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Interior Styles: Coastal

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With summer just around the corner, I find myself thinking about activities and things to do in the sun. Living in a busy and often chaotic city like London, I sometimes feel like I need to get out of the chaos and out into nature.

Big J and I often dream of living by the beach. We would wake up first thing in the morning, sit on the porch of our californian style bungalow with a hot cup of coffee wrapped up in warm blankets. While looking out into the sea and watching the sun rise, Little J would be collecting shells before we got ready to start the day.

When I started to research images for the coastal style, I found that a lot of the homes were classic in style with blue and white. I had to decide whether I wanted to showcase a traditional coastal style or go for something that was a little more interesting. When I found this Long Island Beach cottage, I was instantly drawn to it. The owner has cleverly taken the standard elements of a coastal style property and incorporated original idea’s. I was blown away and had to use it as a showcase for the post.

THE KEY ELEMENTS

  • The look for a coastal style home is usually fresh, airy and relaxed in nature, the scheme takes inspiration from the sea and it’s surrounding areas.
  • Colours used are usually whites and creams- to create a light and reflective atmosphere and blue – reflection of the sea.
  • Tongue and groove panelling is a common element in coastal style interiors
  • Fabrics are natural and light, cotton and linen, stripe patterns are commonly used in upholstery
  • Furniture is wooden and simple in style, can be distressed or made of woven grasses such as wicker or ratten.CoastalSchemecolours

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THE REALITY CHECK

I still dream of living by the beach. The beautiful airy style and relaxed elements is something that can be taken and put into any home. Do you like coastal style interiors?

Have a lovely Monday, the sky is grey outside so I have some indoor activities planned for Little J. Till tomorrow. xD

Image Source: Marthastewart.com


Interior Styles: Tropical

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Apologies for the missed post yesterday everyone. I had to forgo some blogging over the weekend for some gardening, fun and friends. Sometimes life and a bit of pleasure has to take priority. Now I’m back for another type of pleasure (well for me anyway) blogging about Interior Styles. This week we look at the Tropical Style.

When I think of this style, I always remember the first holiday that Big J and I went on together. It was early on in our relationship and Big J had a business trip which took him to Singapore. As we were both itching to see the world, I came along with him after he had finished with with work portion of the trip we then descended to the North Eastern Coast of Malaysia with our back packs and very little experience in travel. When we got there, we hadn’t booked ahead thinking that we would just wing it and get some accommodation but everything within our budget was fully booked and we did not have enough cash, so out came the credit card and onto the speed boat that took us to the Perhentian Islands.

When we arrived, we were taken to a paradise that had an exquisite teak built bungalow that was located directly on the beach with the whitest softest sand. Just outside the bungalow were 2 palm trees that held the hammock that allowed you to sleep your afternoons away or if you were in the mood, the rattan chairs situated on the patio allowed you to read your favourite book.

When I think of tropical, this is what I reminisce about. It’s a style that takes me  to a world of white sandy beaches, palm tree’s and warm weather.

THE KEY ELEMENTS

  • The entire structure of the building is usually made out of wood – both inside and out.
  • A dark or warm coloured wood is used extensively throughout the whole interior.
  • The colour scheme is neutral with warm accents and can incorporate colours taken from the nature of the surrounding environment.
  • Windows are usually dressed with shutters or bamboo roll up blinds.
  • Furniture is wooden and simple in style, or made of woven grasses such as wicker or ratten.
  • Fabrics used are natural such as cotton or linen.
  • Due to the warmer weather conditions, it is typical for this style to not have a lot of windows or for the patio to be a prominent part of the house in most cases used as another room.

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THE REALITY CHECK

Although I love this style, I would suggest that it would work best in a tropical location.

So what do you think? Do you like this style? Does it remind you of any tropical holidays you have taken in the past? I’ve love to know. Have a lovely day and I hope that the images of this family weekend getaway located in Marahu Beach in Brazil has inspired you as much as it did me. You can see more images of the house here. Till tomorrow. xD

Image Source: CASA Vogue


Interior Styles: New York Loft

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So the weekend whizzed by with a blur of picnics in the park, sunny day’s and general relaxing over here in the Novice neighbourhood. How was your weekend? Did you manage to get outside or do anything interesting?

