Hana’s Bithday Celebration

On my previous post I talked about how and why I ended up in NYC at this time of year. Usually I go there at Chrismas time, but this time was for a special occasion.

Beginning of February my niece Hana, was about to turn 18th so she demanded that I fly to NYC to celebrate her birthday together. I promised her that I would be there on her birthday, and that I will even make her a fancy birthday cake.

I was as a bit nervous about how the cake will turn out but at the end Hana liked it and this is what matters. It was a chocolate cake with white butter cream inside, and it tasted delicious. Outside it was wrapped in beige fondant! It was my first time that I worked with fondant and, to make things worst, I had a small amount of fondant to work with. This made the decoration process a bit challenging for me; however, at the end the cake turned pretty. Not so perfect, but certainly cute and fancy!

Hana was at school at the time we baked the cake and decorated the table and the backdrop, so when she returned home she was pleasantly surprised and liked everything what we did. She even became emotional, so we saw a few happy tear drops on her beautifull smily cheeks. I knew Hana’s taste. She doesn’t like things to be over the top, in this case over the top decor. She would find it kind of “cheesy”, so I had to be carefull to not cross that line which would make the decoration seem “cheesy” to her.


For backdrop decoration we used gold round placemats we had at home, fancy pinwheels and HOORAY lettered sign purchased at Target, some tissue paper cut in wide stripes and fringed at both sides lengthwise which were hung at the right side of the wall. It was a very simple set up but it turned very pretty and effortlessly stylish.

Here are some of the photos from the celebration.


Time to lit the candles

Let’s cut the cake

Enjoying the cake

And later on she oppened the presents….

It was such a beautifull day filled with plenty of family love and happines.

Thank you for reading.

Besa

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The New Year’s Eve Table Setting

The countdown to NYE is on, and my table is already set.

Usually my table is not set up early on a day, but I liked so much the table decor which I designed for the National Television RTK, the Morning Show so I had to use it for my dinner party tonight.

I was invited to set a festive table for the RTK Morning Show and share some table decorating tips with the viewers. The table decor came out really nice and elegant, so I decided to use the plates, cutlery and all decorative elements for my New Year’s Eve dinner party.

I am happy to share some of the photos of this festive table!

Enjoy, and Happy New Year 2018!

May this New Year be filled with happiness, prosperity and plenty of health!

Thank you for visiting and following this blog!

Besa


Rustic Holiday Table Setting


The dinner table has always been a place to gather with family and friends for good food and good conversation. So many memories are made at the table, and especially during the magical Holiday Season.

I love to entertain — and enjoy making the table look inviting.  I find that part to be the most fun, and always keep myself showering with the questions like:  What will I use for the centerpiece?  Will I have a color theme?  Candles or flowers?  Round or Square plates? And the list goes on!

This year I felt that I should have a Rustic Holiday Decor. I wanted to bring the outside in with natural greenery using elements from nature that are growing wild outside our door.

The centerpiece for a rustic tablescape doesn’t need to be anything fancy or elaborate, therefore, I DIY-ed this long garland from fresh pine branches where I arranged cut pomegranates and small green apples.


In between the garland branches I placed thick candles in variety of heights. For the true rustic look I did not use a tablecloth, so everything is layered on a black surface of my dining table and even without any addition of the china, cutlery and glassware it looked so stunning.

For the placemats I chose wood looking ones, and for that true rustic look I mixed and matched the glassware using different types of crystal from my collection. Mismatched crystal looks sophisticated yet not too serious.

The cutlery was also vintage, a set that used to belong to my in laws, and was not in use for decades. The china is also a vintage set that I purchased 30 years ago, but which is super cute and I never wanted to get rid of, and I am glad I didn’t!

On top of the plate settings I placed a pear, an organic gift for each guest. The pears added a whimsical touch to my rustic decor and it looks stunning!

Everything on this table is so simple, mixed and matched, and the effect of combining all these things together worked perfectly. The table setting looks so earthy, organic, fruity and inviting. I am loving it!



So my friends, the Holiday Season becomes truly magical thanks to our desire to make it look as such. Anyone of you out there, with a bit of effort and a lot of passion can turn any simple table into a magical setting.

May you have a Magical Holidays!

Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

Besa

My Festive Mantel Decor for 2018


Holiday decorating is one of the most magical elements of the festive season. Bringing the Holidays to life with imaginative decorating ideas for indoors and outdoes is a lovely way to surprise family and friends at a time of the year which is meant for delight.

However, when it comes to decorating for the Holidays I tend to lean towards modern, minimalist decor which suits busy people who love decorating and entertaining without putting so much time and effort into decorating process.

