Come on a journey of inspiration & adventure while renovate & restore a beautiful Victorian home 'St Elmo' in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia & laugh at a few of our family adventures along the way.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Adding a touch of Faux FUR to your decor for winter warmth

There is no better way to create a warm, cosy winter feel to a room than by adding a little fur to your decor.

Faux Fur can add a touch of warmth to any decor style

It can be very glamorous

or contemporary

or even formal.

Using texture is a great way to bring interest to a very simple colour palette especially if there is minimal or no use of pattern in the room.Faux Fur is a fantastic way to do that especially in the winter time, as it also creates that feeling of warmth.
You can read more about adding pattern into you decor

I especially love fur along side some bling. This room is a beautiful example of how to mix textures to add interest in a very simple colour palette. You have a faux fur throw, glitter cushion, a linen bedhead & a cute cane basket & it all works perfectly don't you think.

This is my faux fur cushion, the skull cushion is a little something I made for one of my daughters.

So will you add a touch of fur to your decor for the cooler months ?

Trish xx

Monday, March 24, 2014

Gumball Pouffe.... The latest must have accessory.

If you're loving everything interior design at the moment than you are no stranger to the fact that a lot of what we are seeing  in home decor is all about the hand made look.

This image is the perfect example with the very natural log style coffee table giving that feeling that you could pop out the back & make one for yourself....well not me, but definitely an easy task for the Dream Guy!

These fantastic Gumball Pouffes that we are seeing EVERYWHERE at the moment certainly give the impression that you have spent a rainy day on the couch with a giant set of knitting needles.

Image via Nummy Nims

Ha ha ha, now they are HUGE knitting needles

The Gumball Pouffes are a fantastic way to add a POP of colour to any room but still have a practical use.

They look great in pairs....

I love the idea of them in a Nursery, they just seem soft cosy &... well, appropriate for a gentle look in a babies space wouldn't you agree?

Looking around the Internet the neutral colours appear to be the most popular with black grey & taupe popping up everywhere.

They really are great for adding texture & softness to a space, especially in the very popular soft industrial look where there is a real emphasis on concretes, timber, metal finishes & handmade.

If you are loving the look of a Gumball Pouffe & its a MUST HAVE for your home then pop by
We are currently taking orders for them & delivery is FREE
We do only deliver in Australia so my apologies to my overseas friends

They are a 100% cotton weave with a long lasting polyester fibre fill.

What is your favourite colour, I love the Charcoal & Navy myself.

Have a fantastic week everyone.

Trish xxx

All images via HOUZZ

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tips for mixing patterns & colours to creat WOW factor

Do you feel like you are missing that WOW factor in your home but can't quite put your finger on why?
Do you have a mix of patterns but they just don't appear to work.

Well I have a couple of little tips to help you make it all work.

The general rule for mixing patterns is to have no more than 3-4 different patterns in a room.

Each different pattern should be a different size eg. a large scale pattern
a medium scale pattern & a small scale pattern.

Pick a colour from your large pattern to tie in your smaller patterns.

Make sure you spread your patterns & accent colours throughout the room & always make sure you don't put large patterns side by side...mix it up!!

Choose your patterns for your decor scheme by using the textures & colour's that are already in the room, this will help to create a sense of balance & harmony.

You can soften or calm the scheme down by mixing it with a few block colours as well.
Block colours are also a great way to add texture.

Generally when selecting colours they work best if they are on the same tonal level. So pastels with pastels, cool colours with other cool colours or a mix of warm tones.

As always rules are made to be broken but you need to be clever to get it right. There is so much more we can cover on this topic but that is for another day.

Happy Decorating everyone.

Trish xxx

All images via Pinterest

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