How to choose the best art for your room

Advice, Art, Inspiration, Styling

The right piece of art can really increase the visual interest of any space.  Have you ever walked into a room and been captured by a unique piece of art that took your breath away?  I love rooms like that, people love rooms like that we all want to have rooms like that.  Let’s talk through how you, can get a room

Top 5 Easy Care Indoor Plant recommendations by Landscaper Dave!

Advice, Interior trends

I love indoor plants but I’ve also killed a lot of indoor plants.  Over the years I have improved my green thumb capabilities and also discovered some good hardy plants that are less likely to die if I forget to water them for a week or two.

I was chatting to my landscaper friend Dave and asked for his top 5 low maintenance indoor plants and here is what he came up with:

1. Zanzibar Gem ((Zamioculcas zamiifolia) 

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Zanzibar_Gem

2. Ficus decora Tineke

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Fixcus decora Tineke

3.  Dracaena Deremensis

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Dracaena deremensis

4. Anthurium

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Anthurium Exotic Plant

5. Aspidistra Elata (Cast Iron Plant)

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Indoor Plants and Interior Design

Living things bring interiors to life, I always try to include indoor plants in the interiors that I design for my clients. The plants I choose are determined usually by the look of the interior, if the space is contemporary I will choose an architectural leaf style plant that will add to the overall look and feel of the room keeping scale in mind.  Don’t be afraid to go large with your indoor plants and remember the pot that it sits in really does complete the look, so purchase a pot that is in the right proportion to the plant and the room.

Don’t forget that Indoor plants actually offer us health benefits too.  Indoor plants help filter the air that we breath of toxins from carpet, cleaning products and other nasties that are in our homes/offices.  Another good reason to include them in your interiors.

My favourites are Palms, Yacca’s, Snake Plant or Mother In Laws Tongue, Terrariums, Succulents, Ferns, Bonsai, Monstera and Cactus some of these are easy care, others not so sure.

Extra Resources:

For more low maintenance plants go here:  http://www.purityplants.com.au/ecommerce/low-maintenance-indoor-plants.rhtml

Lastly please note, I by no means am a plant expert so please be guided by the nursery or your landscaper when purchasing your indoor plants.

If you have any indoor plants that are easy care and aren’t listed, feel free to share them below in comments.

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What you need to know about rugs

Advice, Textiles

 There are so many types and styles of rugs on the market to choose from dhurries, kilims, sisal, jute, hemp, tufted, wool rugs, synthetics, shag, dyed rugs, persian, ikat, tribal and the list goes on.  Today I thought I would give some tips on how to choose the right rug for your needs.

Which fibre is best?

In my opinion wool is the best quality fibre used for rugs, wool is strong, is vibrant when it’s dyed stunning beautiful colours, it’s naturally fire resistant it self extinguishes itself, spill resistant the liquid will suspend before it soaks into the fibres, wool ages well and just feels beautiful under foot.  It’s worth the investment.

Synthetic fibres of olefin (polypropylene) are petroleum or plastic based products and don’t have the same natural feel or strength that wool does.  Synthetic rugs (also polyester or acrylic) are used to create fake wool look rugs, so be sure to check the composition of the rug when you are purchasing, although often price is the give away being sometimes 10x cheaper than a wool rug.  Synthetic rugs may be cheap to purchase but they can end up costing a lot in cleaning.  Wool fibres have lots of nooks where it hides dust and grit due to the pile density so they look good even when dirty however synthetic fibres (plastic) soil sticks to the outside of the fibres meaning they will require professional cleaning within months unlike wool rugs requiring professional cleaning after 2-3 years.  Synthetics don’t wear well (nylon would be a better wearing synthetic, often used in carpeting for this reason) and their colours don’t remain the same as when new.

Which style is best?

It depends on your home.  Generally I think pattern rugs add personality to a space.  Rugs can be used to cover a lot of surface in a room, so when a plain coloured rug is used it can drain the life out of a space where as a print or texture adds to the space.  Also prints hide a multitude of stains.  Choose a print you love in colours you love however be sure that it ties in with the existing scheme of your room.  If you are going for an investment beautiful quality wool rug choose something that is classic in it’s design as this will last longer than a current fashion piece.

Final tips:

Be mindful of the backing used for your rug, some backings are made of jute which can yellow so if you are choosing a lovely white rug with a jute backing and the backing happens to get wet it could seep through and stain your white rug yellow, which means when it comes to professional washing this causes a problem.  Check what the warp and weft fibres are if they are jute (often used in synthetic rugs) and you happen to have pets that aren’t trained these stains will remain in the rug fibres and it will smell – jute holds odour like no other fibre.  Jute will also become brittle or rot with age so you aren’t particularly wanting this as a backing for your rug.  A quality wool rug won’t necessarily have a backing but you will see it’s woven design.

Finally keep in mind where your rug will be used and how long you are hoping to have it for, these factors will help determine your fibre choice.

Happy rug shopping!

 

 

Extra resources:

http://www.westelm.com/shop/design-lab/choose-the-right-rug-design-lab/

http://www.rugchick.com/cheap-synthetic-rugs-what-you-need-to-know/

http://www.rugchick.com/why-wool-rules-the-rug-world/

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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: