Okay, so it’s safe to say the world has been under a spell thanks to Scandinavian culture and design trends. Unlike other trends, this one proves to be timeless, taking into account it’s been around for some time now, and the more we see and know of it, the more we like it.
At the end of a long, stressful day, it can be such a relief when you get to retreat into the bedroom and slide into the comfort of your bed. Face washed, teeth brushed, sheets clean and fresh – what better way to end the day? Well, if you ask me, this simple pleasure can be even further enhanced with the help of a special kind of pillow, namely the wedge pillow.
Open-floor spaces are popular for plenty of reasons. By opening up the space and eliminating any visual barriers in the form of walls, an otherwise small apartment can appear much larger than it actually is. Besides, it’s very convenient for entertaining guests because you can still socialize with them while you’re refiling drinks or cooking in the kitchen. And if you have children, or want some in the near future, this kind of living space can allow you to have an eye on them while you’re doing some other business around your home.
Today, you wouldn’t exactly consider these wooden chairs with scrolls and contoured backs as modern, but when they first appeared they were light years ahead of their time. In fact, it was in the mid 1800s when German cabinetmaker-turned-chair-revolutionary, Michael Thonet, unveiled the silhouettes we’re so familiar with today – the bentwood chairs. It was the first time such a production method was used – heating wood to bend it into improbable chairs. The result was graceful, sculptural and surprisingly comfortable seating. Read More
If you’ve been wondering what your next home makeover focus should be, give the guest bedroom a go. We don’t often spend as much time on decorating this particular room as when decorating the living room, or our own bedroom for instance, and it’s high time this changed. It goes beyond using a compact sofa as the bed! You do want your house to be inviting, right?
I like the idea of being the perfect host, dazzling guests with my cooking and mixology (creating savoury cocktails) skills, and having the “mi casa es su casa” motto guide me through, I figured I could do with a nice guest bedroom makeover. It’s so easy nowadays to renovate your house homewares design shops can provide you with numerous options to choose from in just a few clicks. Besides, we have bountiful ideas to get inspiration from, like TV shows, magazines, and blogs.
Though at first I thought I had to splurge on this makeover, I realised it was about the choice of items themselves that has a say in making guests feel special in the house of the host, meaning there’s more to it than focusing only on pricier elements. This is why when wanting to make this room feel comfortable and warm, it’s important to start with the mattress. The last thing I want is for my guests to have a night of tossing and turning, waking up with terrible back pains and headaches.
I was able to find just the perfect mattress, ergopedic pocket spring, designed to firmly support the contours of the body and provide a night of quality sleep. Other house homewares items I picked for the task of coming up with a classy guest bedroom were comfortable Egyptian cotton bedding, microfibre pillow to match up the mattress comfort, and velvet quilt cover set. I increased the sense of comfort by piling up on the pillows and cushions in a variety of shapes, and warm pastel colours, which gave the room some more texture.
Having enough room for a desk on the one side, I opted to refurbish an old vanity table in pastel peach colour, that goes well with the curtains in the same tone, and added an elegant French provincial side table on the opposite bedside. The brass finished industrial lamps I’d chosen give the room a somewhat vintage look, setting up an intimate ambiance, and they nicely show off the intricate small paintings I’d hung around, with flower petals. The old framed mirror was the final touch, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Makes me want to be a guest in my own house!
Every year, thousands of Australians receive compensation for injuries they’ve sustained while on the job. That can be very costly for the business, not just in terms of paying out large amounts of money for compensation, but manpower and productivity can also be affected. For this reason, every business should try to minimise the risks of injury as much as possible, and in the case of office workers, that means utilising the correct working desk environment, especially the chair.
When in doubt how to furnish or redecorate your living room, a good start is to turn to the masters. And who can boast with a long history of home design and improvements if not the Scandinavians? Perhaps the fact that the Northern climate keeps these people locked inside is the reason why their homes are the pinnacles of interior design. And since us Aussies are fans of the outdoors, we’d certainly benefit to learn how to achieve the Scandinavian balance indoors and freshen up our living room.
So many styles to try out, so little time… I don’t agree with people who just come up with the excuse of not having the budget to bring the breeze of style change at home and do a bit of makeover. You don’t have to buy everything on the market representing a certain style to liven up your living space. A little change goes a long way because you break away the monotony that’s bound to happen every so often. I’ve had my share of playing with different interior décor styles and I’ve come to notice they all came to be out of practicality.
Let’s take the style I’ve adopted not so long ago: the coastal style. I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind to everyone is a home next to the coast, with a beach right by the doorstep – dreamy, I know. It’s what caught my attention in the first place, since I love the beauty of summer and beaches (then again, who doesn’t). It didn’t start out as a style but rather came out of practicality to people who lived along the coastlines and dealt with sand and salt from the sea destroying their furniture so the solution they came up with resulted as a new style.
