Practical Tips · Styles & Trends

Parisian Interior Design Style Holds No Secrets With My Eight-Step Guideline!

How many of us would wish to achieve the unique Parisian style in urban interiors? We might long for that deliberate imperfection and artistic flair so specific to Parisian homes. The style is often eclectic, seems effortless and creative expression is at the heart of it. It is both nostalgic and contemporary and is unshakable when challenged by changing, fleeting trends...

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My 5 easy-to-do tips to make working from home a sustainable and pleasant experience!

It took me a few days to write this post as I have been trying to adjust to the sudden enforced confinement we were asked to adhere to here in France. This new "situation" has been frustrating and at times scary, but I accept that it is important to stick to the new rules, so we collectively try to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus. In the meantime, life must go on. ..

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(Part 2) Don’t Let Small Spaces Intimidate You. A Small Space Can Still Be Your Dream Place!

I have put together some of the most important guidelines to help you decorate your apartment. 6/ Establish a color scheme and carry it through the apartment: The color scheme is the common thread that will help you make the right choices when decorating your home. If you don’t want this process to turn into a complicated burden, you can follow a simplified approach that will make this creative task fun and easy.

Practical Tips · Styles & Trends

(Part 1) Don’t Let Small Spaces Intimidate You. A Small Space Can Still Be Your Dream Place!

I remember when I moved into a relatively small apartment and was faced with the challenge of making it feel like home. I wanted to make the place seem bigger and brighter without making any structural transformations. Usually, it is difficult to make major structural improvements if it is a rented property...

Styles & Trends

My 10 Top Budget-friendly Gold Accents You Can Get Now

During my recent visit to the Paris Maisons et Objet last September, it was clearly evident that gold accents were still a hot trend across all categories of interior design. Having said that, it might be a bit intimidating to introduce gold accents to your interior as you may be afraid of not achieving the right amount of glitz and ending up with a tacky and old-fashioned result. What a nightmare that would turn out to be...

Styles & Trends

How New Boho Turns Modern Homes into Personal Havens

Traditional Bohemian styles in interior design might not be for everyone, myself included. I have never related to the unpredictable and heavy combination of colors, textures and patterns that is linked to Boho decor. I found it too rustic, “messy” and “unorganized” for my taste (I am on the verge of being OCD so the whole style never really worked for me)...

Glimpses of History · Styles & Trends

Does “Art Nouveau” Have a Place in Contemporary Interiors?

I recently (almost by chance) came across some beautiful Art Nouveau ad posters, real masterpieces produced between 1890 and 1910. I worked in advertising for many years so you can understand my enthusiasm after seeing these posters. Talented artists like Alphonse Mucha, Jules Chéret and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - to name but a few - created a new art style that is forward looking, aesthetically beautiful and detailed, including soft contours, rich embellishments and vivid colors with nature as the main source of inspiration...

Personal Blabber · Styles & Trends

My Inspiration Is a Personal Affair

As an interior design enthusiast, I am always seeking sources of inspiration, fresh new ideas and examples of best practice. However, this blogpost is not about the usual avenues and arenas for inspiration like industry magazines, websites, events, social media, reference books, historic places and major landmarks. This is undeniably something that any aspiring interior designer (myself included) should consistently educate themselves about, so as to be up-to-speed with their knowledge of latest trends and styles...