Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Outdoor Living Love

While most blogs are overflowing with Christmas wish lists and decorating ideas (mine soon to come!) I wanted to throw a little something different into the mix. I have a weakness for outdoor spaces and this gorgeous outdoor space is high on my list of places to relax with a good book and refreshing drink. For more Outdoor spaces and decorating ideas check out this post on Outdoor Living Ideas.



Friday, November 11, 2011

Coastal Christmas

While I do love a traditional green and red christmas I have been finding myself drawn to a more Coastal inspired christmas theme this year. In my own home I have filled glass vases with shells and silver balls and incorporated starfish into the wreath on the door. I love these Coastal inspired christmas ideas below and the fresh new take on holiday decor. 


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Gold and Black GLAMOUR!

Recently my love for simplicity and comfort has been compromised by a love of all things glamourous. Gold and black glamour has been calling my name recently and my pinterest board - Gold and Glam has been overflowing with inspiration. A few of the gold and black glamorous rooms that have recently caught my eye and are overflowing with richness can be seen below. I love the black floors and gold accents in the home of Jennifer Ferreira ( see her designer profile here )in the first image. The second room is a combination of black, gold and chevron therefore nothing short of amazing and lastly the home office via Ralph Lauren home screams GLAMOUR! 


Sunday afternoon inspiration from The Decorista*

I have been missing in action for a couple months now and really have no good excuse except that I wasn't well and was finding it nearly impossible to be inspired by anything. I should have known to look no further than one of my favourite blogs by one of my favourite bloggers - The Decorista by Ashlina Kaposta. Her blog and facebook page managed to pull me out of my funk and while I am not better, I sure am feeling better. Below are a few images of hers that caught my eye. Enjoy and lots of love***

Hopefully when I'm better I can find myself lounging out by the pool!

Until then I'll be curled up in bed with a good book!

This amazing entertainment center inspired my next post! 
*P.S Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive during the last few weeks/ months. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lonny

I'm super excited for the latest issue of Lonny and this marks their two year anniversary. It is filled with beautiful images and inspiration and I cannot wait to finish reading it! 
View the latest issue here



Friday, September 9, 2011

Design Star*

I have to admit that I am slightly obsessed with this season of Design Star and cannot believe I only just started watching it! Thank goodness for the ability to download on Itunes so I don't have to stay up late to watch. This season the contestants are more talented than ever and I'm so happy that my two favourites are still in the competition! 


The final four with mentor David Bromstad and host Tanika Ray! (from left) Meg, Mark, David, Tanika,  Karl & Kellie
Karl's room - Before
After
Mark's Room - Before
After

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Life's Little Jems

A little Rustic Glam, taken from one of my FAVOURITE blogs - "Life's Little Jems"

See the whole post here

Tub baths!

I had a long day on my feet today in a pair of very cute but what turned out to be very uncomfortable flats! The first thing on my agenda as I got home was to get in the tub and soak my toes. For me a must have in any master suite bathroom is a luxurious tub whether it be a claw foot or a soaking tub, once it is big enough for you to fit comfortably. Ingredients for a relaxing bath tub retreat - lavender bath salts or bubbles, Voluspa candles, soothing music and dim lighting! For more beautiful bathrooms visit my Bathroom pinterest board here or check out this post.




Thursday, September 1, 2011

Perfect Outdoor Living Space

I have not been doing very well recently and as a result been a very bad blogger. I spent what feels like hours but in reality was probably no more than thirty minutes searching the internet for something worthy of a blog when I came across this adorable space. It has left me wishing I had a garden shed that I could revamp and turn into a sanctuary like this one. 

Image via Pinterest

Friday, August 19, 2011

Pinterest Interest*

I often find myself scouring the internet for inspiration for my blog and one of the places I know I can always count on is Pinterest. Whether its fashion, food or interiors there is always lots of beautiful images. Below are a few of my favourite Pinterest Interests for this week! Happy weekend everyone & lots of love***


Love the combo of the black and gold! 

That table setting and Ikea pendants are to die for !

Love the details in this bohemian space

Hello fun pillow fabrics

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dwellings

Dwellings group is made up of Dwellings Home, Dwellings Design Studio and Liliplum Kids. Dwellings Home is one of my favourite local design stores and you can find me in there at least a couple of times a month whether it is looking for inspiration or contemporary furniture and accessories.

Dwellings Home is a leading retailer of contemporary home furnishings and house wares.  They offer an exciting shopping experience with great service, unique products and great value. Dwellings offer a wide variety of items such as furniture, kitchen, tabletop, home décor and bed and bath items, which coordinate perfectly with island style. 

Below are a just a few of my Dwellings picks worth celebrating! 

All items available in store on online at www.dwellingsbarbados.com


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Outdoor Living

I know I have been flooding my page full of outdoor spaces recently but there is no better place to be when the weather is so amazing. One of the key components to a relaxing outdoor space is somewhere to lie down and recharge. Below are a few of my dream outdoor beds that are perfect for relaxing. 

Via Pottery Barn
Via Pinterest
Via Sodahead

Friday, August 12, 2011

Designer Profile: Martyn Lawrence Bullard

I have been super busy today working on a job and launching my new website - Love Design BarbadosHowever I am never too busy to browse some of my favourite designers work. While watching what is arguably my favourite tv show - Million Dollar Decorators I came to love Martyn Lawrence Bullard and his work. His eclectic style is so diverse and exciting that it was hard not to love it. Some of my favourite projects below. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Coastal Living

I have been up at my beach house for the last two weeks and I'm finally back to reality BUT that doesn't stop me from daydreaming about coastal inspired spaces such as this one. The rope beds are genius along with the wallpaper and orange accents. This space is a perfect example of a less than obvious coastal space.

