Oh Mosman, how I covet you, with your federation style homes, stunning views and beautiful harbour beaches. Taking a stroll through your leafy streets and dreaming of how the other side live really is something I have to limit myself from doing, because you’re just too gorgeous!
I remember while I was studying interiors at college, one of our subjects was federation homes and (lucky us) our lecturer invited us to her federation style home in Mosman to do a study on some of the details. I was gobsmacked! Her home, the detail and they style that went along with it was like nothing I’d ever seen before, and so my love affair with the federation style homes of Mosman began.
Thanks to heritage listings, many of the homes have maintained their original charm. Stain glass windows, hand carved staircases, high ceilings with intricate trim or ceiling roses are all features that give these homes their old school charm that sadly, just isn’t used anymore! Take a look at the below home to check out just a few of these gorgeous details..
I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break, I’m not sure about you but ours felt much longer than 4 days which was really nice. Being a long weekend, #7Vignettes for this month was made that much sweeter as I had some more time on my hands to really play with my vignettes. In the end I was really happy with how all my little combinations came together – that 2hr photography course I had been meaning to do for nearly two years must have taught me something! Below are my images from this month, I hope you enjoy them as much I enjoyed tucking into those Easter eggs once all my pictures were complete!
Did you play along with #7Vignettes this month?
At the start of each month Interiors Addict host a 7-day competition called 7 Vignettes. I’ve always wanted to play but have felt a little intimidated, however with the start of a new year I thought – why not? So, at the start of this year I resolved to join in and share some of my own little creations each month.
I’m now (already?!) onto my third month of play – you can check out my January & February creations here & here. This months theme was sponsored by Keeki, a Melbourne based furniture & homewares company and the themes were broader than past months – oddly making the creative process a bit more of a challenge! Check out images below of the vignettes I created and if these little snippets inspire you, then I recommend taking a look at the full gallery of vignettes by searching #7vignettes on instagram.
So that’s it – another month down! Through this process I’m starting to discover my style and preferred photography methods. This month I tried out the idea od creating a “mini-mock” studio, I really liked the way this turned out and think I might start playing with this idea some more. While the focus of this completion is on the vignettes, I’m also learning how important the photography of said vignettes is. So that online photography course I bought myself about six ago might just need to be used and finally put into practice! Until next time … xx
If I were into fashion as much as I am interiors, this would be my style icon. Actually Julia Engel is already my style icon, but she inspires me in other ways. Her blog Gal Meets Glam is one of my most frequented and I’m always dying to steal every outfit she wears. But I’m not here to talk about fashion, I’m here for interiors. So how on earth do these two relate? Julia’s site and style inspires me in a way that I would love to inspire people with their interiors. Everyone has different tastes, but one style that resonates closest with me would have to be casual elegance, and I don’t think this is too different to the wearable style the Julia oozes. So what is casual elegance?
It’s all about creating a timeless space. A space that is elegant without being stuffy or uptight – using classic pieces or pieces that have stood the test of time, furniture that is natural in form or incorporating traditional elements such as a crystal chandelier.
It’s using neutral colour palettes with hints of colour. A neutral base, with classic design pieces will open up options to many different styles. If you are wanting to aim for a look that’s still casual and elegant, work towards keeping the space cohesive and use art or cushions to inject fun and personality….
It’s understanding that depth and character are important. Using a monochromatic colour palette, with varying shades of one colour is a great way to add depth while still keeping a space cohesive. But be careful with grey as it can quickly become cold or uninviting, so mix in some warm timber items to make a space more welcoming…
It’s about Using high quality and natural materials such as leather, linen or cotton for upholstery, marble or other stone finishes, timber, rattan, etc…
All up it’s about the meeting and crossover of two style: Elegant and Casual. Mixing these to a 80:20 ratio if your after a space that’s a bit more elegant or adjusting that ration to whatever look you’re aiming for…
At the start of each month Interiors Addict (one of my favourite blogs) runs a 7-day competition called 7 Vignettes. I’ve always wanted to play but have felt a little intimidated, however with the start of a new year I thought – why not? So, at the start of this year I resolved to join in and share my little creations each month. February is the second month I participated in 7 Vignettes (check out my January edition here) and the vignettes I created are shown below. Unfortunately I didn’t get around to completing all 7 vignettes in time but I learnt a big lesson about planning and organisation. Life really gets away from you if you let it! All the same, I had a great time thinking up different ideas for this months vignettes, putting them together and checking out what everyone else had created. If these little creations inspire you, then I definitely recommend that you checkout the full gallery of vignettes by searching #7vignettes on instagram – some serious talent there, and a big congratulations to this months winner – @lauren.storey.
I was really bummed to miss out on the last two days – Neutral and Cosy, but as the say: better late than never! Here’s what I would have posted, had I prioritised the time to get them completed!
At the start of each month Interiors Addict (one of my favourite blogs) runs a 7-day competition called 7Vignettes, I’ve always wanted to play but have felt a little intimidated, however with the start of a new year I thought – why not? This months theme was colour, so me being such a lover of colour I jumped right in and for the first time I gave it a go. I had a blast thinking up different ideas each day, putting together my vignettes and seeing what everyone else had created – so many are just out of this world, incredible! Each day had a particular theme related to the colour subject and below is what I created for this months challenge.
