Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays From Beaux Mondes Designs

Just sharing this years family holiday photo and wishing all our readers,friends and family a joyous holiday season and peaceful new year from Julio,Dan & Daniel.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Furnishing Tips for First Timers

By: Jason Kane-Superior Table Pads

Most typical first-time homeowners cannot afford to be profligate when they look around for home furnishings. They can feel overwhelmed by what they must do to furnish their new homes. Costs can get out of control; planning and research can help to keep them down. The following tips may help first-time homeowners find what they need and want at financially affordable costs.
Spread it out
There may be an urge to furnish the entire house right from the start but it is economically smarter to spread out large purchases over several months to see which rooms get most use most and then invest accordingly. Some interior designers say to live in a new house at least two months before making substantial purchases. Actual use of the house may turn out to be different from anticipated use. A bathroom renovation may not be as necessary as kitchen and dining area improvements for food storage and preparation. The living room chaise might be better in a bedroom and the bedroom love seat better in the den.
Home furnishings need not match like those in a store display. Mixed and matched pieces from various stores at different prices create unique styles. Retailers perpetuate the idea that everything must be in matching sets that actually produce the lifelessness of a retail showroom. Proportion should be a priority in every room along with scale and balance in furniture and accessories. Several pieces of oversize furniture overcrowd a small room with a low ceiling unduly while a low buffet and a small, delicate dining table give a large room with a soaring ceiling an air of emptiness.
Go second-hand
Big retailers who draw customers with slick TV commercials and colorful ads are not the best or only options. Consignment shops or antiquary markets sometimes stock unique pieces in good condition. With a little refurbishment, second-hand furniture pieces can be great budget savers. Inexpensive accessories can bring new life to old furnishings. New sofa pillows, a new bed cover, or a new table runner can change and refresh furniture appearance without undue expense. It may not be necessary to rip fixtures out for remodeling. New paint and a set of new doorknobs can restore drab kitchen cabinets to look fresh and nearly new. Inexpensive drapes and a coat of paint can revive a room to make old furniture look much better.
Scour yard sales
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For new home buyers with ideas of how to furnish and decorate their homes there are some atypical shopping spots. In the spring and summer, they can find some good buys at yard, garage, or rummage sales that can be gold mines for second-hand furnishings. Last summer a white wicker bench sold at a yard sale for only six dollars where a new one would cost at least $150.00. Saturday mornings are the best times for garage sales. Newspapers list garage sales in their classified ad sections. In metropolitan areas, postings can save new home owners lots of money. Furnishings are easy to find because the website categorizes and dates all listings.
Jason Kane is an avid décor blogger for Superior Table Pads. In addition to blogging, he enjoys fine wine and helping his friends decorate their homes.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Incorporating a modern style with an older property

By:  Mark Finch

One of the most challenging obstacles in renovating an older style property is incorporating modern comforts into the design without destroying the character of the house. The most effective way of achieving this is to put a twist on the original design of the house. Bring modern style into the equation by choosing designs which are a contemporary version of an outdated style. Modern living tends to utilize all aspects of a property. Therefore you should consider how to use every nook and cranny which older properties have a tendency to harbor.
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Look carefully at the kitchen and include modern appliances. Forget the old style pantry cupboards where everything gets forgotten at the back, modern beautiful kitchen cupboard doors enclose practical turn about pantries.

If you have stairs, check the space underneath or around it where you can put storage cupboards. A long hallway, so typical of older properties, is ideal for modern design floor coverings.

Pebble Rug by Ksenia for 2form  
Pebble effect woolen rugs are available which are reminiscent of cobblestones. They draw your eye up the whole length of the corridor so don't forget a feature at the end in the form of a lighted alcove, bookcase, stairs with feature coverings or similar.

Bedrooms are often forgotten while restyling a property and these are often fairly large in older properties. Make the most of the space with built in cupboards as unobtrusive as possible. While modern bedrooms tend towards a minimalist look, if you have tall ceilings you can soften the effect with a small chandelier.

 Don't forget the garden in your design. Indeed, you can bring the garden indoors to link the outside and inside. Japanese gardens tend to be minimalistic with highlights of color. Create a formal garden in this style just outside some large windows or french doors, and continue the theme on the inside also.

 Loose river pebble paths can wind their way through the garden, and continue on the edges of the room inside. Or a pebble mosaic can be continued through both the garden and room inside. Bathrooms and kitchens are ideal rooms for needing hard-wearing and washable surfaces so consider continuing the theme into these areas. Don't forget the plants when merging your interior scheme with your exterior scheme. Match what you are growing outside with indoor versions of the plants as much as possible to seamlessly join the two. Wall coverings are another area where careful consideration is needed.

