Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Jide of St.Ola

Jide Okerayi was introduced to the world of make up as an art when he was 17 and in just a few years he has managed to carve a niche for himself in the ever growing fashion circles of Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.

He is called at every event, present at every photo shoot, and at every wedding, he is a bride's best friend. Meet Jide of St. Ola Make-up, one of Nigeria's emerging professional make up artists and definitely a name to look out for.

I met him for the first time a few weeks ago and immediately noticed the passion and zeal he has for his art.  Also, as a man in a predominatly female profession, he is quick to inform you that talent is no respecter of gender.

He recently launched a make up dvd tutorial called "Make up Navigator".






Thursday, 23 May 2013

How to Choose the Length of Your Curtains

How long should curtains or draperies be? Generally, the longer the curtain or drapery, the more dignified, dressy, and formal the look. Shorter curtain lengths always imply a casual, relaxed, and informal mood. The decision is yours:
  • In formal or dressy rooms, curtains should just touch the floor.
  • A romantic room deserves elegant, extra-long curtains that pool or puddle on the floor.
  • Curtains to the sill, or to the bottom of the window trim (called the apron), look great and are practical in a kitchen.
  • Never hang curtains of any length near a stove.
  • Dens or family rooms gain dignity from draw draperies or curtains that reach the floor.
  • Curtains that stop short of the floor, ending at the top of floor moldings, look awkward. If curtains are hung too high, simply lower them (if possible) to solve the problem.
Not all windows are beautiful. Fortunately, draperies can help hide flaws. Try these solutions for the following questions:
  • Window too short? Attaching rods just below the ceiling molding and hanging long, to-the-floor curtains make the window look taller and more elegant.
  • Window awkwardly long? Add a deep cornice or valance above draperies with a bold horizontal pattern. Create further distraction by adding a horizontal line in the form of a strongly contrasting louvered shutter.
  • Window too narrow? Extend curtain rods beyond the window and hang open draperies so that they barely cover the frame, leaving as much glass exposed as possible, all of which makes a narrow window seem wider.
  • Window too wide? A huge window wall can overpower a room. Break up the space by hanging several panels across the window. They can hang straight, or be tied back in pairs. If draperies must be drawn for privacy, let the panels hang straight, and rig drawstrings so that the panels close as though they are separate pairs of draperies.
(Courtesy: For Dummies)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Quirky Shoes







I won't be caught dead in most of these shoes, but still one has to respect the ingenuity of their designers.

Baptized By Nature Collection by Catherine Op de Beeck

Belgian furniture designer, Catherine Op de Beeck uses driftwood - tree trunks and logs for herdelectable furniture pieces. Combining them with other materials like stainless steel and aluminum she creates modern and stylish pieces that bring natural element to the modern style.

Her latest collection christened "Baptized By Nature" was created using driftwood and other materials. Untreated tree trunks and logs add an element of nature to her style and are Eco-friendly.

Baptized By Nature Driftwood Furniture Collection




Ideas for a Retro Living Room

According to wikipedia, Retro is a culturally outdated or aged style, trend, mode, or fashion from the overall post-modern past, that has since that time become functionally or superficially the norm once again. The use of "retro" style iconography and imagery interjected into post-modern art, advertising, mass media, etc. It generally implies a vintage of at least fifteen or twenty years. For example, clothing from the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s could be termed retro.

Retro living rooms usually feature bright cheerful colours, making them funky,  colourful, warm and inviting spaces. To make for a well put together retro living room, it is important to know what features to integrate.  You can choose to add splashes of colour if on a tight budget, otherwise, go all out and transform your entire living room!
Retro Living Room Designs


To create a more retro feel in the living room choose furniture which represents the style. It will set the tone and mood to the whole interior. Abstract and retro futuristic shapes and designs such as poofs, and colourful fabrics in neon, orange and the likes  set the tone for a reto look.


Patterned upholstery as oposed to plain helps infuse the much desired look. Wall paper is also a good tool, however alternatives such as patterned curtains or carpets will also do the trick. Abstract, geometric, or floral patterns will help create elaborate retro living room designs. Interesting pattern can make for a great feature wall that will definitely set the mood for a retro living room.


