Showing posts with label home décor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home décor. Show all posts

Friday, December 8, 2023

That Cosy Winter Cabin Vibe

As the crisp December air settles in, there's nothing quite like transforming our homes into havens of cosiness, where the flickering lights and snug blankets create an ambiance that feels like a warm embrace. It's the end of 2023, so I'll make a bold assumption that everyone has been introduced to the Danish concept of hygge by now. Instead of writing about it, I'll just show you a few examples of what hygge looks like for me. The fact that most of us dwell in urban areas shouldn't prevent us from adopting some of that cosy winter cabin vibe in our homes. Happy semi-hibernation!

Monday, November 20, 2023

Embracing Nature: DIY Christmas Centrepieces and Wreaths

The holiday season is upon us, and there's nothing quite like bringing the raw beauty of nature into our homes to create a warm and festive atmosphere. This Christmas, let's ditch the store-bought decorations as much as possible and embrace the art of crafting stunning centrepieces and wreaths using natural materials. Not only is it a creative and sustainable endeavor, but it also infuses your space with the enchanting scents and textures of the season.

Begin your Christmas crafting journey with a foraging adventure. Take a stroll through your local park or wooded area, and gather an assortment of evergreen branches, pinecones, dried berries, seed pods and twigs. Look for unique textures and colors to add depth to your creations.

The beauty of crafting with natural materials is the endless opportunity for personalisation. Consider incorporating elements that hold sentimental value, such as ornaments from past holidays or small trinkets that carry special memories.

Whether you're hosting a gathering or simply enjoying the cosy ambiance, these DIY centrepieces will undoubtedly add a touch of elegance to your holiday celebrations. Happy crafting!


Saturday, November 4, 2023

Who Would've Thought

 ...that I will feel the nudge to get back to proper blogging after more than 8 years of radio silence. Well, I do use Instagram for microblogging, but there's something about this format that I've been missing lately, I guess. The reason I kept the website was solely for archiving purposes. It's nice to look back and see what inspired me 12 years ago or how I was thinking back then. Plus, a lot of effort went into creating this little online sanctuary, so there was no real reason to get rid of it. 

Let's start this renewed journey with some moody seasonal tablescape inspiration. 

P.S. Times and trends are ever-changing, but my approach to design and the aesthetics I nurture haven't really changed much.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer-ready Garden in 5 Simple Steps

With the summer months on the horizon, there's no better time to get your garden into shape. If, like most of us, you've neglected your outdoor space throughout the winter, now's the time to get rid of those unwanted weeds, tidy up unruly flowerbeds and restore your weather-beaten lawn to full health. Here's how to transform your garden in time for the warmer weather in five simple steps:

1. Lights

Adding a variety of lights to your back garden is the perfect way to make the most of the long summer evenings. Whether you’re lighting up walkways with spotlights or hanging a lantern over your patio to create a cosy setting for entertaining, outdoor illuminations will enable you to extend your time outside. As specialist suppliers The Lighting Superstore note, using an assortment of light fittings is a simple yet effective way to transform the look and feel of your outdoor space and to emphasise your favourite areas after the sun goes down.

2. Lawn

If your grass is looking messy, dry and generally lacklustre, now might be the time to give it a little TLC. Start by having a general tidy up and removing leaves and other debris that may have collected over the winter. You can then breathe new life into your lawn by using granular feed and watering it on a regular basis for lush results.

3. Plants

There’s no getting around the fact that the colder months can take their toll on your plants. To help your garden flourish, prune deadheads, thin out overgrown shrubbery and weed flower beds. You can also start to pot new summer plants and make sure your beds have a sufficient cover of rich compost to lock in moisture and prevent them from drying up in the summer heat.  If you want to enjoy a colourful display when the summertime comes around, try planting summer-flowering bulbs, such as Gladiolus, lilies and Ranunculus.

4. Patio

As the focal point of most gardens, the patio also needs some attention. Give your decking a much-needed facelift by taming unwanted weeds that are peeping through the cracks and getting rid of any grime that has built up. While scrubbing, brushing and weeding isn’t the most exciting task in the world, think of it as an investment for the months to come when you’ll no doubt be spending more of your time relaxing in the sunshine, having family barbeques and entertaining friends outdoors.

5. Garden furniture

When sprucing up your garden, don’t forget to pay attention to your furniture. To complete your patio makeover, invest in some padded furniture to create the perfect spot to sit and socialise under the sun. You may also want to consider adding shelter, such as an arbour or retractable awning, to ensure you don’t get caught in any unexpected showers.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Wish list | Spring Transition

With the most anticipated season just around the corner comes the new wish list of home decor items. Not all of them are what one might typically expect for spring decor, but if you look at them closely, most of the chosen objects are somewhat related to spring. My redefined, contemporized version of spring, if you will. For example, the cuddly throw is here to keep you warm on those chilly early spring evenings and the flask can make a perfect Easter present for someone dear who is into music.  The pure beauty and functionality of the touch-free bin reminded me to share a little confession that might sound a tad quirky to those who are not that into interior design, but I'm sure there are many who will understand... My goal one day is to have a home that does not contain a single unwanted or aesthetically unpleasing item - from toothpick holder to toilet brush. Obsessive much? It's ridiculous, I know... Have a lovely weekend, lads and lasses!

