Interview with Fine Art Jewelry Designer Lora Nikolova

Today we head to Milan, Italy to interview artist & designer Lora Nikolova  about her uniquely abstract jewelry collections. Lora is a fine art jewelry designer who creates exquisite works of wearable art like nothing  you have ever seen before. Each piece is inspired by abstract design, found objects, and bold colors. Lora’s goal is to inspire women to adorn themselves with bold works of art as a way to stand out and express themselves with jewelry. Read on to see our interview with this innovative European designer.  

 

Jacquin: You have had such an interesting career Lora! From beginning in theater & film set design during your studies, how did you get started in fine-art jewelry design?

Lora: Since my early childhood I started experimenting with polymer clay (fimo) creating different kinds of forms and shapes, as well as brooches and beads for necklaces. As a child, I had a special interest and need to interact with arts and crafts in general. This led me to study textile design at the School of Applied Arts. I had the opportunity to develop my sense of color and drawing skills, as well as deepen my art history knowledge. I also had the chance to study set design at the National Academy of Arts Sofia in Bulgaria, where I earned a master’s degree in set design for cinema and television in the National Academy of Arts Brera in Milan. I acquired many new artistic skills there, all of which helped me to develop my own abstract style.

Throughout my school studies at the Academy, along with various work experiences in set & costume design, fashion, and photography, I was always tempted and inspired to create imaginative jewelry. When seeing a woman wearing an ordinary necklace, I often imagined what it would be like to re-create their necklace and transform it into a crazy and abstract piece of jewelry; something beyond the boundaries of the normal, like a work of art to be worn.

 

Jacquin: What is it about creating jewelry that you connected with?

Lora: Jewelry making combined many of my artistic interests and studies – mixing colors and patterns, applying my drawing skills, paper creativity, decoration, and fine art. This artistic heritage helped me create my own abstract style. In a way, I apply this style on the body which literally becomes a “set” (a scene) where I have the ability to create the design for an abstract screenplay, a composition which tells a story through colors and forms. Eventually it transforms into a wearable art object. The jewelry I design and make is the most significant way to give expression to my creativity, which comes from within.

Jacquin: How has your experience been as a woman entrepreneur building your creative business? What or who has been most helpful to you during your journey as an artist entrepreneur? 

Lora: Being a woman entrepreneur is not an easy job actually, I admit that I have not yet built my business completely but continue building it slowly day by day. Entrepreneurship is a hard and creative process which has to be nourished daily with experimentation, and by actively utilizing different strategies. As an entrepreneur there is no recipe or manual, so you have to think outside of the box. Every small business and growing brand has to find its own way in order to become bigger. Sometimes it’s also a question of luck, to be in the right place and with the right people, and of course investing is fundamental. I am grateful to my parents for encouraging me to study arts and also to my partner who is one of the people who has helped me develop my own brand.

Jacquin: How do you go about creating your jewelry designs? Do you sketch out your designs in advance, or do you work out the design as you go and simply begin creating?

Lora: Most of the time I sketch my designs, as it helps me to project and visualize my idea of composition – like the balance of volumes and colors. But I admit that sometimes I prefer to design as I create. When I take this more spontaneous approach I like to use white cardboard and place all of my materials on this neutral surface, then try different combinations of my multi-colored materials to create a new piece, without copying it from a sketch. Most of the time this spontaneous artistic appraoch gives the best results and proves to be more authentic. 

Jacquin: What has been your favorite or most memorable creative collaboration you’ve worked on so far? Why was it your favorite?

Lora: One of my most creative collaborations thus far was with a fashion brand called Ultràchic a couple of years ago. I had the opportunity to invent a collection of paper jewelry (paper sculptures) following the story and moodboard of the colorful and witty patterns designed for their FW-2016 fashion collection. The collection was actually called “The Apartment” and it interpreted in a cute and ironic way patterns reflecting your home decor and all the things that you might find in your apartment. The jewelry collection I created consisted mainly of brooches, necklaces, and earrings all handmade and hand painted by me. I liked it because I had the opportunity to express myself thoroughly. All the pieces were entirely handmade by me and I totally absorbed the exciting mood of the collection, which was very satisfying. 

