So your husband says there’s no way in hell he pays an electrician $300 to add light fittings next to your bed for your $50 K-mart pendant lights you just bought. Everyone wants it! A pendant light next to their bed, but you don’t have fittings in the ceiling… Now what?
Lucky for us the informal rope and cord lights are very contemporary and you can now plug them into the socket next to your bed. However, you still need to make it look like a pendant! Today we show you a few ways on how to present these lights. This is great for tenants too, as you can add quirkiness to a room without damaging the ceiling or paying an electrician.
1. USE A TIMBER BRACKET
They are cheap, and available from your local hardware store or places like IKEA. You can be fancy like in image one, and thread the rope through the bracket. Or, you can just be “arty” and drape the cord all over the bracket like in image two!
2. USE A LADDER
You can use any old furniture or crates and drape your rope light around it. An old vintage styled ladder can add lots of character to your room.
3. USE HOOKS IN THE CEILING
This method is my favourite as you can really get the feeling that the light is hanging from the ceiling. Make sure you choose a chord that is funky and suits your decor. Don’t try to make it look perfect, as the untidiness is part of the charm!
So I hope you feel inspired to grab these (mostly!) inexpensive cord lights and make them a feature of your room!
Tired of beach styled decor with old shells and broken surf boards? Learn how you can give your beach style a vintage twist this Summer. We all love the blue tones and soft palette of a nautical home, even if we’re not lucky enough to live at the beach. Today we will give you some inspiration on how to get the coastal style, but add your own Vintage style twist. You can also see it as having a vintage style, but adding a beach decor twist! So how do you combine these two styles successfully without having to replace half your furniture?
Beautiful vintage timber furniture will be a fantastic accent to the all neutral coastal style. The richness of the natural timber, combined with natural cane will complement your treasures from the sea. Make your vintage furniture the focal points of your room, and play around with coastal displays in neutral colours.
The white floor planks, white walls and neutral furniture creates a fabulous backdrop for your natural vintage treasures. Stay away from bright colours and see your home as a mini art gallery to display your treasures. Antique lanterns, old hats and bottles are all references to the sea.
Weathered furniture painted with chalk paint will give you that old coastal feeling. (We will soon blog about this new chalk paint phenomenon and how to do it!) Don’t be afraid to use soft blues as your accent colour. With the vintage style it is always nice to re-use furniture for a different purpose as initially intended. A chair becomes a bedside table and a ladder becomes a wardrobe. Don’t forget that you can make a beautiful head board from old marine timber!
A coastal home with a vintage feeling will always have beautiful old bottles that looks like they’ve washed out onto the beach. Fill them with succulents or candles.
The coastal style can be interpreted in so many different ways. Also read our other blogs about the Coastal Style:
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…)
Among some, the 70’s era is known as the decade that taste forgot. Self expression and individualism were hallmarks of the time and sometimes presented itself in the most hideous ways!
I was born in the early 70’s, so I was too young to go to a disco, wear flared pants or make use of some terrific slang. Of course, catching up wasn’t hard to do, as it’s the best and most fun era to dress up in ever!