It's hard to believe that 2013 is already over. I took a break from blogging in the beginning of the year and relaunched LDB in June with an overwhelming response and incredible support from all of you. The last month has been hectic and that can be seen in my lack of posts during the last couple weeks. Instead of the post I had planned showcasing New Years Eve Party ideas I decided to share some of my favourite spaces, design elements, fashion and food with you accompanied by brief descriptions. In the new year look out for my New Years Resolutions post as well as a lot more fashion and food and of course my first love, design. Thank you all for your support this year and lots of love ***
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Often when asked what my design aesthetic is or taste in fashion I find it hard to give a definitive answer as I can appreciate many different design styles or periods and the same applies for fashion. While I'm more inclined to rely on the basics ( see post here ), sometimes the GLAM factor is necessary. I love the simplicity of this all black outfit but the fabulous belt and cuffs add just the right amount of shiny to elevate the look. The same can be said for the table setting, coffee press and watch below. See more of my fashion picks at the bottom of the post and click the links to shop the look. Happy Friday and lots of love ***
Christmas is here and while I've been trying hard to avoid the inevitable Christmas posts about decor or Gift Guides I cannot help myself. Below are some of my picks and their sources including a modern and classic take on holiday decor, a cute holiday cutter set, trendy diy ornaments and chic gift wrap ideas.
Stunning Gold and Glam Christmas Decor Via Elements of Style. See more here
This year my blog has seen quite a change with the undeniable presence of Christmas. The change is reflective of my newfound excitement for Christmas and for those of you that know me well know this sounds strange! Christmas day will be here in two weeks and while I still think the actual day is anti-climatic I have given in to the season and started decorating yesterday, better late than never! I do not have a traditional Christmas tree but am on the hunt for branches, driftwood or even a palm tree that I can put a creative coastal Christmas spin on.
I personally cannot believe December is here already and in less than three weeks it will be Christmas Day. I am a little behind on decorating, in fact I haven't even started yet but it was hard for me not to be inspired when I visited the Archers Hall Design Centre in Speightstown. The historic building dating back to the 1700's is not only filled with its beautiful and unique furniture pieces and accessories but at this time of year is overflowing with a fabulous collection of both traditional and contemporary Christmas decorations and stunning decorated Christmas trees.
I came across this blue and white coastal beach house interior on one of my favourite interior design blogs, House of Turquoise a few weeks ago and filed it on my desktop for inspiration. This show home in a coastal community in Northwest Florida was decorated by Bella Beach Home and in my opinion is just as a coastal cottage in Florida should look. The colour scheme, comfortable and textural furniture pieces and even accessories make for a laid back yet polished space.
I am super excited for today's post because it's a project I've been working on for a while and it has finally been completed and I get to enjoy it now. Lemongrass Cottage is a unique rustic island getaway in the centre of Antigua with stunning views and tropical breezes. The cottage is made from greenheart and purple heart imported from Guyana and almost fully furnished from local retailers. I've included a few sneak peeks of some of the spaces and you can expect to see more coming soon!
There is no escaping it, Christmas is rapidly approaching and as much as I personally try to fight it deep down there is a part of me that loves certain elements of christmas mainly decorating and gift giving, gift wrapping however is a different story all together. I am also a strong believer in supporting local businesses and Walkers World has an undeniably stunning selection of both gifts and christmas decor.
As I mentioned previously I'm in Antigua finishing up a weekend cottage that I've been working on since last year. Everything has finally been installed and it's ready for it's photoshoot this weekend and I'm already planning a housewarming party. The cottage is in the middle of the island and has stunning views and a huge wraparound porch and lots of opportunity for outdoor living. I have been searching around Pinterest for party inspiration and love the idea of an eclectic "garden party". My inspiration below:
LDB is very excited to be working with Archers Hall Design Center Inc. I have been a long time admirer of properties designed by the duo of Monique and Terri Archer and can spend endless amounts of time exploring their website and online portfolio. Their work can be seen in some of the most luxurious homes on the island and all of their spaces embody a timeless elegance that is unique to Archers Hall. Archers Hall though, perhaps known best for their design services also has a retail store located in the heart of Speightstown which is one of the premier home decor stores on the island. The store is filled with unique furniture pieces and accessories which are both high quality and affordable.
Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen recently remodeled a contemporary ranch-style abode in the hills of L.A. Their LA home is the result of what happens when a midcentury-leaning minimalist meets a girl with more bohemian tastes.
