Tuesday, 20 February 2018

House Envy: Minimalist Mediterranean Vibes in Nashville!

Minimalist and Mediterranean? That's an unique combination, isn't it? What would that look like? Well let's not keep you in suspense any longer. Designed by Clare Kennedy and Mitzi Maynard, this Nashville home that we are about to peek into was transformed into a light-filled, minimalist, soothing home that is a must see.

Starting from a pair of fabulous antique English doors that greet you at the entrance to the single oversize brass pendant over the large concrete kitchen counter that creates a glamorous statement, the home has been designed with minimal architecture for a plush yet fuss free and relaxed living. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty of layers of textures all over that makes this home a study in luxurious minimalism. From the vintage Oushak rug to the towering steel doors, the Beehive pendant and original Addie Chapin painting in the master bedroom, this home is decorated with interesting statement pieces and features that make the overall design unforgettable.

So come with me to Nashville and let's wander through this beautiful and stately Mediterranean masterpiece and see if you too go all white with envy!So what did you think? White hot with envy for this plush and curated interior? I am!

Till next time... check out more house envy posts here.

ALL IMAGES SOURCED FROM MY DOMAINE HOME

Thursday, 15 February 2018

House Envy: A Grand Californian Dream!

Can you guess where we are off to today? We are off to Kourtney Kardashian's stunning Californian home that was featured in the coveted Architectural Digest in 2017!

Reality TV stars, the Kardashians need absolutely no introduction! Their fashion and style is quite unique and so is their taste in interiors. I personally really like Kourtney's decor style! Every room in her home is styled with restraint yet is absolutely unforgettable!

To create a show-stopping modern family home that is both glamorous and lived-in, Kourtney collaborated with celebrity decorator, Martyn Lawrence Bullard. From classic vintage pieces like the vintage Jules Leleu desk in her office to reupholstered Jean-Michel Frank lounge chairs in her bedroom to the playful neon-light artwork installed above her 5 year old daughter Penelope's pink headboard, Kourtney's home is a treasure trove of modern, vintage and mid-century art and furniture.

So come with me as I peek into Kourtney Kardashian's spectacular home, styled and dressed to perfection and see if you too turn green with house envy!

So what do you think? That art collection is just va-va-voom! Well, could you live here? I could, quite happily!😁

If you want to take a peek into a more Hampton's style home, click here or a true bohemian beauty, have a look here.

Till next time... have a great day and I'll see you all soon!

ALL IMAGES SOURCED FROM ARCHITECHTURAL DIGEST

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentine's / Galentine's Day!

Tomorrow is Valentine's/ Galentine's Day and if you haven't got your special V-Day gift sorted yet, then you need to definitely read on! Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day...here are my top 5 go to last minute pressies that'll make anyone feel all loved up!💓Luxury Bed Linen
You can't go wrong with super soft, sumptuous, environmentally friendly luxury bed linen! My favourites are the super-soft, pure flaxlinen sheet set from Bedtonic, white linen quilt cover set from Temple & Webster and Dove Grey linen sheet set from Hunting for George. P.S. Hunting for George are offering same day delivery for all orders over $50 and before 12pm tomorrow! #winning

Photoshoot Gift Voucher
A professional photograph is an amazing way to capture special moments. For a special and intimate photoshoot, I love Paula's fresh style of photography and the professional yet fun experience that Verve offers. This Valentine's Day Verve Potraits has teamed up with the Hunger Project to give the gift of love and empowerment to people living in hunger so that they can transform their lives. By purchasing one of their mid-week vouchers you can help do your bit this V-Day as all proceeds go to the Hunger Project! What a great initiative and what better way to celebrate love than with those who need it the most! Book it in!

Favourite Magazine Subscription
A year long magazine subscription is a fantastic last minute gift idea! My favourites... Darling Mag, Adore and Inside Out!

Art
Art that makes your or your beloved's heart sing is a great way to celebrate love and also kickstart your art collection. My favourites are the Whale Bay, Antartica by Zaria Forman and Iris Scott's spectacular finger painted prints! If you're looking for instant gratification then check out the beautiful downloadable designs on offer from PosteraDesign.

Chunky Knit Throw
Winter's coming and a chunky knit throw is a great way to snuggle, cosy up and get your hygge on! There are some plush ones on Etsy! So get going!

And just remember, all above gifts should come with a side order of a big box of chocolates or champagne!😋

Till next time... have a fantastic Valentine's/ Galentine's Day!

xox
Rani

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Balancing Your Courtyard Walls with Green Space

Great design is about all about balance. When working with courtyards, every choice must be space-efficient, serve a purpose and work within a harmonised aesthetic, considering the limited space you have.

