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6 STYLING TIPS:

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As a qualified interior designer myself, I’m often looking at other designers work. I find inspiration and ideas that I may not have seen or thought of myself.

Design is constantly changing and evolving.

One thing I always tell clients is that your space reflects your personality and the way you live. Your space should be comfortable and suit your needs.

Sometimes we all get a bit lost in wanting our homes to look like something from a magazine shoot, however what we need to consider is the variables that are in our lives. Do we have children that we need to cater for? I mean, my kids are allowed to lay on the lounge, no shoes of course, they often throw the pillows at each other and I don’t mind.

I want them to be comfortable in their own home and enjoy being children. I don’t want the picture perfect home where they can’t touch anything. After all, I believe childhood is about experience, exploration, learning and growing.

I also want my visitors to feel welcome and comfortable, there is nothing g worse than going somewhere and panicking that your children will break or put something out of place in another’s home. I don’t want my visitors to feel that.

A home to me, should emit happy and welcoming feelings.

The below article is a great write up on how we can design our homes in simple and effective yet liveable spaces. I’ve also added the images for sone Wednesday inspiration. 💕🏠

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6 STYLING TIPS: GET YOUR HOME TO LOOK LIKE THE HOME OF AN INTERIOR BLOGGER

Posted on June 22, 2017

You like when I do lists and you also like it when I show gorgeous stylish homes, so today I am going to combine the two. So if you are looking to give your home a quick makeover – and make it look just like the interior blogger’s home, then just follow these easy tips for great impact.

Group Your Picture Frames
You do not always need to hang your pictures for optimal exposure. Group on the floor or on a sideboard, and do as Norwegian blogger Katerina from Only Deco Love, add a few empty frames for a more delicate arrangement. Do not overdo it though, add just one or two, as it quickly can look over styled.

Simple Book & Art Display
Displaying books and favorite pics can be tricky, often the books just collects dust in the bookshelf, while some might end in a pile on the coffee table. With simple ledges from Ikea, which can be painted in any color to match the wall color, you can easily make any corner into a gallery, which would make any gallery owner envious. Norwegian blogger Nina from Stylizimo is the one to copy.

Keep It Simple
Danish blogger Caroline from September Edit do simple like no other. Simple doesn’t need to be dool and boring, far from it. Choose a few colors that you like and stick with them. Do not deviate for any means, unless you change the entire color palatte of course.

Style That Couch
A super easy and cheap way to update your living room is to change the pillows on you couch with the season. Choose different sizes and freshen up the style with different prints and textures. And by all means, do not just fold the throw over the side of the couch … NO! Learn from The Design Chaser Michelle and make it look like you just threw it there recklessly.

Show Them Your Chairs
Stools and chairs are the new status symbols, rather you spend some serious cash on them or not, there is no reason to hide them under the table. Showing them all the way in tends to look to neat. Pull them out like Norwegian blogger Elisabeth Heier just a few inches to underline their beauty.

Style The Bookshelves
Make it into a habit of rearranging your bookshelves at least once a month. You don’t have to go all in taking everything out and then replace everything. Simply remove all your accessories and find a new spot for them. Take note from Kasia from My Full House, she knows how to style a set of shelves like a pro.

What’s your style?

As a qualified interior designer, I would have to agree on most parts of this blog.

Not to say that if you don’t have these, you are not stylish. Everyone has style in their own way, and much like art, I believe style is personal. Your home is your abode and reflects you and your personality and lifestyle.

Love the images provided.

I’m a bit of a monochrome lover at the moment. Also ‘industrial / Scandi / minimal’. Actually I don’t know that I stick to one specific style? My taste is blended pending on the room.

What’s your style?

http://blog.bloglovin.com/blog/7-things-every-stylish-person-has-in-their-house

Children’s Rooms

Setting up a child’s bedroom.

Creating a haven for your little ones to sleep, relax and play can be a challenge at the best of times, however throwing in colour pallets, superhero themes and toy areas can put your head into a spin!

It can be really difficult finding the right balance between the functional and the fun, and evolving the space as your children grow and change.