When it comes to fashion my taste is similar to my design aesthetic. I love simplicity and believe in owning basic classic pieces which can be dressed up or down. Some of my must haves are a basic white t, striped blouse, black blazer, casual denim jeans, fitted black pant, Ray bans, oversized handbag and gold Michael Kors watch. Throw in a leopard print scarf or flat and you are golden. Click read more to shop the look below and see some of my wardrobe must haves!
Any show with Sarah Richardson is golden in my eyes and as I've blogged about here before Real Potential does not disappoint. In the latest episode Sarah shows three houses pre renovation to home buyers Jasmine and Kevin. After they had chosen Sarah went to work creating this masterpiece. The living and dining room open space is monochromatic and incorporates both modern and mid century elements and the furniture pieces are surprisingly affordable; many of them sourced from Ikea.
I am very excited to be back in Antigua to finally put the finishing touches on the cottage I worked on last year. This room served as inspiration for me as it has lots of eclectic touches that add interest and character. Due to time constraints I will have to source the items here and have been digging around my Uncle's house for unusual items to style the built in bookcase today but I do wish I could go online to some of my favourite sites like One Kings Lane and pull items from their curated "Curious Collection". Below I have included some of my favourite picks to get the look of this eclectic beach cottage, click read more to shop the look!
Pizza is one of my guilty pleasures and I especially love gourmet pizza's with less traditional toppings. Even though we have some great pizza spots, two of my favourite are Mama Mia's Italian deli & Pizzeria and Gian Luca's cafe at Timothy Oulton I have been trying to cook more at home and get a little adventurous. Recipes.com and Martha Stewart online have been great for inspiration and the easy to follow recipes make things even better! Below are three of my pizza picks via Martha Stewart online.
I have to admit I have had a growing appreciation for both local and regional publications recently and Real Life has become one of my favourite reads. Real Life is a Caribbean Luxury Lifestyle, Property and Design magazine and the source for the magnificent home below. Casa Blanca in the Bahamas is a blend of casual coastal elements and an understated elegance and sophistication. The foyer is a good representation of what you can expect in the home as it showcases the different design styles. Traditional pieces like the tufted sofa mixed with contemporary elements such as the panelling and hardware and more rustic pieces such as the Buddha all come together to form a cohesive and welcoming entry.
I have always loved the combination of navy blue and white interiors especially those that incorporate stripes and have a nautical flair without being too literal and I definitely am drawn to nautical inspired outfits as you can see below in my shop the look feature. This space is iconic to me as it is featured on the cover of Elle Decor Style and Substance and always comes to mind when I envision casual nautical chic.
One of architect Charles Gwathmy's final projects was on the island of St Barts. The property is made up of a collection of separate pavilions on two different levels. He maintained simplicity by limiting building materials and sparely furnished with custom-made seating upholstered in white canvas and large picture windows bring the outside in and afford you with sweeping views of the island.
LDB is all about being eco friendly as well as energy efficient so we were very excited to work with CS LED Inc. Energy efficiency does not only mean that your light bill will be reduced at the end of the month but it also reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Recognizably we may not all be able to entirely re work our homes or offices all at once but we can make small steps, the easiest and most cost effective way to start saving energy is to use led bulbs as replacement bulbs for lighting in the home.
My personal aesthetic is "beach house chic" and I am always attracted to cozy coastal spaces but I have a huge appreciation for spaces which are both rustic and simple yet still have clean lines, such as this one.
LDB is all about being inspired and as I've mentioned before I draw my inspiration from many different things. The last week has been hectic but I did have time to stop into Walkers World yesterday to swoon over some of their new arrivals and I spotted a fabulous glass based lamp which served as inspiration for this post. The lamp reminded me of many "sea glass" lamps I've been seeing used in coastal inspired spaces and sent me on the hunt for more sea glass inspired decor ideas.
In an attempt to diversify LDB I've been slowly introducing some of my other loves to the blog such as fashion and beauty. Today I've brought them all together and included another love - food! Below is how I picture a pretty perfect sunny day.
