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Extraordinary Plates for People with Personality

Extraordinary Plates for People with Personality

This was to be a interior design post all about the different things you can hang on your walls. I was going to start with plates, but I got totally carried away, and I’m now delivering to you a whole blog post on plates… whoops. I had no idea how many creatively designed, extraordinary plates there were available, so I just have to share a few of my favorites.

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You can be sure that when you pull these out of the cupboard at dinner time, everyone is going to be surprised. And if you’re looking for a gift, there’s something for every personality…

For the Traveller

Map fanatics everywhere need to get their hands on the ‘City on a Plate’ collection by notNeutral. There are multiple cities to choose from other than classics like London and New York, and I love that some of the smaller cities like Austin make the cut. I’ve picked Seattle, Washington DC and Chicago to feature because they’re all cities I would love to visit and haven’t yet managed to yet. I’m thinking about making a dinnerware bucket list…

Seattle
Washington DC
Chicago

 

For the Casual Comedian

I was excited to find these plates by British designer Jimbobart available in the US, partly because I think they’re awesome. I’m also hope featuring them will remind my dear friend Max Halley that he needs to go to the post office and send a limited edition Jimbobart plate (only available at Max’s Sandwich Shop in London). If you’re in London, go get an epic sandwich. If you’re not, but you love good food, ducks and foul language, I highly recommend following @lunchluncheon on Instagram. You’re welcome Max… where’s my plate?

Doughnut Destroyer
Cake Crusader
Cheese Sloth

 

For the Fashion Lover

Who knew the eccentric french fashion designer Christian Lacroix had branched out into homeware? Amazing. 

The Christian Lacroix brand subsists through timeless values. The result is a fabulous and richly entwined universe, which can be continually reinterpreted, re-mixed and illuminated. (christian-lacroix.com)

I was just going to say these plates are really pretty, but – what he said.

Dona Jirafa
Queen Bull
Woman

 

For the Sci-Fi Geek

These Star Wars dessert plates are an absolute bargain, and come as a set of four – sorry Luc Skywalker, I didn’t have space for you. Despite their price, don’t underestimate how cool these plates would look on your wall, I love the monochrome simple design. Of course they’re good for cake too.

Yoda
Darth Vader
Storm Trooper

 

One for the Kids

These melamine delights from designer Jackie Shapiro are adorable, and I know my daughter Elsie will think they are totally cool. I love that each band member comes complete with their own instrument, and what kid won’t enjoy those bold colors? Bring out your kids’ inner musician, and dish them up some nuggets on these beauts…

Guitarist
Drummer
Singer

 

That’s it for today… I got so carried away with extraordinary plates I haven’t had a chance to think about anything else. Let me know what your favorites are!

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Home Design Trends 2017: What’s Hot & What’s Not

Home Design Trends 2017: What’s Hot & What’s Not

In lieu of a nap time makeover this week, I’m getting some inspiration for home design trends 2017. What colors should you be looking towards to keep ahead of the trendy folk? What materials should we be considering for fixtures and fittings, and what’s the all round vibe for the year?

home design trends 2017

Following my New Year Resolutions, we will be looking at what’s hot and what’s not on a sliding scale, so keep up, it’ll get cold fast…

Home Design Trends 2017: What’s Hot & What’s Not

140°F Jewel Tones

Hooray for some new color in our lives. Forest greens, deep magenta… it’s all rather decadent with a little feel for the Moulin Rouge. I think it’s great, decor trends have been rather masculine or country twee for a while. It’s time to get sexy…

jewel-tone-sofa
Source: alexanderandjamessofas.com
 

I love this sofa by Alexander and James and the color is bang on trend for 2017. 

131°F Black Framed Glass

Whether it be an internal partition, an entry door or a shower cubicle, black framed glass is the way to go according to design trends 2017. I personally don’t want a big glassy door at the entrance of my home because it feels a little voyeuristic, but once in the house, it’s all fair game, love it.

black-steel-frame-glass
source: airows.com
 

124°F Dark Blue Kitchen Cabinets

It seems navy and blue/grey accents have become so popular these days people have started to paint their kitchen cabinets. I absolutely love this white and blue kitchen by Troughton Residential, if only we all have a kitchen big enough for one of those extra long island bars.

blue-kitchen-cabinets
source: www.troughtonresidential.com
 

105°F Cosiness & Texture

Chunky knit throws, velvet, reading nooks and layering. Is this a response to what many consider a rather bleak 2016? Who knows; but it seems we’re feeling the need for warmth and comfort in our lives. Whether these home design trends 2017 will last the summer is still to be seen… We don’t really do chunky knits in Arizona. 

cosy-bedroom
source: archerinteriors.com.au
 

See more of this modern Australian house by Archer Interiors here.

94°F Hexagon not Subway

Maybe you’re considering those gorgeous traditional hexagon mosaics you see in HGTV shows like ‘Rehab Addict’? Very on trend, but before you dive in, also consider something a little more daring, like these fantastic large hex tiles in the home of stylist Katy Thomas.

hexagon-tile-kitchen
source: adoremagazine.com
 

Other popular tile trends of 2017 include herringbone arrangement, patterned tiles and pretty much anything a little extraordinary. Step away from the subway tile though, it’s time is finally over.

89°F Mixed Patterns

According to Elle Decor,  because mixed patterns were big in New Year Fashion week, they are soon to hit our homes. They recommend this comforter from Nordstrom to go full mis-matched pattern, and I’m almost sold… almost.

mixed-print-comforter
source: nordstrom.com

70°F Edison Bulbs

“I’ve been over them for a while now, but I’m ready for them to die… Too many Brooklyn bars got really into the trend, and their ubiquity got stale really fast.” Says Orlando Soria, creative director at Homepolish. (Source: mydomaine.com)

Say it like it is Orlando, straight for the kill on the Edison bulbs. I do totally agree that they’ve been overdone but I’m not ready to take down my Edison Bulbs just yet.

edison-bulbs
source: houzz.com

 

58°F Copper, Rose Gold & Brass

domain.com‘s “experts almost unanimously agree that copper and rose gold will be out by 2017”

We do it to ourselves… like the subway tile and the Edison bulbs, it’s just been overdone. And cheap imitation copper products swarming low budget stores has ruined the luxury feel of it. Quantity too, a hint of rose gold is good… a hint. But that doesn’t mean every metal trim and vase in your home has to match. Apparently bronze is the new metal of choice, and like patterns, you’ve been given a trend pass to mix metals. 
copper-grey-decor
source: www.homedesignideas.eu 

Despite home design trends for 2017, I’m still rather enjoying this snippet of a home from ‘60 Lifestyle Home Design Ideas: Copper Madness‘.

40°F White on White

Thank goodness, people with kids can catch a break. The minimalist, Scandinavian white style has been hanging tight for some time now and grey was the color of choice for most in 2016. But we feel a need for color again, and walls are swinging towards warmer shades of taupe and ‘greige’. As for those that are looking for something more bold, mustard and avocado are back with a vengeance…

mustard-avo-color-palette
source: color.romanuke.com

32°F Macramé

Apologies to boho Pinterest folk everywhere, but the trend is passing… step away from your rope and give your fingers a rest. But do not fret my hippy friends, instead pop out and get yourself some artisan woven baskets. I’m personally excited for this 2017 trend because Arizona is busting with them and they bring texture and character to the home just like macramé did.

woven-baskets
source: pinterest.com

 


What’s hot and not in your decor plans for 2017? Are any of these home design trends 2017 floating your boat? Let me know what you think?

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Ideas for Laundry Rooms: Naptime Makeover

Ideas for Laundry Rooms: Naptime Makeover

It’s not sexy and exciting, but most of us have one. It’s easy to ignore, but you’re probably spending more time in the laundry room than you would like. When was the last time you stepped back and thought about design ideas for laundry rooms? For me it’s been a while; although I did have a client about 4 years ago who was very particular about a jam making station in her utility room – safe to say she was more domesticated than I am.

ideas for laundry rooms

I have a crisis going on in my laundry room, and I’m pretty limited on space, time and budget. But, I like to dream a little, so lets see what fancy people with time and money are doing and get some inspiration before I get stuck into another Naptime Makeover.

