Custom Dinning Table Set

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This post is all about a Dining Table Set which was custom made for the dinning spot in this Living Room.

Since the dining area in this small living room is right opposite from the sofa, it kind of makes this dining table set as a focal point of the room. Having in mind this I had to pay an extra attention in terms of choosing the design of the chairs, the dining table as well as the colour of the table and chairs.

The client wanted a chic, full size dinning table and chairs but at the same she time wanted that the set is not bulky and does not take a lot of living space.

To achieve this I suggested that we go with the bench seating at one side and three small backless chairs for the other side. When not in use the bench and all the chairs fits nicely and tightly under the table creating the feel of spaciousness in the dinning spot.

As I mentioned the dinning spot is kind of a focal point in this living room so I had to come up with a unique design of a dining table; hence, i designed this very funky dinning room table which at one side has a shelving unit instead of legs, while on the other side a set of curved legs add interest and a bit of glam to the whole dinning set.
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The table color is dark grey while the bench and the chairs are light grey, upholstered in linen fabric and decorated with thumbtacks.
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The dining spot turned quite elegant; it adds interest to the room and, most importantly, it does not feel bulky and does not take a lot of space.
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If you need help creating a functional, welcoming home filled with warmth and elegance please do not hesitate to ask for my design/decor services by e mailing at besagmblog@gmail.com. No matter how small the homeowners’ budget is I will help create beautiful living spaces for less.

We offer in person and online services. Check the Service icon at Home page of this blog.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa GM

Neutral Living Room Design

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My last project involves custom design of all furnishings, including the kitchen and wardrobes of a two bedroom condo in a brand new building located in a most dense Pristina neighbourhood.

The clients were upgrading from a one bedroom to a two bedroom condo. They sold their one bedroom with all their furnishings and they wanted a new design concept for their new place.

They already had in mind what they wanted and they even had in mind a colour scheme, but they needed help in implementing their design concept, so they asked for my help.
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I had to work in a very tight time frame, and within a given budget so pulling everything together for less than a month was quite an achievement for me; considering that this was my first big project, and I was not aware of all of the resources at that time.

The clients were searching for that perfect sofa and chairs for months, but they could not find anything that suited their taste or something that could fit into their small open concept living area within which is the kitchen and dining area also.
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We started with the sofa and chair design first. We opted for a long sofa which would fit up to four persons and two armless chairs. Armless chairs are perfect for small condos as they take up a very small amount of space. Both chairs and the sofa are raised considerably from the floor by using 20 cm decorative legs. Adding legs to the furniture is the best solution for small spaces, as this adds the feel of spaciousness; and, this is exactly how this rather narrow and small living room feels.
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After choosing the sofa and chair design, we had to make a choice of the upholstery fabric and the drapes.
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Where we live the choices of upholstery fabric are rather limited, and you have to make a choice of fabrics which are already in stock. There are no known or renowned brands of upholstery or drapery fabrics represented here so one has to make the best choice of what is found in the market. If you decide to take a route of ordering online than the shipping and custom fees are quite costly, and it takes forever until you get the item shipped to your address; therefore, most of the times it is more reasonable to make the best choices and work with supplies found locally.
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As you can see the living room project turned quite elegant and functional. The living room feels calm, crisp, spacious and above all welcoming. My clients are happy and they are loving it, and I am thrilled that I helped them have such a beautiful and elegant living space.
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In my next post I will be sharing with you the dinnig talbe and dinning chair desing for this condo, so stay tuned.

If you need help creating a functional, welcoming home filled with warmth and elegance please do not hesitate to ask for my design/decor services by e mailing at besagmblog@gmail.com. No matter how small the homeowners’ budget is I will help create beautiful living spaces for less.

We offer in person and online services. Check the Service icon at Home page of this blog.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa GM

Teenage Girl Bedroom Design

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I am so happy and exited that my niece’s bedroom project is finally finished. This was an easy and fun design project to work on, since the major work was done by the painter who did the horizontal stripes on a very rough surfaced wall.
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Simultaneously, while the painting was under its way I worked on redesigning some of the items which were used in the decor of the room such us the clock, the drapes and the shelf above the bed.