First thing that got decorated in my house this year was our fireplace, and although it looks grand and luxe, it was so simple and easy to create the look.


I wanted a mantel decor that is modern and traditional at the same time.

So to achieve the desired look I DIY-ed a 5 meters long garland from the fresh pine branches and added some eucalyptus leaves here and there.


Above the fireplace I hung my lovely brush stroke painting which I painted two years ago.

For that anticipated modern look I placed clusters of black candles on each side of the mantel and to add a traditional flare to the look I added subtle peach silk ribbons; and at the same time for wanting these bows to still look modern I toped them with a black cotton ribbon. The black ribbon complements the black candles and it really gives the whole scene a modern look.


So, this year also, my mantel is pretty simple, and super easy to decorate. And, if you make your own garland and have some candles around (which I am most sure everyone does), this is an easy and non costly decorating project to undertake.


Are you done with your Holiday decorations yet? If not than it is time to hurry up! The Holidays are just around the corner and you want to see those happy faces of your family and friends when they enter your decorated house!

Happy Holiday Decorating,

xo xo
Besa

My Whimsical Outdoor Christmas Tree


Ever since I planted my evergreen trees in my backyard few years back, I always envisioned some of them being decorated for the Holidays. It never happened though; until this year. The weather was nice and warm last days of November, so I decided that I would take advantage of this weather and decorate one of my backyard trees.

Before starting to decorate I had to come up with a theme, and this part was a bit challenging. I wanted a theme that would be interesting, unusual and fun at the same time, and I had no idea what would that be.

How I came up with the idea is a funny story itself. I was shopping for good deals this past Black Friday, and I happened to find beautiful knitted hats on sale. The store offered a big discount on hats and they were all mixed up in a huge tall bin. The challenge was now to find the red coloured ones only. It took me almost an hour until I found a dozen of them, and then I just stopped because my back was hurting from digging in that deep box full of hats.

So my friends, this is how I came up with the decorating theme for my outdoor Christmas tree. I thought that knitted hats for outside decor make sense. They reflect warmth and relaxation, just what we need during a Holiday season.

To add the festive touch to these hats, using a glue gun, I added a white deer ornament to each of them and some white fur at the top.


To add more to the festive look I made some weather proof cartoon boxes by wrapping them with the plastic foil first and then wrapped them with another layer of decorative fabric, so they would resist the rain and snow.


I decorated the tree mostly with white ornaments, white and gold ribbon and added a lot of white snowflakes, and lastly I hung the red knitted hats.

The addition of hats on the tree made it look so whimsical and so fun.

My backyard this year is looking prepared for the Holidays!


And most important thing: my furry best friend IMMO is loving it!

How about you? Did you start with your Holiday decoration yet? Busy and don’t have time to tackle it? Staff at BESA GM Interiors can help you with your Holiday Decor needs! Make your appointment today by contacting us through our e mail besagmblog@gmail.com! We would be happy to help you get the best Holiday Decor ever.

Thank you for reading and checking out this page.

Besa

Decorating Around a TV – DIY Project


Earlier, when TVs were enormous and bulky, decorating around them represented a real challenge. Luckily, these days although the sizes of TV sets may be large, they come in very flat and thin shape making it much easier to decorate around them.

There are plenty of ways to style a media stand, however one of my favourite looks is a symmetrical art display around the TV and this is what I did a few days ago for a small living room project in a rental apartment.

The console holding the TV was a classic piece of furniture, and I wanted to create a decorating concept that would somehow relate to this piece of furniture.

However, I also wanted to maintain and apply the eclectic decorating style that I am inclined of. Having this in mind, I decided that I would create a modern wall art pieces, but I would hang them in an old fashioned way so they would,in a way, somehow relate to the classic style of the console.

To create this look I used inexpensive black frames,lined them with off white card stock paper:

inserted a 5 cm wide black self adhesive paper at the centre;

glued a dried spring of eucalyptus on top;

and assembled the frame;

At the back I stapled two pieces of ribbon at each end and tied a bow at the top, and after hanging the first one on the wall I thought they looked so fun and eclectic.

It was a super easy decorating project, but the impact it had on this rather small living room was huge. The room now looks grand and large and everybody just loves it.




Thank you for reading and for visiting this page.

Besa

Dinning Spot Transformation

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Apartment sizes have lately shrunk drastically, especially those located in big cities. Spare square footage has become a real luxury, so most people are left with an option of “living small”. Furnishing a tiny apartment is quite challenging, especially if you already own furniture which may or may not fit nicely in your new tiny space.

However, no matter of how challenging the furnishing of a small space may be, if you apply a good design, you ma create a feeling of “living big” even in a tiniest apartment space.