 Many beautiful wallpapers are now available to complement your modern style without compromising the character of the house. But avoid wallpapers in designs such as printed stone as they always fail to achieve a realistic look. If you like the stone effect consider a stone veneer as an alternative.

 These are available is many colors and designs both formal and informal in style. An interior low dividing wall can be made to look like a mountain's dry-stone wall. Topped with simple indoor plants, the effect could be simple but beautiful. Make the most of lighting in your considerations. Encourage natural light into the house by means of minimizing window coverings or adding extra windows or skylights if you are able to. For darker days make the most of modern unobtrusive lighting to highlight your home. Again link the garden to the inside with the continuation of similar lighting, appropriately installed and protected from the elements. So celebrate the uniqueness of your home with ideas to complement and enhance the original construction. Make the most of its character and implement a modern design while remaining sympathetic to the age and style of the property.

 Author: Mark finch currently works with Aggregate Shop as a committed member of the marketing team. Mark enjoys fishing, construction and all manner of DIY, due to this he spends a great deal of his time studying construction and sharing his experiences with others.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Anglo-Indian Inspired Designs

By: Jessica/Arcadian Home

Hi everyone! I'm Jessica, a writer for Arcadian Home, a blog and website where you'll find the latest in interior design trends and just the right pendant lighting to go with them. An interesting period for interior design occurred when the English incorporated their own interior designs into their homes in faraway countries, and they brought furnishings and materials back to England. Today, Anglo-Indian interior designs are still popular, for its mix of traditional English designs and colorful, intricate Indian furnishings. I hope you enjoy!
This spacious, airy living room features a rustic Anglo-Indian daybed and gorgeous white lattice shutters from India. The fresh blue and white color palette gives the room a very cool atmosphere.
A pair of massage tables have been repurposed as coffee tables in this open, casual bedroom. The traditional chandeliers add a classic European feel to the room.
The dark wood furnishings in this room are classic Anglo-Indian décor. The tall rounded windows and the very intricate bed are Indian features, while the small table and chairs are more traditionally European furnishings.
Traditional Indian decorations, like the craved elephants, give this dining room are fun and exotic. The bright gold accents also help brighten the room.
The 18th-century Moghul façade is stunning in this bedroom in London. The room is especially bright and inviting thanks to the brilliantly colored patterns and contemporary lamps.
The décor in this room is all about travel and exotic locations. The wooden folding chairs, nautical wall decor accessories, and model ship have a wonderfully vintage vibe, and the tripod lamps are interesting, as well.
The Anglo-Indian armchairs in this spacious living room add an extra bit of texture and interest to the room. The dark wood furnishings and fresh leafy greenery are beautiful natural touches.
This dining room is full of intricate details and wonderfully crafted furniture. The Indian side chairs, Regency chandelier and vintage yellow vases are beautiful details. What do you think of Anglo-Indian décor? Stop by our blog for inspiring interior designs from around the world, and a huge variety of modern pendant lighting to go with them.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Brunch For A Family Of 3 On The River

Happy Tablescape Thursday!  It's been awhile since I participated in my favorite online blog event.  I am so excited to be able to join this week's celebration.
We are spending our last Summer week at the Dacha.  It's so hard to leave this place whenever we get here.  Daniel's first day back to school is the Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday.  Below are photos of a table I put together on the river.  I had a lot of fun setting this table.    Especially, with nature as my back drop.

The foldable metal chairs above oddly were the inspiration behind this table setting.  We found them at a nearby antique shop for $10.00 each.  They were structurally in great shape.  As you can see they just needed to be repainted.  Papa Dan thought they would be great paired with a small foldable table for dining at the river or even ocean beach.  Naturally, I began to visualize the 3 of us dining on the river with the newly acquired chairs.
Papa Dan spray painting the chairs a hunter green using Rust-Oleum's high gloss.    The little guy supervising to ensure quality workmanship.
 I created the no-sew table topper with tartan fabric,tassel trim,sharp scissors and a glue gun.  It took about 20 minutes to make.  I purchased the fabric and trim from Joann's fabrics about a 30 minutes drive from the cabin.
For more tablescapes and table setting ideas, visit Tablescape Thursdays hosted by Susan of Between Naps On The Porch.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bringing in Natural Light

By: Liz Nelson

Cramped up in a world of windowless offices and dark apartments we sometimes forget there is an outside world. However bringing natural light into your home can be a great way to brighten up and bring out the colors and textures of your home décor. Not only that but natural light can make you feel better too. Here are some ways to bring natural light into your home:

  1. Windows
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    The first way to bring more natural light in your home is to install or expand your windows. A large window can bring in tons of natural light and brighten up even the darkest home. If you don’t have a view you can frost the window to allow in light while maintaining privacy. Sheer curtains are another great way to allow in natural light while maintaining your privacy.

