Home Inspiration

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We are counting the days until we can move into our first home! With little less than a week to wait, I decided to create a style board of everything we want to include in our home. This is also a great way to see whether things works together without having to actually make the splurge. It is going to take us a while to get everything we want for our home, but this will help keep us focused.

Our house has an openplan living area with just enough room for a small dining room and living room. We’re going to start off by painting the room a light grey (something like Dulux’s Grey Steel) and investing in a good couch from Sofaworx (also in grey).

We have kind off prioritised the remaining items and feel that a dining table would be next on our list. We can make do with the mix and match chairs we already own until we can finally replace them with comfortable upholstered chairs with an armrest (also from Sofaworx). These are comfortable enough to act as extra seating in the living room and will look great in the dining room as well.

Storage will also play an important part in our living room as we have a lot of books between the two of us and I love few things more than a good built-in bookcase. These ones from Ikea are also a great option. We haven’t yet decided what size we want, but the large one creates a nice impact.

We’d like to add some warmth and create a cozy atmosphere with aesthetically pleasing lighting and a nice rug that we won’t feel to fussy about (I am clumsy at the best of times, so spills are a given).

One of the last and possibly most expensive things we want is a framed coffee table with a marble of Ceasarstone top. As this is something that we will have to have custom made and not really a necessity this will have to wait a while.

Finally we will accessorize with colourful art, books and loads of candles for atmosphere. I can’t wait to share our little home with you and hope you will come along on what would be a very long journey to decorating our home.

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Christmas Decor Tips

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I was working until yesterday so getting into the Christmas spirit has been quite a challenge this year. I made a few lunch-hour dashes for gifts and put off deciding on my desert until today, which is very uncharacteristic. I have however put up a few things throughout the house to help remind me what time of the year it is as well as pumping the Christmas tunes (the Trans-Siberian Orchestra being my favourite!).

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Candles and pine cones are definitely the way to go if you want to feel festive without going all out. Collecting a few pine cones from a nearby tree is also something you can do with other family members.DSC_8528

For an easy festive table I decided to arrange a few smaller gifts, one for each, in the centre of the table and scatter a few pine cones and candles around it. That way you don’t even have to get up to open your first gift! Simple laurels were created with a small branch and thin ribbon (which I cut out of my clothes).

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Merry Christmas to all my readers! I hope you all get to spend some time with your loved ones and reflect upon the ultimate gift that we’ve all been given.

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Cosy Day Essentials

DSC_8784 It is a funny time of the year for me to be talking about feeling cosy as we are supposed to be in the middle of summer. But we’ve been experiencing some colder evenings these last few days which has had me reach for my favourite winter essentials. I can’t think of a better time to talk about essentials for staying cosy than during the festive season when you feel all fuzzy inside. Feeling cosy is a complete sensory indulgence for me. I like to start off with a scented candle. Right now I’ve got a Cinnamon and Jasmine duo doing the trick. On nights where I feel completely drained, as I have often felt these past few days, I prefer to just unplug completely and head to bed with a few good magazines or a classic novel. I can’t stress enough how important good quality sheets and bedding is. I prefer a sateen finish, especially on my pillows but I also know a good many people like the cool touch of percale. Once you’ve found what works for you, it is worth investing in it (I like these bedding sets from Parachute Home as they cater for all preferences). My ultimate indulgence however is a cosy quite like a grey knit – be it in blanket or jumper form. Make it a cable knit and I’m sold! This is where you want to pay attention to what your knit is made of as Merino is preferable for that snug feel that doesn’t scratch. Never settle for anything less than cotton! A little Christmas music always elevates my mood and songs about snow always fit the bill! I like to finish this off with a good cappuccino to send me into sensory heaven!

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Bedroom update

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I promised to keep you up to date with my bedroom developments so here goes.

My headboard got delivered this weekend and was promptly hung by my boyfriend (for which I am very thankfull). I don’t think I’d ever have the urge to drill a hole in a wall!
I managed to find these amazing pillows sooner than I had imagined I would. The monochrome ones are from Woolies and I was very lucky to find the gold one, which I have been eyeing for a while, on sale at Country Road.

