Chicfinds online shopping from exotic locations around the world

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Latitude is a online market place for unique product from exotic places around the globe including India, Africa, Morocco to name a few. You can find unique product including hand printed silk pillow cases from Brazil, Istanbul and Mexico, woven sterling silver smart phone bag from Istanbul, hand-made exquisite jewellery from India.

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It is a luxury bazaar online. A dream come true for those that like to browse for hours in the Medina’s of Morocco, find markets and unique boutiques in faraway and hidden places.

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The web site and blog are amazing as you can shop the trend; “The Tassell” , “Jet Set Chic” , “Tribal” and more. It’s a trip away with guides and info as well as the most amazing selection of product for the chic and savvy shopper.

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Chicfinds loves the jewellery, drop down pear earrings, the tassell necklaces, Boho shirts and hippy chic bikini’s. The hats and bags are to die for with the most beautiful espadrilles and accessories.  You can not go wrong here. Shop and visit your destination and enjoy the journey!

http://www.shoplatitude.com/

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Chicfinds at design week Milano 2014

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One of the best times to be in Milan is during Design week. Milan is a city that is beautiful behind closed doors but during Design Week it comes alive and there is so much going on you risk not being able to see all that is on offer. As http://www.yatzer.com said “From the sprawling RHO Fiera and its epic 24 halls of Salone Internazionale del Mobile, through to the design events spread far and wide across the entire city in every direction, it continues to be virtually impossible to do and see it all.”

paola-navone-merci-milanoI was reminded of this special week when I saw some photos recently of Paola Navone’s project in Via Tortona in collaboration with Richard Ginori. Paola Navone is an Italian architect and designer with an incredible portfolio of work. She continues to excel in everything she does with recent projects including The Conran Store, Crate & Barrell. In her long and many-sided career she has switched easily between the roles of architect, designer, art director, interior designer, critic, teacher and organiser of exhibitions and events, both independently and for select clients: Abet Laminati, Armani Casa, Knoll International, Alessi, Piazza Sempione, Mondo, Driade, Orizzonti, Arcade, Oltrefrontiera, Casamilano, Antonangeli, Dada, Molteni, Natuzzi, Roche Bobois and Swarovski being only some examples.gino01

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If your passing by Europe, drop in to Milan for some exceptional design that you cant find anywhere else in the world. It is also a one off opportunity to be part of an amazing vibe that only pure design will pump. To see Paola’s latest collaboration take a look at The Conran store http://www.crateandbarrel.com/Paola

For a guide on design week, visit; http://www.yatzer.com/best-of-milan-design-week-2013

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ChicFinds and a make over

Are you wanting to make over any part of your home? Refresh it with something but you don’t want to spend a lot of money replacing everything, you just want another point of view. There are many ways to revive a room be it the kitchen or the nursery. Sometimes it can be as simple as a curtain, blind or feature wall. Often a new set of cushions or a beautiful object. Creating harmony can often be the challenge. Lighting, tones and symmetry are key to creating a space that feels just right. Image

ChicFinds is offering you a free consultation if you send this blog post on to your friends and they become followers of ChicFinds.

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From a photo I will suggest to you ideas on repositioning the furniture, introduction of blinds or curtains or fabric. Sometimes it is the balance of textures, prints and tones that can put an imprint on a room.

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Often rooms need a point of focus or a symmetry in terms of the height of furiture or lighthing. To create this symmetry or focus you can also use greenery. Plants often soften a space and create a feeling of freshness and by introducing the greenery it can offset wood or colours very well.

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Despite living in doors our natures love the outdoors and that feeling of nature, lying under a starry sky or sleeping on the beach while hearing the waves crash on the sand. Having some of that nature indoors with use helps us relax and creates a serentity within our living space.

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Picking homewares is the same as picking our clothing. It has to come together and have a synergy. The tricks of the trade are not written on the walls so if you need a helping hand, send me the list of your three new followers of ChicFinds and a photo of your space and I will send you 5 very good pointers in the direction of recreating the space.

Look forward to creating with you!

Chicette

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Over the last ten months I have looked at many different things for our Beautiful babies! You can’t go past the French offering! They offer some of the most gorgeous clothing, nursery decoration and some interesting parental advice. A great place to start your search is at http://www.ebabee.co.uk . A beautiful blog that guides you to the most enchanting places. She lists wonderful boutiques like French Blossom, mini Zara and many more. One of my favourites at the moment is Marie Chantal. A luxury clothing range designed by Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. http://www.mariechantal.comatsuyo_et_akiko_main-850x400

It’s a joy putting the nursery together but not easy to find beautiful things. I recently found some organic handmade cot bumpers from Olliella; http://www.olliella.com. Another beautiful place to browse is Papierdamour in Double Bay, Sydney; http://www.papierdamour.com.au/ They have wonderful paper products like lights, wall stickers and my beloved parasols. For gorgeous baby swings and hammocks you have to visit the Toucan Shop in Annandale; http://www.thetoucanshop.com/

 

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Lastly for some inspiring reading take a look at the books written by Pamela Druckermann. She wrote two books; Bringing up Bebe and Bebe day by day. She makes interesting comparisons with the way the French and the Americans bring up their children. It’s always good to have a few extra tips!VogueEnfants

 

Chic finds in soft furnishings

When you decide to use curtains it is never as easy as you think it will be. First you need to find the right curtain and then the right rod and then decide on the style of hanging. It is quite a complicated process if you want to get it right. The rod and the way you hang the curtain is fundamental to the way it will look at the end.

It is also true that styles out date. For lots of information on what rod to use visit; http://acanthusandacorn.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/drapery-rods-whats-in-style.html This blog helps explain the need for a bigger or smaller rod and how to make it all have the right look in terms of perspective and proportion.

Soft furnishings are a lot of fun. The best bit is picking the fabric but the worse bit is the hanging. I suggest you do a lot of research and if possible engage the help of a professional. These days it is very in fashion to have a very simple track over the more ornate style rods however what is in fashion and on trend does not always suit the space.

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Chic garden sheds!

If you find out that you don’t have the space for a granny studio, garden studio, outdoor cottage then you can look into a garden shed. The name garden shed conjures up to mind a rough looking shed in aluminium lacking completely in character, well things have changed and the garden shed can be a delightful space in which to study, play, plant or meditate. 

If you watched the latest tribute to the Queen for the Jubilee then you might have been as enchanted as Chicfinds to see her childhood cubby house. Hardly a cubby house but the same idea anyway even if the Queen’s is slightly bigger than the usual. What a wonderful thing to have a little house away from home to explore, create and ponder.

Why shouldn’t we have a cubby house/garden shed to play in for all ages? 

Chic finds loves the garden shed!

Chicfinds garden studios and summer houses

In England they call them Summer houses but they have all sorts of names depending on the country, the council, the state laws so you can look them up as Garden Studios, Garden Flats, Granny flats and Garden sheds! They are one of the latest projects in housing as families come back together as a solution to retirement housing. They are also an ideal solution for extra income as a rental possibility or a child care option as families decide to go back to Au Pair’s and nannies.

What you will build or buy (they come in kits also) will depend very much on the space you have available. There are so many inspirational designs coming from England and Germany and the more they become popular in Australia we hope to see Councils become more flexible with their rules and designers become more innovative!

Here are a few links to some information and inspiration:

http://www.grannyflatsandstudios.com.au/granny-flats-intermediate.htm

http://littlehouseonthetrailer.com/caretaker-cottage-plans-page/

http://www.cabinkitsgalore.com.au/austen.php

and Anna Wintour’s summer house lends itself to some real inspiration: