Winter Cozy - using texture

Winter Cozy - using texture

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.

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Mixing Your Metallics

Mixing Your Metallics

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. 

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Cottage Life: Rustic Refinement

Cottage Life: Rustic Refinement

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.

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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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I Want: Porthole Bar

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. A stylish porthole bar cart

 

A stylish porthole bar cart A stylish porthole bar cart

 

Love it. Available at RH Modern. 

Wallpaper Trends in 2016

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.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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Collage wallpaper by Rosemary Milner.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

 

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Techinically, this one is a wall mural, but as you can stick it up and it's gorgeous we're including it.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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METALLICS

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.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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Beautiful Boho Diamond from Michele Varian.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

 

 

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And old favourite from Farrow and Ball highlights metallics and pastels in a wonderfully subtle pattern.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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A beautiful mix of quiet color and a bit of metal. Perfect in this powder room.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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PASTELS

Pastels are a big trend this year, and wallpaper is a great way to highlight this without having to change out your main furnishings.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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Dreamy and pretty, they are often thought of for the bedroom, but considering expanding them into other spaces, such as this bar below.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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Even this more traditional pattern can be juxtaposed against modern furnishings and fittings to create a beautiful result.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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Gather Ye Throw Pillows

[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.

decorating with throw pillows

decorating with throw pillows

 

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.

 

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Decorating Inspiration: Tropical Decor Lite

[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.

Decorating inspiration for tropical and botanical bedrooms and living rooms

 

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]