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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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

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Shades of Pink

I don’t think about it all year around and then spring arrives and I see it all over and reminds me that even though I never wear it and think I don’t really like pink, I actually do. I love pink. Who doesn’t like pink!?! So this was reiterated again when this last week I spent quite a bit of time with a client who really loves pink. She’s one of those true pink fans, you know the ones that need to be told that they don’t need another pink tee, and their response is “but it’s not the same” 💕💗 I mean it in the best way possible. She loves every shade of pink. I want to thank her for reminding me how gorgeous pink is and how some shades really do compliment my skin tone! If you think you cannot wear pink, think again. Everyone can wear pink you just need to pick the right tone for your skin, so whether it’s rose, blush, fuscia, cerise, salmon, coral, magenta (the list goes on) there’s one out there for you.

Last year I spotted a gorgeous dress, I loved it for the style and not the colour (so I thought) then I tried it on and fell in love with the pale rose colour. However I did not make the purchase, I couldn’t think of an occasion that I was going to use it for so very sensibly put it back (doesn’t sound like me at all) and I kind of regret it! I have picked out some pretty pink items that I love and hopefully you do too.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 11.13.22Chair Loaf

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Bag Bottega Veneta at Matches

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Linen Tee J.Crew

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Cushions Villa de Luxe Boutique at Etsy

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Gemstone Bangle & other stories

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Pink Jeans Topshop

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If you follow me on Instagram on my new account @nikkicarloni_stylist you may have seen the pic of me in my coral pink jeans yesterday 😉

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And if you are still not convinced go out and buy yourself some pink flowers and see how much you love it!

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Have a good week x