Great thing about it is even if you don’t exactly live anywhere near the coastline, you can still implement it and bring the charms of the ocean and warm sandy beaches right in your nest with coastal furniture.
What I love about this style is its essence is making it seem like it’s summer year round. It helps create a sense of openness, warmth and brightness altogether due to the soothing colours with shades of white, blue, brown, grey and green, be it from the bits and pieces of coastal furniture, or texture elements such as curtains and rugs as well as the accessories. I don’t have to tell you how effective yoga is in this kind of surrounding as I soak up all the serenity in a single glance whenever I do my asanas.
As Albert Camus, French philosopher and author, once said: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” It won’t be long until we say bye to summer, but my preferred season won’t be over for me as I get to see it every day whenever I’m spending time home, surrounded by my coastal décor. If you haven’t given this style a try yet, now is as good a time as any to do so. Trust me, it’s not one you’d grow tired of seeing!
As much as we want to play interior designers oftentimes, there is a reason why this is an academic discipline: because there are rules and theory to be learned before you can practice it. However, some people can’t help it, and the desire to design and decorate their home is bigger than the satisfaction of hiring a professional. And while this is a choice, it doesn’t mean that some of us won’t be good at it. Having a clear idea of how you want your rooms to look like is a good starting point. Avoiding a few common mistakes that literally make designers cringe of disgust is another boosting step you can take to pull out a great interior designing move on your own.
Choosing the wrong sofas + decorating them the wrong way
When I say ‘wrong’ I don’t mean that the sofa does not follow the latest trends; we all have different tastes and preferences and there’s simply no discussion about it. However, if your sofa isn’t long enough or deep enough to accommodate you for an afternoon nap, you’ve made a mistake. Look for modern sofas that are long or have an additional piece which can be attached to one end to provide more length. Also, the sofa needs to be deep instead of shallow, as shallow sofas often look like they belong in a dentist’s waiting room. Most modern sofas today are made with the basic comfort in mind, along with a dose of designer creativity in the looks. Another important thing to have in mind is decorating the sofas. The worst way to do this is by stuffing them with too much pillows. Too much pillows may be a good choice for the bedroom, but not for the living room. Sofas are rather small seating options and limiting the seating space even more is just absurd.
Hanging art work at eye level height
You can’t just place a large art piece on the wall on eye level height. There’s too little space between the colour scheme used on the painting and the colours dominating the sofas and the rest of the room décor. And when these two colour booms meets, you’d have a mess that will cause you a headache every time you enter that room. Art pieces should be hanged at about 1.5 metres above the floor, so they’re pleasant to look at for both you and your guests.
Accessories: small rooms, big rooms
Not taking the size of the room in consideration when you’re choosing decorations is a beginner’s mistake. It’s a rule of thumb that spacious rooms can tolerate a bigger number of accessories, while smaller rooms need as little as possible. That being said, be very careful with decorative elements for your rooms and choose them according to the room’s style and of course, the size.
No matter how much we love our homes, there’s always room for some improvement style-wise. Just as much as trends change, your style can change. I recently underwent such an experience when all of a sudden I grew tired of my dining room interior. Since I love entertaining guests at home, I love organising family gatherings and formal dinner parties every now and then, so the dining room is the part of my home that gets as many visits as the living room does which is why the décor is more than important. Though my guests come over for hearty delicious meals and entertaining conversations, I like giving them food for the eyes as well through the use of wall ornaments which I like to match in colour with tablecloths and create a certain contrast with the napkins.
Despite this colour play, I still felt like something was missing even though I also used the sideboard as a decorating spot for some candles and flower arrangements. As much as I had the mindset of a minimalist and preferred keeping a rather open space dining area, I felt that it was actually the sideboard that could get replaced. After looking through dining cabinets in shops and catalogues, I had a revealing moment followed by an idea: Why not use a cabinet instead of the sideboard?
Overcoming my minimalist urge to dispose of the sideboard altogether, I found its purpose in the hall (now it serves as the perfect spot for keys) and made way for a cabinet. Cabinets are supposed to be both functional and stylish, so I had to look beyond just storage space and think of the design as well. A design mismatch could result in making the cabinet seem out of place and even create visual clutter so always be careful when choosing.
Having seen a variety of dining cabinets, and spending hours of indecisiveness, I was able to make the purchase. Once I brought the charm of the cabinet in my home, it seems that my style and habits also shifted. I realised I was no longer the staunch minimalist. Though I didn’t go overboard with the decorating, I also didn’t go back to the usual “less is more” rule. Using my mother’s beautiful china as a base décor detail, I tried to steer away from the full china look and broke the pattern with an intricate candle stand, vintage cookbook and display teacups and platters.
