Trend Alert! Graphic Flooring

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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:

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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?!

Trend Alert!

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!

Thrifty Tuesday – 10 Frugal Finds Under $50!

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

 
Your cornflakes will taste better in this beauty $19.95 http://jumbledonline.com
 
Hida Small Bowl in Green
 
Retro Tea/Coffee Tin $19.95 http://www.larkstore.com.au
 
Green Flowers Tea & Coffee Tin
 
100% Linen Bonnie and Neil Napkins $20 http://www.southwoodhome.com.au
 
Madenhair napkin by Bonnie and Neil - green
 
Perfect eggs every time with this Lauscha glass timer $33 http://timberandtonic.com.au
 
 
Baroque Frame (8×10) $18.95 from Outliving http://www.virtualmerchant.com.au
 
 
Hive Vessel $24.20 http://www.freedom.com.au
 
Hive Vessel 30cm  Meadow Green
 
Self watering plant pot $14.99 http://www.ikea.com
 
JUBEL Self-watering plant pot IKEA Will help your plant to thrive, even if you can't water regularly.
 
Table Runner $40.39 from Proper Pillow on http://www.etsy.com
 
White Table Runner - Green Color, Lime, off-White Color,  Modern Table Runner 108 inch 108" long
 
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?

Trend Alert! Make Room For Copper and Brass

Move over silver and gold; your classy cousins copper and brass are in town!  These beautiful metals are taking their turn in the metallic spotlight and rightly so.  They bring an old worldly charm to any space in an understated way and are less flashy than their glamorous cousin, gold. They add richness and character to a room and are the must have accessory for 2013.  But as trends come and go, these precious metals only get better with age when cared for.  Copper constantly changes in colour which adds to it’s charm but you can slow down this process with automobile wax treatments a couple of times a year.  And keep brass clean and polished to prevent tarnishing.

Copper/Brass Briki – $16.70 http://www.metrio.com.au

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Stone and Brass Pestle and Mortar http://www.tomdixon.net

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Cage Brass Tea Light $49.95 http://www.hardtofind.com

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Baby It’s Cold Outside!

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It’s that time of year again when the nights are getting cold and we want something warm to cuddle up to at night!  I have recently developed a love affair with a new cuddle partner – linen!  And I can honestly say I will never sleep on anything else again in winter (or summer for that matter!)  I used to hate getting into bed at night onto cold cotton sheets, but with the texture of linen, it’s much more bearable!  Although linen is normally thought of as a cool summer fabric, it is also one of the warmest fabrics you can use for winter.  It’s a pretty amazing textile and here’s why:

Our skin can breath under linen.  It absorbs moisture and quickly dries again so that it doesn’t stick to the body.  In summer, it keeps the body 3-4 degress below the air temperature and when it’s cold, it saves the body’s heat.  It’s non allergenic and a natural antiseptic, so neither bacteria or fungus can live on it.  Linen rejects  dirt (sigh, I am loving it already!)  It’s easily laundered in hot water and can be dried in the sun.  But it is advised not to over tumble dry linen.  The more linen is washed, the softer, smoother and more comfortable it becomes!  It’s durable, long lasting and beats its competitor cotton for durability by a long linen mile!  But the cost I hear you say and I do understand that this is a draw back (the only one apparently!).  But remember that this bed linen will last you a very very long time if not forever if cared for.  So it really is an investment.  And as if you are not already sold on linen by now, the good new is Sheridan currently have a half yearly sale on and have up to 50% off their bed linen – a steal!  I have stocked up already, so hurry and get in before the sale ends and you too will have a new cuddle partner for these chilly nights that will commit to you for life!