Design Challenge – April

I just realised I’m about a week late to the party for my April Design challenge! So before I waste any more time, this month I am challenging myself to create better vignettes. Each month I take part in the interiors addict #7vignettes competition and I’m always blown away by all the incredible talent. There is such a huge range on vignettes that are a bit more photography based which is awesome, but this month I really want is to explore is how to create beautiful vignettes for around our home – be it for a bookcase, entry stand or coffee table….

Challenge pic

P.S. If you haven’t seen any of my previous design challenges, you can check them out here or if you’d like to play along to challenge yourself or improve some of your design skills, here’s how this whole game started….

At the start of the year,  I got to thinking about how I can continue to grown and develop as a designer. I had the idea of creating a “design challenge” for each month where I’ll be setting (myself) specific challenges to help bust out of my comfort zone or learn a new skill. To ensure I stay accountable below are few rules I’ve set….

1. The challenge: Will be set on the first Tuesday of each month. Whether it’s learning a new art or trying something new in the home I’ll spend the next few weeks figuring out as much as I can on the topic.

2.  The reveal or results: Will be shared on the last Tuesday of that month. I say reveal or results as some may end with a tutorial of what I found, while others may result in a reveal of what’s been created.

3. Taking part: You are welcome to join me on these little adventures using the hashtag #DesignChallenge & tag @Livwithvision.

4. The most important:  These challenges are mostly about having fun and exploring new ideas!  It’s all about being friendly, generous, supportive, sharing.

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Design Challenge Reveal – Setting the table

Hi guys! I can’t believe we are already at the end of March and are nearly taking a (mini) break for Easter – the year is just flying by! It feels like only yesterday that I was thinking up this challenge and now I’m already sharing my results with you! All the same, I had quite a bit of fun over the weekend playing around with our dining table and discovering a new appreciation for our dining area. Sometime last week when I was planning everything out, I made a decision to complete all the table settings with no flowers – this was great as it also encouraged me to be a little more creative with what I chose to decorate the table with.

Aside from the classic rules, like side-plates to the left and cutlery works it’s way from the outside, in there are a couple of other guides I like to go by when setting the table. Firstly I think it’s really important to keep your table decorations relatively low, so everyone can see each other without looking around a tall candle stick or bouquets. I also like to use layers to give the table more depth and practicality.

Formal – For a more formal look, keeping things timeless and classic will always be a winner. That’s not to say you can’t use fabulous dinnerware, but it is to say that dinnerware should be cohesive. For a formal look, I personally love using a monochrome colour palette and sticking to the classics. Below I’ve used a silver and white stripe dinner service as my feature and have allowed the platters to take a step back by using plain white options. As I mentioned above, I love using layers and by utilising stands or cake plates there can be more space on the table for other items. Candles are also always a winner for formal settings and paired with mirror trays, candle light is doubled and creates a beautiful soft ambience.

Design Challenge - Formal setting

Formal setting

Design Challenge - Formal setting

Formal setting

Design Challenge - Formal setting

Formal setting

Semi-formal – With semi-formal settings you can be a little more relaxed with the way things are set out. For this look, I like to apply the same classic principals but then give them a casual twist by using timber boards for platters and slightly less formal dinnerware. Candles are still a beautiful edition, but rather than using classic pillar candles, this type of setting is also a good opportunity to bring out interesting lanterns or candle holders.

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Semi-Formal

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Semi-Formal

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Semi-Formal

Casual – With casual settings, the world is your oyster and this type of setting is great for birthday lunches with the whole family or when a bunch of friends pop around. Quickly throwing cutlery into fun vessels, using some placemats that are a talking point (or entertainment for little ones) and utilising an architectural element as décor are all great ways to give your table personality and create a fun atmosphere. I love using colour & pattern for this type of setting and adding a little more décor around the dining room will always add to the space’s ambience!

casual

Casual

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Casual

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Casual

 

Design Challenge – Setting the table

At the start of the year,  I got to thinking about how I can continue to grown and develop as a designer. I had the idea of creating a “design challenge” for each month where I’ll be setting (myself) specific challenges to help bust out of my comfort zone or learn a new skill. To ensure I stay accountable below are few rules I’ve set….

