Living Room – Spring Makeover, 6 easy steps

Concept/Mood/Colour Board, DIY, Furniture, Inspiration, Styling

I love spring.  Over the weekend we went on a little road trip out west to see our family and it was so beautiful driving through the lush green country side seeing fields of canola, cute lambs and foals playing in paddocks, wild daisy’s growing by the side of the road, the sun was shining and there was such a breath of new life in the air.

I thought I would write todays post about a few simple changes you can make that will help bring that spring vibe that we all love into our homes.  You will see from the above moodboards the  difference a few changes can make.  Note the furniture remains the same, this is to illustrate how easy it is to tweak your living room to create a new look.

Here are my top 6 tips on how to style a new spring inspired living room.

1.  Flowers – go outside and pick some beautiful spring flowers and feature them in your living room, front and centre on the coffee table for all to see and enjoy.

2.  Scatter cushions – store away your winter wools, and warm toned cushions and hit the shops to buy some new cotton, light weight fabric and brightly coloured spring ones.  Let nature inspire your design and colour selections.

3.  Rugs – roll up and store that heavy wool brown toned rug and replace it with a nice blue/green cotton one, it will give your room an instant freshen up.

4.  Paint job – get your paint brush out and paint your walls (or even just 1) a nice fresh clear spring tone as pictured.

5.  Art – bring out your brighter art and feature it.

6.  Decorator pieces – store away any warm toned decorator pieces and use white, bright pastel toned artefacts that you love instead.  I have added a quirky Abigail Ahern rabbit lamp to my spring room, it’s good to be unpredictible and add some quirkiness to rooms.   I have also removed the old vintage box and added a rustic screen and ceramic stool instead.

I hope I have inspired you to bring some spring goodness to your living room.

Enjoy the sunshine and happy decorating!  Prue

Vivid Sydney – Inspired Interior by My Decorator

Architecture, Art, Concept/Mood/Colour Board, Furniture, Inspiration

Proposed foyer design for Performing Arts Co.

A few Friday nights ago we went into the city to take in the amazing atmosphere at Vivid Sydney 2013. We enjoyed dinner and drinks first at the Opera Bar and then wandered around Circular Quay and The Rocks to see all the different visual light displays.

I couldn’t help but let my designer mind go to thinking how some of the amazing images that were projected onto the Opera House could be used in Interior spaces. So to capture this creative thinking I have put together a 3D image for an Old Warehouse of a Performing Arts Company that shows what some Vivid could look like in a Commercial setting (pictured above). The proposed foyer would have a huge artwork image of the opera house (vivid a fied) hanging in the foyer with some quirky performing arts bowler hats as pendants and tan leather barcelona chairs to create a warm friendly welcome to any visitors.

I hope you had the opportunity to go and see Vivid Sydney 2013, if you didn’t have a look at the slideshow I put together of some of the photos we took. I would also love to read your thoughts and experiences of Vivid Sydney 2013 so feel free to comment below.

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Industrial Design – How to get the look!

DIY, Furniture, Inspiration, Interior trends

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I’m really loving industrial interior design at the moment. When applied well to a space it can make a room sing.  Think old warehouses, factory’s and laboratory’s. Exposed pipes, high ceilings with exposed beams, exposed brick walls, huge windows made up of small paned glass, concrete or wood floorboards, old patina’d metals not to mention industrial items such as coggs, wheels, wire surround pendant lights and more….. but what happens when you love the look but have a domestic, low ceiling home with a normal lounge suite and other furniture. Is it still possible to create this industrial look in this kind of space? My answer is yes. I like to call it eclectic industrial. Most times genuine industrial spaces could never be called intimate, yet we like our living rooms to have that warm friendly intimate feel. So how can we take industrial and make it intimate? Today I’m going to give you a few tips and ideas on how you can achieve an industrial look for your living room, dining or bedroom.

A room with personality is a real show stopper. I love walking into a room that has character and individuality. How do you create this industrial look in a room, yet still have intimacy and that friendly lived in look? Below I have listed a few tips that may help.

