Friday, September 22, 2017

IMAESTRI - your luxury furniture destination

One of my favorite resources for impeccably designed furniture and decor is luxury furnishings company, IMAESTRI. Their online marketplace curates a selection from some of the finest artisans creating today. Most notably, IMAESTRI has an amazing selection of truly bold and unique furniture, while also housing a large selection of beautifully simple, yet expertly crafted furnishings. If you're new to this brand, prepare to be hooked! IMAESTRI manages to wow me time and again without fail. Everything is absolutely stunning! 

Aurora Armchair - Imaestri

The rose gold Aurora Armchair (above) is my favorite IMAESTRI piece right now. It screams luxury and has a strong architectural feel to it. This just made my wish list!


Louis XV Armchair - Imaestri

When I say that IMAESTRI's selection is unique, their upholstered "marble" armchair and love seat are great examples. I'm also loving IMAESTRI's wood Vela chair shown below. It's carved wood design evokes a relaxing, Asian zen feel, which I always welcome. 

Vela Chair - Imaestri

Aurora Chair - Imaestri

Left: Minimal Wash Basin, Right: Duo BM Wash Basin - Imaestri

Arne XV - Imaestri


Inkstone 04 Wash Basin - Imaestri


Aurora Chair - Imaestri

I hope you're as impressed with IMAESTRI's furnishings as I am. There is so much more on their website worth checking out. I'll leave you with this beautifully designed rose gold chair, fit for the most discerning design enthusiast.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Ultimate Relaxation GIVEAWAY!

As we transition into Fall I'm finding myself becoming incredibly busy and sometimes it's hard to keep up with everything. If you're like me, then it's likely time to take some time to relax! Relaxing doesn't necessarily mean going on vacation, but it could mean simply adding 30 minutes to your day for rest and relaxation at home. If you have the right tools then a short 30 minutes of relaxation can be truly groundbreaking. HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET FOR HELPING YOU TO RELAX AT HOME... and I'm giving them away to one lucky reader in this week's contest!

ENTER TO WIN THESE AMAZING RELAXATION TOOLS:


(1) Koke'e Island Ambiance Reed Diffuser - Malie Organics 
Transform your space into a tropical paradise with the exotic aromas of the Islands as the delicate reeds allow the subtle release of these beautiful scents. Relax, indulge and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Hawaiian aromatherapy.

Pure Soothing Comfort Mist is a heavenly blend formulated by our meditation gurus. A light, clean mist infused with Lavender and Chamomile essential oils that promote feelings of peace and soothe the soul. Definitely the most tranquil of their aromatherapy mists. Crafted from pure essential oils and botanicals.

(3)  Koke'e Hand Soap - Malie Organics
Enjoy a small touch of indulgence in your daily life with Malie’s luxurious organic hand soap. Cleanse naturally with awapuhi extract, while moisturizing and nourishing dry skin with organic aloe. Offering the naturally hydrating and therapeutic benefits of our pure Hawaiian Hydrosols.

(4) Shiatsu Neck & Back Massage - Zyllion 
This powerful, deep-kneading shiatsu massager relaxes overused and tight muscles with an advanced heating function to further soothe. This device can be attached to a chair for further convenience.

(5) 'Ciao Bella' sleep mask - Sleepy Cottage
Ciao Bella! A favorite Italian greeting for that special someone. Made from blush satin with black embroidery with a strap that won't slip while you sleep!

***Enter to win HERE!***

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bloggers at Home - featuring lifestyle blogger Eleanora Morrison

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Life + style blogger Eleanora Morrison has been so kind to share with a us a private tour of her San Antonio, Texas home. It's a bright & cozy space showcasing antique furniture with fun, contemporary pieces mixed in. I love the relaxed and bright feel she accomplishes.This newlywed successfully transformed her home to suit the styles of both Eleanora and her husband, blending rustic with glam, which always takes an artful balance. 

Eleanora Morrison is the founder of Oh, Eleanora blog. Check out our chat below!

I really like that your blog focuses on both style and wellness. How have you set up your home to help accomplish wellness and balance?

For me, styling our first home with wellness and balance in mind was at the top of my priority list. It has always been the goal for it to feel like our house gives you a hug when you walk through the door. I wanted this home to be the sigh of relief that would welcome us into relaxation after a long, busy day. 

Our careers both demand very much of our time and energies, so I paid a lot of attention to the finite details in the décor that I think help to create an atmosphere of relaxation at home. For example, I have a few indoor plants or fresh flowers placed in almost every room. I have aromatherapy candles in the bathroom and in the office. I have my favorite honey + milk soap in the bathroom and salts that make a typical at-home bath feel like an at-home spa. We were also given amazing bedding for our wedding that is so comfy that we have to pull ourselves away, so that also helps us keep relaxed and happy. It’s the little things that can give your home a very luxurious feel. 





In what ways does your home reflect your personal style?

I fell in love with our home the moment I saw it because it is a beautiful blend of old meets new. Our home was built in 1927, but we bought it completely renovated with a modern kitchen, bathroom, back yard, and other charming features. The character is there, but the modern luxuries are what make the home feel good. 

