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

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

Top 3 Tips for Decorating Your Home

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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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!

5 ways to style a Vintage look..

Inspiration, Interior trends

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Wow, doesn’t that headline sound like I’m going to give you fashion advice.  Well this is fashion advice for the home.

I know that the vintage theme has been trending for a while now but I actually had a client ask me the other day for some tips on how to achieve the look.  I had a squiz through my categories and was horrified to see that I hadn’t actually written a post about vintage styling, so here it is.

I think that today’s vintage interior covers the eclectic, eccentric, quirky, hand made, pre loved pieces with a nostalgic past and some whimsical fun.  It’s nearly a return to the simpler lifestyle of days gone by.  Think ‘playing lady’s’ as my mum used to refer to afternoon tea with her friends, drinking from fine bone china tea cups.  It also has a great dose of the 1920’s retro thrown in.

How can you achieve a Vintage Interior in your home?  Easy, whether you are starting with a blank canvas or mixing it in with an existing style here are 5 ways to add some Vintage to your look.

  1. Be you, if you love your collection of fine bone china now is the time to display it.  Or if you have a fabulous 1920’s retro chair – resurrect it.
  2. Don’t use the cliche union jack – everyone does this.  Be original.
  3. Find one vintage piece of furniture you love and feature it well.  Maybe it’s a retro sideboard, style it with some fantastic quirky decorator pieces or family collector heirlooms.
  4. Go shopping.  Op shops, Antique stores, Etsy.  The key is to find some original items that you love.  Or make your own handmade item with love.
  5. Vintage can be overwhelming so keep your floors and walls neutral, soft pastels at the most.

One last tip, don’t go all out vintage.  You don’t want your room to look as though it should belong in a museum.  And remember a good room is one that evolves, so keep adding bits and pieces over time – keeps those that enjoy the space on their toes.

Now go and make yourself a strawberry milkshake!

 

Prue