Creating Your Own Zen Space

Creating Your Own Zen Space

As a full time mom (read 'Jane of All Trades' and attempting to master them all), it can sometimes get too much. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and everything that comes with it but sometimes I need some time to breathe and just gather my thoughts. I used to burn out so easily because I wasn't able to have some alone time to recuperate and re-energize before going about my daily routine. Sometimes we're so busy taking care of everything and everyone around us, we tend to forget to take the time to take care of ourselves. This is why I've made it a point to always have some 'Me-Time' because it's so very important to be able to just relax.
Initially I used to have to go out to find some peace of mind, but then I created my own zen space at home. A safe and sacred corner for me to think, meditate and just be. Now whenever I feel flustered and overwhelmed, I just take a time out and go to my little space to zen out. I think its so very important for everyone to have their own zen space, so I'm going to share how I created mine and how you can put yours together as well.
Firstly, you'll need to find a quiet corner or space in your home. It can be anywhere, as long as it allows you to be undisturbed. The idea is to see if the environment is one that relaxes you and helps you unwind. Now that you have your own space, you can add these elements to it (which I personally found helpful in my own space).
COMFORT IS KEY
I have a huge futon and a bunch of throw pillows on it as I laze around attempting to recollect my thoughts. Some people opt for meditation and create an environment based on that (as I do when I meditate as well) but for just a space to calm my nerves, I like having a place that focuses on comfort.
 
INCORPORATE NATURE
Studies have shown that looking at nature and being init can help reduce stress. Plants are a great way to create that vibe and are aesthetically pleasing and also helps keep the air clean. If you'd like to keep the space cleaner and use the walls instead, a framed image or a decal would look great too.
SOOTHING SCENTS AND SOUNDS
Now that you've got your comfortable place to sit on and some beautiful features to look at, add some incense or essential oils such as lavender with properties that help with relaxation. If you aren't someone who likes complete silence, a water feature would be great or an easier alternative would be to put on a playlist of soft sounds of the rain or waves crashing —my personal favorites!
WARM LIGHTING
Light makes all the difference when setting the right mood. If you're reading a book or indulging in some art, you'd obviously need a brighter light setting. However if you're looking to just be in your own company then dim lights and some candles flickering would be a great touch.
How Pantone's Ultra Violet Is Being Used In Luxury Houses Around The World

How Pantone's Ultra Violet Is Being Used In Luxury Houses Around The World

Pantone colour of the year 2018 is Ultra Violet. When it comes to shades like violets and purples in home decor; you'll either love it or you'll never warm up to them. A reason for this is that violet and its related shades are not quite common and are pretty dramatic, especially in interior design. When designers do use violet, they do so subtly in patterns on fabrics, cushioning, flowing velvet drapes or as single purple chair in a living room. While many may think a deep violet is melancholy, it can also be playful in its references to science and space travel. For example, pair ultra violet with metallic to elicit a whimsical and celestial atmosphere. To show just how versatile and protean ultra violet is, let's take a look at how the color purple and its varying hues has been used to decorate some of the most beautiful rental homes around the world!

 

1. PARIS, FRANCE - Rue Paul Valéry, Paris

It is true that many of the homes in Paris have retained their centuries old character but even then, the homeowners have found a way to add in colored furniture and sparing touches to add in personality and a modern take for chic living.

 

2. PARIS -  Boulevard Raspail IV, Quartier Latin, Left Bank 

Modernize your classics by adding a touch of violet in your living space for a trivialize yet elegant and sophisticated touch.

 

3. PARIS - Rue de Chantilly, Montmartre Sacré-Coeur - South Pigalle, Right Bank 

Ultra violet is not only made to be used in main rooms of the house but also children's rooms! It's a modern trend and trust me when I tell you that your lovely kids will love this shade in their playrooms.

 

4. ROME, ITALY - Via della Scala, Trastevere-Gianicolo, Rome

As you can see from here, Ultra Violet furnitures can actually make a really huge statement! Especially when you fins a rug that is in a similar shade that will perfectly compliment everything.

 

5. ROME - Via dei Volsci, Monti-San Lorenzo, Rome

This is a quote by Eleonora Valle who says: 'Italy has produced some of the world's most accomplished creatives, and our homes in this region take care in celebrating the work of artist's past and present. Whether that's in an oil painting or a quirky take on garden steps, in Rome ultra violet is a color medium for artistic expression.'

 

6. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London

The matching of the plush sofa and the majestic chandelier in differing grades of the colour purple works so perfectly well in this quaint English home.

 

7. LONDON -  Park Walk IV, Chelsea, London 

The color Ultra Violet is so daringly used here to cover the walls in this narrow dining hall which is beautifully complemented with gold accents for a whole regal look.