Image via Coastal Living

Home Tour

I am super excited to be featuring my first home tour today. I have to admit it is not an idea original to me, some of my favourite blogs such as Made by Girl and Apartment Therapy also do home tours and because it's one of my favourite elements I thought you all might enjoy it also. This fabulous kitchen is that of fellow Barbadian blogger: Ally Lewis of the Ruffled Lace.
Some of my favourite elements in this kitchen are the subway travertine tiles, recessed lighting and the outdoor eating area. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wall Art

I am always looking at new and innovative ways to decorate and I recently came across these amazing vinyl wall art decals. They allow you to change the décor of a room whenever and as often as you like. They are available online at Vinyl Wall Art and start as low as $6.00 us for a decal. There is also a company in Barbados that makes them and you can customize and design your own. For more info, email me herelovedesignbarbados@gmail.com

Grunge Chandelier

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy August

I've been really bad recently with maintaining my blog because I have been up at the beach house and had no access to the internet. While catching up on my blog reading today I came across this gorgeous outdoor space and couldn't think of a better image to leave you with as I have been reading and relaxing in a space (much less glamorous) similar to this one. Whatever you are doing have a happy August! Lots of love.


Image via Habitually Chic

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Masculine spaces


I was so flattered to hear the other day that I have a male audience but I did feel a bit bad because I have never in all my hundreds of blogs featured a masculine space. When looking for masculine spaces I tried to avoid the stereotypical man cave and look for spaces that had masculine elements without being overly cliché.



Saturday, July 30, 2011

Love for black walls

I often find myself blogging about similar things but when I come across spaces as magnificent as this I cannot help it. It is very rare that I come across a space that has so many elements that I am in love with. The combination of those fabulous glossy black walls, the shells, white armchair with black piping, the gold mirror and the black chest of drawers just screams to me. I may not be adventurous enough to paint a wall black but I’m racking my brain to find a suitable door or piece of furniture that needs updating. 

Image via Decor8

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The perfect outdoor space

While I usually try very hard to find original images that have not been taken from one blog and plopped onto mine I could not help it with this one which was featured on The Decorista two days ago. This is just the epitome of outdoor rooms and I can only dream about relaxing in a space just like this one.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Casual Cool

I'm heading up to my beach house now for the weekend and I wanted to share this beautiful snippet of a casual cool space featured in Coastal Living before I left as I will be without internet for two days. I describe my decorating aesthetic as Coastal Chic but I am partial to comfortable and casual spaces. I love the simplicity of this room which is accomplished by the colour palette, use of relaxed furniture and simple natural accessories. For more Coastal inspired interiors visit my Coastal Decor pinterest board here or take a look at this post on Coastal Chic.


Million Dollar Decorators

As always I am blown away by the immense talent of the cast of Million Dollar Decorators every time I finish watching. In the last episode Mary Mcdonald pulled out all the stops in designing the entry tent for the Los Angeles Antique Show and I was blown away by the chevron pattern on the walls and floors - what a statement! The space was true to Mary Mcdonald and was pure glamour incorporating mid-century and modern antiques. I was only able to find two pictures which hardly do the space justice so you will have to watch to see what I am talking about! 



Images Via Niagara Novice

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book Review: Decorate

I was very excited to receive Decorate book in the mail today and have had it on my mind all day while working through my various jobs. I finally sat down with it an hour ago and could barely put it down to write this. It is filled with a 1,000 design ideas for every room in the home along with quotes from well known designers, floor plans and overall inspiration. Decorate is 272 pages full of eye candy and I suggest it to everyone who loves design! 

Available here

Chattel Houses*

Don't forget to check out my post on Barbadian Chattel houses over at Skip to Malou* blog! 



Images thanks to Ins & Outs of Barbados mag. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Guest post : Moroccan Doorways & Details *


I jumped at the chance to do a feature post for Love Design* when Tash asked me to keep an eye out for design features on a recent trip to Morocco, so that we could create a link between Love Design* and my blog Skip to Malou*. Love Design* has grown in leaps and bounds in the last few months thanks to Tash’s incredible eye for design and great writing style. I’m a postgrad Political Science student and my blog Skip to Malou* focuses on a little bit of everything; photography, travel, media, politics and interesting tidbits.  I hope this feature on Moroccan interiors manages to wet everyone’s appetites, enjoy !

Xx Malou

Morocco is a country of intricate beauty, rich colours and astounding attention to detail; every inch of interior design has been carefully thought out and has a deep, symbolic meaning. A Moroccan styled room, or even a small Moroccan detail, within any home adds a touch of character and charm.

The arched, mosaic doorways found in the Royal palaces are the fruit of thousands of hours of manual labour spent chipping away at marble, iron, copper and stone, to achieve such a grandeur (yet dizzying) effect.
Moroccans use variations of Fatima’s hand as the symbol of femininity and protection within their homes, found commonly on curtain tassles, etchings and in artwork.
What blew my mind was the incredible attention to detail in every day items; from tiling to table tops, carved chairs to curtains…even the door knockers are beautifully crafted!

These beautiful bottles would look lovely on a vanity or dressing table.

Of course, we can’t talk about Moroccan interiors without mentioning world renowned Moroccan carpets. The most coveted carpets are soft and silky, made from camel wool which is painstakingly hand woven by women. With carpets used everywhere from cars to hallways, you’d think a magical flying carpet was easier to find.


*Check out Tash’s post ‘The Barbadian Chattel House’ on Skip to Malou*