Colour of the week: Aqua

Lets dive right in, this week we are loving Aqua. This cool, summery tone is one that has been popular for a while and I don’t see it dropping off the radar anytime soon. Being a close relative to blue – known for peace, loyalty and creating a sense of calm – our colour this week has very similar properties and used in the right way can instantly take you to a tranquil paradise…
In the Dining Room: 

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In the Kitchen: 

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In the Lounge Room: 

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In the Bedroom:

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And even in the Bathroom: 

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Why I love The Hamptons

Aah The Hamptons, filled with such beauty and a relaxed coastal vibe, this is one destination that is right up the top of my bucket list. If only for a day, to gaze at the beauty of all the homes and architecture. My number one style in a nutshell would have to be the hamptons. I could talk for days about all the things I love about this gorgeous style, but you know what they say about a picture and a thousand words? Well, here’s five thousand words to describe the beauty of The Hamptons (but just to be sure, I’ll throw in a few of my own words too). It’s elegant, but laid-back…

It’s cool and coastal…

It’s warm and welcoming…

The architecture is timeless and true to it’s style…

High ceilings, light walls and timber floors create a perfect balance…

Style secret: Notice how in almost all the pictures there’s a beautiful bunch of fresh hydrangeas? These are the unofficial flower of The Hamptons as they grow like wildfire in the area, and so are iconic to Hamptons interior styling.

Interior Design Trends 2014 – Interchangeable Accents

Chameleons rejoice, this one is for you! Today’s trend focus is Interchangeable Accents, and it’s one that sits close to my heart. I absolutely love this trend and really believe it’s one that will stick around for a while. Accents are one of the best ways to create big bang for minimum buck, they can completely change the look of a room and give your space a unique personality.
The secret here is to start with a versatile, neutral base. This means your flooring, walls and core furniture pieces (think: sofa, dining table, TV unit, etc) are all relatively neutral. You may wish to have a base style such as more modern or classic pieces, but by keeping everything relatively simple, you give yourself more freedom to add in character with your accent pieces.

What are these accent pieces? These can be anything from your lamps or rugs to cushions or decor pieces. With this trend you can change-up as many, or as few of these items as you like to give your room a new lease of life.

So, lets take a look at some rooms with amazing accents!

Coastal Chic – The below room is quite coastal chic, but with a different ottoman, curtains and accessories, it could quickly change to being very glamorous and elegant.

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Neutral Elegance – This next room with its neutral colour scheme, is an excellent example of using neutral core furniture and key pieces. The space could easily be brightened up with colourful art and cushions to make the room more playful or lively.

 

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Lively Colour – On the other hand, this room (below) bursting with colour, could easily be toned down. By simply changing the cushions, lamps and flowers; this room could take on a completely different look and feel. From a summer paradise to a sophisticated retreat.

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Colour of the week – Emerald Green

Hey Folks, We thought it would be great to start a little series that goes by the name “Colour of the Week”. To kick things off we will start with Emerald Green, Pantone’s colour of the year for 2013.
I would suggest that Emerald Green is a colour that is best suited to living spaces such as your living & lounge rooms, dining room or kitchen. That being said, in small doses anything goes! Emerald Green is a colour that we don’t see super frequently in interior spaces. If you were wanting to decorate with this colour, inspiration could be a little lacking, however, that’s not say you can not create a stunning room using this jewel tone. Just take a peep at the images below to see how this gorgeous green can be incorporated into your home.

1. Mix in a soft pink for a match made in heaven:

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2. Frame your windows with lush Emerald Green curtains: 

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3. Freshen the colour scheme up by using varying shades:

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4. Compliment with natural elements such a raw timbers and natural linens:

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5. Dine like your on set with the Wizard of Oz by using Emerald Green glassware:

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What colour would you like to see featured on next week’s post? 

Interior Design Trends 2014 – Glamour

There are a few styles in the design world that will stop me in my tracks, turn me around and have me lingering for a few extra seconds, and glamorous interiors definitely fall into that category. We can thank The Great Gatsby for this one, with all the opulent and lavish scenes we saw on the big screen, it’s no wonder we’ve been seeing glamorous Gatsby themed parties, weddings and interiors ever since.
In Australia, Greg Natale comes to mind as one of the best in creating glamorous interiors. His exquisite styling is spot on every time – take a look at his work here. What do you think?  If you love what Greg creates as much as we do, but don’t quite have the confidence to pull of some of his bold styles, then here are my top tips for how to add a just touch of glamour to your home:

1. Use rich colours to add depth and drama

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2. Move furniture away from the walls

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3. Keep a light, neutral base – then add glamour with elegant accessories

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4. Hang Sheer curtains with gold tiebacks

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5. Add some metallic lustre with gold leafed cushions on to your sofa (follow this link for DIY tutorials)

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What do you think of the glamour trend? xx

Happy Bastille Day!

Today we’re celebrating all things French for Bastille Day! French Interiors can bring a number of different styles to mind, think: Shabby-Chic, Rustic French, or the glamour of Parisian style. All are unique in their own right, yet together tell a beautiful French story. I personally adore all things French, be it their style in the home, in fashion or in food – who could say no to a fresh, buttery croissant?  So with that in mind, lets take a moment to honour this country who has given us so much to drool over!
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Happy Bastille Day! x

Liv Loves

Can you believe its already Friday again? I’m so excited for the weekend, although smack bang in the middle of winter here, Sydney has been experiencing some beautiful, crisp, sunnies days and I’m super keen to get out for a hike by the coast.
Last night we started putting our kitchen cabinets together and I can already see how great it’s all going to look! Starting this process has really inspired me this week and I’ve been busily searching out gorgeous-ness all over the web. So with that being said, here’s a few things I’ve been lovin’ this week!

A lovely, bright, navy and coral bedroom

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Open shelving styled oh-so brilliantly

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These Marble polished subway tiles with bevel edge 

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This beautiful Bonsai Tree 

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And a well organised pantry

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Happy friday, I hope everyone has a fab weekend! x

Interior Design Trends 2014 – Need Navy Now

Each Monday, we’ll be exploring some of the current Design Trends of 2014.
To kick it off, I thought we’d start with one of my favourites – navy. Navy is the colour du jour right now and why not? It’s a cool and calming colour, signifying loyalty, strength and honesty, and the colour doesn’t quite jump out like black, but instead draws us in. So how can you incorporate some navy into your home? Take a peek below to see some of my favourite navy rooms and accents.

1. Dine in classic elegance with navy upholstered chairs

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2. Sleep in a serene navy oasis

3. Add in a pop of bright colour 

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4. Fall in love with tiles

5. Be bold with a navy feature wall – Just be sure that you room has plenty of natural light

Liv Loves

To round up each week, every Friday I’ll post a few things I’ve found during the week that I just love! So with that being said, lets kick it off…
This fire place to brighten a cold winter’s day

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Stephanie Sterjovski’s Blog (definitely check it out, she also has a fantastic print shop) 

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A Collage of mirrors

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4th of July Treats

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And finally this inspiring video

Enjoy your weekend!

Kitchen – Before

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Over the new few weeks, Andrew and I will (finally) be remodeling our kitchen! It’s something we’ve dreamed of doing for over 3 years, and I almost can’t believe it’s really happening! So later today, once the man finishes work, we’re off to place the order for it all (eek)!

Stay tuned for upcoming posts of us tearing out the old, building and installing the new. Can’t wait to show you the finished project!