Good Morning All, Wednesday is inspiration day and what a wonderful view it is too. Being a bookworm, I couldn’t think of any other place more wonderful then a minimalist interior stacked to the ceiling with books and a sofa just beckoning me over to laze on while enjoying that mountain view. Ahhhh…
And before I go, I’ve been honoured this week not once but twice by mentions of Diary of an Interior Novice. KLC with whom I am currently studying my Interior Design Diploma with were nice enough to mention my blog on their Facebook, Twitter and Linked in pages. So Thank You.
And I’ve also been featured as a blogger who will be attending the Meet the Blogger event in Stockholm later this month. You can read the feature here. And a big Thank You to the guys at Meet the Blogger also.
It’s not only nice to get mentions outside of the blog space, but I just wanted to also thank those of you that take the time to read and comment here. It makes writing it so much more enjoyable and interactive and your support is so very much appreciated. Till tomorrow. xD
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Good Morning all. How was your weekend? It was a lovely weekend for us over here. Although the rain has been replaced with a cold snap and the threat of snow, it was blue skies and sunny for some of it. As a result, we were out and about, rugged up from head to toe enjoying good food and friends.
For the interior styles column today we head east to the wondrous world of Japan. I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Japanese. I grew up on watching Anime (Japanese cartoons) which my husband and I bonded over when we were dating. But it wasn’t until we traveled to Japan together, that we fell in love with both the country, it’s people and each other. If I had to choose any country in the world that I would return to, this would be it. I could go on and on, but that’s another story for another time.
Traditional Japanese interiors must be one of the most recognised in the world. It’s safe to say that all modern zen-inspired interiors would have gotten their roots from here. The foundation of these interiors are based on minimalism and simplicity, with a strong emphasis on bringing nature into the home.
THE KEY ELEMENTS
- These interiors have a strong relationship with nature. In fact, there is always an external wall in the house that is removable to create the integration between the outside and in.
- There is a lot of veritcal and horizontal detailing in a Japanese home. These details are always made with wood.
- Shoji screens are wooden frames with rice paper in the middle. These frames are used throughout the house as movable sliding doors creating a flexible open plan space. The rice paper allows natural light into the home in the form of a translucent glow.
- High traffic and functional areas such as the hallway and kitchen have wooden or stone flooring. Other rooms where people would normally sit, socialise or sleep are covered in Tatami Mats which are a traditional style of floor covering made out of rice straw.
- Though walls were tradtionally made of mud, they are always a muted beige colour
- Furnishing and accessories are minimal and simple needing to perform some sort of function.
THE REALITY CHECK
At first glance you might think that this type of interior has no place in a typical modern home. However when I think about the key elements, I realise that we are actually already living with many of the elements that are derived from this style. For example, my house is open plan, I have a sliding door that opens directly into my garden and my kitchen floor is made of stone tiles. How about you? Do you like this style? Do you have any of the key elements in your home? Please do tell I’d love to know.
I hope you have a happy Monday, till tomorrow. xD
Image source: Japan Style by Noboru Murata and Kimie Tada
Every now and again, I come across a picture of an interior that I am so fascinated with, that I literally stare at it for minutes. The reason for this is firstly,because I LOVE it and secondly because I’m trying to figure out why. Why do I love it? What is it about the image that works and what elements am I drawn to. I call this trying to “break it down”. It’s a useful thing to do, as it helps one to understand what style you like and how to incorporate the elements into your scheme.
So, whenever I come across such a picture, I will post it up and “break it down” to the best of my ability.
Today’s image is of the fashion designer Nanette Lepore’s eclectic living room in her Manhattan home. Among the intriguing objects of her home is a beautiful glass chandelier in the form of a ship.
WHY DOES THIS ROOM WORK?
- The Glass Chandelier is a striking feature in the living room creating a beautiful focal point. Other elements of glass in the mirror and nest of tables bring harmony into the scheme
- The sofa, pouffe and armchair although different colours and textures are pulled together through the clever use of indented buttons on each piece of furniture.
- The addition of a large cream coloured rug bring lightness into an otherwise dark wall and floor. The texture also adds another dimension by making the room warm and inviting.
- The use of Orange and Blue are complimentary colours in the colour wheel. Although there are many different textures and materials used, the colour palette is restricted to these shades.
- The painting above the fireplace brings a sense of joy to the room.
So what do you think? Does the scheme work for you? Are there other elements that you like/dislike? I’d love to know your thoughts. Till tomorrow. xD
Source Image: Elledecor.com
Photographer: William Waldron
It’s Monday and this weeks Interior Style is Industrial. Being from Melbourne, Australia I remember walking through the back streets of industrial suburbs like the Docklands to get to the cool clubs as a teenager. Artists and creative individuals would take up residence in the surrounding warehouses and convert them into trendy homes. I would walk past these homes in awe of the large spaces, metal staircases and concrete floors. This is when I fell in love with this style.
Since then, I’ve always wanted to live in a converted warehouse. I just love the tension that the industrial style creates between the old and the new. The reason I love this style so much is that it highlights the beauty in something that could be seen as ugly, old or needing replacement. Objects such as rusty pipes, exposed ageing brick walls and worn concrete floors are cherished and displayed rather than discarded.
THE KEY ELEMENTS
- This style likes large cavernous spaces with high ceilings and open plan with very few walls
- Surfaces are left unfinished, rough and exposed and used as a display feature such as an exposed brick wall or worn concrete floors
- Rusted metal in the form of windows, furniture or doors are prominent
- The colour palette is mostly grey and black. Neutral colours are used to soften against the cold colours
- Wood and texture is used to bring warmth to the space through large rugs, furnishing with soft materials or leather and throws
- Furniture is usually vintage
THE REALITY CHECK
I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that I am a big fan of this style. However, the reality is that you can’t go halfway with an interior like this. The beauty is in the decay and age of the surroundings. In my opinion, you either go all the way with this style or not at all.
That’s it for today. As we run up to Christmas I’ll be posting less frequently over the next few weeks. I’ll be popping in every now and again to say hi and to provide some inspiration but will resume my normal frequency in the New Year hopefully refreshed and invigorated. I hope you have enjoyed reading my new blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing to it. With Thanks, Doris
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Christmas is just around the corner! Have you started your pressie shopping yet? Today, I thought it would be fun to put together some simple idea’s of how to bring Christmas into your interiors. It doesn’t have to cost the earth and a small simple display can bring a little fun and of course the Christmas spirit into your home. Have a lovely weekend.
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