Author: cutelacy

Hello and welcome to Fancy Lacy! I’m Judith, design lover, and cute and chic things is "my thing". I live in Western Canada's Prairies. I love creative things. I agree that any dream can be valid. Aging does not bother me. When I turned 30, I decided to love the things that I do and to do more things that I love. This space is about sharing cute and chic things. Some may inspire you, encourage you or may be empower you. Take a seat, get comfy and enjoy the ride.

Exotic Collections: Awake Your Style With African Mud Cloth

I have a soft spot for many things. Most times, I keep this as my little secret. This secret gets me in “la la land”. Seriously, I know this may sound a bit cliche but when I see exotic things, I go  “oh la la!” I Love exotic things, not just because of my origins (side eyes). But really, I admire handmade things because of the labour of love that is put into them, their uniqueness, the hard work, and every little detail that come out of it.  I want to present you a series of “My Exotic Collections” for interiors as inspiration posts. First in my list is Mud Cloth. Be inspired.

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The Mud Cloth is used as a throw. It is very unique and crisp in this space. The white lines/patterns are in harmony with the neutral palette in this room. From Elle Decor.

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The African fabric is used to upholster this chair. This space looks eclectic with a mixture of beautiful patterns. From The Lovely Lifestyle.

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And there was a Mud Cloth Pillow. Bright hue chair with this pillow works so well together. From Pinterst.

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Mud cloth on floors. It adds a character. From Design Files

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Prettify your tables. The last two picture here, black and white Mud Cloth are used as table runners. Basically, there is no limitation when it comes to using the Mud Cloth. From Ruffle Blog.

XOXO

– Judith

 

Ceiling Play up: Exposed Beams

Hello friends!

I could not resist writing a post on exposed beams. I am a big fan of warm spaces. Speaking of warm spaces, you will think this only goes with homes with fireplaces. Exposed beams are simply pretty. This look can be versatile, charming, rusty, warm and cozy. A ceiling could become a great focal point with this ceiling play up. For an industrial, modern or contemporary look, It makes a great statement. Take a look.

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Exposed beams give this space a rustic charm look, see how everything works so nicely together. Space feel airy, collected and charming. From Rilane image

For a light look, consider painting the beams all white. Beams are a great architectural feature in this room. From flightofwhimsy

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Exposed beams and grey equate to sophistication in this room. From Decoist image

Warm your space up with exposed wooden ceilings. Oh gosh, this is pretty! From Dwell

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

2015 was exciting, now let’s try to make 2016 Fabulous

Hello lovelies,

What are you grateful for today?

Each year, I sit and set new life goals. Sometimes, I go even further to implement lifestyle’s changes. This year, I suggest for you to add or try something completely different to what you usually set as goals to appreciate your life. We are so busy trying to bring changes into our life that we forget to savor life. The way I look at it, sometimes, life can be unfair.  So, I make an effort to accept this when a situation arises that I can’t pin down an explainable concept for it.

First, start and end your day with a firm positive thought. You see, instead of just pouring all the 100% energy on trying to establish new things in life, I recommend you take also time to invest in gratitude. Gratitude has the power to change the views you have about life. It can be a little bit hard when you start. Trust me, after a couple of tries, the brain will get trained to accept this routine. Putting all the energy you have on future concerns, it will suck life out of you. Instead, focus on appreciating things that you are grateful for. It does not have to be huge, it can be as  small and simple as loving a beautiful weather.

Happily then, stop and learn. I know there are some unpredictable negative life events, however, try to find a positive thought to get you by despite the negative happenings. I truly believe there is power in positive thoughts and energy. When you only concentrate on what you don’t have , what could of been and feed on your fears, then you will never have enough. Program the mind to let go things beyond your control.

It is never too late to try something new for your well being. As the says go: ” the happiest people don’t have everything. They make the best of what they have.” Here are some other quotes to help you embrace this concept:

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Thank you for reading,

Judith

6 Steps To Control Winter Rage

So simple, keep busy.  This makes me forget that Winter is here. The temperatures in Prairies’ Winter could give you “rage”. There is no escape so I forget the rage and embrace the weather. Read our previous post about things we look forward to in Winter times.

