Mr & Mrs

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Dear Decorators

I see myself as a storyteller.  People tell me their biography and I relay their stories not with words but through furniture, fabric and architectural elements.

So, when my best friend, sister and partner in crime, Sham, asked me if I would assist her with the remodeling of her home, I felt both honoured and terrified.  Honoured for she trusted me, enough to tell her story but terrified as this gorgeous diva has a heart and charisma of Lady Di but she’s a fashionista like the Kardashians and somewhere in between, I had to blend the two.  I must admit though, she has had a great input in the design therefore I can not take all the credit.  All I can say is that together, we created a masterpiece!

Like many of us, they live a fast paced lifestyle; the get up and go age with no time to waste, therefore, our design had to suite this kind of living.  It had to be practical as well as spectacular for that is the kind of people they are.  We decided to keep the theme classic with hints of modern sparkle to bring out its character.  This is a typical townhouse whereby space is limited, therefore, we had to get very creative with the way we utilised it as we couldn’t afford to waste any of it.

I will be showcasing the entire home but let’s start with their bedroom.  It’s importance in our life sometimes goes under estimated but it is the place of rest, our sanctuary and haven so that we may have complete relaxation, therefore it simply cannot be under estimated.  The bed is the focal point of the room and takes up most of the space.  It is because of this that we decided to keep the linen classic white as white brightens up the room and makes it appear larger than it is.  The headboard is flat against the wall, decorated in a gorgeous gunmetal suede fabric and diamante beading for a bit of bling.  The diamante adds just the right sparkle to awaken the deep colouring of the fabric and the wood.  We have introduced various layers of throw covers to illustrate how the layering of fabric can add depth and colour to a room.  The yellow and red awakens the tone of the room and brings about vibrance and warmth, factors imperative in any design.  The various size, shapes and colours of the pillows too brings about the same effect.  As you can see the pieces are blending together beautifully, slowly creating a masterpiece.

We decided to keep the design of the furniture classic as that doesn’t date with time as well as it is practical.  We used mirrored doors on the closets as it creates an illusion of space and it becomes dual functioning as a dressing room.  When you open these closets, you would swear that this fashionista shops only in the fashion capitals of the world, London, Paris, Milan!  You name the brand and it is here, from Louis Vuitton to Chanel, Ted Baker to Nine West.  Therefore we just had to create a corner to showcase these beauties.  Ladies, take a step into Rodeo Drive where we created beautiful mirrored edged shelves for her gorgeous bags and a display cabinet for her eye-wear, accessories as well as shoes.  Stepping into the en-suite bathroom, we created a gorgeous his and hers linen cupboard.  It is beautifully decorated with personalised his and hers towels and exudes intimacy with the inclusion of paired candles and a personalised photo frame.  There again, in-line with the classic theme, simple yet elegant, that which will not date!

If you are wondering, has this been an infusion of East and West?  Well, the answer is yes, we have included Feng Shui elements into the design.  This is a couple’s master bedroom therefore the energy we chose to enhance was that of relationship and love.  We have included the colours of red and yellow which activates this energy.  The addition of beautiful variety pillows are both warm and cosy, which automatically makes you feel relaxed and comfortable.  The gorgeous paired candles radiates warmth and soft light, perfect for romance.  These are fine pieces placed with the intention of activating the energy associated with it so that there is harmony in living as well as provide the area with beauty and aesthetics.  You would find that this was an average bedroom.  With the inclusion of colour, variety of textures, decorative pieces and accessories, it became alive with character and personality.  This is what we aim to achieve in all our designs and hopefully yours too.

Stay tuned for the next piece of this beautiful home.  I really hope you enjoyed it,

Warmest blessings,

Naomi

A Romantic Boudoir

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Dear Decorators

I am super excited as this is my first post as an Interior Design blogger.  I am hoping that this will be the first of many and that it is an enjoyable and informative read for you.  In keeping with the recent celebrations of the month of love and romance, I decided to talk about how to create a romantic boudoir.

Featured above is a modern day Romantic bedroom with a hint of Vintage, oozing with charisma, personality and style.  The bedroom must be warm and comfortable for it is here that we are at complete rest therefore this should be our sanctuary.

In the bedroom above, we have used black, white and grey as the dominant colours, adding shades of red for warmth.  It is a perfect blend of masculine and feminine attributes to appeal to both inhabitants of the this room.  For depth and character we used a host of textures with the embossed quilt, a snow white fur carpet as well as the textured wall covering.  We have created a modern look for this rather quaint room and aspired to create the illusion of space.  The soft light on the bedside is dual functioning, for light night reading as well as to create a softer, romantic look.

From a distance, this looks just like a beautiful creation, however, when you look closer you will find an infusion of East & West with the application of the principles of Feng Shui.  In Feng Shui, we aspire to create balance and harmony.

To create a bedroom similar to this, you can begin by first removing clutter and unnecessary electronic devices.  This style can work with any room shape and size.  The aim is to create a clean and organized look.  We get creative by using under bed storage containers as a storage space. It’s also a great idea to use dual-purpose furniture pieces and to use smart organizers in your wardrobe to make use of all the space inside.  This activates stagnant energy as well as creates space in the room which will allow the air to flow freely through the room, which helps with relaxation and restful sleep.  To activate positive energy like we have done here, you can also add flowers above the nightstand which softens the look and makes it more natural.

The low bedroom furniture pieces is ideal in this room to give it, its peaceful and tranquil look.  The walls and surfaces are simple and delicate in-line with the aesthetics of a romantic boudoir.  We have introduced the colour red into the design to add warmth and depth.  It is also the colour of passion and fire, ideal for that of a bedroom.   The bed is the focal point of this room.  Always keep it away from the window and door for easy accessibility.  Instead, you can adjust it facing the door or in the corner to be the focal point.  Place the rest of your bedroom furniture pieces around the bed keeping most of the floor space free.

This here is an illustration of how we use an ancient practice into modern day living.  To the naked eye, it is just creative decorating but to the trained eye of Feng Shui, it is the perfect combination of colour, texture and decorative pieces to create the balance of energy so that we achieve In Perfect Harmony.

Feel free to comment below and request topics as well.  Should you wish to apply the Principles of Feng Shui in your home, feel free to contact me to show you how.

Many thanks and warmest blessings,

Naomi