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Merry Christmas

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Good Morning Dear Readers,

Just popping in to say a quick hello and a Merry Christmas!

Lately, I’ve been getting more and more of a want to be in nature. It could be living in a big city, or the change in weather that has cooled the air but I am feeling the need to go on walks amongst green and be in the quiet. Have you ever gone for a forest walk and just stood in amongst the trees and listened? It’s the stillness and the sounds of nature, birds and rustling leaves that gives you a sense of life. So I decided to try and bring some of that into my home for the holidays.

So when the I found out about the Kinfolk Natural Home Decor workshop it was right up my alley. It was run by  a couple of lovely ladies, Ana & Tassja who run a boutique catering company called Juniper & Lily. The class was very informal and relaxed and it allowed me to make a couple of lovely items using foliage taken from nature. In the end of made a natural hanging chandelier and what I like to call the alternative to a wreath, square rather than round in shape. Here are some images of the day.

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And here’s what I made…

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I’m now hooked and I’ll start a tradition to make all of my festive ornaments in future years to come.

Before I sign off for the holidays, I just wanted to say a big Thank You to each and every one of you for reading, commenting and interacting with me on this blog and all of my social media channels. I have loved and appreciated every one of your comments, likes, tweets, insta words and facetalk.

When I tell my friends and family that I blog, I am often asked what it is that I get out of it and why do I spend hours at a time doing it? I always give them the same answer. Firstly, I love it and when I am away I often feel like something is missing and secondly I get such satisfaction from interacting with you, my readers and making new friends. You have become an integral part of my life so Thank You.

So I’m signing off for another year and will see you all back here in January 2014. Have a lovely Christmas and a safe New Year my readers, my friends.

With Love, Doris

Image Source: Photography by Doris Lee


Mixing it up with Old and New

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Lately I’ve been thinking about the relationship between old and new furniture. I used to think that the way to create a beautiful interior scheme was to start with an empty room, spend large sums of money, buy everything shiny and new and voila – a beautifully stylish interior.

Now it could be because I’m getting older or the influence of being in a country that has so many historic sites and buildings but I have slowly grown to love beautifully aged and distressed pieces of furniture.

I recently visited a local garden centre. My eye was immediately drawn to an old rusted table that was sitting in the rain.  It had aged and oxidised to the point where the surface was no longer smooth and shiny, but textured, rough and lumpy. The legs which would have once been considered ornate had rusted over into a wonderful copper colour. There was something magical about that little round zinc topped table and it took a lot of will for me not to take it home. I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

So it got me asking the question, how can I incorporate old furniture with new? I think that the trick is to make it the star of your scheme. Embrace that it is aged and sit it alongside something very clean and contemporary so that it stands out. Another option is to re-use it for another purpose, for example if it was a cabinet, use it as a closet instead. Think outside of the box. Here is some inspiration…

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The examples show that an old distressed item can sit quite happily within a contemporary setting. Do you have any aged items of furniture in your home? Do you like to mix old and new furniture in your scheme? I’d love to know. Till next time. xD

Image Source: Title: Richard Powers Photography , 1 – Design Sponge, 2 – Casadecor.es via Crazy Mary Revista, 3 – Remodelista, 4 – Design Sponge


And the winners are…

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Good morning, just a quick note to inform the winners of the Seal Design Studio prints. I took all the names from the comments list and put them through the random.org lists generator and took the top 4 names that came out.

The winners are:

  1. Geraldine from Little Big Bell
  2. Lauren Kellim from Girl and the Abode
  3. Interior Designers in Orange County
  4. Mahditanoshi

Congratulations, I will be in touch with each of you to get details of where to send the prints.

Thanks to everyone for entering! If you didn’t win, you can still order the lovely prints for a very good price from Seal Design Studio’s Etsy Shop here.

Special Thanks to Leon and May for generously providing the prints for the giveaway.

Till next time. xD

 


V&A Talk: Tricia Guild – On Colour

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I was very excited to have recently attended an evening talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum with one of the UK’s best-known Interior Designers Tricia Guild. She is the founder and Creative Director of Designers Guild and is known world wide for her bold and colourful fabric and wallpaper collections as well as a large range of home interior products.

Tricia Guild started Designers Guild in 1970, when as a decorator was unable to find any fabrics that suited her purpose so created her own instead. Since then, Designers Guild is a world wide leading brand  and Tricia has been awarded many accolades including an OBE. To add to this impressive list, she has written fifteen books. That’s right one, five!

She is truly an inspiration to anyone in the design profession and here are some notes I took from the evening which was a conversation about Colour and her new book titled Colour Deconstructed. She was interviewed by Susan Crewe, Editor of House and Garden Magazine.