Jacquin: Now that you’ve made your home in Italy, where is your favorite place to go for home decor? for fashion?

Lora: I like exploring Cargo & HighTech in Piazza XXV Aprile in Milan – a really cool labyrinth store with everything from clothes to furniture, fragrances, and many household objects. Another one of my favorites in Milan for fashion is the concept store, Corso Como 10 – it also has a beautiful bookshop and gallery, as well as a top floor terrace with a fabulous view in the middle of Milan’s skyscraper district. I also adore Antonio Marras’s stylish showroom and store located in Via Cola di Rienzo in Milan. 

Jacquin: What is your favorite hobby when you aren’t creating jewelry?

Lora: My favorite hobbies when I’m not creating jewelry are all the activities that precede the artistic process and expand my visual boundaries in order to create new things. One of which is going around fairs in search of new materials, traveling and visiting museums and exhibitions and getting inspired for new projects. I love taking pictures (ultimately with my phone), or if I do with my camera I love editing the pictures with photoshop. I like to play with photos, editing, and creating interesting effects and colors. I adore getting lost in Pinterest – it’s a ocean of inspiration. One of my hobbies, for which unfortunately I don’t have much time nowadays, is painting with acrylics. Eventually I hope that someday this activity will also have the possibility to become something more than a hobby.

A special thank you to Lora Nikolova for taking the time for this exciting interview! I love the idea of wearable art and will be following the career of Lora to see what’s next. Visit her website to stay up to date on her artwork & jewelry!

 

Touring the Lebanon home of designer Chantal Jerdi

We’ve landed in Lebanon today for our virtual home tour feature! We’re showcasing the home of Chantal Jerdi, an architect turned interior designer with eclectic style. 

Jacquin: What inspired you to become an architect? What was the most unexpected part about your training? -or- What was the most unexpected part about actually working as an architect?

Chantal: I was born and raised in a family of architects; my father is an architect and my mother is an interior designer. So I was immersed in the architectural field ever since I was a child, and decided to pursue it further by becoming an architect myself. After working in the architectural family business for several years, I found myself more and more drawn to interior design. I started taking on more interior design projects and a couple of years ago I decided to start working on my own as a full-time interior designer.

Jacquin: How would you describe the decor style of your home? What was most difficult about decorating your space?

Chantal: My décor style at home and in my work is eclectic. It can be mixing between classic and more modern elements or mixing between different design movements, such as Scandinavian, bohemian and so forth. As an interior designer, I grew to appreciate many different decorating styles and wanted to incorporate them all in my home! I was in love with certain design elements of the industrial movement, the modern one and even the vintage one! I believe incorporating vintage décor elements into a space makes it more personal and gives it a unique touch. It makes it full of personality and more ‘homey’. That was my biggest challenge: mixing all of the elements I love in order to create a harmonious home.

Jacquin: Did you add any custom architectural features to the interior or exterior of your home?

Chantal: My husband and I bought our home when it was still under construction. It is a two-story apartment, and at the time of our purchase there were no internal partitions or walls. It was left as is in order for the future home-owner to divide it according to their needs. It was a dream come true for me, as designing the space planning was also one of my requirements when searching for an apartment.

When we first bought the apartment, I realized that we had an amazing unobstructed view on the sea from the entrance, and I designed my whole house in order to preserve that view and that connection to the outside. You can see the view from almost every room on the first floor; from the entrance as soon as you step inside to the big open space that includes the living and dining areas, as well as from the kitchen. I added a chimney on the first floor in the open space that creates the perfect cozy atmosphere on cold winter nights. Every room is thought and designed in a functional yet aesthetic way that allows us to enjoy the big spaces we like.

Our master bedroom is on the second floor and is also located on the main view of the house. It has a master bathroom and a custom-made walking-closet. The rest of the second floor is also divided into bedrooms, and there is also a master bedroom on the first floor. Our whole house is custom-made not only from an interior design point of view but also from an architectural point of view.