Lately, I was involved in an open plan living room project (in a tiny apartment), where I had to fit an existing dinning room table and chairs in a tiny kitchen space; and I also challenged myself to make this space look much bigger, elegant and stylish.

To achieve the bigger space effect I used stripes.

I had a small amount of black leftover paint from a previous project which was just enough to add a few horizontal stripes to the wall where I was planning to fit the dinning table.

Within few hours of light work this spot changed dramatically to this:


For the wall decor I created this three-dimensional wall art.

A simple project where I used existing frames and on top of the glass I glued a set of cutlery. For special effect and to add some colour, I used a red frame, backing of which was removed so the stripe on the wall would be visible.

I used a checked black and white table runner. Black stripes of the runner run opposite of the wall stripes so they create another depth. Adding some table decor made the dining spot look richer and more inviting.

With a few design tricks, within few hours this space looks bigger, prettier and more inviting, so the moral of this post is: You can “live big” in a small space if you apply a good design.




Not sure how to make your tiny space look bigger? Got a design dilemma and you need some help? Contact BESA GM Interiors Studio at besagmblog@gmail.com to arrange for a free 15 min design consultation.

Thank you for reading,

Besa

Boho Chic Picnic


It seems that this year we are going to have an extended summer. With temperatures hitting as high as 30 centigrade almost every day, it would not be a bad idea to plan a picnic. Who doesn’t love kicking back to eat delicious food in the sunshine with good company?

This is what we did on several occasions last year together with my mom, sister and my nephew. Since we really enjoy picnicking, I’d like to contribute some tips and tricks to help you host a perfect picnic .

Location
You can have a picnic pretty much anywhere, but your choice of setting is one of the most important considerations when planning your picnic.

Do you want to hike to a picturesque spot, connecting with nature ? If so, get your walking boots on and pack light, taking only the essentials in a rucksack; food, drink and a blanket to sit on!

Do you want to dine in a place with wooden picnic benches to avoid sitting on the ground? If so, you can take more with you as, most probably, there’ll be parking close by.

As far as location is concerned, you could even have a picnic in your own garden or backyard if you don’t have much time to spare. Prepare your picnic as you would if you were visiting a park! This is what we did in one of the occasions. We picnicked in one of the corners of my backyard, and we had so much fun!

Comfort is key
A picnic is the ultimate chill out so it’s important that comfort is one of your main considerations.
A picnic isn’t a picnic without a blanket, and it is advisable if it is waterproof. You can buy a cheap shower curtain at a dollar store and place it underneath the blanket to instantly waterproof it. Scatter the blanket with cushions from your sofa for an instant boho chic vibe.

For our picnic I used my oversized decorative sofa cushions and instead of a blanket I used my patio carpet which is for an outdoor use. The use of these cushions gave this picnic that boho chic vibe.

Food, Glorious Food
Food is a must for every picnic, so bring cold dishes that do not require reheating, sweets and do not forget fruits.

No picnic is complete without drinks. Opt for refreshing homemade drinks like lemonade or nonalcoholic cocktails containing mint and other refreshing herbs.

Styling
To enhance the enjoyment of your picnic experience, you may want to do a bit of styling of the picnic venue.

Inject lots of color into your picnic with plenty of hot pink, navy and other colors of your choice.

Keep the bugs away with giant citronella candles and set out your summer snacks on mix and match china plates.

Fill a vase with your favourite flowers and serve up a batch of your favourite drink in a cool carafe. Put a string of solar lights, just in case you will stay longer until it gets dark.

The fall is already here and there are only e few warm, sunny days left to enjoy this year; so, grab your picnic basket, a blanket, pack up your favourite snacks and fruit, some decorative accessories, find a nice, shady spot for your picnic and enjoy it. It is so much fun, as these photos can tell!


Thank you for reading,

Besa

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DIY Gold Wall Clock- How I Did It


I get many questions in relation to how I DIY-ed the gold oversized clock used as an accessory for my niece’s bedroom makeover project.

It was an easy DIY done supper fast and,since I found some pictures during the proccess, I am happy to share this project with all my readers.

I used a simple round clock diameter 60 cm, bought in a local supermarket. It was un ugly wall clock, but I already had a picture in my mind on how it will look after I put my hands on it.

Using a screwdriver I took it all apart for making it ready for spray painting.

I started by spray painting the clock frame .

Further, I replaced the clock face, that had roman numbers, with a stock paper spray painted in gold.

Instead of numbers I placed self adhesive black dots, which in fact are the floor protectors used for furniture legs.

Lastly I put back the clock arrows and screwed together other parts of the clock.

