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Obsession Du Jour: 5 Implausible Concrete Floors

Hello lovelies,

When I was young, I was surrounded by concrete floors. It was everywhere and anywhere. In the tropics, most people preferred concrete floors. Almost every house had a concrete floor. Back then, I did not appreciate the look of it. I think because the finishes I saw did not appeal to me. Until recently, I came across concrete floors again in pictures. Let me tell you that I drooled over the beautiful floors. Concrete floors never look so good.  See it for yourself. I’m drooling over these five via Domino :

All white floor and wooden dinning chairs.

Dark concrete done well.

How lovely to see this in the kitchen, so functional.

I really love the look of this room, so serene.

Grey concrete finish with warm wood, so inviting.

Thank your for reading,

XOXO

Judith

Exotic Collections: Innovative Ways to Add African Ethnic Plate To Any Space

I came across Safari interiors while writing Exotic Collections’ series. Safari Interiors referring to exotic rooms make total sense. The word “Safari” in swahili means to take a trip or journey. I really beleive that ethnic spaces really make one travel. Travel in your home by hanging ethnic dishes, bowls, and plates. African plates are handmades and they look elegant, eclectic, country to some and contemporary to others. The ethnic plates add textures on walls. Here are some inpirations on where to put them in your home. The possibilities are endless.

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Play with sizes and mix different shades and tones,  it creates an interest in the space . From Decor4All

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This dinning space is stunning. You see how the plates and rug work so well together. I really love the look of beautifully arranged ethnic plates.From Decor 4 All.

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Create unique look in your space. Look how the plates are incorporated in this bedroom here.

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Add color in your space with ethnic plates. From Justbaustralia

Stay Fancy and come back again!

XOXO

Judith

 

Exotic Collections: African Masks

Happy Monday Fancy Lacy Community!!!

I hope your week-end was relaxing. Let’s continue with our series. The fourth collection I want to share with you today is African masks. Personally,  I have a love and hate obsession with African masks. Some masks,  I love. Others,  I love to hate. African masks are conversation pieces in a room. I love masks with no or little facial expressions. Get Inspired.

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African masks are authentic. The traditional African ornaments add a touch of Africa in a home. Find a beautiful vintage piece that speaks to you and add it in your space. From Chic Posh.

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You can balance a space with two long mask. This neutral room is very simple but beautiful. It is harmonious to have a pattern or color palette repetition. Here we can see black/white pattern repetition. From Habitually Chic.

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A style  is the ability to mix rare or unusual pieces to make them work in the space. Unusual masks’ collection can be stylish as seen in the above picture. From Mechant Design.

You missed previous Exotic Collections? You can read about each section here : mud cloth, African baskets, and African stools.

Stay Fancy and come back again.

 

XOXO

Judith

 

 

 

Exotic Collections: 3 Unique African Stool for Any Stylish Space

I don’t know about you. Sometimes, I have the impression that when the word “exotic” is mentioned – The mind think of the brightest colors out there like red, bright yellow, “jungle green” unsure even if this color exists but you get the point I’m trying to make. The mind will not stop there, it will travel to identify animals like zebra, leopard, lion, and monkies. I realized that the mind fails to bring to my attentation African stools. These items captivate me. It is only when I see pictures of these items that I’m reminded that they are unique creations of the tropics. Be inspired with these beautiful African hand crafted stools.

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Each African tribes have their own way of carving their stools. The three stools, in the center, are known under the name of Tonga, Igbo or Dogan. You can notice that they are slightly different in details depending on the tribe that make them. I couldn’t help myself to mention the framed picture in the background, so unique and artistic! From Pinterest.

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Ashanti stools from Ghana are known as royalty stools. Most times, Ashanti stools have the same shape but come with different details or symbols. I think they make beautiful accent pieces for any room. From John Jacob Interiors.

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Senufo stools from Ivory Coast, they are simple and sculptural in shape. I love the textures of the bed sheets, the neutral palette, the  great wood headboard, the curtains, and the Senufo stools, every piece is working so well with one another in this space. From Better Homes & Gardens.

Have a great week-end!!

 

XOXO

– Judith

 

Exotic Collections: 3 Ways to Use African Baskets

I hope you enjoyed Mud Cloth’s inpiration. The second Exotic Collections in my list is – African baskets. African baskets is not just basketry, it is an Art. In North America/Europe, It came around as interiors’ trend. In Africa, It has been around the continent for centuries. Most African baskets are carefully  hand made with beautiful colorful patterns. It requires high level of craftsmanship to bring in some stunning patterns. Africans consider their baskets as commodities and not a trend. For this reason, it is mostly used to carry food from the open market/crops from the field and people like to store some of their valuable items in these baskets. In the west, we see these baskets more in home Decor. Be inspired with these pictures.

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How beautiful is this basket? I love everything about this Zulu basket. I can see this basket being used to store throws, extra pillows, and even kids’ toys. From Zanzibar.

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The beautiful yellow Senegalese basket has its place in this home office. It appears as if it is used as a trash basket. I am ashamed that I’m unable to remember the source of this picture.

