Category: Decorating Tips

Ideas to create a bedside table from these 8 everyday items

We take a few things in consideration before purchasing a bedside table.  It has to be the correct height next to your bed, have enough storage space, be big enough to place a few items on, etc.  Have you ever considered using an item in your home; that has been utilised as something entirely different, as a bedside table?  Have a look at the examples below to get the imagination going.

concrete blocks bedside table

These stacked concrete blocks become a funky bedside table in the blink of an eye.  Just add some greenery and a few books for a touch of homeliness.

swing bedside table

A rustic piece of timber can quickly be transformed into a swing for an eye catching bedside table.  Just be careful with those steaming cups of tea! (more…)

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Don’t be a bore – Paint your Door!

When we think about a painted door, the front door is usually the most obvious one that comes to mind.  A painted front door is a great way to make a statement and creating a welcoming feel when guests arrive.  Painting our internal doors, is a different story altogether, as not many of us would even consider it.   I recently came across a few fabulously funky doors, so have a look at the possibilities!

diagonally yellow painted internal door

This diagonally painted yellow door creates a fresh look to this home office.  To create your own, follow these step by step instructions found on abeautifulmess.

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Chalk Boards – Too Cool for School

Chalk board has come such a long way since I was at school.  I vividly remember the screeching sound of chalk against the framed green board on the classroom wall.  Although I am sure it was never intended to be a feature but rather an educational tool, the use of chalkboard paint has certainly found its way into our homes and has turned into a decorating phenomena.

Chalk board decorating

BLACK BOARD 2

Whether used in the office for jotting down notes; or a feature wall in the kitchen to help with planning for next week’s menu, the versatility is without bounds! (more…)

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Conversation Pits

I recall how, in the early 80’s, the conversation pit at my friend’s home became my greatest envy.  The two of us passed endless hours creating magnificent attire for a vast array of Barbie Dolls, marching blue-eyed and perfectly manicured along their imaginary runway.

As technology slowly takes over our home life, the art of conversation is slipping out the door.  Competing with IPhones, IPods and other electronic devices, has become a form of art in itself!  I am slowly becoming an expert at talking to myself, facial expressions included, I have been told.  So, in order to educate those around you in the art of conversation, why not create a comfortable abode to liven up those tongues?

I wouldn’t mind the last one, how about you?

conversation pits

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How to utilise and decorate the area behind your couch

We all have odd spaces that are hard to decorate around the house.  Some of us give up hope and start looking out for another house to buy, while others just let it be and learn to live with it.  For me, it’s the wasted space behind the couch in our odd shaped tv room that I find difficult to live with.  After removing used teaspoons, sweet wrappers, chewed up dog toys, and (believe it or not), an empty dish from behind the couch, the decorating  process  could begin.  The rest went pretty smoothly, as I discovered the console table to be the most versatile piece of furniture you could ever buy!  It’s the perfect height behind the sofa, especially for placing down a glass of wine at the end of the day.  Here are a few options I found to be very effective:

books and plant behind couch

The space behind your couch can easily be used for storage.  If you are an avid reader like me and like to have a book ready when in relaxed mode, this option will really tickle your fancy.

large_lamps_and_ornaments

A beautiful table lamp on a console table behind the couch is always eye catching and create a warm glow in your home when the sun sets.  It is also practical for those who enjoy reading, playing board games, or continue working.  For a more formal look, place a lamp on either end of the console, or have one large lamp to make a bold statement.  A small vase of fresh flowers or a stack of books will always make a space feel more inviting.

narrow hall table

A console table with a narrow surface will take up very little space, but it could create an extra workstation to place your laptop, an extra seat for having dinner, or an area to put a few plants and ornaments to pretty the place up.

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If you are very short on space, a wall mounted shelf can create a dramatic backdrop behind your sofa.  An elegant arrangement of black and white photos will create a unified look and immediately draw the eye to the back wall.  Remember to style your couch with an array of cushions and add a few items of interest to your coffee table to complete the picture.

yellow couch art wall

Gallery walls are perfect for creating a focal point and incorporating creative ideas in any room.  Play around with items found at flea markets or garage sales to create an instant talking point when guests arrive.  For extra depth, use a mixture of textures and materials, but try to stick to a theme.

brick wall and station tiles

With the vast array of products on the market today, there is no excuse to be boring!  Look at how this mixture of textures behind the couch create warmth and add interest to this industrial style room.  Old suitcases used as side and coffee tables give it a homely, more vintage feel.

book_shelf

This bookshelf behind the sofa will solve every storage headache you’ve ever had!  A few well placed picture frames and ornaments add some extra character to this space.

 

Cheerio ’til next time!

 

Lyndie

Images in this post found on etsy, sadieandstella, fieldstonehilldesign, theorangedeer, designinspiration, absolutelybeautifulthings and kjerstislykke.

 

 

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Tips on how to style a teenage girl’s room

My daughter turned 13 on Friday the 13th. So now she is officially a teenager, and I feel officially old…

As they become older these once cute little girls, transform into adults overnight. Their friends and social networking become important and they spend more and more time in their room with their friends. Their rooms become their haven. That is why it is so important to make sure they help you to create a room that is special to them. Their tastes change just as quickly as their moods. Choose the basics right, and they will always be able to change and add the latest trends. Give them the opportunity to create a room THEY like, and not one you want. Soon they will be out of your home, and you will miss them heaps when you change their haven into another boring spare bedroom.

teenage girl room

Teenagers are individuals. So are their rooms. Make sure they have an input in colour choices and furniture.

VALUABLE TIPS FOR MOM AND DAD:

  1. Choose the basic furniture in neutral colours (e.g. desk, bed)
  2. Allow your teenager to dictate the colour theme for the rest of the room.
  3. Let her decorate one wall totally on her own! Colour, wallpaper or artworks.
  4. Stay away from “themes” like Beach etc.
  5. Make sure she has a desk (even though she says she works on her laptop on her bed)

Here are a few images and ideas for your teenage girl’s room:

teenage girl room tips

A desk area is very important. She will have homework & hair to prepare. Probably more hours on the hair and make-up and taking selfies than on homework…

children room blue wall

Give her one wall to do what SHE wants. An interesting removable wallpaper maybe? If you are worried how the wall will look, make sure it is the wall behind the door… so no-one will see it unless they are IN the room! Give her the opportunity to choose the colour tone for the room. In this image above, all the furniture is neutral, but one wall is painted a soft egg duck. Paint is cheap, and she could easily change it after a while. (Make sure you teach her how to paint herself!)

interesting floor

Don’t be afraid to experiment to paint interesting shapes on the walls or floors or textiles. Look how well these squares, triangles and dots all work together.

teenager daughter room photos

Girls love photos! Instagram & selfies & all other forms of social media is part of their life. All teenagers want to feel they belong somewhere. My daughter’s room is filled with frames of photos of her and our family and her friends. Use this opportunity to also add some inspirational quotes to her room, because teenagers hardly want to listen to their parents, but maybe some of the quotes will stick with her for life.

pastel teenager room

If you choose your furniture well, she can chop and change the cushions and accessories regularly and on a low budget.

You will be surprised what a good sense of style your teenage daughter has. If she is unsure on how to start to decorate her room, here is a good tip:

* Let her choose her favourite outfit. Use that outfit’s colour or style to be the direction for her new room. Fashion & Decor are best friends!

I hope you feel inspired to help your daughter create a haven where she can feel herself. A place where she can feel: This is mine, this is home, this is where I want to spend time.

Good luck with the moods, colours, love & excitement a teenaged daughter brings to your life!

Until next time,

eriana bredenhann interior designers hills district sydney

Images in this BLOG:

1=  Unknown  , 2=unknown , 3=  http://www.alittlecraftinyourday.com, 4= http://decor8blog.com/2014/04/05/top-14-favorite-floors/  5= http://www.vtwonen.nl/  , 6= http://www.decopeques.com

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How to choose a feature wall

As the name suggests, a feature wall highlights a room’s features, add personality and can start a conversation by just being there. In my house, I use wine as a conversation starter, but this could become expensive in the long run…

Large format graphics have been around for a number of years and can transform walls into breathtaking works of art.  A feature wall need not be an expensive exercise, as timber, a cluster of photos or paint will have an equally ravishing effect if used correctly.  Although it seems like an easy thing to just slap on a bit of paint or wallpaper, we still have to take a few things into consideration before we get too carried away.

1.  CONSIDER THE SIZE OF YOUR ROOM

* Feature walls work best in large, open plan areas.  Rooms that are too small can easily become visually cluttered and feel quite claustrophobic, especially if you choose a very dark colour or busy pattern.

* It’s best to highlight a wall without any windows or doors.  The impact will be greater if a large, uninterrupted area is used.

Large_flower

(Image by decorology)

2.  CHOOSE THE RIGHT WALL

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How to decorate the “Flea market Style”

I cannot pass a flea market without getting a little flutter in my belly, usually accompanied by a high pitched scream at my husband to immediately stop the car.  I love the excitement of finding that perfect item at a bargain price, even amidst protestation from the driver’s seat.

flea market style

To me, a flea market is not only a place to find a bargain, but also a treasure trove of items with great potential.

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How to dress your bed like a designer

For most of us, making our bed is an early morning rush job between cleaning our teeth and getting the kids to school.  Sometimes, we completely miss the point of having a bedroom as a quiet and peaceful space.  Luckily, this can be fixed with the right styling, the right ingredients and just a few extra minutes of your time.  Start off by purchasing beautiful textures of the best quality linen, wool and cotton in a neutral palette and layer these to create a restful retreat.  Follow these simple tips to get it just right:

how to dress your bed like a designer

1. EUROPEAN CUSHIONS

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How to display succulents in your home

If you are like my friend, and you don’t have the ability to keep a house plant alive, then you should try your hand at succulents.

Succulents only need water when you remember to give it to them! With their unusual shapes and sturdy leaves, they can become affordable pieces of art in your home. Nowadays there are very funky pots on the market, or you can even paint one yourself. (Click HERE to view a link to “40 different ways to paint your terracotta pots”.)

pop and scott potplants

To buy funky pot planters, visit popandscott.com for the real designer look, or visit the online Etsy shops ShadeonShape or Kolbiewood. They are my favourites, and also make lovely gifts.

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