Tuesday, 06 October 2020 11:33

Introducing Pattern Into Your Home

I always find that when the weather starts to go grey I just want to surround myself with at much pattern and colour, in order to brighten up my day and boost my spirits. So, if you are in need of some inspiration to give your space that extra oomph? I have got you covered. Read on to find out how to inject some fun into your interior spaces. 

Let’s Kick It Off 

Okay, what I have learned is keeping things simple is the best way, so start on the floor. Adding a statement rug of your choice, size, pattern, and color is the perfect way to add patterns into your room. Yes, this is hassle-free and the easiest way to add instant oomph to your living room or bedroom.

 Furniture Items

Go with rattan, a hot trend, to add interest to your space.

 

Or go for something that will really stand out and brighten your space like these really awesome pattern painted furniture pieces from Oliver Bonas. You can keep that summer feeling alive and feel like you are in a tropical jungle especially on those really yucky rainy days. 

Layers Always Work Well

Layer it up with smaller décor accessories like baskets or ceramics The possibilities are endless.

Another option is to choose something you love and double it up. Start with your bed and then move on to your sofa and smother it in color and pattern. I am just in love with this collection of patterns from George Home.

So, now that we know the how and even the where we have no excuse to not brighten and pattern-fill our interior spaces 

 

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Wednesday, 09 September 2020 09:36

Decorating Ideas For Autumn

Ahhh, autumn, there are so many things to love about this season, cozy knits pumpkin-flavored treats, candlelight nights, and dreamy textures to name just a few. So, yeah bring on autumn, and let’s go shopping for decor pieces to bring on the moody hues, cozy textures, and the most adorable accents to snuggle up to as the days grow shorter. Scroll on to see our top picks of what you will need to get those wheels turning!

Sleek Modern Autumn

With highlights of understated grey, pumpkin, ginger, and night sky blue with a subtle mix of earthy textures. You will be able to enjoy a clean and cozy oasis in your home all autumn long.
 
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Cozy Autumn Reading Nook

Create a warm and inviting reading nook, where you can enjoy a good book while soaking up the midday autumn sun. With the soft accent of the ochre-colored Lacey armchair the epitome of style and comfort. Paired with hints of color in the cushions and wall prints you will definitely love the warm yet minimalistic reading nook.
 
Autumnal Boho

The stunning velvet orange sofa takes center stage in the Boho Autumn space. With a collection of rich velvet pieces paired with the woven rug with its gold, oranges, and navy blues. Bringing it all together is the earthy textures in the basket and the lampshades and the quirky wall print give the space even more personality. A truly modern boho autumn vibe. The perfect living room for lazy Sunday relaxing.
 
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Monday, 13 July 2020 20:34

How To Create An Amazing Gallery Wall

Hanging a gallery of wall prints can be a balancing act. Just trying to find the right balance, spacing, proportions, color, and frames can be tricky. Because you want your prints not to just transform your space but you also want it to enhance the look and feel it gives to your space. So, before you start hanging here are a few tricks to help you along.

Never hang your prints too high on the wall. It is best to hang your prints at eye level. Because you want your guest to see and enjoy your beautiful gallery wall. Hang it to high and it will not catch their eye.

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Always keep in mind proportion and balance. When hanging prints above your sofa or bed leave enough space between the sofa/bed and the framed prints. But do not leave to much space as well.

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Your prints should not be wider than the sofa/bed because you do not want the prints to overwhelm the furniture instead of enhancing it.

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A good general rule for hanging your prints is that the bottom of your frame should hang 8 inches to 10 inches above the back of the sofa. But when hanging a grouping of frames you can play around with the measurements a little. Just make sure that you hang it low so that you can still have all your prints in eye view even when sitting down.

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Create balance by hanging your prints at least 2 to 3 cm the length of the sofa. If you want to create a bigger piece you can hang two prints together to create one bigger piece. When hanging a group of prints be sure to leave at least 2 inches to 5 inches between each frame to achieve even spacing. Be sure not to hang your frames too far apart as it will only look disjointed and as if you are trying to fill the wall, when what you want to achieve is a cohesive look, almost like each of the pieces are connected to one another.

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Friday, 12 June 2020 10:13

How to bring feminine accent into your home

All interior styles can be enjoyed by both sexes, although there are certain interior design and decor elements that can be traditionally feminine or masculine. But sometimes you may want to divide the sexes by creating a space that is just for the fairer sex.

So if you are that fair maiden, trying to figure out how to bring more feminine accents into your home without making it look all too girly? Then read on to find out just how to achieve that.

