Ideas to steal from the Maison & Objet Fair in Paris!

January 30, 2014

Turn a corridor into a club with flashy neon

@M&O


Or create an abyssal decoration

@M&O

Unpair your chairs to breathe life back into your dining table

@Vincent Sheppard

Create a luminous view in a blind room 

@Flamant

 Brighten your room with a total white look

@Baxter

Mesmerize your guests

@JNL collection

Create a room divider that call to voyeurism

@Emanuel Ungaro

Seat on your canvas


@innermost

Design Inspiration - Kourtney Kardashian's Bold Design

January 23, 2014
I'm sure you have probably seen these photos of Kourtney Kardashian's house but I couldn't resist.  I know some people thought it was tacky but I LOVED it.  They took a lot of daring risks with the design that makes me want to step out of my comfort zone.

The light installation, coupled with the black and white stripes and the shot of blues turned this room in a masterpiece.
Loving the stripe ceiling and the unconventional kids decor.

The striped chevron fabric is to die for.
 Even though I don't like the wallpaper, this is one sophisticated family room.

 The mirror over the stove and chevron wallpaper took this average kitchen up a notch.
 Loving the wooden stool
 Okay the bedroom was a little Vegas for me but I'm loving the molding.
 Loving this rug in the kids room.  Isn't it great how they incorporate the chevron pattern everywhere
 The wood floors in the music room are to die for.
 Definitely Vegas, but I love the chevron blinds and mirrored doors.
Black walls and colored coded books in the library makes a great combo.

So what do you think?  Too bold or are you inspired?


Luxe for Less & DIY - Pottery Barn Mirror

January 18, 2014
I've loved this Pottery Barn mirror for years but at $699 it's overpriced and the wrong color.  There are numerous tutorials to DIY your own mirror  but they seemed a little too complicated aka they had math involved and I don't have the patience for measurements.  I also have an irrational fear that I might lob off a finger messing around with a circular saw so those tutorials weren't for me.  Nope, definitely not for me, I love my fingers.

Then, I saw this tutorial using Dollar Store mirrors and I figured, why not try it? Even if it was a epic fail I wouldn't blow a lot of money.

I didn't follow all the instructions in the link above because I wanted a much bigger mirror and needed a more sturdy and stable backing.



I started with 25 of these mirrors from the dollar store.  They're really cheap looking with a plastic frame and they come in black, brown and  I believe red.


I painted the frames with Martha Stewart gold craft paint


Since the mirror would have some weight to it and I wanted to hang it,  I purchased  this kit from Michaels for less than $5 to use.




I also purchased a sheet of 5 MM plywood and had it cut the Home Depot for $15. (no circular saw for me).  I screwed the hanging hook into wood on either side and I did pull my level out to make sure they lined up together.  The piece of plywood I used measured 43 x 54 3/8.



I made sure the mirrors hung over wood by about 1/4 of the inch on all sides and just lined them up by eye balling them and glued them down using E-6000.

Here's the final product.  Isn't it pretty?  I only had one mishap when I pressed down too hard on one of the mirrors over the hanging screws and it broke so be careful when pressing down over that area if you are going to try this project. Other than that mishap, it was an easy, peasy project than gives a great impact.



Here's a sneak peak of how it looks in my room.  I'm finally on track to finish the room after a gazillion years. Yeahhh!!!

Linking this to Thrifty Decor Chick 




A Bright Zoo

January 11, 2014
From hunting trophy made of paper to Chinese lanterns through artistic nightlights, who said that animal lamps were only for children?

Paper Lanterns Petit Pan, between 45 and 100 euros.


Rabbit Lamp by Moooi, 404 € at Made in design.

Paper Lamps by Zoolight, starting at 65 € at Pop Line.

A kitsch Bambi Lamp by Pakhuis Oost, 43 € at Bubblemag.

Rabbit and Jelly Teddy Bear by Egmont Toys, starting at 48 € at Pop Line.


