EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Pnina Tornai, The Fairy Godmother of Bridal

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Pnina Tornai is one of the most desired bridal designers from women all over the world. In her new collection entitled "Fragile", she proves once again why she is loved by brides. Many women dream of becoming a beautiful bride on there wedding day, and thanks to Pnina, putting her magic and love into each dress, the life of a bride turns into a real-life fairy tale. 

Pnina is a designer who truly cares for her brides, making sure the gown is perfect from head to toe. This is why we call her "The Fairy Godmother of Bridal".

In the midst of an always busy schedule, Pnina took time to answer questions our most pressing questions, about her background and why she wanted to become a designer.

Her Royal Style: What was your first inspiration to be a designer?
Pnina Tornai: Growing up, I actually never thought of becoming a designer. I always wanted to be an actress! I did steal my mother’s tablecloths and make dresses at a young age, but I never considered it as a career. During a very difficult time in my life, I had a dream where I was laying in my backyard and wedding gowns began falling from the sky. I could see the details of each one so vividly, from the laces to the embellishments. When I woke up, I knew that this was a sign from God that designing bridal gowns was my calling.

Do you still remember the first dress you created?

The first dress I ever created was my wedding dress. I got married in Paris and the dress was designed by me and made by the creative team of Habima, the national Israeli theater.

How many years have you been a designer? 
I’ve been designing for over 25 years.

Before you were a designer, were you thinking about having another job?
I always dreamed of becoming an actress and am still an actress today. I’m so fortunate that I have been able to continue doing all of the things that I love. I get the best of both worlds.

Which country do you most want to do one of your shows?
I would love to have a trunk show in Brazil! I receive so much love from my Brazilian fans every day on my Instagram and I would love to meet them all.

What do your family think of being loved and admired by thousands of people? 
They are so supportive, but I think most important roles I play are sister, wife, aunt, and grandmother. At the end of the day, I’m still me. Despite the highs and the lows, family is always there.

About the love of fans, what would you say if you could talk to everyone today?
I would want to thank them all for their constant support! I love reading their kind messages, hearing their stories, and seeing the photos of my brides at their weddings.

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How To Make Everyday Feel Like Your Birthday!

Growing up I've always thought that birthdays are worth celebrating because of the blessing that it is to be alive yet another year.

I'm pretty sure I'm not speaking for myself when I say that birthday festivities leave you feeling special, and on top of the world. But what about the other days of the year (not including holidays)? Are those not worth celebrating too? Every day that God gives us here on earth is a beautiful gift. So we really should start treating it like that!

To kick-start, your new #BirthdayEveryday challenge here are some real tips on how to make each day feel like it's your birthday.

1. Know that life is a gift and appreciate it.
2. Talk to God every day, and think Big.
3. Give yourself a treat just because...
4. Set aside some free time to do the things you love.
5. Spend time with people who make you happy to be alive.
6. Nourish and pamper your body inside and out.
7. Invest in your future.
8. Get yourself some cake or cupcakes!
10. Welcome each moment with thankfulness.

Whether it's your own birthday or somebody you love, the celebration of life doesn't have to stop. We can take some of the magical moments from what makes birthday celebrations special and apply it to each day of the year.


14 Best-Selling Books Becoming Movies in 2018 (Our Top Picks)

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If you’re an avid reader and love book-to-movie adaptations of your favorite stories, then 2018 releases won’t disappoint! I don’t know about you, but this kind of news is encouraging and really makes me want to catch up on my reading so I can do the normal comparisons and see the book come to life. 

The highly anticipated films include Where’d You Go, Bernadette, A Wrinkle in Time, and of course, the last movie of the trilogy by E. L. James, Fifty Shades Freed! 

If you’re like me and love watching films that are based on books (the kind that keeps your attention), then you’ll be interested in today’s list of books becoming movies in 2018. Don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to read them all before they come out! But I would start now if I were you.

1. Fifty Shades Freed (by E. L. James)

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The plot: Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Who’s starring in it: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson fill the shoes of Christian and Ana again, while newcomers like Arielle Kebbel will join the last movie of the Fifty Shades trilogy. 

Watch the trailer here
Release date: February 9, 2018

2. The Leisure Seeker (by Michael Zadoorian)

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The plot: A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

Who’s starring in it: Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, for the first time acting together since the 1990 film Bethune: The Making of a Hero.

Watch the trailer here.
Release date: January 19, 2018

3. A Wrinkle In Time (by Madeleine L’ Engle)

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The plot: Following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg’s father’s disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings — Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which — to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil.