Ideas for Laundry Rooms

Jumbo Scale:

Caliterra Parade Home - Dripping Springs, Texas
 
This is one serious laundry room, designed by Texan based Architects, Geschke Group. I love the herringbone floor, it makes all the difference to this space; and you can’t go wrong with traditional shaker cabinetry. Do notice the barn door in the foreground with the black hardware, perfect.

Small Scale:

Living Spaces
 
We don’t all have Texan scale laundry rooms, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be tidy and stylish. This is a laundry cupboard – double doors, a modern counter top, a couple of cabinets and a little bit of bling with the backdrop… and why not.
 

Traditional

Holley Residence
 
If you love traditional, country, beachfront homes, check out the rest of this gorgeous house designed by Geoff Chick & Associates. The painted shiplap and open shelving bring a cosy comfort to a luxurious pad. And don’t forget the traditional laundry baskets.

The Clean Look

Courtsfield Ave.

No room in my house has ever been this clean, however the look is enhanced by the shining white work surfaces and the bright white mosaic wall. This more sensibly scaled room is the work of Barlow Reid Design. I love the idea of having a hanging rail, and there’s something wonderful about a ridiculously neat pile of folded fluffy towels. Or is that just me?

For a more Masculine Look

Clean Lined Transitional Home
 
If you need a bit more bachelor pad into your laundry room, go dark cabinetry, stainless steel, black countertops and tiling to match. But hang on… these guys have double machines – yes, people actually do that! Not so bachelor pad now are we Mr Practical Family Man?

For the dog lover

Roswell Home
 
A bit like jam stations, I had no idea this was a thing – a dog washing station in your laundry room – it sound dangerous to me. Just make sure you’ve put away the clean laundry before you get the dog wet. I absolutely love the blue subway, it goes perfectly with my pooch’s eyes. I can’t resist, here’s just one more…
 
Home in Toronto 8
 

Ideas for Laundry Rooms – Naptime Makeover

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However mundane it may seem, the laundry room is the first room I see when I get home and the last thing I see when I go out. We, like many, have a laundry room that connects the garage to the rest of the house, so it’s essentially our welcome lobby. This is what I, and any guests arriving from the airport, see when they enter my house…

laundry room ideas

“Welcome to my humble abode… did I tell you I have a Architecture degree?”

Yes, in the 18months we have lived in our home I haven’t even managed to remove the efficiency sticker from our washing machine. Time for an intervention. I have a very tiny space, a timescale to match, and a pretty non-existent budget, but surely anything’s an improvement on the above?

I decided my main problems with the space were:

  • Clutter. Since I had the Twins, my organizational skills have gone out the window, and I’m suffering from a major case of Chaotic Mom Syndrome. I definitely need to do some sorting, it’s a mess.
  • The Cabinets. They are the cheapest, most basic cabinets you could get in 1987, complete with plastic handles.
  • Lack of anything pretty at all.

In de-cluttering I also thought about storage. I had a good browse of various storage boxes, baskets and bags – things that would be practical, yet bring some style into the space. Then I had to tackle the cabinets. I decided the only advantage of the crappy cabinets I had was that they were flat, so I decided to alter them to create a shaker style cabinet door. Here’s how I went about it:

Creating Shaker Cabinet Doors from Existing Flat Doors

DIY cabinetry

  1. Cut 3 inch planks from 5mm plywood. I used a ‘project board’ piece which costs less than $10.
  2. Fix the plywood strips to the face of your cabinet doors using cabinet tacks (tiny nails). I tried using ‘heavy duty instant grip adhesive’ and it was a nightmare. You need so many clamps to hold it while it sticks and it peeled off overnight anyway. Nails work… although as you can see by the picture, you curse a lot because those tiny nails bend easily! And I lost my tape measure so was stuck using the one from my sewing kit.
  3. Fill the cracks between planks and the tiny nail holes using wood filler. Sand when dry.
  4. Prime and paint.

To be honest, I surprised myself with the outcome. They looks great, and it cost a total of $30 by the time I had bought primer, paint and wood filler. I even had a couple of new handles left over from our kitchen remodel so that cost me nothing.

