All posts by Thom Quyoum

My Chiswick home

Having recently taken on a whole rennovation (with kids and yes we are mad!) has been challenging to say the least. Set on the ever so trendy Devonshire road, just off Chiswick high road its seems like abit of a dream right now. The search for a run down property in Chiswick seemed impossible and at last we finally landed a 3 bed Victorian terraced house which was desparately crying out for some love and attention. The project required a lot of structural repairs in order to gain planning permission for the dorma and kitchen extension.

The structural work took place over a few months and the dusty clothes, smell of bonding, sleepless nights and regular takeaways quickly became a daily routine. Whilst the hubby worked hard, my regular reads of Living etc and pinterest tempted me to unleash all my creativity and love for Interiors in one room being the most important…the bathroom. A learning experience to say the least, but I I wanted to create a bathroom that felt inviting, warm and luxurious as well as a room that allows plenty of ‘me’ time which lets face it can be really hard to obtain with our hectic lives and the endless juggling of work, kids, homework, housework and now a whole rennovation! However seeing my eldest daughter overjoyed and stripping off her clothes as she runs into the walk-in shower made this bathroom all the worthwhile. Even the arguments over the positioning of the toilet and endless trips to tile shops tasted sweet right now. The girls, having been so patient and bearing with the ups and down couldn’t have felt more proud boasting to their friends that ‘daddy built our new house’. To achieve this look I opted for classic shades of grey, marble floor and a stone bathroom set complete with sash windows and underfloor heating.

The Bathroom before…yes really!

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And after!

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Sani Resort

My holiday family vacation at Sani Resort, I have to say, has been one of the best holiday experiences to date. Having 2 children it can be quite limiting when you have to consider everything from weather, distance, facilities and flights etc. Sani resort really does tick all the boxes whilst you feel you are living the high life in this luxurious resort. Child friendly restaurants, kids clubs, excellent service, fresh greek salad chopped up in front of you whilst you take in the mediterranean views…what more could a family ask for? This hidden gem has to be the one of the best resorts for families by far AND only 3 hours away!

Sani resort is part of a 1,000-acre estate, surrounded by beautiful sea views and meditteranean delights. Sani has its own marina with an abundance of luxury yachts and a great selection of restaurants not to mention the luxurious boutiques and jewellers as you walk around this divine resort. Sani is set in Halkidiki and Thessaloniki airport is only a 50-minute drive away. There are 3 resorts Sani Beach, Porto Sani, Sani Asterias suites and they are now expanding to its already extensive choice of suites with a brand new hotel Sani Dunes set to open in June 2017! www.saniresort.gr

I stayed at the elegant Porto Sani with Sani Marina on my doorstep. My immediate reaction when I first entered the hotel is the friendliness and warmth you feel whilst the staff make you feel totally at ease talking you through the agenda for your stay whilst you sip on chilled drinks by the pool side. You couldn’t really ask for better service. There are too many highlights for me but one being my favourite is the spa in Porto Sani. I am talking hot marble chairs on which to relax and a variety of treatments you can try on yourself even before your actual treatment has begun! The staff made up some amazing mud lotion whilst i stepped into the hot tub and was washed away by the automatic jets. If you like to stay fit there are a variety of classes each day. I mean what could beat practising yoga on a hilltop mountain overlooking the mediterranean sea? I will definitely be visiting again and cannot recommend this resort enough!

Living the dream at Sani resort!

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Walk-in wardrobe

A walk-in wardrobe. Ahh that’s the dream hey? A room specifically designed to house and, of course, showcase your hard-earned and much-loved clothing. No more long-forgotten about items crumpled up at the back of the closet, no more bomb-site bedrooms as you pull everything you own out of the drawer in the hope of finding that one top you’ve set your heart on wearing but just. cannot. find.

And whilst the idea of floor-to-ceiling rails, made-to-measure shelving for your shoes and drawers divided up for lingerie, swimwear and other delicates, seems like an unaffordable luxury, think again.

Having moved into a new home recently, I was faced with the challenge of finding use for a room that was too small to be a bedroom and too large to become wasted space. And so it was that I stumbled into my very own walk-in wardrobe. (Ok, so my husband’s suits and shirts have also found lodging here but as soon as my winter wardrobe needs airing, they’re out of here!).

A chic walk in wardrobe needn’t be expensive, and can actually be created more simply than you would think. Take a look at our dressing room inspirations.

There’s a pivotal scene in the original Sex and the City movie when Big walks Carrie through their new penthouse apartment and swings open a set of dark brown doors to reveal a gleaming white closet. The ultimate dressing room, complete with lingerie dividers, jewellery organisers, seasonal compartments for jackets, skirts and tops all topped off with an illuminated shoe rack. Jealous, us?

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Mariah Carey’s inspiring walk-in wardrobe simply takes your breath away. A spacious and light design with a touch of the regal creates the perfect boutique feel. Add glamorous touches as seen here with the chandelier and french-style seating area. We love the idea of hanging your favourite dresses as wall ornaments to showcase your favourite designer pieces.

Minimalist

minimalist capsule wardrobe

This look is ideal for those who are short on space or who own the ultimate capsule wardrobe. Simple yet inspiring, a pretty vintage-style clothing rod affixed to a wall affords hanging space without the need for bulky wooden wardrobes. Place a simple floating shelf above, and you have ample room for displaying bags and hats. Smaller rails are perfect to hang belts, scarves and bangs, or long stranded necklaces.  You can also place pretty boxes on the floor for extra storage.

 

Glamorous

Lovingly folded into neat piles, by colour and fabric, of course, these glass units are perfect for showcasing an immaculate wardrobe.  A chaise longue makes the perfect focal point, and comes in handy whilst attempting to decide which of the dozens of shoes to wear.

 

Shoe Showcase

How luxuriant is this entire unit dedicated to footwear? With varying sizes of shelves, you can happily store winter knee-highs beside summer espadrilles.  If there’s no room for a full shoe closet, an easy alternative is to use a decorative wooden ladder (typically seen in bathrooms), to display your prettiest shoes.

 

Room with a view

If you are lucky enough to have a room which leads to an outdoor space, or a wide light-filled window then opt for a sleek, modern white-out look.  Add textures and warmth with a deep pile or sheepskin rug.

 

Jewellery Display

Don’t forget about your jewellery collection. We love the idea of displaying rings, bracelets and earrings on colourful trays. Whilst your necklaces, to stop them getting tangled, should be placed on beautiful hooks.