Happy new year, everyone! I hope 2015 brings you all the joy, challenges, adventure & strength to make it your best year yet! Seeing as this week’s Liv Loves falls on the second day of the year, I thought I would compile my favourite and the most popular posts from 2014. I only started this blog in July and so far I’ve had an incredible time growing and learning many things about this blogging industry – it’s about 100 times better than I could have imagined! This year I’ve got some great ideas lined up, there will be some more regular content and some challenges which I hope you will join me in attempting. I’m really looking forward to where 2015 will take us and I cannot wait to share the journey with you all! So without further-a-due and before we get into the full swing of 2015 here’s what was most loved in 2014.
1. Interior Design Trends 2014 – Glamour
Interior Design Trends 2014 – Glamour
2. Operation Organise – Bedrooms
Operation Organise – Bedrooms
3. Material World: Kitchen Benchtop Options
Material World: Kitchen Benchtop Options
4. Why I love the Hamptons
Why I love The Hamptons
5. A DIY project – Scrabble Coasters
A DIY project – Scrabble Coasters
Thanksgiving is not a holiday that Australians get the pleasure of officially celebrating, but it’s always been one that has really interested me. I absolutely adore the idea of having a special day that is set aside just to give thanks and be thankful for all we have. Traditionally, Thanksgiving was a holiday that was created to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year, so naturally that’s where all the pumpkins and rustic décor come from.
This year, I get the pleasure of being in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving – we fly off tomorrow and to say I’m excited would be a huge understatement! We’ve had this holiday planned since the start of the year, so (as you do for most holidays) I have been researching all things LA and Thanksgiving – from cocktails and dinners to décor and most importantly, how to set the table. So I thought, although we don’t celebrate it down under, lets take a look at some table settings and thanksgiving décor for one the most meaningful holidays of the year…
The Daily Basics
My Life and Kids
Better Homes & Gardens
Yellow Bliss Road
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I’d love to know what’s on your menu this year. I always love to get inspiration from what other people are getting up to in the kitchen. If you ARE looking at cooking up a storm for this year’s holiday season, check out comparaboo to see a comparison of all the top rated products to create your perfect festive feast!
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
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.
What’s sticking around – Interchangeable accents & Bold 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.
It is not surprising that blue is the world’s (unofficial) favourite colour. Be it clear skies or tranquil water – blue is a colour that we see a lot of in nature, so it is natural that we are drawn to it in our homes.
I chose this trend as the last in the series as I believe it is not just a trend. The colour blue comes and goes in popularity throughout the year (almost every year). However, we are starting to see colour more in homes as people are being courageous with their choices and hence, blue’s popularity is becoming more continuous. Virtually all these rooms below have beautiful neutral bases which have been dressed and accessorised in shades of blue that evoke a sense of calm. They are such simple touches, bringing life and personality to each of the rooms and are additions that can easily be interchanged (by editing cushions, rugs or artwork) as the seasons pass.
A bevy of blues – just the name of it sounds cool and inviting….
The Enchanted Home
Over the past couple of years we have been seeing a lot of black & white interiors that are sleek, modern & very sophisticated. While that trend doesn’t look like it will disappearing anytime soon, it is definitely evolving. A softness is being brought into this trend by using blacks that aren’t quite as solid, whites that are a little warmer and textures that bring in a sense of softness. The style is developing a heart and evolving into a style that is now chic, modern and well suited to not just the minimalist home. So what is the trick in creating a softer black and white scheme for your home?
Incorporate with blonde timbers – This will warm up the colour scheme, without adding too much colour. Pale timber hues sit beautifully with fresh whites and prevent the look from being harsh or stark.
Brit + Co
Crane and Canopy
Use Texture – Nothing softens a room like a variety of textures. To transform a space from sleek to chic in a very budget friendly and fast manner, use throws, cushions, rugs and other textural items such as woven baskets.
Bring in Shades of Grey – Here you can be as lavish or modest as you choose. By simply adding a shade or two of grey a pure black and white room will be dramatically softened. This can also be achieved by using off-white instead of a crisp-white or charcoal instead of black.