Tis the season to decorate – 10 ways to bring Christmas to your home!

Advice, DIY, Inspiration

image from decoradviser.

I love this time of year as it’s Christmas which brings with it warm sunny weather and parties where we meet up with friends and family, eat yummy food and celebrate the birth of Jesus. I also enjoy christmasifying (I know I just made up a new word!) our home. The tree and all it’s decorations get pulled out of storage, our singing Santa gets hung at the door in our entry for lil and big visitors alike to get a laugh from.

We actually put our tree up super early this year. We enjoyed a wine, some Christmas carols played in the background while we decorated the tree. I’m still adding finishing touches to the rest of the house.

I thought I would share a few christmasifying tips I’ve gathered along the way.

1. Think outside of the box. This year I have put our 6″ high tree on a low table in the corner of our lounge room between both of our lounges. It makes a huge commanding impact on the room with it’s added height and also frees up some floor space. Not to mention it’s the first thing you notice when you walk through out front door. What a welcome.

2. Consider nature.  How about a fresh tree this year?  Enjoy the forrest fresh aroma a pine tree will bring to your home.  You could get some pine cones and display them in a nice big basket or bowl.  Take your party outside, set up your dining table in your backyard and enjoy the great aussie outdoors.

3. Choose a colour scheme and theme. Change it every year to keep things fresh. Our colour scheme this year is silver and gold. So all our Christmas decorations are silver and gold, we have left the tinsel of this year as we were wanting a more classic look so have used gold pearls instead. You could also have a fun colourful colour scheme and use pinks, yellows, greens, blues etc… Get the kids to make colourful paper chains and their own fun colourful baubles for a more casual bright fun look.

4.  Add meaning.  I always love to have a Nativity Scene as this reminds me of the meaning of Christmas.  I also like our Christmas snow globe that we chose to remind us of family members that aren’t with us.  You may have special handmade decorations that you hang on your tree every year that remind you of someone special or a special memory.  You can add meaning to Christmas by creating new memories.  Christmas is a special time, sentiment and continuing family traditions really do add meaning to this beautiful season.

5. Style a Christmas table that everyone will love to sit at. It doesn’t have to have all matching chairs or even tables for that matter. Put on a table cloth and a lovely home made centrepiece pulling through your colour scheme, or use some fresh flowers, candles, bon bons and sit down together to enjoy the delicious feast of food and great conversation.

6. Create inviting seating nooks. If you are having a party look at your seating layout and put out some side tables near chair clusters for people to put their drinks on and for some nibbles to be sat on so you are creating a nice little spot for 2 or 3 people to sit and chat. You can do the same with bean bags and low coffee tables. Your guests will love this.

7. Don’t forget the rest of your house. Style the surfaces of your home with your Christmas theme, remove and store everyday decorator items and recreate each space with a new look.

8. Fairy lights. Don’t be afraid to use them and lots of them. They add fabulous atmosphere to your home and to party’s. I am using warm white lights this year to go with my classic theme.

9. Music. Make a playlist. Get some Christmas carols playing. Get your guests in a good party mood from the moment they arrive.

10. Food. Bake, create, get out the old favourite recipes and spoil your guests with some scrumptious delights.

I’d love to read your tips of how you Christmasify your home.  Feel free to comment below.

I’d also like to say thank you for reading our blog this year and wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015!

Prue xo

Extra Resources:  Christmas Tree Decorating tips  http://www.interiordesigninfo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47:decoratechristmas-tree&catid=41&Itemid=70

How to style a bookshelf

Advice, DIY, Inspiration, Interior trends, Styling

Now there are bookshelves and then there are bookshelves. As long as I can remember I have always loved a well styled bookshelf, one that tells me something about the owner, one that tells a story and captures the imagination…. over the top? Maybe but hey, I say it’s time to make our boring book filled bookshelves beautiful.

