“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.
via natalie harger interiors
Place leaves in a Jar & on tables
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.
Change cushion colours to cosy things up
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.
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?!
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:
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
A trend we have been noticing recently is the use of Gold in interior design. After many years of chrome and stainless fittings there is a return to brass and gold. It is probably because the neutral colour of the moment is Grey, which can seem a little cold and unwelcoming so a Glint of Gold just warms things up. It also looks fabulous with a classic black and white colour scheme, adding a bit of vibe. There is no need to go around changing all the hardware in your home to gold or brass, but just introduce a few touches here and there to get going. Here are some images from to explain what we mean:-
The above gold Etch Pendants are designed by Tom Dixon. Look so dramatic against the Black background.
The Gold mosaic wall tiles add a touch of glitz and glamour to an otherwise industrial-styled Cafe. Love the textural play with the sheepskin rug on the stools too.
Above you can see the use of a gold metallic table adds warmth to this grey scheme and works really well with the green chairs (which also have gold upholstery nails). And finally the kitchen below, courtesy of Greige Design, shows how beautiful brass handles look amazing on Grey cabinetry in a classically styled kitchen.
So Go for Gold and add those Gorgeous Glints to your rooms. If you would like help adding a touch of gold to your interior design scheme, contact us.
Having talked about letting go of perfection last week, we thought we better help you create interiors that are not so perfect. For many of you, creating the perfectly imperfect room will be scary but it is not as hard as it sounds. The main in creating an imperfect room is to try to achieve welcoming, cosy, relaxing and comfortable feeling. To simplify the process we have made a list: (this is a perfectionist thing to do- I know!
- The easiest and most important thing to do is to colour your room in. Yes, paint those walls a warm welcoming deeper colour and it will instantly transform your space. White/off white doesn’t do that. Colour is the easiest, least expensive, most transforming, old decorator’s trick in the book. Go for a soft neutral like Dulux Waitangi, North Head, or Opononi. Be brave and make it double strength.
- Move the furniture off the walls. Get the big pieces – sofas and chairs in an arrangement as if they are “talking” to each other. It looks so welcoming. Add the big and squishy, comfy too. (layers again). Next place the side tables there with the lamps/candles as that is where you comfortably want to place your G&T tonight isn’t it it?
- Add texture, texture, texture, layers of it. Create an element of rough with smooth. Fluffy with shiny. Everything all shiny and smooth, is cold and unwelcoming. Frigid. So add rough loved furniture, the shaggy rug, hand knitted throw, the wicker basket. This creates a tension and vibrancy in a room which moves it into an interesting space, far away from bland land.
- Add layers, layers, layers, of texture yes, but also the quirky, interesting, and underlying. Add the rug, add the cushion, add the wallpaper, add the pattern, create some tables-capes, make the mantle piece look magic. This all creates layers of interest in a room. Yes, you will have to dust a little, but at least it will be interesting.
- Add some lighting. Get those lamps plugged in, candles lit, and put them in corners and on tables. As many as you like. They add interesting pools of light to a room, are beautifully soft, warm and welcoming and of course less than perfect. Overhead ceiling pot lights, perfectly placed in the 4 corners of the room just don’t do this. They are stark, unwelcoming, uninteresting and predictable.
- Next you need to add something less than perfect- a little bit of wacky, quirky, odd ball, unpredictable and funny. Even a stuffed animal will do. When everything is too perfect it lacks humour and therefore is uptight and perfect.
Table Scapes create focal points
Texture with Humour
Now you can sit comfortably in your re aligned space and enjoy with your family and friends. What could be more perfect than that?