Monday, April 7, 2014

5 Ways To Add Global Flair to Your Space

It was love at first sight when I saw this headboard in a recent issue of House Beautiful magazine.  Talk about a show stopper!  The gorgeous curves and lines, the elaborate architectural detail, and the finish of this Thai screen turned headboard from are stunning! Those unique details plus the fact that an upholstered velvet backing was added create a completely one-of-a-kind look in this bedroom. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This look is a great example of Global Chic done right.
In interior design, Global Chic typically refers to a blending and layering of contemporary, polished home decor with global influence and often employs the use of graphic patterns.  A good mix of global elements and natural materials, exotic textiles, and accent pieces with a rustic finish give a space depth and character and are key to creating a Global Chic look. 

Here are 5 simple ways to add some Global Sophistication to your space:
  1. Layer Your Rugs. Try layering rugs of different texture and/or pattern to add visual interest and to enrich the look of the space.
  2. Use textiles (pillows, throws, drapes, etc.) with graphic pattern and rich color like the Suzani pillows seen here.
  3. Incorporate accents made out of natural materials like hand carved wood.  Rustic and intricately carved pieces such as this artisanal mango wood coffee table.
  4. Anchor the space with neutrals.  Global chic isn't about filling your space with internationally inspired trinkets.  To successfully pull off the look, select and pair exotic accents with more classic, clean-lined furniture and neutral pieces.  This will anchor your space as seen in this photo below.
  5. Use artifacts and pieces from different countries and cultures to help create a well-traveled, one-of-a-kind look. 
Need inspiration for your global chic update? Need help adding some global flair to a space? Contact me here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Big News!! We're HomeGoods Happy

I'm so excited to announce Saudah Saleem Interior's collaboration with HomeGoods!! I was one of 4 new designers chosen from across the country this year to represent HomeGoods on Pinterest!   Each week I'll be sharing photos and design and styling tips with the HomeGoods Pinterest audience of over 90,000 people!! 
Honestly, no matter the project size or budget, HomeGoods is my “go-to” spot for finding amazing and unique accents and furnishings to update both my home and clients spaces.  As a participant in the Happy By Design program, I'll be sharing creative ideas for using everyday HomeGoods finds to really personalize, style, refresh, renew and re-imagine your living spaces.  

Here are some goodies I spotted on a recent trip to HomeGoods.

  Lots of great accents in stock just in time for springtime decorating.

I couldn't resist grabbing a few pieces. I picked up this runner and tableware in gorgeous hues of blue and green - they'll be perfect for an impromptu Spring Soiree!

To check out daily inspiring pins and designer tips, join me and the other super talented designers here!  I'm really looking forward to sharing my passion with others.  I'm honored to be featured alongside such a stellar cast of designers from all around the country and am truly grateful for your continued support.  I do hope you'll follow along on this exciting journey.

This post is sponsored by HomeGoods and Happy By Design. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Spring "Refresh" for A Sweet Girl's Homework Nook

Spring is officially here! What better way to welcome the new season than to do a little freshening up around the house?  Typically we talk about making changes to our own living space, but what about the kids?  Why not get them on board with sprucing up their own space too?  Just as adults need a retreat after a day at work, kids often require a place to decompress after longs days at school. 

This was the idea behind a simple "refresh" I did for my clients' sweet daughter.  My clients wanted to create a comfortable space for their daughter that would inspire her and make her feel special.  My client and her husband each have home offices but wanted a designated space in the house for their young daughter to work. They wanted to create a sense of ownership for their daughter, an area she could call her own.  After a conversation with the client's daughter, we decided to carve out a space in their daughter's room where she could do homework, read, write, stash keepsakes, be motivated and be inspired. 

Here are the results: A fun, light, airy, happy homework nook!
Here's what we did:

Step 1 Update the look.My clients already had this great desk and hutch, but after years of being exposed to the kids, it had seen better days.  We added a fresh coat of paint to the desk and hutch and replaced old and missing knobs with gorgeous vintage glass drawer knobs. 
Step 2 Make the space functional by adding cork board to the hutch and then covering the cork board with  a modern patterned chevron paper.
Step 3 Incorporate cute usable storage by adding the storage ottoman that's perfect for tucking away toys and books and can double as extra seating.  We also bought in some faux leather keepsake boxes from HomeGoods to store her precious photos and jewelry.
Step 4 Repeat design elements.  The glass ball table lamp goes perfectly with the glass knobs on the drawers.
Step 5 Personalize the space by adding ribbon, in her favorite colors, to the lampshade.  Monograms are a great way to personalize a space. Painting an over-sized initial "A" (the first letter of her name) reinforces the idea that this space is just for her.
Step 6 Add a touch of whimsy to keep things fun and youthful!  The bright colored paper flowers, furry pillow, custom painted desk chair and overall happy color scheme of the accessories were a hit with my client's daughter.

