Sunday, June 26, 2016

Coral Is The New Black!

Coral is a beautiful colour that not only works well on its own but as a feature wall or décor accessories like cushions, lamps, rugs and even furniture pieces, it can really accentuate and complement any space.

Did you know in the world of colour therapy, energy and vibration, coral is known as the soul spirit colour, the colour of the angelic quality that resides within us? How amazing is that?

Coral can be versatile, punchy, vibrant or exotic depending on the shade used. It can be paired with almost every colour - navy, indigo or pale blues, dark pinks, soft reds, mustard yellows, off whites, mint greens, turquoise, aqua, jade, dove greys, dark charcoals, dusky browns and especially metallics like gold, rose gold or copper pair beautifully! Move over orange, Coral IS the new Black!

Here are a few inspiring ideas on how you could incorporate a touch of coral in your home décor.

Hope you were inspired to break open a pot of paint this weekend and paint something coral!

We have some amazing posts lined up next and a sneak peek of the almost complete playroom makeover! Can't wait! Till next time...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

5 Easy Ways To Add Leather In Your Home Décor

There's something very earthy and tactile about leather. Leather is hypoallergenic, organic, versatile and not to mention always on trend! And unlike other fabrics and textiles, ageing brings out leather's natural patina, making it even more beautiful over time. A smart investment and value for money!

In a rich tan colour, leather accents add vintage vibrance and a luxurious touch to any room. So without further ado, here are five easy ways to add leather accents in your home!

First up is the quintessential butterfly chair. Easily recognisable, a minimalist yet striking design of soft, supple leather on a simple black metal frame. Instant Luxe!

Next up - leather drawer pulls. A straightforward idea yet it transforms a simple piece of furniture into a statement piece. These drawer pulls look good in the bathroom or even on kitchen cabinets. Quite easy to DIY as well.

Third up is the novel leather pillow or scatter cushion to add a touch of earthy opulence to your bedroom décor or couch.

Next, the extremely sought after leather Moroccan pouf. Available in a variety of popular colours and even in metallics, these gorgeous leather poufs complement every décor!

Lastly, the new trend taking over interior design...the Captain's Mirror or large round mirrors suspended from a leather strap that wraps around it. Fitting in seamlessly from a bathroom, entryway or nursery, they work well in industrial, modern, rustic and even Scandinavian interiors.

Design tips to keep leather looking as fabulous as the day you bought it: 
~ Apply a good quality leather conditioner every 6 - 12 months
~ Avoid exposing it to extreme heat or direct sunlight
~ Avoid wiping it clean or soaking it with ordinary household cleaners, water or soap.
~ Wipe the leather furniture down regularly with a clean, dry cloth and clean spills with a dry cloth
~ Vacuum dust and debris from the furniture's crevices
~ Avoid using any cleaning products not designed for leather

So there you have it, five easy and hopefully inspiring ways to incorporate a touch of leather luxe in your home décor! Till next time...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dress Your Home in Scandinavian Style

Gorgeous minimal interiors flooded with natural daylight, clever utilitarian spaces and a standout in monochrome simplicity, Scandinavian decor is admired and coveted by all those who love a fresh, pure and pared-back design style. And if you'd like to replicate this crisp style of interior design, our guest author, Lana has a few easy and inspiring tips to dress your home in gorgeous Scandinavian style!

