Monthly Archives: January 2013

My obsession with Black Bathrooms

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For some reason, I’m having a bit of a dark moment. Every where I go, I’m drawn to dark moody colours. Dark hues of blue, grey and black.

I’m not quite sure why, but for some reason I’ve been having a slight obsession with black in bathrooms. I’ve been pinteresting ever so much lately and every second image I’m pinning seems to be a bathroom with black in it.

It could also be because I weep with sadness whenever I walk into my own bathroom, as it cries out to me for an update and change from the creamy yellow rubber walls (I kid you not) that the previous owners inflicted on it. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to make the changes needed but I thought it be fun to show some examples of how black can be used in the bathroom. So here goes…

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So what do you think? Would you dare to go Black in your bathroom? If so, how far would you go? I’d love to know. Have a lovely Thursday. I’m very excited as tomorrow evening, I’ll be on a plane and off to Stockholm to meet some lovely design and lifestyle bloggers at Meet the Blogger Stockholm. However, I promise I won’t leave before I post an installment of “Friday’s 5 thing’s I’ve learnt” for you all to enjoy over the weekend. Till then, xD

Image Source: Image 1 – Unknown, Image 2 – DesignSponge, Image 3 – LivingEtc, Image 4 – Marie Clare Maison, Image 5 – Melanie Acevedo, Image 6 – Joseph Dirand, Image 7 – Homecraft.us

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A room with a view…

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Good Morning. How is your week going? It’s Wednesday and it’s always at this point of the week that I need a little inspiration. Today I’m after a bit of sunshine since we’ve been experiencing some rain of late. So off to the Mediterranean we go, specifically Ibiza, Spain. I’ve never been to Ibiza, however I’ve always wanted to visit. Not the trendy clubs that cater for stag and hens do’s mind you, but for the beautiful beaches and sunny countryside. This image is what I’m after, lazing around in bed with the light breeze blowing into the room after a day of sun, food and relaxation. Have you been to Ibiza? Was it to party and dance? or relax and sun? Have a lovely Wednesday. Till tomorrow. xD

Image Source: Bonderco.com


Interior Styles: Chinese

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Hello there and good evening! How was your weekend? I hope it was whatever the promise of Friday gave and more. My weekend was jam packed full of learning as I attended a 2 day workshop called Starting out as a Freelance Writer that was taught by Joanna Moorhead. It was an amazing course and ever so inspiring. I will post about it in more detail over the next week or so. As a result, my brain was in need of some light relief, so instead of blogging which I usually do on a Sunday night, I was mind blanked on the sofa watching George Clarks Amazing Spaces on Channel 4.

So, I sincerely apologise for the extremely delayed post today and hope that with the latest Interior Styles it was worth the wait.

Chinese New Year is just around the corner being February 10 and is the celebration of the Chinese Lunar Year.  So I thought that I’d talk about this style today.

The Chinese style is a representation of an aesthetic that is associated with the Far East. In particular, China and Japan. But before I start, it would be negligent of me not to talk about the concept of Feng Shui which is a philosophy that the Chinese strongly believe in. It is an ancient art that considers the placement of objects within the home as a way to increase energy or chi to enhance prosperity, health and even creativity. The Chinese have a strong belief that in order to have a prosperous and happy life, the energy in you home should be balanced and harmonious.

Chinese Style is one that has a history of thousands of years. For this post, I have decided to showcase a modern interior that has a lot of it’s elements.

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THE KEY ELEMENTS

  • The colour palette in this style is rich and earthy, typical colours include Red, Yellow, Green and Gold, however walls are mostly a muddy, earthy colour.
  • Furniture is usually wooden (such as teak, red cherry, mahogany or bamboo) then covered in a dark gloss lacquer.
  • Ornate detailing is used in the furniture, window frames and screens used to segregate spaces. The detailing usually consists of straight lines that form a geometric type pattern.
  • The floor is made of wood, stone or even marble
  • Fabrics used are rich in texture such as Silk

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THE REALITY CHECK

A lot of elements in this style can be incorporated into the modern home. For example, Silk bed sheets and pillows would give the bedroom a luxurious feel that is in the essence of the style. A wooden chair could be a quirky twist on an armchair. The images that I’ve provided do prove that the elements can be modern. Though for me personally, it’s a little dark for my taste.

So what do you think? Could you have a Chinese style interior in your home?

No post on Tuesday, due to the lateness of this one. I’ll be back for inspiration Wednesday though. Have a good couple of days. xD

Image source: All images are from Andrew Martin Interior Design Review Volume 15. Title, Image 2, 4 & 5 are from Designer Ivan Cheng, Image 3 from Design Firm, Beijing Newsdays


5 things I’ve learnt from…

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In September 2011 I attended an All Day Masterclass called “Design with Confidence”. Among the notable speakers were Diana McKnight (a KLC lecturer) and Abigail Ahern – Famous Interior Designer. I will follow up on posts about these presenters in the following weeks. The 3rd lecturer was a lighting designer called Lucy Martin.

