Category Archives: Dining Spaces

Bringing inspiration in the smallest things in life

So here we are again, another week has rolled by since my last post. And I could say it feels like we have gone from winter to summer…well maybe not quite summer, but it has definitely been unusually hot for this time of the year. We have been blessed with a lovely warm week so far and let’s hope we have more to come through as the weekend is not over yet! –  I just have to say that we are lucky to have experienced the beautiful rays of sunshine and blue skies through the first few days of July.

So as I was having my mid week break (as you might remember my weekends now take place during the working week). I decided to head out for a coastal walk specially with the weather heating up, all I could think of was ocean time. So whilst everyone was working hard, I went for a nice walk by the beach.

What an amazing, refreshing and inspiring walk it was. I came along to these pretty rocks by the side of the beach. The colour palette and texture inspired me to create this mood board of images for you. It is amazing how no matter what, nature continues to win when it comes to inspiration. Mother nature gets it right every time, no need to look further.

So here we have my inspirations for the week. Hope you enjoy the images and have fun playing with lilac and neutral colours, adding rustic furniture pieces, rendering walls or working with exposed stone walls as a feature. You can also look at adding greenery/plants and even including a little splash of colour with wall prints. And of course don’t forget soft furnishing like cushions, throws, and rugs to bring some warmness to your space.

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Styling your home through the winter season

Hello all, I apologise for not having written in a while but things have been pretty busy. I started a new job recently which brings a new set of challenges and routine which includes weekends!..So, again sorry for the lack of posts but it is only now that I get the time to write! Wow – so things have been hectic on my end! – Hope you all have been well.

Just yesterday as I got to catch up with two of my best friends. We were talking about how dreadful, cold, rainy and grey it has been lately and how nice would it be to be able to escape to somewhere sunny or either just get away to the country and stay at a farm stay with a warm cosy fire place. Winter, you love it or hate it!

So what do you do when you are having those blue holiday mood days or just wish you could go somewhere warm and sunny. I think we can all agree that during this season we all need a little bit of encouragement to be positive when it rains and rains and rains! Although the rest of the world might be hibernating for winter we still need to enliven our spaces.

Style spaces with fresh sprigs and sculptural foliage, reflect gardens and views with statement mirrors. It’s too cold to go outside so bring the outside in!

Here are a few tips on how you can style your home to bring a little bit of spark back into your home through the winter season.

1) Mirror the change of season. At this time of year nature gives a wealth of inspiration providing a palette of caramel, olive, rust and copper to work with. Revamp your look by working in textiles and décor throughout the home.

2) Create a bedroom sanctuary, a lot of the time we neglect our bedroom as we concentrate in the rest of the home especially the living area. Make this a world away from the cold and dreary outdoors! Make this space luxurious and inviting with layered textures by using blankets, linens and soft furnishings. Add creative and ambient lighting that invites you into the space.

3) Give new life to your living space with a statement rug. Consider texture and tone for practicality but throw all caution to the wind by choosing stand out designs that will really lift the room, creating a unique and eye catching space. Play with texture to create atmosphere and drama – think alluring velvets and plush wool carpets.

4) Bring colour in. This will lift up your mood when you are having one of those days and wish you were somewhere else!. You can do this by adding some inexpensive accent furniture pieces, lightings, create a feature wall by repainting it or if you want to splash out, you can always get some beautiful wallpaper. Also using some throws can add colour to your existing lounges.

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And of course there is always the option that we can just take a few days off and go somewhere nice and cosy for a break where you can just sit and relax, re-charge your batteries by going for some nice walks while enjoying the greenery that surrounds us, do some food tasting and come back to your lovely winter retreat holiday home and enjoy of a warm bath, a nice cup of tea or some vino by the fire!.

Please feel free to give me your feedback. All comments are welcomed! – Have a fabulous rest of the week and keep warm.

Styling your walls

So it has been a little while since my last post. Hope you are all keeping well and warm as our days are now getting darker earlier and our clocks went back again last Sunday. Autumn is definitely here!

Since a new season is always a good opportunity for change, getting rid of clutter, and bringing in new things then I thought it would be great timing to bring you all these gorgeous inspirations on how to style your walls. I have included everything from having your prints and artworks displayed on the walls creating little stories with them as well as using different sizes of frames and colours, to a mix and match scatter mirrors, funky & textured wallpapers and murals. Another idea I love is brining the outside in, by creating awesome herbs/plants shelving and ceramic wall planters.

Then we have floor standing mirrors, bamboo ladders – they are great to hang quilts, towels etc and just to create a nice feature in a room. And lastly you can create library shelves or a built-in bookcase.  This is a great idea during this time of the year as it is when starts getting darker and colder and it is so nice to get all comfortable, get a cup of tea and read your favourite book to relax.

So here they are, 14 inspirations for you to explore. Hope you like them. Enjoy x

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Light It Up

Here are some cool lighting findings for you to finish off your weekend…

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Isn’t it great how something so simple like lighting can add so much character and a little bit of spark to any room?

Hope you had a lovely weekend.

Stylish 40 square meters modern Swedish flat

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This is an incredible tiny 430 square meters apartment transformed into a little oasis! Spotted in Linnaeus Town, Sweden, the space looks open and airy (considering the size) and still maintains its original features.

The sliding wall panels (secret to the success of this tiny home) hides away bookcases, TV and two large closets. The combined bedroom and living area opens up into a small kitchen with laundry space and a bathroom, and a gorgeous fireplace is nestled into a cozy corner.

The kitchen exposed brick wall adheres some character to this gorgeous home mixed against the white walls and cabinetry.  And to top this up is the stunning balcony, which boasts expansive views of neighboring rooftops and mountains.

Overall I think this speaks for itself, you don’t need to have a big space to have a modern bliss oasis at home! Elegantly decorated and still feels spacious.

[Images from One Kind Design]

Thanks to One Kind Design for sharing this post. 

 

Umbria House – Italy

This gorgeous home in Umbria, Italy was designed by Paola Navone for Andrea Falkner Campi.

This gorgeous home in Umbria, Italy was designed by Paola Navone for Andrea Falkner Campi.

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So where do I begin? I have been recently obsessed with white homes and there is so much to love about this beautiful home. Firstly it has been designed by one of my favourite designers, Paola Navone for Andrea Falkner Campi. It has such an inviting feeling yet being white which can be harsh at times. It is warm, relaxed and full of character. The overall vibe is elegancy and sophistication but with a playful touch. It is also vibrant and has a lot of natural rustic textures.

One of the main features I love is the flooring treatment in the dining area which are Hexagonal floor tiles melt into timber boards. This is such a wonderful effect and a real celebration of the two materials which are never usually allowed to play this way.

[Images from Italian Elle Decor, via Vosgesparis.]

Thanks to Design Inspiration for sharing this post.