Nap time Makeover Results

This was a bigger makeover than one nap time, especially because I had paint drying time to account for. But I did finish over a couple of days and it’s totally worth it. Here’s the result:

laundry-room-makeover

It’s not high glamour but it is tidy, and the splash of blue with the storage baskets makes all the difference. I even have somewhere to hang my bag, which is needed now the Twins enjoy pulling everything out of it. The cabinets are quite the transformation, although difficult to see in the pictures due to our fluorescent light – I think I’ll look into changing that and get myself a prettier light fitting to go with my prettier laundry room. I spent very little and picked up the extras bits to finish it off from Target. I even used my Red Card and saved an extra 5%, winner winner chicken dinner.

Total $98

laundry room makeover

 

For a couple of hours work and less than $100 I think it went pretty well. What do you think? Feeling inspired to do something about your laundry room?

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DIY Coffee Cup Hanging Planter

DIY Coffee Cup Hanging Planter

In my post ‘Hanging House Plant Ideas‘ I explore a number of options for creating impressive plant installations, out of the reach of little ones and somehow suspended from the wall or ceiling. Through these ideas I came up with my own project for the wall above my blog station… the Coffee Cup Hanging Planter. 

coffee cup hanging planter

It took a little longer than I had hoped, not because it was difficult, but because I wasn’t prepared with all the right materials and tools. I thought I’d save you the three return trips to The Home Depot and put together some instructions…


DIY Coffee Cup Hanging Planter: Materials 

coffee-cup-hanging-planter-materials

 

  • Wood planks for shelves. I used 2 x pine planks (3ft/5.5″/0.5″) which cost less than $5 each.
  • Wood stain (optional). I used ‘MinWax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain – Classic Grey 271’ which cost less than $5.
  • Steel cable. I used around 14ft of 1/8″ cable, costing under $5 in total.
  • Screw eyebolts. I used 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ eyebolts, the two pack cost $2.
  • S-Hooks. I used 1/4″ x 2″ hooks, the two pack cost less than $3.
  • Wire rope Thimbles. I used 1/8″ to fit the cable I chose.
  • Ferrule and stops sets. I used four sets at a total cost of $6.
  • Stackable coffee cups. I bought two sets from World Market at a total cost of $26. There may be cheaper vessels but personally I feel the coffee cups make all the difference.

Tools needed:

  • Swaging Tool;
  • Wire cutter (alternatively, get your cable cut into two equal length in store);
  • Drill and drill bits;
  • Hole saw drill bit (size to match coffee cups);
  • Stud finder;
  • Sandpaper;

DIY Coffee Cup Hanging Planter: How to…

  1. Cut holes for coffee cups in the wooden planks and sand the holes to a smooth finish.
  2. Drill a small hole at the corner of each plank using a drill bit just a little larger than the thickness of your steel cable.
  3. Stain the wooden planks (optional).
  4. Cut your cable into two equal length pieces (mine were about 7ft each).
  5. At the mid point of the cut cable install a wire rope thimble and a ferrule using a swaging tool. If you have no idea what I’m talking about have a look at this youtube video. NOTE: We want the loop in the center of the cable, not the end as the video shows.
  6. Feed the two ends of the cable through the small corner holes in the planks and use the swaging tool to apply a stop beneath each hole. This step requires careful measuring as it not only affects how low your shelves will hang, but also whether they will be level.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other length of cut cable.
  8. Attach the additional shelves below the first using the same method. Remember, measuring accurately is key!
  9. Use a stud finder to find the joists behind your plasterboard ceiling (unless you have lovely exposed beams of course). You need a good solid connection to hold the weight of the planter. Drill a pilot hole for each screw eyebolt and install by twisting it into the ceiling.
  10. Connect your S-hooks to the eyebolts, hook your hanging planter onto the S-hooks and drop your coffee cups into the holes in the wooden planks.

Complete… Do let me know if you’ve tried it!

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‘Hanging House Plant Ideas’ if part of a series of naptime makeovers… including these:

Accent Wall Ideas
How to Arrange Pictures Creatively
Modern Interior Door Handles

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Hanging House Plant Ideas: Naptime Makeover

Hanging House Plant Ideas: Naptime Makeover

I have been browsing hanging house plant ideas on Pinterest long enough… it’s time to do something about it. Maybe you, like me, are looking to add more green to your home in 2017? You may also have small children and animals that like to dig, chew and knock stuff over. It’s a problem, and the best way I can see to overcome it is to avoid large pots on the floor and stick to hanging hanging house plant ideas.

hanging house plant ideas

I’m making a new year resolution to try and keep some plants alive, something I don’t have the best history with. I’m also trying to bring some more style and warmth into our home that’s feeling a little unfinished. So before I get stuck into another baby naptime makeover, let me share with you some of my favorite hanging house plant ideas.