Green space is one of the most important factors of an outdoor area. Surrounding yourself with nature has known health benefits, including stress relief, an increased sense of connectedness, air purification and increased serotonin levels, which directly relate to happiness and motivation.

Look around your courtyard; do you see a healthy balance? How much green space do you have? Do you feel as though is it the perfect mix of comfort, security and nature? If not, here are some quick and effective ways of restoring your green space.
Perimeter Garden Beds
Lining your courtyard with garden beds enhances your boundary wall with beautiful foliage, offering a lush backdrop to revitalise the space. This is a space efficient way of incorporating garden beds without surrendering too much floor space. Hedging bushes, ferns and shrubs offer dense foliage, whilst tropical plants or flowers can offer statement splashes of colour.
Vertical Gardens
Garden walls, living walls, green walls, or hanging gardens, are taking the design world by storm. Mounting your plants on a wall ensures that you need not sacrifice a single inch of floor space, whilst still harnessing the power of green space.

Trellises and Climbers
In keeping with wall-bound gardens, climbing plants like ivy, wisteria and star jasmine grow beautifully across frames, overhead beams, fencing and trellises. For an added bonus, passionfruit vines will mature and offer delicious fruits for desserts, fruit salads and summery cocktails!

Retaining Wall Planter Boxes
If your courtyard requires retaining, or needs levelling, retaining walls can offer integrating planter boxes to line one side of your courtyard with. A mix of ornamental grasses, shrubbery and foliage can create a thick jungle wall, or treat yourself to a DIY veggie patch!

Whilst masonry can be tricky, expensive and time consuming, there are modular DIY kits that are made of lightweight materials and offer super simple installation (as quick as a single weekend), whilst giving the same premium look of a rendered brick wall. Best of all, you can paint or clad them with stack stone or tiling to match the rest of your courtyard!

Potted plants
If garden beds aren’t possible, pots and plants come in all shapes and sizes! From the traditional floor pots, to wall planters, to hanging plant baskets, there are endless ways to add potted plants to your courtyard.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your pot choices; metals can add a touch of industrial chic, macramé hanging baskets embrace a bohemian coastal vibe and tiled or painted patterns can add a unique flair to an otherwise neutral space.
Introducing these design ideas and expert tips into your courtyard will help transform even the smallest space into a functional, stylish and relaxing space that you can enjoy with family and friends.

Till next time... balance your courtyard walls with green space!

xox
Rani

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Design Envy: A Design Forward Fashion Boutique!

Welcome back & Happy New Year!

I've been away for almost seven weeks and a lot has happened since then. Some great, some sad, but long story short, we're back with a bang!

This year is an exciting one for our design blog... more amazing house/design envy tours, stylish home improvement products reviews, latest trends in wall treatments, flooring options and outdoor furniture, design interviews and definitely more interior design inspiration and affordable décor tips! 

Today were kicking off 2018 with an amazing design envy tour of a contemporary fashion boutique - Gia X. Designed and styled by the bespoke design firm Studio Y., the contemporary fashion boutique is situated in Essendon, Melbourne and boasts of seriously enviable interiors.
The dramatic industrial aesthetics of the boutique embraces a contemporary and sleek design with ceiling mounted display racks, that are definitely the hero of this beautiful space. The clothes displayed on vertically mounted blackened steel frames also support shelving and artwork while floor mounted podiums are placed sporadically throughout the store.

Studio Y. chose to take a minimalist approach to designing the fashion forward boutique, while complementing the clean lines with an infusion of warmth through lush botanicals, green velvet furniture and luxurious floor rugs.

The arched doorways of the pretty change rooms are draped in velvet curtaining while the lighting is indirect and recessed, shedding soft and flattering illumination onto patrons.

If you're interested to know where the beautiful products used to style this gorgeous fashion boutique is from, I've put together a quick 'Shop The Look' section below. 

Not only fashion forward, the unforgettable interior spaces of Gia X is hip, contemporary and design forward. So are you green with envy yet? I am!
Shop The Look

Rug: Everest Rug from Hali

Chaise Lounge and Chaise Lounge with back: James Richardson Furniture

Chaise Lounge Fabric: ‘Jungle’ (velvet) by Instyle Atelier. This fabric is also used for change room curtains.

Joinery: Alpine Haze laminate in Natural Finish and Black melamine in Velvet Finish

Lighting [Downlights, custom pendants, ceiling mounts, directional lighting, joinery lighting, recessed strip lighting]: Ambience Lighting

Stools and planters: Redfox & Wilcox

Flooring treatment: Existing concrete floor was polished

Wall treatment: Subway wall tiles by Classic Ceramics

Wall Paints: Artistic render paint by artist Meg Milton to match Dulux 'Dieskau' and Dulux 'Raku'.
Change rooms: Dulux ‘Lilac Light’. Dulux ‘Natural White’ was used elsewhere.

