The most useful object for any abode

I have come to the conclusion that the ottoman is probably the most versatile and useful object for any area.  If there’s a space that needs filling or a room that needs lifting.  I love ottomans covered in elaborate, bright, velvet and funky fabrics to brighten a neutral palette.  Uses: end of bed, coffee table, extra seating, decorative, storage…..I think one of my reason’s I love them most is it’s an opportunity to introduce your favourite fabric that is too out there for a chair or sofa but cushions would be too inconspicuous.  They’re easy to reupholster.  Buy inexpensive ottomans from Ikea or Coricraft, choose a fabric and get it covered.  Drape sheepskins or throws over them for extra texture and layers.

Last year I purchased this pouff (below) and I almost wish I had bought two.  Although it’s not an ottoman it has brought such joy to me visually, I absolutely love the fabric and I love how it has introduced colour into my lounge and it has brought endless hours of fun for the boys too, who love to dive on it …..hmmmm

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Ottoman inspiration

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Green is the new Grey

If you haven’t noticed already, Green is taking over the world, in more ways than one!  My love for green has escalated so in the last couple of months that the sight of anything green makes my heart skip a beat!  Give me an urban jungle any day over a sleek white and grey room (snoring).

There’s actually not much more to be said here other than cast your eyes upon these heavenly sites of inspiration followed by my Green Wish List.

 

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An urban jungle
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Create an accent wall
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An inviting and warm kitchen
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Bring the outside in

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“Women of Abstract Expressionism”

My green gucci wish list: From black tie to ripped jeans, what an asset these three would be to a wardrobe and boost to any outfit.

And also on my green wish list is the “Green is not a colour” book By Devan Valenti & Simon Atlas.  If you are more interested in living & learning green than wearing green then this book provides readers with a highly informative and visually stunning exploration into the wide range of environmental issues that face our world today. In fact written in a very easy to read and comprehensive way, questions and answers means you can pick it up and open it on any page and learn something every day.  My kind of book.

http://www.greenisnotacolour.org

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Happy Weekend Everyone X

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Gift Wishlist (Men take note)

If you are like the majority of the population out there you most probably have not finished your Christmas shopping, or even started it for that matter.  I find most publications get their christmas lists out way too early, because people read them, think they are great and then totally forget about what they had seen and have to start the search again….alone! So here is another wishlist that I have put together, this one is for the men to take note of for their ladies, mums, sisters etc…As it’s a little closer to the shopping dash madness hopefully you will bear these ideas in mind when running around like a headless chicken, or better yet, shop them directly from here by clicking on the links below.

It really does pay off to be organised, I must say I like nothing more than giving a gift that I have put thought into and that I am almost 100% certain the receiver is going to LOVE and I despise giving a gift that I have grabbed just for the sake of it and am almost embarrassed to give because no thought has been put into it and I find that is when you end up throwing more money at the situation.

From Red and Green to Metallic and Greys, there’s a colour scheme below to suit anyone out there.

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Faux Fur jacket //  Photo Frame // Pom Pom Basket // Earrings // Toiletry Bag // Matches in a jar

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Velvet Lace-up shoes // Leather cross body bag // Velvet slippers //  Cocktail Ring // Sequin bomber jacket

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Earrings // Nail polish  // Sweater with floral detail // Velvet Bodysuit // Beaded clutch // Chair

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Red Dress // Non wired bra // Toiletry bag // Personalised Christmas socks // Lip Pencil

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Velvet shoes // Silk Top // Monogramed Mug // Leather bag

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Antlers on a shield // Salad servers // Blanket scarf // Pomegranate bath marbles // Copper light with turquoise cord

Slide7PJ Bottoms //   Personalised bracelet // Knitting needle case // Candle holder // Cashmere gloves // Passport Holder

Slide8Bobbi Brown Face Highlighter // Suede Gilet // Metallic Leather Skirt // Leather shopper // Earrings

Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas to all you wonderful readers!

XXX

Weekend Wake-Up

Wake up its the weekend!! There is NO better feeling than that of a Saturday morning, whether you have been woken by a little person bashing their hand on your bed informing you the sun is up, or if you are lucky enough to wake up to the aroma’s of brewing coffee and bacon (don’t worry that only happens in the movies 😉 its the same feeling all around, a happy one! Temps are dropping, so its all about getting casual and cosy, easing ourselves into the crisp sunny mornings. I’ve chosen both an outfit, (the perfect, comfort, whether you have a day’s shopping, admin, kids activities, lunch, you name it, this outfit works all round) and a little dining inspo for the perfect chilly Saturday evening dinner, let that imagination loose and add some candles, a large vase of flowers, a bottle of rouge and some gilded rim glasses and this room is ready to roll for autumn.  Oh and let’s not forget to drape a couple of sheepskins and throws across these antique finish rustic chairs.

