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. πŸ˜‰
    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

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 πŸ˜‰
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

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

Why I’d recommend a Knoll Generation Task Chair?

There are a lot of Task Chairs out there and I totally understand that it can get overwhelming looking for options.

Research

The truth is, research is the base. There are companies they spent a lot of money and time trying to figure our the best features of the best Task Chair. But, in the end, it comes down to a simple but time consuming task:
Evaluating the habits of a couple hundreds of people working, collaborating and simply using the Task Chairs on a daily basis. How do they use their Task Chairs? What features are in their advantage? Are there features that aren’t provided yet that could benefit the user?

Knoll

This is where Knoll comes in play. They went the extra mile and spent a lot of time and incredible hard work to gather their knowledge, using it in interest building something incredible: “The Generation Task Chair”.

Why I’d recommend a Knoll Generation Task Chair?

Throughout their research, Knoll built this magnificent and I’d almost say, smart Task Chair. Let me introduce you to a couple outstanding features as per below:

  • The Frameless Flex Back fuses two elements: high performance elastomeric Flex Back Net that cradles your back, providing integral lumbar support, and figure 8 structure enables multidimensional movement.
  • Continuous Lumbar carries the lumbar support from the back into the arms to support side sitting
Generation Task Chair. Picture provided by Knoll Media Bank.
  • The Arms are attached to the Back and not to the Seat, which is mostly common for Task Chairs. The Flex Seat offers 270 degrees of unobstructed seat edge. This allows the user lots movement to collaborate with colleagues or real sideways in the Chair. Please see picture below.
Knoll Task Chairs in action. Pictures provided by Knoll Media Bank.
  • Something that every Task Chair should have is the Dynamic Suspensionβ„’ that offers weight-compensated. With that feature every user will be automatically supported based on their weight without any additional adjustments. You and your babe can use the same Chair while the Suspension is working for both of you. *YAY*

Based on the features of this Task Chair and my experience with several different ones, just simply lead me to my favourite Task Chair.
The Knoll Generation Task Chair.
Which, by the way, I am using myself in my Office on a daily basis.
And I am happy! On a daily basis πŸ˜‰

You can find lots more features that I haven’t mentioned above online.
Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or consultation request. I am happy to help you finding your perfect Task Chair.

I hope you will find the Task Chair of your DREAMS.

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:Β 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 πŸ™‚

Xoxo, Sina

Black Friday in Vancouver

Ready??? It’s time for the Black Friday in Vancouver and it feels like t’s getting better and better every year. I shouldn’t actually hit the stores again, but oh well, Black Friday is only once a year πŸ˜‰

I did my little research and found a couple amazing deals online and in stores.

7 Best Deals you can find on Black Friday in Vancouver:

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  1. Totally in love with the Feuille Pants from Aritzia. $133.20 instead of $148.00
    Aritzia is offering up to 50% off on Black Friday.
  2. H&M got some special deals before Friday, but the best time to go shopping is last but not least FRIDAY! Watch out for the best deals tomorrow with this sweet Sunglasses for $6.99 instead of $17.99.
  3. If you’re looking for some real Glam Wall Decor, this is the day. CB2 offers those super glam Monroe Monstera Leaves for the wall for $249.00 instead of $349.00 for this Black Friday!
  4. To be true, I always find some real good deals at Hudson’s Bay. This time I’m stocked to see the Coach x Selena Crossbody Bag on sale for only $187.50 instead of $375.00. Besides that it is made out of refined calf leather, it looks adorable with its details.
  5. The Metro City Wall Art is special and not everybody’s at the same time. I think it gives so much energy and action, but at the same time it’s deep, settled and stunning. Sort of a standstill in NYC that never happens. Very magical.
  6. One of my favourite Shoe Store is Steve Madden. This shoe is still available and still one of my favourites – the Steve Madden Devyn Shoe – now available for only $49.98 instead of $80.00. Some of you might think that this is more of a summer shoe, but who doesn’t store an extra pair fo high heels and/or comfy shoe at their office? This shoe is iconic and simple and elegant at the same time. Effective awesomeness all year around.
  7. One of my favourite new stores I love to visit is NAKD. They are offering 30% off on Black Friday, but their items aren’t too pricy anyways, but great material. That said, you can get real good deals. This Playsuit went down from $45.95 to only $18.38. Hell yaaa! Lets play!

 

Any questions? Recommendations? Please let me know and comment below.

Happy Shopping!
Sina

Cozy Fall Fashion & Interior

Cozy up with my Cozy Fall Fashion and Interior “Hint & Highlights“. β™₯

It’s the time o the year and as much as I am looking forward to this crazy cool Christmas Party coming Saturday, I am also really looking forward to cozy up and snuggle with my man on Sunday at home. There is nothing more in the world I can wish for (and maybe a new pair of leopard boots!).

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  1. Some Blackberry Absinthe Diffuser are always handy – I personally like them in the bathroom. Make sure you turn the wood reeds upside-down about every week. That’s how you keep the smell flowing.
  2. This hairband is just so awesome that I bought already multiple colours.. It drys super quick, looks great and cute with its little bowtie AND it does what its meant to be for – it keeps your hair out of your face.
  3. If you haven’t noticed yet, The Cross also offers jewelry besides Furniture and other cute little Home Decor items. My current fave is this adorable necklace with the Double Hearts. So romantic.
  4. The Tibetan Lamb White Pillow is always on my list and HAS to be mentioned in this article – coziness overload.
  5. I love Vintage and so do I love this Vintage Cotton Pajamas. 100% Cotton and currently on Sale at Nordstrom.
  6. Cozy up under this blanket with your sweetheart. Maybe some popcorn and a good movie, too? 100% Cotton and only $29.99 from Ikea.
  7. It does not only look good in your hand it also delivers hot chocolate straight to your mouth – if you want to. This real classy mug is 22K Gold for only $13.99 on sale at The Bay.
  8. When I saw these the other day I couldn’t even decide which colour my favourite is. So I had to leave and think about it before I’d buy more then one pair. Those pom pom slippers are just adorable, cute and super comfy staying at home for some snuggle time.
  9. One hot chocolate (I cannot drink coffee – not handling coffin real well) and one Croissant please. πŸ˜‰ Order some hot stuff from your babe this weekend from this handy tray. What up?
  10. Last but not least – have the right setting for the cozy day and night time with your darling. Those Christa Tealight Holders will brighten up your night, but just as much as you need it to….

Happy Friday and a great start into the week. β™₯
Sina

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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