Lately, flashy colourful details and patterns are losing their popularity. Today, everyone wants their home to be dressed in minimalistic styles that radiate elegance and style. However before surrendering to just any minimalistic design, consider the beauty, comfort and simplicity of Scandinavian style.
Background Colours
In Scandinavian style, all big surfaces are usually painted in light and soft colours. Backgrounds, such as walls, ceilings and even floors tend to be white, and that makes the whole space feel more airy, fresh and spacious. However, not all walls need to be white and pale. You can choose a wall in the living room to be the accent wall, and paint it in light hues of grey, beige or any other pastel colour of your choice to create a base that can be the foundation for the rest of the décor.
Scandinavians adore including nature in their homes, and therefore it is logical to conclude that the main material in your home should be wood. Timber is practically used everywhere, such as furniture and accessories, as well as for finishing of floors and walls. However, be careful when adding wood, as this elegant style is all about showing real and true beauty; in other words, untreated wood with all it's cracks and imperfections should be part of the interior. After the introduction of wood in major parts of your décor, you can add and layer other textures. Materials such as metal, leather and natural textures such as cotton, linen and hemp can be introduced as they create a warm and unique atmosphere.
Accessories and Details
As the colour palette of this design style is soft and light, your home will need some details to master this design in its entirety. To avoid a sterile feel, layer with small bright accessories to make the room pop. For example, the living room and bedroom can easily be brightened with a soft rug in pastel colours, some colourful cushions and scented candles.
Add a few copper details in the form of a minimalistic copper lamp, decorative dishes displayed in the kitchen or simple copper coloured vases filled with flowers. 
Decorate the walls with black and white photos of your family or with simple contemporary paintings and posters. Wall décor is an absolute favourite of this style; just make sure not to clutter the walls.
Lighting Solutions
Scandinavian design utilises natural light to create a bright and airy feel and this is replicated in the colour palette. Daylight is number one in creating a warm and pleasant atmosphere and one that you should take full advantage of.
Simple, functional and stylish lighting fixtures are equally important as natural light. Set up several smaller lamps around the house to enhance the décor.
Simple Furniture
Choose furniture with soft and smooth lines that will introduce the feeling of flow and calm. Your coffee and dining tables should be simple and made of wood or metal; your chairs should complement the tables, but their lines can be lean and their shapes can be soft and round. For more comfort and colour, add brightly coloured textured cushions. Sofas, couches and beds should also convey comfort, and their colours should be simple, such as light hues of grey, beige or brown. You can even choose your home appliances to match with the rest of your furniture. For example, a silver washing machine that will blend in perfectly in your new grey bathroom or laundry. The rest of the furniture should also resemble the same characteristics. Closets, cupboards and dressers should be practical and functional with enough storage for all your belongings. 
Decorate your home in this minimalistic style made popular by our fellow Scandinavians and embrace stylish, easy and comfortable living. Appreciate nature and natural textures and make it part of your home decor, and see how well calm colours, soft textures and simple yet stylish design can even change the way you look at life.

Hope you enjoyed our guest post on how to dress your home in a gorgeous and fresh understated Scandinavian style. Till next time...

About the Author
Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and an editor‐in‐chief at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that's where she gets most of her inspiration.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Our Top 10 Hot Picks: Yellow Chairs!

I always find yellow a difficult colour to decorate with. Use the wrong shade and yellow can look less sunshine and more sickly. But what about a cute pop of mustard? Always in fashion...right? An accent chair in mustard or sunshine or even pale yellow? Gorgeous!!!!
Here are our top ten picks of luxe, whimsical, modern, comfortable, retro, fun, sophisticated, minimalist and classy YELLOW chairs!
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Design Tip: Use yellow in small doses...accent chairs, couple of cushions, accessories and if you really love yellow then maybe even a feature wall. Too much yellow can be overkill!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Florida Sunroom Style Board Challenge

Recently, Douglas Elliman and their Florida real estate team have been searching for bloggers to share their design expertise in a Design Board Challenge to create a Florida Sunroom Style Board to inspire others to decorate and bring out the beauty in their own space. And I must say this challenge has been a fun one!

