Still waiting for some sunshine? How about some of the following to keep the sunshine present despite it still being a tad cloudy.
Are you looking to spend time outside but haven’t got a garden or are still waiting for the weather to improve? There’s plenty of lovely vases around at the moment so you can still bring the outside in – it’s a lot less effort than a real garden and even without the flowers these would make fabulous additions to any room. What do you think?
There’s not too much I need to explain here. Clean, quick, mess-free, removable decoration – what more do you need to know to be convinced? Whilst some are probably aimed more at children, I’d still be tempted to use most of these in my own kid-free home!
Since working in kids design, I’ve loved this tree. It’s actually vintage wallpaper rather than a sticker and there’s a variety of styles available. There’s also a massive range of animals -featuring monkeys, elephants, ostriches, crocodiles, birds, giraffes… the list goes on! Take a tour round the Inke website to get the full picture; be prepared to spend a few hours!
What a quirky way to leave a note/write a list/explain your house rules!
A beautiful, majestic stag. Who said wallstickers can’t be elegant?
A subtle way to bring the outside in. A way to bring some florals into the bedroom without eliminating the masculinity?
How did you guess I was a music lover?
A great way to add some geometric style, then remove it once you’re bored with this fashion. I love the colours here too.
These birds have been around for a while, but that’s for good reason.
What a fun way to add some humour to your bathroom!
I love these window bird cages. I think it’s because of the colours – they’re a bit different from the standard black cages that you see quite a lot and being directly on the window seem a bit more authentic? If it wasn’t for the silhouette birds, I’d be trying to work out if the cages were real or not.
Want to spark a conversation? Why shouldn’t the mice also be treated to some design?
Again, I’ve seen these simple butterflies around for a while but I love the use of them on the floor in this picture. It’s an original way to display them and a little bit less ordinary.
These are cute and whilst probably for children, you could evoke some humour by sticking them in the right noise-inducing places.
I’m still on the hunt for more, so do let me know what you think. Are you a wallsticker lover?
If brand new Ikea doesn’t float your boat, then how about making something you really want with the help of a little upcycling? Below are some of my favourite ikea hacks that I’ve come across, click on the images for the full tutorials:
Add some depth and interest to the Expedit with a wood veneer like above. Alternatively you could just add a backboard – paint it with a bright colour or cover it in a floral fabric.
Add some texture to a lack table like above, or change the legs as below. So many options!
This is probably my favourite, as it’s so different from the original and so unique! It’s definitely my floral find of the week. There are so many Liberty fabrics available that if these colours don’t suit, you’d be sure to find an alternative for that floral fix.
A simple way to add some colour is with picture frames. If you can’t find the colour you’re after, buy some Ribba frames in different sizes and paint them yourself. Keep them all the same colour and mix up the sizes or keep the sizes identical and paint with a range of shades.
Add some elegance with some gold leaf or gold spray paint – easy!
There are of course plenty of other ideas if these aren’t what you had in mind:
Change the handles. This is easy and cheap and requires no messy painting.
Repaint the top. Whether it’s a coffee table, desk, dining table or chest, repainting just the top could provide that lift you need.
Stencilling. If you want some detail instead of block colours, you could just stencil over what you already have.
I’m always interested in finding out more so do let me know if you’ve come across any others!
Further to my post a couple of days ago about designing on a budget, whether you’re looking for an investment or a statement piece you can still find this in Ikea. Whilst a whole Ikea home may not be right up your street, they’ve got such a great collection that there’s bound to be a few classics that take your fancy – whatever you’re after. Here are a few of my favourites:
I love the grey Stockholm as a more long lasting colour. The endless possibilities for colour palette are amazing if you’re not yet setting up a home for life. You could mix it with some pastels for a cool, calm and feminine look. Add some darker greys, black and white for a more masculine approach and even some pops of neon for the wow factor. The green is amazing, but you’d need to use this confidently to make this work. It’s a bit more expensive than the grey and wouldn’t go with quite such a variety of tones, however if you’ve got butterflies then I’d suggest to invest!
The Selje is equally as cool. The design is simple and modern and I think the white version is elegant and sleek. For something more fun and chirpy, go for the blue.
The Draggan trolley is an excellent space saver. If you’ve got the extra room but don’t want a permanent fixture then this is a fab addition. For something unobtrusive and light go for the silver. If you still need some extra ‘oomph’, go for the red.
Ok, so maybe I’m cheating with these as they’re not quite the same. However it’s still the same idea. The Hjalmaren is a fresh, modern storage piece which in white can be dressed up and taken over by whatever you’re wanting to display. The wall shelf from the new collection however is just as much a part of the display as whatever you’ll be putting on it.
For a bit of bathroom elegance, the Godmorgon is great. White is always a hit in a bathroom for that clean feeling and you could always brighten it up with a colourful splashback or some intricate tiles. Alternatively, if you want to make a statement with the furniture then go for the turquoise and keep the rest white. They also come in grey, walnut and red.
I love the white cabinet here as a statement piece in itself, but if you still want more then the red is even more eye catching.