Next up would be replacing my nightstand, which might take a while. I also have to figure out what I am going to do for lighting. The silver & off-white lamp is clearly out of place. Do you have any suggestions?

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Bedroom Makeover

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My bedroom makeover has been long overdue as you might have noticed when I posted my Confetti Wall Art DIY a while ago. I’ve always loved light white spaces and I continue to do so, but I want to add some much needed contrast and incorporate a few investment furniture pieces to ultimately create the bedroom of my dreams. Today I’m sharing my inspiration.

My room has amazing natural light and there are some things that will be staying. My white walls and sheer curtains do add to the overall lightness of my room and I don’t want to lose it.  I also think white bedding is the easiest as I’ve had problems with grey bedding fading in the sun, so my simple oxford flap duvet and pillow cases will remain the same. I’ve also got a cable knit throw in dark grey to balance the dark headboard.

f644b5de1a5e213b921bd39740fe3827The first order of business for me was ordering a custom deep button headboard in a dark grey linen. You won’t believe how difficult it was to choose a fabric as I struggled to find one with a neutral undertone. We ended up narrowing it down to three choices which we jokingly referred to as red, green and blue. In the end I went for the one with the nicest texture and the least noticeable undertone. I’m super excited about this! But obviously my room transformation doesn’t end there!

062ee061e03c74cc4b8df0de68e99fc2I want to add touches of gold and keep the little pink there currently is to add warmth and femininity to what can be perceived as very male colours. After the headboard my first order of business will be to narrow down a few pillow options. I either want a monochromatic or gold printed pillow, but nothing geometric. I’ve been eyeing a few Country Road options but will only know whether they suit my room once I’ve got the headboard. 60997aa7c53046d68333de69865fdf34 Other long-term changes include finding new bedside tables (which will undoubtedly be troublesome), smaller golden accessories and a dark lampshade for my existing base or two new ones.

These are some of my inspiration pics for what I want the end results to resemble. I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

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Home Office Tour and Organising Tips

Home Office Pink and Gold with Hello KittyToday I’m sharing with you the place I’ve spent the majority of my time over the past few years whilst I was still studying, my home office. Now I mainly use it for arts and crafts, general admin and for the home PC (which my boyfriend kindly donated after my laptop died) but I still do spend a fair amount of time here as it also doubles as a space where I often shoot blog photos and write all my articles (House & Leisure and blog related). Home Office DeskOur study is built into the attic so the exposed roof beams are a big feature in the room. This however allows for some unique shelving (not pictured, its quite messy) and the built in desk which is very practical. No other conventional desk would be able to offer me so much space.

Home OfficeI kept the colour scheme fairly neutral but added some pink and turquoise touches. The build in desk doesn’t have drawers so everything you’d traditionally store out of sight has to be on display so I try to be very careful about what I display. Oh and say hi to my Hello Kitty which I got several years ago in a McDonald’s Happy Meal! Still looking good (and storing my paper clips).

Home OfficeUnfortunately I don’t own a MAC PC (and I can’t see myself ever paying that much just for the looks) but I’ve made the best of what I’ve got. I like to keep things wireless if possible or if you have to deal with wires as I do, make sure they’re tucked away as much as possible. Most of my PC accessories are stored in the cupboard but I do keep a few things I use daily out.

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Finally, I am going to share my few very basic tips on organising your home office as it really is the key to making it work for you.

