The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Guangzhou

As an Interior Designer every where I go I look for inspiration and enjoy looking at the interior design of other places. While in China I went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. A luxury hotel with some creative interior…here a few pictures….

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The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Guangzhou offers premier luxury and is located in the modern heights of Tianhe

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With a stunning setting in one of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods, Mandarin Oriental offers the most spacious accommodation in Guangzhou. Vast floor-to-ceiling windows provide dramatic views of the glittering skyline. Their 263 sumptuous rooms and elegant suites are the epitome of modern Chinese comfort and luxury.

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The World of Leather

On my trips to Milan and China I got to look at different leather…here a few tips to make the right choice when it comes to leather…

IMG_0148Leather furniture is an incredibly versatile choice. Whether your style is relaxed, contemporary, classic or somewhere in between, there is a product to fit your taste. It exudes an immediate sense of prestige and good taste, yet is easy to clean and service over time

There are many questions to consider when buying leather furniture, and depending on your lifestyle, there are certain types of leather that would be better for your unique situation. With so many options out there on the market today, the possibilities are truly endless to what you can find.

All you need to do is ask yourself a few questions to get started…

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There are three basic types of leather that you can find; Nubuk, analine, and pigmented leathers.

Nubuk is the least durable of the three, but it has a greater durability than suede, and often has a feel similar to velvet.

Analine is actually a chemical that assists in dying leather with vegetable oil dye. What it does is it opens the pores of the leather, allowing the dye to penetrate all the way through the leather.

Pigmented leather has typically been dyed, sanded, and embossed with a grain, and is usually less expensive while still maintaining a nice feel and look.

One common misconception is that you can’t have leather furniture and pets at the same time. This entirely depends on your pet.  Pigmented leather is one of the best leathers to get if you have pets, because it is durable and easy to clean.

Kids can also determine what leather is best for you. If you have young kids that may spill things or cause a lot of wear, then you may want to go with pigmented leather, but if your kids are older or you know there isn’t a chance of spilling, then analine leather is usually very durable for family lifestyles. Nubuk is typically not a good choice because it is fragile and any stains will show.

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Strength: Highly resistant to fire, scratching and tearing, leather is a low maintenance solution. It’s strong enough to maintain its shape and resist wear, even with everyday and extended use.

Comfort: Flexible, breathable and natural, nothing beats the comfort of leather furniture. It doesn’t stick to your skin, stays cool in summer and warm in winter.

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I hope you find these tips useful. If you have any questions feel free to contact CLSE Interior Architect Consultancy in Dubai, UAE

Its all about the Cushions

How to select the right throw cushion/pillow

During my trips to China and Italy I had the chance to touch and explore different cushion designs and fabrics. It was great fun and inspired this post.

A great pillow can truly make a room feel complete, but a bad one—or even an excess of good ones—can throw off the balance of color and texture you’re shooting for.

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Don’t be afraid to layer your patterns. We love the look of several pillows with different prints in the same room. If you tend to favor bold, graphic prints, choose one or two pillows with a more subtle pattern (or delicate, line-drawn shapes) to tone things down.

Choose prints that include neutral colours as you will see in the pictures below the cushions with the bold patterns and designs use neutral colours

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Choose pillows that provide some contrast in texture. Consider the texture of your furniture—if you’ve got a leather sofa, try a nubbly linen or soft velvet pillow. For a mohair couch or chair, maybe go with a smooth brushed cotton. Detailing, like quilting, embroidery, or fringe, can also provide an interesting interplay of textures.

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