While sleeping space needs to be calm and quiet, the room should also be fun and have areas that inspire your little a ones creativity and imagination with plenty of storage and space for books, craft and toys.

I often change both my little princess’s nursery and my little mans room around. I personally get board of looking at it the same way each and every day so assume that perhaps so do they?

Why shouldn’t our children have a fun bedroom that they actually enjoy being in that it’s only about ‘sleep time’.

Below I’ve listed a few things to consider when trying to put together the perfect kids room for your little ones:

Get the kids involved – use their favourite colours, gather some of their favourite artworks to display, and make them really feel part of the decision making. That way they are more likely to want to spend time in this space.

Space it out – especially if you are only working with a small space, try to use the space wisely so there are specific areas for both sleep and play. Keep the sleeping space clutter free and away from toys and other distractions is a good idea. Wall shelving can also be a good way to keep ‘special’ items away from harms way.

Create a reading corner – kids who love books will hopefully grow into adults that love books. By creating a little reading corner in one area of the room your essentially creating a space where you can display favourite books, and a dedicated area for quiet time. Tee-pees are great to house the kids treasured items.

Light – while bright or natural lighting is important during the day for play time and homework softer lighting is much more soothing for night time. A night light or lamp is a good idea to have next to or close to the bed for bedtime stories.

Let the imagination run wild – if you keep the basics like the bed or cot neutral, then experiment with bold colours and textures in your artwork, wall decals (removable ones) bed linen, furnishings and toys, make the room fun and easy to excite and delight your children at every age and stage of their lives.

Styling your home?

Styling your home!

Like our fashion our homes reflect our personality. Dressing or styling our home is very much like styling our homes.

We choose what we like and not always what we should ‘wear’ or ‘dress’ our homes in.

There are many different styles for our homes and the ideas and options are never ending.

Most people go neutral and keep it ‘safe’. That’s not always a bad thing but remember your home is reflecting your style. Express yourself.

Whether you want to break all the rules or remain true to your home’s specific architectural style, hopefully my tips below can help you decide what styles you favour and how to pull a ‘space’ together by incorporating one (or more!) decorating styles within your home!

Your style should really be a reflection of your lifestyle .

Do You Have More Than One Style?
People are complex, and so are design styles. Take tips from your favourite TV shows, watch renovation program’s and steal their ideas. Providing you like them 🙂 I also use Houzz app on my iPhone and Pinterest to gain ideas!

Even if you know your style, or the style that you want for your home, it’s easy to get side tracked and make rushed purchases or decisions that turn out to be a mistake. Keeping to what you really like is key. This will also help save money in those spate if the moment purchases.

I find that making a ‘mood’ board very helpful. Ask for fabric samples when you see something you like. Take photos where you can then stick them on your mood board to see if you do actually like it when it’s together and if the pieces you have chosen work well together in your space.

Making lists will help to keep you on track with decorating. Once you’ve defined the style you want, clarify your needs and evaluate your surroundings. Lists also help prevent purchasing too much furniture or accessories for your space.

Shopping online can be a great way to browse, learn and save. I prefer to go into stores so that I can feel fabrics and textures along with ‘testing’ the product for it’s comfort etc.

Ok, so maybe your moving in with your partner and sent to create a discs that works for you both, however your spouse is contemporary yet you love traditional. Or maybe you recently married and need to combine households.

Below are some tips can help both partners live in decorating harmony, even those with opposing likes and tastes.

Mixing Styles can be easy if you choose it to be. If you like a little bit of everything, or wish to combine elements of several styles, try to stick with a simple couloir pallet. Too much colour with too many styles can get messy and look like it’s ‘thrown’ together or rushed. You don’t want your home to make you feel uncomfortable. Yes styles can be mixed but if your mixing say eclectic and traditional, try to use similar colours to blend the styles. You want to choose furnishings and decor to create a room that flows and works together.

I’ve listed below a few different styles to help you define and understand your style a little better.

