Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PROJECT REVEAL: Family-Friendly Bohemian Chic Living Room

My client for this living room revamp is a stylish busy mom and wife who, thanks to her awesome job, gets to travel to all sorts of exotic locations.  Despite her amazing and fabulous life, when she's home she prefers a simple, no fuss, clean lined look with pops of color and a nod to the eclectic/global chic style. 
The client contacted me for help with creating a look that reflects her personality, was very simple and clean lined but still welcoming and comfortable to family and occasional guests while hinting at her well-traveled sense of style.

Here's what we came up with.

Although the drapes are rich and dark navy blue and the antique rug features a busy print, the room is still calming thanks to the simple contemporary lines of the white leather seating and no-fuss wall color.  This design embodies the "less is more" spirit by using neutral colored larger pieces like the sofa and chair and accenting them with a small selection printed pillows.   The oversized mercury glass lamps were great HomeGoods finds and really complimented the Savafieh end tables.
We were able to use one of my favorite materials in this design - lucite!  I love using lucite because the transparent surface practically disappears in the space, taking up no visual space. Lucite furniture not only allows provides function, it actually adds to the style of the space.  If you look closely, you'll notice that we used a lucite coffee table to make sure that the view of that gorgeous rug remains unobstructed from all angles of the room.

Here's the original design board I pulled together.  As you can see, we stuck pretty close to the design plan for this room.  With exception of a few pieces, the end result incorporates many of the same elements found in the design plan. 

Although my client loved the mirror in the design plan, we chose to use a family heirloom instead.  The mirror that now hangs over the sofa belonged to my client's grandmother.  Grandma had great taste right?! Antiques and family heirlooms make the best conversation pieces and instantly personalize any space. 

My client loved the final look of the room. Happy client = Happy Designer 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Client Approved: Serene Bedroom with Jewel Tone Accents

CLIENT APPROVED!  Here’s a sneak peek at an E-Design I recently presented to a client.  She wanted to refresh and update her master bedroom with rich pops of jewel tone color but still maintain a serene feel.   Pale gray walls, deep violet and fuchsia bedding, chartreuse drapes plus chic silver trimmed and mirrored accents accomplished just that.  She loved the look!


Just for fun, I thought I'd show you both options I presented. This look features lighter bedding but still incorporates lots of the jewel tones she loves. Using the same wall color and larger pieces as a foundation (e. rug, headboard, night stands), I created a great alternative look.

My client thought both designs refelcted her personality and lifestyle and actually decide to go with both looks!   She's going to use the lighter look in the summer and transition to the more intense color (Look #1) during the winter months. Updating your space with the changing seasons is always a great idea !  

What are your thoughts? Which look do you prefer? 

Want a new look but need help re-envisioning your space? Contact me here for more information on the design services we offer : Let's chat!

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.