Lastly, the Expedit is a great storage piece. There’s a range of sizes and colours available so it really depends if you want to keep that storage hidden or make it an integral feature of your room. For a fresh contemporary look go for the white that’ll blend into the background. Hang some frames above it and you’ve got yourself a lovely little space. Go for a brighter colour if you want to make it stand out. This neon pink would look fab in a room of white and greys.
For my next post, I’m going to be looking at some amazing Ikea hacks and upcycling projects I’ve found. Stay with me!
My discovery of the day = Evie Kemp, an illustrator based in Auckland, New Zealand. The colours are amazing and I really would have a hard time choosing my favourite. I do have a soft spot for The Cantankerous Print (the grumpy cat), but I adore the colours in The Flamingo. I’d love to have a collection of 4 or 5 displayed together. Yet something else to add to the wishlist!
If you’ve got the ambition and interest in making your space your own, then there’s plenty of cheaper alternatives to the expensive schemes you’ve been pinning. Just be prepared to put in a bit of hard-work or time in making sure you use your funds wisely.
Invest in longevity rather than fashionable pieces that you’ll soon be having second thoughts about. Spend money on adaptable items that can be easily be spruced up from time to time, with new cushions and accessories. Look how different this Karlstad sofa can look in different settings.
There’s also some great websites that’ll help you bring life to your ikea classics. Have a look at Bemz if you’re wanting to re-cover.
Make the most of what you already have. Incorporate it into a new scheme, whether this involves upholstery, repainting, a new use or trying it in a new position. I recently tried my hand at upcycling a plain, unpainted wooden table. I didn’t get round to taking a ‘before’ picture, but here’s my ‘after’:
I found the tissue paper from Paperchase and used some pink gloss paint I already had, so all in all a pretty cheap makeover.
Take notice of the details. Good design isn’t about flamboyant ‘in your face’ pieces, it’s about small moments that make your ideas work. This could be spatially when thinking about the layout or visually improving even the most forgotten spaces. How about reorganising your pictures to make a picture wall?
Art doesn’t have to be expensive. These are a few I’ve collected whilst travelling and a couple are just hilarious games of consequences I’ve had with my friends that I’ve framed to keep as a momento.
Another detail I love is painted door edges. A great way to bring something a little unexpected to your space and could be done with minimal time and expense.
Lastly, take your time. Design is an on going process that needs to be adaptable as your needs and lifestyle changes. Don’t try and buy everything at once as you’ll end up with some impulse purchases. If you’re starting from scratch, work out what you need immediately and add other things as you go, once you’ve established what is missing.
Lighting is a key element to think about when designing any space. Along with thinking about functionality, why not make your lighting a feature piece?
Green with jealousy for anyone who owns this delightful pendant lamp from Interior Addict!
Alone these could be a subtle finishing touch, but put a few of these Pastel pendants together and they almost become an art installation.
I really like the simplicity of these simple glass pendants from Etsy.
Tom Dixon has a huge range of incredible lighting solutions. These pendants are so elegant and there’s a shape to suit everyone, as well as several alternatives below:
If you’re looking for some colour, Made.com have a great selection and the prices make it really hard to resist.
Head over to Graham and Green if you want a fun industrial twist.
I love this mason jar chandelier and what’s even better is that it was a DIY project. Check out the tutorial at Nest of Bliss here.
If you’re really looking to make an impression, how about the quirky lights below:
So go on, lighten up!
Following on from my Spring loving post last week, I’ve since been finding florals! Florals are a great way to add some femininity to a space, whether it’s for an extra touch of colour or as a starting point to a moodboard.
Go all-out with a whole chair or sofa. Keep the rest of the room neutral to keep this the centre piece but then pick out some of the colours within the pattern to use for additional cushions, and accessories.
How about some bedlinen as a more temporary way to get into this style?
Some curtains to tie it all together? I love this purple sofa and the curtain behind it even more so.
Black and white is a bit more subtle, but these curtains stop this room from being too stark.
For some finishing touches, and a cheaper way to spruce up a space, here a few floral extras that I love.
I’ve developed a grey crush. For me, it’s that little bit more interesting than white and I can’t get enough.
I love this polished cement look for bathroom walls. It gets rid of the nasty grout, so not only making it easier to clean but also making it look so much more finished and elegant. The texture of the concrete also brings some extra depth that a painted grey couldn’t and I think the black floor is perfect to still keep the clean look you want for a bathroom. If it’s too stark for you, I’d suggest adding some colourful artwork above the toilet, or even a brightly painted mirror like below.
Using grey in a bedroom is equally as calming. I love this blend of grey and white to create a crisp fresh room that I would have no trouble relaxing in! The styling above the bed as well as the gorgeous side tables from Graham and Green really prevent the room from looking bland and uninviting. The only thing I’d change is the light, maybe with a more colourful pendant light such as this – the yellow has my vote!
Breaking away from grey and yellow, grey works equally well with pastels. Look at all these lovely colours you could blend it with!
For the opposite of pastels, use a dark grey with some bright, textured fabrics to create this sheek, moody look below.
I love the touches of neon!
Here are a few of my furniture picks!