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…

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

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

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

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

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Inspired by Easter

In this day and age, we are so blessed to have many holidays to enjoy and celebrate. Easter is probably my favourite holiday of them all, being so meaningful and huge part of my faith – It is the holiday we celebrate because it changed our lives forever when Jesus sacrificed his life for us. Funnily enough at some point this incredible act of God turned into Easter bunnies and chocolate Eggs, I’m not quite sure how that happened but either way I am exceptionally thankful for the holiday (and the chocolate that comes with).

As with every opportunity, over the past few years Easter Décor has really taken off. Where there was once a couple of baskets in the dollar store for Easter Egg hunts there is now a plethora of options for decorating with Easter style. From ceramic bunnies and Easter trees (yes – they are a thing), to wreaths for your front door or displays of beautifully painted eggs, there are so many ways to add a little cheer to your home at this time of year. In the northern hemisphere Easter is celebrated in the peak of Spring, hence bringing with it lots of soft and beautiful pastel colours, fresh flowers and baby animals (chicks & bunnies mostly). It’s little wonder that at the dawn of this warmer season homes are spruced up with fresh flowers and more colour – and with a holiday like Easter, what better reason is there to celebrate? So while this is a phenomena that has taken me a little while to accept, I cannot deny that I love the beauty of all these pretty styles.

Table Décor – This Easter tree makes a beautiful statement for an entry way or dinner table centre piece. Check out The Crafty Sister’s website for the ‘jelly-bean’ tutorial.

Easter Tree

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Mantel Style – Mantels are always a beautiful spot for revolving décor and this subtle Easter display with pastel blue and sweet bunnies is no exception…

 

Easter Mantel

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Dyed Eggs – A throwback to my childhood of blowing out eggs and then dying or painting them in all sorts of pretty colours and patterns. I love how these could be created with the kids but still looks absolutely stunning when displayed in apothecary jars. Click on the image below for the full tutorial.

Monochromatic Easter Eggs

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First Impressions – The first and most important impression and message for Easter, this beautiful floral cross is perfect for any front door.

Floral Cross Wreath

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Party with Style – This gorgeous table setting is well suited for an Easter themed gathering – I love the sweet yellow gingham, paired with fresh blooms and crisp white. The theme is woodsy but fresh, suiting the Easter bunny just fine.

Easter Table

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A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

Now that we’re stepping into Autumn, nights are starting to get a little cooler and the thought of snuggling up on the couch with a good book or movie is becoming more appealing. Snuggling up with lots of cushions (and a great blanket) is definitely the best way and about this time of year I think it’s nice to swap out the summer brights for something a bit more seasonal. The added bonus is, updating your cushions is bar far one of the easiest and most effective ways to change the overall theme of a living space. I have my year round cushions of choice – generally neutrals that can tie in with a variety of colours, patterns or other textures – but I tend to feel the need to switch up my cushions as the weather changes. Here’s a selection of some combinations I’m loving for Autumn:

1. Midnight Blush: Autumn doesn’t mean everything has to be in shades of red and gold, mixing in blush pink (a typically Spring colour) with black or charcoal grey is a great way to make this trendy tone work for both seasons. I can picture this combo on modern black or pale grey leather.

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

 Lev Cushion, Midnight Blush Cushion, Mezi Cushion

2. Golden Texture: I really love all the gold foiled cushions that are hitting the shelves at the moment, mixing this trend in with some abstract prints and a faux fur is a great way to add some cosy comfort while still enjoying a little sparkle. This look would work beautifully on a cream or chocolate brown sofa.

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

 Golden Mirror Tiles Cushion, Alaska Cushion, Gilt Limited Edition Cushion

3. Giraffe Safari: I don’t know why, but for me Autumn is the season of Animal prints. Whether its leopard, zebra or cowhide these patterns just suit the season really well. Mixing in with a playful floral, the animal print transforms in a more neutral texture and the overall look stands out beautifully. I’d love to see this look on a chunky cord, cream couch

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

 Faux Dark Giraffe Cushion, Leather Cushion, Celeste Breakfast Cushion

4. Pumpkin Fields: Orange and Navy go together like bread a butter and in Autumn I couldn’t think of a colour scheme that’s any more seasonally appropriate. I love this herringbone cushion mixed in with the luscious velvet and knitted texture – it would pair well on a classic brown sofa.

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

 Velvet Cushion, Hunter Cushion, Herringbone Cushion

5. Grey Sunshine: Charcoal is another classic for Autumn (and a great colour to use year round), while the added pop of yellow brightens the look. The combinations of a textured check, studded velvet and cheery print would make white sofas more seasonally appropriate for cooler months.

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

A Cushy World: Autumn Cushion Combinations

5. Grey Sunshine: Jed CushionStudded Velvet Cushion, Botanica Cushion

Casual Elegance

If I were into fashion as much as I am interiors, this would be my style icon. Actually Julia Engel is already my style icon, but she inspires me in other ways. Her blog Gal Meets Glam is one of my most frequented and I’m always dying to steal every outfit she wears. But I’m not here to talk about fashion, I’m here for interiors. So how on earth do these two relate? Julia’s site and style inspires me in a way that I would love to inspire people with their interiors. Everyone has different tastes, but one style that resonates closest with me would have to be casual elegance, and I don’t think this is too different to the wearable style the Julia oozes. So what is casual elegance?

It’s all about creating a timeless space. A space that is elegant without being stuffy or uptight – using classic pieces or pieces that have stood the test of time, furniture that is natural in form or incorporating traditional elements such as a crystal chandelier.

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It’s using neutral colour palettes with hints of colour. A neutral base, with classic design pieces will open up options to many different styles. If you are wanting to aim for a look that’s still casual and elegant, work towards keeping the space cohesive and use art or cushions to inject fun and personality….

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It’s understanding that depth and character are important. Using a monochromatic colour palette, with varying shades of one colour is a great way to add depth while still keeping a space cohesive. But be careful with grey as it can quickly become cold or uninviting, so mix in some warm timber items to make a space more welcoming…

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It’s about Using high quality and natural materials such as leather, linen or cotton for upholstery, marble or other stone finishes, timber, rattan, etc…

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All up it’s about the meeting and crossover of two style: Elegant and Casual. Mixing these to a 80:20 ratio if your after a space that’s a bit more elegant or adjusting that ration to whatever look you’re aiming for…

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Styling a bookshelf

We all have shelves, often filled with not just books but also life’s little trinkets that when not displayed properly can end up look like messy clutter. Whether you have an open bookcase, something with glass doors or a storage unit with solid doors – the difference between having those shelves well organised and styled or not can be quite significant. So here are a few tips to make your book case more appealing.

Mix small and large items – Mixing in variety of items in different sizes gives your book case a sense of scale. It’s a knack that can be quite difficult to achieve, but it’s a process that will evolve differently for everyone – keep taking a step back and editing how your shelves look. Books stacked in piles with an item placed on top will give that item a “stage” or sense of prominence which is great for small accent pieces. Larger or heavier items can be used as book ends or placed in a vignette with a few smaller items.

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Allow for white space – Keep in mind that white space is just as important as filled space. White space is basically just the air space around objects – not every inch of space needs to be filled (both vertically and horizontally). Move a few items around to give feature items space to breath and create focal points.

Finding Home

Finding Home

Colour Block – Colour blocking is a great way to give the illusion of a tidier space.  If you are purely filling your selves with books, try stacking them or lining them up by colour blocking and you’ll instantly see a space that is more cohesive and a pleasure to look at. As a bonus, I also find this helps trick me with finding my books as I have a visual memory!

Hammer and Heels

Hammer and Heels

Remember heavy items at the bottom, light at the top –  Those old laws of physics will always apply with bookshelves – whether you have your bookcase attached to the wall or not (you should for safety reasons!) keeping heavy items on the lower shelves will help keep your shelving stable. Big heavy items, be it thick books or a large accent piece also look great at lower levels, are less likely to break if they don’t have as far to fall and most importantly will prevent your shelves from toppling over or becoming top heavy!

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Keep child friendly items at child friendly heights – If you have children that are using your bookshelf, keep their books on the lower shelves which are reachable for their little fingers…

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