Seasonal Change for Autumn

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot

Seems like Autumn has started to arrive this week with southerly winds and rain blowing up the country.  It is a little sad that summer maybe on the run, but by keeping things a little warmer on the inside  you will feel nurtured and cocooned.  Bring in a few accessories and welcome being a little more snug and happy about the cooler weather approaching.  A bowl of gourds/pumpkins one way to comment that autumn is here, along with some beautifully coloured autumn leaves – all the colour inspiration you need.

Autumn/harvest colours are warm – reds, burgundies,oranges, rusts and yellows.  Rarely do you see the fresh blues and greens of summer in Autumn.  Add spicy touches of colours to your space with throws, pillows and natural accessories.

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Change cushion colours to cosy things up

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Re-staging the neutral backdrop you may have in the room with tactile delights helps you to snuggle in. Layer & layer again wool throws, lushly textured pillows, a basket of pine cones, fire wood and a plush area rug.

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Oh and don’t forget the candles and fireside lamps to help cosy things up even more.  Lamps and candles add another layer of contrast and depth to a room’s lighting scheme and help to create a warm friendly ambience to cuddle down in.  Only thing missing could be the bottle of warm coloured Pinot Noir?!

Related Articles:

http://www.thedesignchaser.com/2014/03/autumn-new-things-moodboard.html

http://justdecorate.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/3-things-you-should-do-to-get-your-home-ready-for-the-next-season/

http://abigailahern.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/fall-decorating/

Have a simply wonderful Christmas

Christmas is a Time to rest, relax, and think family, friends, beach, and sun.  So keep things simple and get yourself prepared for resting and relaxing in our sunshine down under.  Here are a few easy decoration ideas that are eco and wallet friendly.

The first one is really great if you have too many books and are short on space:

This next one is a great way of recycling used candle tea lights.  Such a great idea & I do like to use a hammer!  Courtesy of Me and Alice Blog spot.

One of my favourite colours is pink. So, loved the idea of using it for Christmas Decorations as seen below.  Note the presents wrapped in wallpaper & the addition of simple chairs made out of branches, and a tree still with its roots wrapped in a bundle:

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via Countrystyle Photographer Lisa Cohen

There is also a super simple idea of adding pine branches to a bucket and a few lit candles in a wooden container of moss.  So simple, and no fuss.  Perfect.

We are all going on a summer holiday here in New Zealand, so this will be out last post until late January.  Thank you for following- it is appreciated & don’t forget to like us on Facebook. We have lots of new interior design ideas for 2014 so keep following.  In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday season.  Angela  xx

Related links:

http://essenziale-hd.com/2013/12/19/9-diy-christmas-ideas-of-decorating-with-burlap/

Letting go of Perfection Part II

Just saw these photos in Veranda Magazine that clearly illustrate the point of yesterdays post, dare-I-say- it, “to perfection”.  For some of you, the quirky accessories and contrasts in scale may be a little OTT (Over The Top). The fact that the unexpected has been added is what makes this room interesting, different and exciting and takes it to another level.

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Scott Shrader Design via Veranda Magazine

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Scott Shrader Design via Veranda Magazine.

Very eclectic and simple, has lots to look at – wonderful textural contrasts, pattern play and they have brought the outside, inside.   You can now have a perfect weekend not worrying about having everything perfect.  You can be happy with what you have. Enjoy!

Letting go of Perfection

Today included a visit to a client’s house which had the most beautiful rugs, colour scheme, perfect paintwork, satin drapes, gorgeous dark glossy floor, designer  furniture- you’re getting the picture?  It was just perfect!   There wasn’t a hair out of place – well, anything out of place.  No scuff marks on the walls. Wasn’t quite sure why we were there really, but then it clicked why. It was too perfect, and the client knew it.  It felt like a fancy hotel room that had just been super cleaned. It was formal, shiny, stilted and stiff.  It was hard to feel at ease within the rooms-there was no personality, no soul. And these poor people (well not so poor, actually) had spent a small fortune to get this imperfect perfection.   Hmmm.  There is a fine line between “dressing”  a room  and making it so perfect that it is uncomfortable to be in.

Perfect rooms are as irritating as perfect people.  The best interior designers create rooms that look interesting and relaxed; used, lived in. There should be an element of surprise or quirkiness, something somewhere that is a bit risque.  It just takes the room to another level and makes you think – “Huh, why have they done that?”  You don’t want to decorate in a mad or crazy way, but just add a piece that is a little out of context. Add a chair in a crazy colour, a quirky lamp base.

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For example the bed should look neat and smoothed, cushions plump and arranged, but with a look of nonchalance.  The bed should also look deeply comfortable and welcoming. Not stiff and upright and uptight. To be successful your bedroom needs to be a little uncontrived and never too pristine to put your feet up.  (But not on the pearly white cover with shoes on). You can see the difference between the photographs of the bedrooms in this post.  They all beautiful, but one is a little more stiff and upright, and not so relaxed as the others. Can you work out which bedroom is not so relaxing? (Hint – everything is mitchy-matchy, Laura Ashley)

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So, let go of having every last thing absolutely perfect and everything in its exact place.  Relax a little, scrunch your hair do up a bit, (or let it down.) Use texture,add another cushion that doesn’t quite match, un-straighten the rug and even leave the towel on the floor.  Make it look like you actually enjoy living there.  Relax! Let go of being perfect. That way you’ll sleep better. 

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If you would like help letting go of Interior perfection we’d love to help.  You will find us here.

Bring a Spring Display Inside

“It is Spring again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

(Though I must admit I’m a little cynical and think we are going to pay for this glorious weather later on.)ImageAnyway it got me thinking about how lovely and nurturing it is to add seasonal displays  to your space. It is easy to bring the outside in and with it all the joys of whatever season we are in. Here at the Hutton House we have had a bowl of hyacinths in bloom on the table outside- they spell glorious so we bought them inside and they have been sitting in our hallway for the last week covering all the doggy smells! They also add a lot of texture which is needed as the wallpaper (from Osborne and Little) is very glossy and shiny. This paper was chosen because the hall lacks a lot of natural light, so the lustre really helps to bounce the light around and brighten things up.

ImageImageAlso in bloom is the magnolia so we gave the tree a bit of a prune and and put some in a vase on the hall table. (Not so good at covering the doggy smells hence the candle.)

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Another great flower either cut or in pots are daffodils.  They just say “sunshine!”-shown here next to one of our Library Tables and a Hudson Sofa. Well off you go then out in the sunshine for a walk in the garden and see what you come up with to bring indoors. After all it could be raining tomorrow!

PS Did I mention anything about spring cleaning????

Display your Personal Style

Have you ever come back from holidays with pieces you have collected en route?  Not sure what to do with them? Often they are not quite as easy to mix into your interior upon return.  Need a Solution? Think about  displaying your collected treasures together in groups that have similar colours or are the same objects (eg baskets or necklaces).  Do not be afraid to group them together with other personal items that you do not want to part with. Below is a lovely idea from ‘me & alice’ a Swedish Interior Stylist and photographer. She has created a ‘memory cupboard’ in which you could include all your souvenirs along with other personal memorabilia…….MemorycupboardMe&alice

This does not have to be the main focal point of the busiest room in your house, but could add interest to other spaces – eg hallways.  They are often a neglected and uninteresting area of the house so a perfect place to add something interesting.

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A tablescape like the one we have created above is also a great way to display and remember trips to Egypt, Morocco and Turkey.  All pieces collected on our travels.  Alternatively you could make your children’s or guest room into a themed one – for example a Chinese theme- add interesting bedsides, use a Chinese themed pillow on the bed.  A Moroccan themed Rumpus using cushions, pouffs, rugs and lamps ex Morocco makes for a very hip and cool place for teenagers to hang out in.  The trick with any themed room is not to add too many accessories of that theme. You only need touches to add the interest.  Do not make every last thing Chinese or Moroccan.  The majority of the furnishings should be in your original style so that it links back and relates to the rest of the spaces in the house and where you are in the world. We touched on this in a previous blog – the problem there was the lack of relating the theme back to its surroundings and the original. Below is another idea for displaying shells and personal things courtesy of greige design.   Pinterest is full of these kind of ideas – so have a look and get pinning.

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