When it is nice, take advantage of the moment by taking a walk or a run outside. You will feel refreshed. Stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Take some pictures, make a snowman, and the snow angel. Since temperatures fluctuate easily around here, some people choose to take warm vacations.  I, on the other hand, travel in my mind with great documentaries, movies, and books.

 

Now let’s recap:

1. Keep busy – Declutter, refresh your space and read a good book. Photo Source

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2.  Embrace the weather – try to relax. Take two minutes and tell your “facial muscle”- relax

Photo by Madisin Bradley

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3.  Go out when it is nice, enjoy the scenery.

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What a lovely picture! Enjoy the scenery and forget about the rest. From Deco Collin

4. Take pictures, build a snowman or snow angel

5. Watch a good comedy or documentary. One of my favorite movie of all the times is ” Life is beautiful.” I go from great laughs to tears. This makes me forget about everything that is happening outside. Photo Rogerebert

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6. Take a good nap. Sleep Foundation states ” Napping has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.”

 

XOXO

– Judith

Holiday Decoration: Celebrate Christmas in Style

Who can escape from Christmas season? In the shopping center, we are surrounded by holiday decorations. Christmas Carols are in the grocery stores. Santa Clause parades are on the streets. There is no escape! Don’t get me wrong, I love this holiday. But sometimes, it can be overdone. In the Prairies, I have seen homes keeping their Christmas decoration for 365 days. Trust me, this is not an exaggeration. What about indoor’s decorations? Unsure. Guest what? I will never find out. If you are into holiday decoration, you might as well do it in style. There are other alternatives to consider if a green Christmas tree isn’t your thing.  Here are some inspiration for Christmas threes ideas.

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1. Neutral color palette with hints of colour. This beautiful home incorporates Christmas decor in a cute way.  It is very simple. From Tiny Home Art

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2. This rustic space depicts elegance yet also livable. The frosted Christmas tree is in harmony with the chair, rug, throw and the pillows. The texture and the color repetition creates a sense of harmony in the space. From Green Style Gallery

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3. If your room does not have space for a big huge Christmas tree, consider other alternatives like this tiny colourful piece as seen in this picture. From Pinterest

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4. Consider reclaim wood for a change. I love everything about this tree. From Apartment Therapy

XOXO

– Judith

4 Simple Good Reasons To Re-gift

Happy Monday!

Are you counting down for your holidays? This upcoming holiday season is about giving. When I think about giving sometimes re-gifting come to mind. Most people have mixed feeling when it comes to re-giving or re-gifting. Personally, I love the concept when it is done right. I came across an article on Psychcentral where one statement really summarizes the difference between re-giving and re-gifting. The author states “I like to make a distinction between re-gifting and re-giving. Re-gifting often is an effort to meet an unwanted obligation. Re-giving, on the other hand, is passing along something that suits the receiver and is given with thought and care. Re-gifting is about the gift. Re-giving is about the relationship between the giver and receiver.” I really love this statement; it makes sense to shift from re-gifting to re-giving.

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The post that came with this picture really encourages one to explore different ways of giving. From venture village.

Here are four reasons why you should re-give:

1. You know that the gift you received will never be used for millions of years. You know a good friend who will love it. Keep the receiver in mind. Is he or she going to appreciate the gift? If yes, I believe there is no harm in re-giving.

2. Some say a re-gift is being cheap. I don’t agree with this statement. I think it is all about the intentions. Re-giving really makes financial sense when you come short in your gift shopping during Xmas times. An unused gift card can come to the rescue. These days, we have plenty of visa gift cards. What about that new dress or pair of shoes that you purchase but never wear. Re-giving could also be an opportunity.

3. You are uncomfortable re-giving in your network. Please consider donating to charities. It will help you unclutter your space with things you don’t need or you will never use.