1.   Spotlight Floor Lamp, Dot&Bo
2.   Cuddly Natural Throw, Yorkshire Linen
3.   Dome Sphere Terrarium, Dot&Bo
4.   Epicure's Spice Set, Dot&Bo
5.   Triple Feather - Cushion Cover, Yorkshire Linen
6.   Glass Bottle, H&M Home
7.   Chowpak Glass Planter, Urban Jungles
8.   Sense Touch-free Bin, White, MADE
9.   Anatomy of a Guitar Flask, Dot&Bo
10. Elements of Birds II Poster, Mintstudio, La Maison d'Anna G.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Matching Colours When Decorating

The successful matching of colours is central to any interior design project. Get your choice of hues right and you’ll end up with a home to be proud of. However, because the stakes are so high, the process of settling on a colour scheme can be stressful. If you’re struggling to come to a decision, the following useful hints may help.
Get inspiration online

One top tip is to get inspiration online. There are a seemingly infinite number of interior design images and ideas to peruse on the internet, and they can help you to hone your thoughts. For example, you can check out the website of soft furnishing specialist Julian Charles. It offers curtains, cushions, bedspreads and accessories in a dazzling array of colours and shades. Handily, the site also has a ‘complete the look’ feature. This showcases products that complement each of the furnishings and fabrics, and it’s a great way to see which colours and patterns go well together.

Choose between tonal, harmonious and complementary schemes

Take a look at a colour wheel when you’re searching for the perfect colour matches too. This will help you decide whether you’d prefer to go for a tonal, harmonious or complementary scheme. Tonal looks involve sticking to one hue but using various tones throughout a room. If you do this, try to use the darker shades nearer the floor the lighter shades closer to the ceiling. This will help to make your rooms appear more spacious.
For a harmonious scheme, simply select hues that are next to or near to one another on the colour wheel, such as blues and greens or oranges and yellows. This can be a good way to create a natural, relaxing look. Try to choose colours of similar intensities so that one doesn’t eclipse the other.
If you opt for the complementary approach, you’ll need to select colours that lie opposite each other on the colour wheel (think purple and yellow or red and green). These combinations can have a striking look, but you need to tread with care. For example, it’s generally best to allow one of the hues to feature more strongly than the other so that they don’t compete for attention. It’s also a good idea to balance the scheme with the help of some neutral tones, like creams or whites. 
Never forget your floors and furniture

If there are elements of your rooms that won’t be changed, like your flooring and furniture, make sure you take these into account when you’re picking your colours. There’s no point in going to the time and effort of choosing the perfect hues for your walls and accessories if they don’t pair well with these other features.

Always try before you buy

Once you’ve settled on a scheme, it can be tempting to order all your supplies straight away. However, as any interior designer worth their salt will tell you, it’s always important to try before you buy. Ordering paint samples might seem like a hassle, but it can stop you from making costly mistakes.
As long as you follow advice like this, you should be more than happy with your final colour matches.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Holidays at Home

Like most of the people, I've stopped for a moment to reflect on this past year.  To be honest, I went through some major life challenges, and I needed time for grieving, learning my lessons and then getting back on track. Of course, with everything going on, the blog has been unfairly neglected. Since I've really missed blogging, I look forward to dedicating more of my mind and soul to it next year. At the moment, I am utterly enjoying my temporary home filled with love, passion, creativity, thoughtfulness and harmony. In conclusion: everything wasn't so bad after all... It never is. May you all have a blessed new year. Cheers, lads and lasses!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Classy Halloween

This year I decided to make my Halloween decor classy and slightly theatrical, but with just the right amount of macabre. The main idea was to visually tell little fragments of stories using motifs typically related to autumn and Halloween, as well as using some unexpected props to give it a personal touch. Instead of carving it, I decorated one of the pumpkins with studs which doesn't require much effort, but looks very chic and edgy. Also, I wrote verses of one dark poem by A.G.Matoš (one of the most significant Croatian writers sometimes compared to E.A.Poe) with a black marker on another pumpkin. Framing old, black and white photographs I acquired from my grandparents' archives and using transparent bottles and jars as candlesticks and vases all contributed to the mysterious atmosphere I was trying to accomplish. My Venetian masks and some other souvenirs also played a great role in creating this styling. I have to admit that sitting in a room with one corner transformed like this only adds to that particular cosy feeling you get this time of year... Well, I hope this post inspired you to look around the market or your attic and find interesting objects you would have otherwise overlooked. Happy Halloween, lads and lasses!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Broste Copenhagen

Broste Copenhagen is one of Scandinavia's leading home decor brands dating back to 1955.  With two collections a year, they cover a wide range of products - from candles and lanterns to tableware, home textiles and decorative items.  Like for many Nordic design houses, focusing on high quality, leaving the original feel of the material and its character intact is of great importance for this company. I have to say it's always a pleasure to browse through their new catalogue. I just love their artistic approach to interior styling. In fact, this is how I noticed Broste Copenhagen in the first place. I stumbled upon some photographs from their catalogue and follow them ever since.  This is part of their autumn/winter 2014 collection.

Styling: Nathalie Schwer   Photography: Line T. Klein

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lundagatan's Gem

The first thing that pops into my head when I hear or read the word Lundagatan is Lisbeth Salander  (the main character from Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy), of course.  For those of you who don't know, Lundagatan is a street in Stockholm's Södermalm district, mentioned many times in the best-selling novels, and this bright, airy flat is located precisely on that street.  What caught my eye? Well, mostly those unpretentious, cool details found in every room of this small apartment. (I'm beginning to think that every single person in Scandinavia is insanely stylish and clever, although I know that can't be the case.) 

Source: Fantastic Frank