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?!

Thrifty Tuesday! 10 Frugal Finds For Under $50

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

Chartreuse Step Linen Bucket

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!

http://www.blackliststudio.com $49.95

You Are My Sunshine Print

‘Tis the season to sow those seeds and Ikea have a pretty little pot pop them in! http://www.ikea.com $6.99

TECKNAT Plant pot IKEA Glazed; makes the plant pot waterproof.

And why not invest in a pretty vase to display your spring daffodils http://www.domayne.com.au $29.95
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
Summer Pineapple 22cm
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?

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!

Refined Rentals!

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

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!

 

Washi Tape

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!

Top Apps For Interior Designers

‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’A very famous quote from the late great John Lennon.  But have you heard the modern version of this?!  ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy on your smart phone’ and in a word, I agree!  But there is a whole lot of interesting going on in my smart phone! Hours and hours of endless entertainment in news, fashion, design, photography and the list goes on and on.  But it is also so imperative to our business world now.  Where would we be without technology and social media?  Applications like Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Instagram have opened up the communication lines and it’s a free for all – a community of sharing information which I think is quite brilliant and feel lucky to be a part of this viral age.  Apps are also an amazing creation.  We now have software that allows us to do anything on the go; draw, plan, design, play and learn.  Here are some design apps that I use regularly for interior design and think they’re fantastic (and just for the record, I’m sure John Lennon would own a smart phone if he was alive today…)

Penultimate (free)

This app comes from the same designers of Evernote. It’s an app for iPad and when used with a stylus, it simulates the experience of writing.  It’s great for sketching and making notes which is a handy tool to have when you are with a client taking a brief of a space.

Room Planner (free)

Room Planner by Chief Architect allows you to create floor plans and 3D models. As well as drawing floor plans, it allows you to arrange rooms with furniture, doors and windows.  There is a multitude of colours, materials, textures and 3D objects to choose from.  Excellent when you are planning a space for a client brief and easy to use.

Houzz (free)

Houzz is a beautiful visual app that allows you to browse millions of design ideas and add them to your own virtual idea book.  There are great features like the ability to click on links in a photo which will give you information on where to buy the furniture or accessories.  You can also search for local professionals in your own area in the ‘Find Local Pros’ tab.

Pinterest (free)

The virtual mood board – this app makes my life a happy one!  You can create boards for any scenario; to plan projects, make wish lists, plan trips and with an unending sea of images, there is so much to be inspired by.  It also has the added functionality of clicking on the image and it takes you directly to the website to where the image came from which I have found great when trying to source items for clients.

Evernote (free)

This clever app allows you to organise notes, photos, audio recordings, lists and more that you can then tag and file into stacks.  It also decodes your handwritten notes so you can search for those too!  An ample little office on the go!

What are your favourite apps?  I am always on the lookout for new and upcoming apps and would love to hear what your essentials are!

Design Dilemma – How To Hang Wall Art

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If you’re like me, you’ll be dreaming of building and designing your own home some day!  I have so many ideas for my dream home and look forward to a day when I can put it all into practice!  But for now, all I have is a ‘bottom drawer’ of ideas (or in this age, we call it Pinterest!).  On my ‘to do list’ is a display wall, housing art, photographs and treasures.  It’s a high impact look that gives that personal touch to your space.  But it can be a tricky concept to put together!  Here are some tips on how to pull off an effortless display wall;

1. Check Your Foundation

Before you begin, you need to consider the type of wall you’re hanging your pictures on.  For concrete, you will need a rotary hammer drill. Use a drill bit that’s smaller than the plug especially with older houses as this will slowly create the hole without disturbing the masonry.  For plasterboard, a basic screwdriver will do.

2. Measure Up

Pictures should be hung at eye level, with the centre of the artwork sitting at approximately 1.45m – 1.52m from the floor. When hanging art in children’s bedrooms, lower it to their height, so they can enjoy it too.

3. Come Together

For a vintage feel, mix frames of varied shapes, sizes and textures of photos and memorabilia. Hanging a collection of frames is ideal for large walls. Experiment with the configuration on the floor first, using an important piece as a focal point and then spread them out in all directions, thinning out at the edges. Separate two similar-sized pieces with a smaller one and keep spacing tight.

4. Think Outside The Square

Don’t restrict yourself to traditional options.  You can frame tickets to a favourite concert, dried flowers, plates or anything that means something significant to you. You can even leave some funky frames empty to create a minimalist look, or put up a shelf to display a sculpture.

5. Location, Location

You don’t always have to place a painting or picture in the middle of a wall.  Instead, anchor it over a piece of furniture, such as a sofa, or reference it to a feature, like at the end of a dining table or above a mantelpiece.

6. Don’t Step Into The Light

Sunlight exposure will fade artwork.  Also, if you hang a glass covered photo across from a window, the reflection of the light will restrict your view of the image.  It’s best to display your photo or art away from natural light and if possible, display it under an artificial recessed light which will highlight it.