Room Decorating Ideas

How To Revamp An Old Attic

Why not convert your attic into a modern part of the home? Just think about all the space the kids will have in their new rumpus room, or that extra bedroom for guests – better yet, a wardrobe for all of your clothes (here’s hoping).

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Here, we show you some of the ways to convert your tired old attic into a busy and useful part of the home.

Bookshelves

Bookshelves are an essential part of the home since they can hold almost anything – books, toys, DVDs, games – you name it! Depending on how deep your shelves are, you could also use some baskets for more discrete storage solutions.

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Drawers

A chest of drawers is another essential part of any room – just think of how much clutter it can neatly store away. Drawer dividers are also a great way to store all of your belongings, so you know exactly where they are at all times.

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Couch

A cute and comfy couch, beanbags and stools are great for any room, especially if your attic is quite small (everyone will be sitting down!). Throw a beautiful faux fur shrug or blanket over the top to make it look more rustic and lived-in.

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Rugs

Depending on your style, you could invest in a stunning rug for the entire attic (trust us, it’ll keep everyone cosy in the winter months). A shaggy rug is ideal for the colder weather, but a Persian rug is better since it doesn’t shed.

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Desk

If you’re turning the old attic into a study, then a desk should be at the very top of your list. Choose one with lots of storage for books, stationery and computer products, which also looks good!

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What are some of your tips to style an old attic?

Images via The Glitter Guide, 6th Street Design School, The Ultra Linx, Blogspot, Buzzfeed

April 13, 2015

5 Vintage Pieces For A Modern Home

Want to give your home a spring refresh without burning a hole in your pocket? Buying vintage is a thrifty way to find yourself a one-of-a-kind piece, without spending a small fortune at the department store. Markets, online bidding and second-hand stores are filled with pieces which give a vintage edge to a modern home, but what should you choose?

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Bar cart

Cocktail or bar carts are absolutely everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram, and for a good reason! Not only are they cheap and cheerful (we once saw one for $25 – what a steal!), but they can also be easily re-vamped to suit the colour scheme of your home.

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French armoire

A classic, French armoire looks just like a wardrobe with a vintage twist. Most of them don’t come with much hanging space, so you can store some of your shirts, towels or manchester in this timeless looking piece. If your armoire is looking a little worse for wear, they’re actually really easy to sand-down, paint, and apply a gloss before looking brand new.

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Armchair

The plush armchair might feel a little dated if you’re working with an entire set, but one piece for the bedroom or living room is perfect for evoking a feel of classic sophistication. If you’re not happy with the fabric (it can often stain easily), get it reupholstered by a professional.

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Wallpaper

It looks like wallpaper is quickly replacing the modern feature wall, and is a great way to spice-up any home. Choose a loud, vibrant colour or print, which will bring some character to the bedroom or living room.

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Credenza

Traditionally used as storage for plates and cutlery, the credenza is perfect as a side feature in a hallway, or alternatively storage for the living room. Most classic styles are made of wood and are glossy, but you can always change that after purchasing.

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Images via Porch, Specks of Glitter and Gold, Etsy, Style Me Pretty, Bloglovin

April 11, 2015

DIY Crate Coffee Table

Bring some character into your home by designing and creating your own bespoke coffee table. Okay, this might seem rather difficult, but it’s actually really simple, especially if you have a few crates laying around the house.

RELATED: DIY Floating Shelves Tutorial

Follow our easy tutorial to create your own coffee table, side table, or even some storage for the laundry room.

What you need

  • 4 wooden crates
  • 2 (1×4) pieces of pine wood
  • 4 casters
  • Stain

Instructions

  1. Before you get started on actually building the table, make sure to stain the crates first. Use a homemade stain (vinegar, steel wool, and brewed tea) or choose a ready made stain which requires a little more waiting time.
  2. When the stain has dried, create a frame by nailing each piece of pine wood into a small square (looking somewhat like a window). This will also dictate the size of your coffee table.
  3. Then, simply arrange each crate over the top and use a drill, nails, and a hammer to secure them onto the frame. You might want some storage in the centre (for snacks or remotes), so make sure to leave some room in the centre for that.

Image via Instructables

March 26, 2015

Innovative Jewellery Storage Ideas

Who wouldn’t love to have all their precious jewellery lined up in a neat and tidy drawer?

Most often this isn’t the case (especially if the kids are always going through your things!), but a few essential storage accessories can really help. We share just a few of our favourite ways to store all your jewellery without taking out a second mortgage on the house.

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Compartments

Creating different compartments for your rings, bracelets, and necklaces is the best way to keep everything neat and organised. This way, you will know exactly where all the pieces are located, and it’s also really easy to clean!

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Jars

Store some of those bigger statement necklaces and bracelets in transparent jars on your desk or table. Look around the house for some empty jars, and simply label them on the outside so they’re quick and easy to locate.

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Coathanger

Insert little hooks onto the inside of a wooden coat hanger, and display some of your most-worn items. Extremely long necklaces or heavier pieces are best in this type of storage, since they can also be used to design your room!

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Thread rack

Transform a standard thread rack into a jewellery stand, and hang on the wall as a statement piece. A cheap and cheerful way to display some of your most precious pieces.

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Drawers

Smaller drawers traditional used for ties or scarves can be transformed into the perfect jewellery storage. Neatly arrange each piece over a non-slip piece of felt so each piece can stay in place and won’t get tangled.

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Mug trees

Organise some bangles or bracelets on a traditional mug tree which we all have somewhere in the house! It neatly keeps all your jewellery in one place, and can be stored over a dressing table for easy access.