 

8. LONDON -  Priory Road, West Hampstead, London

A bold, velvet couch is the perfect statement piece for a home in the middle of an incredibly social and fashionable city like London where stylish meets comfort.

 

9. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES -  Park Avenue Mansion, Upper East Side, Manhattan

The quirky color combination of dark green and violet works perfectly in a lounge that is full of character for the bold and audacious! 

 

10. NEW YORK - Finn Place II, Tribeca, New York

What a better way to stand out than to add a dramatic flare by using unusual colored tiles for your lovely bathroom while also incorporating an intricate design? A bathroom, which in most cases is left stark and white, can be instantly sublimed with a bold tile and color accents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trendy Tile Options To Get Excited About!

Trendy Tile Options To Get Excited About!

There’s a lot of talk going on in the flooring industry right now and you and I both know that tile is where it all begins as it has always been a huge part of the interior design world.

There's not only tons of modern, chic tile trends to choose from, but tile itself is trending in a big way. The best way you do it is to choose something well-made and stylish that will stay in style for the lifetime of your floor. Here's just a few of my favorite floor home tile trends that I wanted to share with you all!

 

Chevron Tiles

The chevron pattern is a fabulous yet bold pattern that has a significant upshot on any room. It is very much like a herringbone pattern which is like a zig-zag of v’s on the floor. The pattern is almost mesmerizing in appearance and gives off a retro vibe too! Even with its bold and daring design, it'll fit right inside the most serene of homes.

And you're probably aware, it is not approved to install wood flooring in wet and warm areas as it can damage the material and ruin your floor. So by using the chevron effect tiles you can be right on trend to imitate or create a wood effect for your interior and sleep easier at night having the knowledge that your floor isn’t going to expand or become warped one day when you wake up!

 

Matte Tiles

Now you've known about matte colored cars, matte phones and even matte lipsticks but here's the new thing: matte tiles! These tiles shows sophistication, modernism, and keeps the dirt hidden - an all round winner.

Matte tiles also provides great grip and traction and blend in really well with the increasingly popular industrial trend. They’re perfect for bathrooms and wet-rooms and are the perfect combination if you’re looking to create the traditional/rustic infused with a splash of contemporary appearance within a room.

 

Marble Tiles

The tile nominated for the most classy, timeless, and elegant look award. Natural marble is soft and porous, susceptible to rings and challenging to keep clean. That’s the reason so many homeowners and interior designers choose tile for their floorings instead of natural marble.

Marble tiles have a great way of allowing light to bounce around a room, almost like a mirror effect. This is basically the reason why they’re so customarily used in bathrooms as they make the space seem bigger and lighter than it is!

 

Patterned Tiles

This is definitely my favorite type of tile and if I ever want to remodel my flooring, you can bet that patterned tiles are gonna be my absolute go-to tile! Patterned tiles have gone from strong to strongest in adding substance and color to the floor in a room. With an endless amount of patterns and designs available you are given total free reign when it comes to making a room your own. But just what is the right way to do it without it being “too much”?

To be honest, I really don't think there is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to patterned floors. Making a statement and showing off your personality with your home decor is all the rage and it definitely shows the real you! One of the best ideas I've ever gotten with utilizing patterned floors is to install them right at the front door area of your house. That way it will surely be the first focal point for your guests and it'll up the wow factor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Match Your Flowers With Vases

How To Match Your Flowers With Vases

So you just got yourself a fresh bouquet of gorgeous flower arrangement from the farmer's market, only to come home and place it in a vase that doesn't do it justice at all! While it's fun to pair, mix and match different types and colors of blooms to suit your taste and liking, the real deal come from the vases and containers that the bouquets will be living in. I've recently read up on how certain blooms pair best with certain vases (safe to say that I've experienced the struggle too) and here's the matches that works best together! So the next time you take home one, you'll know precisely the perfect way to showcase it.

 

1. SUNFLOWERS

Mason Jars

A mason jar is a simple and quirky way to showcase the bold and cheerful sunflower! Plus you can even decorate your mason jars beforehand for a flair of creativity!

 

Tall Cylinder

If you're a sunflower lover, you'll know that actual sunflowers are known to grow up to 12 feet tall! So using a tall vase not only shows how stunning they are but also ensures that they won't topple over.

 

Galvanized Pot

These containers give it the perfect rusty feel which pairs nicely with the carefree, laid back sunflower. If you're looking for farmhouse cottage vibes then this pairing is definitely for you!

 

2. ROSES

Fit and Flare

The fit and flare is the best vase to stylishly show off a slightly fuller rose bouquet. Works best with different coloured roses!