It was a super easy DIY project, but with a great impact in the whole design of the room.

Ore Muri – Si T’a Beni Vet

Si pergjigje e shume pyetjeve nga lexuesit lidhur me ate se si e bera oren e murit te perdorur si aksesor ne disajnin e dhomes per mbesen time, dhe pasi i gjeta disa foto nga ky proces, ndihem e gezuar qe me lexuesit e bllogut tim t’i ndaje detajet e ketije projekti.

Ishe nje projekt i lehte i stilit Beje Vet (BV).

E perdora nje ore muri me diameter 60 cm, te blere ne nje nga supermarketet lokale. Nje ore qe dukej mjaft joatraktive, por per te cilen une e kisha vizonin se si do te dukej pas intervenimit tim.

Me nje kaqavide e qmontova oren ne teresi per ta pergatitur per ngjyrosje.

Fillova me ngjyrosjen e pjeseve te jashtme te ores me spray ngjyre ari.

Fytyren e ores me numrat romak e zevendesova me nje cope letre hamer te ngjyrosur me spray ngjyre ari dhe ne vend te numrave vendosa rathe te zi gome, qe ne te vertete jane mbrojtes te dyshemes qe vendosen ne kembet e karrigave apo mobiljeve te ndryshme.

Se fundi i vendosa akrepat e ores dhe lidha me kaqavide pjeset tjera te ores, dhe kjo ishte e tera.

Ishte nje projekt shume i lehte i stilit BV dhe qe beri nje impakt te vecante ne dizajnin e dhomes.

Nese inspiroheni te beni dic te tille, deshiroi qe te me shkruani dhe te dergoni foto se si doli projekti juaj.

Ju faleminderit qe vizituat kete faqe!

Besa

Bar Stool Covers For Instant Temporary Transformation


Even though my kitchen leather barstools were in a perfect shape, I wanted to give them a new trendy look.

Being covered in leather, they are so easy to maintain; you just wipe them clean once in a while and they stay spotless.

While I love the easy maintenance side of leather I wasn’t loving their boring look so I had to do something which would make my stools supper cool without jeopardising the aspect of easy maintenance.

I came up with a solution; making separate slipcovers for my leather kitchen stools. I made separate slipcovers for the backs and the seats of the stools. I will be using slipcovers for the backs most of the times and, depending on the mood, i will be using those for the seats also.

The cool black and white brushstroke design fabric design was a perfect solution for achieving a supper cool look. The possibility to use slipcovers separately was also a good idea, and the fabric I chose very well combined with existing leather.

To make slipcovers I used pin fit method for each stool, and then I sew them together. They came perfect and really brought a new vibe to my kitchen.

My kitchen is spring ready! How about yours?

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Thank you for visiting this site,

Besa

Mbeshtjellset e perkohshme te karrigeve per nje ndryshim instant te pamjes se tyre

Edhepse karriget e shankut te kuzhines ishin ne gjendje perfekte, deshiroja qe atyre tu ipja nje pamje te re e qe eshte ne trend.

Karriget egzistuese te mbeshtjella me lekure jane shume lehte per mirembajtje, pasi qe pastrohen lehte dhe shpejte me nje lecke gjysem te lagur.

Megjithate, edhepse me pelqen menyra e lehte e pastrimit te materialit te lekures, nuk me pelqente pamja e merzitshme e tyre ashtu qe deshiroja te beja dicka me keto karriga, por duke mos e vene ne pyetje aspektin e lehte te mirembajtjes se tyre.

Si zgidhje erdha me iden e qepjes se mbeshtjellseve nga nje material me nje dizajn i cili eshte shume i popullarizuar koheve te fundit. I qepa mbeshtjellset e ndara per ulese dhe per mbeshtetese te karrigeve, dhe te cilat do t’e perdoren ndaras ose se bashku varesisht nga disponimi. Materiali i perdorur kombinohet shume bukur me lekuren egzistuese te karrigeve, andaj edhe perdorimi vetem i mbeshteteseve te qepura nga materiali e bene nje kombinim te bukur dhe praktik.

Mbeshtjellset e qepura dolen per bukuri, dhe sollen nje pamje te re dhe super moderne ne kuzhine.

Kjo kuzhine tani eshte gati per pranvere! A eshte edhe kuzhina e juaj gati per pranvere?

Per konsultimet lidhur me perditesimin e kuzhines tuaj apo te perditesimit instant te cfrardo hapsire te shtepise s’uaj na kontaktoni permes e mailit ne besagmblog@gmail.com ose permes mesazhit privat ne faqen tone ne Facebok BESA GM.

Ju faleminderit qe vizituat kete faqe,

Besa