Jacquin: Do you have any unique custom furniture or vintage pieces at home?

Chantal: Yes!  For our wedding a family friend offered us a gorgeous vintage handmade wooden cabinet, which I have placed in my bedroom. I remember falling in love with it when I first saw it! And a few months later, I became its lucky owner.

Jacquin: Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family at home? Do you have a special recipe you like to make when you have guests visiting?

Chantal: I enjoy having friends over a glass of wine and a good dinner, and gathering with the family on weekends for lunch. We especially like Lebanese food and one of my favorite recipes that I make for my guests is the fattoush salad. It’s light, healthy, delicious and very easy to do!

Here is the perfect recipe from The Mediterranean Dish. I use the same ingredients, but tend to be looser with the dosage and this is why I prefer to share a more accurate recipe.

I enjoy having friends over a glass of wine and a good dinner, and gathering with the family on weekends for lunch. We especially like Lebanese food and one of my favorite recipes that I make for my guests is the fattoush salad. It’s light, healthy, delicious and very easy to do!

Here is the perfect recipe from https://www.themediterraneandish.com/fattoush-salad/:

I use the same ingredients but tend to be looser with the dosage this is why I preferred to share a more accurate recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves pita bread
  • Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp sumac, more for later
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 heart of Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • 5 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 green onions (both white and green parts), chopped
  • 5 radishes, stems removed, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chopped fresh parsley leaves, stems removed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves (optional)

Lime-vinaigrette

Instructions:

  1. Toast the pita bread in your toaster oven until it is crisp but not browned. Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan. Break the pita bread into pieces, and place in the heated oil. Fry briefly until browned, tossing frequently. Add salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp of sumac. Remove the pita chips from the heat and place on paper towels to drain.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions with the sliced radish and parsley.
  3. To make the lime vinaigrette, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil and spices in a small bowl.
  4. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette and toss lightly. Finally, add the pita chips, and more sumac if you like, and toss one more time. Transfer to small serving bowls or plates. Enjoy!

Jacquin: Where are you favorite places in Lebanon for unique home decor?

Chantal: There are so many nice furniture places for furniture shopping in Lebanon! I especially love BHV and West Elm for their home accessories and Farra store for furniture shopping.

Jacquin: What’s next for your company? Any exciting plans for 2018 or 2019?

Chantal: I am currently working on my website and my blog, where I will be sharing décor tips and tricks with my readers! This is the main plan for 2018, along with working of course on my interior design projects. I haven’t planned for 2019 yet and will do so according to what I was able to accomplish during this year.

You can follow the work of Chantal Jerdi via her Pinterest profile or visit her website here.
 
 

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Get Crafty This Summer With “Beading Dreams”

Summer is finally upon us and I know we are all more than ready to leave our houses and start making memories! Today we are sharing a fun artistic activity for all the guys and gals out there just itching to let their creative juices flow, especially those with a weak spot for custom jewelry

Not too long ago I had the pleasure of meeting Allyson Giesen, owner and founder of Beading Dreams, a custom jewelry shop located in Dallas, TX. For this video interview, Allyson and I had a delightful chat about her business and transformed my grandmother’s old beaded necklace into 2 new beautiful original pieces. Watch the video feature to see how my own recent beading adventure turned out!

Allyson has been running Beading Dreams for 10 years and has a tremendous amount of experience creating a variety of dazzling pieces. Her store has a vast assortment of different style beads with exceptional quality. You’ll be able to make the perfect little gem no matter your taste. 

Beading crafts are a fantastic creative outlet and make for fabulous accessories. At Beading Dreams you can even receive one-on-one assistance from crafting professionals (if needed) to make a completely personalized piece, or pay to have your necklace assembled. To make new friends while crafting, you’ll love Beading Dream’s group classes held right at their store. They make it so easy! If you’re new to beading and creating your own jewelry, get out there and try your hand at it. You’ll find that beading is a rewarding expression of your own personal style!