4. Who says about being all secretive about it? It is about the receiver and not the gift. So other alternatives like a swap party come to mind. When you accumulate lots of unused things or gift, it is definitely an excuse to have a swap party. In the past, my friends and I used to have this. One of us will host, people bring “treasures” they don’t use anymore. Items can be new or used but in great conditions. You will be amazed how it will turn out. It is really a win and win situation: you give and receive. Items that are not selected go to the charity.

XOXO

– Judith

Flat Out Fabulous

Hello lovelies!

Today, let’s explore the cool and elegant creative world. My crazy cool fetish, well, you already know it, is interiors. A style that really speaks to my interiors’ fetish is European style, it is about grandeur and sophistication. The second I start staring at some European interiors, I am reminded of this. European homes are grand in style, beautiful, historically captivating, and just flat out fabulous. The elements of design in these space are just effortless. In the pursuit of looking into a beautiful home, It is inevitable to escape looking at these exquisite interiors, they are elegant. Take a look.

Grand for European style is not an understatement, check out the well-considered architectural details in this Italian space, it is fun and striking.  This space is so beautifully crafted. From Dailymail

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Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

Part 2: Solange Knowles in African prints

Hello Lovelies,

I think it is time for me to admit that I am an African prints’ junkie.  I had fun collecting all the Knowles’ sisters look, in African prints. If you missed the first part, you can read about it here. When it comes to Solange, her famous sister does not stop her from having her own look. Her look, in most parts, is funky, authentic, and eclectic. I love her African prints’ selections. Take a look.

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The yellow African prints looks good. Prints on prints done right.

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The short is on point with these high knee boots.

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Other prints on prints here, the prints contrast work so well together for this look.

Photos From: Vandallist, Flashizblack

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

4 Tips To Personalize Your Home

Hello Lovelies,

Does your home express your style?  When it comes to your home, it has to represent you. I love spaces that reflect the owner’s style and personality. I came across this definition by Bing – Personality is the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character. A simple reaction to this statement is that personality defines who we are and dictates our choices.  It is complex and unique. It evolves with time. I got you covered, now let’s see how to make our home reflect our personality.

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I’m loving this Floral couch, it fits well in this room, Via The Coveteur, home of jewellery Designer, Irene Neuwirth.

  1. Know your personality – What is your personality? This is a great starting point. You can take a test here. According to the site, 16 personalities exist and through questions, they help you identify yours. Mine was Protagonist. It states at one place that I am warm. This characteristic could be used as a starting point to define my space for example.

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Eyeing the home of some fashion designers, another obsession of mine. This is the  home of Withney Port, via My Domain

2. Design your space for your lifestyle – Your lifestyle will determine the function of your space. All the people who will be using the space needs to be considered. Keep your children and partner in mind. What is their routine? How will space be used?

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I came across this beautiful insane room. The retreat location of Laurence Simoncini, via Ikeadecoration

3. Take your time – To be able to incorporate the things you love, well it will take time. Keep your budget in mind. You may have the vision but not the wallet. You can collect things over time. There is no rush. Meanwhile, your home can reflect your past or where you are now. It could reflect where you are heading. Basically, you can pick one state or combine all the three picks to style your home.

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I’m admiring the neutrals and the natural elements in this space, via Elle Decor Espana.

4. Embrace Changes – Changes happen all the time. When you choose to downsize or upsize. It depends on you and your needs. Keep it fresh and fun.

 

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

 

Solange and Beyonce Knowles In African Prints

Hello Lovelies,

You already know that I admire Solange style. In the past,  I wrote about her white bikes. Today, I wanted to share with you her African prints style. It seems to me that it is only fair to also include her big sister, Beyonce. I will break this post into two series. Take a look of the Knowles sisters in African styles.

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I wrote about  Mud cloths in the past. In this photo, the mix of mud cloths and African prints is glam.

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An effortless mix of prints on prints. I fancy this.

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This is Stella Jean‘s skirt. This is a great summer look.

Photos from: Beyonce Diario

Thank you for Reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith