best way to get to know the designer is through his/her past projects and finish/colour/product choices. You will learn very quickly if the designer is on the same page as you, style wise and character wise.
  2. What brands and manufacturers do you admire and work with most?
    This question is very interesting as there are many many many manufacturers and possible trades out there. You would like to make sure that your designer has the right relationships with the manufacturers and trades that provide the products you a) love and b) actually afford. Choosing a designer with the right relationships to manufacturers and product experience is necessary.
  3. Do you understand what I want?
    Good Design means mainly problem solving. Hiring the right person will help you solve the problems. Good design is only possible if the Designer understands the client’s needs and ideas. To verify that you have been understood 100% by your designer is nothing to be ashamed of. Also, give your designer as much as information as you can, weather it is something you like or really don’t like, to create a solution much faster and based on your desire.
  4. How does a design process with you look like?
    This question is very important and should be asked to clarify the whole design process in the very beginning. Hiring a Designer means putting a lot of trust in one person. The bathroom renovation or the big purchase for a new home is a big chapter for you and should be as clear as possible throughout the whole process. The best way to understand the process is having it written out. I call it agreement, some call it contract. It outlines every single step as detailed as possible where the designer will guide you through the process and where he/she wouldn’t. Make sure that you understand the agreement before signing.
  5. What’s the timeframe for this project?
    Agreed, it’s not easy to set a firm time frame for an interior design project, but an estimated time frame shall be possible. This should be usually outlined in the agreement as well.
  6. Is there anything else I should know about you as a designer or about the way you work?
    Round up the questionnaire with an open and simple question. Is the designer excited about the opportunity to give more information? are you important to her/him?
    If the designer is willing to give more insights about the way he/she works and puts effort in to make you understand his/her way of working with clients, you will quick realize if you guys are on the same page. I personally take as much as time as I can during my first consultation. This way it shows potential clients that I am open and listening and giving as much as information as they need to hear to feel 100% comfortable.

I hope this article helped in choosing the right designer for your project.
If you are interested in meeting me and asking all those questions ๐Ÿ˜‰
please send me an email, call or comment below. I offer free design consultations on site or at your nearest coffee shop location within Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler.

Please find my portfolio here.
Happy Tuesday!

xoxo
Sina

Extra Storage but Chic & WOW

Isn’t storage always something we need? Especially when it comes to clothes and shoes? I DO need lots storage, but I am also kind of looking for extra storage that blends into my bedroom, doesn’t take too much space and that looks super chic. To much to ask? No! Keep it simple with chic & clean lines.

6 Tips to achieve the ultimate chic extra storage look:

  1. I am not a huuuge IKEA fan but I love the Malm Dresser. I don’t care if everyone has them. I have them and I have them my way. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    When it comes to a simple dresser with lots room, I am still going for it. Why not? The great thing is, the dresser comes in different sizes.
    I added two 4-Drawer Chests in white together to make it bigger.
  2. Add Greens. To add a bit more personality I picked two snake plants that join me in my bedroom. One 6″ Pot that goes perfectly on the middle of both Dressers and one 10″ Pot besides the dresser to round up the space between dresser and bed. As already explained in my previous blog post, snake plants are an absolute MUST in any bedroom. Why? Read here more.
    If you’re interested in plants, please feel free to visit my website www.vanteriorplants.com
  3. Candles. To give your bedroom a cozy flair candles are the easiest choice. You can get them in any size and any shape for any budget.
    I picked mine from CB2 in Vancouver. I love the “Brass Candle Bowl” for only $20. This candle brings coziness, but also the glam glam effect into my bedroom.
  4. Jewelry Box. Sort out the jewelry you’re not wearing. Sell them on Marketplace, exchange them in a clothing swap or simply give them away. Pick a jewelry box that fits all your jewelry that’s left, but also suits your style. I picked a mirrored jewelry box that doesn’t take too much space on my dresser, but fits all my fave pieces. I got it a long time ago from Winners, but if you’re looking for something similar chic, I’d recommend the “Oro Champagne Gold Box” from Cb2 as well as the “Small White Marble Box“. Yes, I do love Cb2, but there is also others that caught my eye such as “Abbey Collection Jewelry Box” from Amazon for only $30.00. Chic Chic.
  5. Pictures / Posters. I love the Desenio posters. I am obsessed with their minimal abstract posters and I just can’t get enough. Check out their website and comment below your thoughts. Which ones are your favourites? Please find below some of my fave pieces from Desenio.

  6. Color scheme. Go with a color scheme that you can find within your whole bedroom first of all. I love white furniture with black, rose and gold accents and I sticked to it throughout my whole bedroom design. It looks very glamorous, but still bold. The white dresser doesn’t seem to take away too much room compared to if it was Walnut or anything similar in a darker finish. I’d recommend to stick to white furniture as you can always pop it up with accents in the end (and it’s much more cost effective to changeup the accessories instead the furniture pieces).


Please find some of my fave Desenio pictures on the left for your inspiration:

Thank you for dropping by. I hope you guys got inspired.
Have a great week.

Xoxoxo
Sina

Plants in your Bedroom? YES!

I am a big plant lover. I love being surrounded by those lovely creatures anytime anywhere. Nature is a big part of my life and inspires me every time I am hiking backcountry.

So, we know that we like to have plants around us, but can we have them in our bedroom? Many of my clients asked me this question and my answer is yes everytime!

Many plants are harmful, but some of the plants are absolute helpful and you should consider having those in your bedroom for a better & healthier sleep.

Please find below a list of plants that are more then welcome to accompany your beauty sleep.

The Snake Plant

The Snake Plant is an absolute special plant and one of my favourites.
And not only mine. NASA believes in the snake plant and list it on the top 10-air-purifying plants. One big reason is that the snake plant converts CO2 into 02 at night. Most of the plants only do so during the day.

