Military Green is my Colour Prediction for Spring 2016…..

Is anyone else noticing that from the cat walk to casual classics, military green is appearing everywhere? In varied shades from dark olive to soft army green and teamed with all the popular neutrals; black, white, grey and tan it’s popping up all over the place! And where fashion goes, interior design follows. I am predicting that military green will become the new must have dark interior colour as we move into spring this year…

Spring 2016 Trend Military Green

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Military Green Works with all the Current Interior Trends…
Natural Selection

All things natural are on trend right now.  Indoor plants, handcrafted decor such as macrame decoration and chunky knitted throws. Think raw, worn and aged timber finishes, stone, paper and linen. In this setting military green makes for a perfect on trend accent colour that brings the outside in.

Scandi Style

Nordic interior design is here to stay with its abundance of natural light, space, and simple, well-designed furnishings. Imagine dark green as a paint colour creating a woodsy backdrop for typical Scandi finishes such as hides, fur, leather, linen, cork and raw timber.

Military Green Interior Inspiration

Bleached White with Dramatic Black

The black and white combination is a classic that will never go out of style, but for those of us that can’t live without colour, soft or faded military green as an accent can add depth or subtle interest.

Boho Beauty

Free spirited Boho is always an eclectic mix of pattern, texture and colour including brick, orange, amber, mustard, green, light aubergine, deep red, and chocolate brown. Military green slots easily into this extensive mix with its slightly grunge tones.

Bring Home Military Green

Lazy Luxury

If you love an opulent and luxurious interior, military green works here too. Think rich materials such as velvets, satins, and silks, contrasting with woolen felt, concrete, and flannel. Heavily influenced by history, portraits and still lifes are the perfect addition as large wall art or on smaller objects such as trays and paperweights. Metallic favourites sit flawlessly alongside all colours deep and mysterious like dark army green, burnt browns, murky magenta and deep blue.

Contemporary Cool

Angular geometry and artfully painted effects such as watercolor or colour gradients are still featuring heavily in contemporary design. Transparent is cool too because it creates visual space, so metal wire furniture, lucite and glass are enormously popular contrasted with textured materials such as a felt and wool. Military green has the ability to bring this style back down to earth.

Military Green is my colour prediction for Spring 2016

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Military green has attitude, it’s strong yet safe, cool but not cold and is anchored to the outdoors. No matter your style, you can sneak it in somewhere…

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Stuck for Styling Inspiration? Tell a Design Story…

I have said it before and I will most likely say it again; I adore a space that tells a story… and by story I don’t mean an actual novel, more like a design story.

There are times when I get stuck for styling inspiration, so I conjure up a story to inspire my choices and keep me on track. I’ve prattled about how to make your own stuff stylish and using a quote to inspire room design, but I am here to tell you that styling inspiration can be found anywhere…

There are times when I imagine the story of a destination such as a snow chalet in Aspen or a beach shack on the Californian coast. Other times an occupation like a photographers loft or stylists studio.

Californian Coast Design Story

Maywood surfboard, Maywood / Drifter Print, Lonely Sea / Paradise Awaits Cushion, Art Club Concept / Mirror, IKEA / Rhapis Palm, Urban Home Republic / Table Lamp, Beacon Lighting /

Snow Chalet Design Story

Table Lamp, Freedom / Leather Tray, Pottery Barn / Glass Hurricanes, Pottery Barn / Side Table, Freedom / Fur Throw, West Elm / Hide Cushion, Freedom / Faux Hide, Kmart /

Every now and again the story surrounds a person and I visualise cowboy cool or boho babe. There are even times when I channel food or favourite cafes; coffee and cake or wine and cheese. And music; rock n roll and Indie or alternative. I could go on but I am sure you get the idea!

Rock n Roll Room Design

Crystal Skull, Dan Murphys / Watercolour Artwork, Kmart / Water colour Cushion, Kmart / Arm chair, IKEA / Woollen Throw, FreedomBrass Stool, Pottery Barn / Pendant, Beacon Lighting / Candle, Target /

Rustic Boho Design Story

Pendant, Domayne / Chair, IKEA / Blanket, Kmart / Fur Throw, Urban Home Republic / Cushion, Pampa / Woven Wall Art, Freedom / Rug, Pampa /

The best homes telling the story of who occupies the space. Homes shouldn’t look decorated, more like collected. A collection of the things that you love. So when you’re stuck for inspiration, focus on your favourite things and use them to tell your design story. And while plenty of these stories have been told before, your interpretation hasn’t!