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Images via Gurl, Misanthropy Creation, Jen Grant Morris, Home Talk, The Gloss, Who What Wear

February 4, 2015

DIY Floating Shelves Tutorial

One of the hottest interior design trends over the last few years is floating shelves. They basically give the illusion of unhinged wall ornaments which fit easily into any part of the house.

Not only are they really easy to install, but most homeware centres come with some type of variation if you don’t want to battle it out by yourself.

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What you need

1 sheet of 1/4 plywood

10 1×2 pine boards

1 inch brad nails (tiny tack nails which don’t require a hammer)

2 inch screws

3 inch screws (for mounting onto the wall)

Wood filler

Sand paper

Paint (your desired colour)

Tools

Measuring tape

Drill with countersink and drill bits

Saw (not essential if your wood is already made to measure)

Hammer

Sander

Paint brushes

Stud finder

Level

Instructions

1. Cut the plywood into 7 3/4 inch strips from the hardware store, or simply just do it yourself at home. We are essentially creating the foundation for each shelf, and want each piece of wood to be level.

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2. Pre-drill the countersink into the frame, then use glue to keep it all together. Work from the inside out, and keep edges flush.

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3. At this stage we’re building the trim, so it’s important to fasten the trim ends to the face.

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4. Tack the plywood to the top and bottom of each shelf, and make sure it fits well into the sleeve. Sometimes you may need to slightly sand it down before it fits in perfectly.

5. Fill all holes with the wood filler for a flawless finish. Then make sure to sand it really well to create an even base.

6. Prime your shelves, then move onto paint once they’re completely dry. This may take up to 2 hours until everything has dried.

7. Look for any beams in your wall, and locate the anchor point in the muddle of each shelf. Keep everything straight by using a level.

8. Once you’ve made at least 6 incisions into the beam, slip the shelf sleeve over the frame. It should fit tightly and without any issues.

Images and tutorial via Young House Love, and Shanty 2 Chic

January 15, 2015

5 Famous Interior Designers Share Their Best Design Tips

Looking for interior decorating inspiration? We checked in with five famous interior designers to steal their secrets on creating a spectacular space.

1. Add life to a room
Mario Buatta knows the value of adding life to any type of room, so she opts for specific objects like live plants, books, baskets, and even quilts. Combine both vintage and modern pieces for an intriguing way of giving the room personality.

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2. Use what speaks to you
Designer Nate Berkus recommends using objects in your home that speak to you, instead of just copying someone else’s style. It doesn’t have to be an heirloom or trendy accessory, but can simply be an item that you enjoy. He suggests trawling through flea markets and antique stores for one-of-a-kind finds. Also look for special pieces on your next holiday.

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3. Use a grid
A grid can add a bold look to a room with artwork that hangs on the walls. “I like to hang multiple images in a tight grid, just shy of the length of the sofa, with equal margins at the top of the sofa and bottom of the ceiling moulding,” says designer Tom Stringer. This will add a eye-catching detail as well as balance to any room.

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4. Add a decorative chair to each room
Designer Mariette Himes Gomez believes “every room needs at least one character chair for personality.” This offers a focal point to the space and can also make the room look more expensive.

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5. Decorate with dimensional pillows
Jan Showers is known for her impeccable taste in mixing neutrals and colours in the chic homes that she designs. She recommends adding dimension to any couch or chair with pillows that pop and have interesting details.

What’s your interior design style? Tell us in the comments!

January 30, 2014

How To Use Colour In Your Home

Colour can make one of the biggest impacts on the look and feel of a room. Colour placement, patterns and coordination all work together to create an atmosphere that makes a room – and home – special. Some of our favourite famous interior designers like Jamie Drake and Anthony Baratta use accents like furniture and artwork to enhance room design, and colour to completely transform a space.

Follow these colour tips, suggestions and design inspiration for your interior decorating projects.

Anthony Baratta
Anthony Baratta is a NYC-based interior designer who’s motto is “one third function, two thirds delight.” Isn’t that a fantastic design philosophy? This is exactly what you’ll find with his fun, eclectic and colourful spaces, like this show-stopping retro-inspired living room accented with baby and royal blues.

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Jamie Drake is a famous interior designer based in NYC, known for his “exuberant colour sense” that he incorporates into all his designs. And boy, is he not afraid of colour, just like this eye-popping fuchsia ottoman, with complimentary lamps, cushions and rug. Jamie often uses a neutral base colour for sofas and lounging furniture, and uses colour on the focal point of the room. This is one of our favourite design tips: when using colour, make sure the room is balanced and not overwhelmed with one colour.
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Laura Day
Laura Day transitions houses to homes by keeping it simple, and adding pops of colour through accessories, like in the rich gold cushions and cerulean blue lamp above. Laura says “a neutral room can sing a different song every single day if only you accessorise.” One of her design philosophies is that choosing colourful accessories but keeping the bones of the room classically neutral make it easier to incorporate the changing seasons and different decorating trends.barbarabarryBarbara Barry
Colour doesn’t have to be loud, it can be subtle and natural and create just as much emotion as vibrant hues. This is Barbara Barry’s design philosophy. She attributes her Californian upbringing as one of the biggest design influences. Her elegant home design and favourite colour schemes take inspiration from nature, whether it be from a bouquet of flowers, the mountains or ocean. The dining room she designed above uses vintage yellows and greens like those found in nature to accent the natural wood table, and bring a sense of calm and familiarity to the space.

Bright and colourful? White on white? Subtle and understated? What are your favourite home colour schemes?

Photos: Design Milk /  Elle Decor / Laura Day / Elle Decor

January 22, 2014