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4.22.2015

WORDS OF WISDOM WEDNESDAY {HAPPY EARTH DAY}

"Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race. There are people dying if you care enough for the living. Make it a better place for you and for me..."

Last week, as the hubby and I were driving we came to a stop light only to witness this guy emptying his car of all its garbage, dumping it right onto the street as all the liquid in the cups spilled out - all the while only less than seven steps away from the city garbage container next to his parked car. Needless to say, we were repulsed by seeing it and often wonder what goes on in the minds of someone like that? In this case, I guess nothing.

Earth day is such an excellent time to stop and appreciate the beautiful home that God went to great lengths to prepare for us - called Earth. He's given us this planet with all the amazing gifts that nature provides us without charge. We're in effect, given free tenancy. Reflecting upon this fact is a powerful tool in helping us to maintain our beautiful earthly home. Instead of proving to be a bad tenant - ruining the earth, let today be the day that each of us as an individual view it as our duty to save the environment's beauty by doing our part. This is our planet! Let's protect it, let's nurture nature, so that we can benefit by having a better future. If you can't clean your surrounding, then don't make it dirty.

Nature is our treasure. Help save it!



4.21.2015

Tuesday Thoughts {The Mondrian Hotel}


All I've been thinking about lately is LA, specifically the Mondrian Hotel with its restaurant, its outdoor living room, the Skybar {especially the weekend loud DJ parties at the pool area}, the rooms, the stunning city views and more importantly, their Sunday brunch mimosas! I just can't stop thinking of the lovely time we spent there over a month ago. When we lived in BH, I used to think our occasional dinners at the herringbone were special, but after spending a week enjoying all the hotel has to offer, this is now one of the number one favorite homes away from home for the hubby and I. As of late whenever it rains, which is pretty much every other day around here, it instantly has me daydreaming of the Mondrian Hotel in LA. Matter of fact, I'm feeling nostalgic for LA right now.







If you're a fan of seafood and pizza, I highly recommend this tasty seafood pizza on the brunch menu


*this is not a sponsored post.



4.20.2015

Console Table Craving


I've been on an endless search for the right size console table to anchor the back of our sofa that's now floating in the middle of our open concept space. It's been a real challenge finding the right one that I like within the measurements that I need. I'm a huge fan of a console table behind a sofa for the overall appearance that it gives to a space, especially if you have a room that feels cold and somewhat disjointed. It presents a great way to enhance your furniture placement and provide a cozier atmosphere, which I'm after in our living room. Its versatility makes it such a beautiful and functional accent piece that it can be used almost anywhere in the home. You can use it in an entryway to create a welcoming vignette and a place to put keys when you walk in the door, for storage in the living room or to dress up the back of a sofa as is my goal in this instance. Other than maximizing available space in a room, placing a console table front and center behind a sofa creates a spacious impression and might I add, an air of elegance that is quite enchanting, particularly when it's dressed up with strategically arranged decorative items {such as with two beautiful lamps on each end, glass vessels, a stack of favorite books, vases, candles and/or favorite personal assorted objects, including photographs} in varying heights.

{One of the tables I like from the West Elm console tables collection}



{This mini white console table from CB2's collection is the cutest, but the scale will not work for what I need, which is a bummer cause I really like it!}

More console/sofa table inspirations:

{My top favorite would-be-choice, until I saw the price tag. Definitely not for a rental}

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4.17.2015

Grateful Moments

"Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had."

~ Appreciated the time spent with friends under this lovely ceiling for a most appetizing brunch on a beautiful sunny Spring day ~

The above quote speaks to me today after feeling overwhelmed with how my week was. Totally had to forego several posts I'd planned to write this week due to other projects that I'm currently working on, but primarily because I've been super busy handling the hubby's business as the PR/Administrative manager. My task list runs so long lately, I've been wondering if I'll ever catch up. Honestly, there's just not enough hours in the day. It seems that by the time I'm done with a couple of the 'must get done' things, my energy is gone and I can't accomplish what's on my 'wish to-do list'.

~ Chelsea Market drape in small white lights ~

~ This new sweet Paris pillow case cover - a much spring-y choice to encase my furry Mongolian throw pillow for the spring/summer ~

~ The perfect spring/summer clutch that I'd love to see among my collection ~

~ Ombre spiky petals gracing the vanity tray this week ~

Happy Friday!