If you follow LDB on Facebook or Twitter you may have noticed that I've been talking about some new and exciting collaborations. Walkers World is one of my favourite home decor stores in Barbados and I am thrilled to be working with them ( See their button on the right sidebar ). Recently the Walkers World stores have had a bit of a revamp and while the stores still have their character they are more streamlined and contemporary. The same can be said for their stock, I love the mix of more contemporary furniture with their more rustic and authentic pieces. Walker’s World philosophy, is simple supremely chic designs, stylishly unique collections, top quality products, available to everyone at excellent value!
While LDB is primarily focused on interior design every so often I like to mix things up again and incorporate fashion, beauty and even food. I came across this bathroom during one of my Pinterest sessions and fell in love. Everything about it is perfect, the two types of marble, incredible lucite chair and that stunning window allowing in lots of natural light for makeup application.
When I think of Hampton's Style I think of coastal elegance. I envision wide open light and airy spaces which are both classic and coastal. This Long Island home is the perfect example and showcases both class and sophistication and still has elements which make it more down to earth.
There is no better place to spend the weekend or any day for that matter than right on the beach and Barbados has some of the best beaches that you could ask for. The properties vary in size, architecture, design, location and price but all have one thing in common - the beach! To see more properties like this and for information on how you can own your own piece of the "rock" visit Island Gold Realty on Facebook or their website here.
As I've mentioned before my love of design extends to fashion and beauty and I am often inspired by an outfit or product I have seen. This was the case when I came across these major reddish orange pants and knew that I had to find more of this delicious colour.
Sarah Richardson did not fail to impress in the Season 1 debut of HGTV's Real Potential. I've been following Sarah Richardson since Design Inc, Sarah's house and then Sarah 101 and even blogged about her here before. The premise of the show is about showing home buyers how to uncover the hidden potential in a home. Real Potential is a little different from her previous shows as it is focused more on her real estate passion and reno know-how. She was quoted in an HGTV interview saying " it's not just about the fluff and pretty. I love demolition"
It has been a very busy week and I foresee a very busy weekend ahead also. I've been working on a couple different projects, in and out of meetings and preparing my new layout to
new advertisers on the blog. I've also been trying to figure out why my Twitter has been posting spam for the last two days - has this ever happened to anyone else? On a more positive note LDB has hit 150,000 views and I am very excited! I remember when it first hit 1,000, I could have never imagined then it would be where it is now. Thank you to everyone for your support over the years and for the huge response I have had in the past three months which has contributed to the growth in numbers.
Even though I have a busy weekend ahead I'm adding one more thing to the list - Go to the beach! Happy weekend and lots of love ***
While researching information for a different project I came across Oliver Messel once again and I am slightly embarrassed to say I did not know more about this incredibly talented designer and interesting individual. Messel was an English artist and one of the most well recognized stage designers of the 20th century. He came to Barbados in 1959 and spent the last 12 years of his life between Mustique and Barbados. Messel brought a refined elegance to traditional island living and produced some of the most stunning properties in Barbados still today.
I am not ashamed to admit that I am easily distracted by pretty things and to me nothing is more pretty than an organized space using chic everyday items to keep things neat and tidy. This morning I was doing "research" for a blog post and ended up getting sidetracked and pinned every closet, organized desktop and vanity that could be found on Pinterest. Needless to say I also got distracted from actually posting on the blog as well.
I have always been drawn to simple spaces with monochromatic colour schemes and natural elements. White on white interiors with accents of wood, woven baskets and jute accessories can be casual or chic but always have character. These coastal inspired spaces have similarities but very different identities.
As I've mentioned before good design is not limited to only Interiors and my love for design spans to fashion, architecture and graphic design. Often interiors may be the inspiration for fashion or vice versa.
I have always been a fan of simple black and white and the elegance and "chicness" of it and when I saw the outfit above I went in search of some of my favourite black and white rooms. For more fashion and interiors inspiration follow me on Pinterest.
Gallery walls are a great way to add interest and personality to any space. Today I have focused on more organized and symmetrical gallery walls but there is no rule that all the pictures need to be of specific content or that the frames need to be the same colour. In fact the charm of the gallery wall is it can be as personalized as you want it. A gallery wall is the perfect place to display personal photos or items of interest and to add character to your space.
Anyone who follows my blog knows that I am slightly obsessed with Million Dollar Decorators and one of my favourite personalities on the show is Kathryn Ireland. I love her personality and authenticity and her relationship with her fabulous French housekeeper Jacqueline keeps me entertained at all times.
