Next up on our list of Christmas decorating styles is one that hearkens back to childhood. The rustic look is one that many of us are instantly comfortable with as it seems familiar and cozy all at once.Read More
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Over the next few weeks I’ll be showing you how to steal some of the most popular decorating looks for Christmas for your own home.
We’ll start with the very popular, and very gorgeous, Scandinavian Christmas style.Read More
Winter isn’t coming, it’s here - if the temperature outside this morning is anything to go by, anyway. The colder it gets outside, the more we instinctively try to burrow down at home.
If you are looking to create a cozy haven in your home, one of the simplest ways to achieve this through texture.Read More
People often stick to one metal, rather than mixing metals in home decor. If you are truly a fan of chrome and that's what you love, then why not?
But mixing metals is a great way to add a bit of visual interest to your room. It's an old interior decorating myth to think that you can't put warm and cold metal tones in one room.
While most retailers have already moved on from Cottage Life themed decor and are trying to get us to think about autumn, I say relax. It's summer time. Mix yourself a G&T, kick back, and savor the warm weather while it lasts. To help you with this, enjoy this gorgeous summer home in the Laurentians that mixes rustic charm with small, but refining touches.Read More
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.Read More
I'll admit to liking this porthole bar, but I if I brought it home, I think my ex-sailor husband might actually faint and then possibly even cook a meal for me in celebration of such a find. And he'd be justified in that reaction. Repurposed items, or those designed to appear repurposed, run a fine line between clever and "Dear God, enough with the wooden palettes already," and this one is definitely on the far side of clever and stylish.
Love it. Available at RH Modern.
Wallpaper is still going strong this year, bringing a bit of fun, drama or luxury into our rooms. Three trends that you can watch for are natural elements, metallics, and pastels. We've got some great examples of each, ranging from bold to subtle. NATURALS
A beautiful and graphic piece by Luke Edward Hall.
Collage wallpaper by Rosemary Milner.
Techinically, this one is a wall mural, but as you can stick it up and it's gorgeous we're including it.
We start with a bold and colorful metallic. If you're not courageous enough to coat a large room with this, think about a hall, entry or powder room - or even a single accent wall.
Beautiful Boho Diamond from Michele Varian.
And old favourite from Farrow and Ball highlights metallics and pastels in a wonderfully subtle pattern.
A beautiful mix of quiet color and a bit of metal. Perfect in this powder room.
Pastels are a big trend this year, and wallpaper is a great way to highlight this without having to change out your main furnishings.
Dreamy and pretty, they are often thought of for the bedroom, but considering expanding them into other spaces, such as this bar below.
Even this more traditional pattern can be juxtaposed against modern furnishings and fittings to create a beautiful result.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Throw pillows can be more divisive a topic than you might imagine. Personally, I'm drowning in the little buggers, and have them stashed all over the place. My sister, on the other hand, will cut you if you try to bring one in her bedroom. Seriously. She's threatened me. If you fall in the camp that believes throw pillows are a great way to add a splash of color and style to your space, while also offering the possibility of a little nap over there on the sofa, then the next step is to get comfortable with the idea of and eclectic band of pillows. The world isn't perfect and matchy-matchy, and neither neither do our cushions need to be so.
But there is a skill to picking out things that work in an eclectic mix. Over at Plaster and Disaster they have some tips for diving in to the heady world of throw pillows. Give it a try. I'll see you at my weekly Throw Pillows Anonymous meeting.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I love big bold colors, and tropical rooms can really show those off. But for a lot of people, it's just too much. Many folks don't want to commit to that much POW in their home - and that's perfectly understandable. So today we bring you some tips in achieving that lush, tropical look, without having to transform your living room (or bedroom, or sunroom....) into the deep, dark jungle. We'll call it Tropical-Lite, though unlike the lite beers of the world, there is nothing bland or watery about this.
I know wallpaper seems like a big commitment, but on a single wall, or a two tone wall where half is wallpaper, it becomes less overwhelming, both in appearance and application. And peel-off wallpapers for rentals or anyone without the stomach for arduous removal (and that's all of us, right?) is becoming more readily available.
I've included a palette of Sherwin Williams colors. I use their color systems, but these paint numbers can be matched at most paint counters.
So if you've ever thought about getting a little more lush in your home, try a few of these tips. And don't forget to add a tropical drink. I'll bring the little umbrellas![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]