Who’s starring in it: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.

Watch the trailer here.
Release date: March 9, 2018

4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (by Maria Semple)

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The plot: After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.

Who’s starring in it: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario, and James Urbaniak.

A movie trailer was not released at the time of this post.
Release date: May 11, 2018

5. Peter Rabbit (by Beatrix Potter)

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The plot: The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published by Frederick Warne in 1902 and endures as Beatrix Potter’s most popular and well-loved tale. The feature adaptation follows the story of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.

Who’s starring in it: voice roles played by James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Sia, and live action roles played by Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Sam Neill.

Watch the trailer here.
Release date: February 9, 2018

6. Annihilation (by Jeff VanderMeer)

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The plot: A biologist and her teams signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
Who’s starring in it: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac.
P.S. Author Jeff Vandermeer teased that the movie has a “mind-blowing” ending.
Watch the trailer here.
Release date: February 23, 2018

7. Red Sparrow (by Jason Matthews)

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The plot: Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to “Sparrow School,” a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

Who’s starring in it: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons.

Watch the trailer here.
Release date: March 2, 2018

8. Crazy Rich Asians (by Kevin Kwan)

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The plot: An American-born Chinese economics professor, Rachel Chu, accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding only to get thrust into the lives of Asia’s rich and famous. She discovers that her boyfriend comes from a ridiculously wealthy family with a dark past and that every woman wants him.

Who’s starring in it: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, and Sonoya Mizuno.

A movie trailer was not released at the time of this post.
Release date: August 17, 2018

9. The House With a Clock in Its Walls (by John Bellairs)

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The plot: A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

Who’s starring in it: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Kyle McLachlan, Owen Vaccaro, and Colleen Camp.

A movie trailer was not released at the time of this post.
Release date: September 21, 2018

10. The Girl In The Spider’s Web (by David Lagercrantz)

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The plot: Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals, and corrupt government officials.

Who’s starring in it: Claire Foy and Sverrir Gudnason.

A movie trailer was not released at the time of this post.
Release date: October 19, 2018

11. Bel Canto (by Ann Patchett)

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The plot: A world-renown opera singer becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she’s invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America.

Who’s starring in it: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, and Demian Bechir.

A movie trailer was not released at the time of this post.
Release date: 2018, no official date at the time of this post.

12. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows)

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Movie Name: Guernsey
The plot: A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Who’s starring in it: Michiel Huisman, Lily James, and Glen Powel.

A movie trailer was not released at the time of this post.
Release date: 2018, no official date at the time of this post.
13. The Little Stranger (by Sarah Waters)
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The plot: In this ominous haunted house tale, a doctor visits a patient at Hundreds Hall, a place where the way of life is dying — but something wicked also lurks.
Who’s starring in it: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling.
A movie trailer was not released at the time of this post.
Release date: August 31, 2018
14. Ophelia (by Lisa Klein)
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The plot: A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia’s perspective.
Who’s starring in it: Daisy Ridley as Ophelia, with Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Tom Felton, Dominic Mafham and George MacKay.
A movie trailer was not released at the time of this post.
Release date: 2018, no official date at the time of this post.

A Touch of Lavender: Dining Room Design by Ashley Whittaker

Imagine one room in a house so beautiful, it needs its own feature. That's the case for this dining room design by interior designer Ashley Whittaker.

This masterpiece features scenic wallpaper, de Gournay's Jardinieres Citrus Trees, handed Whittaker a "launching palette". For the azure of Hines & Company's Moccasin upholstery on J. Alexander chairs and the lavender of curtains in a Manuel Canovas fabric. Canary Grande pendants are by Chameleon Fine Lighting and the Patricia lamps, by Christopher Spitzmiller. The Stratum rug is from Merida.

When you proposed lavender curtains, did the client gasp?

I look at a scenic paper and ask myself, What is the weird color in here? Then I pull out some unexpected nuance that keeps things from getting staid or static. In this case, it was that lavender, which we also used on the gimp under the nailheads trimming the blue chair seats. This might not have been our client's first choice of color for the curtains, but she got excited when she saw the fabric. We realized we could try things that might intimidate some people, like the big Indian-print paper in the upstairs hallway or the sparkly silk wall covering in the master bath. That's the client's J.Lo moment, and it didn't scare her one bit.

This story featuring Ashley Whittaker originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of House Beautiful.

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