Since it was decided not to replace the bed and the wardrobe, I had to work around these items and get the best use of the room and, as well to coordinate colours in the way that would fit my nieces taste. I wanted to go with a simple two colour palette and then she could add colour as her mood changes. I suggested that we go with a charcoal grey and pale grey stripes, so we did and the result was amazing.
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To soften the grey wall stripes, I chose to go with white store bought panel curtains which were customized using a black and white patterned fabric added to the bottom of the panels.
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For some trendy gold accent on the walls I bought a cheap wall clock which, with the power of DIY, turned into a very fun decorative item in the room. For a Kate Spade effect look I tied a thin gold ribon around the shade of this old IKEA lamp and now it looks so cool and stylish.
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The back of the shelf above the bed was painted in vertical stripes with the same colours used on the walls, and it nicely complements the black and white checked wardrobe.
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The new furniture in this bedroom makeover is the desk and the chair, and all other furniture, including the carpet was already there.
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Although the colour scheme is monochromatic, the mood in the room can be changed by adding the splash of colour in the room decor, or just by changing the colours of the bedding.
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All and all the room turned into a very chic spot where my niece will spend her time studying and of course some “texting” in between, and she is looooving it.
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If your teen girl’s or boy’s room needs an update or makeover and you do not have time to deal with it, I am here to help with all your decorating needs. The design services are offered in person and online via Skype. So let me decorate your space; write an e mail at besagmblog@gmail.com and we will take it from there.

Thank you for reading and have a great day.

Besa

Have a Sparkling New Year 2015

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As cliché as it sounds, this year has gone unbelievably fast. It feels like just yesterday when I was writing my last post at the end of the last December which was about my top 10 DIY projects. This year I was not able to engage myself in plenty of DIY’s, however, I was more involved in space planning, color scheme consultation, room makeovers, kitchen planing and design, furniture placement and design, drapery design etc. I was happy to get involved in such projects for some of my family members and a friend and, since each project turned amazing, they are encouraging me to start thinking of starting an interior decor business, something I am about to seriously consider.

Starting from January next year I will be sharing with you the finished projects as well as the ongoing ones, so stay tuned to see what I have been up to; and, until then I wish to all my friends, followers and readers of this blog a fresh start and infinite possibilities in New Year 2015.

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Cheers to a New Year 2015

Thank you for visiting.

Besa

Photography: BESA GM
Styling: BESA GM
Tray: JYSK, redesigned by BESA GM
Black Throw: Cashmere by Lord and Taylor, NY
Accent Pillows: DIY, using a thrift store wool scarf
Champagne Glasses: Crate and Barrel
Bowl: IKEA

Luxe Gift Wrapping

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The easiest way to score big with holiday gift giving is by adding a little bit of shine. Metallics feel festive and happy… just how I want to make someone feel when I’m giving him or her a gift!

Shimmer and shine is a key trend for Christmas decor this year, with bright metallic shades being matched with traditional silver or gold to achieve that elegant luxe style.

I decided to follow the trend so my gifts are all “gold” this year.
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As this look is all about quality and extravagance, I have replaced the wrapping paper with metallic stretch fabric and for the bows I chose a two sided sateen ribbon that has silver strips on both sides.
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To achieve that tidy and sleek look, I hand made and hand stitched the bows to the wrapping fabric.
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To create this look ( for three medium boxes) you need 60 cm of metallic stretch fabric, 5 meters of two sided black sateen ribbon, self adhesive tape, scissors, thread and a needle.
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The overall look turned quite extravagant, but yet elegant and luxurious.
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Have you wrapped your gifts yet? Hope you were not as late as I was.

Happy Holidays.

Besa

Outdoor Holiday Decoration

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This year my holiday decor is minimalistic. I was focusing more on other things that were requiring my attention at this time, and I completely neglected the holiday decor.

Despite being busy with other things, luckily I managed to do some DIY-ing and put a few things together for my outdoor holiday decor.

I started with decorations of lamp posts in our small neighborhood, because I think that there is something truly iconic about a lamp post adorned with decorations around the holidays.
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I wanted to create something pretty, elegant and sturdy at the same time, because It is rainy and quite windy out here so I wanted my decoration to get through the holidays.

