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. 😉
    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

How to Work with a Designer?

For some of you it might seems very simple finding the right designer: Google –> Best designer in town –> Paying a bunch of $$ and awaiting results that reflect your inner dreams.
Exactly, your inner dreams and desire of your space!

We are designers, but not magicians.

To be clear from the start, we are talking about creative work. Design is intelligence having fun. No doubt, but there is so much more to it.

Finding the right designer and working together in a way, that we can produce a positive outcome in a timely manner. This is a checklist, knowing what to do and what to expect when hiring a designer.

Those are your first steps hiring successful your designer.

Find below 5 bulletproof points on your checklist you should know about before hiring a designer (or while you’re looking for one!):

  1. Know your Budget

Many times I have been to consultations where potential clients knowing what they want, but they have no budget in mind. 0.
I understand that the whole process can be very overwhelming and many steps are unknown, but we do know how much money we have in our pocket and are willing to spent. Trust me, it’s nothing scary to communicate your options. It will be much easier within the process to start with a clean slate.
When it comes to that question, we are asking to figure out your overall budget. How far can the design go in quantity and material of the furniture, millwork etc. We will base our choices and recommendations on that budget, which will make it much easier returning with a style guide and ideas, knowing the client will be able to afford it. Nothing worse then showcasing furniture that won’t be accessible, due to money aspects. This also occurs to a much faster result, where we come to our next point of view.

Know your Budget!

2. Time is Money

Depending on your communication with the designer, design service may include 4-6 revisions based on the options you would like to see, maybe it include only 2-3 revisions? All depending on your inquiry. But please keep in mind that more work means more time which means = it will cost you more.
Some Designers are working off a design service flat fee – which works – but only if it outlines for example how many revisions this flat fee includes. Any additional work done outside that agreement, will be billed as usually per hour. There is no way around it. Work is work.
Tip: If you’re unsure what you want, communicate that to the designer and take the time to look through your Pinterest with your Designer finding helpful information you like and dislike.

Keep in mind that time is money.

3. Recognizing that our Job is a JOB

You may think by now – I have the best idea – I call my friend, she is a great designer and would love to help. How often have we called friends and family member for help in whatever they are good at? Asking my aunt for her great recipe, asking my dad for help with the PC trouble. Lot’s of time we call the people we know. Calling you designer friend for some tips and tricks may happen, too. And I am pretty sure they would love to take some time out of their busy designer life for you. But, many times, it takes a lot of time. It results in many hours, bringing up ideas, communicating with manufactures, furniture stores, making sure you’re getting the designer discount, taking some phone calls etc etc.
It may look like it’s “just a quick consultation for tips and tricks”, but as we all know – some tips and recommendations may lead into further questions or requiring additional assistance. Your friend will automatically do what it takes to not disappoint. All this work is time consuming. That said, it’s hard work. Please recognize that. If you have a friend or family member that is a designer, please value their work and if they keep offering their help finishing a project with you, thank them and pay them!
This is not a Hobby – It is a JOB!

Please value our job!

4. Plan way ahead

Many Designers having a wait list. Get on it! As soon as you know you are going to built, renovate or whatsoever which include a designer in the (near) future – plan ahead of time. Save your frustration being on a wait list that will not make the deadline.
Besides, if your designer of your choice would be available sooner then later, furniture or millwork might not be on time. Keep in mind, that some furniture will take it’s time to be manufactured. For example Office Furniture from Knoll is taking an approx. time of 8 Weeks including manufacturing, shipping, delivery and installation.
Also, please allow the designer proper time to figure out the concept and do revisions before ordering can begin. It’s totally doable, but plan ahead.

Begin to plan as early as you can.

5. Talk to us

Always talk to us. We are a service industry and we may or may not have everything designed the way you 100% like it. Before moving on for example ordering the final parts per area – please speak up! It’s ok to ask for changes. It would be much worse to not say anything and the final order is submitted, that can’t be changed or cancelled – especially items made to order.

Communication between client and designer is essential!

I hope this helps on your exciting journey working with a designer! If you have any questions, please let me know.
Feel free to leave a comment below.


Ready to book your free design consultation today?
Let’s meet on site. Find here more about my services.


Can’t meet on site within the Greater Vancouver Area, Squamish or Whistler? No worries – we can work easily together
through “E-Design”. A Design Service offered through the world wide web.

Cheers,
Sina

7 Ways to make your Beauty Sleep a better experience

Waking up powerful and ready to take on the next day’s challenge? Isn’t that what we are all looking for ? Getting good sleep?

But can we make the moments that effect our overall health, even more exciting when going to bed and waking up? Yes we can!

Good sleep = good mood is not only caused’ by a good mattress, there is much more how we can influence our mood. The environment overall is the key.

Find below 7 Ways to make your Beauty Sleep a better experience when waking up and going to bed.

  1. Mattress: Very obvious is the fact that a good mattress is the key for a good sleep. Not the only one, but a good reason to give more thoughts. It’s important that money is saved on other expenses, but not on your mattress. We basically using the mattress approx. 6-8 hours daily. We may or may not feel the symptoms of a bad mattress right away, but it can cause’ a lot of damage in the future to your body. One of the real good mattress that I experienced myself is called “ENDY“. It’s a canadian product and is made out of three layers of polyurethane foam that are CertiPur-US certified. They are amongst the highest and safest grades of foam available in North America.
  2. Lighting: How much light do you expose in your bedroom? Do you have side table lamps? What kind of bulbs are you using? Lighting plays a big role and can set our mood before we even know it. I’d recommend using warm light, that will bring coziness and at the same time brightness into your room. Your bedside table lamp shall be bright enough to support your ability to read a book or magazine, but it shouldn’t bother your eyes at the same time. I’d recommend a lighting fixture that comes with a defuser. The Muuto Control Lamp and Muuto Cosy in white Lamp are a perfect example to set your mood the way you want it.
  3. Materials: A little less obvious to some of us is that the materials that are used in a bedroom, effecting us as well. Metal, Stone and Concrete feel more cold and less inviting compared to Wood and Fabric. For example if you have Concrete flooring, I’d recommend placing a rug in your bedroom. That will make the overall look cozy and looks comfortable and inviting.
  4. Decor: Sometimes we are forgetting placing decor into our bedroom, where we spend through much more time then we think. Its the little things such as plants, flowers, candles and books that can make a whole difference in appearance overall. Think of adding picture frames, that make your bedroom a bit more playful. Prints can be changed once in a while to keep it interesting. Also, adding personal pictures are a great way to make yourself surrounded by memories you love. That’s an instant formula to feel comfortable.
  5. Color: Set the right tone for your bedroom. Picking warm and natural tone colours are very effective to feel comfortable and relaxed in your bed. This said, have you thought about picking a warm paint colour and paint your bedroom walls – maybe even just one? If you love bright and colourful, how about decorating it with bight coloured vases, candles or picture frames? Those can be always replaced once you may get over a certain colour.
  6. Bedding: Do your bed! Every morning! Being tidy and repeatedly doing your bed in the morning can be sometimes very draining, but studies have proofed that an organized bed will give us the energy and good will to feel overall organized and together in your life. A good way to start the morning, wouldn’t it? Tip on the side, after washing and drying your bedding, put the bedding a quick minute into the dyer again before putting it on the bed – this way you can make sure that your bedding is wrinkle-free and looks even more fresh & clean.

Have a wonderful Weekend and a good beauty sleep 🙂

Xoxo, 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.