Decor

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.

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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

How To Keep Your Indoor Plant Alive

Some people swear that indoor plants are therapeutic. They have air-purifying qualities and some can be used for healing purposes. At the very least, an indoor plant can spruce up a living space. The main obstacle, however, is keeping them alive.

The first thing you should know is that plants are not made to be kept indoors. They live off sunlight, oxygen and water – all of which occur naturally and best outdoors. However, some plant species can handle the undesirable conditions and it is our job to make them as comfortable as we can!

If you’re the kind of person that will forget to water their plants (guilty!), you’ll want a hardy species, like a cactus or aloe. The gel in aloe vera is commonly used as an ointment for skin illnesses and is high in vitamins and minerals, so your decorative feature can also double as a dietary supplement! Other great plant species include the jade plant, ficus, spider plant, or pothos.

Now for some care tips:

  1. Don’t overwater your plant. Soggy soil will suffocate it!
  2. Don’t underwater your plant. Plants with more foliage will require more water than those with hard or waxy leaves. The amount of water you should give your plant is also dependent on its size, the size of the pot and the conditions of your home. The best way to be sure, is to check the soil is dry before watering your plant again.
  3. Be sure your plant is getting as much sunlight as possible. Plants live off sunlight, and by keeping them indoors, they’re already not getting as much as they would like. Leave your plant on a window sill or wherever it will get the best light.
  4. Don’t move your plant too much. It takes time for them to adapt to the indoor conditions and moving them around will essentially cause them stress.
  5. Use a damp cloth to wipe dust of leaves.
  6. Don’t empty your coffee or tea into the pot. Bugs will thrive off the sugar and breed in the soil of your indoor plant.

Image via houzz.com

August 1, 2014

Winter Homewares To Bring Light And Colour Into Your Home

The winter season is a great time of year to stay in your comfort zone and create an inviting warm nest in your home. Banish the winter blues with a shopping spree to transform your abode into an oasis that says ‘hibernation’. Snuggly blankets, bright cushions, romantic candles and woolly rugs are all a hit in winter.

Winter doesn’t have to be the gloomy season, bring a bit of fun and colour to your home with these helpful tips…

Brighten up your mood in the living room with a new throw rug and a few comfy cushions. Find a vibrant colour or pattern that compliments your couch and suits the surroundings in the room. When selecting these items, keep an eye out for those with a bold pattern or texture. We love woolly throw rugs as they look inviting and they’re great to snuggle up in on those lazy Sunday mornings. Make sure you don’t overdo it though; know when you have enough for comfort and colour.

Tip: if you’re daring, go for a bold bright colour that contrasts with your couch and embrace clashing colours!

The kitchen can feel like the room where you spend majority of your time – timeless family moments and memorable cooking creations come to life in the kitchen. Bring some colour into your space with bright feature pieces – choose a bright fruit bowl, or accessorise with colourful appliances. A few indoor plants or flowers will instantly give your kitchen the cheerful lift it needs in winter. Add life to your cooking surrounds with a herb garden, which will grow all year round and provide you with fresh delicious herbs to add to your family meals!

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Add a bit of warmth to the bedroom with a welcoming rug, they are a great way to introduce playfulness and fun into a room. Don’t skimp on size though, the biggest mistake made when purchasing a rug is selecting a style that either boxes in your room or makes it look too sparse.

Tip: To centre your room, ensure you leave the same amount of floor space on all sides of the rug.

Candles are also a great addition to the bedroom, adding a sense of warmth, atmosphere and winter cosiness. And just like that, winter is already a little brighter!

These homeware trends are courtesy of Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Melbourne. For more information visit www.uhfo.com.au or like us on Facebook

June 15, 2014

How to Make Your Home Visitor-Friendly These Holidays

The thought of preparing our homes for guests during the holiday season can evoke fear in the best of us, because let’s face it, who has the time or money to decorate?

Leading homewares stylists Betty Wong and Lucy Wolstoneholme for MyHouse share their simple yet impressive decorating ideas on a budget.

5-star comfort
The special touches of luxurious comfort within the home never go unnoticed and ensuring that your guests are equipped with all of the essentials, along with a few extra comforts, will not only illustrate thoughtfulness but make them feel especially welcome. It’s a simple technique used by the world’s most famous interior designers to create an instant, at-home feel.

cushion
Zahra Cushion $39.95

Even if your budget doesn’t allow for mimicking a 5-star hotel, wonderfully clean bed linens, a choice of pillows donned with freshly ironed pillow cases and a full set of delightfully soft, quality bath towels will all ensure that your guests experience is a far more comfortable one. And while it’s important to de-clutter (get rid of anything that you wouldn’t find in a fine hotel), don’t forget to stock up on all essentials such as soaps, hand towels and toilet paper rolls. Ensuring that all items are easy to access and nicely presented can go a surprisingly long way in creating that ‘luxury getaway’ experience.

throw
Havana Throw $59.95

Mother Nature’s Artwork
Nothing breathes fresh air into a space like a touch of nature. By adding the simple, organic beauty of natural pieces to your home you can instantly make the space appear more open and inviting.

clock
Patricia clock $29.95

The beauty of nature in the home is that it works best when kept basic – avoid décor such as over-styled floral displays and instead look to more simple items that draw inspiration from rustic and natural settings. You would be surprised how effective this method is for creating an environment that is pleasant, welcoming and cozy.

frame
Linley Photo Frame 4X6 $24.95

Smell to sell
A common trick of the home-seller is to use the power of specific scents, such as freshly-baked cookies, coffee or cinnamon, to ‘warm up’ potential buyers by making them feel immediately at home in their home. This is often referred to as the “smell to sell” method.

ecocandle
Eco Palm Candle Coconut $29.95

Similarly, the use of scent is a great technique for helping guests to feel contented and relaxed in your home when visiting. According to laws of aromatherapy, smells that appeal to the senses can effectively shift our mood. Using scent to create an inviting and uplifting space in the home can do wonders for evoking in your guests a sense of true comfort.                                                               

The wonderful warmth of light
Similar to scent, lighting can have a powerful effect on human psychology and guests entering your home will be impacted in an emotional sense by the level and tone of light.

lamp
Blue Paloma Lamp $129.95

It’s the key element in setting the mood and atmosphere of a room and many underestimate the power of light to make or break an interior scheme all together. It should be warm, cosy and cheerful. Cold or blue hues will effectively create a space that is severe or stark, while bulbs with a warm of soft glow can instantaneously add ambiance and texture.

What are your favourite home decorating ideas when welcoming visitors?

December 14, 2013