You don’t need a million dollars or a heap of new stuff, when your story is about things that you love, chances are you have some of it already. Then it is just about pulling the look together and confidently creating a space you love with furniture placement, layers, textures and vignettes. Should you need a hand, I would love to help! You can contact me here….

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The Beauty of Winter

To all my soul mates out there who hate being cold, it is that time of the year again, but where my usual response would be dread, this year I am amending my attitude and looking to discover the beauty of Winter.

I cannot deny that winter landscapes are beautiful, I just normally prefer to view them through a window from somewhere warm. The moody colours and raw textures of cloudy skies, bare trees and snow capped mountains are something else and I normally focus on using the inspiration to cosy up my inside spaces.

This year I am gonna be brave and venture outside…

The Beauty of Winter

Fires are Beautiful…

An outdoor fire is not only beautiful but provides warmth so is obviously a necessity.

Blankets are Beautiful…

A big basket of blankets should be on standby for bundling up. They should also be draped over chairs and other solid surfaces to make everything look and feel warm and cosy.

Hot Drinks are Beautiful…

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate or even hot cocktails with roasted nuts or toasted marshmallows is something there should be more of.

Snow Chalet Style Accessories are Beautiful…

Antlers, stacked fire wood, animal hide rugs and rustic vessels atop a mantle, side table or trolley add that special Winter look.

Candles are Beautiful…

Candles add magic and are completely necessary to provide that soft, warm, flickering glow on a cold, grey, miserable day.

Winter Beauty

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They tell me that changing your attitude changes your world so I’m giving it a red hot go. Each time I get down about the cold, I will concentrate on one of the above ideas and perhaps I will eventually find Winter beautiful…

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From Moodboard to Real Life Room

I am all about a moodboard as you well know. I nearly never work on a project for either myself, or a client, without one and I even offer the service of creating one on your behalf to guide you through your own decorating journey. Today I will attempt to explain exactly how to translate your inspirational pics into an actual room makeover…

So you have followed my advice and stock piled magazines tear sheets, spent hours online, pinned a tonne of inspirational pins, refined your selection and created an amazing moodboard. How then do you translate all your room ideas from said moodboard to real life room? Sometimes its really quite obvious and other times not so much. To begin with you need to study each individual image, break down each element and identify exactly what you love about the picture in the first place. Its all about making lists….

Step 1 – Drill into the Specifics

Is it the colours, patterns, texture or lighting? Is it the decor, the architecture or the vibe? Make yourself a written list of the visual ideas. For example, my current list would read: raw timber, stone, linen, faux fur, grey, blue and brown with black accents, geometric pattern, distressed paint, soft pools of light, textured ceramics, indoor plants, comfortable and cosy.

Moodboard for Me

Moodboard for Me

Step 2 – Decide How to Add your Inspiration

To incorporate my inspiration I then make a second list of ideas; timber wall panels, stone indoor garden pots, linen curtains, faux fur throw, grey wall paint, blue upholstery, geometric cushions, distressed painted side table, black floor and table lamps, textured ceramic vases or vessels and oversized, pillowy seating.

Step 3 – Execute your Plan

Make a third list to take shopping then roll up your sleeves, clean out, paint if required, rearrange, style, stand back and smile!!

The living room at my place is a work in progress...

The living room at my place is a work in progress…

Now its worth noting that things don’t always go to plan 🙁 You cant afford the side table you dreamed of, the oversized, pillowy sofa and artwork ate up all your budget and the vases and vessels will have to wait. Doesn’t matter! Paint something second hand, wait to add your ceramics and grab a fleece blanket to substitute for your faux throw in the short term. It will happen in time. Your moodboard ensures you stay within your boundaries and prevents you wasting money on things that don’t fit in with your dream design.

See! Don’t get overwhelmed, take it one step at a time and have fun! A little bit of hard work for a huge amount of satisfaction. You’ll be so proud of yourself I promise 😉

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