Table Styling

Found the most amazing table styling ideas this week, I think those of us with a love for decorating are starting to think about Christmas……..

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Style Your Kitchen

Kitchens. They are such a practical place, the heart of the home apparently.
Its actually the least favourite room of my home, not because I don’t like the fit out, it’s actually quite attractive (if I do say so myself), the reason I dislike it is because its all about chores. Cooking (obviously!), washing dishes, packing school lunches and all around lots of cleaning. BLAH. I spend so much time in the space, so, I’ve been contemplating how to style my kitchen in an attempt to add more fun.
I can rule out soft furnishings, except maybe tea towels, because fabric blinds or even a rug on the floor will just end up dirty :(
I am leaning towards, colour, repetition and line………

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Clockwise from top left images sources: Verandah House, sfgirlbybay.com, eastcoastcreativeblog.com, pinterest, Kayley Edwards Stenger, breadandolives.tumblr.com.

 

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Top Row: 1950’s French Shelving Restoration Hardware, Cheese boards Provincial Home Living, Druvflader Plant Pot IKEA, Lack Shelving IKEA Centre Row: Antique Copper Tray Zohi Interiors, Dark Mountain Wall Dot Pony Rider, Blackboard Art Pinterest, Herbs grown in cup and saucer Brit Co, Teatowels Etsy Store Gingiber. Bottom Row: Herbs in vintage tins Brit Co, photo display board Pinterest, Hampton Rattan Pendant Zohi Interiors, Artichaut Metal Decor Provincial Home Living, Bon Appetit Clock thebigclockstore.com.

 

So many ideas once I started looking. Shelves to add horizontal line and provide a place for display, bamboo or wicker blinds or light fittings to add texture, rows of framed images, blackboard art and the cool wall dot which is self adhesive and can be removed. A round theme started to emerge once I looked at clocks and trays for arranging a coffee plunger and mugs or a teapot, cups and saucers. Better still, fancy glass wear, a favourite liquor and scented candles. Why not light one and pour a drink while doing the dishes? Of course none of this will change the purpose of the space but it may help distract me from the monotony……..

Discovery

I am riding the high from an incredible week of supporting my girl and her dance school at the local eisteddfod. I love this feeling!! I think its pride and awe and inspiration and exhaustion all rolled into one……
My little performer (who is almost as tall as me) describes dancing on stage like being in a dream, the music is her direction and things only go wrong if you wake up.
The well spoken, English dancer hired to adjudicate this September’s eisteddfod was kind, informative and inspirational.
He gave direction, noted the strengths of each performance and much to my delight provided insight into the origins of dance styles and in doing so helped us understand what he was looking for.
Picture this; the Tarantella was originally supposed to be a medicinal way to dance a spiders venom from your blood stream!!!!

This made me realise that understanding the origins of any style is extremely valuable, it creates a picture in your mind that can then transcend and evolve into something new and exciting.
Hands up if you hated history at school? I know I did, thought it was a complete waste of time. Until I studied design history. It may be because I’m getting old, but I now see that historical context helps us understand the visual component and the social significance of all our design choices……..

Late 17th century Spain - Restoration Hardware Steamer Trunks - RH 20th C. English Bar Cabinet - RH Heirloom Silver Trunk - Restoration Hardware

 

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Dark Horse

I am an avid reader of interior magazines, I religiously purchase Real Living, Belle, Home Beautiful and Vogue Living along with the occasional random selection each month. I probably should correct the word “reader” because to be completely honest I really don’t read that much of the content. I am too busy studying the images! I love to analyse and dissect to see if I can identify why I like or dislike them, what I think works and what doesn’t and why the magazines choose the images they publish. In any case, it boils down to personal taste but I still get a thrill each time I sit down with a new publication.
Recently though, I have become bored with the same pale colours in so many Australian homes, white, white and more white.
(more like cream, off white, beige, taupe and pastel) but the vast majority of spaces have pale walls. Its getting old. I predict a shift (because surely I can’t be the only one) toward darker, moodier finishes. We have enough daylight here in Oz to justify the use of darker finishes and besides, its cosier and dramatic and rich and beautifully decadent just like chocolate! How can that be wrong?? Yellowtrace have just featured an exclusive first look at Haymes 2015 Colour Forecast and its exciting……..

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Dark Horse web 1

Exposed brick

I suppose its a feature one might either love or hate, after all it dominates a space. I have pondered the decision for a while and settled upon loving it. Friends of mine have a room attached to their house which leaves exposed brick along one wall (what was the exterior of the house) and have asked my opinion on covering it/painting it/leaving it………
Initially I wasn’t sure because as it stands it looks a little dated. The longer I mulled over it, the more excited I became. Different concepts kept me awake at night (and distracted during the day). The raw, textured nature of the brick is versatile enough to work with so many styles and whats more the rest of their home gives off a contemporary vibe with a slightly rustic/industrial edge so with just a few tweaks………

Exposed Brick

Soft n Creamy

Its the middle of winter and I am cold and grumpy. My home is warm but the wind is blowing, its overcast and I don’t want to leave the house! I am craving cosy socks, a fluffy blanket, coffee and a good book……….

