Polka 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:
- Maxwell & Williams Art Deco Cup and Saucer
Country Road Edel King Quilt Cover from R 1,199.00. Cushion Covers sold separately.
- Woolworths Porcelain Mug Multi-Colour Spot from R 17.95
Polka Dot Gift Boxes available from Cardies in a variety of sizes and colours from R60.
- Country Road Alia Tablecloth R 299.00
Lately 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!
Considering 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.
What other items do you consider essential for a seriously stylish office?
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
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.
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.
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.