Every Monday I usually post a weekly column called Interior Styles. As it was a bank holiday yesterday, I have posted it today instead.

I’ve always loved New York City for it’s urban gritty nature. Having had the chance to visit as a special treat on my 30th birthday, I fell in love with the city the instant I hit JFK airport. The streets are filled with a vibrant mix of skyscrapers, people and traffic. It surrounds you everywhere you go, and the colours of the city come alive at night with a large array of colour in the form of lights from cars, street lights and buildings dancing off each other. Ever since visiting the Meat Packing District, I’ve longed to live in a New York Loft. The industrial feel, the large cavernous space, not to mention those exposed brick walls, how wonderful it would be to live among that grit. Even for a short time.

THE KEY ELEMENTS

  • This style is very similar to the Industrial Style due to the nature of the buildings both styles tend to reside in ie warehouses and old factories
  • NY Lofts are usually large cavernous spaces with no partitions
  • As a loft is usually on the top floor where the space is situated directly under the roof, the ceiling gables are usually exposed creating an angular space with extended height
  • Surfaces are usually textured and left unfinished such as worn concrete or exposed brick walls
  • The colour palette is usually a combination of neutral colours – black, white, grey
  • Urban or Modern art is a dominant feature in this style of interior
  • Furniture is usually vintage or contemporary in style and oversized

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THE REALITY CHECK

This style has been popular for a long time. More and more people are converting their suburban homes with elements of this style. If done well, it can look amazing. Similar to the industrial style, if you are going to go with this style, you need to go all the way or in my opinion it will look contrived.

Do you like this style? I’d love to know. Till tomorrow. xD

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Interior Styles: Mid Century Modern

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So I’ve just gotten over the exhaustion that was the weekend. On Friday, I only managed to see 3 houses out of 6 at the Living Etc Homes Tour due to the bad weather conditions. I decided that I’d be ok walking and taking public transport but when my shoes and jacket got soaked through, I decided that it was time to abandon ship and go home to a warm cup of hot chocolate!

Then on Saturday, I attended the Meet the Blogger event in London which was an inspiring day jam packed full of learning, fun and chatter. On Sunday was Mother’s day where I spent the morning with the family. Big J, went out and got us all a McDonald’s breakfast which was a special treat. It’s the simple things :). Then I went on a lovely design tour that the ever knowledgable Tina from ColourLiving planned. You can read more about the tour on her blog here.

On the design tour we visited a well known British Design Store called SCP. The store was founded by Sheridan Coakley in 1985 and was originally a manufacturer and retailer of modern furniture. Inspired by the design classics of the modern movement, he decided to start selling classic and hard to find pieces from that period and has since progressed to producing new designs that holds the same aesthetic.

While I was in the store, I started to wonder what it was that defined the modern style. I mean we’ve all seen it around, it’s been gaining popularity for years now but where did it come from? And what was the difference between modern and contemporary style. So I came home and did some research.

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Firstly, the modern style actually refers to the modernist era that took place between 1920 and 1960 and is also known as Mid-Century Modern. Contemporary refers to whatever is current at the time regardless of whether it’s historical or not. So some could argue that the modern style is also contemporary as it’s a popular style now. The modern style is all about the showcasing of quality pieces through high end design and function.

THE KEY ELEMENTS

  • This style is recognised for it’s clean lines and simple furnishings.
  • Walls are often white to create a clean backdrop to the beauty of the furnishings.
  • Furniture is characterised by clean simple lines and designed to show the natural beauty of the materials used.
  • A combination of natural and man-made materials are used however they are used and designed in a way to flatter the materials and shapes in furniture.
  • Lights are classically shaped and pendants and lamps are made out of materials such as linen.
  • Geometric shapes are prominent  in fabrics and wallpaper.
  • Floors are typically clean wood with rugs.