Paper lamps by artist Frank Gehry, currently presented in Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong.

Home Decor Shopping in Bali

January 08, 2014
If you’re going to Bali soon, don’t forget to stop in Seminyak for some shopping! You can find all kinds of home décor and furniture at a bargain price, and you can ship everything everywhere in the world.

Before moving to practical details, let’s see some examples of what you can find in Bali.

Home Decor & Lightings in Bali

Axioo* shop
A photographic calendar @axioo 

Magnetic frames

You can change the pics anytime


Bar stools covered with printed fabrics at Hobo*


Ligthings in fabric, wood and wicker at Purnama*

A lamp I bought for a little more than 10USD

Wicker baskets and bathroom accessories at Dini Art Store* and lightings and home decor items at Sands Bali*.

Furniture in Bali

A crush on Bagatelle* shop and its rattan chairs

Original creations of Bagatelle

You’ll find absolutely everything at Warisan* but the prices are a bit higher.

Balinese and colonial style furniture can be bought at Kenny Furniture* and Christy furniture*.


Traditional Balinese door




For more classic furniture you can go to Valore*, they have modern indoor and outdoor furniture.

Art

Glass creations of Focus Design*.

Sold with the wooden base for about 50USD


Gigantic stainless steel sculptures of Chenergy* gallery.

Another sculpture made by Chen 



Practical details & Delivery

Where to go?

If you don’t have much time, just go to Kerokoban Street (Jalan Kerokoban) which stretches from Seminyak to Kuta. It’s 5 min away from the center of Seminyak (30.000 Rp), 10 minutes from the center of Kuta, and 20 minutes from the airport. But you’ll find home décor shops all over the place in Bali ! You can also customize and personalize your furniture for a very reasonable price.

Shipping furniture from Bali

Furniture can be shipped everywhere in the world. I asked in 2 shops and it’s around USD200 to ship 1 cubic meter to Paris and the same price for 2 cubic meters to New York, whatever the weight of your container. Don’t forget to ask about applicable taxes and/or VAT in your home country.

If you buy from several different shops you can hire an export agent (such as Lys Trading, Bali Export Asia ou Permata International Cargo). They’ll collect everything from the different shops and will send it for you.

Good to Know...

Balinese woods are used to humidity. When you ship them to a drier country, the wood might crack if it hasn’t been properly dried or if it’s of a poor quality. Better spend a few dollars more to avoid that kind of bad surprises.

When you buy brand new furniture, check the Forest Stewardship Council label to make sure it promotes a responsible management of forests.

And don’t forget to bargain!

More Home Decor in Indonesia…

Home Décor addicts : go to Java Island ! Furniture and delivery are cheaper than in Bali and it’s a real paradise for Home Décor and furniture. Java is also a very interesting destination for tourism : less tourists but a lot to see !

Addresses:

  • Axioo, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman, Seminyak (+62 878 6280 1950)
  • Bagatelle, Jl.Kunti No. 4C Seminyak Bali 80361,
  • Chenergy, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman, Kuta, Bali (+62 361 721 638)
  • Christy Furniture & Art Gallery, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No.98, Kuta (+62 361 735 502)
  • Dini Art Shop, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No. 93 (+62 361 734 995)
  • Focus Design, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Kelod Br. Tama No.1, Kuta (+62 361 847 6154)
  • Hobo Store, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No. 105, Seminyak (+62 361 733 369) + Denpasar : Jl Muding Indah 13/3
  • Kenny Furniture & Antique, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. TamanNo. 96, Kuta (+62 361 730 636)
  • Purnama, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman, Kuta (+62 081 999 011 941) + Denpasar : Jl. Iman Bonjol Gg 100
  • Valore, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No. 86a, Kuta, (+62 361 742 3505)



If you have any recommendation, please post your tips in the comments section below or send us an email (with pictures) so that we can update this article.

Enjoy your Holidays ! :)

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