Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Favourite Room for Today

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent half the weekend running around Sydney to various outings for my children. They have the best social life, oh to be a child again and have someone to chauffer me around!

I came across this beautiful bedroom in my inspiration folder tonight. The gorgeous teal wallpaper really called out to me. It is so deep and alluring. I love the Paisly throw on the bed and then the vintage looking rug helps to carry the colour down to the floor - though slighly less saturated. The symmetry is perfect too with the his and hers desks and chairs and those incredible screens.

I think its a fabulous bedroom!!

image via Elle Decor

Friday, 8 February 2013

Alex Papachristidis

Welcome to the weekend! I came across these incredible images of International Interior Designer Alex Papachristidis on The Lennoxx's Blog tonight. The colours are so rich and regal and that wallpaper is incredible. He is an amazing talent. Something to aspire to I think.

All images via Elle Decor

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Home Ideas Magazine - Vol 8 - No 4

Hi everyone, its been a very busy day at the Decoration and Design trade show. I came across lots of really lovely items for upcoming jobs. I'll have to share more of my favourites with you later. Another exciting thing for today is being published again In 'Australian Home Ideas' Magazine!!
This time they asked me to write an article on my tips for making your home personal to you. So I came up with my Top 10 Tips. You can see my section of the article below.
For those of you who cannot read it without a maganifying glass these are my tips below:
1. Books are a simple way to add personality to a room. Go through existing books and use them as part of the styling and decoration. Displaying them spine out and colour coded adds colour and interest to the room.
2. Incorporate souvenirs from travels to bring a story to the room but remember, less is more. Use a pile of books to set off one small item or a set of three small items.
3. Never underestimate the statement a lamp can make. Use quirky lamps with bases shaped like bunnies, birds, trees for example. They come in so many different styles that there is one for every room and every look.
4. Trinkets need to be displayed in a complementary way to show them off to thier best advantage. Use a pile of books with one, three or five trinkets sitting on top.
5. Add a rug for a punch of colour, to ground a room, and add texture and really make the space go from ordinary to fabulous. A graphic, geometric print rug really brings a wow factor to the room.
6. Although artwork is normally one of the last items to be put in place, it is one of the most important. For a casual feel, put together a composition of many different types of frames, add in a unique mirror and you have a look that is totally personal. For a more formal composition, hang perfectly ordered black and white prints in rows.
7. Cushions and soft furnishings say a lot about a person and directly reflect personality. Using fabrics sourced from world travels provides a global, eclectic look whereas using cushions with prints can add a vintage feel to the room. And the best thing is that they can be rotated or updated all the time for a change in look.
8. A tray is a simple tool that can make the oddest composition of trinkets look fabulous and a favourite among interior designers.
9. Use flowers! Not only is there a flower for every occassion but they bring life to a room whether it is modern, minimalistic, classic or retro.
10. Add in bookshelves or a wall of shelving to give you plenty of opportunity to add charecter. Even with all the designer furniture, rugs and cushions, without books, trinkest, vases and flowers a room will simply look like a nice room.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Light and Bright

I discovered this photographer Jeff Mcnamara on House of Turqouise's Blog tonight.

This photos really caught my eye, they are so light and bright and inviting. House of Turquoise's favourite is the first one of the beach. I have to agree. The stripes are stunning and it really just makes you want to be there. What a great shot!!

I'm off to Decoration and Design tomorrow at Darling Harbour - so looking forward to discovering some new suppliers and catching up with the wonderful ones I already know. It should be a good day!!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Home Office

Happy Monday everyone - although it's almost over. It has been a busy day here. My middle daughter Charli started school today. So it was a very exciting day for her - and me too. It has been quite a few weeks since I have not had any of the kids at home. So it was great to get back into the swing of things today and spend some time catching up with suppliers.

So the thought of working today - brings me tonights blog post pictures - The lovely Home Office. Here is some great inspiration for those of you wanting to create or re-decorate your office. Most of these are fairly simple. The recurring theme seems to be that "lived in look" again and lots of inspiration and photos posted around the office walls. Its a great way to keep those inspirational images and ideas nearby. Hope you like them. All images are via my pinterest page with original credit sources noted there.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Emerald Green

Happy Friday everyone, It's blowing a gale here in Sydney right now. Just as I'm about to head out and do the school pick up!!

Emerald Green is Pantone's Colour of the year for 2013. Hence today's post is a selection of different rooms all embracing Emerald Green. As you can see from these photos it looks fabulous with lots of black and white! It is such a rich colour, so tempering it down with some neutrals is pretty smart. That way the colour really pops and you have a very dynamic look.

all images and originating source credits are via my pinterest page

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