• Reem Hassaballa

I have been partnering with Hudson Valley Lighting for over a year now and I have found that their lighting exceeds any other lighting I have seen when it comes to quality, sophistication, craftsmanship, and style. In the photo above, I have the Huxley pendant. This is the medium size and I do not think I could have chosen a more appropriate fixture for my sunroom. I wanted this room to look like a high-end resort, keeping in mind that we watch movies in here, the kids play in here, and it is the most popular room in our home. Therefore, I wanted it to look elevated, but still be pretty casual and this Huxley pendant fit the bill! It is just stunning as you can see and I get so many compliments on it. The vines that twine around the entire fixture are perfectly organic and gorgeous. This fixture makes such an impact in this room!

Recently, I moved my Gunther pendants, to my kitchen because they are just so beautiful and I wanted to enjoy them frequently throughout the day and not just when I visit my bathroom. They are one of my favorite pendants ever. The bras beaded strings gives them a Parisian, yet vintage feel and this is the look I am trying to achieve in my kitchen. As you can see, they are just stunning. Take a look at the Hudson Valley Lighting page and you will see for yourself their complete line of sophisticated lighting.




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  • Reem Hassaballa

Updated: Jan 30



Ever since moving into this house, I knew that my hearth room would be a challenge. With natural light only coming in through the adjacent room, the paint that was in here just wasn't doing this room justice. I found out that classic gray was the color used in this room. Although, I did not like it in my hearth room, there are plenty of other spaces where I absolutely love it. Since it really did not work in the hearth room, I decided that it was time to transition to a white paint color. But first, let's talk about BM- Classic gray because it remains as one of my favorite neutral paint colors. It has been dubbed as one of the most popular warm, neutral gray paint colors from benjamin Moore. I have learned that the trick to using this particular color is that it needs to be in a very bright room, preferably a west or south facing room. My kitchen below has windows on both south and west directions.


First, Let me show you some rooms where I love Classic gray....

My kitchen- BM Classic gray

My bedroom- BM Classic gray

My bedroom- BM- Classic gray

My sunroom- BM Classic gray

Now, this is where Classic gray did not work out...

When we bought this home, this room was BM Classic gray. This is a color that I love and I had it in my old home in my master bedroom. It seems that this color is all over my current home and although I love it, it is a super tricky paint color. Sometimes it leans green, sometimes it leans pink and other times it just looks like a dirty color, like in my room below. It felt dreary and gloomy and leaned green most of the day and it drove me crazy. I may be picky when it comes to paint colors, but trust me, it was sucking the life out of this interior room and I felt like it clashed with the fireplace.

BEFORE-BM classic gray
BEFORE- BM CLASSIC GRAY
MY PAINTER BRIGHTENING UP THIS SPACE
AFTER
AFTER

The color that I knew would be the most perfect color is BM- Simply white.





I had this color in my old house as well and you can see more pictures of BM- simply white here. I love the creamy undertone this color has. It was the BM color of the year for 2016. When I used this color in my old house I knew it was the absolute perfect white. It has a creamy undertone and it is not a starck white. It is just perfect, and I know I will be using it over and over. Since I have used it before, I had the confidence to choose it from this room without trying other whites.


BEFORE

AFTER

Other areas that I've used BM- Simply white. Remember, these pictures were taken at different times in the day. Paint colors vary depending on time of day, sunlight, etc.



I hope you found this article helpful in choosing your next paint color.




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  • Reem Hassaballa

When I started thinking of redoing my laundry room, I knew I wanted to have a fun, bright space that would make me want to do laundry. Laundry has to be my least favorite household activity, so having a bright space is a must. I began by choosing classic, timeless tile and my ideas flowed from there.


This is the after

Before (Nice, but not a happy place)

Tile Choices

I decided to do a plain white chevron tile for 2 reasons. The first being that I knew I wanted wallpaper and since I hadn't decided on the wallpaper until a little later, I wanted to choose a plain tile that would match any wallpaper that I choose. The wallpaper was chosen after I spent hours and hours scrolling my favorite shop, https://www.coloraydecor.com/, whom I partnered with in the past, and you can see those projects here.


The second reason I chose this plain white chevron tile is because it is very inexpensive. I had first contemplated doing a cement tile on the wall, but I did not want to spend that much and I wanted the versatility of a plain tile, which was still very interesting. If I wanted to redecorate the space, the tile on the wall and the floor will likely match anything. Black and white is classic and timeless and that is why I love it so much.


The floor tile was a very easy choice for me. I knew I wanted a plain black, matte, hex for ages and I knew that the laundry room would be the perfect place. I found it at Flor N' Decor, but Home Depot also carries black hex, as does the Tile Shop. I went with a glacier white grout because I wanted the grout lines to really stand out.



The black hex before it was grouted


After I installed both tiles, I knew that this pattern from ColorayDecor was the perfect choice. The poppies just took my breath away. More importantly, it totally was the vibe that I wanted for this laundry room. This peel n stick is the easiest thing ever. Do not fear getting your own and trying it out. I have forever wanted to put some wallpaper up, but have been so scared to. When I discovered ColoryDecor it resolved my fears and now it is my go-to online shop for wallpaper. Everything just meshed together so perfectly in this laundry room and I could not be more excited.







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