Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ramadan Is Here! :Preparing Your Home for Guests During Ramadan


Ramadan Greetings! It's that time of year again when Muslims from around the world participate in the holy month of Ramadan.  During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, engage in charitable activities and focus on prayer, self improvement and dedication to belief.  It is a time of intense spiritual renewal. 

In addition to fasting and prayer, Ramadan also means entertaining family and friends at home. At the end of the day during Ramadan, it's customary to host guests and serve food to break fast with.  These "after sunset gatherings" can range from very lavish to modest and quaint.  Either way, hosting a successful "iftar" or break fast requires some coordination and a little planning.

I was more than thrilled to be asked by SISTERS magazine, the UK's first magazine for Muslim women to put together some tips on preparing your home for guests during Ramadan. The print and online magazine is comprised of an eclectic group of writers, journalists, and artists who are based all over the world, from London to New York to Johannesburg. 

The tips I came up with can be used not only during Ramadan, but also for year round entertaining.  You can check out the article below:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday "Must Haves" (sorry "life" happened between Monday and today and I'm just getting around to posting)


I wanted to introduce you to one of my fav Super Chic Color Combos: MINT & GOLD.  Well, some call it "mint", some call it "seafoam green" while others refer to it as "pistachio,"  either way, combining this pastel and mettallic is a lways a good look in my opinion. Perfect for spring and summer, this combination is both fresh and classy all at once! What do you think?


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Guess who's appearing on HGTV.com!

So HGTV.com came calling and I answered without hesitation.  One day a few months agao I got an email from an editor at HGTV.com asking if they could include a photo of my work in a feature they were doing on stylish storage.  Any DIYer or Interior Design fanatic would be nuts to say no. So of course I said "YES!"and the results are this great feature below. So stop on over to HGTV to check it out now!

Monday, June 25, 2012

MONDAY "Must Haves" - ROCKIN' MOROCCAN



Today's "Must Haves" features items perfect for infusing Moroccan style into your decor! Although Morocco is a North African country, its d├ęcor is a mixture of Arab, Spanish and French influences. It seems like I receive more requests for help incorporating Moroccan style into room decor than any other style. Maybe its the exotic and inviting look, the rich jeweled colors, the layered textures or intricate patterns that attracts so many people to Moroccan design. Check out today's items and try adding some Moroccan flavor to your space this summer!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday "Must Haves" -- FIERCE & BOLD ECLECTIC SUMMER

Today's Monday Must Haves features fierce patterns and bold colors perfect for achieving a summer/boho eclectic look for both your interiors and personal style.

Pay special attention to the AMAZING hand painted jewelry designs by artist YUMNAH NAJAH.  Her pieces are wearable art and are absolutely stunning. I mean, the Blossoming Butterfly Oval Earrings are to die for!


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Adding a little pattern to your wardrobe or living space is a guaranteed way to add interest to your everday look plus I really think it improves your overall mood too.  Just a gance at all the items featured below puts me in a happier mood and makes me smile.  Any of these items added to a neautral outfit or room would really do the trick.  They add just enough color to keep the eye interested.  What do you think?
As always, click on the corresponding numbers to find out where and how to purchase these finds. Enjoy!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday "Must Haves"-- SUMMER TRAVEL CHIC


If your life is hectic like mine, you've probably already began counting down the days untill your summer vacay, road trip or getaway. I know I have. I am in serious need of a getaway!

Today's Monday Must Have features what I like to call TRAVEL CHIC items pefect for expressing a bit of style while soaking in some sun. The cool thing about today's items are the detail and range in price of the items. The super cool personal fan is less than $20! And don't miss the amazing luggage tags with the cute antiqued silver metal airplane charm  and nameplate also at an amazing price! They come in a variety of patterns to suite all personal style tastes and are def a must!

And you can't take a road trip without Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer's new book, I Brake for Yard Sales. The book is filled with great tips on how to find those diamond in the rough pieces at yard sales and flea markets you come across in your travels and then what to do with them when you get them home.

So good people, don't delay! Check out these fab finds below and as always, click on the corresponding numbers to find out the where and how to purchase. Enjoy!


 
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Friday, May 11, 2012

And the Winner Is....

Thanks to all who participated in my very 1st Giveaway by spreading the word, subscribing to the blog and clicking the LIKE button. So without furher delay, THE WINNER OF SAUDAH SALEEM INTERIOR'S ONLINE ROOM DESIGN GIVEAWAY IS....drumroll......NAZAAHAH AMIN! Congrats Nazaahah! I'll be in touch!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Let's CELEBRATE!!


WOOHOO!! We just reached over 200 Facebook LIKES!!
So to CELEBRATE, I'm offering you a chance at an  AMAZING giveaway!