I feared I’d get a crammed outcome, but luckily, I still had plenty of space left which I used during dinner parties for storing all the goods, such as cakes and drinks, and kept them at hand without also cramming the table. You can imagine the faces of my family and friends when they saw this drastic change, partly because of being amazed by my decorating skills and the other part because of not being the minimalist they thought I was. After getting all the positive feedback, I now try and create a different look whenever I get the chance to change the dynamic of every party by adding various colour papers inside the cabinet. I haven’t made up my mind yet for painting all of it in either black or white, but it’s a possibility. Cabinets are still very much a trend, all it takes is finding the right ways to decorate them.
If you are both a history enthusiast and a home decor lover, then it is safe to assume that you are well familiar with the fact that the Ottoman Turks didn’t take the design of their home lightly. On the contrary, these Middle-Easterners were widely famous for their beautiful decorative walls, their colorful rugs, and, of course, their majestic divans and ottomans. Many families and individuals from all over the world, inspired by the Turkish traditional home design, still implement some of these elements into their residence.
Ottomans are doubtlessly the most popular Turkish piece of furniture, since they can be found in houses, apartments, and even luxurious five-star hotels all around the globe. A hotel room is precisely where I had the first encounter with these simple yet elegant coffee tables/footstools. I know for sure that I enjoyed using them because my only vivid memory of my stay at the hotel includes images of me in a bath robe, resting my feet on a black faux leather ottoman while slowly eating a slice of vegan chocolate cake. It suddenly struck me how undeniably relaxing and comfortable that felt, especially after a long day, so not buying an ottoman for my living room was not an option.
Looking for the right one for me through the pages of furniture catalogs and online stores, I had the opportunity to see many lovely ottomans that can easily be placed in any kind of living rooms. Not only can they complement a room perfectly, but they also can become its focal point. Yes, I am aware that it doesn’t make much sense. I mean, how can such a small item of furniture overshadow an elegant sofa or an exquisite center table? Well, many furniture manufacturing companies make sure they can, using nothing but high-quality, rich textiles and fabrics. Oh, and a killer design.
Now, I know that I have already mentioned that ottomans are used as both coffee tables and footstools, but what I haven’t mentioned yet is that most of them come with a storage space. This can be quite convenient, particularly for families with children that are always scattering their toys all over the place. So, next time someone unannounced comes to visit you, you can quickly put away all of the unwanted objects.
It is no wonder why this Turkish traditional piece of furniture has become a timeless and universal one, right? Believe me, you won’t regret spending your money on one for your home.
When we think of our home, we think of it as the place that is built for our comfort as it separates us from the world outside. The home is the symbol of a safe haven, and while you may dream of far off places (especially when you are getting so fed up with all your work), it is home you get back to recharge your energy and relax. This is why the kind of furniture you have is important, be it in the living room or the bedroom as they both are meant to be cosy. When speaking of cosiness we instantly imagine a bed, or at least a sofa, however there is one ingenious design that dates back to the ancient days of the Egyptians that still captivates with its beauty – the chaise lounge.
There are plenty of models of chaise lounge chair and sofa that you can find if you want to have some comfort in the like of ancient kings and queens. It all comes down to your personal taste and the degree of relaxation you are after which makes the difference in shapes and sizes. First things first, before you let your amazement be your guide and steer you towards models far more luxurious than you can allow, you need to have your budget in mind. Once you have a notion of the price you can afford, you should have the size of the space and room in mind of where it will be placed so you do not end up buying a much bigger chair than it can fit and have it cram the space.
When you start with the hunt and purchase, you will find many types of chaise that will catch your eye with their vivid materials and shapes, so you can base your search on the style of your interior which will greatly help in preventing getting a mismatched look. The amount of time this kind of chair or sofa requires maintaining is also another factor to consider depending on the material it is made of. With certain materials, such as silk, suede and velvet, you will need to be extra careful not to have them stained or at least remove stains as fast as you can so you make the most of this investment in the long run. Best way you can prevent such accidents from happening is by buying one that has stain resistant upholstery.
Great thing about this piece of furniture is you can easily find its place wherever it is your home could use more comfort. If you want to stretch up while you are entering the worlds of the favourite books you are reading, you can place it by the library or a window. When used in the living room, it can serve as additional seating and in a bedroom placed by the bed it can help you with putting your shoes on or taking them off after a long day at work. The only drawback of enjoying this comfort is you will get addicted to it, so you might also start looking for an outdoor model for your patio or yard. Find your own lounge chair or sofa, sit back and relax.