Hanging House Plant Ideas

Glass Terraniums

hanging-glass-terraniums
source: brit.co

These hanging glass terrariums are all the rage at the moment so you can get them from a number of different mainstream stores and even buy them ready filled on Etsy. 

Hanging Pots on the Wall

living-wall-white-pots
source: shoppigment.com

Made from recycled milk jugs, these ‘living wall planters‘ are self watering and are perforated with air vents. The fantastic plant arrangement was designed by plant artists at Tend Living, and I think it’s just perfect. More on the design, with tips and tricks for creating something similar over at San Diego based Pigment.

Macrame Hangers

macrame-pots
source: tapasnalingua.com

Whether you make them yourself or buy in the skills of someone else, there are endless unique designs for macrame hangers. I love the warmth of the crafted look, and particularly enjoy the bronze beads and the dip dyed ends on the centre pot. These particular delights are available as DIY kits or made to order from Casulo, the online shop of Spanish blogger Ana at Tapas na Lingua.

Mason Jar Stacked Hanger

stacked-suspended-shelves
source: constantcontact.com

Is there anything you can’t do with a mason jar? Designer Susie Frazier has come up with yet another use for them here with this suspended vertical shelf using metal rods and small pieces of wood. More about Suzie and her ‘Earthminded Style Tips’ here.

For the Adventurous…

hanging-trees
source: vtwonen.nl

I just love this image. It has a kind of modern Hobbit feel about it. I found this idea at Dutch design blog/shop vtwonen. As the site is written in Dutch, I used my best Google translate skills to find out how we go about creating such a masterpiece…

“Remove the plant from its pot and loosen the soil around the roots around. Then tie a big lump of damp moss with wire around the roots and hang the tree with sturdy rope to the ceiling.”

It’s a simple as that, apparently. Go on, I dare you… and send me a pic of the tree, and the carpet below one week later.

For the Traditionalist…

hanging-baskets
source: thedesignfiles.net

Hanging baskets… they’ve been around for years. No need to invent the wheel, just do it really really well. That’s what Korean floral designer Wona Bae is doing at her workshop in Collingwood, Australia. Wona describes Loose Leaf’s studio space as “a jungle of plants suspended from the walls and ceiling” in her interview with The Design Files.


Naptime Makeover: Hanging Plant Ideas

I’ve got to say this has been the most fiddly makeover to date. In principle the idea was simple, in reality it was one of those projects that involved going back to the Home Depot three times and calling in a lot of man strength help from Husband. Did it fit into naptime? No. Would it have fit into nap time if I had all the materials and equipment ready when I started? Maybe. Nevertheless, I am super excited about it because it turned out even better than imagined. I keep stopping and staring at it as I pass by the kitchen… 

coffee-cup-shelf-makeover

For instructions on how to build what I’m calling the ‘Coffee Cup Hanging Planter’ visit my other post from today. 

coffee-cup-hanging-planter
I’m loving my new workstation!

If you missed my other naptime makeovers, take a look at:

Accent Wall Ideas
How to Arrange Pictures Creatively
Modern Interior Door Handles

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Modern Interior Door Handles: Naptime Makeover

Modern Interior Door Handles: Naptime Makeover

Modern interior door handles – sleek, sexy, cool – everything my current door handles are not.  My home was built in 1987 and I am unsure whether my existing handles are original to the house or lovingly installed sometime in the 90’s. Either way, cheap faux bronze with a Celtic twist is not a good look in 2017. It’s one of my interior design pet hates- bad door handles – so today we’re going to sift through some serious hardware porn and get the creative juices flowing.

