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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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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