If I have left something out or if you have any queries, feel free to reach out to me via Instagram or comment below and I'll be sure get back to you.

Till next time... hope you enjoyed this design envy tour and welcome back!

xox
Rani
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Studio Y. creates bespoke spatial experiences that are a potent mixture of constructive imagination and playful practicality.Their multi-disciplinary team of interior designers, architects and graphic designers, combine their expertise and creativity with client aspirations to transform spaces into tactile reality.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

7 Ways to Revitalise Your Home for 2018

Today is the last day of 2017. Tomorrow starts a brand new year! A new year means new adventures and new projects. Many homeowners use this time of year to make upgrades and additions to their home creating happy memories among all the chaos and craziness. These projects also add value to your home as well as rejuvenate it. Keep reading for our seven simple ways to revitalise your home for 2018.

Patio Remodel
One great way to revitalise your home this year is with a patio renovation. Adding new, weather -resistant outdoor furniture can give a new lease of life to your pation. Experiment with different colour paint and look for something that is both functional and comfortable. Outdoor radiant heaters are another great way to spruce up your patio and make it an inviting and comfortable place for you and your family to relax in. 

Add Colour
A fun and fresh way to regenerate your home in 2018 is to add a splash of colour. Hues that are trending currently are both bold and bright as well as subtle. The bold and bright colours making a splash this year are lime green, canary yellow, peacock blue, and citrus orange! These shades would look great on an accent wall. The subtle hues that are popular for 2018 include lilacs and greys, which are both very stress relieving and revitalising. 

Eco-Lighting
Another excellent way to reinvigorate your home this year is to add eco-lighting. If you’re looking at new appliances, make sure to review them thoroughly and purchase appliances that are eco-friendly and energy conscious. Not only will you reap the benefits of a smaller energy bill, but also your home will have a better value with the addition of the eco-friendly updates if you should ever want to sell.

Voice-Activated Home Features
The voice-activated home assistants such as Alexa or Google Home have become quite popular in this past year and will continue to integrate into the home within 2018. These gadgets have become increasingly helpful as you can program them to turn on the lights when the voice phrase is spoken. As technology advances so will these devices to where you will be able to turn almost anything on and off in your home just by using voice activated commands.

Go Modern
One way to instil energy into your lifeless kitchen is with a new, sleek look. Open floor plans, as well as a clean line look to the counters and cabinets, will have everyone buzzing about your modern kitchen. While everything is hidden behind closed doors, you invest in a clean and minimalist look that is both decorative and functional. 

Install Solar 
Nowadays, everybody is going green and more concerned about making environmentally-friendly choices. This awareness has increased the need to find sustainable energy sources, including solar panels. A fantastic way to refresh your home in 2018 is to utilise solar in your home. Make sure your budget can allow it as solar can be expensive, but the benefits are worth the early investment. 

Utilise Landscaping
The last way to revitalise your home for 2018 is to add or remodel your current garden. Try something different this year and add in flowers or shrubs that you have never experienced before. Additionally, install a beautiful water feature in the centre of the backyard or an open fire pit to make memories with your loved ones.

As 2018 is almost upon us, think about all the lovely memories you want to make in your home this year. Whether you revitalise your home in 2018 by remodelling the patio, installing solar, or adding colour, new memories will be made during the process and long into the future! 

Hope you've enjoyed all our blog posts for 2017. This is our last post for this year. Thank you to all our loyal La Maison Jolie blog readers, our social media followers and supporters. None of this would be possible without you! So a HUGE thank you for all the love and see you all on the bright side of 2018!

Till next time... wish you all a very Happy New Year! 

xox
Rani

Friday, 15 December 2017

House Envy: A Minimalist Scandinavian Wonderland!

Are you looking for pretty inspiration to have a Scandinavian style Christmas in your home? Well look no further... here's some dreamy inspiration just for you!

This 1930s 220-square-foot mansion on the outskirts of Copenhagen has been beautifully decorated with simple earthy treasures consisting of leaves, branches and cones against a monochrome canvas. Nature clearly plays an important role in this house.

I love how the entire home is decorated with twigs and branches and simple green garlands. Literally everywhere you look there is a subtle nod to nature! The minimalist and neutral colour palette allows the furniture and the festive styling to really shine! And how beautiful are the timber beams in the master bedroom? Oh I'm definitely white or green with house envy!

So come with me as we take a walk through this minimalist Scandinavian Christmas wonderland filled with treasures from nature!
So what do you think? Are you white with envy too? Are you planning on decorating your home with simple and earthy treasures?

Till next time... how are you decorating your home for Christmas this year?


xox
Rani
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