Thank you to Allyson Giesen and the entire Beading Dreams staff for assisting me. I can’t wait to go back! 

For more video features, browse the Interiors by Jacquin “Video Series“. 

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5 Stylish Ways to Organize Your Home Office

If your home office is notorious for its overflowing paperwork, tangled electronic cables, and a general feeling of overwhelming clutter then look no further because this “How To” is specifically made for you! For many people, the home office often becomes “The Room Filled With All The Extra Stuff We Can’t Fit Anywhere Else”, which is great for reducing messes everywhere else!… Until the moment you rush to the office to complete an important project, only to open the door and realize you’ve just been transported to another dimension (and not a pretty one). But hey, no judgement here – it happens to the best of us! And with these 5 space saving tips, you’ll be able to transform that otherworldly mess into a stylish office you’ll actually be excited to work in. 

#1 Cubbies, baskets, bins, oh my!

Cubby storage systems + chic baskets/bins = adorably organized! Bins are especially useful for storing all that not-so-cute junk laying around your room as well. 

#2 Talk to yourself! (with bulletin/message boards, I mean)

Keep all your loose sticky notes, memos, and to-do lists on bulletin and message boards! That way you’ll never forget what to do next, and it’ll keep your desk nice and clean. 

#3 Bar carts… but less alcohol, more supplies (okay maybe just one bottle of wine)

Rolling carts are truly the best way to keep all that little stuff organized and tucked away in one easy-to-reach place. Plus you can bring the cart with you no matter what area of the office you’re in! 

#4 These walls were made for hangin’… and thats just what they’ll do! 

Use your wall space wisely. Hang up shelving and wall organizers to keep your floors clean and your mind clear! 

#5 Give it a designated area – AND KEEP IT THERE!

It’s much easier to stay organized when all of your paperwork and supplies have an assigned spot it’ll return to after every use. These rose gold file organizers from Masions du Monde are a wonderfully chic way to keep all of your little things in one area! 

Products from Masions du Monde

However, perhaps the most important tip to remember is that organization does not only make a space look great, but it also helps ease your mind! Keeping your work space tidy will help you reduce stress and allow your creativity to flow in a more free and relaxed environment! 

 

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Announcing the NEW Interiors by Jacquin online shop!

Hi friends! Thank you for your continued support and readership as we grow the Interiors by Jacquin brand. If you’ve been inspired by this blog’s interior design inspiration over the years, then you will LOVE our new online shop! The NEW Interiors by Jacquin online store features colorful throw pillows, luxurious bedding, and small furniture items that will add warmth and style to any home. I am so excited to introduce these products to you!

Please take the time to browse our new online shop and write-in letting us know which home decor item is your favorite. My personal favorites right now are the Interiors by Jacquin embroidered ‘Fiesta’ pillows and the luxurious Orchids Lux Home ‘Bailey Quilts’Stay tuned for additional furniture selections and fine art sales on our shop next! We look forward to beautifying your home with items from the Interiors by Jacquin shop! 

You can stop by the online store for a visit any time with direct access from the blog.  Just click on the pillow icon at the very top of the blog that says “Visit our shop”. I hope you love these products!

Thank you for visiting the new home decor shop!

 

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Fashion meets Interiors: featuring Studio Seven Style

Happy Weekend everyone! We’re back with a new Fashion meets Interiors feature to inspire you today with an outfit styled by Julie Pratz of Studio Seven Style! Julie Pratz is a self-described fashion psychologist and personal stylist who is committed to transforming wardrobes and enhancing confidence from the inside out.  Her company, Studio Seven Style, helps give her clients the tools to make fashion fun instead of frustrating.

She has spent the last ten years building relationships and is most passionate about the work she is doing to empower people to look and feel their best. As a previous fitness trainer turned image consultant, Julie has a developed a unique perspective when it comes to fashion and style. Influenced by art, architecture and nature, she aspires to help people reflect who they are designed to be while standing out in the crowd. Today Julie has styled model Valencia Roy in an outfit to match this stunning space and her personal style. Read on as Julie describes her inspiration for completing this Fashion meets Interiors look. 

