Create the Look: autumn-inspired bathroom (Sponsored Post)

It’s getting cold outside. In fact, it snowed in Boston already (isn’t it illegal for it to snow before Halloween?) This is the time of year where staying in bed just feels like the right thing to do.

So, just how can wooden tones, soft neutrals and warm autumnal colours combine to make you feel like getting out of bed on those cold mornings we know are coming (and to some, already here)?

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Warm colors (oranges, reds, yellows) and natural textures bring warmth to a space. Wooden bathroom furniture is a really practical way to add a natural texture. Bathroom furniture is both useful and aesthetically pleasing. It provides you with a coordinated finish as well as plenty of storage space – meaning your surfaces will no longer be littered with everyday essentials!

Solid wood, freestanding bathroom furniture could be perfect for a traditional home, while a more contemporary space would be served well by some wood veneered, wall hung cabinets and vanity units. The natural wooden tones of your bathroom cabinets will reflect the hues of autumn and give your room a warm glow for the winter to come too.

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Think about your flooring early on. You’ll want something that feels and looks warm, and you’ll need to lay the floor before you install your bathroom furniture and sanitaryware. While you can’t use real wood flooring without risking water-based catastrophe in the future, you can think about opting for waterproof wood-effect flooring. Many of these flooring styles are beautifully produced and incredibly realistic looking; they also have the advantage of being far warmer underfoot than tile. If you do plan to install underfloor heating, you may prefer the look of a tile floor – in which case, adding rugs can soften the appearance of the tile and warm it to the touch on those occasions when your underfloor heating is off.

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The decor of your walls should complement your furniture and your flooring: soft neutral colours can be paired with russet accents for a really rich, warm, autumnal feel. Try pairing stone wall tiles with wooden tones elsewhere for a natural look that can complement a period or modern theme. Alternatively use ceramic tile throughout, interspersing your neutral scheme with splashes of warm colour – for a contemporary scheme, you could look at warm shades of bronze, gold, and chocolate. Finally, if you are a lover of pattern, try adding some bright botanical wallpaper to bring a little vibrancy to your bathroom: a botanical theme will look fabulous with wooden bathroom furniture.

Fabulous Sponsored Post: Fun & Fancy Storage

Hiya! My name is Jenn and I’m a member of the team at Arcadian Lighting, which is an e-commerce website that profiles top lighting trends from around the world. Every day I write about home decor, interior design, light fixtures, and more, and I spend hours pouring over amazing websites like Tchochkes, where the posts get my style juices flowing. I feel honoured to be guest posting here today – thanks for letting me contribute! [Our pleasure Jenn!]

Storage in a home used to mean big plastic bins and boxes piled in closets and stashed under beds, but with today’s fun and fancy storage options, an organized space with great light fixtures can be shown off instead. With an endless range of handy as well as stylish tools, containers, built-ins, and more, fun and fancy storage is easy to come by – as evidenced with these eight chic spaces.

Closet Space

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This closet could be a main room in a house, with its smart compartments and cubbies, full-length mirror, and bureau. The inset ceiling lights are subtle but do their job beautifully.

Storage Space

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An excess of dishware can make a dining room or kitchen feel overcrowded, which is why having a convenient butler’s pantry is so useful. Here, this space pulls double-duty as a home office as well as storage space for unsightly appliances like a coffee machine.

Children's Storage

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Fun and fancy storage is easy in a kid’s room, where vibrant bins and baskets can be mixed and matched. This unit not only houses toys but contains a bench and spots for boots or shoes.

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A vignette in a casual den becomes a handy spot for a myriad of storage, from the built-in wood holder for the fireplace to a narrow custom-made cabinet and shelf that fits this nook perfectly.

Dining Room Storage

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A dining room is the perfect place to display gorgeous Chinaware in a stunning armoire, which is both an elegant asset to the space as well as functional in that it holds ample items. The inset light fixtures draw attention to each piece of furniture.

Kitchen Storage

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A kitchen always requires a variety of storage options, and here, a magnet board is used to hold important lists and reminders, while matching mini canisters of spices and boxes of tea create a seamless look.

Bedroom Storage

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Fun and fancy storage options are benches with built-in compartments, like this hallway gem, which has sliding doors underneath for footwear, winter accessories, and more.

Multi Storage

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Shelving doesn’t have to be relegated to straight lines – this boxy contemporary design becomes the focal point of the room, while a hanging ceiling light highlights the earthen ware on the dining room table.
Keeping your belongings neat and organized doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style when following these creative storage options, thanks to Arcadian Lighting. Discover more design ideas and brilliant lighting fixture solutions by visiting their website today!

Houses From Within Tel Aviv – My Favorite Place – Hila Caspi’s Home

Houses from Within, Tel Aviv 2010 was a month ago. I was fortunate enough to get a press pass (thank you Aviva!) so I drove around Tel Aviv like a mad woman dashing from apartment to apartment. I saw 19 places in all and I’ve decided to start off the reviews with my favorite apartment from the whole weekend – Hila Caspi’s home. It’s a small flat in north Tel Aviv but I adore how she maximized the space, light and interest in the apartment.

The whole flat is around 70 square meters. The floor is cement (which was a major trend this time around – so much so that by the end of the weekend I was bored of it), the kitchen is shiny white (another trend which had me yawning by the end of the weekend). However, this was the first place I saw both in, so I was still excited while photographing the place. So why do I love it so much when it holds two pieces that I find rather tired and unoriginal? She has the most brilliant use of space for her tiny flat, some totally unexpected design elements that really got me and she has possibly the best made bed in Israel.

