Spring Inspired Rooms

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!

Sweet Spring room.

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.

Cheerful Kids' Bedroom | Photo Gallery: Colourful Spring Rooms | House & Home | photo Ashley Capp

Brighten up the kiddy’s rooms by painting a pretty mural on their wall – instant happiness!

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Floral wallpaper is a sure fire way to bring spring inside!

Wonderful Dining Room Decorations Inspired By Colors Of Spring

A cheap and cheerful way to bring some spring in is to place some seasonal flowers around your home.

Xavier & Me {Hot Springs Pillow}

Mix things up in your home accessories and place some bright pops of colours with cushions and ornamental accents.

City Farmhouse: My Favorite Room & Spring Tour

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!

Wonderful Dining Room Decorations Inspired By Colors Of Spring

Adding a brightly coloured rug to a room will inject some instant spring!

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A new piece of art work is a simple way to add pops of bright colour.

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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?

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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!

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.