Colour of the Week – Dove Grey

Grey isn’t typically a spring colour, but today I’m going to show you how it can be one of the best colours for the season – as a backdrop. Dove Grey makes a neutral addition to my spring colour palette due to its subtle, soft hue. Sitting in the middle of the scale between charcoal (winter) and bright whites (summer), dove grey is a beautiful colour choice for making spring colours pop and shine.

Dove grey works well as a transition from winter to spring  – paired with neutrals and darker tones, gorgeous winter palettes can easily be created. Lifting this by removing the darker tones and adding in clear, spring colours (such as Blush, Lavender or Mint) in cushions, fresh flowers or other accent pieces, rooms can quickly be transformed to reflect the changing of the seasons.

Young House Love

Houzz

Houzz

Houzz

Houzz

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House Beautiful

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Material World: Timber options for flooring

Ok! After a few days off (with the flu) I’m back in action! Today we’re starting a new series – Material World, where we will be breaking down the pro’s and con’s of different materials. We’ll begin with one of the most coveted – timber flooring. On the market today there are three main categories for timber flooring – Hardwood, Laminate and Engineered Hardwood Floors. We have all heard about these options but what’s the real differences between the three that could effect your final decision?

Hardwood Flooring –  Hardwood floors are made from solid, natural wood and depending on the kind of finish you want, you can purchase a variety of wood species. Hardwood flooring is almost always  the more expensive option but you can not beat how great it looks (or feels when walking on it). The entire plank is made from solid wood and modern hardwood is typically made with a tongue and groove system for easy installation. The boards can be easier to damage than the following two flooring types. Not only can they dent easily (i.e. if you walk with stilettos), but they also cannot be left wet as the timber can easily swell or expand. On the flip-side, hardwood floors are easy to sand and refinish, but require a healthy amount of maintenance to keep them looking their best.

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Breakfast at Zara’s

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Nobby Kitchens

Laminate – Laminate is the child and pet friendly, durable, cost-effective option. Finishes can be created in a variety of colours, textures and sizes and the boards are extremely durable. Boards are typically made of Fibre Board as opposed to actual solid wood. The top layer is a photographic layer which is designed to mimic the look you’re going for i.e. hardwood, bamboo, washed effect, aged, etc, but is much more durable than timber. This style of board has come a long way over the years and now finishes are very realistic.

Laminate planks are typically installed using a tongue and groove locking system, meaning you can install or uninstall with ease. Having the laminate top rather that solid wood, when you walk on the boards you hear a shallow tap rather than the deeper thud that comes from solid boards. I was very hesitant to go with this option over the solid wood option, but when we looked at the cost comparison verses durability, the laminate is streets ahead and the finished look & feel is extremely good.

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Quickstep

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Quickstep

Engineered Boards – Manufactured using a multilayered technology system, a timber surface is adhered to support layers for strength and dimensional stability. The core of Engineered boards is usually plywood or fibreboard and the top layer is a hardwood veneer (2mm slice of the solid timber) which is glued  atop the core to mimic nearly any species of hardwood.  Engineered hardwood has the natural characteristics of the selected wood species as opposed to a photographic layer (which is what you get with laminate).  The reason people tend to choose engineered hardwood over natural hardwood is to garner greater moisture and heat resistance due to the core material. Engineered boards can also be constructed to be significantly wider than solid timber boards, creating a sleek, modern look.

Lyncom Group

Lyncom Group 

Austral Flooring

Austral Flooring

Operation Organise – Wardrobes

Not all wardrobes are created equal. There are those that come from dreams, like Carrie Bradshaw’s in ‘Sex and the City’ and there are those from my younger days – the not so glamorous garment wrack. In saying that, it doesn’t matter how extravagant or simple your wardrobe is, there are a few tricks that can be utilised by all. But before we get into the business, a little eye candy…

Now… back to reality! I don’t think I know of any girl, who would say no to a closet like that, but even Carrie’s walk-in could look pretty nasty if not organised. My points below are for just that – it shouldn’t matter how big or small your space is, if it is messy and cluttered it will always be a headache figuring out what to wear in the morning. So, read on to see some of my best tips for creating an organised closet.

