Posts tagged ‘White rooms’

November 18, 2010

Styling Idea # 68 Wallpaper Above Picture Rail

INSPIRATION FOR THIS POST

Yesterday I went shopping at Bunnings to get a rod for my bathroom window to hang some curtains. I wanted an adjustable rod that works by using a spring to push the ends away from each other and therefore doesn’t need to be attached to the wall. They didn’t have it. Renting and Bunnings suck. And while I am having rant- when did storage solutions become soooo expensive? Obviously the world has too much stuff and the retailers have worked out that we will pay through the roof for a boring box to put it in.

There you go…I have said my piece, back to the post and the reason I started talking about the curtain rod..

I really want some prints in my life to make things look a bit more Sara style and unique. I love the idea of using wallpaper high like this…

Apartment Therapy

Bear Hill Interiors

TRANSLATION: TRY THIS AT HOME

  • Use the colours above the picture rail in the room below to marry them altogether.
  • Don’t be afraid to use a strong print or a busy pattern – you are seeing only a small area of it and it is above eye level.
  • Keep the room below clean and fresh with a great base of white or other neutrals.
  • This bathroom and entrance work well but I would love to see it add drama to a small dining room- smart!
  • Don’t forget about the ceiling- it can be wallpapered too!
  • Think about ways to light this area so that you can see the pattern at night also.

PS if you are clever you would have noticed two extra styling ideas that are great in these photos- First is the box around the bathroom mirror (quirky plus extra storage) and the second is the desk in the hallway (excellent place to store all the admin of life!)

November 11, 2010

Styling Idea # 64 Storage Bedhead

INSPIRATION FOR THIS POST

Yesterday I was on location for a shoot in an AMAZING home. I want to go on a tour of Sydney and go inside every house – you really never know what you may find. The facade for this gem was unassuming and yet the space and design and styling was world class. I am not usually a lofty, industrial style girl but I was truly inspired by great unique pieces and absolute class. I wish I could take you all there today with me for the last day of the shoot (if you are following me on twitter you will get extra photos of locations and props we are using).

I also have some insider information on a new store coming to Sydney (tell you later), and I meet the lovely editor of The Outdoor Room, Katrina O’Brien whilst styling live in front of an audience for outdoor spaces-phew it was a big day!

I didn’t get to see the bedroom of the house we were in yesterday but I would imagine it would look something like this….

Living Etc

TRANSLATION: TRY THIS AT HOME

  • If you have the luxury of a high ceiling and lots of light this idea would be amazing.
  • Keep the lines simple- I love how they do not have any handles on the cabinetry and all the lines are clean.
  • Make sure from the front perspective that you build in clever bed side elements- lamps and nooks for books included.
  • Have these draws and cupboards designed in the most practical configuration and dimension that you can imagine for your lifestyle- if you want draws, ask how deep?
  • I love the sparse whiteness of this design but there is no reason that the cupboards could not be printed to make one large graphic piece of art- remember Styling Idea #55 Photography Furniture – something like this would be a real wow statement- just make sure you have enough space to get the full perspective.
  • Think about using the back end for all of your stuff so when you are in bed it is super clean and perfect- that might include adding hooks for towels and robes, including a mirror, adding a hidden dressing table etc so that all the action happens behind the bed and you can lay back and enjoy the view.
  • Finally – if you are spending the money on the custom solution make sure you invest in quality fittings and soft close draws- it will be nice and quiet for sleeping partners.
September 28, 2010

Styling Idea # 35 Whites and Brights

INSPIRATION FOR THIS POST

ohhh the sunshine, the sunshine! For those of us in Sydney this morning is truly glorious! The sun is shining through my window and making the day seem so exciting already, funny the power of light. I spent the wee hours last night reading about feng shui for a client and that started me thinking more about bright colours. There seems to be a strong trend around white interiors, however the next step of that trend is creating bright accents around the room- check it out.

Elle Decor

Freshome

Freshome

Freshome

TRANSLATION: TRY THIS AT HOME

  • This is all about accessories! Think about everything and imagine in a popping colour. Start with the obvious- rugs, cushions, lamps, flowers, indoor plants, throws, artwork and side tables.
  • To create your second layer of colour think about smaller items in bright palettes that will bounce against the white and add an extra dimension- teapots, vases, pot plants pots, glasses, cookie jars or tea towels- anything you can add a bright colour to will work.
  • DON’T panic about picking the right colours- this is inspired by nature at it’s best- yellow, lilac, grass green, sky blue, pinks, raspberries, orange, lime, aqua, teal or citrus  – so perfectly spring.
  • HERE’S the main tip- don’t get stuck with primary colours- add something outside the primary colour range to make sure it doesn’t look like a school classroom. In the above examples the a 1st image uses lime, aqua and pink, the 2nd uses powder blue, the bathroom image uses a neon green- anything outside the primary family will throw the eye off and let all the colours exist together.
  • I have included the Elle Decor reference as an example of adding brights to a more classic space- the flowers, the lamp, the chairs, the puppy dog on the mantle- these are all unexpected in this classic setting but they make it so much more interesting don’t you think!

Have a sunny and colourful day.

August 23, 2010

Styling Idea # 8 Blonde Wood, White and Plants

Good morning for a Monday!

INSPIRATION FOR THIS POST

It is a feeling a little grey here in Sydney today so I thought I would post on a bright and airy idea! I spent the weekend in a seminar too so I feeling a bit claustrophobic and in need of air.

Desire to Inspire

Apartment Therapy


TRANSLATION: TRY THIS AT HOME

  • Keep the palette completely clean- don’t be tempted to add any other colours if you want to keep this pure
  • The only expection to the above rule is layers if white- bright white, milky white, creamy white and textures
  • Prints of white with green flora are a great way to give the impression of having flowers without the expense of updating them every week
  • I love the way these images mix white chairs with wooden versions- a very easy way to make this look appear less formal
  • If you must have flowers keep them white.
  • If this is looking too girly for you pull back on the use of repeats – hang one large white and green print instead of repeats, place one vase of greenery instead of repeats- but ultimately it will always have a feminine feel.
  • If you want to add some weight consider mixing in a darker wood or a retro metallic touch of bronze- but keep this light.
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