  • I like to make lists and keeping a cute notebook or diary on hand is essential for me. It not only makes me feel more organised but somehow also helps me to focus on what I’m doing or working on that moment. A printed daily planner can also help if you’ve got a hectic schedule. Try this (so very pretty with the polka dots) or this one as they’ve both got fairly large squares allocated to each day for writing.
  • My DIY pin board really serves as a cute inspiration board with favourite colours, runway looks and art on display. Having everything pinned to a board instead of pressed to the wall with presstick not only makes it look more organised but it’s also easier to replace and change things up. I highly recommend this if you need some creative inspiration.
  • Keeping things stored in a pretty container right where you need them is really essential to an organised space. I like to keep flash drives, memory cards and freshly charged batteries on hand when working on the PC. Nothing is more frustrating than having to search for them, especially when you’re in a rush.
  • I like to use both a pencil holder (for prettier supplies) and a pencil bag (for the unsightly ones) on my desktop. You can use either one or the other, witch ever works best for you, but make sure you always have all the essentials on hand (glue, scissors, rulers, black and blue pens, pencils, sharpeners and erasers). This pencil holder DIY is very cute, I might have to try it.
  • Keep magazines, books and binders stored horizontally for easy access. I’ve got mine sandwiched between the wall and a roof beam but you can also find cute magazine holders at shops like Typo to help with this. An In and Out tray may also be necessary depending on your workload. I just try to stay on top of my admin.
  • This isn’t technically an organisation tip, but spend a little time and money to make your office space, however small it might be, pretty. This will motivate you to keep it clean and organised at all times. If it weren’t for this, I’d probably have a whole week’s worth of coffee cups and water glasses gathered here.
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Trend: White & Gold

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White and gold is one of those trends that has been creeping up on us for quite a while now. Gold jewellery made its comeback a few seasons ago so its progression to home decor really shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Small touches of gold can make a room feel sophisticated yet completely modern. I love how white kind of tones down the gold which can seem ostentatious. I’ve incorporated the colour scheme in so many outfits, it was our Christmas table’s theme and it’s even my blogs wallpaper!

I think the trick is to find the right shade of gold, one that isn’t too yellow. A matte finish also helps prevent it looking too garish. Injecting the classic colour combination with some youth and fun in the form of polka dots is my favourite use of the trend.

Will you incorporate the colours into your home? Do you have any tips to share on making it look modern and sophisticated?

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Colour Inspiration: Gold & Grey

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There can be no better city to inspire your interior colours than Paris, the City of Love. With oppulent gold and contrasting grey weathered buildings around every corner, Paris serves as the inspiration for my favourite home decor colours of the moment. Gold is back in vogue and I’ve always favoured grey. I think the colours offset each other nicely as the grey really grounds the gold which can be too overwhelming on its own.

I think the key to introducing this colour combination in your home is to limit your gold to accessories and hardware and to pay careful attention to the shade of gold . Place the focus firmly where you want it by eliminating all other colours from the room and rather play with different textures in the same colour scheme.

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Trend Alert: Pantone Dazzling Blue

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The Pantone Colour Institute has just released their top ten colours for Spring 2014, with Dazzling Blue being the number one colour. It is best described as a bright, medium blue and matches Facebook’s trademark colour. With that being said, what simpler way could there possibly be to update your home than to incorporate this of-the-moment colour in your accessories.

2013-8-pantone12-thumbThe range also features some other muted brights and a few neutral shades, such as Sand and Paloma, with Pantone focusing on making the colours easy to incorporate into your life. My favourite colours are Cayenne, Violet Tulip and obviously Paloma. Which colour is your favourite?

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DIY Confetti Polka Dot Wall

100_5677You know I’ve been looking for the perfect DIY installment for the blank wall above my bed for a while now, as documented here. I finally decided on these polka dots as they inject just the right amount of colour and add a little balance. I love how whimsical it feels! Ideally I’d have a headboard like this and  room  for two new bedside tables, but this will do for now. Supplies:

  • Paper in different colours and textures (I used all my scraps from crafting)
  • A bowl or round object that can be used for tracing circles, roughly 10 cm in diameter
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Prestik

Process:

  1. Trace as many circles as you can on your paper and cut the circles. The exact number of circles needed depends on the size of your wall. I used about 22 circles.
  2. Start by sticking a circle roughly in the middle of the wall or the focused area of the wall.
  3. From there make a few clusters of 2 or 3 circles in different directions, mapping out the size of your installation if you aren’t doing an entire wall.
  4. Fill in large blank spots with single circles.
  5. Step back every now and again to assess whether any adjustments need to made.
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