 

Trumpet vase

Roses are definitely statement flowers, so pair it with elegant shapes like the trumpet to up the luxe and wow factor.

 

Vintage Cut

Nothing shows off the timeless grace of roses more than an old fashioned vintage vase that you've uncovered from the basement.

 

3. CARNATIONS

Bubble Vase

Carnations are perfect for a small bubble bowl for its short and sturdy stems that can be cut to any length without harming them!

 

Short Cylinder

There's only one lone carnation here but a short vase actually adds more control to a larger bouquet of carnations.

 

Vintage Patterned Vases

It's a quirky match of the retro carnations with a beautifully patterned vase.

 

4. LILIES

Square Vase

The square vase is the perfect vase for lilies to blossom into a full bouquet that is sure to intrigued your guests.

 

Tall Slender Vase

Lilies are known to require fresh water daily and a tall and slender vase allows for easy refills and less spillage.

 

Bubble Vase

For those of you who prefers or have a smaller bouquet, this vase is perfect and looks super cute for the full blooms!

 

5. Orchids

Square Vase

A tall square vase will show off the elegant stems of your fresh orchids!

 

Oval Round Vase

The rounded shape at the bottom of the vase encourages the elegant curve of an orchid stem.

 

Bud Vase

By placing these stunning flowers inside a small, slim vase, the flowers do all the talking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day In Style!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day In Style!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and that constitutes the colour green, Irish leprechauns and of course, a pint (or 10) of good ol' Stout! 

If you're not in smack in the middle of the Heart of the Isles, that doesn't necessarily mean the celebration is reserved for bars and restaurants. We too can get the luck of the Irish on our side by bringing the celebration to us! 

 

I know I couldn't be bothered to find a sitter for the kids this St. Patrick's Day and by right, our sitters should be out celebrating the day everyone is automatically Irish!  This year, instead of the hubby and I go out and about town to our favourite bars and restaurants with friends, we decided we'll do our friends a solid by having them over for some homemade Guinness Irish Stew Lamb and drinks! We'll also keep it kid-friendly so the kids can hang around until its bedtime. 

 

DOORWAY TO THE POT OF GOLD

Wreaths are all the fad for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and more. So, why not make one for St. Patrick’s Day? They’re easy to make and you can pretty much reuse ornaments you may already have at home. Of course, we're going to stick to whites, blacks and a whole lot of green. Pretty affordable. Your door is the first impression and you want your guests to feel like they're about to walk into what may be the best night of their lives! 

Getting the kids involved in the decorating process is already a celebration on its own. Pick out a variety of green, silver or other colours that can help the green pop more; and have your kids help you decide on the combination. With mesh, ribbons and wreath work, you can create a one-of-a-kind St Patrick's Day wreath. See the full instructions here.  

Not a fan of the screaming Irish green? Opt for a more natural look with one that's made out of suitable leaves (artificial is optional.) You can spruce it up further with a couple of baby breaths or berries in the mix. 

Another option and this is actually my favourite! The Faux Succulent Wreath is just to die for! And, it creates an almost whimsical feel to the entire St. Patrick's Day vibe at home! I may just choose to do this. 

 

A FEAST TO CELEBRATE THE IRISH

I love the idea of using live plants to add to one's home. You can use live moss, but that can be a bit pricey and I’m sure artificial moss would look just lovely too! If you like to keep it minimalistic, go for a black and white tablecloth, it adds a touch of modern simplicity to the entire look while still keeping ambience festively Irish with hints of green.

This will definitely bring texture to your dining table and make your guests feel as if they're having an actual dining experience at some fancy Ireland place! And what's more is that I just absolutely love how this could go from St. Pats straight to your Easter table!  

 You can even upgrade your simple green napkins for the special occasion with a clever napkin-folding trick for a four-leaf clover table setting detail. 

Floral arrangements can definitely enhance your table setting. Green, white and gold call for a very elegant setting for guests to enjoy dinner before. Light green florals and green leaves will give you a soft whimsical look which when combined with rustic tones can highlight a very earth forest feel.

 

KIDDIES CORNER!

Colours, colours, colours rule the kids' corner! Prepare fun goodie bags, candies and pastries for the evening. Although, if there's sugar involved; you should probably let them all enjoy their sweet treats earlier in the day before the adults get down to some serious St. Pat's business. Use clear jars to display your enticing treats!

 

If you're planning in on having somewhat of a buffet concept, you can have a display table of treats where both the adults and kids can flock to for delicious treats as well.  

MERRY-GO BAR!

