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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The Office: Get the look for less

officeConsidering how much time you spend in your office, isn’t it necessary to decorate the room accordingly!? With a slew of beautiful offices to draw inspiration from, I’ve composed a ‘get the look’ guide on the basics you need to create a fully functional yet beautiful and inspiring room for you to work from. Splurge on investment pieces such as a multipurpose table and a ergonomic chair that you know will last long. Personalize the space by hanging inspirational messages and pictures and add colour to stimulate the senses.

chairsWhat other items do you consider essential for a seriously stylish office?

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Wall Art: How to add interest to a blank wall

Wall art is a great way of adding interest to a large area without adding clutter. Skip the framed artworks and gilded mirror and create a sleek look with a simple lick of paint.

Ivanka Trump’s apartment features a large mural of a tree, painted in a slightly darker shade creating the feeling of a shadow. For this look I would recommend hiring a professional as this can be tricky to create. Alternatively you can use wall art stickers to create a very similar look in a smaller space (a variety available at Builder’s Warehouse).

Stripes can be a great way to trick the eye if the area isn’t as large as you would like it to be. As everyone knows vertical stripes lengthen and horizontal stripes makes a room feel wider. Just be sure to remember that horizontal stripes can also make a room seem shorter and cramped.

With the right tools and a very patient painter, this look can easily be recreated. Take your time in doing the measurements and don’t be stingy with the tape and the rest should be plain sailing. Wallpaper is an expensive alternative, but it adds extra opulence and polish to a room (Hertex Fabrics and St Leger and Viney are stockists of great quality and variety of imported wallpapers).

Both images from Elle Decor Online

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How to accessorize your coffee table

What you decide to display on your coffee table is influenced by both your style and your lifestyle. Here I have narrowed down a few key looks.

1. Tray display

This works particularly well if you have a small display that needs to be moved to make some room. This also functions perfectly on upholstery as it provides some stability for your display.

2. Simplicity

For a clutter-free look only display a few of your favourite books or a small vase of fresh flowers. This leaves ample room for coffee or dessert to be served.

3. Collection

This look might be perfect for you if you want to add personality by displaying some sort of collection. A collection of books work well with a few candles or flowers and by adding a unique magnifying glass it is personalized.

Whatever you choose to display, make sure it suits both your style and lifestyle. Always remember that the display should accentuate the table and not diminish it’s purpose- for you to serve coffee.

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