  • Though her designs are colourful, the colours are always mixed in with a neutral base like black or white.
  • When creating an interior, play with the scale of the prints and patterns, ie mix large prints with small to create contrast.
  • Texture is very important with choosing a fabric.
  • When deciding on what colour you want in your home, create your own mood boards.
  • Educate yourself about your own colour sense, every one has a different idea on what colours respond to them.
  • Linen and Velvet are an unlikely but brilliant fabric combinations.
  • When designing a scheme, choose a dominating neutral colour and then accessorise with pops of bold colour.
  • White is probably the most difficult colour to use in an interior because there are so many different shades of white, so be careful.
  • Go with one thing that you like such as a fabric or pattern and use that as a starting point to the design of your interior. Then take the colours and shapes and work that into other aspects of the scheme.
  • Interior Design is all about the feeling, it’s not prescriptive, I don’t follow rules.

Tricia Guild is clearly passionate about colour and pattern. It was interesting to hear that all of the patterns designed in her studio are hand drawn or painted first before they are replicated and that a lot of her inspiration is taken from photographs that she has taken over the years during her travels as well as nature (she’s a keen gardener).

I have to admit that some of her work is a little on the flowery side for me personally, but I can appreciate the talent and the beauty of her designs and patterns. While having a look through her design portfolio however, I was drawn especially to her Ombre wallpaper which is part of the Saraille Collection which is also featured in her new book.

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What is your take on colour in an interior? Do you go bold and like it bright, or are you inclined towards a more understated palette in your home? I’d love to know.

Be sure to tune in on Saturday where I will announce the winners of the Seal Design Studio prints give away. Till next time. xD

Image source: Designers Guild Blog

 


Using Wicker Furniture Indoors

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I was asked the other day about the idea of utilising outdoor furniture inside. A friend of mine was toying with the idea of buying a sofa that she could take outside during the Summer months and then bring back into her open plan kitchen to use during Winter.

Since she has a very Eclectic style interior in her home, I thought it was a great idea and decided to do some research to give her some inspiration and idea’s.

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What do you think about Wicker furniture indoors? I’d love to know. I hope your week is going well. Till next time. xD

Image Source: Top – Femina.dk, 1 – Sketch London, 2 – LivingAgency.com, 3 – Unknown, 4 – BohoGlamour.com


Giveaway – Colourful Prints from Seal Design Studio

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I hope you are having a lovely weekend. I have a special treat for you today. When I was in the process of designing Little J’s room, I came across a lovely shop on Etsy called Seal Design Studio.

Leon and May sell the most lovely modern design prints from their studio based in Sydney, Australia. I immediately fell for their Star Wars inspired retro prints and ordered some for Little J’s room as pictured in the post here.

I’ve been wanting to giveaway something to my lovely readers to date, so when I asked them for an extra print, they didn’t send just one but four! So you have four chances to win one of the four prints below.

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All you have to do is write a comment at the end of this post and tell me where you would imagine the print would go in your home. I’ll then put all your names in random.org to choose the 4 winners. This giveaway is open world wide so anyone anywhere in the world can enter.

You have until Friday 29th November to enter and the winners will be announced on Saturday 30th November so that I can send them to you hopefully just in time for Christmas!

So get commenting and Good Luck! xD

Please note: the giveaway is for the prints only – frames in the images above are not included.

Image source: Seal Design Studio


Note to self…

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Self doubt is one of those feelings that has the capacity to cripple you and stop you in your tracks. The longer you do something, the better you become and the more confidence you gain in your ability.

Changing my career from IT to Interior Design is like starting my 20s (which was a very very long time ago) all over again. Yes it’s exciting and new, however I am also finding myself in more and more situations that are pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone and as a result in constant doubt.  There many times when I doubt whether I should be doing this at all. I mean, it would be so much easier to just go out, get a job and do what I know rather than follow my passion right?

The journey has been somewhat bumpy, but I am happy to tell that over the last couple of weeks I hit a smooth patch of road that has given me the motivation and inclination to keep going.

I recently came across a couple of situations that gave me the feeling that I was on the right path and a sign that it’s all going to work out.

I was visiting a friend who has been slowly making changes to her house. She had invited me over to help her choose from some tile samples for a kitchen renovation. When I arrived, it was with great joy that I found that little suggestions (made off the cuff) I had made during previous visits had been implemented and looked wonderful. It was delightful to see the vision I had turn into real life and looking so great.

In the second situation, I was dealing with a salesman in a tile warehouse. I had made suggestions to a new “client” (friend I’m helping out actually) on the sort of tiles, size and patterns they should use to fit in with the style they were trying to achieve in their new bathroom. I was somewhat gratified when the salesman provided exactly the same suggestions without my prompting or involvement. It gave me the confidence and understanding that I do know what I’m talking about despite the doubts I have in my head.

So why am I writing this? Well I figured that with many more challenging situations to come during this transitionary period in my life, I figured I should take the time to reflect on the positives. I know the road will get bumpier as I move from theory into experience. But it’s the little highs that keep you going.

So I write this to anyone that has, is or about to face a challenging journey or a bump in the road of life, try to remember and appreciate the little high’s because it’s so easy to be overwhelmed with the self doubt swimming in your head. And that if you are following your passion, no matter how hard it seems, you are on the right track.

Have a lovely week. xD

Image Source: Julie De Waroquier


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