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It’s Nate Day? Well Sign Me Up!

I don’t know how today became Nate day – but I saw it on Twitter and who am I to argue? I think that Nate Berkus is stunning and his interiors are great too.

Above is from the Nate Berkus bedding collection. I love the casual elegance of it. Although I have to admit – not a major fan of fabric headboards, this one actually looks practical (like it could be taken off and washed).

Love this – although my children and dog would destroy it sooner than a New York minute…

Wayyyyyyy more child friendly. Well, minus the vase on the table that will fall on that lush carpet. But the carpet is thick, so the vase won’t break. Anyone learning to walk should avoid the corners of that table. And I hope those yellow stools aren’t silk (like they look).

Sigh. I can’t even imagine a house like this at this stage of my life. Does Nate do country cottage style that’s good for a family with 2 small boys?

Lisa Kuperman Salon Inspiration

Do you have a friend who has such an incredible innate sense of style that she is always ahead of the curve even when she’s completely out of the loop? For my that friend would be Lisa Kuperman, my hair stylist and good friend.

I mentioned the design slump I was feeling in last Saturdays post about the amazing artist from Elle Decoration – well it was Lisa’s salon (and her magazine) that helped jump-kick me out of it. Lisa reminds me that one doesn’t have to be a Rothschild to be able to create wonderful welcoming interior design. The sofas and chairs shown in these pictures were bought as a set for 1,000 NIS (that’s about 275 USD). Admittedly, they would look rather awful in most homes here – but for a shop they are absolutely perfect.

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Interior design inspiration – Claire Basler

I have to admit it. Lately I’ve been in a rut. I haven’t found anything I loved while looking at my favorite design sites, perusing my preferred shelter magazines on the stands or even going to my chosen home stores. It just felt like everything I’ve been looking at is the same and I’m bored with it. I’m not all that interested in mid-century modern. It doesn’t suit my house and it’s ridiculously expensive in Israel. So I stopped looking at it all. And I lost a bit of myself. I stopped writing. And I missed it.

Then I went to get my hair cut and in my girlfriend’s salon were three new shelter magazines – Elle Decor (US), Elle Decoration (UK) and House and Garden (UK). The first and last were meh – but the Elle Decoration, well… I just couldn’t put it down. Especially because of an article on the French artist Claire Basler. Her home is her studio and the artwork was so amazing, as was the space. I just wanted to transport myself there.  I loved it so much I finally felt compelled to write again and show her work to all of you.

I’m not one who goes gaga over artists – but there’s something about Claire’s work. It has such – would it be silly to say ethereal quality? Because that’s the word that comes to mind when I see her work.

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Home Tour: Michal Negrin

One thing can be said for Michal Negrin – she is a woman with definitive style.

There is no doubting from the moment you walk into her home who owns it. It’s sort of fabulous in a way. The same way that I love this insane pink and purple house in my neighborhood owned by one of the local geriatric mafia (my nickname for the seniors in the neighborhood who flag you down when driving and order ask you to drive them to the center of town – they kind of ignore if you say no and get in anyway).

It’s not a small apartment if you consider the size of the rooms, but there is so much crammed into the space,  you’d never know it.

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Why use an Interior Designer? QA on Twitter

Picture above from Apartment Therapy *swoon*

On February 25th at 8pm EST in the USA interior designers worldwide are getting together to answer your questions on Twitter. How does this work if you’re not following the designers or you don’t know who they are? There are several ways you can participate – the hashtag for the event is #IDzinechat, which means if you do a search for that phrase you will see the list of people involved in the question and answer session.

The designers involved are:

@irwinfelddesign, @maybellinete, @BilletCollins, @Norbridge, @ SusanSerraCKD, @averydesign, @abcdesign, @tkpleslie,  @WandaSHorton

I won’t be there because 8pm EST is 3am Israel time  - I’ll be sleeping :) I’m just going to have my stream open that night and I’ll read the happenings the following morning. However, for all of you in the US or more sympathetic time zones – enjoy the chat!

Hotel Review: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

The Inbal Hotel is located in Jerusalem in possibly the absolute best location in the city. It’s walking distance from the German Colony, the Old City and the market (ok, granted the market would be a bit of a schlep, but on a nice day – totally doable).  Required self disclosure – my husband and I were invited by the Inbal for the weekend. I also tweeted about it the whole weekend, but that was my choice. The hotel impressed me and the people were unbelievably nice and helpful. What a fantastic combination.

This Jerusalem hotel is 5-star. It looks like a 5-star hotel, has the amenities of a 5-star hotel and has the location of a 5-star hotel. So I’m not going to focus on that, because that’s boring. If you’ve been to a 5-star hotel, this is like the others. What makes the Inbal stand out is the service. We went to the spa (which was amazing and idiot me didn’t take photos.) I looked at the gym (but lazy me didn’t go work out and yes, didn’t photos of that either – but it was a great gym. Totally my bad for not going.)

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Store Review: 1 Br. (one bedroom) in Jaffa

I could have parked closer to the souk in Jaffa – but I saw this store and I had to stop. Wow. Wow. Wow. One bedroom is one of my favorite stores now. The owner has such good taste and combines everything in such a wonderful, fresh way. It’s a feast for the eyes and imagination.


It’s not just the items in the store that are wonderful, but the design of the store itself.

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