Statement front doors

I have a confession. One of my favourite evening activities is going for walks around our local neighbourhood purely with the intention of checking out nearby homes – and there is always one that stands out, simply because it has an amazing front door. Painted cherry red, with black surrounds it is the bold entrance to this particular home that gives the whole property character and personality. It gets me thinking,  first impressions count and the entrance to your home, including the front door can say as much about your style and personality as anything within your home. Whether you have a simple timber front door with a couple of topiary plants, a large festive wreath or your front door painted a bright, welcoming colour – what sort of first impression is your home giving?

I absolutely love putting up our Christmas Wreath each year as it makes our entry more festive, happy & welcoming – all the emotions I hope our guests will feel upon entering our home. Right now, behind the wreath is a boring cream & green-grey front door, so in the next few days when our wreath comes down I’m going to be thinking hard about how we can jazz that up, with a fresh coat of paint or something more to make the space a little more inviting. Here’s a few ideas that have been inspiring me over the past few days…

1. Enhancing intricate details – If you’ve got it, flaunt it! The turquoise on this door is absolutely stunning, but what it’s really doing is letting the gorgeous lattice-work stand out. Can you image if it was all painted cream? Still pretty but nowhere near as dramatic!

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2. Go with double doors –  If you’ve got the space, use it! I seriously love the grand appearance that double-doors create & while we don’t have space in our current home it’s one item on the wish list for one day when we do move.

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3. Oversized – Alternatively to double doors, one oversized pivot door will add serious wow factor to any modern home.

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4. Go with colour – It should be no surprise that I chose a soft-blue here! Warm, welcoming and not soft colours can add beautiful depth & character to your home while just giving the slightest hint to what is on the other side – and I really want to know what is on the other side.

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5. Glass – While not being for everyone, especially if your home looks out to the street, glass front doors can make a beautiful statement to you home. I personally think they are best suited to a courtyard entrance which enjoys a lot of privacy. Although generally their main advantage (to me) is the amount of light that is let into the home by utilising all that glass instead of a solid wall.

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6. Adding Plants – And finally, possibly one of the easiest and potentially the most cost effective ways to spice up your front entry is to add some lush greenery. Even one plant sitting next to your entry will create a fresh and sculptural ambience.

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Decorating for New Years Eve

As sit here, I’m somewhat stunned – where has this year gone?2014 has been one of my best years so far – and for the first time in many ways I’m going to be sad to say goodbye to it. Over the past twelve months I’ve ticked a number of boxes on my bucket list, started this blog, married the man of my dreams and travelled to some locations I thought I’d only ever dream of, we’ve set up our home, renovated our kitchen and shared our first Christmas together. So now as we step into 2015, planning is well and truly in place for another big year. I’m already calling it the year self-improvement and am looking forward to when the clock ticks over  – but before we get too carried away with resolutions and new year goals, lets take a look at some ways to bring the new year in with true celebratory style!

New Years Eve is perhaps the one night of the year where decorations should go all out! Glitter, sparkles and all things bright can be embraced as a scene is set for a big celebration….

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Christmas Dinner table settings

Christmas dinner in Australia is much like the Thanksgiving feast in the US. Although often our menu is quite different, the idea of the whole family getting together for a scrumptious meal is what it’s all about. Setting the table for said lunch or dinner has always been one of the jobs I’ve had the pleasure of completing on Christmas Eve – and getting it all done the night before really takes the pressure off Christmas day!

While keeping it practical is important, the Christmas table truly can be as simple or out there as you choose. From using masses of candles, to Christmas wreaths, miniature trees or just an array of festive colours, anything goes when setting the Christmas table. For many years, I have simply decorated our table by sneaking some décor off the tree or from around our home, so making the the table festive can also be easily done at the last minute and on a very friendly budget.

This year I will only be setting the table for myself and my husband so it will be a little smaller than past years, but I’m sure as it grows each year it will tell new stories and create new fond memories. As I’m only setting a table for two, I couldn’t help but indulge in researching all sorts of tables. Just the thought of them notched my festive feelings up another level and has given me some fresh inspiration for what I’ll be creating tonight. Below are some ideas I’ve taken and am hoping to incorporate into our table this year.

1. Using height – Using cake plates for decorations or food will help create more space and give your table depth and more interest. Just remember not to go too high so that you can still make eye-contact with your favourite person on the other side!

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2. Thinking outside the box – using non-traditional placemats like these tree slices is another beautiful way to add warmth and character. Mixed in with lots of candles and the greenery this table is a beautiful twist on a traditional Christmas set-up.

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3. Trees & Baubles – literally taking the idea of Christmas decorating from the tree to the table, this setting really brings a little Christmas magic.

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Place settings – Okay, okay what really drew me to this was the gold and pinecones but I couldn’t do a post like this without the mention of place settings! When you’re having a big family get-together, these can be more important than you think. Ensuring Aunt Kate who’s not talking to Uncle Pete is not sitting next to each other can mean the difference between a wonderful feast or an awkward dinner.

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5. Simplicity – I saved the best for last! Looking like the easiest to create, but often the most difficult, a simple table settle says it all with elegance and subtle hints to the festive season. The soft grey and gold go together like bread and butter, combined with the natural evergreen tones and fresh white, this table has been well thought out and is perfectly styled.

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Colour of the week – Gold

There’s no denying that Christmas is only a breath away, so in light of this festive season I though this week we would take a look at all that glitters. In all honesty it’s taken me a little while to jump on the Gold bandwagon but now that I’m on, there’s no way I’m getting off! The sparkle and warmth that Gold brings (when used in the right way) is just sensational! Paired with black and white it’s a timeless classic. Add in some pops of hot pink for a young and playful space or pair with navy blues or subtle greys and elegant spaces become a breeze to create. There’s no better time than Christmas to add a little sparkle to your home, bringing in some festive cheer that may well end up sticking around for the year.

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Christmas Gift Guide – For the home

Whether you’re in your first home or have been set up for a number of years, every home benefits from having some new gadgets or fresh home décor. I absolutely love the idea of gifting our home with something new at Christmas time (it’s a great excuse for a new treasure and will provide fond memories for years to come). Give your home something really special with this guide to hi-tech gadgets and luxe home gifts. From a robotic vacuum, to the cutest décor pieces I’ve ever seen, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to kitting out your home…

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(From the top) ElephantRattan LampStorage Bins, Nespresso Machine, Cushion, Robotic Vacuum,  Hanging PlanterPalm Beach CandleDelft Blue Dream Canvas

P.S. when it comes to at home gadgets there is such a vast range of options that I always love to check out the latest reviews and  ratings – to ensure you’re spending money on the best products possible I recommend checking out comparaboo.