Dropping in some asian humble abode

 The Emperor of Interior Designers in Asia 

Via www.bestinteriordesigners

.Steve Leung born in Hong Kong has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen., works internationally  in commercial and residential Architecture and Design.

In the movie Crazy rich Asian, we are introduced to the Asian wealth, but nothing compares to the work of Steve Leung.
Go and visit Steve Leung’s site and you will realize how fortunate some
 of his clients are. 

http://www.sldgroup.com/en/about_intro.php#Introduction

Oh what is happening to hemlines?

Skirt length theory cannot be taken too seriously, but apparently if hemlines are going down the market is also going down.

Via Vanity Fair/photo Tim Rooke/REX/Shtutterstock

OOps I have noticed that Meghan The Duchess of Sussex is wearing much longer skirts lately.

Via Vanity Fair/photo James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock

Pippa Middleton at Princess Eugenie’s Royal wedding also wearing a half calf dress.

Via Vanity Fair /REX/Shutterstock

Poppy Delavingne in an almost midi dress.

Via Vanity Fair/photo Matt Crossick/Getty images

Liv Tyler also at the Royal wedding wearing a long straight skirt.

Via goodhousekeeping/photo Matt Crossick/Getty images

Look at Demi Moore with a very long dress, I hope these long skirts will not last too long,  first I don’t look good in a long skirt, but actually I don’t want to look old fashion. What to do what to do. I definitely will wear pants.

If you are like me, you could always wear a maxi skirt, I look good in a maxi skirt, it makes me look taller.

Via you tube

Well you can wear a long Indian skirt maxi style.

Via Zara

I suppose I could wear this midi skirt,  but I really have to wear the boots with it. From Zara $49.00 CAD.

Via Zara

Zara is playing safe with its fall season 2018 and is still selling mini skirts $45.00 CAD.

Lets cross our fingers and hope that these long skirts will be of short time.

Fashionista Royals and the Power of Red

Red is absolutely a Royal colour.

Queen Elizabeth 1 of England knew the power of Red

Via PinterestElizabeth 11 of England Order of the Bath Mandatory Red 

Via Popsugar

Queen Elizabeth 11 visiting Canada in bright red skirt suit with a Maple leaf brooch.

Just a (Parenthesis to show you how Elizabeth 11 of England is a Fashionista)

I never thought I would see the day when Queen Elizabeth 11 would attend a fashion show, but here she is.

Via Getty images

Can you believe it, the 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth 11 attended the Richard Quinn’s runway show in February 2018 and was sitting right next to the Queen of fashion Anna Wintour. The Queen was presenting fashion designer Quinn with the Elizabeth 11 Award of British Design.

Via https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily

Richard Quinn fashion Designer.

Via Getty images / Ray Tamarra

Kate M. wearing red dress from  Preen of London, added a Canadian Maple leaf brooch, could it be Queen Elizabeth 11’s Maple leaf brooch.

Via Getty images / Ray Tamarra

Meghan also wearing a scarlet dress from Preen of London.

Via http://www.queenletiziastyle.com/blog

Queen Letizia of Spain image/Jose Gegundez

Queen Letizia of Spain wears red like a real Queen.

Via http://worldroyalfamily.blogspot.com/

Princess Victoria of Sweden Very Royal in a Red evening gown.

Via Pinterest

Who could ever forget Princess Diana in red.

Via Getty images and Pinterest

Red really becomes Queen Sonja of Norway

Via PinterestQueen Maxima of the Netherland is definitely the Red Queen

So wear Red my lovelies, be Royal!

Omelet du jour

A most simple omelet can make you very happy my friends.

Since a few years Mason jars have become quite a hit, they are certainly timeless and reliable, virtues that we still appreciate nowadays.

Believe it or not the hip Mason jars were created in 1858 and have been used since non stop.

Now we make Martinis in Mason jars and drink in them at parties and family gathering.

 we even cook in them. This is my favorite Mason jar omelet recipe that I can make the night before and cook it in a split second for breakfast, enjoy my lovelies.

 

 

You are not a plant parent, go artificially green

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You are not too good about plant parenting, here a few nice artificial greens.

From Ikea Fejka $12.99 Cad. This glorious looking ivy can be used inside or if your veranda is covered, I would use it inside.

From Ikea Fejka $24.99 Cad

This artificial plant from Ikea is topiary style and can be used also as a pair to create some symmetry

From Pier One Faux Boxwood Topiary $169.95 https://www.pier1.com/outdoor-faux-boxwood-cone-%26-ball-48%22-topiary/3319484.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

 

From Pier One Topiary wreath $39.95 https://www.pier1.com/faux-boxwood-topiary-door-decor-%26-wreath/3163585.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

Photo decogirlmontreal

I have bought this topiary and used it as a focus point above a metal console decorated with white flowers and a ceramic frog thinker.

Photo decogirlmontreal

I also used the faux Cedar Topiary mixed with real white impatience.

From Pier One Faux Cedar topiary $129.95 https://www.pier1.com/faux-cedar-51%22-spiral-topiary-in-black-pot/3448937.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

I believe that a mixture of real plants, flowers and artificial plants work wonder for a garden or a balcony. Try it you will like it and you can bring your faux plants into your home after the season is over.

Let it be a tidy home

Hi my lovelies, today we will be embarking into a journey of tidying up our homes. 

A year and a half after the discovery of Marie Kondo who invented the KonMari method, my son Louis and my daughter in law Fiona are moving into a new home, so they have bought Kondo’s book about tidying up and decluttering your home. They found her philosophy very inspiring and having never read her I have to admit that she is quite a revelation.

Photo via amazon.ca

Photo via The Telegraph

Author Marie Kondo

I personally agree with most of what Kondo preaches, most of all with the artfully way of  tidying up your closets, drawers etc… but to me the portrait of a home where it feels good to live everyday is not exactly a Zen home totally denuded of personality, and she seems to be a bit minimalistic in her approach.