I would define my personal style is California chic: warm, modern and alluring with a splash of rock and roll.  The pink dress was inspired by the beautiful rug.  I love that both items are elegant but still have a warm and comfortable feeling. The navy chair inspired the blue metallic jacket because both have a bit of sheen and are structured in form but luxurious in appearance.

My favorite part of any outfit is the accessories. This is where you can transform your outfit and take it from drab to fabulous! Accessories for an outfit are like the art on the wall in an interior space, they should be both very personal and unique.

I selected the long gold modern Vita Fede earrings to mirror the long lean legs of the table and the gold frames on the art. I chose an eclectic mix of bracelets to reflect the modern and eclectic feel of the room. The Matthew Campbell (MCL) blue topaz bracelet has similar color and shapes as the blue rectangles on the back wall. The leather and stone bracelet was inspired from the pictures of the bull and matador as well as the horns on the table.  The white and gold alligator cuff had a strong contemporary feel which I connected with the white couch and gold side table. 

The MCL necklace tied the darker metallic blue with the lighter blue and created a connection and focal point as the chair does for the wall. The cowhide tote mirrored the pillow on the chair and I paired it with the bright white handbag to give my models outfit a more layered look. The chic white Fendi handbag reminded me of the lamp with the scalloped edges and modern retro look. Last but not least- the shoes. The bronze shoes by Malone were inspired by the bronze table with dark linear legs. The table and the shoes connect in color and line and design: both have structure and curves which translate as modern yet feminine. Overall this interiors space and the outfit reflect my personal style: warm, modern, alluring, fun, elegant with a touch of edge. 

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Model: Valencia Roy / Photographer: John Smith, Blacksmith Photography / Stylist: Julie Pratz, Studio Seven Style / Location:  Tootsies, Houston

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Home Tour featuring Stephen & Carrie Fitzwater of Modern Lantern

I had the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs Stephen & Carrie Fitzwater of Modern Lantern at a Trade Show recently and I was so impressed by their product. Modern Lantern sells CORDLESS LAMPS that will revolutionize how you decorate! They sell a large collection of cordless lamps in modern designs on their website, but not only that. Modern Lantern also converts vintage and antique lamps to their cordless technology. You will love this brand! Read on as I interview Modern Lantern‘s owners, Stephen and Carrie Fitzwater, and tour their eclectic mid-century modern home. 

Jacquin: I absolutely love your business concept, Carrie & Stephen! Tell us about what inspired you to launch your cordless lamp company, Modern Lantern.

Stephen & Carrie: Thanks Jacquin! Coming from a talented designer that means a lot to us! As an interior designer it just kept driving me nuts when I’d do an install and discover no floor plugs for those lamps typically needed in a large, open floor plan living area. I just couldn’t stand placing a lamp that didn’t work on an end table or swapping it our for a floral piece when the plan clearly called for a decorative table lamp. So I just kept bugging my husband (who just so happened to be a product designer;) that this was a product we can and should bring to market.

So finally he did the research online and found that lots of people had the same issue and no one was doing a good job of solving that lighting problem. Stephen starting buying components on the internet from various industries to get a prototype that worked well. Once we accomplished that, we filed the patent (we now have several), and went off to China to work with our friend and sourcing agent Johnny, to find the right factories to help us bring in our first container load of cordless lamps in early 2012. Seven years later we keep expanding and improving our line we sell direct on ModernLantern.com.

Jacquin: Have you two always been entrepreneurial minded?

Stephen & Carrie: I think so?! or at least I’d like to say I think so. LOL. We’ve both done the corporate thing which served us well raising our two boys (now young men) but for the both of us we heavily embraced the Gen X story growing up. Both of us are pretty creative and independent thinkers, and we both even as kids, had our own jobs that we were in control of and that was more inspiring to us than just a paycheck.

Jacquin: How would you describe the style of your home and decor?

Stephen & Carrie: Our look is pretty eclectic and represents both our personalities. We like traveling, vintage hunting, toys, and modern clean lines but definitely more mid-century than sleek contemporary. We feel our home is pretty warm and inviting. Our four pets seem to like it, they get to live in it more than we do.