Lucy had a successful career as a journalist specialising in design and finance, editing several magazines and working for a national newspaper, prior to completing a course at KLC.  She began her lighting design career at LDI (1995) before moving to John Cullen Lighting in 1997, where she currently heads up the design team working on projects throughout the world.  – bio taken from John Cullen Web Site.

When I saw Lucy present, I was immediately drawn into her infectious enthusiasm for lighting design. She is a really inspiring presenter and I went out and bought her book – The Lighting Bible soon after which I highly recommend.

Here are some interesting things I learnt from Lucy about lighting…

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When lighting an interior, the eye is usually drawn to the lightest point of the room. You can also create the illusion of space by lighting the furthest point.

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When you put together a lighting plan, layer the lighting scheme. Don’t just put one light in the centre of the room, rather provide a number of options in order to provide flexibility.

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Always consider the environment in which you are lighting. For example, LED’s don’t tend to work well in heat and you would need to consider waterproofing the lighting scheme for a swimming pool.

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And finally, consider using colour. A change in colour can dramatically change the mood and feel of a room.

So did you learn anything new about lighting today? Do you have any other tips that might want to share?

A busy weekend awaits me as I’m due to go on a course about freelance writing in the hope that I can improve my writing skills. I’ll let you know how it goes next week. Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you all on Monday. xD

Image Source – Lucy Martin John Cullen Lighting, All other images – The Lighting Bible by Lucy Martin


Interiors Feature in Dwell Asia

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It’s a new day and with little J finally better and able to get to nursery (and myself out of the house), I’ve got my mojo back. Being home bound, though annoying, was not a complete loss as it gave me the chance to catch up on some reading.

It was while I was flicking through pages of interiors features on my ipad that I came across this little winner. Dwell Asia – bless them, has devoted an entire issue (January-February 2013) on Interiors. Now, usually I would just flick through and admire the lovely images taking in 1 or 2 little bits of interesting information. However, this time I found the information so interesting and new that I actually picked up a pen and started taking notes! Rare indeed.

So I thought for today’s post, I’d put together some of the notes from one of the feature articles where four design professionals were interviewed. I hope you enjoy…

NikkiHunt

designintervention.com.sg

  • When planning an interior consider how the room is going to be used and what it’s primary purpose is going to be
  • Good interior design provokes a feeling when you enter a room more than how it looks
  • An interior that is mostly used at night will have very different requirements as opposed to one that is used during the day
  • The biggest novice mistake is to choose a piece of furniture first then try to fit it into a plan. Usually the plan comes first.

AlainWong

comododesign.com

  • People tend to overlook factors that seem unimportant in a space such as cabinet handles but they can affect a scheme dramatically. Always consider every element in the scheme when planning.
  • To go about choosing your colours, furniture and textiles use your intuition. This is the accumulation of experiences, reading books and viewing images and photo’s.
  • Preparation and planning is key to putting a room together

Korla

korlahome.com

  • Your home should reflect your lifestyle and aesthetics. Much like your wardrobe
  • Work in 3’s to control the look of a room eg. you might use 3 textures – wood, concrete and linen, 3 colours – pale grey, charcoal and green and 3 prints – 2 small and 1 big in a scheme
  • Printed curtains can act as a wall paper at night when closed

TonyChencow

chenchowlittle.com

  • Don’t follow trends too closely. Well designed interiors should be able to stand the test of time
  • Choose colours to suit the surrounding area of the space and consider where the natural light is coming from in the space
  • When planning, consider more than one room at a time as you need to think about how it will relate to the rest of the house

If you are interested in reading further you can obtain the issue here. Happy Reading.

So what do you think? Is there anything new that you’ve learnt here? Do any of the points noted remind you of a real life situation where it could have come in handy? I’d love to know.

Have a lovely Thurday. xD

Image Source – Dwell Asia


A room with a view…

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Well I have to honestly say that this week I have been in dire need of some inspiration. Though the weekend was great with some fun in the snow, the start of the week then spiraled into having to deal with a sick toddler. So it is while being house bound that I longingly seek to be outside in the clear open air and fresh snow.

Have a most inspiring Wednesday. xD

Source Image – Tim Street Porter Photography


Breaking it Down

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Today we are going to break down an Eclectic Dining room that has been designed by Daniel Beauchemin and Marc de Laat. I came across this room while surfing through the Elle Decor site while researching for a project on sitting rooms but this picture grabbed me instantly. So I felt that I couldn’t leave it alone without trying to work out why the room was so appealing.

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  1. The floor to ceiling curtains show off the extra height of the ceiling however their subtle colour allows them to blend into the background while enhancing the view of the garden.
  2. The bright colours in both the Julian Schnabel and Damien Hirst prints are similar creating harmony in the room
  3. The contemporary nature of the prints bring a casual feel to an other wise formal room
  4. The 18th Century table and empire style chairs bring an understated warmth to the room
  5. The black and white checkered floor echos the squares in the windows.

Is there anything about the room that speaks to you? Do you like it? I hope you have a lovely day. Till tomorrow. xD

Image Source – Elle Decor.com


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