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Don’t neglect the plants in your space. Style them with an African Basket, it is stylish. I beleive this picture is from West Elm. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

XOXO

– Judith

Exotic Collections: Awake Your Style With African Mud Cloth

I have a soft spot for many things. Most times, I keep this as my little secret. This secret gets me in “lala land”. Seriously, I know this may sound a bit cliche but when I see exotic things, I go  “oh la la!” I Love exotic things, not just because of my origins (side eyes). But really, I admire handmade things because of the labour of love that is put into them, their uniqueness, the hard work, and every little details that come out of it.  I want to present you a series of “My Exotic Collections” for interiors as inspiration posts. First in my list is Mud Cloth. Be inspired.

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The Mud Cloth is used as a throw. It is very unique and crisp in this space. The white lines/patterns are in harmony with the neutral palette in this room. From Elle Decor.

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The African fabric is used to upholster this chair. This space looks eclectic with the mixture of beautful patterns. From The Lovely Lifestyle.

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And there was a Mud Cloth Pillow. Bright hue chair with this pillow works so well together. From Pinterst.

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Mud cloth on floors. It adds a character. From Design Files

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Prettify your tables. The last two picture here, black and white Mud Cloth are used as table runners. Basically, there is no limitation when it comes to using the Mud Cloth. From Ruffle Blog.

XOXO

– Judith

 

Ceiling Play up: Exposed Beams

Hello friends!

I could not resist writing a post on exposed beams. I am big fan of warm spaces. Speaking of warm spaces, you will think this only goes with homes with fireplaces. Exposed beams are simply pretty. This look can be versatile, charming, rusty, warm and cozy. A ceiling  could become a great focal point with this ceiling play up. For an industrial, modern or contemporary look, It makes a great statement. Take a look.

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Exposed beams give this space a rustic charm look, see how everything works so nicely together. The space feel airy, collected and charming. From Rilane image

For a light look, consider painting the beams all white. Beams are great architectural feature in this room. From flightofwhimsy

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Exposed beams and grey equate to sophistication in this room. From Decoist image

Warm your space up with exposed wooden ceilings. Oh gosh, this is pretty! From Dwell

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

6 Steps To Control Winter Rage

So simple, keep busy.  This makes me forget that Winter is here. The temperatures in Prairies’ Winter could give you “rage”. There is no escape so I forget the rage and embrace the weather. Read our previous post about things we look forward to in Winter times.

When it is nice, take advantage of the moment by taking a walk or a run outside. You will feel refreshed. Stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Take some pictures, make a snow man, and the snow angel. Since temperatures fluctuate easily around here, some people choose to take warm vacations.  I, in the other hand, travel in my mind with great documentaries, movies, and books.

 

Now let’s recap:

1. Keep busy – Declutter, refresh your space, and read a good book. Photo Source

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2.  Embrace the weather – try to relax. Take two minutes and tell your “facial muscle”- relax

Photo by Madisin Bradley

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3.  Go out when it is nice, enjoy the scenery.

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What a lovely picture! Enjoy the scenery and forget about the rest. From Deco Collin

4. Take pictures, build a snow man or snow angel

5. Watch a good comedy or documentary. One of my favourite movie of all the times is ” Life is beautiful.” I go from great laughs to tears. This makes me forget about everything that is happening outside. Photo Rogerebert

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6. Take a good nap. Sleep Foundation states ” Napping has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.”

 

XOXO

– Judith

Holiday Decoration: Celebrate Christmas in Style

Who can escape from Christmas season? In the shopping centre, we are surrounded by holiday decorations. Christmas Carols are in the grocery stores. Santa Clause parades are on the streets. There is no escape! Don’t get me wrong, I love this holiday. But sometimes, it can be overdone. In the Prairies, I have seen homes keeping their Christmas decoration for 365 days. Trust me, this is not an exaggeration. What about indoor’s decorations? Unsure. Guest what? I will never find out. If you are into holiday decoration, you might as well do it in style. There are other alternatives to consider if green Christmas tree isn’t your thing.  Here are some inspiration for Christmas threes ideas.

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1. Neutral color palette with hints of colour. This beautiful home incorporates Christmas decor in a cute way.  It is very simple. From Tiny Home Art

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2. This rustic space depicts elegance yet also livable. The frosted Christmas tree is in harmony with the chair, rug, throw and the pillows. The texture and the color repetition creates a sense of harmony in the space. From Green Style Gallery

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3. If your room does not have space for a big huge Christmas tree, consider other alternatives like this tiny colourful piece as seen in this picture. From Pinterest

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4. Consider reclaim wood for a change. I love everything about this tree. From Apartment Therapy

XOXO

– Judith

Flat Out Fabulous

Hello lovelies!

Today, let’s explore cool and elegant creative world. My crazy cool fetish, well, you already know it, is interiors. A style that really speak to my interiors’ fetish is European style, it is about grandeur  and sophistication. The second I start staring at some European interiors, I am reminded of this. European homes are grand in style, beautiful, historically captivating, and just flat out fabulous. The elements of design in these space are just effortless. In the pursuit of  looking into beautiful home, It is inevitable to escape looking at these exquisite interiors, they are elegant. Take a look.

Grand for European style is not an understatement, check out the well considered architectural details in this Italian space, it is fun and striking.  This space is so beautifully crafted. From Dailymail

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Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith