London Winter 2016

Happy New Year!!!!
Hope you all have had a fabulous holiday season and are all off to a great start in
2016!!
Last year was a very busy year at Rajni Alex Design. After a non-stop work period of nearly eleven months, I was very happy to turn off my emails and get away to London to spend much need family time with my kids, hubby, and also meet my sister and her family. London has always been a favorite of mine; it has so much to offer to everyone. And London during winter is even prettier with all the Christmas decorations. Because I was visiting London with family, I divided our activities in different interest groups: London for kids, London for grown ups, and of course, London for Design aficionados.
London for kids: I have a six year old girl who loves tea parties and fairies (which I
am totally down with), and a nine year old son who wants to know everything about
Egyptian and Greek Mythology, and loves to explain the Theory of Relativity to anyone who will listen (which is so not me).To make the most of our time there, my husband and I each took one kid to something they would particularly like, as well as visit other kid friendly places. One day, we tried taking the kids to the London Eye, but the long lines and the rain made it impossible to wait in the long queue- so instead we went to Sea Life London Aquarium.
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It was really special because Santa came to feed the sea creatures, which made my daughter very happy. This is a great indoor Aquarium with great displays for the kids and adults alike. I definitely recommend this for a rainy day activity with the kids when visiting London 🙂
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British Museum- As I said earlier my son is a huge fan of Egyptian Mythology – so my husband took him to the British Museum to see the Egyptian Exhibit, which he loved! He especially liked the Rosetta Stone.
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Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel – This was
so much fun for my daughter. Afternoon tea is an English tradition, and there are many great hotels who do themed afternoon tea for the children. She loved it, and so did I!
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Winter Wonderland in Hyde park- This one is an absolute must when visiting London in the winter time. The whole park lights up and looks so beautiful, that you have to see it to believe it. All the kids had a great time- there are rides for big kids and small kids, a circus, ice skating rinks, a Christmas market… it’s just great!
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London for grown ups:  We did not spend all our time doing kids stuff. We grown ups went to some really great restaurants. There are literally hundreds to choose from, but we ended up choosing Sushi Samba because of the view it promised, as well as the amazing food.
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We also met with some friends in a typical English Pub in Kensignton called Britannia, which was so cozy and homey, I almost wanted to sit in front of the fireplace and read a book.
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London for the design aficionados: I really wanted to go to the famed London Design center in Chelsea, but unfortunately they were closed for the holidays. However, I got to go to the fabulous Ham Yard Hotel designed by Kit Kemp, and it truly is a feast for the eyes and the soul. While the afternoon tea at the Ham Yard was delicious, I was equally delighted by the dĂ©cor of the hotel.
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While in London I also got to go to one of my favorite design stores. It’s called India Jane, and it was beautifully decorated for Christmas. I was like a little girl in a candy store!!!
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London was fun, but I’m looking forward to going back to work! Hope you all enjoyed the pictures!!
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Golden Globes Gorgeousness!

Happy New Year!

What better way to start of the year than with some fabulous fashions!? Today, we’re recapping some our favorite, amazing looks that graced the Red Carpet at the 2016 Gold Globe Awards.

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Here are just a few of our breathtaking favorites from the evening! Who did you all find stunning at the Golden Globes this year!?

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New Year’s Wish

Hello, everyone!

We here at Rajni Alex Design want to wish you a happy New Year!

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In the words of Neil Gaiman:

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind. 

Happy 2016!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Rajni Alex Design!!

We hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones 🙂

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We are happy to have this opportunity to spend time with our families and friends that we don’t get to see as much as we wish to. We’ll be back soon with more posts, but in the meantime, enjoy the Holidays, just as we’re doing! For more updates, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Travel Tips

Hello, everyone!

Christmas is a week away, and if you are like us, you want to spend it with family or friends. The thing is, for many of us, our family and friends don’t live nearby. Which means either we have to travel to see them, or they have to travel to see us. Some of us here at Rajni Alex Design are traveling abroad to be with family (expect a London post early in January!), some of us are hosting family, but anyways, there’s going to be a lot of traveling going on. And while we love the fact that travel allows us to be with our loved ones and to see different places, the actual travel from one place to the other is not usually the most comfortable experience.

Whether it’s by plane, train, or car, traveling means long periods of time in a confined space. So here are some items to make your journey more fun, comfortable, and easy:

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  1. A passport holder like this classy one that can be found on One Kings Lane – So you can keep your passport, boarding pass, etc. organized.
  2. A nice, warm scarf like this one from Nordstrom – Because planes and trains are pretty chilly.
  3. Osis+ Dust It – To make your hair look nice after a long time traveling.
  4. E-reader – Because long periods of time where you can barely move can get pretty boring .
  5. A bag to hold all your cords like this one – so you can find any charger easily.
  6. Deck of cards – Very useful when traveling with children or in groups.
  7. Travel flats like these beautiful Tory Burch Minnie Flats – because you want to be comfortable.
  8. Rosebud Salve – For cracked lips…  Also great for hands.
  9. Bags to keep your luggage organized – so you can find what you need when you need it.
  10. Travel hair brush – So you can look presentable when arriving at your destination.
  11. A nice weekender bag like this Michael Kors – great for shorter trips.
  12. Socks – If you’re traveling in flats or open shoes, don’t forget to have some socks in your carry-on. Traveling is much more comfortable when your feet aren’t freezing.
  13. Travel Mini Manicure Kit – Because who’s never chipped a nail when dragging luggage around. Make sure to have this in your checked luggage.

