Monthly Archives: July 2013

Guest bedroom decision time…

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So the house is a mess, and I’m not talking about the standard mess like piles of things here and there. I am talking about, a dining table that is not being used for eating but rather holding my drawing board with piles of paper every where, a toddlers bedroom that is being used for storage rather than to sleep because Little J has abandoned it for a couple of reasons, a) it’s cooler to camp out on a mattress in the kitchen floor with mum and dad and b) he has no bed because mum thought that selling his old cot bed would take a couple of weeks but instead it went in 2 hours. That’s right 2 HOURS! What was I thinking? and we have a bathroom that’s being used as a playroom, because the only thing to do in this heat is to play with water. Yikes!

So in amongst all the chaos that will resolve itself by next weekend (that’s when the new bed that arrived on Monday in numerous boxes will be built) and a cool change is coming (I can feel it),  I am starting to think about my plans for the guest bedroom. I wrote about being undecided about whether to go for a dark or light interior here and here.

After careful consideration, I have opted to go for a light interior.  There were 2 factors that led to this decision. The first was the image above. It just spoke to me and evokes the feel that I wanted the room to have. And secondly, I have a very limited budget and will be re-using furniture within the house to accomodate the needs of the room.

So based on this I created a mood board to reflect the look and feel of the room I intend to create.

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What do you think?

Have a lovely week. xD

Image Source: pinterest.com

 

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Summer Resolutions

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It’s been a blisteringly hot start to the summer holidays over here in London and we’ve been riding the heatwave with lots of water activities by swimming and enjoying the sun. While we’ve been making the most of the lovely hot weather, I’ve been thinking about plans over the summer.

This is usually a time when we go on holidays and take things a little slower. Though, we plan to slow down over this period, we decided to stay in London instead of going away. After reading your comments from the previous post. I took them all on board and decided to write myself a list of some summer resolutions. Nothing too intense, it is holiday season after all, but just enough to feel a little productive over the next few weeks and come out the other end with a feeling of some accomplishment.

So here they are:

Home & Interior Resolutions

– Get Guest Bedroom updated and ready for my planned guests in August
– De-clutter and create a bedroom worthy of a growing toddler and a space he can call his own
– Finish landscaping the garden and get it ready for autumn planting
– De-clutter one room of the house each week

Personal Resolutions

– Start a routine of sketching for 10 minutes every day
– Bring that digital SLR out of hiding and just start using it on manual mode – that’s the only way I’ll learn how to use it properly!
– Plan and enjoy the time you have with Little J – this is his holiday too

Do you have any important plans over the summer? Any adventures planned? I’d love to know.

xD


Managing my day to day…

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Every now and again I take a look through Amazon to see what new interiors books I might be interested in. While I was going through my new wish list, a recommendation came up called “Manage You Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series)” by Jocelyn K. Glei.

This immediately jumped out at me. I have been struggling to get the time to finish off my projects for the next module and as I was stuck at home with a toddler plagued with chicken pox, it seemed that the book was destined to be downloaded into my kindle. Do you ever get those moments where you’re sure that life is giving you a little nudge in the right direction? This is how I felt about this book.

From page 1 I was hooked and although the tips are mostly common sense, I soon realised that it wasn’t time that was my problem, but that I didn’t have a proper structure and framework in place that enabled me to achieve what I needed. So I thought I’d share the notes that I took from the book…

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  • Monitor your energy levels throughout the day and do the most creative work during your peak energy periods. Leave the admin and tasks that require less focus for low energy periods. eg, I work best in the morning, so the most creative work should be planned around then.
  • Start your day by doing the most important task first – it can be too easy to start with the easiest task like checking mail or social media but it will distract you from the important work you need to do.
  • Put things you really want to do into your calendar that way you have time blocked off in your schedule to focus on what you want.
  • Set a start and finish time for work – if you know you only have a limited time to do something you will be more efficient at it.
  • Tell yourself that you will only do the task for 10 minutes – once you start the task you will find you will go longer, but if you don’t want to continue, that’s ok.
  • Fit regular breaks into your work schedule.

Consistency-tracking

  • Do a little bit everyday.
  • Repetition is key – doing the same thing everyday will train your mind to focus when it should.
  • Track your progress by highlighting milestones and checking off tasks.
  • Positive distraction – give yourself a reward or incentive each time you accomplish a milestone or task.

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  • Creativity can be created through simple acts of nothing eg. going for a walk at the same time everyday along the same route allows your mind to wander thus sparking creativity.
  • Breakthroughs – thinking about a problem from a different point of view can help if you have a creative block.
  • Sleep is important. You need to be able to think clearly to create.
  • It is just as important to make sure you have off-line time to allow your body and mind to recover.
  • It is important not to let other personal projects build up. Create a list of projects you want to do in your spare time and allocate a defined time each week for them. It can be too easy to prioritise work or study.

