Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What makes you happy? * Melanie Weekes

This week I am excited to feature Melanie Weekes from Loop Barbados. Loop Barbados is a {locally made and maintained} online travel information site and social network for those who have traveled and are yet to travel to the intriguing island of Barbados. Their site is currently under construction but you can catch their daily inspirations, travel tips, updates and much more on their blog. You can also keep updates on facebook or via twitter.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tropical Living

I'm moving into a new place very soon and between minds on how to decorate it. As hard as I try to escape it I am a island girl at heart and cannot help but be drawn to these beautiful tropical spaces. Dark wood floors, crisp white linens and natural foliage make for perfection when it comes to decorating a space. I'm super inspired by these spaces and leaning towards something like this. Tell me what you think! What is your style? 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Walkers World

This is Living... 

Walkers World is one of my favourite local stores and I'm often there picking up accessories for different jobs and for my own home. I love their eclectic style and I'm always guaranteed that I will find something different when I walk through those doors. 

Walkers World focuses on supremely chic designs, stylishly unique collections and top quality products, available to everyone, at excellent value. Walkers World has two locations and whichever location you visit, you’ll find a carefully selected, eclectic mix of gifts, furniture that makes a statement, and intriguing accessories for the home. Walkers World also offers online shopping on their website

Friday, February 24, 2012

Green Velvet and Gold Glamour

After looking at interiors all day and searching for content sometimes things can get monotonous so it's very exciting for me when I come across a space that wow's me.There are so few elements in this space but everything works together so well. I'm loving the green velvet, gold coffee table and that artwork! Sometimes less is more and words are not enough. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tea time

I am not much of a collector but I'm loving these beautiful and unique tea cups and could imagine displaying these in a beautiful antique cabinet. I have recently gotten a new found appreciation for tea time and am enchanted by tea cups and tea pots especially those with vintage charm. Do you collect anything? If so, what and where do you display them? 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What makes you happy? *Elle King

I am excited every week to do this post but even more so this week to feature (super)model - Elle King. This Bajan beauty has worked in London, Milan and even as far as South Africa, Lithuania and Ecuador. Elle has worked for renowned designers such as Halston, Tom Scott, Monique Lhuillier and Emilio Pucci (just to name a few!) and she has just finished walking in Mercedes Benz Fashion week. I have to admit I get goosebumps every time I go to her facebook page or blog and see what new photos she has. Somehow in her busy schedule of taking over the modelling world, Elle managed to find time to compile a list of what makes her happy and I am ecstatic to share it with all of you. 

Elle King 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kitchen Crush

In all my busy pinning recently I continue to come across some serious crush worthy kitchens. Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the house, not only are they a major selling feature but they are often where a lot of time is spent with friends and family socializing and entertaining. I wouldn't mind my kitchen looking like any of these beautiful kitchens below. 

Via Pinterest

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gold Rush

I've just come from shopping for my glam gold and black themed birthday party and I've got gold on my mind. I love the glamour that gold brings to a room or an outfit, whether its a gilded gold mirror, gold tea cups or even a stunning gold brooch it adds that something extra. Even though the theme for my party is gold and black I'm loving the combination of gold and white in these beautiful images.

Image via Citified 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Kitchen Perfection

One of my favourite rooms in the house is the kitchen and this kitchen is arguably one of my favourite kitchens of all time. I love everything about it - the white subway tile, espresso cabinetry, those baskets and those hanging shades are AMAZING! For more kitchens, visit lovedesignbdos on pinterest

Image via Coastal Living

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Small Space Style

When I get back to Barbados I move straight into a new (super duper tiny) apartment. It is in a fantastic location, safe building and has a newly remodelled kitchen which is so beautiful. The only downfall is that it is super small but the pros far out way the size and it just challenges me to get a little creative. I've been searching the internet for small space solutions and come across these very stylish small spaces. I also came across a blog dedicated to small spaces called Small Space Style which is packed full of inspiration and great ideas. Another great resource is HGTV who have numerous articles and ideas on small space living here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tropical Style

I admit to spending far too much time on Pinterest and can become numb to all the great finds but this room caught my attention. I love the simplicity of this room and the combination of the black,white and green and without the obvious tropical elements it does have an understated tropical flair. Some other elements that contribute to the overall vibe of the room are the amazing four poster bed, wicker bed bench and collection of wicker beach hats. This room is a perfect example of how a room can have tropical interior design elements and ideas without being overly cliche and cheezy - no monkeys or palm tree prints here! 