My personal style is very much a blend of a love affair with classic and timeless elegance, and an affinity toward bold modern statements. Our décor is a direct reflection of this. Many of our bigger furniture pieces are antiques—either from our grandparent’s homes or our parent’s homes. Everything we were given for our wedding, however, is contemporary. This makes our home feel like a blend of rustic charm and Hollywood glam, and I love it. 




As a newlywed, what has been the hardest thing about decorating with your husband and joining your personal styles? What is your biggest joint-decorating success story so far?

This is definitely a challenge. Luckily, my husband trusted me completely and didn’t really question any of my design choices with this home. However, he tends to be drawn to very contemporary and modern décor—I would call him a minimalist—and I am drawn to more traditional, rustic, and glamorous décor. With that in mind, I had to be very creative in blending tastes and respecting that this was a merger, not a takeover! 

I think our biggest joint-decorating success story at this point would be our guest room. Dan’s things were mostly black and modern, and mine were mostly white and neutral, with some inherited antiques. I figured out how to use his pieces to decorate the guest room in such a way that we didn’t lose him in the house. I didn’t mind the guest room feeling masculine—I am sometimes very drawn to masculine clothing and décor. I know we will eventually repurpose and redecorate that room, but for now it works really well and it came together quite nicely. Dan can have his space, I have my feminine office space, and the rest of the rooms in our home are fairly neutral and welcoming. 




With your new voyage in entrepreneurship, I'm sure your background in PR and fundraising have been very helpful. What takeaways from the fundraising and PR sectors have you utilized as you build your blogging business Oh, Eleanora?

My background in PR and fundraising was the perfect springboard into building a full-time blogging business. I still have much to build and much to achieve, but I truly believe that everything I did before taking the leap into being my own brand prepared me just the way I needed for what I do today. The three biggest skill sets from fundraising and PR that I draw from every single day are problem-solving, storytelling through mission-driven content, and utilizing my professional and personal networks to yield collaborations and sponsorships. 

In my experience, fundraising was about telling the story of your mission to people you had relationships with, in the hopes that they would convert to donors. Then you had to carry out their donor benefits and work them into current or future campaigns. The formula is almost exactly the same when pursuing relationships and sponsored collaborations with brands. 



What type of person do you think would love your blog?

Women in their 20’s and 30’s who are looking to find some inspiration and motivation to keep pushing toward their dreams. The mission of my site is to encourage and empower women to create the lives they want to lead. I hope Oh, Eleanora serves as a digital destination for those who need a little bit of cheerleading to reach for their stars. I would imagine these women are open-minded, worldly, interested in arts and culture; I think of them as being the never-ending seekers of beauty in the world, but also the ones who want to make a difference in it. 

What health & wellness resources are you most excited about this year?

I am now totally into a new practice of yoga (for me)—it’s called Bowspring. I’ve discovered it at my current yoga studio here in San Antonio, AC Power Yoga, but Bowspring is a global method that started in Denver, CO and was originated by a woman named Desi Springer. Its fundamentals are about re-learning movement habits that are more animalistic in nature rather than mechanical. It’s easier on my body than other forms of yoga and exercise, but it is more physically and mentally challenging. It works your fascia, not just your muscles. You get an amazing stretch from the practice, and your body feels renewed when you finish class. The movements are new and different, so you have to work very mindfully. It’s a workout for the body and the brain. If you live in a city that offers Bowspring yoga, I highly suggest trying it!



What has been inspiring you creatively lately?

I’ve been inspired by the fact that in both fashion and interior design, blush is the new black. I shared an article about it on the blog recently. 
I am always drawing inspiration from the following places, people and sites:


Photo credits: Curbviews and Will Crawford 

What's the more important thing you've learned during your career journey so far?

The last (and probably most important) thing I learned from the PR and fundraising sectors is that everyone knows everyone. The law of six degrees of separation will always shock you—no matter how you industry-hop. I now realize that the success of a relatively new blogger in the digital space is far more dependent on personal and professional relationships and networks that one would think. In fundraising and in PR, you meet so many people, and you learn how to deal with so many types of personalities. To be able to utilize those relationships to knock on doors, even in a completely new industry, helps me every single day. 

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Gone Rural Swaziland - Artistic handcrafts with social impact

Gone Rural is an African handcraft & design brand based in Swaziland with a unique, philanthropic spin. This brand has truly impressed me with their artistic woven designs that pay homage to the past while still being innovative. Founded in the 1970s (officially registered in 1992), Gone Rural was launched by a Swaziland farmer's wife, Jenny Thorne, who owned a small craft shop in Swaziland selling handmade clothes, accessories, and anti-apartheid literature. This small shop turned into several locations across Swaziland with a social mission behind their stunning handcrafts. 

Gone Rural empowers the women they employ with a voice and with real life resource. Below a Gone Rural weaver shares how this organization has been a benefit to their lives in more ways than expected. 

Siphiwe Mngometuli - Gone Rural weaver 
Siphiwe is the backbone of her homstead. She left school after falling pregnant and began weaving to support her child. Together, Siphiwe and her husband had six more children, building a life at his homestead. 
Then one day he sold all their cattle and left. He did not return for four years. Siphiwe had to leave her husband's family homestead. But with her income from Gone Rural, she was able to start her life again; building a new house and buying animals. 