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Wool Blend Camel Coat Uniqlo // Cashmere round neck sweater Uniqlo // Slim Fit Shirt COS // Stan Smith Adidas sneakers La Redoute // Jeans 501 CT Levi’s // Sunglasses Bailey Nelson

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Mural Anthropologie // Ceiling Lantern Barker & Stonehouse // Dining Chairs Anthropologie // Sheepskin Ikea // Tripod Floor Lamp Brissi // Dining Table Brissi // Stemless Glass Anthropologie

Have a fantastic weekend

X

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The Decorating Battle Continues

Following on from my last post on interiors,  I thought I would continue this theme and do another round of bold vs boring (well I say boring, but it’s not really boring, it’s the safer longer lasting option) which if cleverly styled is actually far from boring and can be so classic and beautiful.  I have hunted down some sofas, bold vs safe. The Whistler design at Sofa.com is definitely a very safe style that is found, probably in many homes, but you couldnt go wrong with the longevity and comfort of this sofa. You could choose an equally safe fabric or you could jazz it up slightly by going with something brighter.  But basically this sofa will bring you many years of safe, squishy happiness. Brighten your living room up using different fabrics and textures for cushions, an interesting rug (more on the rug below), paintings and other bits of furniture you could display to liven up the room.  I do love Sofa.com , the sofa’s are beautifully made, comfortable to no end and they have many different styles to suit everyone. Their fabrics also feel luxurious and are fantastic quality. Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 13.32.28

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Then theres Loaf (I love that name for a home store) Loaf Sofa’s are definitely high up on my wish list.  Unbelievably comfortable, beautifully handmade in England, deep seats and feather filled back cushions – ahhhhh, writing that makes me feel like I need to take an arvo nap now. This style, known to Loaf as the Crumpet sofa (that say’s it all) is described by them as being worthy of taking out for cream tea on a rainy afternoon and extra deep for the ultimate shnuggling!  Wow.  It is also classic, won’t date, but put it on show by opting for a slightly brighter fabric, I absolutely love this blue and the only connotation of the word tired I would use in the same sentence as the Crumpet, would be of the sleepy version, not the bored version. Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 13.38.05

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The Chesterfield ranks top in the all time furniture design stakes. In fact, it is probably safe to say that the Chesterfield is the most famous sofa design in the world (granted this is a slightly different take on the original version).  This classic design  has been around in various forms for over 300 years so it wins the award for longevity too! Considering its age, the Chesterfield is a very versatile design. Once the preserve of stuffy Gentlemen’s Clubs and libraries (think dark chocolate brown leather with studded backs), I think a Chesterfield in velvet or a bright stripe as this one attracts a completely different customer.  Great choice for a classic chic style with a bit of beautiful boldness. I love the pink Barker & Stonehouse Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 13.16.53 These brightly coloured free form Sofas are incredible and can be moved around to make just about any shape you choose, elements are upholstered in velvet, leather, embroidered and printed fabric, especially designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois These are incredible but you definitely need the right space and house for this design. LOVE it! Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 13.22.54 My favourite however has to be Designers Guild, design your own sofa. WARNING: only for people that have time and don’t have difficultly with decision making (so in actual fact not for me, it would be disastrous for me to go this route) But for those that feel the need to create their own, know what they want and also want something unique, you can choose your style, size and colour from the most extensive array of fabric,  there are  over 6,000 different beautiful fabrics/colour combo’s to choose from. I think it would take me a year to decide! Designers Guild The other interiors accessory I love is a rug (to say I have a soft spot for a good rug would be an understatement).  Its amazing what a rug can do for a room, especially in a kitchen.  Some people may think a rug in a kitchen is so impractical but actually it brings so much extra warmth and depth into a room which only a rug can do.  The kitchen is quite often the heart of the home, now imagine not having a rug in the heart of the home, the rug is the heart!  You will often find me on my kitchen floor, I might be feeding a baby, colouring in or drinking a cup of coffee, and not to have a rug to do all that on would not be nearly as cosy or fun.  I have two of the same long runner type mats which I alternate all the time whilst one is in the wash, that can be thrown into the washing machine and have worn very well, so they get cleaned regularly and remain germ free.  Take a look at what these rugs do for these kitchens. Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 21.21.08 Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 21.45.12 Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 21.45.39 Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 21.46.13 Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 21.46.22 Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 21.47.05 Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 21.47.25 Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 21.47.51

xxx

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