1. Be a true industrialist, use salvaged, recycled materials that you would find in an old warehouse, factory or laboratory and re-purpose them – get creative and start some DIY.  Items like old coggs, wheels, rusted chains, worn wood, exposed pipes, metal wheels, conveyor belts and old hooks can all be given new purpose.

2. If you have an exposed textured brick wall use this as your backdrop, make it a feature.

3. Industrial colour palet of stone neutrals, greys, coppers, muted browns, aged chromes, old patina’d metal. If you are planning on painting select tones on the warmer side of these colours. Stone neutrals are probably best and consider the affect your natural and artificial lighting is going to have on these colours. You also need to make sure those that live in the space like and can live with your colour selection.

4. Exposed pendant lightglobes with wire cages, or interesting shades or no shades at all are all excellent choices for the industrial style. Even stage lighting works well.

5. Concrete, if you have it feature it.

6. Watch scale. This style really suits grand scale rooms i.e high ceilings but if you have low ceilings just keep the scale of your room in mind when you are picking out furniture and industrial artifacts. Large scale decorator pieces can be great but you still need to be careful with how the proportions of these items relate to your existing furniture and furnishings.

7. Don ‘t be afraid to bring nature in. Plants work well and add a lived in warmth to a room, but choose architectural leaf based plants nothing to pretty or flowery.

8. Rugs – Handwoven and knotted quality traditional rugs work well with the industrial interior, pop one under your coffee table… not to mention they are nice and cosy underfoot.  Wool blends are hard wearing choices.

9. Furnishings – choose wisely, less is more. If you have a fabric lounge select simple original, good quality cushions that are hand made, non mass produced genuine leather, knitted or woven. You will already have some wow pieces in the room so you don’t need your cushions to be competing with your industrial artefacts. Same applies for quilt covers for bedrooms.

10. Exposed pipes – if you have some on your wall or in your ceiling, don’t cover them, it’s their moment to shine.

11. Metal framed tables with thick wooden tops and big industrial castors.

12. Iron framed bookcase (made of pipes) with thick wooden shelves – wow!

13. Typical industrial furniture pieces are functional before they are attractive, keep this in mind with your styling.

14. Old metal filing drawers or metal lockers.

15. Choose quality pieces that will last or are ideally from the 1950’s or before as these are from an era of when things were built to last – this will bring a fabulous authenticity to the industrial look you are creating.

16. The industrial style works well with modern clean line furniture. Clean lines, plain neutral coloured pieces of furniture with an amazing industrial cog sculpture is going to allow the sculpture to be the feature rather than putting it on an ornately designed shabby chic hall table where the cog will be competing with the furniture.

17. Think quirky and unexpected when you are styling your room. Also be sure not to over style, this look is minimalist.

18.  The best interiors are those that evolve over time, if you love this style build on it and let your space evolve.  This will keep space users interested and creates layers and depth to your room.

One last thing to keep in mind. If you already have architectural features that are industrial no. 15 is a good point to implement as you don’t want to over style and make the room look like an actual factory. However if you don’t have industrial architectural features then go with 10-13 to bring industrial styling in with furniture.

I have put together a slideshow that will hopefully inspire you to get started. Happy creating and feel free to comment, ask questions or email me photo’s of your finished work.

Prue

Other helpful resources:

Ideas for an industrial furnitures home decoration – http://youtu.be/ZVLRq3pp_E8

http://www.designsponge.com/2011/08/before-after-industrial-yet-cozy-kitchen-redo.html

Picker Sisters clip below

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+picker+sisters&view=detail&mid=668EFC540F2E72E14FC2668EFC540F2E72E14FC2&first=21

DIY tips below

http://www.homelife.com.au/homes/galleries/industrial+style+interior+design,10943?pos=3#top

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what a KNIT interior

Furniture, Inspiration, Interior trends, Textiles, Uncategorized

Big cosy knit blanket

Knit Stools by Claire Anne O’Brien

Crochet stool

Just for grins – someone really loves to knit

Designer knit bean bags

Upholstered knit armchair

Nordic bliss scandinavian style country romantic white crochet sofa

Knit brit chair

Wouldn’t you just love to be relaxing in a crochet hammock right about now?