For decades now the Gone Rural mission has been to empower local Swazi women by providing educational, health, and social resources. Gone Rural now assists over 770 women in 13 groups spread across Swaziland creating various woven products. Gone Rural's organization boMake (meaning 'mothers in their local language SiSwati) gives back by sponsoring the education tuition for their children, providing access to clean water, and offering free health clinics. 

Rural Evolution collection

Gone Rural also has a fashion branch of their brand. They have collaborated with various global designers to create avant garde fashions utilizing Gone Rural's artistic baskets and weavings, and the results are fantastic. 

Rural Evolution collection
Doktor and Misses collaboration with Gone Rural - woven screen

Gone Rural's innovation to preserve local handcraft traditions while creating new and exciting art & designs is already impressive on it's own, but their commitment to making a social impact in their community makes Gone Rural and boMake truly role models for how businesses can become impactful social enterprises. 

Rural Evolution collection

Learn where you can find Gone Rural woven designs in your own city at GoneRuralSwazi.com (there are boutiques selling their brand across the globe!). Also, visit the boMake organization page to learn more about their social impact efforts. You can give back by simply making a purchase! 

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Monday, August 7, 2017

6 Picture Frames for the Design Lover! + Vote for me in the AMARA blog awards

Hi friends! A short interlude before today's blog post... I've been nominated for an Amara Blog Award which honors interior design bloggers! Yay! I'm really excited to participate in this year's blogging contest and I'll need your help to reach my goal. Support the blog by voting for me in the Amara Blog Awards HERE. Thank you so much for your kind support! Now back to the blog post. :-)

No matter how many picture frames I buy, I can always buy another, especially if it has a unique design. I love displaying my travel photos around home and switching out the pictures to showcase different memories. Why not take it one step further and change out your frames while you're changing the photos? Changing out your picture frames is one of the easiest and least inexpensive ways to add luxurious accents to your home. Here are my favorite frames from Bloomingdale's and AMARA!








So there you have it, 7 fab frames to get you excited about displaying your photos at home. If you love these frames, and the Interiors by Jacquin blog, cast your vote in the Amara Blog Awards. I appreciate your support!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Fashion meets Interiors series: featuring Joanna Go


Hi, everyone! My name is Joanna Go and I'm Owner and Creative Director of fashion, style, and beauty blog, CutandChicVintage. As a blogger, I'm constantly on the lookout for style that inspires. I believe style inspiration can come from anywhere—from art to interior design, which is why I'm thrilled to style another look for Jacquin's Fashion Meets Interiors series. 

The space that I chose is similar to how I've decorated my own place. It's modern, minimal, yet warm. This room has an effortlessly chic quality about it that I often go for in my own wardrobe. Although I'm a minimalist at heart, I'm all for incorporating bold, one of a kind statement pieces for that extra bit of "wow!", just like with the bold abstract paintings featured in black (see interior design photo below).


Image via PopSugar from Burlap & Lace

At first glance, I immediately connected with the room's neutral color palette of black and nudes but, what I love most about this room is its details. Some may say that minimalism has a reputation of being monotonous, or cold and uninviting. However, the trick to pulling off a minimalist look that truly stands out is adding an interesting focal point. There's nothing like a unique bag or a fab pair of shoes to breathe new life into any outfit.



With summer on it's way when I selected this outfit, I couldn't help but dream of exotic getaways and holidays by the beach. That was what attracted me to the natural textures in this room and I wanted to incorporate that into my outfit as well. When I saw this woven bag at ZARA, I knew it was the perfect accessory I can use all summer long. It's so chic and versatile that I can take it from work to play in no time flat. Having a little fun with black clothes & accessories can be a nice change of pace in the summer!



SHOP THE LOOK!

Hope you found some inspiration in my look! A big thank you to Jacquin for inviting me back to her blog. I had such a blast styling my outfit for this Fashion Meets Interiors series. You can check out my previous Fashion Meets Interiors feature here and visit my blog CutandChicVintage for more fashion inspiration.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Hot Trend Alert: Tropical Leaf Pattern

Refreshing tropical leaf motifs have been popping up everywhere! If you haven't seen this around yet, here's a taste of some of the best designs featuring this fun, tropical pattern. I guarantee this trend will get you thinking about vacationing at a lovely tropical resort. I suppose that's why so many people are bringing elements of tropical palm leaves and the like, into their homes. I'm totally on board with this trend. Bring on the leaf motifs!

Bedroom of TiffanyD of Makeup By TiffanyD

Image via Pinterest, Shop the Aestate




































Image via Stellar Interior Design, Oly Studio








Kips Bay Showhouse 2015, McMillan Interior Design, Rikki Snyder Photography






















Image via Ish & Chi

Shop the Trend...


























1. Jungle Leaves Wall Panel - Fabrics & Papers
2. Tahiti Indoor/Outdoor Floor Pillow - Callant & Jones
3. Beverly II Print - Fine Art Watercolor Print - The Aestate