Jacquin: How was your experience decorating your current home together? Did you create any DIY home decor accents or invest in any vintage pieces? 

Stephen & Carrie: We’ve had 5 homes since we’ve been married and ALL of them complete redoes, so plenty of experiences there, LOL. Our current home in Fort Worth is a 1950s Austin stone ranch. We loved the sprawling yard, trees and the retro stone but the inside was a mess. My husband hopes this is our last redo! We gutted the kitchen, painted the entire house, inside and out, all new landscaping and my favorite feature is the new deck in the backyard, my husband’s favorite might be his skateboard ramp, which I told him had to look ‘Pinterest worthy’ if going in our backyard (laughing). To decorate, we change stuff around pretty regularly. Some things my husband collected traveling overseas, some I found in antique stores and estate sales and we love our artwork, which for the most part are originals.

Jacquin: What is your favorite Modern Lantern lamp on the market currently?

Stephen & Carrie: Our favorite is our Bartlett Cordless Lamp (shown below). They are pretty unique… for one they are rechargeable, but also important is our ceramic line of cordless lamps are made right here by hand in DFW. We work with a stoneware artisan in Dallas that makes the ceramic pots, all glazed at his facility, and then Stephen and our Shop manager, Clarisa, hand assemble and pack them all out of our shop here in Fort Worth. So we think they are pretty special. We do a few antique when we have time too on our Etsy page, ModernLanternVintage.

Jacquin: Tell us about your favorite hobby when you aren’t working at Modern Lantern?

Stephen & Carrie: We love the outdoors… love camping, entertaining friends and barbecuing, working in the yard, riding mountain bikes, and Stephen enjoys skateboarding with his buddies too.

Jacquin: What is your favorite room in your home and how do you think it reflects YOU?

Stephen & Carrie: Our favorite spot is our deck in our backyard. We wake up to coffee on a nice morning and then enjoy a beer or cocktail right there in the evening, after work. In short, we like to relax together, talk about the day (or the future) while staring at the birds and the mature trees on and around our property. We are pretty chill people.

Visit Modern Lantern at their website at www.ModernLantern.com or follow them on Instagram.
 
 

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How to Maximize Your Outdoor Space

With spring’s arrival and summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your outdoor space for the warmer weather! There are many ways to achieve celebrity style living in your own backyard! Jennifer Aniston’s gorgeous back deck, pictured above, is giving us major back deck inspiration. Achieving such a luxurious yet serene backyard retreat is completely attainable with Kebony’s wood products for decking, siding, and more!

The Deck 

Studio 3001 in Emsdetten, Germany

The first step to take in revamping your outdoor space is the base, the deck. It’s important if you are building or renovating a deck to choose a wood that is durable and made to last. Norwegian-based company Kebony is a great source for outdoor timber. Kebony specializes in producing enhanced wood of a superior quality that is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective. 

Your outdoor deck is an extension of your interior design. Make your deck both beautiful and functional, like in the photo above, which showcases a Kebony wood deck from a home in Germany. The photo below is gorgeous example of how to create a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living also showcasing Kebony. The stunning exterior walls shown are covered in Kebony wood. 

By Claridge Architects

Why stop at just outdoor furniture when curating your outdoor deck… add a touch of luxury! If you really want to elevate your outdoor space, why not add a hot tub? 

Hot Tubs

What better way to transform your backyard into a relaxing oasis than adding a hot tub to your deck. There are many things to consider when you’re getting ready to install a hot tub in your backyard. What type of tub do you want? Where do you want the hot tub? Safety factors must also be considered as well in the installation process. But don’t worry, we have simplified the process. 

Architecture by Nick Leith-Smith

Where to Put the Hot Tub?

Consider where in your backyard or on your current deck you want to place your hot tub. Although there are logistics that factor into a location of a hot tub, like access to water and electricity or room for maintenance and repairs, don’t forget to have fun with it! Do you have a beautiful garden area you want to overlook? Do you have a pool you want to add the hot tub on to? Be creative and have fun with it!

