Liv Loves

Can you believe it’s already Friday again? After the week of weather we’ve had, the first half almost felt like it rolled into one day and here we are as quick as anything on the cusp of the weekend again! Not that I’m complaining – this weekend is going to be a pretty nice one with my Mum coming to stay, I’m really looking forward to some quality time with her and perhaps a little mother-daughter shopping! If you’re in Sydney I hope you have kept safe this week and have something lovely planned for the weekend! With all that being said, here are a few things that inspired me throughout this stormyweek….

1. ANZAC Biscuits – This time of year always calls for them and this year especially as we remember 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli in 1915 by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC Biscuits

Donna Hay

2. Poppy Flowers – along the same lines, this iconic red flower is another beautiful way we remember the soldiers who fought for us in World War 1.

Poppy Flowers

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3. Bold patterned floors – with shaker cabinetry and stunning bevelled edge mirrors…

Bold Patterned floors

Carla Aston Designed

4. The Painted Ladies of San Francisco –  We’re visiting San Francisco in August so with all the rainy weather, dreaming of these beauties has been an instant pick-me-up!

Painted Ladies

This is not new

5. The perfect reading nook for rainy days – I actually think I could live in this little corner!

The perfect reading nook

Love Maegan

 

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Style Stakes: Sheepskin Rugs

If there is one thing I’ve learnt about rugging up for the cooler months, it’s the more texture the better. While spring and summer are all about colour, autumn & winter are all about layers. So it’s no surprise that over the past few months I’ve been noticing a gradual surge in sheepskin (or lambskin) rugs being used a decorator items  in American and European homes during their cooler months. Being so soft and fluffy they are an excellent accent for winter to create that warm, cosy feeling – while still adding some serious style. Below are a few ways you can uses these deliciously, warm decorator items that will make will  have you all snuggled up for the rest of autumn and winter…

1. Make cold winter mornings a little warmer and softer under foot by adding a plush sheepskin for your toes to land on…

Liv with Vision - Style Stakes: Sheepskin Rugs

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2. Create a cosy spot for curling up with a great book…

Liv with Vision - Style Stakes: Sheepskin Rugs

Style at Home

3. Make cold, metal chairs a plush and snuggly…

Liv with Vision - Style Stakes: Sheepskin Rugs

Etsy

4. Use as a throw to make cool leather more inviting…

Liv with Vision - Style Stakes: Sheepskin Rugs

Live Like Crazy

5. Use on dining chairs to amp up the warmth and texture around meal times…

Liv with Vision - Style Stakes: Sheepskin Rugs

Savvy Home Blog

 

The Block Room Reveals – Stairs, study’s and a whole lot more (Week 9)

Oh the Calamity! Last night’s episode of reveals was almost a none event and if it weren’t for Jess & Ayden showing how it’s done, we would have been getting a walk through of four building-sites. Each couple faced a series of challenges this week and the monster of the block came out the clear winner, meaning sadly three of the four couples delivered incomplete rooms. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this on the block before but even still there is much to be said about what has been achieved…

Josh & Charlotte – While the judges were slightly surprised when they walked into Josh & Charlottes space, I don’t think they knew what was truly coming with the following apartments. Josh & Charlotte put in a great effort to finish their 3 story staircase this week, and aside from some unfinished painting, they did a pretty incredible job. Keeping with their simplistic style the study and staircase is light, bright, clean and simple. I agreed with the judges that it is a shame they chose to close in their staircase, as with such an opportunity to create a staircase from scratch, something really spectacular could have been achieved. However in saying that, what they have executed is still beautiful. The consistency of gorgeous pale timbers, plantation shutters and simple colour schemes throughout their apartment is all tied together with the staircase and study being the final piece of their Block puzzle.

The Block room Reveals - Josh & Charlotte's Stairs

Josh & Charlotte’s Stairs

The Block room Reveals - Josh & Charlotte's Study

Josh & Charlotte’s Study

Tim & Anastasia – Of all the couples, Tim & Anastasia were the stand-outs for not completing any of their spaces and also not seeming to care. With only the plaster board complete and some carpet down in two rooms – I really would like to know what they were doing all week. Regardless of the fact that the stairs proved to be more challenging than expected, it’s no excuse for not having any furniture in their theatre room and study area. Even if these spaces weren’t styled, there is nothing to show us what the vision is for the space is or how the room will come together.  It’s really a shame with these two spaces as Tim & Anastasia had a huge opportunity here but it looks like it’s really been wasted. Knowing they could have made the rooms into another bedroom or something other than another TV room, also highlighted the point on how they had missed the mark.

