Black and Brass - Get the Look

Black and Brass - Get the Look

I'm really loving  black and brass these days. Why? I've been watching a lot of movies from the 70's and early 80's and marvelling at how fashions, or particular eras of fashion, at which I once turned up my nose, are now bountiful sources of inspiration. 

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Mixed Style - country meets industrial

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

This Victorian terrace home in London is touted as industrial style, but I would argue that it's clearly got a mixed style vibe going on. You can see wonderful elements of country and industrial working together to create a comfortable and unique space. A simple color palette helps unite the spaces, and by sticking simply to two styles and mixing from there, it never look jumbled or like it's trying too hard.

In the kitchen we see a lot of traditional elements such as the cabinets, mixing with more industrial features such as the hanging lights.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some tips to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some tips to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

White subway tiles like this can adapt to a variety of styles. With a clean white grout, they are at home in a modern kitchen, but here they are paired with a darker grout, to support the more industrial feel. The use of old stoneware bottles and metal bowls brings in a lovely country element.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

In the bathroom, the plain wood cabinet could feel entirely industrial, but pickling it in a light color adds balance to the country feel, as do the taps and medicine cabinet.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

Natural linens and more stoneware contrast against the barrel table and modern lamp. Achieving a mixed look can feel daunting, but follow the lead from this wonderful home - keep your color palette simple and choose just two styles to mix and you'll be on the right track in no time. See the full home tour here.

If you're thinking about making a change in your home, contact us for a free decorating consultation. We do these virtually or in person, and there's o obligation. We even send you a written report with our ideas for your space! 

DIY: A Herringbone Headboard

A headboard is not an essential for your bed - some folks prefer the simple look without a headboard. However,they can be a simple way to add a bit of polish, or even some oomph, to your room's decor. If your current bed doesn't have a headboard, and you fancy doing something a bit unique, check out this DIY headboard from IHeart Organizing. DIY_Herringbone_Headboard_header

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This is a great, clean looking headboard that gives you visual interest through the pattern, and allows you to choose the finish. Get creative and use different shades of stain or paint to draw out the pattern. A very versatile project. You need mid-range DIY skills to take on this project, and access to some tool and equipment. But if you are handy, or feel like it's time to learn a bit, check out their step by step instructions. 

Decor: A Converted Cottage

A personal design fantasy of mine involves renovating an old cottage in England. White washed walls, a thatch roof...it's the stuff of romantic notions indeed. Until such time as I up-stakes and move across the pond, or find a comparable cottage in these parts, I'll have to make do with house tours like this one of a beautiful little 1840's cottage. bedroom

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So pretty - and the kitchen highlights that we don't necessarily need 150 square feet of prep space. Small is beautiful.

See the whole tour here.