Friday, March 28, 2014

Things I'm loving at...

... Zara Home.

Now, there isn't actually a Zara Home where I live, but I am actually going on a holiday to Greece next week already, and there are Zara Home stores there, so I definitely think I will try to visit one of them. They do seem to have quite a lot of things I both need and like, after all. Such as:
I love simple bedwear in pretty colors, and these two are among my all time favorites.
Simple white towels are also a must in a chic home, I think. So I want to see what the quality is like on Zara Home's ones. If it isn't too nice, I hear Greece is actually known for it's quality cotton, so I think I will be picking up basic white towels in any case.

Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so I certainly would not mind getting some simple turquoise towels and bath mats either.

Of course, I don't mind patterned towels and towel sets either, as long as the patterns are pretty!
And a striped tablewear set would definitely cheer me up as well!
As would this lemon lookalike bowl, so cute!

This vase is really cool, and would fit right into my collection of blue and green vases!
I love blue and white china, so I would really love to get a lamp that has this pattern, I think it's really original and pretty.

(all images are from Zara Home's website)

Things I'm loving at...

... Armani/Casa.

The apartments we have lived in up until now have mostly been furnished with stuff from IKEA and similar stores, and while I do think quite a lot of IKEA pieces will find their way into the new home as well (I am Swedish, after all!), my plan is for go for some more high end pieces as well, so you have some heirloom quality furniture that you actually love, instead of just like, and would be happy to have for years to come. This is why I have been looking at what the high end brands for sale where I live can offer, and one of the first stores I started looking at is Armani/Casa.

I didn't really expect to find that much stuff that I like there, but it turns out, there are quite a few pieces there that could work in my new house, like these, for instance:
I love the sleek look of this vanity table and chair, but since I actually own a lot of beauty products, I am not sure how practical this would actually be for me. Maybe as a second vanity, the house does have several bedrooms, after all!
This desk would probably look amazing in my husband's study, that we are planning to make. It does have a lot of storage too, so a much more practical piece in comparison to the vanity!

This coffee table, as well as the side table (or maybe several of them? Hmm!) might really work in my living room, since I am looking for something sleek, simple and brown tablewise for now. But would definitely need to see these pieces IRL in order to be able to make a decision first!
This lamp is normally not really my style, but it is really growing on me. So this is another piece I would like to see IRL in order to see how it really looks!
This couch is gorgeous, if you ask me, but too small for my needs, I'm afraid. It could work in some corner where you need a smaller couch, though.
This is really cool as well, but the color does not work at all for me. But who knows? Maybe this comes in more than one color?

The big downside is, however, that I have no idea about the prices, as they do not have a price list online or anything, so I guess I will just need to actually go to the store to take a look at their pieces in order to find out if any of these pieces could work financially as well. Oh well, there are worse ways to spend half an hour or an hour than to go to Armani/Casa I suppose, so not too much of an issue!

(all images are from Armani/Casa)

Welcome to It's A Home!

Now that I have started up this blog, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce myself, as well as tell you a little about why I decided to start up this blog in the first place.

I am someone (well, a married woman in my early thirties, married, currently pregnant with my first child) who just bought their first house. It's a rather big one, and while it does have a lot of things I like of course (otherwise I would hardly have bought it), there are quite a lot of things I am thinking of changing about it, too. Since I have been blogging for years (I have a blog about fashion, see it here, a blog about beauty products, see it here and a blog about the city I live in now - Tel Aviv, Israel, see it here, just to name a few, already), I thought a new interior design oriented blog would be the perfect place to document the progress. I also think this blog could be great for collecting all the ideas, trends and products I like into one, more organized place.

I am sure I will have quite a lot of questions about all things home and decorating related as we go along, as well, so I am hoping this blog will help me get in touch with others who are into home decor projects as well.