4.10.2015

Grateful Moments

"Sometimes I feel that life is passing me by, not slowly either, but with ropes of steam and spark-spattered wheels and a hoarse roar of power or terror. It's passing, yet I'm the one who's doing all the moving. I'm not the station, I'm not the stop: I'm the train. ~ Martin Amis

~ Fragrance of the moment in our home ~

As packed with appointments and commitments as my schedule was this week, you'd think it would outline the days activities much better in my head. Racing against the clock all week, with the days just bleeding right into each other so fast, it completely escaped me that today was Friday to the extent that I almost forgot about my chiropractor's appointment this morning! Looking forward to going to a friend's house for the first time for drinks and appetizers tomorrow evening, which will be a nice change of pace for us, since we usually are the entertainers. And on Sunday, we'll be taking some friends to brunch with us. Definitely a far departure from what this week has been like. What are your plans this weekend?

~ I'm still in shock and over the moon with this amazing surprise ~

~ Can't wait to receive this quirky vintage throw pillow cover to toss in the mix for that unexpected touch ~

~ These spiky bunches have been the ones bringing sunshine and life throughout our home as of late.

~ Colorful restaurant wall art + the ambience that transplanted me to Paris ~

Have a good weekend!


4.08.2015

WORDS OF WISDOM WEDNESDAY


If we see behavior we hate yet respond in kind, we become what we hate, which is a self-destructive course. On the other hand, if we respond to such challenges by finding new ways to show love and kindness, we shine true light and dispel the dark surrounding us. Today is the day to start.

Happy Hump Day!



4.07.2015

{Pinteresting} Who Knew!


Back when I was building my freelance business as an interior decorator/designer more than fifteen years ago, I specifically remember how most people at that time looked at hiring a decorator as a luxury only reserved for the wealthy and never thought that they too, could live in a beautifully decorated space without having to spend all of their day-to-day living cash. But then, if it wasn't that, it was 'well, we're in a recession and/or regular folks like us don't have the cash to buy new furniture to decorate'.

Though some of these people had valid reasons, I on the other hand, have been of a different mindset only because at a very early age, I recognized and understood the value of the psychological effect that a beautiful organized space has on one's life. Decorating the little corner space in my room as a child and maintaining notebooks of beautiful decor image cutouts are what kept me mentally sane amidst a chaotic home life that was beyond my control. Albeit only a moment of respite, it helped me face whatever adversity that would come my way with some sort of hope. Knowing the benefits of having a pleasing home space put me on this mission to convince everyone that they too, could have a beautifully decorated home using what they already have, with very minimal out of pocket expense by reinventing things that they either aren't using to the full or fell out of love with. That of course got me into restyling a lot of folks homes, reorganizing their closets, pantries, stripping/repainting furniture and faux painting their walls. You name it, I did it and that sometimes would be after being on construction sites as a designer guiding bathroom/kitchen installations and/or shopping with my paying clients. In those days, my only "Google search" consisted of thumbing through decorating magazines such as, Better Homes And Gardens, Traditional Home, Veranda Magazine, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Restoration Hardware, the HGTV channel, hands-on experiences through trial and error and last but not least, my own imagination.



Never in a million years would I ever have imagined to live in an era where pretty much everyone now {not just the elite}, from young to old, especially families with kids, appreciate the value of having a beautifully decorated space, even coming to the point of recognizing it as a "lifestyle". Seeing something that I was relentlessly attempting to help so many understand way back when til the veins in my neck popped, reverberates me with ecstasy. The decorating craze that pinterest has inspired is something I could have never fathomed - obviously, cause I didn't come up with the idea. Who knew!?! It is pinteresting, indeed.












"Decorating is not about making stage sets, it's not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it's really about creating a quality of life and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul, that makes life beautiful and nurture you." 

*Photo credit: 1| 2| 3 + 4| 5| 6| 7| 8| 9| 10| 11 + 12| 13| 14| 15| 16



4.03.2015

Grateful Moments

"If you want to feel rich, just count all the blessings you have that money can't buy." ~ Yours, truly

~ Rainy/gloomy days can't keep you from appreciating its value when you look at these beauties ~

This week, it dawned on me that the chillier temperatures have basically turned me into somewhat of a hermit - making leaving my apartment more and more difficult and less enticing to take outfit photos and explore. The only good side of that though is that I've been able to get some things done that I normally don't get the time to do when I'm out and about. Yesterday's weather looked very promising, I even had my balcony and terrace doors open for fresh air - but today's grey rainy sky says otherwise. It's a good thing that I appreciate the rain. I feel it helps you to relax, slow down and reflect on life's journey.

This outdoor space has me itching to tackle my terrace plans ~

~ The blessing of snuggling inside by a candlelit fireplace on a very cold "spring" night... oh how good it is ~

~ Love to see areas in the city that are nestled within beautiful trees without having to go upstate or to Long Island ~

~ Grateful for the cozy cafes that kept us warm and our tummies happy on cold snowy days ~

Happy Friday!