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?

Thrifty Tuesday – 10 Frugal Finds Under $50!

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

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Blackboard Pan $6.95 http://www.domayneonline.com.au

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Kitchen Board $38 http://www.theminimalist.com.au

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Handmade Deer Purse $24 http://www.shelflife.com.au

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 Wedding Ring Dish $22 PromisePottery at Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/PromisePottery
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Blackboard Mug $21.95 Outliving http://www.virtualmerchant.com.au

Tote Bag $18 http://www.society6.com

ain't nobody got time for that Tote Bag

Paris Decal Photospot $50 http://www.countryandco.com

Paris Decal

Rope and Onyx Necklace $49 http://www.tenthings.com.au

Rope and Onyx Necklace

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.

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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How To Style Cushions

Cushions; they are just like candy in a candy store, so many colours and so much to choose from (sigh!) Cushions are such a fun accessory and an inexpensive way to make a big impact to any space. But it is a task in itself to select the right ones for your room because of that very reason – there is just so many to choose! And trying to put a look together is not always easy. One of my favourite sites, Temple & Webster, have come up with a great video giving the virgin cushion arrangers among us, some great tips! In the video, Head of Styling Jessica Bellef describes how to pull together cohesive cushion looks by following three easy rules:

1. Colour

Choose a colour scheme that ties in with your existing room. Pull the scheme from your art work, a rug or even an accessory.

2. Pattern

You can mix and match patterns, but always be mindful of the scale, keeping the pattern size similar. Also, you can use some block colours to place between the patterned cushions, adding interest but more importantly, in design language, it gives the eye somewhere to rest!

3. Placement

Its all about the layering! Place larger cushions at the back and smaller ones in front, but keep in mind that form follows function in interior design! You have to be able to sit comfortably on your couch, so choose cushions that are in proportion to your couch and make sure there is room to snuggle in! Happy cushion styling!

Thrifty Tuesday – 10 Frugal Finds under $50!

Every week in our ‘Thrifty Tuesday’ feature, we will be on the hunt for some beautiful bargains under $50!  Here are our finds for this week:

This cute storage basket is a cool $29.95 and can be found at Mozi http://www.mozi.com.au

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How adorable are these hooks!  Sparrow Set from Outliving http://www.outliving.com.au $19.95

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I want this!  This beautiful hammered cooper serving bowl can be found at Safari Living http://www.safariliving.com $48

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Beautiful candle Holder – Dunlin http://www.dunlinhome.com $45

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Geometric Clock – Ikea http://www.ikea.com.au $39.95

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Cool Melbourne Artwork Print – Loosepetals at Etsy http://www.etsy.com $26

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Ahoy Kitchen!  Nautical Tea Towel – Table Tonic http://www.tabletonic.com.au $29

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Your sugar will look pretty in this bowl!  Elevate Design http://www.elevatedesign.com.au $43

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Keep Calm Clock – My Clock Face http://www.myclockface.com.au $39.95

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Scrabble Fridge Magnets – Hard To Find http://www.hardtofind.com.au $14.95

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What’s your favourite find?  Mine is definitely the copper serving bowl, I think that will be my treat this week!  Check back next week for more thrifty Tuesday finds!