A VIP trip to Accra, Ghana

VIP treatment to Ghana, getting picked up straight from the aircraft straight to the hotel. I was invited to Ghana by one of our VIP clients who would like to build a Boutique Hotel in Ghana. The trip to Accra was to explore the current hotels that exist in Accra and see the plot where they would like to build the Boutique Hotel.

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Stayed at the amazing Mövenpick hotel in Accra. Room had an amazing view of the hotel complex.

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Accra is growing and becoming a lot more popular with investors. A lot of new places are opening up all over the city. There is great potential there for CLSE

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The Mövenpick hotel had some great interior design features.

IMG-20131026-WA006I see great potential in Ghana and I hope that one day in the near future we will get some amazing projects in the region.

A Bespoke Evening

BOLD UAE had an amazing launch party on Wednesday 18. September 2013.

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It was an evening filled with entertainment, something for everyone music, graffiti art, mixiologists, fire, amazing frangrances, and lets not forget the red beauty outside, the lamborghini. A great evening with an amazing cooperation with our Partners which made all this possible.

The Guests

The Doors opened at 19:00 and people stayed well past midnight the last guest leaving at 00:30. BOLD showroom saw about 400 people coming and going that evening. An amazing crowd from all nationalities, Expats as well as Emiratis were present, VIP to the general public. A great mix. People enjoyed the evening describing the atmosphere as “comfortable yet bespoke”.

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We at BOLD were really blessed as it was the perfect evening for us.

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I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We look forward to welcoming you in our showroom.

Romania

As an Interior Designer I am always looking for the latest products in the market across the world. One of my business trips took me to Romania where I went to the Maer Factory.  At the factory they produce tiles with semi precious stones.

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Above: Agate Umbra (Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks and can be common in certain metamorphic rocks). It is used in art, jewelry, pins and brooches.

Beautiful onyx slab ready to ship to Moscow

The above onyx is about to be shipped to Moscow

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A tile with semi precious stones. The term semi-precious is used to refer to the entire world of colored gemstones, not including the four so-called precious gems, diamond, ruby,sapphire and emerald.

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Another tile that I saw in the Maer Factory.

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You can find some of these amazing tiles now at CLSE‘s new location in the BOLD Showroom.

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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