So this is a resume of some of the  Kondo rules that I have chosen for you. If you want to read the 6 Kondo rules go to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/decluttering-expert-marie-kondo-my-6-rules-of-tidying/

1- Get rid of stuff you don’t really need, keep only those things that are necessary or bring you joy, if not, your tidying up will be an eternal merry-go-round.

2- Tidy by category not location, for instance when tidying up clothes, gather all the clothes that you have in one location so that you can see exactly how much you have, wow, I think I will have to move everything in my living room, my bedroom is definitely not big enough.

It’s very important to get an accurate grasp of how much you have in each category.

3- Follow the right order, It is:  Clothes, books, papers, miscellany, and finally sentimental items.

Once you have perfected the art of tidying clothes, books, papers and miscellany you will have almost mastered the art of Kondo’s ways and be ready to tackle the sentimental items which usually take a lot longer, Her method is designed to help you distinguish what truly sparks joy and as you know practice makes perfect.

Clothes are ideal for practising this skill, look at how rewarding it can be:

Photo via Pinterest

Tidying up clothes so that you can see them.

Via you tube

KonMari consultation with real clients.

I believe that the Konmari method brings us a greater appreciation of our homes. Try it you will like it, you may very well reach the Summer of your Content my lovelies.

If you use KonMari’s method, please tell me how it works for you.

Bigger is better in a Small apartment

Don’t be afraid to use a bigger piece of furniture like a sectional sofa or a generous couch in a small apartment.

Via http://thefullydown.com/65-smart-solution-small-apartment-living-room-decor-inspirations/72/

A very comfortable sectional couch in a tiny space.

We have a tendency to think that we have to use small furniture in a narrow and small space. You can measure your walls and your sofa could be as much as  2/3 of the length of your wall. I assure you that your space will look much better than if your used small  furniture.

Glass tables or tables with a see through base are always visually lighter than a table that is more like a block.

The grey Tone on tone wall and  sofa help make this room feel bigger.

A good size leather couch in a small space can look more comforting than a multitude of small scattered pieces of furniture.

One sectional sofa instead of a few pieces of small furniture can make your room look less cluttered 

If you must have a queen size bed, have one. In such a small space even a double bed would not make this room look bigger. You can always walk sideways like hieroglyphs.

Hieroglyphs walking!! Sideways.

Having a couple of stools can be useful for additional sitting. I always have a couple of ottomans and stools in my apartment.

Dear Lovelies be happy in your small space and make the most of it, it can be quite cocooning and soothing.

 

 

 

Feel the heat suddenly Spring and Summer

Hi my lovelies, wanted to share with you my latest finds for your home

I was very impressed by Home Sense latest home  collection that was presented to us in Montreal last March, I really felt like reinventing myself.

 

Marrakech Moderne defines me best,  As I am more of a shabby chic girl, I have a tendency of being eclectic and mixing different styles and countries. The colourful dining room rug has a total Moroccan look , the sideboard with its geometric design is a contemporary version of the ancient Arabic designs.

The gold and the black cutlery and glasses are quite elegant and will not show signs of the times.

For the bedroom, I opted for the ”Vent de fraicheur collection”  it reminds me of my trip to India as a young woman.

I like to explore natural textures, the mixture of the wood, the Sisal rug and the sculpted white wash wooden Screen bring coziness to this room, it is very inviting,  I feel like staying a while, don’t you.

If you want to visit Home Sense, you can use their store locators at https://www.homesense.ca/en/storelocator

Have a great evening, and à bientôt.

Your home, your style, your life,

Different homes different styles but only one life ”YOURS”

https://onekindesign.com/2018/02/26/modern-sustainable-living/

I find MODERN style quite relaxing and practical a bit on the Zen side but just enough. This home located in Minneapolis Minnesota was designed by SALA Architects.

Let the exterior in, great windows  and patio doors, nature is definitely part of this modern decor. .


I like the comfort of the sofa and the Eames chair with its ottoman created in 1956 by the couple Ray and Charles Eames, love the Bamboo floor which brings warmth to these rooms. Who says you need floor tiles in the kitchen, I find that in an open concept keeping the flooring consistent connects the room and creates visual spaciousness.

Via Mobilia https://mobilia.ca/en/elliot-593714495.html

You can find a very similar armchair chair at Mobilia $799.00 Cadn

Ottoman at Mobilia $349.00 Cadn

Via https://onekindesign.com/2018/03/01/contemporary-home-victorian/

This Colorado home was built by Krueger Architecture in a contemporary style for easy living.

Between you and me, I agree with Marie Kondo’s quote ”The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life” Marie Kondo. Marie is an author who writes about tidying up and lifestyle.

 Via https://onekindesign.com/

The home owner is an Interior Designer (Slifer Designs) who wanted a home for her family and their non complicated lifestyle, easy going easy living. For extra warmth and comfort,they added a Shiraz  runner.

You will find great runners and other super rugs at http://indiport.com/en/home-2/

I love the simplicity of the white metro tiles on the walls of the shower mixed with the greige square tiles on the ceiling and also on the floor of the bathroom. The natural wood  of the vanity with the dark metal hardware are in perfect harmony with the colours of the oriental rug which brings warmth and a bit of history to this contemporary bathroom.

Stockholm Mirror at Ikea $99.00 cadn

Bathroom vanity white and bamboo counter top Godmorgon/Tolken at Ikea $899.00 cadn

We have explored Modern and Contemporary Style today and a few pieces of furniture and rugs within reach. Stay tuned for next week we will be looking at Barn homes and Cottages.

A few notes for you my lovelies, Have a Happy week.

Have a Happy week