Have a fun weekend

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
Mark Twain

Laugh at your mistakes and have fun this weekend.

images from Chandra Auge.

Get The Look

I like to customize everything I buy. Even if it is an Ikea kitchen cabinet. My husband is always asking me why I like to complicate things. Well, it's not that I like to complicate, it's just that I think that customized items and furniture are more interesting and special than those we purchase off the shelf. Customization doesn't always have to be expensive or done by professionals. We can do it ourselves by upgrading little details that can make a huge difference. For example, I like this cozy kitchen corner display (top image) that usually only custom-made cabinets have. But we all can get this look easier than we think. I put together a sample board showing how this can be done. First, you need two or three open cabinets, you can do this by removing the doors. Then, cover the interior of the cabinet with a wood grain wallpaper, install the china plate display that you can get here. This display can be cut to fit any length of open space and it comes in different colors. Add a few hooks from the lower shelf ceiling and hang a few of these very cool cups. Add accessories to decorate and you are all set. Try to incorporate different textures and colors like colorful plates, small porcelain bowls, cast aluminum salt and peper, etc.

Miesrolo Foldable Wood Chair


Miesrolo Foldable Wood Chair

Miesrolo Foldable Wood Chair

Koi rug by Paolo Cappello

Koi rug by Paolo Cappello

Toko Ohmori

Aren't these illustrations by Toko Ohmori gorgeous? I think so.

P.S I am so exited and flattered to be The Blog of the Month. Huge thanks to Rebekah and Amy at Elizabeth Ann Designs.

artist source chaikhana.

Men's Hibiscus Tropical Tie

My husband loves tropical ties. He has a great collection of tropical ties with designs featuring tikis, tropical sunsets, tropical florals and more. I just came across this Nautica hibiscus silk tie and I love it! I may have to add this to his collection.

Liana Yaroslavsky

This is definitely the best display of French style I've ever seen so far. I adore every detail, every image. It's rustic yet not masculine, feminine but not in a cliche way, romantic but not shoddy. It's French to perfection. I am talking about the incredible house of the Russian Designer Liana Yaroslavsky in the outskirts of Paris. I know I have said this so many times but this time is "the real thing". I am officially in love. But enough talking. With images like these, who needs talking? Let's instead feast our eyes.
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Images from elle in Spanish

El Convento

Every time I see Spanish Colonial Architecture I can't help but be immediately drawn to it. No need to mention that the next time I'm in Puerto Rico, El Convento is the place I'll stay. No question about it. The building housing this effulgent Boutique Hotel was built in 1646, an order of King Phillip IV to serve as a Carmelite convent, hence its very eccentric name.
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I can't tell you enough how I would enjoy setting in this terrace while reading a book with the breeze caressing my hair. Oh I need some of that so much...
el convento puerto rico
This suite was named after Gloria Vanderbilt who was the first guest on the night of the inauguration. I would like to walk bare foot over those handcrafted tiles. I can even close my eyes and feel the freshness coming under my feet.
tropical boutique hotel drink some mojitos and enjoy some tapas. Or maybe I would just stay still contemplating those always beautiful green and white awnings or those imposing wood beams.
Caribbean boutique hotel
Then I would jump into the pool and swim and swim those well consumed calories out.


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