1. The challenge: Will be set on the first Tuesday of each month. Whether it’s learning a new art or trying something new in the home I’ll spend the next few weeks figuring out as much as I can on the topic.

2.  The reveal or results: Will be shared on the last Tuesday of that month. I say reveal or results as some may end with a tutorial of what I found, while others may result in a reveal of what’s been created.

3. Taking part: You are welcome to join me on these little adventures using the hashtag #DesignChallenge & tag @Livwithvision.

4. The most important:  These challenges are mostly about having fun and exploring new ideas!  It’s all about being friendly, generous, supportive, sharing.

So lets get started already….


We have a dining table that in all honesty I’m not too fond of. The grand plan is to sand her back, paint, distress and re-stain, but for now she’s not my favourite piece of furniture and I’d love to change that. So this month’s challenge is going to be on setting the table for various occasions – from a casual BBQ dinners through to elegant dinner parties. But it’s not just about putting the fork on the left and knife on the right, its about working with what you’ve got and making something special of that. It’s about setting up for entertaining AND styling for when the table is not in use for dining purposes. So while the classic settings will be applied, I want to also explore how those rules can be bent a little to give the next party or family gathering a little extra flare…

design challenge - Setting the table

Michaels

Design Challenge Results – Mixing Patterns

Design challenge number two and what fun February has been researching all sorts of tips for playing with patterns. So what I have learnt? When playing with scale and colour there are a few key tricks to keep in mind, beyond that playing with patterns is all about having fun and creating what works for you. While a room with 3 different patterns may work for some people, other may prefer to go a bit more out there and use more – and that’s perfectly okay. Your home should reflect your personality so don’t let the nay-sayers bring you down! That being said, what have I actually learnt over the past few weeks?

Use odd quantities – As with flowers or vignettes, odd numbers work best when your mixing patterns. So start with 3 patterns and work from there.

Mixing Patterns

Bellacor

Scale is key – Set small patterns against large ones so the eye can easily distinguish different patterns. This is important as patterns will start to compete with each other when using multiple patterns of the same scale Hint: To check whether your patterns work together, cross your eyes – you should easily be able to tell the difference in pattern.

Undercover DIYer

Undercover DIYer

Limit your palette – Try to work with a set of colours. Whether that 3 or 5 it doesn’t really matter, but make sure you have the same colours throughout your room. A mixtures of pastel florals with bright abstracts wont work as well together, but those same patterns in colours of the same intensity is a completely different story – one with a happy ending.

Mizing Patterns

Pop Sugar

Include something solid  – This could be the floor, walls or sofa but the main objective to keep in mind that patterns on all surfaces may start to look a bit hectic. Using one surface (that’s at eye level) will help ground your collection of patterns.

The Pink Pagoda

The Pink Pagoda

Use your instincts – With all that’s said and done, sometimes when you just throw everything together it works organically. If you stay true to your style and already have a great collection of objects it’s likely that you’ll already have items that can work together.

Better Homes & gardens

Better Homes & gardens

 

Design Challenge – Mixing Patterns

At the start of the year,  I got to thinking about how I can continue to grown and develop as a designer. I had the idea of creating a “design challenge” for each month where I’ll be setting (myself) specific challenges to help bust out of my comfort zone or learn a new skill. To ensure I stay accountable below are few rules I’ve set….

1. The challenge: Will be set on the first Tuesday of each month. Whether it’s learning a new art or trying something new in the home I’ll spend the next few weeks figuring out as much as I can on the topic.

2.  The reveal or results: Will be shared on the last Tuesday of that month. I say reveal or results as some may end with a tutorial of what I found, while others may result in a reveal of what’s been created.

3. Taking part: You are welcome to join me on these little adventures using the hashtag #DesignChallenge & tag @Livwithvision.

4. The most important:  These challenges are mostly about having fun and exploring new ideas!  It’s all about being friendly, generous, supportive, sharing.

So lets get started already….


This months challenge is going to be on mixing patterns, it’s an art that sometimes baffles me (and many, many others) but there are definitely some principals and rules that can be applied for effectively putting together a variety of patterns. I want to play with these rules, with a hope of breaking out of my own failsafe white basics. So from mixing up cushions on the sofa to having patterned walls or dinnerware, it’s going to be a month of playtime when it comes to spots, stripes and all that lies between..

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