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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6 DIY Bedroom Wall Art Ideas

DIY Wallart ideasI recently moved a double bed into my room and ever since the blank wall above it has been bothering me. DIY seems to be the most cost effective option, so here are some of my favourite ideas.

1. Chevron Painted Canvas

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I’ve done this before for my boyfriend’s apartment and it really is super easy. The most time consuming part is drawing the pattern with pencil. Remember to start with the lightest colour and then be careful when painting with the darker colour.

2. Heart Bunting

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This couldn’t be simpler. I think this would be best to add a little interest if you already have height courtesy of a headboard or pillows. It adds a nice pop of colour and a little interest.

3. Hand Painted Wall

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This beautiful statement wall is Elsie’s from a Beautiful Mess. Follow her steps to create this here. Don’t do the entire wall, rather do a few lines centred above the bed.

4. Material Tassels

DIY Wallart ideas 4Create a few tassels from material rather than crinkle paper to create a more muted decoration for above the bed.

5. Paper Heart Wall Art

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This is great for children’s rooms as the children can make it on their own. Get the DIY guide here.

6. Art Wall

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This is the least affordable option but possibly the most impressive. Buy secondhand frames and spray them all in the same colour scheme. Get creative with your art as there are some amazing free printables on the web. Pretty cards and favourite quotes add a personal touch. Get the DIY guide here to see how to assemble it.

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Black and White For Your Home

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Monochrome is a major fashion trend at the moment, but have you considered bringing it into your home? It can easily be adjusted to suit any style whether modern or classic and instantly updates any room. The best way to incorporate the look is through accessories. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below. If however you’re feeling more daring, why not paint an accent wall black? Remember that you should never use stark white and pure black, rather go with the darkest navy or charcoal and go slightly off-white. Otherwise the look will be too stark.

  1. black and white 2Large milk jug, Country Road from R44,25 available here.
  2. Bistro Bowl in black and white, Country Road from R14,25 available here. {this is the online price, but I’ve got a feeling the price is incorrect}
  3. Flared black and white striped mug, Woolworths from R16,95 available here.
  4. 4-Pack napkin pack, Country Road from R149 available here.
  5. Jeremiah cushion, Country Road from R249 available here.
  6. Black and white striped throw, Country Road from R224 available here.
  7. Black photo frame, Mr Price Home from R179,99 available here.
  8. Black photo frame, Mr Price Home from R99,99 available here.
  9. Dottie cotton knit throw, Weylandts from R695 available here.

Happy decorating!

 

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5 Easy Ways To Update Your Home

Here are my five easy ways to update your home that won’t break the bank.

1. GRAPHIC PRINTS

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Include the latest trend in home decor in your home by adding a geographical printed carpet. It instantly updates any room. Alternatively you can incorporate the look with a few geographical cushions.

2. BOOKCASE ARRANGEMENTS

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This is probably the easiest way to update your home. Spend time arranging your bookcase by colour to create a striking image. If screwing with your Dewy system isn’t your thing, why not turn few books on their sides like the last picture.

3. ART WALL

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Create a focal wall to display your art. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Buy ready made frames and frame magazine cuttings, kid’s art and your favourite quotes. The more personal, the better.

4. LARGE METALLIC LAMPS

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If you can only buy one item, make sure that is a large scale metallic lamp. It adds the perfect glamorous touch and won’t go out of fashion any time soon.

5. FLOATING SHELVES

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Finally, installing a few floating shelves can become the perfect display area for smaller accessories. Liven up a dead corner or dead wall with this nifty space saving storage idea. It can help eliminate clutter and create a more streamlined look.

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Trend Alert: Polka Dots

2d364688245f6e91575300a8c769832ePolka dots have been back in fashion for a while now, but the trend is not only restricted to your closet. It is a great way to inject some fun into your home even if you stick to monochrome palate. A polka dot wall can create a great focal point and looks amazing- no matter the size or positioning of the dots. Smaller statements such as dinnerware and framed prints might be better if you are feeling less committed to the trend. I particularly love the framed polka dots and the bedspread. What is your favourite?

Here are a few ways to get the look:

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  1. Maxwell & Williams Art Deco Cup and Saucer
  2. Country Road Edel King Quilt Cover from R 1,199.00. Cushion Covers sold separately.
  3. Woolworths Porcelain Mug Multi-Colour Spot from R 17.95
  4. Polka Dot Gift Boxes available from Cardies in a variety of sizes and colours from R60.
  5. Country Road Alia Tablecloth R 299.00
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Home Coffee Stations

22025485647142535_mxW2jvwZ_cLately I’ve seen a lot of delightful coffee stations on Pinterest, so I guess it has become somewhat of a trend. We all know that espresso machines can be bulky, so this is the perfect solution for those of us with limited space and a love for coffee. Convert a standard bar stand or simple table into a home coffee station that is both functional and decorative and make the most of your space. I have tried this and it is simply a delight as everything that you need is exactly where you need it and it keeps your kitchen counters clutter free and clean. Just remember to place it near the fridge if you don’t want to drink black coffee!

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