Yes, I am still on my blue and green – or here, blue and teal- kick! I just can’t stop thinking about these colours. Though it probably doesn’t help that today I’ve been working on a room that features lots of teal! I’ve also mentioned it before, but I also adore abstract art paired with antiques and traditional furniture, so this room (above) really appeals. This might be one to try at home! And yes, I know I still haven’t been brave enough to share my diy abstract art! I’ll get there.
Speaking of bravery, I always admire people who paint every room in their houses a different bold but beautiful colour. I dream about this sort of thing but have always had resale in my mind in every house we’ve had, so have never given it a try. I love this approach in older homes where there are lots of smaller spaces leading into one another, rather than a big open-plan room.
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I’m drawn to rooms like this one because they demonstrate how effectively you can decorate on a budget- not that I know that this room was done on a budget, but you could replicate this easily at home. The wall colour matching the rug gives instant co-ordination. White sofas are the chameleon of decorating (I need one)- you can change the entire look but keep the same sofa! Then choose an accent colour – here it’s yellow – and paint a pair of vintage mirrors and a pair of cane chairs off ebay and voila! Just add in some accessories and your stylish room is complete. I love this stuff.
And finally, a dose of teal chinoiserie just because that’s my obsession at the moment..
Have a wonderful weekend x
After I posted this image (above) here last week I started thinking about how much I loved the surprise pop of blue in the coloured boxes under the desk, and what a useful decorating tool coloured boxes are.
See what I mean? This display (above) is really appealing, but the green boxes take it to another world of beautiful. Of course everybody’s favourite coloured box in the world of decor (in other worlds the blue Tiffany box might take first place) is the orange Hermes box.
Or even, the best orange and the best blue used together:
Yes, they are gorgeous and the perfect shade of orange, but they are expensive to come by, especially if you want to use them as a collection.
But there are ways around the I-want-that-expensive-orange-box problem. I saw this over at High-heeled foot in the door (which is now Effortless Style)- it’s a chocolate box! Now that’s what I call a gift that keeps on giving..
imag credits: rita konig, house and home, decorpad x3, design manifest, flickr, house and home, unknown, high-heeled foot in the door
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
I know I’m not the only one running around like crazy today making the most of the last day of school before Easter holidays kick in! I absolutely love having all my children at home and am really looking forward to the time with them, but it also means two weeks of a more intense work/home juggling act! Hopefully this year I’ll be organised enough to do some of those Easter craft projects I always admire on blogs and in magazines.
But being a little busy doesn’t mean I’m not thinking interiors..today I’m loving:
This entire scene;
Molly Sims’ outdoor dining room;
The pinks, greens and blues in this room;
Eclectic collections of beautiful things as in this room:
image credits: house and home, instyle, rita konig, trad home