modern interior door handles FB

Where do you start if you are wanting some modern interior door handles? I started by doing what most people might do… I went to the Home Depot for a browse of the door hardware isle. I’ll save you the trip, the selection is awful. I’m pretty sure they haven’t updated their shelf stock since my faux bronze Celtic numbers were on sale. They have a much better selection online but if you’re going to shop online we might as well do this properly… Let’s see what’s really out there:

Modern Interior Door Handles: 

Brushed Brass:

brass-lever-handle
Image source: remodelista.com

Brass may be what you’re replacing, but don’t underestimate the available designs in this finish. A high quality brass fitting will bring warmth and class to your home, and with all the mid century brass light fittings and lamps around, why not keep up to date with your door handles too? I’ve picked out this beautiful handle from Japanese architect Uno Tomoaki. For more of his bespoke hardware designs check out this article on minimalist glamour from Remodelista.

 Crystal Knob

crystal door knob
Design and image from emtek.com

I few years ago I would have never considered installing crystal knobs on my doors. But with the explosion of the Art Deco revival, those glass fixtures are back on trend. The simplicity of this ‘Modern Disc Crystal Knob‘ with square rosette from Emtek is perfection.

Stainless Steel:

Stainless-steel-handle
Image source: dezeen.com

You can’t go too wrong with stainless steel hardware. It’s what people expect to see in an updated home, and there is a vast selection of modern interior door handles in brushed and polished finishes. I particular love this design by MAD Architects, based on the design of their Canadian skyscapers. More on that here at Dezeen.

Matt Black

Square black lever handle
Image source: thelockandhandle.com

The Thor Square handle is oozing bachelor pad to me. Boys, you’re going to feel like a real man grasping the ‘Thor’,.. I can’t help myself, apologies. Aside from Thor, I’m a fan of the matt black finish because it’s modern, yet works with a farmhouse style too. I see it as an upgrade on the ever popular antique bronze finish. It’s also suggestive of all the dark iron details you see in industrial loft apartments, so it pretty much works anywhere!

Wooden

wooden door knob
Image source: modknobs.com

Mary & Jeff of ModKnobs say “Down with lame door knobs”, and I’m totally with them. This delightful walnut knob is the tame option… ModKnobs make these in rubber in a spectrum of colors! You just have to see them, they were featured here at Better Living Through Design.

Something with Flair

sculptural brass lever handle
Image source: pittella.com.au

Let’s not play it too safe… If you have a super cool oversized white washed apartment, these handles are perfect for you. The ‘066’ handle designed by Architect Sergio Asti is featured in the MoMA Museum of Modern Art. Go on, you know you want them.

 And maybe just one more…

polished stainless steel lever handle
Image source: pittella.com.au

Proving stainless steel still looks great polished, the ‘H5023 ViceVersa‘ is designed by Italian Architect Cini Boeri. It’s playful yet simple; modern with a touch of mid century retro. When I win the lottery, I think I might fill my swanky pad with these.

Naptime Makeover: 
Modern Interior Door Handles

Going from the large scale last week with ‘Accent Wall Ideas‘, I figured I had it easy this week. “I’m just going to swap a door handle” I thought. However, I did decide to go with the matt black finish, which meant the existing hinges didn’t match. I considered replacing the hinges with new black ones, but what a waste when I have perfectly good hinges already. So I sprayed them, it worked a dream, and will save me a bunch of cash as I work my way round the house replacing the others.

So… here we go, it’s time to get some modern interior door handles for myself:

handles-makeover

black-door-handle

black door handle baby
Arthur wanted a piece of the action…

I went for the Schlage F10 V LAT 622 which I consider modern, affordable, yet fairly classic in it’s shape.

I’m pretty pleased with it… what do you think?


If you missed my other naptime makeovers, take a look at:

Accent Wall Ideas
How to Arrange Pictures Creatively

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Accent Wall Ideas: Naptime Makeover

Accent Wall Ideas: Naptime Makeover

There are limitless accent wall ideas that can bring contrast, texture and detail into your home design. An accent wall allows a room to look highly styled with little impact on the rest of the house; no need to move out, or cover your entire home with dust sheets. Despite being localized, the transformation to the feel of your home can be quite spectacular. Let’s take a look at some inspiring accent wall ideas…

accent wall ideas


Accent Wall Ideas I Love:

1 – Wallpaper

feature-wall-wallpaper
Wallpaper (and image) sourced from calicowallpaper.com

We’re not talking grandma’s lavender flower print, there are some pretty bold and impressive wallpaper options on the market now. I love this print from Brooklyn based Calico Wallpaper, it feels decadent and daring while totally of the moment. Shades of gold and brass are going to be all over 2017, count me on board.

