I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
1. Rugs can bring life to a neutral space and less than perfect linens offer a relaxed feel. You can view more of this fabulous home at Studio McGee
Sorry I have had the blog on the back burner yet again dealing with health issues (my dry eyes), however, I have managed to put together a post on ‘Spaces to Love’, focusing on living areas that speak to my design desires.
What is it about these spaces that catch my eye, they have great form and function and a fabulous use of texture, not to mention a colour palette that is restful to the eye. I do love traditional style bookshelves and drawn to ones that are decorated verging on minimalist, just a few books and a few decorative pieces. At the moment I am having a huge blitz on my personal bookshelves as heading into spring and I plan to re-decorate my living area. I realised how messy my shelves looked with my stacks of H&G magazines and multi-coloured book spines which really do nothing when you like to keep to neutral shades. You can actually flip magazines and books around to show the pages not the spines if you want to keep things white.
The spaces I have chosen today are truly inviting and I feel I could step into any of these spaces and feel at home.
2. Not exactly the living room but these gorgeous chairs caught my eye. I love their boldness, smaller spaces doesn’t necessarily mean smaller furniture. Several smaller pieces can make a space look smaller, however a couple of bolder statement pieces can look amazing.
The more I research and write about interior design the more I learn the importance of texture and form, and Atlanta interior designer, Anna Braund has found the perfect balance of these factors in this relaxed interior.
Based in Georgia, Anna Braund was a Top 10 Nominee in HGTV’s Fresh Faces of Design Awards, Anna’s philosophy on design is that “design should be both bespoken to the individual and rooted in the formal principals of design”. Her designs have a warmth and charm that draws you further into a space and as you can see, texture and form play a very important part.
Above: opposing textures can be seen with the smooth horizontal shiplap and the rustic, white-washed brickwork of the chimney. More texture is introduced in the sisal rug. Mixing up textures makes for an interesting space
Above: The gentle curves of the sofa oppose the more angular lines of the coffee table
Above: Group different textured and patterned ceramics but remember to balance shape and form
Above: Mix up shapes, don’t go for everything rectangular or square, round coffee tables can take up less space and bring another dimension into a room
Above: Choose the art you love and work with it
Above: Be brave, use strong shapes but create balance
Above: Create interesting vignettes
Above: Notice the plates on the wall have a similar washed look to the cabinet, this helps to create balance
If you have enjoyed viewing this lovely home you can see more of Anna’s designs at her website www.annabraund.com or Houzz profile (link above).
I hope your having a great week, I have some more exciting news, now the beach house is finished I will be working on my garden studio which should be erected within the next week or so, so stay tuned for a few posts to guide you through the process of designing a she shed/studio.
No ice cream maker needed for this delicious treat and if raspberries are not in season in your part of the world, you could use ‘freeze dried’ or frozen raspberries (defrost them first). Recipe via Bromer Bakery…click here for instructions. More inspiration….
Ever wondered how to achieve a faux metal look, ‘Love, Create, Celebrate’, shows you how with easy DIY instructions.
Above: I love those chunky tassel throws but why spend hundred’s of dollars when you can upcycle one yourself for next to nothing. This idea comes from ‘Bre Purposed’ where you will find instructions to make these fab tassels.
And some Coastal inspiration…
Above: Wood, soft shades of grey, nautical print and layering are all elements of a peaceful, coastal retreat
Above: Circular mirrors are a better shape for a coastal look
Above: Glass pendants grouped together look fabulous suspended in an open space such as above a stairwell or a vaulted ceiling
Above: Mix up blue and white cushions for a coastal look and use plants such as palms which have a tropical feel
Decorating a home successfully is about timeless design, not following fads or trends but creating a perfectly balanced environment that won’t date…
How do you design a home’s interior that will remain timeless? Choose subtle colours, pastels or neutrals not bright or dominant colours and a mix of furniture. When I say mix up your furniture, choose a few older pieces, vintage, antique or maybe re-cycled and find a couple of contemporary pieces to work with them. I say it many times, “matching 3 piece dining, lounge or bedroom suites is the quickest way of giving your home an outdated look”.
Pattern and texture should be carefully chosen just as designer, Karla Amadatsu has in this Vancouver home. Karla of Kerrisdale Design, depicts what I consider are the elements of timeless design, a subtle palette of neutral colours that will work with any colour or pattern, antique and modern furniture that compliment each other and the addition of interesting accent pieces make all the difference. Decorative cushions pull a scheme together and if your foundation is right, then all you need do is change your cushions for a fresh, new look. Another important point to remember is not to clutter up your foundation with too many accessories, keep it simple and change things around from time to time instead of displaying all your decorative pieces at once.
Above: A welcoming entranceway gives a first impression of your home
Above: Decorative cushions add interest and lift a neutral sofa. Cushions are the easiest way to change the look of a room or update it if your foundation is timeless
Above: Side tables are a must, a great place for a lamp and some decorative pieces or simply a vase of flowers
Above: A few stacked coffee table books can look great when finished off with a decorative piece such as a piece of agate, large crystal or coral
Above: Pattern can lift your space from boring to brilliant
Above: Older pieces of furniture should be mixed with modern pieces.
Above: A neutral palette is the foundation of timeless design
Above: It is the small details such as the nail heads on this sofa that make all the difference
Photography – Tracey Ayton
I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful home and maybe found some inspiration for your next decor project. If you like Karla’s style, you can visit her website to see more of her designs (link at the top of the page).