Coastal / Beachy
If you love the comfortable and airy feel of coastal homes, you can bring the beach home with you, add soft flowing fabrics, neutral colours with hues of blue, perhaps some yellow.
Think Ralph Lauren cross ship in the night.
Nautical with a twist.
Typical characteristics of a Coastal style :
Ocean and sky blue colour hues.
White as a predominate colour perhaps wall colour.
Light-reflecting materials such as glass or mirrors, these also help to make a space feel larger or give the feeling of openness.
Rattan, sea grass, bamboo, cane or teak, helps the space feel earthy and ‘holiday home’ like.
Nautical and natural or “found” decor
Natural fibers such as linen, sisal, jute, and cottons.
Easy-care floors such as tile or hardwood, think high traffic and easy to clean.
Weather-beaten or distressed woods, this helps to make the space feel as though it has character and that the piece has a story to tell.

Art Deco
Art deco design is traditionally formal and controlled, however at the same time is sophisticated and a bit flamboyant. The combination of these contradictory elements is what makes art deco so appealing and has endure the test of time.

Typical characteristics of an Art Deco space:
The use of rectilinear and symmetrical forms along with stylized shapes.
Sharp edges along with bold, accentuated curves.
Reflective surfaces and the use of mirrors.
The repetitive use of geometric shapes combined to make stepped designs and patterns, use multiple geometric fabrics on your chairs and it cushions but contrast them in either colour or shape – ie navy on white cushions with perhaps stripes or zig zag pattern.
Luxurious materials such as exotic woods, inlays, gold and chrome, also dark colour timber feels luxurious.
Aztec and Egyptian influences including the ziggurat, the sunburst and the electric bolt.
Evocative lighting that emits a sophisticated mood, dimmed lights or bold lamp shades.
Bold colors with sharp contrasts, though black and white and neutrals are also popular and easy to work together.

Traditional
If you like calm and comfortable and steer clear of flashy or cluttered decor, the traditional style may be for you. Timeless and classic in design, the traditional style is the most popular decorating and design style in many homes today.
Typical characteristics of Traditional space:
Warm or dark wood tones. Think cherry, mahogany, walnut stains on timber.
Soft, warm, mid-range color palette, rose pinks, greys, taupe and browns.
Focus on symmetry and repetition, keep the sane amount of cushions in each end of your couch.
Extensive use of moulding, on either your ceilings or around mirrors, kitchens almost like framing.
Semi-formal yet comfortable appeal, the space is comfy to sit in yet could also host a meeting.
Embellishments such as tassels, trims and skirted furnishings, but nothing baroque. Use these as accents for curtains and pillows.
Understated decor with classic, straight lines, not too much furniture in these rooms keeping it minimal and key the accents create the interest.
Windows are dressed with curtains or shades that are deep in colour and block out light.
Carefully controlled clutter such as books, family photos in classic frames, art and displayed collections of ‘trinkets’
Soft patterns or plaids again as accents perhaps used in a throw or cushions.

Cottage or Shabby Chic
This might be for you if you gravitate toward vintage and sentimental elements and are looking for a decorating style that will make a comfortable and family friendly home.
Typical characteristics of a Cottage space:
Slipcovered, overstuffed furnishings, big lounges that liked ‘lived in’ and it oversized.
Soft color palette using pale greens, pale pinks, pale blues, soft grays, creams and white.
Painted and/or distressed furnishings and decor. Again these look like they have a story to tell.
Fresh flowers and florals in Patel colours.
Vintage or handmade items, not too many vibrant colours but also try use a pop of colour.
Tea-stained or faded fabrics, think calico or raw linen colours.
Architectural detailings – moldings, columns, etc – often reused in unique ways.
Painted or rusted wrought iron furniture, chair backs, dining stools, vases etc.
Collectables

Contemporary
If you like bold furnishings or prefer a room with artistic flair, take a look at contemporary style. Sophisticated, clean lines and dramatic finishes are all elements of this style.
Typical characteristics of a Contemporary space:
Neutral color palette with “pops” of bold colour.
Clean lines and smooth surfaces.
Soft curves, but avoids the ornate or ornamental.
Reflective materials such as chrome, steel and glass. As stated before, using mirrors will also make your space feel larger as mirror reflects light and will appear more spacious.
Natural fabrics with a focus on texture and tone. Think raw linen with wool or knitted cushions.
Use of black and/or white.
Geometric patterns or shapes
Sleek cabinetry and lighting (built-ins, recessed). Beige, no mouldings etc.

