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 😉 Please see blow jungle.
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, I won’t recommend a mirror, if it reflects any sort of bad “Forms” outside the window. With “Forms” I’d include an electric pole, electric wires, pipes and others. A mirror could bring those negative energies inside.
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.
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. 🙂 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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Pillow Party Paradise: You may know that I am obsessed with pillows. If not, now you know 😉 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.
Guess where I spent some time this weekend on? AMAZON. That’s right. Who doesn’t love good deals and fast shipping. Well I do. A lot. I usually spend every second day checking out deals on Amazon.
And basically, I order on amazon weekly. Mostly decorative items.
Keeping all my finds? Nope!
I basically change my decor a lot around the house. Not only seasonal, but monthly. It’s fun and what’s fun shouldn’t be too hard on your budget, right? What I don’t like anymore or needs a change goes on Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. An absolute great way to exchange decor, besides Amazon.
Below You can find links to (6) Modern Chic Home Decor under $25.00 that is easy accessible on Amazon.
Cheap and Cheerful Amazon
Crystal Candle Holder – Get cozy with this chic Vincigant Gold Hollow Crystal Tealight Candle Holder. This candle holder is not only glamorous, but it’s setting a cozy mood and is a must in every living room.
Marble Tray – excellent decor for your Guest Bathroom / Powder Room. Weather you use it for Towels or other bathroom supplies, your articles are presented in a fashionable way and will leave an elegant statement with your guests. The tray is currently on this list as it just hits the budget of CDN$25.02. What a deal!
Light a Jar Candle – The Chesapeake Bay Candle burns approx. 50 hours. The natural wooden lids add a special touch to the jar candles and the sofa coloured frosted jar candles allow the light of the flam to shine through when burning. Those candles are a practical solutions for bathrooms and hallways. Overall a great gift for only CDN$16.90
Leopard Pillow Cases – Cozy up with two luxury Pillow Cases in leopard print. 2 pieces for only CDN$17.99 – no-one can beat that glam.
The Pineapple – One of my favourite accessories that never gets old – Get stylish and make a point with the Bloomingville White & Gold Ceramic Pineapple for only CDN$28.77 (originally CDN$41.42). Measurements: 3.5L x 9.4H x 3.5W
Laptop sleeve Bag – A stunning marble laptop sleeve bag in a marble look is just the right accessory to store your laptop on the go and at home. I just placed the order for one for myself and I cannot wait to carry my laptop around in this chic designed bag, especially when visiting clients. Hell ya, first impression is everything.
Happy Treasure Tuesday!
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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!):
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 freedesign consultation today? Let’s meet on site. Find here more about my services.
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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:
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!)
Pier 1 has that cute fuzzy pillow in oversized 24″x24″ with an adorable pattern for only $39.95
Round up your design with those Mini fur round Pillows from Westelm.
Love the Lily Pillow from EQ3. Modern & great fall colours.
For only $39.00 you’d get the 20×20 Accent Pillow from Urbanbarn to brighten up your space.
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.