6 Easy steps on how to style your bookshelf

  1. Take everything out of the bookshelf and begin with a clean canvas.
  2. Start putting your books into your shelf – books can be placed on the shelf both vertically and horizontally.
  3. Next…. add family photos, framed small pieces of art to your shelves.
  4. Place other meaningful decorative objects such as an interesting sculpture, a trinket that you received as a gift from your children or mother… basically anything that adds texture and interest to the bookshelf.
  5. Don’t be afraid of empty spaces.  Let the shelf breath and don’t overcrowd it.
  6. Lastly don’t make your styling too showroom perfect, you want your guests to feel relaxed in your lounge room not uptight – have some fun with it!

This bookshelf isn’t too perfectly styled, its fun and quirky.


Why not add a pop of colour to your bookshelves interior.

Why not add a pop of colour to your bookshelves interior.

 

Add some interesting shaped vases, sepia photos, gigantic shell and textured basket.

Add some interesting shaped vases, sepia photos, gigantic shell and textured basket.


You can style your bookshelf in a soft colour palette as pictured here.

You can style your bookshelf in a soft colour palette as pictured here.

 

You can use books as book ends, add letters, fresh flowers, art, bowls, woodwork, trinkets and more.

You can use books as book ends, add letters, fresh flowers, art, bowls, woodwork, trinkets and more.

I hope you feel inspired to update the look of your bookshelf, I’d love to read your comments below about any tips and tricks that you use.

Happy reading/styling!

Prue

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How to hang art

Advice, Art, DIY, Interior trends

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What size art for where and how should I hang it? How can I create a show-stopping gallery of art as a feature? What height should my art be placed at on a wall? These questions and more are often asked of me when I’m on a consult so today I thought I would write a blog post to help you all with your art displaying and hanging.  I got some help from the professionals along the way too.

As a guide always hang your art around eye level.  Meaning that the middle of the picture should be at 1450mm from the ground.  Check out the formula that Maxwell Ryan from Apartment Therapy uses to achieve this, he also says (or has heard on the grapevine) it is the formula that art galleries and museums use.

Watch this video (1st on page) for instructions:  https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-hang-artwork-apartment-therapy-video-roundup-193341

Step By Step Instructions to hanging your art:

A. Measure from the floor up your wall to 1450mm high and lightly mark

B. Measure artwork height and divide by 2 (this gives you the center)

C. Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire (a small amount)

D. Subtract (C) “tight wire” amount from (B) 1/2 height amount for the “to the hook” amount. This will tell you how far above 1450mm your hook should go

E. Lightly mark wall just above 1450mm with the “to the hook” amount

Example:

A. Picture is 508mm tall

B. Middle is at 254mm (this mid point should rest at 1450mm)

C. Wire comes to 50mm below the top

D. 254mm – 50mm = 203mm

E. Lightly mark 203mm above your first mark OR 1651mm on the wall

or

1450mm + 1/2 picture height minus pin to top of picture = where to place hook

Consider grouping your art together for more impact rather than scattering the pieces on various walls around the room.

When creating a gallery of art select art that is similar in colour scheme so that it looks harmonious to the eye when it is hanging on the wall.  Choose lots of different size pieces of art to make up your gallery and group the art so that they are evenly spaced but look visually appealing.  You can also add  three dimensional items to the mix to create more interest for the eye as well.

Be careful with the scale of your art.  If you have high ceilings and large rooms you can hang larger art in your space.  

Below are some tips that I have put together for clients in the past that you also may find helpful.  I find the below 3M picture hanger works well as the hook is at the top meaning no matter where your canvas string or D ring is you won’t see your 3M picture hanger sticking over the top of your art work.

3m

Above is 3M Picture Hanging Strips, these are ideal for use when hanging a gallery wall see link below for how to apply.

Make sure you check out the links and videos below from other designers, they have some really helpful and invaluable tips as well.  And as Maxwell says, go hang some art today!!

Further reading and watching:

http://blog.westelm.com/2013/06/05/how-to-hang-gallery-wall/

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/interiors/hang-art-like-a-pro-a-68712

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-hang-artwork-properly-57-inches-from-the-floor-6174

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/homes/celebrity-gallery-walls#slide-1

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Add some colour to your rental without painting the walls

DIY, Inspiration, Shop this

Good afternoon wonderful ones!  So I was just browsing through houzz a few days ago and saw this post that had some helpful tips for renters that I thought I would share with you here.  Hope you enjoy it!

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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