Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pillars Of The Community - Design Project

Wow! It's has been forever since I've blogged. Have been busy with many new projects, moving to another state, taking a class on campus and a variety of things in between.

One of the projects I've been working on for the past few months, deserves to 
be blogged about.
I was asked by the founder of Pillars Of the Community, Khalid Alexander, to redesign their community room. 
It was an honor to work with a organization dedicated to economic equality, leadership development and community organizing amongst many other roles they play in South East San Diego.

I sent in the initial design proposal back in August 2016 and the work began closer 
to January 2017. It was my first non residential design project and we were working with a small budget; loved the challenge!
Pillars held a re-opening event this past weekend to reveal 
the new space! 

During the event we heard from individuals who have personally benefited
from Pillars. Their stories were emotional and needed to be heard.
Again, it was a true honor for me to work on this project, giving Pillars a space
with a design to call their own and that welcomes everyone
who comes through the door.

The Design



The focal wall I did in this eye-catching blue and added a gray Moroccan stencil pattern to give it a pop.

The rest of the walls were painted a light gray.

We needed to keep the room open and functional 
for events, so kept the new furniture pieces to a minimum. 

Art walls are always fun to work on and
are key to adding personal touches to any space.
We had a few custom pieces made for it.
The painting of the Masjid was made for Pillars by my talented friend, 
Ismat Sami from Art By Ismat

For the opening event, the Pillars board began with a few presentations, then
we headed to the community room for the reveal!

I spoke about my motivation and inspiration for the design. 
Later, the Pillars board and members from the Pillars community presented me with a gift.
Was touched by all of them.
Truly, a great cause and am exhilarated to have left my mark with
such an important organization. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Inspiring Resort - Our Recent Trip

During the winter break we drove up to Nevada and stayed
at a gorgeous resort in Henderson. The resort was strongly influenced by Islamic
pattern and design throughout. I just had to take some pictures to share
on my blog.

Pictures honestly don't do the resort justice, every aspect from the light fixtures to the furniture was
stunning. Definitely got some inspiration!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Inspiring Bathroom Design

Who doesn't want a serene place to retreat to at the end
of a busy day...

Here are a few captivating bathroom/showers that I'm sure, 
we all would love to have in our home.

Porch Light Interiors

Architectural Digest




Candice Olson


Home Adore

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Horizons Magazine Article

Wanted to share a piece from 
the Novemeber/December 2014 issue of
Horizons Magazine. 

Kiran Ansari interviewed a few Muslim mom bloggers
to get a more inside look into blogging.

She did interview me as well; the article starts on page 44!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Updated Eastern Decor

I absolutely love to bring in ethnic influences into my designs.
The way to keep it updated can vary. It can be achieved by color,
room layout, simplicity or adding that unexpected piece.

Here area few inspirational rooms that display strong ethnic influence yet still work 
in today's design:



Nomadic Decorator 

Apartment Therapy



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eid Creations: Product Review II

I'm back with a second review from Eid Creations.
Loved the items I was sent last year (see review here ) so was looking forward to what they 
have in store for Eid 2014.

I was asked by Rana which items I wanted to review; I decided to go with the Shabby Chic collection.
The colors definitely appealed to me.

I received the napkins, four plates, a balloon, paper lanterns and the Happy Eid 
banner all in the Shabby Chic design.

The paper lanterns are adorable. They can be hung or set a top any surface.
The colors of this collection are just as I had hoped for. Nothing too bright, yet 
still give off that festive feel.

The banner I haven't hung up, it's actually too large for my space. If I throw an Eid party it would work perfectly as a backdrop, but for over my fireplace or my Eid decor corner it's not going to fit.

The napkins and plates love the color and the quality of the product. The birds were a surprise to me, my five year old daughter really enjoyed seeing them on her plate. And that's what it's all about!

I need to get my balloon filled with helium, will get do that closer to Eid.

Excellent products once again!

Do check out Eid Creations to see all the designs they have to offer
for this coming Eid.

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.

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