Thursday, 21 August 2014

Be Bold With Black

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If you are like me, possibly the largest bulk of black in your home is the 45" digital TV that one simply can't disguise (I often find myself wondering why we don't see white TV's). Today I want to actually welcome black in a decorating palette and see how interior designers have used it to create some stunning spaces.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Organic, Rustic Style Interior and The Blue Moon Trading Company


Katie Gagnon is the owner of The Blue Moon Trading Company, a designer and stylist with a penchant for organic pieces. Katie loves natural materials and this shows in her company's range of products, many of which she has enlisted artisans to work with materials such as re-purposed barn-wood, zinc and concrete to create her signature pieces. 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Interior Designers Show Their Flair - Working With Art In Their Designs


Above: The painting determines the colours in this dining room. The bleached wood framed chairs reflect the white of the horse and the upholstery reflects the colours of the background of the painting. You may notice the curves of the tops of the chairs reflect the curves  seen in the horse. Other pictures are kept simple with black frames.


A home without art can lack soul, embarrassingly, as an artist, I am the first to admit there is not enough art on my walls, something I am currently looking at improving. When we plan to decorate a room, we immediately start thinking, what colour, what patterns, what furniture etc and it can easily become overwhelming. Even the task of choosing a wall colour can become so absorbing that we forget about the whole picture. Interior designers however, know that art can be the perfect beginning to inspire their overall design.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Creating a Restful Bedroom - Week One

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When planning to decorate a bedroom, it is important that certain elements of design are followed to achieve a welcoming and restful haven. I am planning to re-decorate my small master bedroom and created a list of points to help when planning this space. As I want to use a number of images to illustrate these points, I have decided to blog this post in a few parts. Please note, the is not a sponsored post so where I have referred to products or other websites, it is merely to help you with more information.

Monday, 11 August 2014

An Eclectic Interior By SGH Designs Inc

Above: A collection of antique dinner bells  - The walls behind are corrugated and add interesting texture

I love discovering design that is set apart from the crowd, so when I spotted this interesting, eclectic interior, I wanted to soak in the rich detail of their monochromatic scheme. Director's of SGH Designs, Stephen and Gail say their partnership is both personal and professional and "their longevity as a team is reflected in the timelessness of their designs".

Friday, 8 August 2014

'Bramasole' From Under The Tuscan Sun - A Peek Inside This Pretty Tuscan Villa now known as Villa Laura



Some years ago Frances Mayes began a new life moving from the USA to restore an abandoned villa in the beautiful, Tuscan countryside. If you have seen the movie 'Under The Tuscan Sun',  you will be all too familiar with her story about 'Bramasole''. In 2006 Bramasole was sold and further restored and is now one of the most beautiful villas available to rent in Cortona. With three buildings, the Villa, Farmhouse and Limonaia, I thought today you may enjoy a little tour.