Apart from her sense of humour and character it is no surprise that Kathryn Ireland is an incredibly talented interior designer. Her look has been described as comfortable, bohemian and family friendly and her celebrity clientele includes Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and most recently Lindsay Lohan.
While Love Design focuses primarily on interior design there is no denying that good design can be found in many different places whether it is architecture, fashion or food. The colour combination of mint and gold is increasingly popular in wedding decor as well as fashion and now interiors and I personally am loving it!
Located in Holetown on the West Coast of Barbados this four bedroom, four bathroom penthouse affords stunning views of the ocean and is just steps from the beach. One of eighteen condominiums in the Villas on the Beach complex you have access to many amenities and are just walking distance away from world class restaurants, duty free shopping and of course lots of white sand beaches and crystal blue waters.
Functional and fashionable the straw hat proves to be more than just stylish head gear for summer. Add textural interest and island influence to any interior with the perfect summer accessory: The straw hat!
Architect Jack Diamond is best known for his landmark civic structures around the world however when it comes to his beach house in Mustique his aesthetic is translated in a more organic way. The three bedroom house like his many projects spanning from Toronto to Russia is deliberate and unpretentious and he keeps only what is necessary. Functionality was a central design factor and the name "simplicity" could not be any more perfect to describe this breathtaking property.
Summer is the perfect time to get outside and take advantage of the warm weather if you aren't lucky enough to live in a warm climate and a hammock is the perfect place to relax. Hammocks are by far one of my favourite types of furniture if you can even classify them as that. Hammocks offer an assortment of options and come in all sizes, colours and shapes. They are also easy to move around and store when neccessary.
Phoebe Howard is known for her fresh take on traditional style and her ability to consistently deliver timeless spaces. In this island home, she seamlessly blends tropical and coastal elements with traditional pieces creating a classy Island home which is nothing short of spectacular. Every room is perfection and though different in style the one common thread is the undeniable talent of Phoebe Howard and her execution of show stopping design.
A breakfast nook is the perfect place to start your day. Breakfast nooks are not only cozy and practical but super multi functional. Breakfast nooks are not limited to breakfast either, use the nook for a work space, reading nook or small intimate family dinners.
This contemporary Malibu beach house featured on the pages of Elle Decor is both fun and casual. While the bones of the house are still traditionally in the Malibu beach house style the home is full of quirky finds and pops of colour. The combination of the traditional white panelling and simple jute rugs along with all the accessories and details makes the space seem effortless and comfortable. This is definitely a casual beach house getaway that inspires lots of relaxing, even the dogs think so!
Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe originally from Design Inc and now on HGTV's Sarah 101 executed another perfect space. This elegant design was inspired by the vintage French inspired metal console table. There are so many perfect details all adding to the overall luxury. Some of my favourite elements : The guilded antique mirror, the custom sofa, stunning throw cushions and the chandelier. Impeccable attention to detail, thoughtful accessories and a perfect colour palette prove another perfect space by the pair.
This Atlanta guest house designed by Judy Long of Tillman Long Interiors is nothing short of perfection. The colour palette is soothing and fresh, the styling is simple yet sophisticated and the architecture is clean and classic yet still has character. See more of Tillman Long Interiors portfolio here.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post about India Hicks there is more to her than a keen eye and polished aesthetic however I must admit I was orginally drawn to her Bahamian home. India's home in the Bahamas is on a sprawling estate and the house is plantation style while the decor can best be described as colonial chic with casual white slip covered furniture, mahogany and cane furniture and lots of personal details which add character.
Decorating with palm leaves is a inexpensive and very effective way to bring a little tropical decor into your home. There are various types of palm leaves and countless ways to display them - my favourite is to place them in a vase or jar informally. Palm leaves add colour, interest and a tropical element to every room.
Loop Barbados is a locally made and maintained online travel and information site about Barbados where I often turn for inspiration. In my opinion Loop is a fresh and new interpretation on the traditional travel site. Loop is overflowing with stunning images of our beautiful Barbados, quality hotel and restaurant listings, interesting and informative information and up to date blogs.
It seemed like my Instagram feed this weekend was overrun by Hamptons getaways and while I have never been to the Hamptons my love affair with their lifestyle and decor started ever since I watched "Somethings gotta give" and continues to grow every time I come across a property such as this one. This property has so many elements that make it distinctively "Hamptons" and the carefully curated collection of furniture and accessories make the home both sophisticated and comfortable at the same time.