True to form, my dream 'Florida' sunroom would have to be the right balance between vintage glam and functional, South of France luxury with a contemporary coastal bent.
1. White Beaded Chandelier // 2. Ralph Lauren Summer Floral Pillows // 3. Moroccan-Style Mirror // 4. Woven Rattan Tray // 5. Rattan Daybed // 6. Persimmon Velvet Pillows // 7. Handwoven Boline Chair //
Metal Lantern with Rope 
// 9. Bird of Paradise Indoor Plant // 10. Arden Wooden Fan //
17th C. Scholar’s Rectangular Coffee Table
  • Start with lightweight furniture such as a beautiful rattan daybed to create a relaxed vibe.
  • Add a statement piece such as the handwoven Boline Chair.
  • Mix, match and layer with cushions to create texture and interest.
  • Add some thriving potted plants to bring the outdoors in.
  • Create a sense of space and luxury with a beautiful mirror.
  • Natural rustic wooden furniture, accessories and candles create a sense of warmth.
  • A vintage pedastal fan will regulate temperature while looking gorgeous!
  • Privacy shades are optional depending on the type of garden, high hedges or a high fence around the perimeter of the garden as against small bushes and low fence.
  • And just because it's a sunroom doesn't mean you don't need mood lighting. On cloudy days or in the evening the sunroom can be the perfect place to entertain. A beaded chandelier definitely ticks the box!
Have a look at our Pinterest Board for more gorgeous sunroom inspiration.
Now wouldn't a Florida Sunroom be just perfect for Melbourne especially since we get four seasons in a day!? I wouldn't mind a Florida Sunroom in my home. Sadly, I don't have one but a girl can dream eh!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Creating a Cool Kids Playroom: Infographic

As you all know, I'm converting our guestroom which had become a bit of a storage room into a playroom for my toddler. In case you missed the post, here it is.
Upon reading the post, a very sweet reader, sent me a fun infographic with a few inspiring décor ideas on how to create a fun and imaginative playroom for kids, from storage to wall art and furniture. It's a great checklist to tick off when planning a playroom for the kids. Have a look!
Thank you Terri for sending me this great resource!
 Creating a Cool Kids Playroom Infographic by The Rug Seller
Source: Creating a Cool Kids Playroom Infographic by The Rug Seller

Friday, June 10, 2016

Design Board for a Luxe London Apartment : La Maison Jolie Online eDesign Service

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a client from the UK to design her living room. She had recently bought an apartment in the heart of London and was interested in using La Maison Jolie e-Design Services to create a comfortable yet luxe living space. Needless to say I was super excited at the opportunity to design and decorate a swanky London apartment!

~ Contemporary
~ Neutral colours but fun
~ Luxe with a lived in feel
~ Client already has a vibrant red rug that she would like to use in the space
~ Couch needs to turn into a sofa bed to accommodate friends or relatives staying over

Here's a peek of the e-design board that I created for her living room for that lived-in yet luxe look that she was after.
1. Botanical Wall Print // 2. Cotton Knitted Throw // 3. Antiqued Gold Sunflower Wall Mirror // 4. Modern Wood Leg Planter // 5. Alpine Tripod Floor Lamp // 6. Clear Glass Tealight Holder // 7. Verona Sofa Bed //
8. Patterned Cushion Cover // 9. Marble & Brass Round Coffee Table // 10. SNABBVINGE Cushion Cover //
11. Solid Ash Wood Armchair // 12. Emerald Green Velvet Cushion Cover
Here are some of the photos the client sent me of the apartment.
Source: LONDON APARTMENT : LIVING ROOM (Image sent in by client)
Source: LONDON APARTMENT : LIVING ROOM (Image sent in by client)
Source: LONDON APARTMENT : LIVING ROOM (Image sent in by client)
Based on the client brief and room photos, I chose a grey colour scheme with natural wood and brass accents to keep the scheme neutral and sophisticated. Whenever we hear the words a 'neutral colour scheme', we straightaway think of beige, cream and white. Grey is a much stronger colour but depending on the shades it can create an interesting and beautiful yet neutral palette!
The cushion colours were derived from the botanical print which is to be hung on the wall above the sofa. The antiqued gold sunburst mirror will be placed above the fireplace to create an interesting focal point. The chaise lounge (which is also a sofa bed as per client brief) is a moody charcoal complemented by the gorgeous and contemporary light ash grey danish armchair. The natural wooden tripod floor lamp creates a sophisticated vibe and once the concrete planter with wooden legs is filled with an indoor plant, it will soften the entire room and balance the room beautifully with the interesting botanical print, gold and brass accents, the grey colour scheme and the existing red rug. All product sources are from UK and easily available.

