Last week I had a lovely lady ask me if I followed trends. I answered no, not usually in full because trends come and go. I explained that when clients work with me they are wanting their interior designed spaces to last longer than a trend. If a client is wanting a current trend applied in their home this is
No I’m not going to break into song Mariah Carey style……. but I do want to share what I feel makes a room go from beige to wow, or drab to fab
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!
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
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.
- Use Radiant Orchid for upholstery on your accent chairs and for scatter cushions.
- Yellow or Gold compliments Radiant Orchid but don’t over do it. Less is more.
- Radiant Orchid walls in the right room could work a treat.
- Not wanting to change your whole interior? Buy some radiant orchid toned flowers to bring your room up to date.
- 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.
- Pair Radiant Orchid with white if you are wanting a subtler look, grey/brown for drama and yellow for a bold effect.
- 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:
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
- Take everything out of the bookshelf and begin with a clean canvas.
- Start putting your books into your shelf – books can be placed on the shelf both vertically and horizontally.
- Next…. add family photos, framed small pieces of art to your shelves.
- 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.
- Don’t be afraid of empty spaces. Let the shelf breath and don’t overcrowd it.
- 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!
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.