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THE REALITY CHECK

This style is so popular now that it’s hard to find a home featured in a magazine that doesn’t have some type of mid-century furnishing in it. I do love this style so I wouldn’t object to having a couple of Eames chairs at my dinner table. The style is timeless and understandably popular. What do you think of the Mid-Century Modern Style? I’d love to know.

Have a lovely day. See you Wednesday. xD

Image source: SCP


Interior Styles: Shabby Chic

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Over here in London, I think we’ve turned a corner and have headed into Spring. We had lovely blue skies and not a drop of rain in sight. It was glorious and uplifting to say the least.

Before I go any further, I just wanted to say a big Thank You to everyone that commented on my last post. I was overwhelmed by the support and belief in my abilities and I will definitely keep you up to date on the progress of the bathroom re-design. I feel so blessed that I have found and become apart of this wonderful blogging community.

So, on Monday’s we have a weekly column where we investigate different Interior Styles. I really enjoy writing this column because it helps me to understand what the key elements are for each style and assess whether it’s something I like or not. I am however starting to surprise myself as I may have previously hated a particular style based on some pre-conception but have ended up liking it by the end of the post. I think the reason for this is that I’m starting to realise that any style can look great in an interior as long as it’s designed well. It may sound obvious but this is a lightbulb moment for me. It’s not the style that matters, it’s the design.

This is certainly the case with today’s style – Shabby Chic. I must admit that I have a pet hate for the name of this style alone so the prejudice started at the beginning. I don’t know about you, but to me “Shabby” reminds me of something that has been unloved and left to the side of the road – dilapidated and “Chic” is just a fancy word for style and elegance. So to me, the combination just reminds me of something a little well… “tacky”. But when I looked further into the style, I actually found something wonderful.

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Shabby Chic is a cross between cottage style and vintage with a modern romantic twist. It embodies the idea of re-using old worn or distressed furniture and giving it new life. The style is relaxed, lived in and comfortable.

THE KEY ELEMENTS

  • This style is a mixture of Romantic cottage, Vintage and Modern Glamour.
  • Furniture is aged, worn and used – scratches are loved, peeling and worn paint is a must and faded upholstery all add to the look.
  • It is common for slip covers to be placed over sofa’s and chairs in a light fabric.
  • Walls are painted and wallpapered with light colours and/or pastels creating a soft and calm atmosphere.
  • Decor is vintage and is usually found in flea markets and antique shops, think coloured glasses and vases.
  • Floors can either be painted floor boards or carpet. It’s usually in a neutral colour and often white.
  • Lighting is glamorous or industrial but almost always aged.

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THE REALITY CHECK

As I admitted earlier, I did have a bit of a prejudice against this style. But I have to admit that now I really like it. I can imagine using this style in a cottage by the beach or a small bolthole in the country. For some reason, I cannot imagine this style working in a large expansive space as it needs to feel cosy and comfortable. What do you think? Do you like this style? If so, why?

Have a lovely Monday. Till tomorrow. xD

Image Source – Title and Last Image – Unknown, Gardener & Marks, Dreamy Whites, HousetoHome, HomeEdit, Meg Morton


Interior Styles: Ski Chalet

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We spent the weekend at home with all planned activities cancelled due to someone (me) getting the cold that’s been going around these parts lately. I must admit that it was nice staying in bed all day, surfing pinterest on the ipad and catching up on mind-numbing tv.

With the floating drops of snow slowly making their way to the ground outside my window, it made me reminisce of one of my bucket list items that I managed to cross off a few years ago when I finally made it to Whistler, Canada for a ski holiday. Growing up in Australia, the mountains and snow just don’t really compare to the the ones on the other side of the world. So I always dreamed of seeing a “proper” mountain with alpine tree’s and snow. And what was the first thing I noticed when I got there? Not the snow that was 2 feet deep, or the brisk cold air, but rather the fresh everlasting smell of the pine tree’s that littered the mountain side. It was unforgettable.