Creating a space that is feminine and inviting is all about balance and a combination of straight lines, curves and decorative flourishes. So, no hard lines and geometric shapes but rather softer round edges that are subtle and stylish.

But how do you achieve this?

Let Us Start With Colour

A feminine space is often associated with soft, muted colors like light pastels and creamy neutrals. But not all ladies are soft and muted, some like it bright and bold. So if pink is your choice for an accent color and you like it bold. A bright fuchsia would be perfect. This rich pink shade will make your space feel bright and uplifting in any season. If bold pink is not your thing then a vivid purple also works well in feminine spaces.

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Now for a softer and muted look colors like mint-green, blue, light gray, rosy pink, barely beige and soft yellow are perfect for a soft creamy and delicate feminine look and feel. You can break up all this lightness with a small burst of coral, fuschia, hot pink or even lipstick red.

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Then Add Your Patterns And Textures

Florals, botanicals and woven fabrics work well in feminine spaces as they bring a softness to the space. Small prints like polka dots also work well in feminine spaces.

When it comes to textures try and use a mix of textures because how you use them will determine the look and feel of the space. So, for instance you can combine hard with soft, shiny with matte, and smooth with coarse to create a more flawless look.

The combination of textures that you use will add depth to your space so do not be afraid to use different materials like cotton, silk, velvet, linen, chenille, and cashmere. And yes to ruffles as it is the ultimate feminine texture.

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Followed By Your Furniture And Decor Accessories

Decor accessories play a huge role in feminine interiors. When it comes to creating a feminine aesthetic, a lot can be done with crystal, gilt, mirror, and marble as it just adds a touch of feminine glamour. Try to incorporate warm metallics such as rose gold or copper to create a glamorous and warm space.

Furniture in a feminine space should include decorative feminine flourishes, like button tufting and carved details. You do not necessarily have to have this on every piece in your space as it might be too overwhelming

Do not overcrowd the space with furniture simply because they look great each piece needs to have a purpose.

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Feminine rooms tend to include more decorative pieces, not just for practical purposes but also for aesthetic reasons. A vase of fresh flowers on a dressing table or night stand, decorative throw pillows and wall art makes for great decorative accessories in a feminime space.

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Female -Friendly Wall Prints

The easiest way to add that feminine softness is with stylish girl-friendly wall art

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Accent Pillows

A combination of softer colors and prints will add a softer feel but still be bold and will serve as an interesting feature in your living room.

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Monday, 11 May 2020 11:03

Bring It All Together With Throw Pillows

There is nothing more inviting then sinking into a sofa full of plush throw pillows. And because your sofa can make just as much as a statement in your living room as an accent wall it is important that you pick the perfect throw pillows to complete your rooms look and feel. Read on to find out what our picks are for throw pillows that will not only add colour but make a statement on your sofa.

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Jazz up a plain sofa with statement pillows. Statement throw pillows will elevate your living room and will add extra comfort and style to your sofa. This can be throw pillows in bold colours or patterns depending on the look of your living room. So if colour is your first love then opt for bold colours and if your style is more pattern-driven then that is your starting point.

Try these throw pillow trends;

Abstract Energy, a fun and free-spirited interior style. The bold geometrics, hand-drawn playful blocks of colour is all about expressing personality. The bold patterns and striking colours will add a playful look and feel to your living room and will revitalise a plain sofa.

Patterned Pillows

Patterned throw pillows are like a, OH THAT IS NICE compliment you get it is a quieter compliment to the WOW THOSE SHOES ARE STUNNING. They make a statement but just not so loud.

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Try these throw pillow trends;

Soft Tropics

A subtle joyous celebration of nature. The botanical prints are both understated and bold. In colours that reminds us of sunny days and flowery garden.

Solid Pillows

Okay, so you are not that into patterns and texture and want something more simple but still unique to your living rooms personality Then solid coloured throw pillows will be your best option. Go for throw pillows that will enhance your colour scheme and that complement your interior style.

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Try these throw pillow trends;

Modern Fusion

It is simple, but with a stylish aesthetic in solid colours like mustard, leaf green, nude pink, and blue or for a more earthy feel invest in colours like terracotta and spiced red and for a more refined glamour look try dusky rose and pewter.
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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 15:17

Clean Lines

Clean lines, uncluttered, monochromatic and understated simplicity is how I would describe minimalism. A look, when achieved correctly, is simply beautiful. Achieving this look should be done with purpose because it is not an easy look to achieve. It is more than just choosing a few pieces of furniture and placing it in front of a white backdrop, which can leave a space feeling cold, sparse and unlived-in.
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What is Minimalism?

Is it just about keeping a space simple, uncluttered and monochromatic? Minimalism for me is about Form, Focus and Functionality.

To break it down; form is very important. Let's take for instance your dining room for the room to function well you need a  table and chairs. But to create a well designed minimal look these pieces need to speak to one another. Each piece needs to relate to the next piece through its design, line, and color. In other words, they must work well together in their basic shape.

In minimalist design, the focus should be on something other than space so this can be the furniture or even the art or decor pieces.

The pieces in the room should all be functional and add value to space. So, if you live outside of your home is very busy you want a space to come home to that is restful. Therefore every piece of furniture and decor’s function is going to be calming with simple compositions and nothing that is going to be too stimulating to the eye.

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How can you achieve this in your own home?

A limited palette, this does not necessarily have to be the classic black, white, and gray palette. The main thing is to keep the palette simple and to avoid brights or any complex color combinations. Neutrals work best paired with moody darks, whites, or mid-tone shades.

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The furniture that works best needs to have sleek and clean lines without any ornate details. The elegant straight lines combined with the open and spacious feel your space will feel calm and relaxed.

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Remember that everything needs to be functional and picked with purpose. And when picking your decor pieces the key is to control the elements you add to your space. Choose soft furnishings, decor accessories and wall prints that have a limited color palette and patterns.  Avoid large floral prints, small busy prints, extravagant, and complicated designs that call too much attention to themselves.

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The minimalist space works well with solid blocks of neutral colors to achieve a tranquil and relaxing feeling. When choosing wall prints or artwork hang. Pick them with purpose, so, select pieces that evoke a sense of tranquility. And fits in with the form and focus of the space.

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Give these pieces a try for a clean uncluttered, simplistic minimalist look.

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 13:34

A Wall Of A Statement

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Home is where we will be for the next while and if that is where we are going to be we might as well make the most of it. And with it being spring which is usually the season to spruce up our homes. There is no better time than now to inject happy and positive color and playful patterns into our homes. And not forgetting that we are on a bit of a tight budget we have a quick, affordable and easy way for you to brighten your living room and bedroom.

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Create An Accent Wall

We all know what it feels like when you feel boxed in and all you can see around you is four white walls. Aagh!! That alone will drive you bananas. So, the solution, create an accent wall. You can, of course, paint your accent wall but there are more fun and creative ways to make a statement. And here are two of my favorites that will create interest and add texture in your living room or bedroom.
 
Dress it with a piece of your favorite fabric. This works the same as hanging wallpaper and using fabric with a large floral pattern will add color and added texture to your room.

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You will need:

● Textile fabric
● Scissors
● Drop cloths
● Stepladder
● Laundry starch
● Paint roller with low-nap roller cover
● Paint tray
● Wallpaper smoothing tool
● Metal straightedge
● Sharp utility knife

Instructions:

Prepare the Fabric and the Walls. Opt for fabric with a large pattern like floral's and make sure that you have enough fabric to cover your chosen wall. Make sure the fabric is clean and dry. If you want to be sustainable have a look through your old flatbed sheets. 

Cut the lengths of fabric to fit the wall, allowing about 2 inches of extra fabric at the top and the bottom, and along wall edges. Wash the wall down and dry it before you begin, and remove everything from the wall.

Apply Starch - You can use starch to attach the fabric to the wall. This will not damage the wall or the fabric and will allow for easy removal Cover your wall to avoid too much mess.

Apply the starch to the wall using a paint roller as this is less messy and faster than using a brush or dipping the fabric into a container of starch. Make sure to cover all of the wall surfaces completely.

Hang the Fabric - This will take patience, but it is not difficult. Apply the fabric while the starch is still damp, beginning in one corner and moving across the wall. Get the kids to help to make sure that everything goes on straight. Have a helper stand back from the wall to ensure the pattern remains properly aligned and that they match at the edges. Use a wallpaper smoothing tool to flatten the fabric against the wall.

Now, roll more starch over the fabric and let it dry

Trim the Fabric - Trim off the excess when the starch and fabric are dry to the touch, use a straightedge and sharp utility knife. Just be careful with the sharp blade

After Care:

You can keep it looking fresh clean by simply cleaning it with a sponge and some dish-washing detergent. When it comes time to remove the fabric, use a wet sponge and soak the corners until they come away from the walls. The fabric should peel right off.
 
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Create A Washi Tape Pattern

This is a brilliant idea for small spaces with boring white walls. Follow the step by step instruction Emily’s Blog Everything Emily Blog, on how to use black washi tape to create a repeat pattern.

An oldie but always a goodie is a Gallery wall. Gather all the old frames that you have laying around the house and fill it with new wall art.


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Our home is the place where we feel most comfortable and relaxed. Additionally, it speaks volumes about our personality and interests, and even small details like home accessories can reveal to our guests who we truly are. Therefore, it’s extremely important that we invest in our house and thus present ourselves in the best light. And, in order to help you find some fashionable home accessories that will match your innovative mind, but also stand the test of time, we’ve prepared a list of our favourite ones. Let’s take a look.Mirrors

Although the primary purpose of mirrors has nothing to do with home decoration at first sight, when you consider all the effects mirrors can have on the interior, you’re most likely to change your mind. Not only will your rooms look more spacious thanks to them, but they will add a touch of elegance to the decoration as well. Additionally, you can go for some interesting fashionable mirror frames which will show what a true fashionista you are and that you’re always up to date with all the latest trends.
Photo Frames

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Photo frames are definitely a great choice if you want to turn your home into a nice and warm place. Thanks to them you’ll have a chance to display your unforgettable memories and have all the dearest people always in sight. Additionally, you can find so many different frame designs and chose those which will go well with the colour pattern of your interior. Furthermore, handmade photo frames have been a true craze over the last few seasons, and their uniqueness will add that final touch to your home. Finally, vintage photo frames are a great way to create a contrast and make a perfect balance between modern and rustic decor.

Potted Flowers

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Going green is absolutely a must this year, and aside from being considered extremely important for our environment, it has become a kind of fashion statement as well. Therefore, don’t even think about skipping potted flowers when decorating your home. They will purify the air making it much healthier, but also serve as great decor. For example, fashionable Wedgwood pots are uniquely designed and thus will catch the eye of all your guests. Finally, make sure to choose low-maintenance plants, since you don’t want to end up with all your flowers dead after a short vacation or a business trip.

Rugs

Another evergreen house accessory is a rug. Not only do they make your house more comfortable and allow you to walk barefoot without freezing your feet off, but it can serve as a great piece of decoration as well. We advise you to go for a vintage Moroccan rug which is characterised by a minimalistic design and interesting patterns that will be easily combined with the rest of your decor, making your house look polished and elegant. Finally, these rugs are incredibly soft, so you’ll have a chance to enjoy lying on them while reading your favourite book.
Wallpapers

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Finally, wallpapers are an accessory that has been popular for years and it will certainly stand the test of time. The great thing about them is that there is an abundance of choices that you can go for. You can literally find whichever colour and pattern you like and opt for those that most precisely depict your feelings and personality. Furthermore, instead of covering all the walls, you can always choose an accent one and get bold coloured wallpapers for it. You’ll be surprised to see how such a detail can do wonders and make an entire room look much more interesting and fashionable.

As you can see, decorating your home in such a way that it maintains a modern look for a long time is not that hard after all. You just need to opt for some evergreen accessories and work out the best way to incorporate them into the rest of your house design. Finally, don’t shy away from experimenting and also adding your personal touch since your home should represent who you are, instead of copying the personality of a famous designer.

Written by Will Sandford a Sydney based designer and blogger

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Monday, 08 May 2017 11:31

Stylish Storage

For lovers of interiors, and those who those who admire modern and minimal interior design - here is some inspiration! Lately, I have fallen in love with some unique interior storage designs, for these reasons:
- they create the minimalist design for the modern day home
- reduce clutter, create more space
- your guests will believe you're the tidiest person on the planet.

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I've had so much fun on Pinterest just getting some storage ideas. Here are some really handy tricks there if you're an interior designer; renovating your home; and/or crafting a new home!

Share your favourite interior storage tips with us!

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Monday, 18 April 2016 16:10

Sweet and Sizzling Summer Interiors

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I love décor and interior design and feel that every fashionista needs a beautiful space where she can be herself and express her sense of style. My favorite room to spruce up and make my own is my bedroom because it is the one place where we spend so much time. So why not make this our own fashionable haven. Fill it with the things you love and style it a decorative theme.

At the moment I am loving soft pops of color that inspires white floating fluffy clouds and whimsical day dreams.

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Sugary powdery pastels, from pale mint, rose pink and serenity blue are top of the interior color trends for SS16. Balance it out with creamy whites, soft grey and a sprinkle of rose gold.

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If the soft hues are to “girly” for you, go bolder and turn your room into a fiesta with contrasting flaming shades of reds and yellows with cooler tones of greys and blues.

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Use statement pieces, like duvets, throw pillows and rugs to create a welcoming ambience.

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If you are a décor styling newbie, the easiest way to start, is with throw pillows, but do not overdo it!! You should use just the right amount of pillows to make your bed look sumptuous and inviting, so the right number should be between 2 and 6 pillows depending on the size of your bed.

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Wall art is another great way to add personality to your room.
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