A place for everything and everything in its place: This is the number one key and rule – live by this and it will help you tremendously! The guides below, may help you figure out how to organise your closet, but everyone is unique and what works on paper doesn’t always in practice. Each person’s space varies, but once you decide on a place for an item to be stored, ensure it always goes back to that place.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Summer/ Winter and In between: Keeping items that are out of season in either a space-bag or suitcase is always a winning idea (especially if you are short of space). However, keeping one or two pieces out (Like a bikini in winter), will ensure you’ve got something to go to should you have an out-of-season day or event. When packing away items, ensure everything is clean and totally dry before being packed away. Also,when pulling out last years stored items consider going through and making the cull at the start of the season – you will generally get a positive or negative vibe when you see the item again after having it stored away for a few months.

The Fashion Spot

The Fashion Spot

Colour Code: Ok, this one is actually my favourite. Most mornings I wake up and will automatically feel like wearing a certain colour, whether it is white, black or something a more lively, I have found having my clothes sorted by colour really helps me put outfits together. As an added bonus, it also helps to highlight where you have lots of items (or are lacking) in certain colours.

Sadi + Stella

Sadi + Stella

High to Low: I’m talking hemlines and sleeves. If sorting your clothes by colour does not work for you, try sorting by clothing style. All maxi-dress together in one section, working up to shorter hemlines and likewise long-sleeved tops, shirts & Blazers, over to short sleeve or camisoles. This trick is also helpful when navigating the AM dressing dilemmas.

They All Hate Us

They All Hate Us

Drawers or Shelves – Figure out what works best for you. For me it is a combination. All my socks and underwear are in drawers but for everything else that I want folded, shelving is my favourite option. On the flip side some people would prefer to have everything tucked away in drawers. Keeping items in drawers can be done in sold or wire drawers (where you can still see whats inside), drawer dividers are also a great idea for small items.

Remodelista

Remodelista

Ultimately the most important thing to remember it to think about your habits and lifestyles and go with that – put simply, there is no point implementing a plan if you are not going to stick with it!

Interior Design Trends 2014 – Wrap Up

Well folks, we have finally reached the end of our Interior Design Trend 2014 series. So with all that has been covered, I thought I would put together a summary of what we have actually been seeing the most of, what has already peaked (and is starting to trend out) and what seems to be sticking around.

The biggest trend for 2014 – Glamour, but not exclusively. Interweaving Mixing Metals and Innovative Combinations, we have been seeing a lot of glamorous, elegant and sleek interior spaces. While thinking about glamour and mixing metals, it would be very easy to conjure up images of old fashioned spaces that lack light and vibrance. What we’re seeing today is aspects of the old classics, but set in rooms filled with light and other sleek, modern pieces. The end result is very special, it’s classic (and doesn’t date as quickly as other trends) and finally – its modern!

Modern Architecture Concept

Modern Architecture Concept

Past its peak – Vintage wonder. I really believe that for now, this trend has had its lime light. Although it’s beautiful and can create really unique spaces with old world items, the trend appears to be waning. In saying that, vintage accents will always be around to some extent, as people love to hold on to items with sentimental value.

Pinterest

Pinterest

What’s sticking around – Interchangeable accentsBold Graphics. I put these two in the same category, as over the past few years we’ve been seeing people grow in confidence with what they put in their home. Bold prints such a chevron, bold stripes or other graphics are being used to make a statement. Going hand-in-hand with that is the idea of changing a space as the seasons pass. I believe this is the main motivator for making people braver with their choices.

Homelife

Homelife

Liv Loves

Happy Friday folks! I don’t know about you but I am pumped for this weekend. It’s finally starting to feel like spring, flowers are blooming & everything (and everyone) seems to be coming back to life. Not only that, but this will be the first weekend in a while that will be social, rather than a renovating weekend – hooray! So before we kick off and get into full sangria mode, here’s what I’ve been loving this week…

Vanilla Slice: one of my all time favourites, I’m even going to have a go at making some tomorrow morning.

Manu's Menu

Manu’s Menu

An indoor swing – Just so we can invite friends around to hang out 🙂

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Hipster Apartments

This Gold Moon Wall – There is something very happy (perhaps the cushion) about this space, but it’s the moon wall that’s got my attention.

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

New Spring Flowers – Because there’s nothing as sweet as the look and smell of fresh blooms in the home.

Merry Brides

Merry Brides

And Sangria – You really can’t celebrate with out it!

Gimme some oven

Gimme some oven