Crochet curtain screen

Crochet curtain

Cable knit floor rug

Cable knit bath mat

Knitted jars

Cable knit inspired dinnerware

cable knit bedspread – personal favourite

Big cable bedspread throw

Black crochet blanket on white bedspread

Contemporary knit bedspread – from design sponge

I’m starting to see a stronger reference to the art of knitted and crocheted homewares being used in domestic interior trends, are you?

I remember the days back in my childhood when my mum taught me to knit and my grandmother taught me to crochet.  My mother (now deceased) was never idle…. if she was watching TV (a rarity) she was knitting as well…. you get the picture.  Knitting….  5 years back I may have thought was a lost art, some may even think it today but no I think it’s back.  You only have to dig deep into that recycled, vintage, home made interior bent that I was talking about to see that knitwear woman’s fashion isn’t the only thing that is making a come back.  As pictured above our interiors now have the opportunity to be graced with yester years homely memories in the form of knitted cushions, lampshades, cable throw rugs, bedspreads, place mats, upholstery, floor rugs and more.

If you want to buy some knitted homewares go here OR here

All I know is sometimes its nice to look back and reclaim some of those beautiful memories surrounding the skills learnt and passed down through the generations and implement them in a new way to create a new look for our current generation of interiors.  I know I will be teaching my kids how to knit.

Have you implemented any knitted furnishings into your current home decor?  I’d love to see pictures or hear about it…..

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Eames chairs & where to buy quality replicas

Furniture

Eames Collection, via J. Johnson Appraisals

DKR 2 Eames Chairs

DKW White Eames Chairs

Eames La Chaise

Eames chairs in cognac leather

The Eames Lounge Chair

Hermen Miller – Replica Eames RAR Rocker

Black replica DKW Eames Chairs

DSR Multi coloured Eames Chairs

Old wood table with modern classic DKW Eames chairs

Red Orange Eames Herman chairs

Eames DKR (eiffel base) White Chairs

DCW Red Eames Chairs

DCW Eames Chairs

Wooden dining table with White DKR Eames Chairs

Today I wanted to explore the Eames chair.  As pictured above these chairs are an old favourite that are becoming increasingly popular again in today’s interiors.

Ray and Charles Eames were known as the most famous design partners of the 20th Century.  Take a look of this You Tube clip to find out more about Ray and Charles Eames.

I by no means am an expert on Eames Chairs or Ray and Charles Eames vast design portfolio but I do have a high appreciation and respect for their talented eye for design and manufacture or quality furniture.  If you would like to read more about the Eames’ design accomplishments see Eames Designs – a virtual encyclopedia of all things Eames.

I love the clean lines and simple modern stylistic design of their chairs.  As illustrated above these chairs translate well into modern interior spaces but can also work in traditional classic eclectic interior spaces.   

Buy Eames Replica’s:

From my online browsing it appears that the best places to purchase quality Eames Chair replicas are from Living Edge in Richmond, Melbourne (Living Edge Richmond Showroom hosted the Eames family collection “gifted eye of Charles Eames of design” as part of the Melbourne International Design Festival in 2005).  These Eames chair replica’s are from the Herman Millar brand and comes with a GECA certificate.http://www.livingedge.com.au/catalog/view.phpitemid=121&return=productCatalogProductCategory%253D79&productCatalogProductCategory=79

http://www.relaxhouse.com.au/product/replica-eames-wing-chair-white

Other options for purchasing Eames chairs are Matt Blatt and Sokol.

http://www.mattblatt.com.au/Replica-Dining-Chairs/Replica-Eames-DSW-Side-Chair-Plastic.aspx?p4080c4

http://www.sokol.com.au/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=16

I’m seriously considering buying some Eames chairs for my dining table.

What are your thoughts on Eames chairs?  Do you like them?  Are they comfortable?

I’d love to read your comments below!

 

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