Tag: Interior Design

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.

narrow_hall_table_for_prints

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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Poets Ode – Monochromatic Heaven in Hahndorf

Thankfully, our day does not start with another wine tasting like it has for the past few days.  Wine for breakfast could easily become a habit, so today we prefer to avoid it.  Our holiday in the Barossa has been a glorious fest thus far and the only hindrance (from our husbands’ point of view) could be the amount of time we spend photographing every wall, stone, log, rusted corrugated iron and other textured surfaces we can find.  Today we head in the direction of Adelaide Hills to visit the much talked about German settlement town of Hahndorf, just 30 minutes from the CBD.

Blackboard

Among the original and beautifully restored and maintained “Fachwerk” (medieval brace timber) buildings, we unexpectedly come across a store that stands out from the rest.  From the bustling main street, we enter its calm interior and it is immediately apparent that each item has been carefully selected and displayed in a way to delight all those who enter.

The owners of Poets Ode are husband and wife team, Alia and Scott, who are talented wedding photographers who travel all over Australia taking remarkably memorable photos of those special moments.

teatowel display

Poets ode shop

Their philosophy is to keep things simple and they always source ethically made goods locally or from abroad.  The cascading light from large windows and the backdrop of white walls create a perfect setting for natural, handcrafted and classically designed pieces.

Clothing

The muted tones of creams, greys and caramels lend a perfect serene calmness to the area and one tends to spend hours browsing through the unique wares. A monochromatic heaven! 

whitewashed drawer and linen

Alia tells us that her love for being surrounded by beautiful things, comes from her mother.  She regularly took Alia to antique markets and second hand stalls from a young age.  Even though she didn’t enjoy it at the time, she is now grateful developing such a keen eye during those annoying shopping expeditions!  (I think I’m going to make my kids grateful this weekend!)

book display

Duck egg basket

The highlight of Poets Ode is to experience all the different textures together. So well chosen, all with a neutral tone, create a shop filled with texture and makes you want to touch each and every item.

leather textures

Chunky knits and leather

church bench

Cup and saucer, rustic table

Part of the shop is a beautiful tea room where you can relax and daydream about all the lovely home ware you can’t resist buying.

row timber chairs

We just love the beautiful rustic timber chairs.  When asked about future plans for Poets Ode, we hear that live music, exhibitions, workshops and poetry (of course!) are on the cards soon.  Remember to visit their Facebook page or follow their Instagram feed to keep up to date with future events.

Poets ode shop counter

Thank you to Alia & Scott for inviting us into your monochromatic world of Poet’s Ode. Whenever you are in Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills, make sure to visit Poet’s Ode at 100 Main Street, Hahndorf.

*(All photos in this blog was taken by Vanilla Slate Designs)

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Coffee at The Grounds in Alexandria

A “destination café” is a café that has coffee, food and atmosphere so wonderful, that you would be willing to travel great distances to experience its uniqueness.  Although we came across The Grounds per chance and without well thought out travel plans, we would certainly take this journey across town again, without a second thought.

Coffee at the Grounds

As we take a seat inside, mouths agape at the rustic chic décor and absorbing the cosy ambience created by soft lighting, we order a cappucino.  Lyndie decides that hers lack chocolate sprinkles and generously pours some over her coffee from the container on the table.  After a greedy gulp, she realizes that the newly acquired peppery taste, is not due to the ground organic coffee beans!  Luckily, the dumbfounded waiter replaces it with a smile, head shaking as if not believing in such stupidity!

Hanging plant and yellow tollix chairs

As described in our previous blog, The Grounds of Alexandria is situated among factory outlets and showrooms, so it was an unexpected delight coming across this oasis of kitchen gardens, chicken pen and a sprawl of casual seating.

Outdoor seating, industrial

The Grounds café, is a former warehouse and 1900s pie factory that was turned into a restaurant with artisan bakery and coffee roasting facility.  The renovated space opens onto an urban kitchen garden, with a fit-out that creates a rustic, inviting atmosphere with contemporary highlights.

black board and timber table2

The designer, Caroline Choker, embraced the former rustic, industrial interior and combined it with eye catching polished tiles in interesting patterns, steel frames and timber cabinetry to create this unique atmosphere. The starting point for their design concept was a seed to cup approach and it combines well with the holistic dining and coffee experience.

The Grounds interior shelving

The Grounds Coffee poster

The site also hosts a coffee research and testing facility.  The Grounds offers wholesome, rustic food where fresh herbs are picked from the garden every morning.  A full-time horticulturalist grows seasonal produce for the menu.

Fresh bread display

Caroline’s brother, Ramzey Choker, and his longstanding business partner, coffee roaster Jack Hanna, own the café.  Caroline also designs and manages bespoke events there.

Brick hallway with lighting

If you would like to have a unique outing, visit The Grounds at Building 7, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria.  Phone 02-96992225 to make a booking, especially for large groups or over the busy weekend period.

 

Cheerio ’til next time!

 

Lyndie and Eriana

Images found on petitepassport; nicoalaryjr on Flickr.com; and Pinterest by arlaaston.com

 

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