2 – Planks

feature-wall-wood-planks
Photo taken by Julia Robbs. Sourced at juliarobb.com

Unless you have never watched HGTV, you are very familiar with the current craze for shiplap and reclaimed pallet walls. Behind, the headboard, in the bathroom, around the fireplace… it seems to work everywhere. Go painted shiplap for the farmhouse feel or exposed weathered boards for the rustic upcyled look.

3 – Painted

feature-gallery-wall-grey
Image sourced from ELLE.dk

I love pretty much everything above this space in the Danish home of Interior Stylist Cille Grut. There’s just the right amount of color, texture and detail… and I must find myself those tan leather chairs. Dark contrasting shades of blue, grey and black have been a staple for the accent wall for some time, and don’t look like they’re leaving us anytime soon.

4 – Decal Mural

watercolour-wall-mural
Mural (and image) sourced from pixersize.com

Unless you have a skilled artist handy, you probably want to install your mural in the form of a vinyl stickers. Wall decals are big business now, from adorable nursery designs to serious stuff for grown ups, like this watercolor mural from Pixers.

5 – Exposed Concrete, Brick or Stone

featute-wall-brick
Image sourced from decorfacil.com

I am not promoting the installation of faux brick walls, however much it’s scraping for a come back from the 70s. However, if you are blessed with concrete, brick or stone construction, have some fun and expose some of it. 

6 – Tile

modern-tiled-fireplace
Photo taken by Derek Swalwell. Sourced from design-milk.com

The Wolseley Residence in Melbourne, designed by Mckimm, is a family home of exposed concrete, glass and all things modern. This chevron tiled accent wall works perfectly with the rest of the home. For more photos check out Design Milk.

7 – Stenciled

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Sourced at home-dzine.co.za

If you’re a bit more Arts & Crafts than polished concrete, stenciling may be for you. I recommend hiring a professional, but if you’re brave enough, just get stuck in. For before and after pictures and full instructions, visit this project at Home DZine.

8 – Living Wall

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Image sourced at bobvila.com

Oh go on… impress all your friends with a fantastic vertical garden in your living space. I would love to do this but don’t have the best history with house plants, and I’m pretty sure it’s outside the realm of naptime. I said I’d give you accent wall ideas, I did’t promise they were all going to be easy.


Accent Wall Ideas: Continuing Naptime Makeovers

Following the success of How to Arrange Pictures Creatively, I got a little more ambitious this week. I confess, it took a little longer than one naptime. We (I called in husband help to hold the ladder) started at morning nap and finished during afternoon nap. It’s a tall large wall…excuses excuses.

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Why is my new lamp wonky?
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Excuse the animals… they are sleeping, not taxidermy.

That’s it for this week. I think I need a nap…

What do you think? Too bold? Not bold enough? Totally disappointed I didn’t go for a whole wall of ferns? I’d love to hear from you!

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How to Arrange Pictures Creatively: Naptime Makeover

How to Arrange Pictures Creatively: Naptime Makeover

Have you ever really considered your options for how to arrange pictures? You spend hours browsing shops and online galleries for the perfect picture for your fancy pants living room. You double the cost of the picture by framing it so it looks just so. Then what? You nail a hook at eye height and stick it centred above the mantle? You’re so pleased you finally got round to hanging it you haven’t even noticed you’ve completely missed it’s potential to transform the room. Steady there… let’s look at your options for how to arrange pictures creativity.

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Introducing Naptime Makeovers

I aim for this post to become the first of a series that will encourage me to get off my butt and start dressing my home as I want it. These posts will also allow me to pluck up the courage to start blogging about something I’m formally trained in – Architecture and Design. We have been living here for 18months and other than getting the house neutrally painted from top to bottom and installing wood flooring, we have done little work on styling and finishing it. I was pregnant with twins when we moved here so cut me some slack… but the boys are now one and I should probably start chipping away at those spaces that are somewhat lacking.