What makes you happy? *the ruffled lace

I have to admit one thing that makes me happy is this feature and every time I receive a "what makes me happy" in my inbox it puts a smile on my face to see what makes you happy. Some things are unexpected and others I think to myself, "thats a good one!" I am excited to share this one of fellow Bajan blogger - Ally Lewis at the ruffled lace. Ally is an art history student at university in Canada and loves art, fashion, food and decor. She describes her blog as "the digital diary of my life documenting photos, recipes and all things beautiful" and I couldn't agree more! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Guest Post * Design Shuffle

Hi! I'm Joanna, a writer for Design Shuffle, a destination site for all thing interior design. No matter whether you are a designer or a design enthusiast you'll find what you're looking for on DS. My days are spent searching for lovely interior design ideas and bringing them together in a post like this for a blog like Love Design. Thanks for letting me share today! Think sitting on the beach with a cool drink in your hand. What kind of space would you most want to return to after a long day with sun and water? I bet you'll love these spaces for their welcoming and refreshing tropical style.

       Tropical Style
Who wouldn't want to wake up to this fresh and cheery bedroom?
 Even if it's not in the tropics you'll surely feel like it is.
  Tropical Style 
 This little bungalow has a lot going for it. From the crisp bed linens to the 
must-have mosquito net, you know there must be a beach just a few feet away. 
The lamp is quirky but I love it.
  Tropical Style 
 A bit more formal than the previous rooms, this stately bedroom design features million dollar views from every side. The bed looks almost 
too pristine to touch, but I wouldn't have trouble jumping in it after
 a hot day at the beach. Tropical Style 
 The perfect outdoor roomóI love the turquoise on the bamboo furniture. 
Can't you just see yourself surrounded by friends with a tall cool drink in hand? Tropical Style 
 An eclectic vignette, this pretty pulled together collection would definitely add a tropical feel to a living room design or foyer.
  Tropical Style 
 Fresh, crisp, bright and cheery, this room has all of the elements that make up the perfect villa at the shore. This room inspires lots of decorating ideas.

 Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6  | 7 

Ready to bring a tropical paradise into your home? Find great inspiration at Design Shuffle where you'll find our interior design guide and connect with San Francisco interior designers and more!

Blogfest 2012

I was just on the Blogfest 2012 website checking out the list of attendees and saw Love Design Barbados on the list and I'm so incredibly excited. I registered about a week ago and in case you don't believe how excited I am then you will after you see that this nerd has already started planning her outfits for the event! For information on Blogfest 2012, visit their website and for highlights from last year check out one of my favourite bloggers Tobi Fairleys blog here.

Cannot believe that my blog is on the same list as some of 
these incredibly talented bloggers and interior designers!
Outfit option #1 
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Office Envy

Office spaces are one of my favourite spaces to blog about and some key elements important to my personal office space are functionality, storage, comfort and pops of pretty. I am still dreaming about my very own Parsons desk and Mac desktop computer until then I will continue to blog about them here and pin about them here. For more office spaces check out this post.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What makes you happy? *Skip to Malou

I'm very excited to be featuring my friend Malou from Skip to Malou* today and what makes her happy. Malou describes herself as " a Bajan travel bug, geek, foodie, blogger and political postgrad student in love with the world." Her blog - Skip to Malou* is a little bit of everything and due to it's diverse nature and up to date and interesting content has grown in leaps and bounds since it started in late 2010. It is one of my daily reads and I am excited to see her new layout that she has been working on. Be sure to check her out at Skip to Malou*. 

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Favourite Rooms

What is your favourite room in the house? If it was up to you where would you spend most of your day? I have to admit that if any of my rooms were as fabulous as these I would happily turn my kitchen into my office and work from there or cuddle up in those sheets with the super chic chevron pillows and beautifully detailed headboard and spend the day blogging from bed. What about you? What is your weakness? Is it a chic bedroom, beautiful bathroom, classy living space, charming kitchen or divine dining room? 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Design Seeds

As I've mentioned time and time again Pinterest is one of my guilty pleasures and I have admitted to spending way too much time "pinning". One of my recent loves are these colour palettes from Design Seeds.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Detail oriented blissful bedroom

This bedroom is the epitome of blissful. As I've mentioned many times before throughout the blog I a very detail oriented person and I believe that it is the combination of all the little elements in designing a space that make it what it is. I'm loving every little detail in this blissful bedroom and they are so many well thought out details to love. I first of all have to bring attention to the perfectly made bed which is the most important element in the room, see the post on how to create a blissful bed here. Apart from the bed there is the obvious statement mirror, the blue embroidered coral cushions, the fluffy cushion which must be heaving to cuddle with when the night comes, that rustic bed bench with nail head detail and the fresh flowers on the nightstand. What details are you loving the most? 

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