Monday, December 30, 2013

Celebrating New Year's? My Favorite Pinterest Inspired Decor Ideas for A Stylish & Glam Gathering!

In addition to creating chic looks for living spaces, I also love entertaining and putting together stylish event decor.  For those planning to whip up a little something and entertain guests tomorrow, I wanted to share some of my favorite decor ideas for creating a stylish gathering.  Using the classic black, gold, and white color palette that's been so popular this year,  these decor ideas are completely timeless and fun.  Check them out!
Gorgeous Garland
S'mores Like No Others!
Make A Wish!
Glitter Balloons
Fab Tassel Garland 

Confetti Poppers

Tinsel Stick

Golden Tablescape Action
 Want to see more party and decor inspiration?  Follow my Pinterest boards.  There's lots to see. Check it out!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Revamping A Rental - 5 ways to Add Temporary Color And Pattern to Your Space

Although many of my clients are homeowners, I also work with clients that are renters.  Most renters are not allowed to paint their walls or make drastic changes to their space. The most common frustration my rental clients share with me is not being able to inject their personal style and taste into the look of their living space.While decorating a rental space and giving it a look that is your own may require a little thinking outside of the box, it is not impossible.
Here are 5 great alternatives to painting or using permanent wall decor that provide the perfection solution for renters or those who prefer not to permanently commit to a particular design look.



1. Wall Pattern Decals

This company offers a wide variety of removable and reusable wall pattern decals that rival pricier wallpaper selections and are less time consuming then stencils.


2. Vinyl Adhesive Stripes

The "Easy Stripes" from this company take the leg work out of making your walls look good.  These adhesive vinyl stripes are easy to apply and reposition + they're guaranteed to remove easily.  You can mix and match sizes and colors, making a customized look achievable for even a novice DIYer.

3. Fabric Panels

This company offers fabric tiles that are self-adhesive and can also be easily repositioned and moved. The tiles can be used on any smooth service and are both eco-friendly and non-toxic. I could definitely envision this colorful fish scale pattern in a contemporary nursery, kids playroom or even used in a modern living space.  Chic design + eco-friendly = SCORE!
  

 4. Temporary Wall Paper

There are actually several companies that now offer temporary or removable wallpaper.  The selection of removable wall paper offered by this company is amazing!   Perfect for renters or homeowners that like to switch things up from time to time, temporary wall paper is very easy to apply.  Simply peel and stick panels side-by-side and voila, instant wow factor.   No glue, no mess, no hassle. These panels are 25" inches wide and come in a variety of heights.


5. Gallery Wall

Use a collection of your favorite paintings or framed flea market finds to disguise boring white walls.  As seen here, using a good mix of vintage and modern frames, abstract, still life and even portraits, creates a pretty interesting  and well collected looking gallery wall. Start by collecting the pieces you'd like to hang.  Next, hunt for frames that will really help showcase and compliment the art being displayed.  For an eclectic look, use frames of varying finishes and sizes. Use frames with the same finish (i.e. all gold frames or all silver frames, etc) if you prefer a more traditional and polished look.

Don't these alternatives make deciding on wall decor for rental spaces a little less daunting?

Need help mapping out a plan for your redesign? Want to up the wow factor in your space? Email me at saudah@saudahsaleem.com

Monday, December 9, 2013

Fashion Inspired Rooms Are Not Just for the Ladies: Menswear Inspired Design

I often talk about pulling design inspiration from fashion looks. But did you know that creating fashion inspired living spaces isn't limited to only using women's fashion?  Today I'm sharing 2 of my favorite menswear looks and how they may translate into gorgeous living spaces. My favorite menswear looks are usually characterized by timeless, sophisticated pieces with sleek lines and just the right infusion of color.
In the space above, the Hermes orange color perfectly accentuates the cool grays and rich chocolate tones seen throughout this room. The sleek lines of the furnishing are very reminiscent of menswear.   Doesn't this room's style translate perfectly into this gentlemen's effortlessly sophisticated look? Note how he injects just the right about of contrasting color and pattern play with his top.  Very cosmopolitan! Although his belt mimics his choice in coat color, his overall look is not too "matchy matchy." Both the room and outfit are quite stylish and contemporary. 
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The look above incorporates much of the eclectic yet traditional feel I like to use in my design work.  First of all, can we talk about this fur trimmed wool coat?!  You'd definitely have to be a style savvy guy to pull this one off.  This gentleman pairs a great classically patterned coat (vintage maybe?) with a crisp shirt and vest combo.  He then adds a cool pair of charcoal gray slacks, shoes and a leather satchel, exuding a certain confidence and charm.

So how does this great look translate into an awesome interior?  For starters, the use of the color red keeps the living space vibrant and fresh like the gentleman's look. The pattern of the coat is literally reflected in the accent wall of this space, creating a dramatic look.  The Interior Designer ups the wow factor by not only using pattern on the wall, but by also mixing patterns.  The classic plaid is paired with chevron print curtains as well as small and large patterned pillows. 

So what are you thoughts?  Are you ready to use some pin stripes or other traditional menswear looks as inspiration for your next space?