Month: August 2012


“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few
drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty
.”  Mahatma Gandhi


Have a good weekend!

our home after- julie paulino design

Our home after is a result of all I believe in and stand for.  Uniqueness, individuality and comfort.  A mind of ones own.  It’s a home that reflects our lifestyle as much as possible.  It’s rooted in the classics but in a relaxed and young sophisticated way with modern and transitional elements.  I strive to be creative and unique so this home does not look like any other home because then it wouldn’t be our own.  I like to incorporate modern pieces and/or modernized classic ones because that’s what I consider chic.  A home with some modern and/or relaxed mood.  I actualized the classic fauteuil arm chairs by upholstering them in red leather and embellished with brass nail heads.  I did the same with the black stool.  I fell in love with the coffee table thanks to its sculptural lines, another design element I constantly praise about in this blog.  It weights like a forced marriage because its legs are solid steel. Every time I look at it, good memories come up to my mind remembering how my father-in-law and I carried it inside the house.  I’m just glad no one called the police on us suspecting we were carrying a dead body.  I bought the lamps at Gilt Home, excellent delivery time by the way, I added a trim of velvet to the shades to enhance them further.  The abstract painting is a bartered piece, really! The sofa is Paul McCobb with a slip cover and the oushak rug is from ABC.  The painting above the sofa is an Agam, bought at The Antique Garage.  I hope you enjoy a tour of our home after…

our home after- julie paulino design living room

The fireplace behind the watercolor painting is the TV enclosed in the wall.  The bookcase is from ABC, the drop shaped stools are form Brookstone.  The brass swing arm sconces are from Shades of Light.

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In the back you can see the powder room and the insane and unnecessary
closet in the middle of everything not only taking precious space but
also displaying the washer and drier for everyone who came in and out of
the bathroom.  Nuts, right?

This is how our home before version looked like before we started remodeling it.  Light, yellowish floors, two small closets on either side of the living room blocking the nice view, a less than attractive fireplace, a closed-in kitchen and completely bland bathrooms.  Our labor of love was done in two separate times, kitchen, floors, closets were removed and painted before we moved in and the remodeling of the bathrooms were done two years after while living in it.  Tomorrow I’ll show you the after pictures!

I covered this wall above with mirrors and framed it with two architectural columns.

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If you come to this blog today following the tittle to find a picture of a feet filer, your eyes have never been wider.   I should tell you first that the filer should be the softest kind there is.  Regular scrubs won’t do what a thin filer would do for your in-grow hair, especially in the winter when the cold usually provokes chicken skin, neither will it get rid of bumps.  I’ve been using a fine filer to exfoliate my skin for a while now and it’s like having a microdermabration done without the price tag.  My hubby always complements on the softness of my skin.  He didn’t know until now why my skin was so smooth.  This is great also to do two or three days before waxing to ensure an even softer skin afterwards, however, you should wait at least three to four days after waxing to use the filer.  Remember that the science behind most skin rejuvenation procedures done in esthetician clinics are based on slowly damaging the outer later of the skin so the skin generates new collagen.  In this case you’re not even damaging the outer layer of the skin just exfoliating it but getting pretty much a similar rejuvenating effect.  This is how I do it.

1-First get the finer foot filer, I can’t emphasize that enough.  Use it one or two times on your feet before using it in your body to help it get even softer.

2- Only use it when you’re taking a shower so the skin is thoroughly wet and lathered up in soap (not too much soap or the lather will get inside the filer’s grain and won’   t work well).

3- Run the finer side of the filer in opposite direction of the hair growth.  You’ll be able to tell when the filer gets rid of any dry skin or bump in your skin. 

5- Do not go over the same spot more than twice, don’t rub your skin just run it smoothly.  That’s enough.

6- Afterwards is good to use a body cream that won’t clog your pores and do not use tight clothes, especially skinny jeans.  Let the skin breath.

7- I use a body cream  from a pharmacy.  I sued to use Kiehl’s creme de corp and it’s not worthy.  At least for me!  It stays on the top of the skin.  I’m saying this because pharmacies have great body creams at very good prices.  St. Ives is a very good one!

8- I mix the cream with two or three drops of Vitamin E oil 30000 IU and rub it between my hands.  I get the one below at CVS.  It’s also drinkable so I know it’s safe enough.  According with dermatologists “vitamin E is also naturally found on the outermost skin surface, where it contributes to antioxidant support”  It also helps restore the skin to its natural healthy condition.  Some dermatologists recommend it for recent scars.

As long as your body is fully soapy and you’re using the finer side you won’t scratch your skin.  Get to know your skin and see where you need more emphasis or not and follow your knowledge.  Next time you know you’ll have the skin of a VS angel.  After all how do you think they have that skin?  They get head to toe facials and microdermabrasion at an esthetician clinic.  That’s what they do!  Go ahead and thank me later!

This is my own statement and experience.  Every skin and experience is different. This should only be done on healthy skin.

Don’t we all love finding great shoes at even greater prices?  I found these Sam Edelman studded pumps at T.J.Max for like half the price that goes online.  I love how studs are popping up everywhere in fashion lately.  Glam Rocks!

Red Rooster in Harlem has recently been in every piece of print I’ve read lately, even Vogue, and we finally paid a visit this past weekend with a group of friends.  The place has a very hip and young environment and the decor is pretty unique and different.

The weather couldn’t have been perfecter.  We were lucky we were able to sit outside.

I love this dress.  You can’t just keep thinking one day I’ll dress like that! No! you have to do it.  Life is short and we’re not getting any younger so to all of you who are like me and admire people who dress modern and young with an edge, go for it!
This is the view from the playground I take Lucas to and it’s one of the things I’ll miss the most when we leave.  Let’s keep in touch  you can follow my instagram by clicking here