Obviously, these tips can be adapted to all sorts of situations in everyday life. It has certainly helped me and I hope it can help you too. Is there anything that you do that helps you manage things on a day to day basis? I’d love to know.

xD

Image Source: Photography by Julie Dewaroquier


Making pastels modern

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I love it when I surprise myself. I’m not sure whether it’s because of the warm weather here in London, but while spending some time over on Pinterest the other day, I found myself pinning more and more pastel coloured interiors than I thought I would.

After some closer examination of my choices, I found that even though I wouldn’t normally go for the colour, it was the backdrop and the way the pastel colours were presented that I found appealing. It reminded me that you can take any colour, no matter how out dated or disliked and bring it back to current times by using some simple tricks.

For example, the image at the top has used pastels against a dark grey wall and in a geometric pattern on the cushion (very on trend). The pastel colours are also used as accents against a largely white and grey palette, ensuring that the entire look isn’t overwhelmed by the pastel. Here are some more examples below:

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Do you like pastels? or are you not a fan like me? Maybe this post gave you some idea’s?

It’s beautiful weather over here in London and it’s time to go out and enjoy some sunshine! Have a lovely week. See you back here on Thursday!

xD

Image Source: Title – via Eclectic Trends, 1 – SarahWidman, 2 – Marthastewart.com, 3 – VTWonen.nl, 4 – via Style-Files.com


Creating a Moody Garden

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When we first moved into the house over 2 years ago, the garden was overgrown with a large array of plants. It was lovely however it posed 2 problems. Firstly, I had no idea what the plants were and therefore was a little overwhelmed with where to start, and secondly, there was a 2 ft deep water feature right in the middle of the garden.

Having a 1 year old at the time that was about to learn how to walk, we decided that we wanted to be able to relax everytime we spent time outside so the first priority was to remove the water feature and fill it up. Though I was sad to see it go, filling up the hole and then laying some lawn meant that we were able to work with a blank canvas.

So 2 years on, we now find that we need to replace the shed. With that in mind, we decided that we (meaning I being the new green fingered gardening enthusiast) would spend some time thinking about what we wanted for the garden from a structural and planning perspective. This means that the garden would be setup structurally allowing us to add planting over time.

So the first thing I did was get onto pinterest and create a board. It all started with the image above and then progressed into a mood board shown below:

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The interior of our house is light and white. This is intentional because we live in a terrace with a front that faces West and the back that faces East. This means that there are parts of the day, when the house can be a little dark. The light walls, remove the feeling of it being in shadow during these times.

It was because of this, that I decided that I wanted a garden that had the opposite effect. I want to create something that mimics the clean lines of the interior however gives you the feeling of walking into a moody lush green forest.

We are now in the process of getting the structural work done which I will show when completed sometime in July. Hopefully over the next couple of years, it will become my little oasis of lushness. Somewhere I can go to even in the middle of winter and still be able to relax in the green and moodiness. What sort of garden do you prefer?

Have a lovely weekend and see you on Tuesday. xD

Image Source: via Pinterest.com


Designer Profile: Hecker Guthrie

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When I came across the work of Hecker Guthrie, it was in the 15th volume of Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Review. They are a  multi-discipline practice under the direction of Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie based in Melbourne, Australia. They have worked both locally and internationally covering residential and commercial projects.

I strongly identify with their design aesthetic. Their work is driven by the principles of authenticity, consideration & enthusiasm. This combination clearly works as the multitude of awards won and the number of international publications that have featured their work is staggering. Find out more here.

Hamish Guthrie came from a creative upbringing and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at RMIT University. He is highly regarded in the design industry and is regularly requested to participate in speaking and judgement engagements.

Paul Hecker has over 20 years experience in the industry. His design approach features both humour and curiosity. What I found of most interest when reading his bio was that when he sets out to design a space, he asks the client not what they want it to look like, but how they want it to make them feel.

What I love about their work is that they like to use a muted palette as the backdrop of an interior and then cleverly use colour (usually with accessories) to enhance. This sets a foundation that allows the interior to be adapted and changed over time without great expense and effort.

They have an amazing portfolio which I would highly recommend you to take a look at here. I have only provided 2 examples of their work, one is of a residential project in a Victorian style house owned by a young Melbournian Family. The second is a commercial project of the Cottesloe Beach Hotel where the use of vibrant colours and 50s style furnishings creates the most amazing beach vibe.

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I hope you are as impressed with their work as I am. I really love both projects. What do you think?

Have a lovely day. See you on Thursday. xD

Image Source: Hecker Guthrie


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