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

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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


Little J’s Room

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It has been dreadful weather of late. Grey, wet and gloomy outside, so I decided rather than spend another day with LIttle J parked in front of the TV (which I hate doing but sometimes you just run out of ideas), that we’d take the opportunity to clean up his bedroom and take some pictures of it.

When little J grew out of his old cot back in July, I decided to take the opportunity a give his room a makeover. I’m not going to show you a before picture as it was just a white room before with a cot bed and nappy change table. That’s it.

When I asked little J what he wanted his room to be like, he immediately said “Space and rockets” and as he also loves Star Wars, I went with it. Here are some snippets of his room.

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Some tips for designing a kids bedroom are:

  • Keep the big ticket items such as the wall, floor & large pieces of furniture neutral so that you only need to change the accessories as they grow older.
  • When designing the layout of the room, think with longevity in mind, will you have to eventually put in a desk? Will you eventually need to change the bed?
  • When using frames, think about weight. Try not to use glass as they can break and cause injury. I have used light weight frames made out of light wood and plastic so if it falls, it won’t cause any harm.
  • Utilise old toys to create displays in the room.
  • Don’t be too precious about anything, it’s their room after all.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the week. xD

Photography: Doris Lee

 


Bathrooms with Texture

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Earlier in the year I talked about how I was asked to help a friend design 2 bathrooms – you can read it here. We are now in the thick of it and in the process of interviewing builders and so far the process has been eye opening, inspiring and lots of fun. So to say that I constantly have taps, basins & tiles on my mind is an understatement of late.

As you can imagine, I have looked at a gazillion images of bathrooms so that I can get idea’s and inspiration to incorporate into the design. Although the bathrooms I am designing are very contemporary, I am finding more and more that my eye is drawn to bathrooms that are layered with texture. The more layers, the better. Exposed brick & concrete are materials that aren’t necessarily the first choice for the average homeowner, however the effect they create within a small space such as a bathroom is stunning.

Here are some idea’s…

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So what do you think? Do you like texture in bathrooms? I’d love to know. Have a lovely week. The next post will be on Saturday. xD

Image Source: Title – Ryan Ford Photography, 1 – Mclarenexcell.com, 2 – Remodelista.com, 3 – Unknown, 4 – Onsitemanagement.com via Houzz.com


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


Photography for Bloggers Workshop

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Today I’m going to take a slight diversion from the normal interior chatter and talk about the photography workshop I attended over the weekend. You see, I’ve been wanting to take my own photo’s for the blog for a while now and found that when I attempted to, they never came out right.

I know I’m never going to be a photographer at a professional level so I didn’t want to go on a course that gave me all the technical information on how to fiddle about with a million buttons. All I wanted was some tips on how to take a good shot. So when I heard about the workshop run by Emily Quinton from The Startup Wife I jumped at the chance to attend and I wasn’t disappointed.

I am a firm believer that the surrounding environment affects your capacity to learn. So when I arrived at the industrial style office of Makeshift Studio’s on a dreary Saturday morning, I was already inspired. Think exposed brick, worn concrete floors, double height ceilings and large industrial steel windows.

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In fact, I was so taken with all the different surface texures of the building that most of the photo’s I took for the practical exercises incorporated either the floor or the walls! If you get a chance to attend her workshop I highly recommend it.

Here are some tips that I learnt …

  • Make sure you develop a photo style that is your own.
  • Always think about the light and where it’s coming from. If taking photo’s in your home, think about when the best times would be to take them by observing where the light comes from over the course of the day.
  • When taking a photograph of a subject, move around and take shots from different angles.
  • Sometimes a picture may not be working because of the direction the light is in, getting the right shot could be a matter of slightly moving yourself or the object you are taking.
  • When taking a photo, use the rule of thirds theory.
  • Try not to use red as it’s a difficult colour to photograph.
  • And finally… practise taking photographs everyday, you will get better with time and practice.

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Let me finish off by saying that there were many colourful props and bright flowers to choose from, however I found myself wanting to take pictures of the concrete floor rather than the props. Do you think it was the interior designer in me? If you’re interested in attending Emily’s lovely course, you can take a look here. xD

Image Source: Photography by Doris Lee


How to create a perfect treehouse…

Last month we took a long deserved break and decided to go away for some rest and relaxation. Having decided to try our hand at glamping this year (we wanted a bit of luxury this time) I started to do some research on possible camp sites. It was during my search that I came across a little treehouse for rent and thought how fun it would be to stay in one.

La Palombiere is a treehouse nestled between a vineyard and an old oak forest on the estate of Chateau Lestange which is located 12km from Bordeaux, France.

Made out of red cedar and douglas fir, the treehouse has 2 levels. The first level houses a double canopy bed, shower room and toilet, the second or loft is a spare bedroom for the kids at night and a reading/tv room during the day.

The interior is rustic in style and it was the details used that pulled the space together. The re-purposing of old timber to create a console table with rusted iron legs, the use of branches to create a chandelier and wall lights and using door knobs from the historic chateau located on the estate creates a cohesive, warm and stylish scheme. It was an inspiration to be in such a well thought out and original interior. So here are some tips on how to create the perfect treehouse…

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Little J didn’t want to leave ‘his’ treehouse and had a lot of fun running around in the vines. Staying here has prompted us to look for more interesting accomodations while on holiday. Have you stayed in any interesting accomodation while away? I’d love to hear about it. I hope enjoy the rest of the week. See you on the weekend. xD

Image Source: Photography by Doris Lee


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