Monday, July 27, 2015

HOW THIS BUSY DESIGN MOM STAYS FAB + YOUR FREE CHANCE TO LOOK FAB TOO!


It's no secret that I am almost as passionate about fashion as I am about interior design. 

One of the things I love most about having grown up in NY, is the proximity in which I lived to amazing fashion, style and design inspiration. My access to this type of inspiration has greatly contributed to my passion and creativity in both fashion and design.

Although "modest fashion" is trending now, when I was younger there weren't many options for young Muslim women who dared to be fashionable while maintaining modesty.  As a young woman, I spent a lot of time figuring out creative ways to style myself.  


Now as a mom of 5 with a blossoming design business and hectic schedule, I'm often asked how I manage to looked pulled together when spotted around town.  To be honest, its not easy, especially as our family grows and priorities shift based on each child's needs.  

When getting dressed I often reflect on a lesson I learned early on... simple everyday looks can easily be transformed into runway ready attire with the simple addition of unexpected color or pattern using statement accessories.



Here are a few very basic looks that go from simple to stunning with just the addition of statement jewelry.




I firmly believe that looking good makes you feel good.  

So when ROCKSBOX asked me to team up with them and become a ROCKSBOX 'IT GIRL', I couldn't have been more thrilled!  ROCKSBOX delivers designer jewelry that matches your personal style right to your door step! Genius right?!

I recently received my first Rocksbox in the mail and am in love with how gorgeous the pieces I received are.  I can't wait to style them !



After completely a simple style survey on their website, ROCKSBOX hand-selects designer jewelry for you based on your style and specific requests.  In no time, you'll receive your custom picked pieces right to your home!


You get to wear and test drive your fab pieces for one month, then decide if you want to keep them or or return them and wait for your next curated shipment of jewelry to arrive.  "Zero effort and no commitment. ROCKSBOX offers free, prepaid shipping both ways." Such an innovative idea!

Want designer jewelry delivered right to your door too?  Head to ROCKSBOX and use my special code (SAUDAHSALEEMINTERORSXOXO) at checkout to get your first month COMPLETELY FREE!  


I'd love to know what selections your receive in your ROCKSBOX. Don't forget to stop back and let me know how you style your pieces!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

FINDING THE PERFECT GIFT: MY TOP 10 EID GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN


For many Muslims, Ramadan is not only a time for self reflection, it's also an opportunity to spend more time with family and friends.  Once the sun sets there are lots of evening gatherings (iftar) at which delicious food and lively discussions are shared, followed by prayer. 

We're in the last stretch of Ramadan. With less than 10 days left, this month seems to have flown by.  


The month of fasting culminates with a huge celebration, community feast and gift giving. As a parent, I tend to get caught up in making sure the holiday is memorable for our kids.  We buy them new shoes and clothes to wear to the celebration events.  We also purchase lots of gifts (probably more than they need) for each child.  One year we even surprised the kids with a trip to Disney World!  

However, in my excitement to surprise the kids each year, I often find myself trying to pick perfect gift to give my husband. I like to get him gifts that are both useful and stylish. If you're still looking for the right gift for your guys, I've put together a list of a few of my favorite gifts for men to help you out.  These gifts are both classy and functional. I know you'll love them as much as I do!

Here are my top 10 picks for stylish Eid gifts ideas for men.


You can click on the links below to purchase any of the items shown above.

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This year I'm really excited about my husband's gift! In my search for a unique and stylish gift, I discovered Cussic, a company that offers amazing quality wood watches.   


The watches are handmade (!!) , water resistant and come in a variety of styles. I narrowed my selection down and decided on getting him the "Rex."  I love the all natural-ebony and maple wood features.  It's such a statement piece.

I'm pleased to say the watch arrived and I can't wait to give it to him on Eid day!  It comes ready to present in a felt lined wooden box. I was surprised by how amazingly light weight the watch is.



Cussic is offering my readers 5% off + free shipping when you use code: CUSSIC 50. Now is the perfect time to grab one for your own special gentleman!  

I've got a few more gifts to round up, but I'll be sure to let you know his reaction to his new statement piece. 





Monday, July 6, 2015

PROJECT REVEAL + NEW PRESS: A BOLD & BRIGHT GIRLS ROOM


I've got great news! A design project that is near and dear to my heart is featured in the summer issue of The Olive Guide.  My work is not only part of a multiple page spread inside the magazine, but also graces the magazine's cover!

In the article entitled "Love is in the Details" (page 7), I share with the magazine's editors details on my choice to take on quite the design challenge - to create a cohesive shared space for two very discerning clients - my daughters Jasirah and Sajayah.

The biggest factor in the design challenge was the girls' ages. At the time, Jasirah was 13 years old and Sajayah was 7 years old.  If you know anything about children, I'm sure you know that children of those age groups are typically on completely different ends of the spectrum with regard to "likes" and "dislikes."   How do you satisfy 2 clients that reside in the same space but seemingly have little in common?  I was faced with the task of creating a space that reflected both girls' personalities and styles while maintaining an effortless sense of cohesion.

I designed the room around the one thing they both love - art.  We started with painting the walls a fresh coat of white and then began adding layers of color via the furnishings and decor. The result was a stunning space filled with a fresh mix of bold color and pattern combined with a bit of vintage and contemporary style.


The girls were smitten with all of the colorful elements as well as the cultural and fashion-inspired accents in their new space.


Details like covering favorite books with brightly colored scrapbook paper were simple and easy additions to the room's design that really contributed to the fun and vibrant feel of the bedroom.

I love the juxtaposition of vintage and modern pieces incorporated in the room's design!


This painted vintage wood desk works perfectly nestled between the 2 modern bright white dressers.  The mid-century chair with its unique curved lines is just the icing on top!

Jasirah is really into fashion design, mixing colors and patterns while Sajayah enjoys painting, working with clay and most arts and crafts activities. I decided to use a gallery wall with a diverse assortment of framed art to convey a sense of the girls' passion for art as well as their heritage.




The vintage fashion and travel prints, inspirational quotes, lots of bright colors and fun pattern were incorporated into the gallery wall to help convey a sense of how we live, who we are as a family and who they are as individuals.  When I found this amazing piece by UAE contemporary abstract artist Amira Rahim, I knew it belonged in the girls room. After framing the piece in a simple black frame, I used a gold ornate frame to give the display more dimension.

Besides the fact the the room is truly a reflection of the my daughters, what I loved most about designing the space is that this sophisticated yet whimsical look was achieved using ingenuity, creativity and lots of love. This room proves that good design can be achieved on any budget by using carefully selected furnishings, color and decor. 

From using colored Duck tape to enhance the focal point mirrors above the bed, to using hi gloss black paint on the $50 armoire I scored on Craigslist, I pulled out all the stops and employed lots of designer know-how and savvy to complete this room for my daughters. This room is filled with some pretty amazing renovations and  DIY projects.  You wouldn't believe what some of these pieces looked like before they got the Saudah Saleem Interiors treatment!  



Love the custom chandelier that graces the magazine's cover?  You'd be surprised to know what it looked like before I revamped it.  Head over to the article for a super easy 5 step DIY tutorial on how to get that same customized look in your own space.

It's such an honor and thrill to be part of this amazing online magazine that showcases diversity in the interior design industry.  The Olive Guide is the brain child of talented design professionals, Ariene Bethea and Quintel Gwinn, and is the first publication of its kind.  The magazine offers readers a unique and refreshing perspective on both the design and creative industry.  Take a moment to check out the trailblazing magazine and get more scoop on the girl's room here!

I'd love to hear from you! Don't forget to tell me what you think of the girls new space in the comments section below!