I have been working on a concept using cream and grey as the predominate colours and I’m excited! Its a combo that is soft and warm, spacious and cosy, interesting and neutral all at the same time. It works beautifully with timber and metal and black is the perfect accent!

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Soft n creamy

Bedside Styling

Bedside tables chosen! Or at least I stole two of the nesting tables from the living area. They fit (if I turn one sideways) so that will have to do for now. I would like to be able to use them (how practical of me) but want them to look like a magazine photo too. Is this even possible? I need a lamp (hubby doesn’t) so there goes symmetry. Gotta have books, magazines, my notebook, a drink……….and styling solutions. Back to pinterest I go.

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Styling with what you have

And this immersing image is an inspiring example of styling with what you have. No headboard (although insanely beautiful brick wall), sketches and magazine tear sheets for art and the frames stacked on the floor. Such cleverness, so real. So from this I will stop wanting to buy things and go searching through what I already have……..

And here it is!

Bedroom 1

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For now………

Beside the Bed……..

I spent this week thinking about my bedroom. I painted it a while back. The new color is cosy but after rearranging the furniture there is not a lot of room for bedside tables. Note to myself to be more creative and think outside the box because the options I found amazed me. Ottomans, trunks, console tables, desks, a chair or stool, drawers and ladders, crates/boxes, I even discovered a drum and swing!

The slept in look

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And one for the kids from Restoration Hardware……I want it!

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Glossy or Matt?

I noticed something about myself this week that i had not consciously recognized before. I steer away from glossy finishes. Im not sure why but all my favorite spaces are filled with rustic, textured, matt finishes.

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So in an effort to expand my horizons I have been researching gloss finishes. I think reflective surfaces scare me because they show every imperfection and require frequent cleaning. The up side is that they are the most durable finish and are relatively easy to clean. Conversely flat finishes are often not very durable and need to be carefully cleaned. I have to concede there is something that “shiny” adds to a room. It’s the luxury. It brings a kind of elegance to a space, glossy is grander and more opulent.

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Image source: pinterest

Shiny things can be glam and girly or masculine and mysterious.

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Image source: pinterest

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Shiny metal finishes evoke wealth and splendor and polished marble bring to mind extravagance and indulgence.

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A wise person once told me that while it is important to have your own personal style, one should never stop experimenting. It is how you continue to grow and evolve. I guess it’s no different from sampling unfamiliar foods or listening to new music and discoveries are what makes life interesting. So I will give it a go, you never know till you try……right?

 

 

 

Dark n Moody

I have endured a week of feeling dark and moody. All I have yearned for is a dark, cosy corner in which I can curl up with a magazine or a good book and, of course, I’ve had no time to do either which is probably why I’m still moody. I did find time to satiate my mood by searching dark and moody spaces on pinterest. The images reminded me of something that Abigail Ahern wrote in her latest Journal. I quote; “Everything, I repeat, EVERYTHING, looks a billion times more expensive with inky walls as your back drop.” I’m not sure expensive is what I want to achieve but I do feel that dark colors make a space feel cosier and more comfortable.

Could I be the only one with this opinion? Too often I read about the beauty of rooms flooded with natural light. My reaction: I am very probably going to need my sunglasses inside and every blemish and dusty surface will be visible! White rooms remind me of hospitals and science laboratories where everything must be clean and sterile. This is not how I want my home to feel! Am I on my own? These images would make me think no….

Image source: Abigail Ahern

Image source: Abigail Ahern

 

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A close friend asked me recently, “when I finally get my own place, can I have a black kitchen?” My answer: “of course, why not?” She says “apparently, its not the done thing….”

Back to Abigail Ahern who also mentions that anyone can create a beautiful home (she calls it a pad), it has very little to do with money and everything to do with confidence……Do you have to be courageous to use dark colors or do dark colors give you courage? Personally I dance far more courageously when the lights are dimmed and I most definitely feel more bad ass in dark clothing. Dare I mention the bedroom…? My friend is a professional singer and adores a night out on the town. I imagine her future kitchen would look similar to a sophisticated bar since this would hint at her personality and what she loves. So I guess the moral to my ranty rave is; a space needs personality and atmosphere to make me happy. A home should tell the story of who lives in it it as opposed to displaying what is fashionable, trendy or expensive.

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I mean how beautiful are these kitchens? Plus I LIKE black and grey and inky blue. I lean toward saturated colors and shadows, I prefer the magic and mystery they add to a space, maybe I have a little vampire in me……

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