Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ameen Party

Firstly, I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted on my blog...
all I can say is life has been so busy!
I will get back to posting more regularly soon, in the meantime, wanted 
to share a few pictures from my son's Ameen (finishing the Qu'ran) party
this past weekend. 

It was wonderful hosting this during Ramadan!

Special thanks to my friend Ayesha Bokhary for the pictures.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wallpaper Roundup

Wallpaper continues to be a strong trend into 2014.
While looking through wallpaper designs for my clients, a few caught my eye and
thought I'd share with my lovely readers.

All over subtle patterns

Polly Wreford

via Real Simple

via DecorPad

You all know I love a black accent wall, this patterned black wallpaper would definitely do the trick.

via DecorPad

A bold statement.

via DecorPad

via DecorPad

via Pinterest

Loving ombre wallpaper.  

Sisa Sundling


Gray grass cloth wallpaper.

via DecorPad

A little shine.

via Domino Magazine

Hudson Design

Sorry for the lack of blogs into the new year, will update more soon. Make sure to follow me
on my Facebook Page and my new Instigram account (SaimaNasim) for more updates.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Distinctive Fireplace Design

"There is no place more delightful than
one's own fireplace"
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

I've gathered a few striking fireplace designs,
a nice dose of inspiration for these cold winter days!

via Apartment Therapy

via Tumblr

via Royal Design Studio

via Elle Decor

via DecorPad

via SplendidWillow

via Dose of Dash

via House Beautiful

via ambereyblogspot
via DecorPad

via Casasugar

via Houseandhome-digital

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Our Master Bedroom

Can't believe I haven't had a chance to blog in such a long time.

Well today, I'm sharing a few pictures of our master bedroom as
promised to my readers a few weeks back.

It all started with the paint color. I was looking for a the perfect shade
of blue.
Once I found it, my husband
and I began discussing what we could do with the
paint to add something unique to the room...
we came up with painting an arch!

I've been working with my painter for over a year now and I can say he completely gets my vision, which is such a blessing for any designer.

He did an excellent job with the arch, it definitely is the focal point of the room!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Eid Card Kit

Hafsa from Hafsa Creates 
sent an Eid Card Kit package for my kids
to make their own Eid cards.

We've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks, attending
my brothers wedding in Canada, so we just 
started working on these today.

The package comes with a variety of supplies from stickers,
pre-made Eid Mubarak signs, paper, envelopes and more.

The kids still need to design the inside of the cards, but this is
what they came up with for the front of their cards.

For more info on these kits check out Hafsa's Etsy Shop.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Easy Canvas Prints: Review and Giveaway!

Eid-ul-Adha is just around the corner, perfect time for another giveaway for
Azzure readers and Facebook fans.

I was contacted by Easy Canvas Prints to 
review a custom canvas and offer a free 8X10
canvas to one of you!

I'm all about customizing pieces in my home, so
when I was contacted by Easy Canvas Prints, not only was I thrilled, but I already 
had an image in mind for my canvas.

I simply selected a picture and emailed it to Easy Canvas Print. 
About a week later I received my canvas, couldn't be easier.

The pattern I selected for the canvas works great in my master bedroom. 

The image was transferred nicely onto the canvas. Overall, I'm very pleased
with the look of it, the one thing I would of liked to have seen different
is the canvas wrapped more neatly in the back.

I have the canvas on my nightstand right now but will eventually
put it up on the wall next to a few other canvases.

Included in the giveaway is a custom 8X10 canvas with an
image/picture of your choice ($33 value!).
The giveaway is open to those living in North America.
September 29, 2013 - October 11, 2013
Winner will be announced in two weeks.

**Click Here To Enter Giveaway**

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Guest Post: Stencil Wall

I love having my talented friends share DIY projects they are working on.
Today my friend, Shireen Musaddiq, is sharing her DIY stencil project.
I absolutely adore the way it turned out. I'm looking forward to
seeing it in person when I'll be up in Canada next!

I wanted to spruce up my front foyer with a feature wall.  I'm too chicken to wallpaper but saw some stencils online with moroccan style patterns. They were a bit expensive and some of the ones I liked were fairly simple shapes so I decided to make my own.  

I folded a piece of paper into quarters and drew the design onto it to keep it symmetrical. Cut that out and traced onto cardboard.

I taped a small level onto the cardboard cutout ( saw this idea on Pinterest). I traced around the stencil with pencil first. Using a small flat brush, I painted over the pencil lines with a cream coloured paint sample I had lying around. This was a bit time consuming and required a steady hand.  

As a finishing touch, I used an acrylic gold paint pen to outline around parts of the stencil and give it a 3D effect. People have looked at the wall up close and still thought it was wallpaper!

Overall it took me a couple hours to draw on the wall and a few nights of painting (while the kids were asleep) and cost nothing as I already had the supplies. 

Mirror and rug (which I used to cover my plain ottoman) are from Homesense! (it's kinda like Home Goods in the US). 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Eid Mubarak!

Can't believe Ramadan is just about over.
I pray you all had a blessed month
and have great Eid with your loved ones.

Eid Mubarak!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Irada Arts - Special for Azzure Readers/Fans

Recently, I did a post on how I used
the Irada Art pieces I was sent, in my own home.

Br. Besim, from Irada Arts, has featured my idea
in their upcoming brochure (Will share a link soon).

Working with a local client, I decided to use an Irada Art piece
for their feature wall. Both my clients and I absolutely love the way it turned out!

After changing out the window coverings, we selected the perfect paint color for the wall.
I used a shade darker than the wall to define the Irada Piece, essentially a painted frame.

This is the first time I've used an Islamic Decal in my design.
I will definitely be using them again in different ways for my clients.

Just in time for Eid I'm teaming up with Irada Arts and offering a discount to my readers, fans and clients!

Coupon Code: "saima15" for 15% off orders $75 and over
                            "saima20" for 20% off orders $125 and over.

Coupon codes will be activated Eid Day!
Happy shopping...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Guest Post: Islamic Architecture

My friend Sanaa Ansari, from The Style Matrixdocuments some of her recent travels on her fashion blog. Pictures of mosques she's visited
caught my eye, (you all know how much I love Islamic architecture!) along with some spectacular cultural shots.
I just had to ask her to write a piece for Azzure readers.

When Saima asked me to do a guest post for Azzure, I was honored. Her eye for design is great and I love how she incorporates different kinds of Islamic cultural influences into her work for a unique perspective.

Saima asked me to share some of my own favorite Islamic designs. I immediately remembered a recent trip I took to Lahore and Abu Dhabi for my sister's wedding. Despite being vastly different, their most famous structures are so similar.

The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a luxurious spectacle to say the very least. The entree building is made up of marble stone and boasts accents of gold and semi-precious stones. Built only recently (2007), it holds the record of being the 8th largest mosque in the world. 

When you look closely, you can see the Grand Mosque was heavily influenced by Lahore's
Badshahi Mosque.  The dome and minaret layouts are very similar, as is the archway repetition. A beautiful red sandstone structure built in 1673, the Badshahi Mosque also boasts beautiful accents of marble and ivory.

As different as these two cities are, the experiences in these majestic structures are just as distinct and wonderful.
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