We’re sure there are many items we could add to this list, but we tried to stick to the essentials. Don’t forget to always keep valuables in your carry-on luggage, as well as electronics; also make sure you have a change of clothes in case your luggage is misplaced. And remember to not get too stressed; traveling can be awkward at times, but it is absolutely worth it!

Well, we have to go pack now, but we’ll be back here soon. In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Gift Wrapping Ideas

Hello, everyone!

We here at Rajni Alex Design hope you are all doing well, and having a great week. We are super excited!! Why? Because Christmas is 15 days away!!!!! So very soon, we’ll be having a wonderful time with our loved ones!

Some of us will be traveling to meet family, and so we’re getting everything ready now, and there’s one task that we have to accomplish soon: gift-wrapping. Whether you love it or hate it, it is an important Christmas ritual. Why? Because it shows your loved ones that not only you put some thought into picking a gift for them, you also took the time to wrap it in a way that looks beautiful. It is a sign of attention to your loved ones. To receive a gift wrapped like this…

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Is much nicer than to receive a gift like this…

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Wrapping a gift beautifully is not very complicated, but technique matters, so here are a couple of youtube tutorials that you may find useful:

First, here’s a link to a basic gift wrapping tutorial.

Now, if you’re a bit craftier, here’s a tutorial to a japanese gift wrap.

You’ll obviously need some wrapping paper, so here are a few great Christmasy options:

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These are also many options of ribbons and bows out there. Wrapping presents doesn’t have to be a chore: have fun with it! And remember that you’re doing it because it will make the person receiving the gift feel special 🙂

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Holiday Party Style

Hello, everyone!

We here at Rajni Alex Design hope you’ve had an amazing Thanksgiving with family and friends! This is such a busy time of the year, what with family gatherings, company holiday parties, and time spent with friends. We have realized we’ll need a few nice outfits to get us through December, and odds are you will too 🙂

So we have spent some time over the last few days looking online to see what beautiful pieces we could find, so here are some of our favorites!

Dresses-

Embroidered Brocade Dress at Anthropologie

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Tahari Floral Jacquard Sheath Dress at Nordstrom

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Corded Lace Dress by Tory Burch

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Pique Dress with Lace by Rebecca Taylor

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Carissima Sheath at Anthropologie

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Blazer-

BR Monogram Metallic Blazer by Banana Republic

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Layered Lilith Tank at Anthropologie

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Silver Baroque Sequin Embellished Tank by Express

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Goldleaf Top at Anthropologie

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Taffeta Bodice Blouse by White House Black Market (to wear with more daring pieces)

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Skirts-

Encore Midi Skirt at Anthropologie

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Shimmer Spot Skirt at Anthropologie

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Alcina Midi Ball Skirt at Anthropologie

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Rhinestone Embellished Feather Mini Skirt by Express

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Metallic Jacquard Shift Skirt by LOFT

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Jewelry-

Flora Collar Necklace by Baublebar

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Genevieve Collar Necklace by Baublebar

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Reverie Chandeliers by Stella & Dot

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Jocelyn Drop Earrings by Stella & Dot

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We focused on finding classic pieces with a bit of flare, and looked into many different stores (with a wide range of prices!), so hopefully this helps you guys find something that suits you.

We’ll be back next Thursday, but if you want to know what we’re up to in the meantime, you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

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Christmas Shopping Ideas

Hello, everyone!

Hope you’re all doing well, and as excited as we are that tomorrow is Thanksgiving!

We can’t wait to spend time with our families, eat some good food, and have a wonderful weekend. We also hope to catch up on some Christmas shopping, but since being in a crowd and spending huge chunks of time in line is not our idea of fun, we’ve been looking at some great options online, and we decided to share some of our finds with you guys 🙂

So here are some options for him, for her, and under $50

For him:

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Under $50:

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And here are the links:

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We hope this list helps you with your Christmas shopping! Now is the time to look into gifts, because Christmas is fast approaching and so many retailers have online sales due to Black Friday.

We here at Rajni Alex Design hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving Day with family, friends, and great food! See you guys back here soon! In the meantime, if you want to keep up with us, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

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ORC Favorites!

Hey, everyone!

We hope you’re doing well! We here at Rajni Alex Design are so, so grateful for all your wonderful, kind comments about our One Room Challenge project. Again, we had such a great time working on this dining room, so thank you, Linda, for starting this amazing event, and thank you to everyone who encouraged us and inspired us along the way!

We love seeing what everyone else is doing for their ORC projects, and there were so many stunning rooms this time around. We would like to share with you guys some of our favorites. So here are our Top 5 invited participants and Top 5 guest participants.

