Get yourself some Radiant Orchid

Colour, Concept/Mood/Colour Board, Interior trends

 

Radiant Orchid has been named Pantone’s Colour of 2014.  I think this is a fabulous, vibrant, fun yet captivating colour that can definitely be introduced to our interiors.  Lets explore some ways to do this.

  1. Use Radiant Orchid for upholstery on your accent chairs and for scatter cushions.
  2. Yellow or Gold compliments Radiant Orchid but don’t over do it.  Less is more.
  3. Radiant Orchid walls in the right room could work a treat.  
  4. Not wanting to change your whole interior? Buy some radiant orchid toned flowers to bring your room up to date.
  5. Play with the varying tones of Radiant Orchid, along with the shades and tints surrounding it using them for for a variety of elements in your room.  This will add depth and interest.
  6. Pair Radiant Orchid with white if you are wanting a subtler look, grey/brown for drama and yellow for a bold effect.
  7. Finally add some quirk to your room (i.e. an animal coffee table perhaps?) to make it more eye catching and memory making.

I’d love to hear how you use Radiant Orchid, feel free to comment below.

Below are some more ideas of ways to use Radiant Orchid in your home:

 

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

5 easy ways to add warmth to an Industrial Interior

DIY, Inspiration, Interior trends, Styling

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I have had a few people ask me for tips on how you can bring warmth to the current Industrial style that is trending at the moment.  Industrial in it’s pure form is quite cold and uninviting due to it’s materials being old industrial factory pipes, concrete floors, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, large spaces etc… but this fascinating style can definitely be warmed up so to speak so that it is more user friendly and more suited to today’s lifestyles.  Today I thought I would give you 5 easy ways you can add warmth to your Industrial Interiors.

1.  Lights – use warm lighting not cold. Simple change your light globe!

2. Colours – again, use a few splashes of reds, oranges, warm pinks in your furniture, rug, art and furnishing selections.

3. Finishes – introduce some wood, rugs, red brick.

4. Personal effects – some family photos maybe?

5. Flowers and Plants – select flowers that are modern and arrange them to suite the large scale of your space i.e. bird of paradise.

Have fun with it and if you have any further tips please comment below.

For further reading see my previous blog post https://mydecorator.com.au/2012/06/25/industrial-design-how-to-get-the-look/

and also Apartment Therapy blog post http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/creating-a-warm-industrial-living-room-decor-style-source-list-172769

Coming up roses

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Roses in cylinder vase - works well when buds haven't fully opened.

Individual roses in bottles, uneven number groupings work best.

When it comes to flowers I do like the classic rose. The timeless elegance and the scent always attract me and I love using them in my decorating.

On the weekend my husband gave me a bunch and I decided to showcase them in a cylinder vase for something different. The buds aren’t fully open yet so I thought they compliment this vase nicely.

I had 3 left so just popped them in some old bottles and on my book case.

I had a squiz online to see what other people do with their roses, see below for my findings.

If you have any outstanding rose arrangements I’d love to see them, maybe post pictures of them on My Decorator facebook page here.

flowerduet.com

Tinned roses, beautiful vintage styling.

Nice idea for modern arrangement

This arrangement as seen on ruffledblog. Who remembers their mums brass-ware?

Spring has sprung!

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Today I went out into our very small garden and picked some flowers, berries and foliage in celebration of spring.  I was pleasantly surprised with my findings.  I used this huge white platter to host my little arrangements and have popped it on my lounge room coffee table for all to enjoy.  Why don’t you get out in your garden and have a creative explore too??
Have fun!!