  1. Glass Doors
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    Even your doorways can become beacons of light in your home. A large glass doorway leading onto the patio or other outdoor space and help bring natural light and nature indoors. Enjoy the beauty of your garden from the comfort of your home. Even a front door can be made of glass reinforced with metal to provide safety and security while still letting in natural light. Not only is this practical it is beautiful too and helps to set your home apart.

  1. Mirrors
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    Love the idea of more natural light but do not have the money or space to install more windows? Why not try mirrors? Mirrors can reflect the natural light form your existing windows and scatter that light into the depts. Of your home. Mirrors also help to make your small spaces look bigger and reflect artificial light as well, making your home bigger and brighter looking without a large investment.

  1. Skylight
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    Who wouldn’t want a window to the stars and clouds? A skylight can be a great way to bring natural light indoors, especially if your surroundings are lacking luster. Let the sun shine in or the natural light of the moon and stars for a romantic and cool light in your home.

These are just a few of the ways that you can bring in more natural light to your home. Feel the draw of the great outdoors and the warmth of the sun on your face even inside your home.

This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Little American's Summer 2013

Well, It's been a busy, festive and memorable summer with our Little American . Unfortunately, it's already time to focus on Fall.   School starts in 3 weeks and we are already getting announcement calls from the school's principal reminding us the semester is just around the corner.  The good news is(as far as blogging) that Daniel will be starting the first grade which means a full day at school should give me some free time to blog.  In the meantime,  here are some(okay, several) photos highlighting his summer.  Also, included are 3 short videos.   I apologize in advance for the photos not being in proper order.
Bermuda July 2013
Le Parker Meridien Hotel Manhattan July 2013
Le Parker Meridien NYC

Dinner aboard the Norwegian Break Away July 2013

Relaxing with a movie before bed at the Ritz in NYC

Ritz Carlton Central Park

Breakfast in the Club Lounge Ritz Carlton NYC

Turning in after a long day sight seeing 

Central Park

Central Park

Leaving the musical Cinderella 

Times Square

Russian River

Strolling the deck aboard the Norwegian Break Away

Relaxing in the cabin aboard the Norwegian Break Away

Metropolitan Museum NYC

Le Parker Meridien NYC

Metropolitan Museum NYC

Posing at one of the beaches in Bermuda with his Broadway Cruise camp counselors Ryan(L) and Kevin

asleep with kitty(or maybe sheepy?) after a long day touring the big apple

A weekend at the Dacha 

American Museum of Natural History NYC

The Frick Museum NYC

A view of central park from the Le Parker Meridien

Metropolitan Museum NYC

American Museum of Natural History NYC

Dinner in Greenwich village NYC

A not so happy moment here...time out for running off without Daddy's knowledge/permission.

First day of soccer practice,August 7,2013

Kid's waterpark aboard the Norwegian Break Away

Ritz Carlton Central Park

Broadway Cruise Camp musical number rehearsal aboard the Norwegian Break Away

Broadway Cruise dress rehearsal aboard the Norwegian Break Away

Papa Dan and Daniel bonding on the balcony

The boys dressed for Bermuda shorts night aboard the Norwegian Break Away to Bermuda

Hanging out with cousin Elena from Dallas who was in town visiting Grammy and Grandpa. 

Bryant Park

Frick Museum

Frick Museum

Metropolitan Museum

One of the several water features in Central Park


Times Square

His favorite thing to do at hotels...order room service and dine in his underwear
A view of Lady Liberty from the balcony of our room aboard the Norwegian Break Away

Waiting for cab to see the musical Cinderella

Ritz Carlton Club Lounge

Ritz Carlton Club Lounge

Ritz Carlton 2013

Musical number from the play "Annie" performed on the Broadway Cruise aboard the Norwegian Break Away.

Daniel's first waterslide experience aboard the Norwegian Break Away.

Daniel's Shake House.

6 years of age birthday party on August 10th at Funderland Amusement Park.