Lavender

You may already know that Lavender is one of the best-known natural remedy for sleep and relaxation. Due to a lot of research, studies investigated that lavender odor improved sleep quality in a wide array of study participants.

English Ivy

Back to NASA’s list: The English Ivy. It reduced airborne particles of fecal matter by an average of more then 94% over 12 hours and levels of mold in the air went down by 78.5%. Heads up: If you have pets – keep it out of their reach.

Orchids, Succulents and Bromeliads

Those lovely plants are increasing the air quality at night. Most plants are absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide at night, but those wonders are rebellious and take in carbon diocese and release oxygen during the p.m. hours. The air is kept fresh at night. Who doesn’t want little working minions at night while sleeping?

In my opinion, mother’s nature is an absolute amazing and inspiring system. I can’t read enough about it and I hope this little introduction to plants was informative for you.

Please comment below if you have any questions or if you like to add another fave bedroom plant to the list?

If you are located in Squamish, B.C. Canada, Whistler or Vancouver, please feel free to visit me at my Home Studio. I am happy to show you around and introduce you to many plants that are looking for a home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Saturday!
XoXo

Sina

Your checklist for an Easy and Cheap Way to improve your living room today

Move your Rug:
This is very important if you do have a rug in your living room. This is why I bring it up in the very beginning. I recommend to ensure your rug is located correctly and speaks positively with the rest of your surrounding furniture and decor. Have the rug sliding at least 10″ below the sofa and/or your lounge chairs. A rug creates a cozy area and is a beautiful statement, but it also can tore apart the area if it is “floating” between furniture and doesn’t have it’s “destination”. See below two examples how a rug can be placed.

How to do it:

How not to do it:

Tip: You may have noticed that in order to be able to move your rug into the right position, the rug shall be big enough for your room in first place. Big rugs make the room feel bigger, even though they may take much more space.

Warm Lighting:
Lighting in general is essential to set the ambient in a room.
To cozy up on a nice evening without having the full light blasting a light warm lighting fixture is the answer.
If you are about to go and get yourself a side table lamp next to your couch, get a dimmable lighting fixture. It will make your life so much easier. Trust me. If you already have your side table lamp, check the base of the bulb how much wattage it takes max. Go and buy a warm light bulb. It makes a huge difference. If it requires an LED bulb, go with flower kelvin number. This means the light will appear more yellow then white or blue.

I am showcasing below 3 of the lighting fixtures I adore by Muuto. A scandinavian brand so simple but WOW. And of course, they are all dimmable.

Decorative Items:
Be creative with decorative items. Some items might not be as “decorative” as for others. Once myself, I framed an old napkin or a receipt out of an old receipt book and put it on my self. Simple and cheap, but not everyone is the same. Find your simple & cheap decor that pops up your living room and underlines your stye. I’d recommend to visit a thrift store to get ideas and get inspired. It always works for me and while being there, you might find some good old gem.

Tip: If you don’t want to find yourself in the next thrift store close by you, take one of your old books and place them on your coffee table. A candle on top of 3-4 stacked books will do it as well. Books are interesting to open conversations but also a great way to decorate your space.

Plants make a difference:
Plants make a huge difference if you ask me. They are not only beautiful and some of them are flowering here and then, they also clean the air for you. I love plants and I can’t get enough of sake plants, fiddle leaf fig trees and cacti. If you feel like you are in need of a plant, but you are scarred to kill them, go with the one and only: the Snake Plant. It comes in different varieties and sizes and it’s super hard to kill. It doesn’t need much love and is one of the best plants cleaning your air.
Feel free and check out my plant store in Squamish or online at:

http://www.vanteriorplants.com

Frame Pictures:
We all know that feeling, having hundreds of pictures of the last vacation on the phone, but we never really have time to look at them, while they droning after hundreds of new pictures that have been taken the following day.
Show your pictures. Share your story.
And I don’t mean tattoo your story on your body, simply get a frame (thrift store? Facebook Market place?) and print your favourit pictures. Pictures that make you smile and take you back will bring good feelings in you and they look pretty on your sideboard. They can be a reason to start a good conversation as well.

Wallpaper up your room:
I know what you’re thinking: “This can’t be done. I live in a rental space.” Or “this is way too much work”. No! I know an easy & cheap way that requires only a bit of creativity. I love the Amazon Adhesive golden Tape (see link and picture below) that I can simply stick to any wall without damaging it.
My next project is the powder room. Stay tuned.

Amazon – CS Hyde Gold Metalized Polyester with Acrylic Adhesive .0022″ Thick

Picture example form Citychicdecor.com

Pillow Party Paradise:
You may know that I am obsessed with pillows. If not, now you know ๐Ÿ˜‰
I love this cozy and comfy type of accessory that does not only bring you comfort and invites you to rest, but pillows also can be the highlight in your living room on your sofa, window sill or anywhere else you like to be comfortable. Pick a fun colour! Go bold! Or go with a seasonal style.

Thank you for your time. I hope you guys enjoyed my checklist.

Happy Thursday Evening.
Sina

Pictures are sourced from the following websites:

https://www.rugandhome.com/blogs/decorating-guide/17369272-rugs-101-selecting-a-rug-size
https://www.homedepot.com/b/Flooring-Rugs/N-5yc1vZarfm
https://freshome.com/12-living-room-rug-ideas/
https://nwrugs.com/blogs/loveofrugs/12710709-top-7-rug-tips
Houzz.com
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/87679523972631928/
Muuto.com
http://www.citychicdecor.com
http://www.pixabay.com

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. โ™ฅ
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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 โ™ฅ Picture taken at Vitra in Germany.