Apr 13

A touch of ikat

Who doesn’t love a bit of ikat in a room? There are so many gorgeous patterns and colours around. I love the blue on blue accented by green above – I just used an ikat from Madeline Weinrib (my fave ikat source!) identical to the blue one above in a room for a client.

I’ve been drooling over this blue room (above) for ages – the double-sided couch, the blue lacquered walls, touch of ikat and accents of pale pink and black have me smitten.

I love pics like the one above that show you a glimpse of somebody’s house, not just an arrangement of furniture in one room. Love how the blue is carried though the house – the blue ikat on the chairs ties in with the lampshade and the tolix stool in the kitchen – and the black-and-white is repeated too. I always get so inspired by pics like this one!

What a great mix of styles (above)! There’s a little bit of traditional – chesterfield sofa, classic wing chair with nailhead trim; a bit of ‘Nanna’ florals, mixed with modern and quirky – the moroccan pouffe, sleek coffee table, ikat and the octopus prints. I like this room because it would be easy to re-create at home. Start with a sisal rug, paint all your furniture white, upholster one chair in a bold colour and add some ikat cushions in a contrasting colour, and you’re basically there!

I have long had an obsession with blue libraries. Read about it here. So this media room/library goes straight into the file for my future dream home!

image credits: sarah richardson in house and home, decorpad, kristen hutchins, johnsjournal-maria blog, the cross design and decor, lonny
Mar 21

More blue and pink and a gorgeous home

Yes, clearly I am stuck on blue and pink today! I just came across these pics of Sharnel’s home over at My Life My Loves, which I’m sure you will have seen bits of in various magazines. It’s a gorgeous Hamptons-inspired home (but with lots of colour!), decorated by Anna from Absolutely Beautiful Things. Check out the rest of her lovely home on her blog.

 

Mar 21

Lovely weekend and Pink and Blue

What gorgeous weather we had in Melbourne over the weekend! My family enjoyed the sunshine in my parents-in-law’s beautiful garden, having a barbeque to celebrate my middle child’s 5th birthday. It was a really lovely, happy day. I am working on a new mood board today using lots of pink with accents of blue. It’s a happy combination, don’t you think?   

benjamin moore paints

 I just love bright pink with the little peek of blue in this Benjamin Moore paints ad.

What a sweet way to set the mood of a room before you even enter it! This pic (above) is from the queen of pretty florals, Cath Kidson’s house, as seen in Lonny mag.

A beautiful blue room with pops of pinky-purples from House Beautiful (above). I love all those arches doorways!

This room is my favourite at the moment (from Lonny, above). I have been contemplating whether I have the skill to create a painting like the ones above – the large one above the sofa or the circles to the right - using pale pinks, purples and turquoise. I’m thinking I don’t, but it might be worth a try…

Mar 4

Sticking to a colour scheme

I love the idea of a co-ordinated home, with a colour scheme limited to 3 or 4 main colours, where everything looks like it is supposed to go together, but that still looks like a home with personality. It’s easy to do it with other people’s homes, and easy to edit things down when you can look at them objectively. I find that it’s so so easy in my own home, where I change things – furniture/accessories/colours – constantly!

I am really loving this home’s colour scheme: black, white, blue, with accents of pale pink. I adore the pink, and love blue/white/pink together. But take out the pink and in its place put green. Or yellow. Or red. See what I mean? Because the pink is in blocks of colour it works just as well with other colours that look good with blue. Those horizontally-striped curtains are fabulous, and I love the way they’re continued throughout. 

What a difference a giant mirror makes! I wonder if the lattice-pattern on the walls is a paper? I bet it wouldn’t be too hard to create the same effect with tape and paint. Love it!

interiors by samantha pynn

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