Yesterday was officially the first day of Spring and what a beautiful day it was! Spring is such an inspiring season – it’s a time of new ideas, rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. It makes us want to spring clean our homes, throw out the old and bring in the new! So what a great time to redecorate and bring some of that freshness and rejuvenation into our lives and homes! Here are some ideas for a spring inspired space!
An easy way to inject some spring into your bedroom is to invest in some brightly coloured floral bed linen. It brings instant brightness and vigour to a room.
Brighten up the kiddy’s rooms by painting a pretty mural on their wall – instant happiness!
Floral wallpaper is a sure fire way to bring spring inside!
A cheap and cheerful way to bring some spring in is to place some seasonal flowers around your home.
Mix things up in your home accessories and place some bright pops of colours with cushions and ornamental accents.
Updating an old piece of furniture just by priming and repainting it in white, or even adding some wallpaper to the insets in the piece (as seen above) will lighten up an old tired dresser and instantly give it a spring in it’s step!
Adding a brightly coloured rug to a room will inject some instant spring!
A new piece of art work is a simple way to add pops of bright colour.
Why not up the ante and paint a room! Popping a lovely fresh pastel colour in a room will instantly brighten things up.
Adding some spring into your home can be as simple as a new vase or as dramatic as repainting a room; you decide. But when deciding to update your space, keep in mind this season is not here forever, so be practical and think through your choices for the long term, especially if it is a big change like a repaint. So what do you do to add a little spring into your life? Do you have any tips on how to add some spring to a home?
Swedish sisters, Marie and Annica Eklund are the owners of the highly successful company Boland who produce these stunning carpet tiles. They have designed these new concept tiles in various shapes and sizes that allows you as much creative freedom as you can muster up! The new ‘wing’ tiles come in a choice of 62 colourways and in the shapes seen below:
As if that wasn’t clever enough, Boland was awarded the Australian Green Tag Level A Certification from an initiative to use renewable plasticiser and are working on using as much recycled materials in their products as possible. But they don’t compromise on quality; their products are infamous for their high wear rating and extended life.
Graphic flooring is the next big thing. This look would be stunning as a full floor covering creating floor art or if you’re not that brave, subtly bring it in with a border strip around the perimeter of a room or simply place a strip down a corridor. What do you think, love or hate?!
Spring is in the air – can you smell it? Flowers are blooming, nights are getting warmer and the days are just beautiful. We humans are funny aren’t we?! Even though these same seasons come and go every year, we still never fail to get excited about a new one! And springtime is my favourite; full of promise, bright colours and hope! So I have chosen it for the theme of our thrifty Tuesday post! So lets have a look and see what lovelies are out there in the spring collections to add some brightness to our space and banish the winter blues!
Brighten up any room with this versatile basket from http://www.downtothewoods.com.au $45
Love these! Wire candlesticks from Zest, New Zealand available from http://www.crateexpectations.com.au $29.95
Brighten up your laundry with this beautiful linen basket from http://lumiereartandco.com.au $45
Update a room in an instant with these peel and stick ‘Easy Frames’ from http://www.hardtofind.com.au $29
Bring a little bit of spring inside with these pretty wall stickers
from http://www.everythingbegins.com $40
Nothing says spring like a yellow chevron cushion! http://www.downthatlittlelane.com.au $39
I love happy prints that remind us of what’s important!
‘Tis the season to sow those seeds and Ikea have a pretty little pot pop them in! http://www.ikea.com $6.99
And finally, the pineapple is a reminder of the nice warm sunny days to come! You’ll find this lovely from http://www.freedom.com.au $19.95
So that’s it for another Thrifty Tuesday! Will you be updating your space for Spring? What do you like to do to brush the cobwebs of winter away?
Oly San Francisco never disappoint and the same can be said of their beautiful lighting range. These stunning pieces feature materials such as hand cast resin, capiz shell, natural seashell, turned onyx, silk and hand moulded brass.
They are bang on trend and can be found in high profile homes of international designers such as Karen Houghton and Australian Interior Designer and Stylists such as Greg Natale and Steve Cordony.