Last but not least, what is St Patrick's Day without a bar? If the kids can have a fun little corner, so can we! Don't forget to include your favourite snacks and cocktails in the mix! You can even chill your beer or stout if you get yourself a good cooler. Just remember the mantra: Green, White, Black!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody! 

February 23, 2018 — Di Kismet
Easy DIY Decor Projects For Girls

Easy DIY Decor Projects For Girls

When it comes to home decor, the options are endless and of course, depends on what your personal preference is. Trends always pop up and leave which is why spending on decor can be quite expensive in the long run. However the thirst and need for an aesthetically pleasing space is so very appealing, especially for girls who want to up their social media pictures game. It is intact a reality and it can't be denied how important having a place that looks good, can make one feel good too. Fret not if you're on a budget because these easy DIY decor projects will upgrade your aesthetic game without leaving a dent in your wallet!

 

 

 

 

Plants can really light up any room, but some of us aren't very blessed with a green thumb and plants more often than not die in our care. The usual alternative to this is using faux plants but how about taking it up a notch with something a bit more personal and handmade? This idea of a potted rock cactus plant is adorable! All you need to do is get some smooth rocks and paint them in shades of green or any other colour you'd like, then add cactus-like details on them such as thorns and mini flowers. It's cute, crafty and make great gifts too!

 

 

 

 

As girls, we often collect a lot of small things. In fact we need these basic things such as bobby pins, hair ties, and so on. Mason jars are a great way to store these things effectively while making them look neat. Take it a step further by using plastic animals on the jar lid and spray paint them a metallic hue so they look like chic designer jars. It's so simple and truly makes a huge impact!  

 

 

 

 

Weaving a dreamcatcher can be difficult as it requires some level of skills and patience, but this easy tassel hanger makes equally an amazing impact but saves up on time and effort! Tassels are fairly easy to make and require almost no skill, but they are trendy and look amazing hanging from the hoop as shown above. Definitely a must have for those looking for a creative wall hanger, and the best part of all, it can be customised to suit whatever colour swatch you like.

 

 

 

 

Spray paint is a crafter's saviour! With its many different colours to pick and choose from, its easy to transform normal every day items into pieces of art. With the consistency of being able to work with plastic. metals and other materials, as well as play around with tones as each coating of spray paint creates a different shade, I truly love that it's easy to create decor pieces like those plastic pineapples from a thrift shop shown above.

 

 

 

 

Washi tape is another one of those craft items that are really versatile. You can create so many different styles of items by just wrapping the tape around them or even create wall murals like these mountains by cutting pasting them on the wall.  

The Iridescent Trend & How To Incorporate It In Your Home

The Iridescent Trend & How To Incorporate It In Your Home

 

There's something completely magical about iridescent tones — the way they glisten and display a beautiful array of colours. The luminous glow of pearls, bubbles as they float, the inside of seashells or even simple oil slicks create this cascade of brilliant colours, both mysterious and out of the world at the same time. Iridescent tones have caught the eye of the design world and have become essential for not just your wardrobe and makeup kit,but also for styling your home. It comes as no surprise tome that iridescent decor has made a huge come back recently, just this time taking it one notch higher with its hues and how tastefully they’re used for styling. Here are some of the trends that I've come across and think are a must for trend hunters and magical creatures alike.

 

 

 

Having the whole home decorated in iridescent designs can definitely bean overkill and could look like a sci-fi movie set gone wrong. Take into account that these are statement pieces and should stand out against something more simplified. If you do want something that really pops, I'd suggest a feature window or glass panel at home. You can even use it as a room partition. This way you actually get to be in your own little bubble — literally!

 

 

 

 

Statement pieces are always a must for me. Especially if you happen to be looking for furniture that you want to make an impact with. Pick one piece of furniture you'd like to highlight and get it in iridescent tones. Not only is it a great conversation starter, this piece will put you ahead of the decor game.

 

 

 

 

Though mostly seen on the windows of places of worship, stained glass can offer the same type of colour play in your home. Most commonly used as chimes or sun catchers, stained glass with natural light shining through, definitely allows you to get the complete prism of colours dancing around your home. It has since evolved into many different types of home decor, much to my delight. Now you can get a gorgeous mosaic decor piece to add a touch of magic to your room. A cheaper DIY alternative is using old CDs and breaking them up into pieces, then gluing them into any design you desire. The effect is pretty much similar and it won't cost you much.

 

 

If you've ever dreamed of being a mermaid, this one is definitely for you! Image having a nice shower after a long day of work in your own personal sanctuary where the tiles glisten and glimmer, in iridescent tones transporting you to a magical place of your own. For me, there's something about being in water and watching the colours move with the light that is completely calming and beautiful.