Contemporary is often confused with Modern but actually the two are very different styles, although both tend to favour simple, uncluttered spaces with smooth, clean lines. The Modern style is an older style that originated during the late 19th century, but from whom Contemporary design derived some of its ideas.

Country
Country style may not be what you think. American flags, Shaker chairs and hearts make up only a small part of this vast style. This style was birthed in the high courts of European royalty, so country-style furnishings and decor are often quite refined.
These elegant but comfortable and utilitarian roots give basic varieties of country style decorating today. Though these varieties are considered distinctive styles, they share many of the same characteristics. Muted colors, handmade furnishings and accessories, and patterns such as chunky checks, stripes and florals or hand-woven fabrics are all elements of the country style.

American Country
There are quite a few fans of this decorating style, and quite a few variants within this class of decorating. A cluttered, Americana style is commonly thought of when one says “country style,” with emphasis on comfort, warmth and lots (and lots!) of charming decor items. The original American Country style was simple, and celebrated the idea of craftsmanship with clean lines and handmade furnishings. Think of Shaker, Amish, or Arts and Crafts style furnishings. This type of American Country style is still very popular today.

English Country
English Country is a more formal decorating style than American Country, but is still more relaxed than one would have once seen at court. The emphasis is on detailing and elegance, with a comfortable twist. Think of Chester sofas, traditional oil paintings, plaids and garden-inspired patterns, and carved detailing in furnishings and decor.

French Country
Also known as the French Provincial style, French Country appears, at first glance, much like the English Country style, though French Country has its own distinct elements. French Country furnishings appear “lighter” than English, with delicate curves. Though French Country may contain natural elements, it doesn’t incorporate nature as heartily as the English style. Think wrought iron, toile fabrics, plaster walls, roughened wood, images of roosters or other farm life, and natural stone.

Spanish Country
One of the boldest styles in country decorating, Spanish style focuses on vivid but earthy colors, natural woods and art. Think exposed beams, plaster or stucco walls, hand-painted pottery and tiles, soft curves and hand-carved furnishings and decor. Religious icons and shapes, such as statues or crosses, are also common elements of Spanish style furnishings and decor.

Tuscan (or Italian) Country
Currently one of the most celebrated styles of country decorating, the Tuscan Country style often melts the line between indoors and out. Think warm, earthy colors, terra cotta, exposed stone and brick, wrought iron, uncovered windows, natural woods and rough plaster walls. The main inspiration behind this style is found in the Italian people themselves – unpretentious, warm, comfortable and celebratory.

Eclectic Style Decorating
If you love to mix and match and have a flair for pulling it all together, check out the eclectic decorating style. If you love a variety of styles but have trouble making it work in your space, don’t worry – we can help with that too!
Typical characteristics of an Eclectic style space:
Calm mix of periods and styles
Neutral background colors
Unexpected use of materials and/or items
Uniqueness in art and furnishings
A “pulling together” through pattern, shape, texture, finish or color
Lack of clutter – everything has its place
Old easily mixed in with new
Handmade items or items with sentimental value

French Country
Casual elegance, sunny splashes of color, and an emphasis on natural and rustic accessories can remind you of your summers in France, or make you feel like you spent them there!

Global
Interiors that incorporate a global style – exotic colors, artwork, crafts and furnishings – evoke an eclectic, vibrant feeling. Think large artworks if famous buildings, national flag prints on cushions or throws, duvet covers in maps, taxidermy animals. Think ‘global traveller’.

Industrial
Industrial style in interiors is similar to what it sounds like – a look that celebrates the industrial aspect of our lives. Think raw materials, steel, rust, black, chunky, exposed ceilings, exposed brick almost like an old warehouse.

Mediterranean
Any style that has its origins along the Mediterranean coast has to be beautiful. If you love bright coastal colors and rooms with an exotic flair, Mediterranean style may be for you.