GIVEAWAY DETAILS
  1. Winner will receive an online design board with finishes, furniture, and  accessories selected just for his/her space.
  2. Winner must complete a simple design questionnaire to help pinpoint your stye, likes and dislikes.
  3. Winner must submit photos of the room they would like to be re-designed.
  4. Winner will be randomly chosen.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday "Must Haves"

Can't make it on that cruise or island getaway you've been daydreamining about?  Use some of these Must Have items to create an oasis in your own backyard!  Today's Monday Must Haves features bright colors and great looks for outdoor summer time entertaining and fun.

Sometimes its all about working with what you have. And if you have a patch of grass, why not go ahead and make it your own. Personalize your outdoor space by adding some inspiring color and refreshing style to welcome the summer. 

As always, click on the numbered links below to find out where and how to start on your own backyard getaway!



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Monday "Must Haves!"

Over the past few years TARGET has partnered with top designers such as Jason Wu, Liberty of London, Zac Posen, and Alexander McQueen to name a few. The company has definitely earned its swanky nickname "Tar-Jay" by continuing to deliver design looks for less. So today's Must-Haves are straight from none other than TARGET but you'd never know it by looking at them! Check it out and let me know what you think! Click on the numbered links below to find out where and how to get these Target finds!



So what kind of designer deals have you scored at Tar-Jay?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday "Must Haves"

So last week I featured the  chevron print, today's focus is on IKAT.   The word “ikat” (pronounced 'ee-KAHT') means “to bind.”  Ikat is a very ancient textile decoration/dyeing technique which creates designs in fabric by resist-dyeing the threads before the fabric is woven.  Although the precise origin of this complex dyeing techinque remains unclear, it seems to have developed independently across many different cultures and continents since at least the Dark Ages, appearing in places like Pre-Columbian Peru and Guatemala, 10th century Yemen, Japan, Indonesia, India and Uzbekistan (via AH). How cool is that?

What I find SO amazing is how this ancient tribal print has gained such a huge fan base amongst both today's fashion and interior designers alike.  I mean, Ikat is everywhere these days - from shoes to curtains to men's ties. Talk about history repeating itself.



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The modern ikat print is charaterized by vibrant and color with details similar to brush strokes.  If you lean toward a more bohemian vibe, you'll certainly love accessorizing with Ikat and will want to "jump right in" and embrace this colorful pattern head on. While those who prefer a more classic or traditional look may only want to get their feet wet.  So test it out first by just adding a splash of Ikat by way of a pillow or other small accent.  Either way, Ikat can make a beautiful addition to your personal. Do you alreasy own any Ikat printed pieces? What are your favs?

Don't forget to click on the numbered links below to find out where and how to some Ikat to your collection.  You'll never guess how great a price those shoes are!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Celebrity Inspired Design - How to Get the Look without Having the Celebrity Salary

We've all seen the shows where a celebrity gives a tour of his or her lavish spread and have probably wondered just how nice it would be to live there.  I know I have!  I don't believe you have to wait until you win the lottery to add a bit of celebrity look to your living space.

Check out this photo of Jennifer Lopez's dinning room in her California home. Designed by Michelle Workman, JLo's home embodies the star's glamorous personal style. The 1940s Art Deco style home is filled with soothing blue-gray hues, romantic pinks, shimmering silvers and hints of brass. It's the perfect picture of Old Hollywood Glamour and elegance.


Want to know how you can create this look without having a celebrity salary? Take a look at this celebrity inspired design board I created. Using the design elements I selected, anyone can recreate Jlo's dinning room look for way less than the thousands and thousands of dollars spent designing her space.

Click on the numbered links below to find out where and how you can get your hands on a bit of Old Hollywood Glamour!


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday "Must Haves"

From dresses and jewelery to curtains, rugs, pillows and even furniture and walls, the chevron stripe pattern (the horizontal stripe's bold and trendy sister) has been filling the pages of interior design blogs, publications and fashion magazines for some time now.  Whether you choose to go bold or neutral in color with the pattern, adding chevron stripes to your space or wardrobe will definitely update your existing look and might just add that bit of "umph" you were looking to create with your personal style.

Today I'm featuring some chevron patterned items perfect for your home and wardbrobe. Don't forget to click on the numbered links below to find out where and how you can get your hands on these chevron stripe "Must-Haves".


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday "Must-Haves"

Hope you're all rested from the weekend!  Today's "Monday Must-Haves" features some fabulous metallic style items for you and your home. When added to your wardrobe or living space, metallics create an instant sense of glamour and elegance. Whether its a bracelet or accent table, gold or pewter, who doesn't love a hint of bling here and there right?  Don't forget to click on the numbered links below to find out where and how you can get your hands on these mettallic "Must-Haves".


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So what do you thing? Ready to add some "bling" to your life?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday "Must-Haves"

Today I want to introduce a new weekly series.  I'm calling it "Monday Must-Haves".  Each Monday I'll feature style items for you and your home that I consider to be "must-haves."

Today's feaured items showcase the awesomeness of personalization. Making something your own by adding your name or initials is an easy way to create a custom look with regular everyday items like plates, pillows and even cell phone cases. Check it out! Click on the numbered links below to find out where and how you can get your hands on these oh-so-stylish "Must-Haves".





 Let me know what you think of this new series. I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wood Paneling - Saying Goodbye to a 60s/70s Obsession

 In the 60s and 70s, this country became obsessed with wood paneling. Thought to evoke a warm and cozy feel in family rooms, basements, dens and even bathrooms (eek!), across America, wood paneling was all the rage amongst homeowners.  I'm not talking about the the rich wood paneled walls you might see in some of the old estates in England. I'm talking about the cheesy dark faux wood (although sometimes real wood was used), wall to wall paneling that was often accented with a shag rug, linoleum flooring and Formica countertops.  
I found this vintage ad for wood paneling promsing "the romance of the Old World?" Seriously???
  



Every house I've lived in has had at least one room, ususally the basement, covered in the dreary looking stuff. While I respect and sometimes even enjoy a midcentury modern element or 2  in a room design, wood paneling brings back a little too much of that era for my liking.  So what happens when ripping paneling off the wall isn't in your budget but you just can't stand looking at it any more?  PAINT IT!!

Here are some really great pictures of what a can of paint (and updated furnishings) can do to give a wood paneled room a COMPLETELY different feel. 



I know there are some basements out there just waiting to be saved. So who's ready to grab a can of paint and whip out a brush?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Elephant In the Room -How To Hide A TV in Plain Sight

Let's face it. Television has become such a necessary part of most of our lives that most people can't imagine not having one in their living room.  Personally, I've always preferred not having a television in my living room because when we entertain it forces people to actually socialize with one another instead of staring mindlessly at the TV plus I don't like the idea of a big black square being the focal point of the room.  But for those that must have a TV in the room, how do you stylishly incorporate the TV into your room's design without the TV becoming the focal point of the room? 

Since I'm working on a client's space now that requires that the TV remain part of the room's design, I've been doing some research and found a few really great ideas and options.

TV as Art - Surround the flat screen TV with framed art for an art gallery effect.

A truly unique look! - Here the designer has installed the TV directly into a non-functioning fireplace, making wonderful use of the space.


Frame It - Use a nice chunky piece of molding to frame out the TV for an elegant look.

Create a diversion! - Here the eye is distracted from the TV by the print of the wall paper.

Camouflage It- A genius idea! Paint the wall the same color as the TV.In this otherwise traditional and very cozy  looking library, the TV is a modern element in disguise. The TV virtually disappears into the wall when it's not turned on.
Make a Statement With It - This curved shelving unit makes a bold style statement.  It encases the TV and provides you with a little storage space too.  Made of recycled resin, this curved shelf unit also has an integrated speaker system. This look is not really my cup of tea, but if you're into a more futuristic/mod look for your home, this may work for you.

Keep it Simple - Of course, there's always the more traditional solution - hide the TV away in an armoire or storage cabinet decorated to compliment your room

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

CIty Mouse/Country Mouse??

This weekend I drove to Virginia to meet with a new client.  Although Baltimore is south of the Mason Dixon line, it's definitely not what most people envsion when they think of southern living. I think Virginia comes a little closer to what most would picture as southern living.  Anytime I travel outside of Baltimore I always play a little game I call "Could I See Myself Living Here?" So while in Virginia this weekend, surrounded by all the trees, grass, sprawling estates and quiet, I asked myself "could I live here?" Can I ever be a Country Mouse? Or am I destined to be the City Mouse? 

CITY MOUSE LIVING

  


OR

COUNRTY MOUSE LIVING





Something about the look of City Mouse Living  just excites me more.  So what about you? Do you prefer the City Mouse or Country Mouse vibe?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Coral + Gray = The Perfect Way to Introduce Some Spring Color


So I'm officially giving up on seeing any snow this year.  This week I'm saying goobye to fall, and welcoming Spring (feels more like summer here in Baltimore). Today's high was 80 degrees
...in March??!
Anyway, isn't adding coral just the perfect way to inject some Spring color into a fall/ neutral gray pallete? 


And check out that super crafty DIY bathroom vanity on the left! Painting the vanity really lightens up the room and is a great juxtaposition to the somewhat serious tones of the wallpaper. Using those door knockers as cabinet pulls was a genius idea! Think I might copy that one myself.  ;-)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Muse

Just a dose of pretty to get you going on this Monday morning!  I don't drink coffee, so looking at pretty pictures is what gets me going in the mornings and inspires me. Isn't she pretty?! Warm brown skin accented by soft mint and corral-pink. This print is the pefect way to bring some Spring into your space.  It's called The Dress, by Nancy Ramirez of Toronto and is available here : The Dress by Ramirez
Here's to doing it big with what ya got but always being inspired to do more! 
Have a great week people!