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 […]
Grey is often thought of as drab and unwelcoming but selecting the right shades of grey and complimenting them with the perfect choice of furniture and artwork and you can go from drab to totally divine.
Greys are not an easy option for decorating, it takes skill to achieve a relaxed atmosphere that doesn’t feel cold or dull. For example deep, dark greys are moody and can feel imposing in a living room plus if you throw in a little red which I have seen many home stagers do, then you have a recipe for disaster. However, layer grey on grey in varied tones from light to dark with a background of white and you can have a beautifully relaxed look. Alternatively deep blue/grey paired with light coloured furnishing and statement art can make a beautiful but dramatic statement, such as in a study or library.
The room above is total drama, from the stand out artwork to the geometric cushions. The lamps have been cleverly chosen to compliment the cushions reflecting the dramatic lines in their design. It is important when planning a space, that everything is taken into consideration and repeating lines can make a room look seamless whether soft and curved or in this case sharp and angular. When creating a space like this you need to balance it and this has been cleverly done by the choice of artwork. The soft grey of the horse compliments the colours of this space and its pose softens the overall look. The designers, ‘Creative Group Interiors’have been extremely witty with the placement of the artwork and the choice of a decorative bowl of apples beneath and have totally outdone themselves not only in this room but this entire project.
The living room is a balance of light and dark with light being the main focus, keeping this room airy and fresh. It is important to bring some contrast of colour and the brown leather chairs are perfect for this. Roman blinds and cushions in varying shades of blue/grey tie this space together.
The study area is a perfect example of co-coordinating light and dark. The dark grey bookshelves are dramatic paired with contrasting white decorative pieces and a mix of textures.
The two bedrooms are in total contrast to each other yet the same colour palette, this is made obvious by the dramatic floral, wallpaper seen in the second bedroom. The first bedroom has soft shades of blue/grey and stone, whereas the second bedroom opts for a dark, bold floral wallpaper offset by the brass bed. Should the designer have chosen a dark bed such as black, then it would have felt cold, the brass is a perfect choice for this space. It is important when introducing a colour that is not normally paired with grey that you use it elsewhere in the room and lighting is a good choice such as seen in the brass bedside lamps. The mink coloured throw adds softness, it is important when using deep, dark colours, especially greys that there is some softness too. I think this home is a perfect example of how to decorate with blue/greys successfully, don’t you.
I hope this post has given you some ideas of how to decorate with blue toned greys, it is a beautiful colour and as you can see by these spaces, balanced out it can make the most beautiful space.
If you view your outdoor dining area as an extension of your house you can create inspiring spaces for summer entertaining, but what if you don’t have anywhere to escape from the sun, in this case an awning can be the most economical option.
I wouldn’t say I’ve neglected my outdoor dining space but it isn’t exactly working for our unpredictable summers, no overhead shelter from sun or light rain apart from an umbrella doesn’t work. However, looking ahead to summer, I’ve decided to invest some money on a retractable style canopy so I can entertain more. Ideally I would like a pergola with open and close shutters, however these can run into the 10’s of thousands so the most simplest option is a retractable awning. The great thing about retractable awnings/canopies is that they can also prevent your indoor furniture from sun damage and fading to wood floors from our harsh Australasian sun. When you want the sun pouring in, such as winter, you can always retract the awning. Awnings also allow for a clear space beneath, there is no need for supporting posts which makes it easier to place outdoor furniture. Below are some great ideas for outdoor entertaining from covered extensions to simple awnings..
When I think of Florida, I can’t help but think “Miami 5-O” and slick apartments but Florida also has traditional homes and cottages such as this beach front cottage in Boca Raton.
Lisa Michael Interiors is the designer behind this Florida interior, coastal but definitely not cliche, not a grand ocean side apartment but a delightful traditional beach front cottage. It is clear that Lisa is attentive to detail, items such as the uniquely painted sideboard above, not to mention the wonderful trio of shell lamps suspended above the dining table both show this detail. Blue and white features throughout the home but Lisa has also used unexpected pops of colour in some of the bedrooms such as the coral painted chest. I believe it is important to work with the architecture of a home and Lisa has most definitely honoured the tradition of this lovely cottage inside and out.
If you love Lisa’s work, you can view more of her projects on her Houzz site, link above.