The block room reveals - Tim & Anastasia Theatre

Tim & Anastasia – Theatre room

The block room reveals - Tim & Anastasia study

Tim & Anastasia Study

The same goes for their staircase, with only some timber cladding on the ceiling and a glass balustrade, I think there was just as much disappointment on screen as there was off. The timber ceiling in this light brings really closes the staircase in and makes the ceiling feel lower, but once the space is finished this could be a different story.

The Block room reveals - Tim & Anastasia stairs

Tim & Anastasia stairs

Jess & Ayden – Taking home the winners prize again, Jess and Ayden completed their spaces in a seriously chic way. From a stunning open staircase to a gorgeous study and the perfect sitting area on the top floor, each spaced flowed beautifully through to the next and was executed to the highest standard. My mouth dropped when I saw the architectural detail of their open staircase, complete gorgeous pine-cone like pendants, that are like none I’ve ever seen before. The space is gorgeous and unique and has the little quirky charm that has become signature to Jess & Ayden

The Block Room Reveals - Jess & Ayden's staircase

Jess & Ayden’s staircase

The Block Room Reveals - Jess & Ayden's staircase

Jess & Ayden’s staircase

Their simple study area which is minimally furnished and utilises built-in furniture creates a space that appears to be much larger than it actually is. Lots of natural filtered light, (thanks to the plantation shutters) also help in keeping this area lights and airy. It’s clean, simple and fits in beautifully with the surrounding areas.

The Block Room Reveals - Jess and Ayden's Study

Jess and Ayden’s Study

Finally their upstairs sitting area  – complete with bar fridge and coffee machine – is the perfect addition to the top level, creating a master retreat well worth the hike up three levels of stairs. Once again, gorgeous built-in furniture, light timbers and an abundance of natural light make this space feel bigger than it really is. It’s shame this was the last week for interior spaces as I feel like jess & Ayden and finally “got it” in terms of styling and creating luxurious spaces for this type of apartment!

The Block Room Reveals - Jess & Ayden's sitting area

Jess & Ayden’s sitting area

Darren & Deanne – We’re the second couple to not finishes any spaces for the reveal this week, but there is much to be said about how Deanne still set everything up to give the impression of what is to come. With paint on the walls and the selected tile displayed we can see that this is going to turn out to be a spectacular entry to their apartment. The stairs themselves didn’t have any finishes so we can’t comment on that today, but we can see what surrounds the staircase will be beautiful, while leading up the stairs there will be a series of oversized artworks creating a gorgeous gallery inspired space.

The Block Room Reveals' - Darren & Deanne's Stairs

Darren & Deanne’s Stairs

The Block Room Reveals' - Darren & Deanne's Gallery

Darren & Deanne’s Gallery

For their study, we are also only given a hint of what is to come. The simple desk area facing out creates an open space to work at where natural light can be enjoyed. Positioning the desk this way mean it looks out to the kitchen and living area which (depending on what kind of worker you are) could be perfect or a real hindrance – contrary to the judges, I really like it. Built in storage behind the desk will be the final puzzle piece for this area, finishing it off beautifully with the black & white artwork.

The Block Room Reveals' - Darren & Deanne's Study

The Block Room Reveals’ – Darren & Deanne’s Study

BONUS! thanks to the block being a few weeks a head of what we get to view on the TV and the perks of social media, Darren & Deanne have shared their finished staircase through instagram – and as expected, it’s simply gorgeous. Check out their feed for a few more ‘grams of the finished space…

Darren & Deanne's finished staircase

Darren & Deanne’s finished staircase

 

Autumn Leaves

The leaves have started to fall & the evenings are getting cooler and while I’m more of a Summer person, I do think Autumn is one of the prettiest time’s of the year. There is something very exciting about the first signs of trees turning to all shades of gold, red and amber and today that’s where I’m drawing my inspiration from. These colours typically create a cosier environment and can be implemented in to your home in many ways. Amping up that cosy feeling by using textural throws, rugs or cushion is a really great way to get your home feeling like a warm cocoon as we prepare for winter. And while I’m fortunate to be living in Sydney where it doesn’t get near freezing point at the coldest of times, there is still something to be said about embracing the seasons…

Indigo & Gold with a hint of coral….

Olive + A

Copper, Mint and shade of grey…

J Ingerstedt

Natural pleaser…

Natural Autumn Colours

Pinterest

Caramel + Mauve…

Ark Pad

Chocolate + Rose Pink…

Warm Autumn Colours

Veranda

So tell me dear reader, what are your favourite colours to use for the cooler seasons? And where do you take inspiration from when decorating your abode?

 

 

 

The Block Room Reveals: Kitchen (Week 8)

It’s the day after Kitchen reveals, and to be honest I’m feeling a little underwhelmed. Last night’s episode although full of drama, served up some kitchens that didn’t quite hit “The Block” level of expectation. While each space is functional and looks great, there is a piece of Block magic that’s missing. Unfortunately I missed the majority of last nights episode, coming in towards then end for the Double D’s verses Shaynna drama (All a bit of an over-reaction on Shaynna’s part if you ask me), so today my comments are mostly based on the photos from online – I’m looking forward to seeing the full episode later on to see how my thoughts compare to that of the judges…

Josh & Charlotte – Sadly, I had higher expectations for this kitchen, from the way Charlotte had described it earlier in the week I was expecting the central island would make more of a statement. While it is still exceptionally we suited to the rest of their apartment (blank canvas) and provides fantastic storage, this kitchen is a little too white and soul-less. The main issue is that there is very little depth of texture variation. Flat white cupboards, with a sleek white splashback create a modern, minimalist look, but even with the addition of fresh blooms and some accessories, the space is still lacking. The addition of a pendant light or different splashback with either texture or colour would give this kitchen what it needs to have a little more personality.

The Block Room Reveals - Josh & Charlotte's Kitchen

Josh & Charlotte

Tim & Anastasia – Boy did these two have some drama during the week! At one point I really thought this could be it for Anastasia, but thankfully she pulled through and they finished up producing a great, functional kitchen. Layout wise I was glad to see they did not block out any windows as this would have really changed the whole ambience of the space. Kitchens and natural light go together like bread and butter – the more the merrier! Finishes wise, again I was felt disappointed in their choices. While black and white is a classic, it lacks character and in this instance the black casing around the fridge makes the space feel very heavy.

The Block Room Reveals - Tim & Anastasia's Kitchen

Tim & Anastasia

Jess & Ayden – Bringing back the light and thankfully some more texture and depth, Jess and Ayden pulled together an excellent kitchen that is both functional and friendly. I love the statement the single pendant makes over kitchen island and think it is perfectly located for the work area. The breakfast bar and adjacent wine fridge are well positioned for breakfast or a casual evening chatting around the kitchen (which is what I find most guests end up doing when visiting). Colour wise, the pale grey cupboards paired with the timber look lovely together and create a beautiful, soft palette. However I think the stone bench top and splashback are too busy to be paired with the timber grain – the two surfaces have a similar scale pattern within their respective particles/grains and are fighting against each other.

The Block Room Reveal's - Jess & Ayden's Kitchen

Jess & Ayden

Darren & Deanne – Based on the small snippets of last night’s episode that I did get to watch, I couldn’t help but think what an overreaction. For the most part, the Double D’s have a created a great kitchen. Yes, there are some aspects, mainly the splash back and timber pairings that aren’t perfect together, but of all the kitchens this one has by far the best use of texture, depth, storage ability and individuality. Unlike their bathroom, I wasn’t impressed with the use of the mosaic tile here – like Neal said, it’s a little too disco. And likewise, I agreed that the two timbers (flooring and cupboards) don’t work particularly well together – while the cupboards are a more pink based timber, the floors take on a yellow hue. Unfortunately these are two items that will be somewhat expensive to change, however I don’t think this space is the “disaster” the judges pinned it to be.

The Block Room Reveal's - Darren & Deanne's Kitchen

Darren & Deanne