I received feedback from the client and she absolutely loves the design! Yay! I'll post her feedback as an update to this post, so stay tuned!
"Thanks for the lovely design board! I love the items you have picked and they really capture the vibe and energy I want in my home. It's a really fun mix of retro and modern, inviting and very elegant. Can't wait to start decorating!!"

Gotta love a happy client! ♥

On another note, I'm nearly done with our guest room/untidy storage room to playroom/study conversion. I'm just adding some finishing touches and looking for some last minute fun and unique items. Can't wait to show you all. Soon!

Till then...

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Monday, June 6, 2016

20 Home Accessories Every Home Needs For Under $30!

Every home should be different and cater to your own personal style and needs. However, there are some things that every house needs in order to make it a home. Whether you’re a family of 5 or a 20 something looking for some inspiration, you can’t go past these affordable pieces. A house is expensive enough without the things you have to put in it. So here's a list of 20 home accessories under $30 that every home needs.
Whether you want to read in bed or to set the mood, a bedside lamp is an essential bedroom item. This lamp provides some beautiful mood lighting and its tripod style gives a beautiful designer feel for a quarter of the price!
This stylish and smart alarm clock provides a contemporary addition to any bedroom decor. It has a sophisticated wood-grain finish and huge LCD screen. Its rechargeable battery means it will always get you out of bed on time, even when the power goes out!
Creating a feature space with photo frames gives life to any room in the house. This particular style of frame is perfect to mix and match, or to blend with your existing homewares.
Keep the heat in this winter with these elegant block out curtains. With UV block out and thermal isolation, these curtains will keep you warm and cosy in winter and cool in summer. They’re stylish and cost effective too!
Who doesn’t love a great storage idea? This shoe organiser is an essential for any home.
Keep your shoes neat and within reach with this over-the-door shoe rack. It makes getting dressed every day 100 times easier!
Whether you’re entertaining or having a relaxing night in, nothing sets the mood like this gorgeous glass candle holder.
Reminding you not to take life too seriously, this memo board will put a smile on your face. Strong and durable, this memo board offers a contemporary design to your home.
These wooden blocks are the ultimate decorative piece for your living space. The beautiful natural colours offer a style to compliment any home.
This stunning artichoke tea light holder is a beautiful piece for your home. Designed for Australian homes this decorative accent makes for a breathtaking center piece.  
Made from eco-friendly bamboo, this bowl is lightweight, durable and great for indoor and outdoor use. Whether it’s filled or left empty it makes for a naturally beautiful centerpiece for any living area.
These adorable salt and pepper shakers are made to mix and match, or blend with your existing decor. Guests will love using these novelty shakers!

This utensils set consists of 6 utensils and a storage caddy for just $20! Aside from being a bargain it is made from beautiful natural bamboo, a 100% renewable resource that offers excellent durability.

This little cheese board is super cute and made from 100% bamboo. Ideal for those who love to entertain and who also love cheese!
This elegant grinder allows you to easily store and carry up to 6 of your favourite spices with ease.
Who doesn’t love a good coffee in the morning? With this innovative technology you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee every day!
Cultivate your own fresh herbs with this stylish herb planter. It is perfect for your window sill or even as a table ornament.
You can make your own flavoured water with fresh, natural ingredients. The InFuze water bottles and jug let you infuse your own fresh fruit into the water.
Your guests will marvel at this amazing cordless kettle. It is fully transparent so you can watch the beautiful dancing bubbles highlighted by the blue LED light. Creating a light and water show in your very own kitchen!
When we buy a new lounge or armchair, we expect it to last a long time. We don’t want our small, furry family member’s ruining our new (and expensive) furniture! This pet furniture cover is the solution! It covers the whole of your lounge suite so you and your pets can relax.
Often seen in Restaurants and 5 star Hotels throughout Australia, the quality and design of this ornament speaks for itself. It is a wonderful statement piece for your home office.
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