We didn't stop there.  We decided to add some spring flair to other areas of the room as well.  Below is a shot of the dresser I painted and topped off with bright yellow tassels for a fun touch.  We used a porcelain cake tray to hold her strands of beads while the vintage silver cup serves as a landing spot for her bracelets.

Both my clients and their daughter loved the look.  The look is simple enough to build upon with accessories and personal touches as my client's daughter gets older.

 What spring touches are you adding to your space?  Need help with ideas for welcoming spring with your decor, contact me at

Friday, March 7, 2014

PROJECT REVEAL: Sophisticated Family Dining Room Makeover

My client, a busy mom of 4 wanted a simple, elegant and "adult" update to her dining room.   She'd been wanting a dining space she and her husband could entertain guests in but would also easily service the needs of their modern family.  Like many families today, their dining room is used for kids' homework and projects and regular Sunday dinners.  However, the room also used to accommodate the occasional adult dinner party or brunch. Based on our conversations about the family's personal style, color preferences, likes and dislikes, we came up with these 2 design plans.

My client fell in love with the design elements in option #2. She loved the energy that the infusion of rich orange, of one her favorite colors, would bring to the space. She also liked that we incorporated more functional and traditional pieces like the large dark wood dining table. The table is huge and would allow ample space for both hosting grand dinner parties and helping the kids homework.   Here are the results of the dining room transformation.

The table, which seats 8 comfortably, is perfect for dining parties and entertaining.
Brass nailhead trim, gorgeous lines and curves, rich color and texture..What's not to love about these chairs?

I think my favorite piece in this room is the chandelier.  The fixture's iron frame combined with the delicate strands of crystal are what make this piece such a unique beauty.  It's simply stunning when lit and is totally worth every minute I spent assembling those gorgeous strands of crystal!  It is sure to be the topic of conversation when guests are gathered for the family's next dinner party.

Interested in revamping a space in your own home? Contact me at to find out how to get started.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to Hide Everyday Clutter - Stylish Entryway Storage That Works

When I'm designing a space, I start with determining what purpose needs to be fulfilled.  What is the client trying to accomplish with this design?  I created this entryway in my client's home to serve 3 purposes.  The entryway needed to: 

1. be comfortable
2. be stylish
3. be efficient

The plan was to create an entryway that provided the family with "smart" (hard working and good looking) storage. I came up with this design scheme to incorporate the family's need for serious storage as well as their desire for a stylish new look. At first glance, you wouldn't know that this setup is a landing spot for a busy family of 5.

The first step in the design process was to outfit the space with a hardworking console table.  This small table near the door is the perfect place for the family to drop off  keys, mail, and other small items plus it has 4 drawers below that provide additional hidden storage. I gave the table a more customized look by painting the hardware with a hammered copper finish.

Next we added 2 rolling woven storage ottomans.  Not only do the ottomans hold shoes and wintertime accessories like gloves, scarves and hats, they also serve as extra seating.

 A decorative storage box was placed on the table to hide and corral grab and go items. While the vintage wire basket (on the floor to the left) works great for holding umbrellas and/or the kids' sports equipment in the summer months.

The final step in the design process was to add personal touches like the tribal print rugs, the imported mirror and the mercury glass lamp.  Including these final elements are what make the space unique to the family and shows off their own personal style.

In general, a great entryway should organize,  minimize and conceal clutter.  It should also reflect the personal style of the person who occupies the space.  I think we accomplished that here. 

What are your thoughts? Would this design work for you and your family?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Little Statement Art Goes A Long Way

 Although gallery walls groupings add an interesting and collected look to a living space, I've found that using one single piece of over-sized art or "Statement Art", as I like to call it, tends to make more of an impact than groupings of smaller objects.
Two common misconceptions about using large scale art in designing a space is that you either need a room with soaring ceilings to pull off the look or that using an over-sized piece will make the space feel smaller. Not true!  An over-sized piece can actually make a space look larger and you do not need high ceilings to successfully pull off the look.

Here are some of my favorite examples of how using a large scale art can make a huge impact on otherwise simple spaces.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Modern Use of A Traditional Color - An Ode to Navy Blue


 I would use all of the above to describe the dramatic effect adding navy to a space can bring.   Most people assume that using dark colors in a space will instantly brings the mood of the space down.  This idea couldn't be the furthest from the truth!  Using a deep dark shade of  navy blue can actually add tons of life to your space.   Navy is a perfect example of a dark color that adds instant sophistication and elegance to a space.

When you think of navy, you may tend to think of it as nautical or traditional. But it's so much more.  Here are some of my favorite modern uses of this traditional color.

Look how well navy works with so many different colors. What's not to love?