Because I have no family or childcare available, and don’t want my children to lose a finger or an eye in the name of renovation, I will be making these interventions during the Twins’ Naptime. So, what little makeovers can you get done during the 90minutes babies sleep? We’re going to find out… and we’re starting with how to arrange pictures. Wish me luck and I hope you’re feeling sleepy babies!


How to Arrange Pictures:
Some Creative Options

The Gallery Wall

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Photograph taken by Julia Robbs. Sourced from gravityhomeblog.com

This industrial loft apartment in Brooklyn really works the gallery wall. The textured brick, double height end wall is perfectly organized with an off centre collection of monochrome frames. The frames are similar enough to hold together as a uniform group while varied enough to avoid formality. Abstract photographs in shades of greys and blues are warmed by the rustic backdrop of the brick, it really is marvellous.

For more photos of this fantastic apartment visit Gravity Home.

Overlapping on the Mantle

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Sourced at countryliving.com

This cosy but cool home is a few minutes from me in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Designed by Linda Criswell, the white washed tones are offered in a number of textures, bringing a country feel to the desert. The informal arrangement of the mantle delivers a welcoming warmth and teams with the animal furs and casual scatter cushions to place the house feel like home.

For more pictures of this Paradise Valley home and other design by Linda Criswell, visit Bungalow Furniture.

The Modern Picture Rail

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Photo taken by Earl Carter. Sourced from oconnorandhoule.com

Whether you’re in a historic restored home or something more modern, everyone can make use of a picture rail. Once installed you can swap and change your pictures around easily without damaging walls, perfect for the indecisive amongst us.

This Victorian terrace in Melbourne has been renovated to make the most of traditional style with a contemporary palette. The choice of pictures and placement breathes modern, without overwhelming the original features of the house. 

For more pictures of this house and other projects visit O’Connor and Houle.

Oversized Floor Picture

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Photo taken by Grace Alyssa Kyo. Sourced at thegracetales.com

If you’re cool enough to not even bother putting your picture up, take a look at the country home of Kristy Withers in Sydney. The casual lean of this oversized print is purposefully informal, softening a whitened space to avoid sterility. The simplicity oozes class and the horse image and the cow hide rug and perfect together.

For more images of Kristy’s home visit The Grace Tales.

The Picture Ledge

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Photo by Anna Truelsen. Sourced at mylovelythings.blogspot.com.es

Welcome to the home of fellow blogger Anna Truelsen. I’m presuming all the mess is shunted out of the photo, because this place looks immaculate. This simple double photo ledge not only looks refined, but also means you don’t need to worry about measuring and lining up your pictures… it’s made for the lazy perfectionist. I’ve seen some great photos of spaces using ledges to overlap a number of different sized pictures, similar to the mantle shown above, but I love the clean look of these identical monochrome frames.

Find more pictures of Anna’s home at her Swedish blog My Lovely Things

Floor to Ceiling

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Photos by Peter Fehrentz. Sourced at dwell.com

Just to show you don’t have to go big to go floor, welcome to Peter Fehrentz’s apartment in Berlin. His picture gallery wall runs ceiling, creating a waterfall of small frames that seems to tumble down the side of the wooden chair. And who can’t notice that perfect pink picture that matches the paint work…

To see more of Peter’s apartment, this article from dwell.com tells you all about it.


Today’s Naptime Makeover

Now I’ve browsed high design until my eyeballs fell out, I had better get on and decide how to arrange pictures in my own home.

I may not live in a whitewashed art studio warehouse, filled with people that make money out of being ironic. I may not own any original Rothko canvases that I can strategically place on the floor so that my children can add to it with a Sharpie. However, I do have a home lovingly built by a mass housing developer in 1987, a bunch of pictures and around 90minutes to myself. Lets see what we can do…

Before Naptime:

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How long has that frame been wonky?

After Naptime:

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ah… that’s better.

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Naptime makeover complete! It really has made a difference, and I can confirm that small interventions like this can be done during naptime. The twins even slept for an extra 30mins, even though I was nailing hooks into the other side of their bedroom wall… what a success.

So go on, look at your walls. Have you considered how to arrange pictures creatively?

 


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