By the end of the week I could already see my photography skills were starting to improve, hopefully over the next month or so I can keep refining that! If you’d like to see many more amazing vignettes from some seriously talented stylists, search #7vignettes on instagram, or if you’d like to play, look out for February’s theme that will be released at the end of January.
Today is Melbourne Cup. In Australia it’s the biggest horse race of the year and commonly known as “the race that stops the nation.” It’s a chance to
skip out of work for a few hours spend time celebrating with friends or co-workers. In celebration of this wonderful day I thought I would share some images on ways you can incorporate some horse décor into your home. I grew up horse riding and am a huge fan of these magnificent animals so am quite fond of all of these styles. From Pony hides to rocking horses and all that lies between, I hope you enjoy these rooms as much as the race itself!
One of the biggest style contenders in todays market is Scandinavian design. Known for it simplicity, minimalism and functionality it is no wonder why people all over the world have fallen in love with this look. Due to it’s popularity Scandinavian Style is one look that is relatively easy to achieve. By focusing on the key concepts of simplicity, minimalism and functionality the look can be achieved in almost any home. Take a look below at my top three tips for working this style…
1. Simplicity and Minimalism – This means not over doing or over thinking it. Scandinavian design is very simple and minimalist in its form, colour and texture. Take at look at most examples and you’ll find some key attributes such as a strong use of a white, grey and neutral colour palette, raw timbers and simple shapes.
2. Functionality – Keep the function of your room in mind and work in furniture or pieces that are suited to that specific space. As Scandinavian styling is very minimalist, ensure what you are adding into your room is simple in its form. The more you look into the style, the more you will see some key attributes with Scandi style, such as fine lines and crisp angles. It’s not about spending a fortune (we all know Ikea is one of the biggest retailers of this style) but more so about carefully choosing your items.
3. Fine Lines and off the floor– Most Scandinavian furniture is often made from materials that can be formed in very slender shapes – Scandinavian tables, chairs (and even sofas) often have slim arms and/or legs. It is one of the definitive features of this style and it’s a huge bonus if you don’t have a lot of space. The slender lines and style of this furniture – that is, lifted off the floor – helps to make smaller spaces appear bigger. Pair this with light colours and natural materials and that tiny apartment begins to look a lot more spacious and well thought out.
If you haven’t picked up on it, I am an absolute lover of all things timeless and classic. That’s not to say I am a huge fan of antiques or vintage, but rather pieces or styles that have stood the test of time and are still beautiful and refreshing to look at in todays modern world. To me the pinnacle of style is a combination of modern and classic elements, tied in together to create a space that has character, ambience and a real sense of home. It is all in the details, and it is all about looking at a space holistically – from the finishes on the floor to lighting plans and ceiling details. The below images all represent spaces that I believe are timeless beauties. I hope you enjoy!
Modern/Provincial bathroom by Deanne and Darren Jolly from the Block 2014 Glasshouse. This bathroom is pure perfection to me. By incorporating a classic pattern on the floor, with the shaker style cabinetry and panelled wall, they have created a room that oozes warmth and sophistication – even with the monochrome black and white palette.
Classic beauties in the bedroom. The first thing that comes to my mind when I see this image is “La Dolce Vita” – aka ” The good life.” It’s amazing how simple it is to create a bedroom like this, using only an ensemble, simple bedsides with minimal decoration and the three framed images. But take note, the real star here is having a well made bed.
Luxury lounging . There is something about a space like this that will draw anyone in. This space with its layers of natural textures, abundance of cushions and simple accessories is really ticking all the boxes on luxury. The table lamps and curtains add to this sense of luxury and are truly timeless pieces.
One statement piece is all it takes. The mirror in this entry way is certainly making a big one at that. With a simple frame, the mirror makes a stunning statement that doesn’t overbear the wall panelling, feature lighting or surrounding furniture.
In the Kitchen. Once again panelled cabinetry (shaker style) has been used but it’s not just the kitchen cupboards that give this space it’s timeless appeal. The pendant lights, furniture choices – including slip cover dining chairs – and simple styling give this space an aesthetic that is filled with character and style.
Well folks, we have finally reached the end of our Interior Design Trend 2014 series. So with all that has been covered, I thought I would put together a summary of what we have actually been seeing the most of, what has already peaked (and is starting to trend out) and what seems to be sticking around.
The biggest trend for 2014 – Glamour, but not exclusively. Interweaving Mixing Metals and Innovative Combinations, we have been seeing a lot of glamorous, elegant and sleek interior spaces. While thinking about glamour and mixing metals, it would be very easy to conjure up images of old fashioned spaces that lack light and vibrance. What we’re seeing today is aspects of the old classics, but set in rooms filled with light and other sleek, modern pieces. The end result is very special, it’s classic (and doesn’t date as quickly as other trends) and finally – its modern!
Past its peak – Vintage wonder. I really believe that for now, this trend has had its lime light. Although it’s beautiful and can create really unique spaces with old world items, the trend appears to be waning. In saying that, vintage accents will always be around to some extent, as people love to hold on to items with sentimental value.
What’s sticking around – Interchangeable accents & Bold Graphics. I put these two in the same category, as over the past few years we’ve been seeing people grow in confidence with what they put in their home. Bold prints such a chevron, bold stripes or other graphics are being used to make a statement. Going hand-in-hand with that is the idea of changing a space as the seasons pass. I believe this is the main motivator for making people braver with their choices.