Modern
This is an often misunderstood style, but a beautiful one with its roots strongly grounded in the arts and architecture. The modern style is a perfect decorating choice for those who like simple, uncluttered spaces with clean lines and a lack of fussy adornments.

Tropical Island
One of the most misunderstood styles, a room decorated tropical island style is not necessarily filled with fake palm trees and Hawaiian prints. The tropical island style is actually an elegant style that celebrates the customs and colors of the Pacific Island people.

Typical characteristics of a Tropical Island style space:
Bright colors and patterns, especially tropical or woven.
Barkcloth, linen, sailcloth or canvas fabrics.
Native decorations such as masks and other carved decor.
Rattan, sea grass, bamboo, cane or teak.
Tropical plants and flowers inside and out.
Hardwood, concrete or tile flooring.
Sisal or jute rugs.
Dark or weathered woods.
Handcrafted items, think grandmas pottery vase hand painted.
Nautical decor.

 

Online shopping!

Favourite online shopping?

Weather your a stay at him mummy, tied to your desk or just love the online shopping experience, below I have listed a few of my favourite affordable online shopping favourites.

Let’s face it, who does like receiving a little something in the post right?

These links have something for everyone. Various styles and something for every budget! From resort wear at ASOS to evening and causal wear at nex direct, basics from cotton on. There is something for everyone. You will even find a few home wares on these websites but for artwork – that special piece, try United Artworks or even get something commissioned by a wonderful Sydney artist who is exceptional at his work. Very talented artist Alessandro LJUBICIC.

I often buy my little ones shoes from next direct and my workout gear from cotton on body which is a brand under the cotton on banner.

I’ve purchased a few evening gowns from ASOS and also work wear from next direct. Whatever your shopping needs, I hope you find something that you like in my top fav online stores

Inspiration from Tone it Up & What Courtney Wore!

So I’ve just started following a few new blogs. When I say ‘new’ I mean, new to me.

I like to think of myself as a little stylish, others may beg to differ  – so this new blog that’s kinda inspired me to think a little more about ‘outfits’ that I put together is ‘What Courtney Wore’.

Courtney is a ‘southern bell’  so to speak. She has great style – but most of all what I like about her is that she is ‘real’. When I say ‘ real’ I’m not meaning it as a throw away line, I mean it as she speaks her mind and is not shy with what she wears. Not that she is wearing super revealing outfits, but that she is happy to clash colors, be bold and mix it up a bit! Be brave – take a chance. Be inspired by Courtney!

http://thecourtneykerr.com

Another blog that I’ve recently started to follow is Tone it Up.

These girls I also appreciated. Again they are real, as far as I can see 🙂 they are into their fitness, but not scrawny nor too muscular. They are toned, fit and healthy women.

This blog takes me back to the beginning of my career. Yes I was once upon a time ago a personal trainer / fitness instructor.

Don’t get me wrong, I still like to work out and keep fit, however working full time and being a full time wife and mummy, I don’t always get time to go to the gym.

Ok let’s be honest here – I have not stepped into a gym since I was 3 months pregnant and my little man is now 15 months old. You do the math. I have however tried to keep fit in other ways including walking with the pram – ESP up hills 🙂 thigh and butt killer! And also by generally playing with my little one.

Let’s face it – we would all rather play with our family than hit the gym right?

Why not incorporate them / our families in our work outs whilst in the comfort of our homes.

Karena and Katrina from Tone it Up have made so many easy simple work outs that you can do whilst your little one is sleeping or if they are awake – use them as your added weight. 🙂

When squatting or lunging hold your little one across your front – almost like they are bear hugging you! Extra weight equals harder workout equals more calories burned!

Or

When laying down on your back use your little one as a weight and play flying games with them – fun for them to zoom up and down but also a great workout for you. Just remember to keep that tummy in, butt and legs tight and don’t strain!

See more exercises on Tone it up blog / website –

http://toneitup.com

Just remember – be creative with your workouts! Don’t be boring, keep it fun – include your little ones and ENJOY!