For this project I used several yards of thick wire, a plaid water resistant tablecloth 140 cmX180 cm) cut into 15 cm strips, glue gun, florist wire, and gold ornaments for decor.
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Using the glue gun I run a thin layer of glue on every 15 cm distance on the plaid tablecloth, and then I proceeded with cutting. Applying a thin layer of hot glue onto the fabric before cutting, prevents fraying of the fabric after it is cut. Next I cut several pieces of wire in 1 meter lengths, and attached them length wise at one side of the fabric strip. I waited for a few minutes for the glue to settle and then curved the wired fabric strip into a giant bow, secured the center with a piece of florist wire, and decorated it with ornaments. Lastly, using a piece of thick wire, I made a small hanger and attached it to the bow. In less than 2 hours I ended up with a dozen of beautiful gigantic beautiful bows to be hung onto the lamp posts of our neighborhood.
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The next day, applying the same technique, and using different type of fabric, I made some more decorations for the lamp posts and those all turned beautiful.
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I am loving the festive look of our neighborhood with these cute and easy to make decorations, and I hope I have inspired someone to start making them too.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa

DIY Chair Slipcover

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For a revival, many old or worn off chairs need a slipcover or an upholstery job.

My chair was neither old or worn off, but it still needed a slipcover.

I got this beautiful chair few years ago, and haven’t used it that much during these years; but, the moment I started using it, for real, I realized that having white furniture and a big dog is not something that you can have both at the same place. Hence, the sewing skills to slipcover my beautiful chair came very handy.

To make this slipcover I started by searching for fabric. This was a difficult task since, where I live at the moment, there are not so many fabric stores around, and an online fabric purchase does not work as shipping is an issue here. However, after two months of searching I was lucky to find a linen look upholstery fabric in a local discount store, and I immediately started the project.
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First, I made a pattern by tipping over the chair back and the side of the chair onto an extra large garbage bag as this is what I had handy at that time. For making a pattern a large sheet of paper, of course, would be more appropriate and would look less disturbing, if you know what I mean. But, I wanted to make the pattern at that instant moment and the first thing I came accros was a garbage bag. Now I see that it was not a very good idea as it looks pretty gross in the picture. My appologies.

I used a pen to trace around the back of the chair onto the fabric leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance, and added a little extra length at the bottom for the bottom hem. I did the same thing for the sides of the chair.

Using these patterns I cut the fabric and joined the two back pieces. I had to add extra triangles at the sides of the back piece to create an easy fit. Then, I joined the each side and attached them to the inner part of the chair back.

For the seat bottom I just traced the chair cushion out onto my fabric adding 1/2″ seam allowance, and cut it out. Before joining cushion pieces I added piping to both bottom pieces.

Lastly I trimmed the bottom edge to be even,did the hemming and tried the piece on the chair to ensure it fitted. I needed to make a few necessary adjustments and after that all looked perfectly fine.
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From the leftover fabric and using a striped tea towel and a pot holder, I made a a matching toss cushion to complement the slipcover. I think that this cushion makes this slipcover to stand out. I am loving it.
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This slipcover proved to be a life saver as I can now enjoy both, the chair and the dog. Moreover, I will no longer give those nasty looks to my dog when he sniffs or touches the chair with his (not so perfectly clean) paws.

This project costed me less than $20, and I spent about three effective hours to finish it.

I am loving the new look of my chair and, what is more important, I love the possibility of having a clean and spotless chair with a dog around.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa

DIY Succulent Centerpiece

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There is a spot in my garden with a colony of succulents which are growing and spreading so fast. I love them because they are so sturdy and forgiving; you do not have to care for them at all and they still live and thrive.

Since these plants have proved themselves for their sturdiness I was sure that these will do just fine if I bring them indoors, and create different centerpieces out of them.

I was right. These forgiving plants, even after more than a month in the completely new environment, are doing absolutely fine.
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To create these centerpieces I used some river rocks, orchid planting soil which I had at hand, glass plate and a vase, a small class candleholder, a cloche and few succulents from my garden.
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The bed of rocks in these centerpieces serve as a drainage and at the same time gives a very natural look to these centerpieces.

Especially I like how the rectangle vase filled with rocks and soil turned out. I made sure that everything fitted nicely and tightly inside the vase so the centerpiece gets that lovely see through look.
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These centerpieces turned so chic so I decided I should give them the central spot, and where else than on the coffee table. They have become conversation pieces and everybody likes them. I am loving them too.
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If you love indoor plants but you are prone to starve them to death, then think succulents. They make a nice greenery addition to your home and they require minimal care.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa

Yufka – Phyllo Homemade Pasta

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Way back in my childhood it was sort of a tradition in almost every household to prepare for the winter by making all sorts of jams, fruit syrups, pickling and, of course, plenty of yufka. I remember my mother cracking up to 100 eggs and inviting her friend or a relative to help her roll out more than a hundred circular sheets of dough, which by the end of a sunny day would turn to a flaky pieces of pasta. I still recall the memory of our sunny yard being covered in tablecloths where my mother used to lay out the freshly rolled out yufkas cut into long thin strips. Sometimes I used to help her during this process, and I always thought that one day I will gain the skills to undertake this task and make yufka all by myself.

Unfortunately, I never had time to master the process and as a result I did not make or taste yufka for years until recently.

Even though quite old, my mother still had the desire and strength to roll the pin so the other day she made a small batch of yufka for me. As soon as they dried out I cooked a batch and, because they turned soooo pretty after drying out, I showcased them in glass vases and jars and displayed them in my kitchen.
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This type of pasta is different from Italian pasta. When cooked they do not turn springy and al dente, instead they turn soft and sort of flabby, but when mixed with butter and plenty of feta cheese crumbs they taste heavenly good.
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Yufka Recipe

Dough:
10 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon coarse salt
10 cups flour
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Method:
In a mixing bowl, mix together eggs, milk and salt. Add flour and mix it thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Transfer the dough in a flat working surface and knead it with your hands. You’ll know when to stop – it’s when the dough starts to feel smooth and silky instead of rough and floury. Let the dough stand for about an hour or two and then divide it into 12-15 small pieces. Using a long and thin rolling pin start rolling each small piece of dough into a circular shape until you reach a desirable yufka thinness. Place the yufka in a flat surface and let it stand until it dries out a bit and then using a pizza cutter or a knife cut them out in long strips and give them a desired shape. Let them dry completely in sun, and store them in cotton or paper bags.

Enjoy them cooked with butter, fresh cream and sprinkled with plenty of feta cheese crumbs.
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Do you have a specific dish or type of food that recalls your childhood memories? I would love to hear your story.

Thank you for reading.
Besa

Painted Wingback Chair – Nautical Design

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I wish this was my backyard so I would face this view every morning when I wake up. Sadly, it isn’t and I just have to keep imagining how it would feel to have a home with such a view.

In a search to bring this kind of feel into my home I turned to my best friend – PAINT.

Some of you who follow my blog may remember my Reupholstered Chair project from last year. It was a tiresome project, but the upholstery process went smoothly. However, I was not happy with the choice of the fabric color scheme, but I thought that I could live it.

Well, I couldn’t. The colors just seemed so dull to me, and I felt that I had to do something to this chair or leave it at the curb side for someone to like it and take it.
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As you can see I did not leave it at the curb side, but with some paint and a plenty of inspiration from the ocean I created this unique nautical design which has brought that coastal and refreshing feel into my living room.
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The inspiration for this design came from our almost daily walks around beautiful beaches of Victoria BC, so I thought the best way to display the design of my painted chair is from the very spot where the inspiration came from.
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To paint the chair I used the same technique applied to paint this chair. I already had the white paint, and only bought a quart of navy paint ( Arctic Night) at Walmart.
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I first painted the whole chair in white and then, using the painters tape, I painted the navy stripes. I also painted the whole chair cushion in white and then applied three coats of navy paint all around the middle part of the cushion and the pipping. Applying the navy paint to this part of the cushion was the most challenging task, as I had to be extra careful around the pipping and to not mess with the white parts of the cushion.
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While painting the cushion I realized that I was running out of the navy paint so I diluted the paint a little bit, and as a result I did not get the same paint texture as on the stripes.

I am so happy that I decided to paint this chair as it came out exactly as I have envisioned it.
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If any of you out there wants to undertake this kind of challenge, I would encourage you to do so. It is a bit of work and a little bit of mess, but if your chair turns as beautiful as mine, than it is all worth it.
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Happy chair painting everyone!

Thanks for stopping by.

Besa