A charming farmhouse

This month’s feature home is a stunning farmhouse from Georgia USA. I found this home through the Home Adore website and felt like I’d stumbled upon a little pot of gold! Oh, to the people that get to live here – what a dream! This home looks like it’s come from a bedtime story of my past, perfected with wrap around porch, colonial columns and pretty little garden. It’s the kind of home I’ve dreamed of living in for a long time, so excuse me while I dream a little longer here.

There is a lot of American architecture that I really love, from Colonial or Cape Cod to Classic Farmhouses – and this home in no exception. The casually furnished wrap around porch right through to the classic fireplace and panelled ceilings create something very special that make this house feel like a loving, family home. It’s casual elegance captures a perfect balance between a laid-back and luxurious lifestyle and it’s all been executed brilliantly. In part thanks to light and neutral furnishings and in other ways, thanks to an abundance of windows that wrap around the lower level. This home is totally about the architecture and the way it has been furnished really allows the home’s detail to be the shining star….

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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

I would move to Avalon for this house…

This months house is a beautiful, family home featuring drop-dead gorgeous coastal views. Nestled between the trees in Avalon Beach this home is light and bright with open plan living and would be a perfect retreat from the daily grind. I really love the floor plan for this home, split over three levels with all living spaces down the bottom and bedrooms up top. The entertainers kitchen combined with adjoining casual living spaces and large deck would be perfect for hosting events of family gatherings, while the separate Lounge & Dining room provide a great area for parents to steal a quite moment….

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Plantation shutters throughout the home are another one of my favourite features, along with the sandstone and garden landscaping. The way this home has been presented and furnished for sale is really beautiful – laidback and casual, it gives a fab idea of what it could be like to live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches…

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Perfect family home on Sydney's Northern Beaches

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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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The Inspired Room

 

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.

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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!

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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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