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

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

Liv with Vision - Style Stakes: Sheepskin Rugs

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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…

Liv with Vision - Style Stakes: Sheepskin Rugs

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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….

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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.

Rustic French

Nope, sadly this post is not about bread but if you happen to be munching on some crusty baguette while reading, bonus points for you! Today I’m talking about Rustic French interiors and there are a couple of words that automatically come to mind when I think of this style – rustic, glam, natural and elegant. It’s a look that is really only suited to specific criteria, but that doesn’t mean it’s a look that can’t be enjoyed by many. Rustic French interiors reveal a humble side of French design, that is stripped back to reveal the natural beauty and then highlighted by elegant French pieces, be it a glamorous chandelier or classic Louis chair – almost as enjoyable as a rust, french loaf…

Rustic French Living area

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Rustic French Kitchen

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7 Vignettes – April

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break, I’m not sure about you but ours felt much longer than 4 days which was really nice. Being a long weekend, #7Vignettes for this month was made that much sweeter as I had some more time on my hands to really play with my vignettes. In the end I was really happy with how all my little combinations came together  – that 2hr photography course I had been meaning to do for nearly two years must have taught me something! Below are my images from this month, I hope you enjoy them as much I enjoyed tucking into those Easter eggs once all my pictures were complete!

#7Vignettes - Blush

Day 1 – Blush

#7Vignettes - Bloom

Day 2- Bloom

#7Vignettes - Light

Day 3 – Light

#7Vignettes - Soft

Day 4 – Soft

#7Vignettes - Easter

Day 5 – Easter

#7Vignettes - Weave

Day 6 – Weave

#7Vignettes - Gold

Day 7 – Gold

Did you play along with #7Vignettes this month?

Designer Crush: Justine Hugh-Jones

Justine Hugh-Jones is one exceptionally talented designer and my newest design crush. If you haven’t seen her work, you need to keep reading this because it is totally breath-taking. It’s people like Justine that make me realise how much talent there is in the world, kind of like when you watch an episode of “The Voice” or “My Kitchen Rules” and have your mind blown at how everyday people can create such incredible pieces. But to say that, is to almost say that Justine is a novice entering a TV competition, which she is most definitely not.

Built from over 10 years experience in Europe and now over 10 years practicing in Australia, Justine has a refined level of design that is pure perfection. As she says in her biography “As a designer, I look beyond aesthetics and pursue a philosophy of reclaiming and reintegrating an element of humanity into the home. My client’s homes feel like they have evolved and acquired character and layers over the years and are immensely comfortable and welcoming. An eye for detail, style and luxury distinguishes all of my work.” And after taking a look at her expansive portfolio, she definitely does just that…

Designer Crush: Justine Hugh-Jones

Justine Hugh-Jones

Designer Crush: Justine Hugh-Jones

Justine Hugh-Jones

Designer Crush: Justine Hugh-Jones

Justine Hugh-Jones

Designer Crush: Justine Hugh-Jones

Justine Hugh-Jones

Designer Crush: Justine Hugh Jones

Justine Hugh-Jones

Designer Crush: Justine Hugh Jones

Justine Hugh-Jones

To see more of Justine’s gorgeous portfolio click here