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 😉
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

Modern Chic Home Decor under $25

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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Cheers,
Sina

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