Invited participants:

  1. This beautiful bedroom by Vanessa Francis at Decor Happy.

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2. This lovely nursery by Megan at Honey We’re Home.

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3. This super chic foyer by Cristin at Simplified Bee.

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4. This gorgeous bedroom by Mallory at Style Your Senses.

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5. This super fun dressing room by Cassandra at Coco+Kelley.

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Guest participants:

  1. This elegant living room by Sarah at The Curated House.

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2. This inviting living room by Madeline at Teal and Gray.

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3. This eclectic eat-in kitchen by Ashley at Bigger Than the Three of Us.

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4. This amazing playroom by Mollie at Design Loves Detail.

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5. This wonderful girl’s bedroom by Brit at House Updated.

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There were many other great rooms this ORC, but if we were to include all of them, this would be a very long list. So if you haven’t already, make sure to check out the other rooms here. This ORC really had some amazing projects!

If you want to keep up with us here at Rajni Alex Design, you can follow this blog, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

We hope you have a wonderful week!

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One Room Challenge – Week 6: The Reveal!!!

Hey, everyone!

We here at RAD are sooooooo excited!!! It’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge, which means we get to share everything about our dining room with you guys! We’ve had an amazing 5 weeks, but it was just so hard to save enough surprises for the reveal. We’re ecstatic that the wait is over, and we have a finished room to share with you guys. But first, let’s recap. This paneled dining room looked a bit glum when we first started, as you can see in the pictures below:

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It was very dark, so the first thing we decided on was to paint the paneling a light gray in order to brighten up the room.  We then decided to go with some more modern furniture that mixes well with the more traditional style of the paneling. Here is the floor plan we created for the room:

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If you haven’t followed us along this journey and you want a more detailed recap, you can reach our previous posts through the links below:

Week 1/ Week 2/ Week 3/ Week 4/ Week 5

So here is the final product! We are absolutely thrilled about how this room turned out!!

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This is our favorite shot of the room! We absolutely love how in this picture you can see the brass in the chandelier, sconces, and the bottom of the table. The paneling looks great, and we’re happy we chose a more gold palette for the fabrics, because it adds some warmth to the room.

Also, you guys get to finally see the chairs! These are West Elm chairs that our clients already had, and we had them reupholstered from a dark gray to gold so they match our vision for the space. And in this picture you guys can also see the rug. We think it looks amazing, especially since it’s an indoor/outdoor rug.

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We had chosen a different piece of art by West Elm to go above the buffet, but when we were styling the room we did not think it looked that great, so we were very happy to see this piece of art in our clients’ hallway. It looks wonderful with the gray paneling! The actual buffet is probably the darkest piece in the room, but we think it adds some beautiful contrast. If we had gone for something lighter, we feel it would have blended into the space a bit too much. We also love the brass hardware on it!

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We love that in the above shot you get a really good look at the paneling, including the trim. Also, we love how the chair fabric, as well as the brass back of the sconce, really pop against the gray tones. The curtains are also a wonderful blend of gray, with the trim, and gold in the pattern.

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This detail shot of the trim really shows the beautiful woodwork we were lucky to work with. We chose to go with a darker gray in high gloss for the trim so that it stands out against the paneling, and we’re very happy with the results!

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We love these detail shots of some of our accessories! For those of you who read our Week 5 post, not every single item on our accessories mood board made it to the photo shoot. When we started styling the room, we realized a few of them just did not fit into the room, and so we left them out.

This is our second ORC project, and the whole process was so different! Last time we had to knock down walls and change everything about the rooms we were working with. This time we were just so incredibly lucky that we got a room with the most amazing bones! The paneling was the perfect starting point for this room, and we are so happy we got to keep it. And even though we had an amazing time last year breaking down walls and recreating the space from the start, being able to keep the walls and paneling made our timeline much less stressful this time around 🙂 We’re very happy that we got to focus on the decor for this project, and every single thing that went into this room was something that we feel belongs there.

Here is a mood board with every piece in the room (apart from the accessories), and where you can find them:

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  1. Jalen Chandelier – Arteriors (through Rajni Alex Design)
  2. Stefan Sconce – Arteriors (through Rajni Alex Design)
  3. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
  4. Benjamin Moore Gray Chelsea
  5. Window Treatments- Silk Rock Cognac by Zinc Textile w/ trim by M&J Trimming
  6. Delaney Dining Table- Mitchell Gold
  7. Dining Chairs- West Elm (no longer available)
  8. Philo Chest – Vanguard (through Rajni Alex Design)
  9. Indoor/Outdoor Rug- Couristan Antigua in dune

We have loved being a part of the ORC community again! Over the last few weeks, we’ve received so much encouragement from you all through your comments, and we’ve been inspired by the work of our fellow ORC participants. We love this opportunity to follow each other’s work as it progresses, and we’re really glad we decided to participate again. So make sure to check the amazing rooms by both the Wednesday participants as well as the guest participants! And if you want to keep up with us now that the ORC is done, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

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