You will find these beautiful pieces in Coco Republic stores who first brought the label to Australia in 2010 and there is also the dedicated concept store at 488 Church Street in Richmond, Victoria. It is the first stand-alone Oly San Francisco store to open outside of the USA. Light up your world with a little bit of California!
Do you live in a rental property and constantly feel your creativity being curbed by the constraints of not owning your place? I’m guessing for most of us, the answer to that question will be yes! Home is somewhere you should feel you belong and it should reflect who you are as an individual. Just like fashion, styling your home is an extension of your personality. And until the day that you decide to purchase that blank canvas home, it can feel like a part of your identity is missing in the midst of all those magnolia walls and beige carpets! But there are lots of clever ways we can make a rental feel like home and unleash some of that pent up creativity! Here are some ideas on how to do just that!
Temporary wallpaper is an excellent way to make a huge impact in a space. It’s even great for home owners who are commitment phobes! You can easily pop this up and change it when the mood takes you! Wallpaper has made a huge come back and there is no better way to add drama and your own sense of style to a room. You can purchase temporary wall paper from stores such as Tempaper, Sherwin-Williams and Design Your Wall. It’s pre-glued so you just pop it up and use a damp sponge to loosen glue when taking it down.
No Room With A View!
If you have unsightly older windows or a view that you would rather hide that show off, using a pretty privacy film can solve the problem.
Hanging Art & Photographs
This can be one of the most common problems in rentals as most landlords wont allow you to use nails. Some clever ways around this is to use Commands line of temporary hooks and velcro strips below. They come off as easily as they go on and won’t damage your walls.
Temporary Back splash
This is a clever idea that can make a big impact in your kitchen! Fasades are thin thermoplastic panels that attach to your wall with specifically made durable double sided tape.
Faux Granite Bench Tops
Another clever idea to completely change the look of your kitchen is to apply temporary counter top covers in faux granite!
This Japanese tape has endless uses! It can be used to create wall art, gift wrapping, updating jars or pottery and as seen below, it can be used on walls to create impact in such a simple way. It’s inexpensive and comes off as easily as it goes on!
Of course there are even easier ways to put your own mark on your space using simple things like decorative pillows, rugs, throws, curtains and your own decorative ornamental pieces. But if you want to go that little bit further and inject a little more of you into your home, the above ideas are easy and will give you that personalized look to make that home ‘your’ home!
I am a self confessed green groupie! But this came about only as I have gotten older. It was my mother’s favourite colour so I always associated it with being old fashioned! But years on and I have learned to appreciate the beauty of this charismatic colour. Emerald was named colour of the year for 2013 by Pantone. But green seems to be appearing everywhere in all shades and I think we will continue to see around for a while. Green is associated with tranquility and health and is deemed a perfect colour for bedrooms but I think it looks stunning in any room! An easy way to bring this beautiful on trend colour into your home is by adding a few simple accessories, so lets have a look and see what’s out there in this charming colour for under 50 bucks!
Funky Personalized Vintage Birth Print $35 http://www.hardtofind.com.au
Keep your drinks hot or cold in Boho style with this Moroccan style thermos made from plastic and glass $49.95 http://cornerstore.net.au
My favourite find this week has to be the Thermos bottle above. Apart from being practical, I think it would look stunning displaying some pink roses doubling up as a vase! What’s your favourite find this week?
I cannot believe a week has passed since my last Thrifty Tuesday post – time is flying by! Anyhow, it’s that time of week again for us to hunt down some gorgeous goodies to treat ourselves to, at a very affordable price tag of $50 or less! As you’ve probably noticed, the monochromatic colour scheme is back in a big way this year, so I have decided to check out what accessories are out there in this bold and striking theme. Monochromatic accents will add sophistication to any space. So let’s see what fabulous gems we found this week!
Feather Print $42 http://www.bodieandfou.com
Blackboard Pan $6.95 http://www.domayneonline.com.au
Kitchen Board $38 http://www.theminimalist.com.au
Handmade Deer Purse $24 http://www.shelflife.com.au
Blackboard Mug $21.95 Outliving http://www.virtualmerchant.com.au
Tote Bag $18 http://www.society6.com
Paris Decal Photospot $50 http://www.countryandco.com
Rope and Onyx Necklace $49 http://www.tenthings.com.au