Add retro details and accessories like movie posters (or a nice picture of Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, James Dean or any other iconic figure from the past), lamps, and beads as well as 'artifacts' like a record player or a retro radio to the living room design. Try to disguise the modern technology or frame it to fit into the retro style living room. For instance, a flat screen TV could be framed with a shabby chic wooden frame to make it blend in to the theme of the room.

Retro-Inspired Interior Design by Geometrix

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Mandina Lodges, Gambia

Mandina Lodges at Makasutu Forest is one of the world's most unusual and beautiful places, offering space and tranquility in the heart of the African bush.  This riverside development offers an unforgettable experience with the chance to discover the wildlife of the Gambia, a sleepy country off the coast of West Africa.

The solar powered River Lodges are either floating or on stilts.  Each floating lodge is built and furnished in a rustic styles to a high level, on a single storey platform, jutting into the river with al fresco bathrooms.

During the day, guests can relax by the pool or take advantage of the expert guides to explore the forest and mangroved on foot or by canoe.

Makasutu provides a taste of real Africa with nothing disturbing the peace, except the birds chirping.


Dining with Moroccan Accents

Moroccan decor is very distinctive, often characterized by intricately designed woode designs, arches, elaborate rugs and chandeliers.

Moroccan style is very attractive and works in any room. You can create an entire room solely in Moroccan style or add a few elements and accents that will give it a lush feel. If you are opting for eclectic dining room with Moroccan accents there are some key elements in this style you can choose from.

Dining Room With Moroccan Accents

Pendant Lights

Moroccan pendant lights come in a variety of shapes and forms but they usually resemble lanterns and can be arranged in groups or hung separately. Hanging at different heights the lamps add adramatic feel to the room.

Low Rise Furniture

Low-rise furniture makes for a great traditional Moroccan decor. Plush cushions on a luxurious carpet or rug (as shown above) instead of dining chairs will suit a low-rise Moroccan table with ornate design and will make for a cozy and intimate dining area.

Ceiling Appeal

If you want an opulent look but keep things simple go with the ceiling decor. Tile or painted pattern will add Moroccan flair to the room but will allow to keep the rest of the room neutral with only splashes of bright red, burnt orange or cobalt blue.  In the image below, notice the ornamented chandeliers.


A patterned plushy rug will definitely add Moroccan flair to your dining room. Choose the furniture and window treatment to complement the colours in the rug. Bright upholstery can also do the trick.


Another architectural detail that will add Moroccan flavour to your dining room is an arch. It is a key element of the style so you can introduce it in a dining room doorway or even a window. See image below.

(From Interiorholic)

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

How to clean your mirrors

Cleaning a mirror is not that difficult but keeping it perfectly shiny can be a daunting task. There are a few things you can do in terms of maintenance. For example, you can refrain from touching the mirror with your hands and wipe away all the water drops, spits and spots before they dry out and dull the mirror. The best way to keep a mirror shiny old fashioned dusting and cleaning.

Mirror Cleaning Tips

Round Mirror With Smears
Mirror with smears


One of the best tools for cleaning mirrors is a microfiber cloth that can be used with warm water or dish soap or even  shaving foam for cleaning mirrors.  Old newspaper and white powder is often used to achieve that shine in a mirror. The carbon on the paper is a good cleaning agent.

Cleaning Products

Dish soap and shaving foam are just a couple of cleaning products used for mirror cleaning. If you want to go chemical-free consider vinegar as your eco-friendly choice. Just mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and your cleaning solution is ready!

Cleaning Tips

When cleaning a mirror use circular motions to avoid smears. Apply your cleaning solution onto a wash cloth instead of mirror to avoid any mirror damage from liquid. Dust your mirror with a damp cloth before washing it to, again, avoid dirty smears and streaks. First, wash away all the dirt, spots, and dry water drops and then use a squeegee or a newspaper to make it dry and shine.


To keep your bathroom mirror steam-free, spread shaving foam across the entire mirror and wipe it away with a microfiber cloth.

(Courtesy Interiorholics)