To my husband’s dismay, our home is filled with items I found on the side of the road, second hand EBay and Gumtree bargains and some really awesome treasures from the local scrap yard. In my opinion, these cheap finds can easily be turned into some ravishing pieces, so read below if you would like to learn some secrets…
1. PLAY WITH COLOUR, ORNAMENTS, TEXTURES AND PATTERNS
Our entry way has been redecorated several times in the last few months – who doesn’t like the look of surprise on a guest’s face when they come for a visit! This pine hall table was a lucky Gumtree find. It only needed a coat of paint to earn it’s rightful place at the front door. I added a dash of colour, stuck some pictures on the wall with washi tape and added a few ornaments from a local home ware store. Cheap, cheerful and easy to change for when the next visitor comes! This green suitcase was bought at Doug up on Bourke for the photo shoot of our Sisterhood cushion collection. It has also created great visual impact at a recent Vanilla Slate market stall and makes it easy to cart our home ware around. The red timber crate is from a second hand store in Bowral and the soft animal throw from IKEA. Add one of my authentic patterned backgammon boards from Egypt, and a ceramic footstool and you have a super interesting display!
2. USE IT FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE THAN IT WAS INTENDED FOR(more…)
Even though magazines and decor books and blogs display perfect rooms, I am still a sucker for a well lived in old-fashioned leather couch. Those ones that are a bit torn on the edges and look like they need some well-deserved polish. The couch you think should be thrown out, but it is just soooo comfortable whenever you sink into it. Why do you keep it? I know why! So read on…
THINK OF ALL THE TIMES YOU SHARED WINE AND SECRETS WITH YOUR FRIENDS WHILE LYING ON THE COUCH.
There were also days when you felt a bit down and just sat there on the couch with your eyes closed, listening to music on full blast.
How many dreams and goals did you plan on that couch?
If I touch green or gold or silver tinsel… I literally get shivers down my spine! How can something plastic & unnatural be associated with Christmas? Maybe it’s just me, but I much more prefer real trees, pine cones & natural textures. Let me share six tips with you:
I love adding some Christmas spirit to my home every year. I just have a dislike in things tangled around my staircase or colourful decorations hanging everywhere and covering my coffee table, dining room table and windows. It then feels as if my house is in constant chaos and I can’t think straight! So today I want to share with you a few inspirational images how to decorate your house without bling.
We recently had our rather weathered, colonial front door replaced with a timber, more modern door. This decidedly “country” look buffet and hutch had been welcoming our guests at my door for the past couple of years.
The timber cabinet was a lucky Ebay find (like many of my furniture pieces), that fit exactly into the nook between the pillar and front door. I had painted it Antique white and lovingly tiled the top with tiles I had painstakingly decoupaged by hand. Unfortunately, it was time for the “country” feel to be replaced by something a little more sleek and modern to go with the new timber 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!
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.
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.
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…)
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:
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.
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.
A console table with a narrow surface or desk behind your sofa 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.
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.
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.
With the vast array of products on the market today, there is no excuse to be boring! Textured wallpaper or an eye catching wallpaper print will create immediate interest in your living room.
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.
Representing passion, fertility, anger, blood and energy, no other colour evokes as many emotions as red. Some people might be attracted to the energy of red, while others find red too alarming and intense. The Chinese consider red the colour of happiness and good luck, while North Americans associate red more with danger and emergency.
If you are passionate about red, you might tend to overdo it in your home. Red is such an energising colour, that the over use of it can easily become furious and intense. The idea, when using red, is to entice, intrigue and invite, not to feel as if you’ve been clubbed over the head with it! There are many shades of red, from faded rose to deep burgundy. With the right shade in the right place, red can be used almost anywhere.
Let’s take a look at a few examples of how red has been used in an appropriate way.
The position of a colour in a space has to be carefully considered, as it has a significant impact on the psychological effect of the colour. To give you an example, a burgundy rug on the floor will feel regal, solid and inviting, but the same colour on the ceiling, will look heavy, disturbing and intrusive.
Adding an area rug like a kilim or Oriental carpet, is a great way to bring in colour, regardless of décor. It lifts a monochromatic living space and picks up colour throughout with a few well placed accessories.
Adding a conversation starter, like a red sofa to your living room, might be the key to a companionable vibe when having a get together with friends. As it is also an excellent choice for hiding red wine stains, I can’t think of a better option for a living area.
To inject a burst of colour into your dining room, cherry red chairs might be the way to go. It is also the colour that stimulates appetite and blood flow (no appetite enhancer in my house needed, thank you very much). Just make sure that you don’t overdo it with an overabundance of other red accessories. Sometimes less is more…
To make a sitting area come alive, adding a deep crimson table or chair might be just the thing to finish it off.
Red has a fantastic way to neutralise cooler colours like greens and blues, lending a real sense of warmth to the room. It’s a great way to add life and energy to a lifeless and uninviting space. To introduce red into a room, do it by adding throw cushions, flowers and vases as accents. Red is extremely eye catching, so it anchors the observer’s attention to an area of the room or highlights a more stunning part of the room. It is believed that red backgrounds increase the attractiveness and desirability of someone standing in front of it. My friends are all extremely attractive, so I’ve left my walls white!
Before you try to go too bold, make sure your space can handle it. High ceilings, lots of natural light in combination with a few muted colours could help tone it down.
Don’t forget to send in a photo of your bold and beautiful red decor!
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.
Teenagers are individuals. So are their rooms. Make sure they have an input in colour choices and furniture.
VALUABLE TIPS FOR MOM AND DAD:
Choose the basic furniture in neutral colours (e.g. desk, bed)
Allow your teenager to dictate the colour theme for the rest of the room.
Let her decorate one wall totally on her own! Colour, wallpaper or artworks.
Stay away from “themes” like Beach etc.
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:
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…
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.