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So this weeks interior style is a homage to the great ski chalet. Though some might argue that it’s not really an interior style, I beg to differ. Ski chalet’s do have a distinct aesthetic and they all share key elements. They take from the rustic style and then add a twist of contemporary. Those beautifully built log cabins that are made to withstand extreme temperatures outside, create a warm and inviting haven inside.

The beautiful Chalet that I’ve used to showcase the style today is located in the French resort of Megeve called Le Chalet Zannier.

THE KEY ELEMENTS

  • Like the Rustic style, Ski Chalets use a lot of wood in their interiors. This is part of the philosophy of reflecting the beauty of the outside in.
  • The focal point of a room is almost always the view of the mountain side outside and the interior should work with that
  • Fireplaces are a must to create a warm and inviting atmosphere
  • Colours used are mostly neutral however can be complimented with deep rich and warm colours
  • Furniture is usually contemporary in style and covered in natural fibres including linen, wool and leather
  • Rugs are a must against a wood or stone floor, thick pile, sheep skin or faux fur
  • Accessories can include antlers and wall mounted animal heads

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THE REALITY CHECK

Can you bring a ski chalet style into your home. Probably not entirely, but I do have a couple of sheepskins that I place over chairs to warm up the interior of the room. I think that it’s better to leave this style where it belongs, in the mountains and snow. So what do you think? Do you like this style? Would you live with this style in your home? or  are you planning a trip to the snow soon and staying in a ski chalet? I’d love to know. Till tomorrow. xD

Image source – Le Chalet Zannier


Interior Style: Bohemian

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Good Morning, how was your weekend? For me, I managed to stay home for most of it and just potter around the house. It was heavenly and rare to be able to do so, so I relished every minute of it.

It’s time for another interior style and today I thought I’d talk about the Bohemian Style. As a teenager I used to while away my summer holidays with romantic notions about travelling the world and being a free spirit. I would imagine myself living a nomadic existence and going and doing whatever I fancied, moving from place to place on a whim, eating exotic foods and lying on a brightly coloured hammock under a desert sun. This is what I thought it would be like to live a bohemian life. I’m sure the reality is far far from this, but one can dream right?

Bohemian interiors are inspired by travels to exotic and colour filled destinations such as India, Morocco and South America. These interiors are vibrant, colourful and eclectic. Taking from the idea that items are collected during their travels, a variety of unique and individual pieces are  collected and displayed together making the Bohemian interior one of the most difficult to pull off well.

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There are so many interpretations of this type of interior that it was difficult to create a cohesive collage of images to showcase. Instead, I’ve chosen a variety of images that I like and that contain the different elements of the style in each.

THE KEY ELEMENTS

  • This type of interior is usually bright and colourful.
  • Different textiles are used and layered to create an inviting scheme. A variety of fabrics are used for upholstery such as silk, velvet, cotton.
  • Artwork is a must in an Bohemian interior, pieces need to be unique. Rugs and tapestries is not uncommon on the wall or floor.
  • Furniture is upcycled, distressed or antique. A sofa or floor can typically have a mix of  jewel toned cushions.
  • Lighting is unusual in style, most often exotic eg. a Morroccan copper lantern.
  • This interior does not have any matching elements, ie every object in the interior should be unique however the key to creating a successful Bohemian interior is to restrict the colour palette to no more than 3 colours.

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THE REALITY CHECK

I love this style because you need to think in an extremely creative way and thinking outside of the box is encouraged. However, I think that the art of creating a the bohemian interior is not as popular as it used t0 be. For me, I can appreciate this type of interior in a setting outside of my home like a restaurant or cafe, but in my own home I would prefer a more muted palette.

So what do you think? Do you like the Bohemian Style? Which image did you like the best? I’d love to know. Little J is home this week due to half term, so we’ve got a few activities planned. Have a wonderful Monday. Till tomorrow. xD

Image Source: Market Plaats , Tony Duquette, Adam Wallacavage, Heidi Lender, Unknown, Emag Deco


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