Selecting your hot tub can be an exciting but overwhelming process. There are all sorts of shapes, sizes, and design options to keep in mind. Consider what you want out of your hot tub and how you want it set up on your deck. Would you like it to be simple and strictly functional, or would you like it to be a main design element of your outdoor space? Below I’ve listed a few different options to consider, which can all be built around a custom deck. 

Plexiglass Hot Tub

Architecture by Hacedor and hot tub made by arquitectos

The plexiglass design is perfect for anyone looking to achieve a contemporary look for their hot tub. This is a great option to consider when adding a hot tub to an already-existing deck. The plexiglass hot tub is ultra-chic and sure to make a modern statement. 

Sunken Hot Tub

Architecture by Vettermann + Rickens and photo by Salih Usta

A sunken hot tub is another great option for a contemporary, subtle and fluid addition to a deck. A sunken tub can also be added to an already-existing deck. Installing a sunken hot tub is minimalist, yet function-focused design option. Keep in mind, a sunken hot tub could have some potential safety concerns for children.                        

Built-in Hot Tub

Architecture by Homexo and photo by Studio Oslo

If you want to add a hot tub to an already existing deck, a built-in hot tub is a great option. They can also be added to a deck that’s in the construction process. This is a great option so you can see a view from the hot tub over a deck’s railing. The tub can also be surrounded with the same wood as the deck to make it blend in with the environment. This is also the safest option for children. You’ll also need to decide if you want a jetted tub or more of a spa-type tub for your back deck. Creating the deck of your dreams is all about the detailing you select!

Pergolas

Architecture by Charles Rose via Architectural Digest

If you want to make an architectural statement with your deck, or are just looking for some shade, try adding a pergola. They are also a great way to add lush greenery to a contemporary deck, like the photo shown above. Either way, pergolas are great to create an outdoor seating area like shown here.

Get the Outdoor Experience with Coverage Under a Pergola

Pratic Bioclimatic Pergola via Elle Decor Italia

Pergolas can protect you from harmful UV rays, or provide shade to make blazing summer days outdoors more enjoyable. Wood from Kebony would be the perfect material to construct a pergola because it’s durable against the elements while remaining environmentally friendly. 

With warmer weather right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start constructing your outdoor oasis. Don’t forget to start with a durable wood for your deck like Kebony’s durable woodsYou won’t need to blow your budget on an extravagant penthouse when you can have the same deluxe experience in your own backyard. Hot tubs are a totally realistic way to create an ultra luxurious spa-like environment in your own home.  Or if you are aiming for a strong architectural statement, add a pergola. With these outdoor additions you’ll be living like a celebrity in your own home all summer long. Visit Kebony.com to learn more about the potential available for your home’s outdoor space with Kebony wood products. 

 

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Fashion meets Interiors: featuring Tabula Rasa

I’m back with a new Fashion meets Interiors feature and today we’re showcasing the cutting edge NYC brand Tabula Rasa. I love their contemporary approach to knitwear and I know you will too. Meet Tabula Rasa founder Emily Diamandis as she styles Tabula Rasa’s clothing to match this stunning interior space. 

I’m Emily Diamandis of Tabula Rasa. At Tabula Rasa we embrace this concept of being able to create an environment of opportunity. Every day is a reset, from the clothes you wear, the people you encounter, and the decisions you make. 

I chose this design because the aesthetic resonated with my own style, playful and modern with sophisticated accents. I really connected with the clean look of this space balanced by the textural quality of the fringed stool and gold accents. I love to layer texture and pattern and elevate the look with a pop of gold jewelry. 

I love having the opportunity to collaborate with Jacquin. I believe that any space we inhabit can become a personalized retreat of comfort, creativity and style and with Tabula Rasa I wanted to create products that allow the owner to express their personal style no matter the space. Jacquin translates this so well into her design.

Made for the modern journeywoman, Tabula Rasa is about feeling luxuriously at home, everywhere in the world. 

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