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Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Redecorate your home with some of the seasons hottest interior design trends for the colder months of the year.

It’s time to bring out the blankets, fluffy cushions and thick rugs to combat the colder temperatures, and make your house look good at the same time.

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Faux fur

Who doesn’t love a little faux fur in their home? Whether you decide to incorporate a blanket, cushion, rug or throw, the possibilities are endless with this signature autumnal trend.

If you do decide on a rug, make sure to place some non-stick layers underneath so it doesn’t move out of place.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Candles

Warm, woody candles are a must-have for the autumn-winter season. Keep them away from a window so they can burn evenly, and remember to trim them before lighting. Soy-based candles require little to no maintenance, and the glass can also be used to store the essentials after it’s been cleaned.

They also help to set the warm and cozy ambience that we all want to achieve during the colder seasons.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Terrariums

A low-maintenance way to bring some greenery into your home is with a terrarium. These are small groups of plants (mostly cactus and succulents), which last forever only need to be watered sparingly.

Keep them in direct sunlight (on a window sill) for best results.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Wall hangings

Creating your own art hanging is as easy as stapling your favourite piece of fabric onto a canvas.

Ikea and other craft stores sell fabrics by the metre, and you can easily come up with a creative piece for every room of the house. They are also more homely than a traditional painting.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Timber chairs

Nail that Scandinavian style by incorporating some timber tables and chairs into your living room or study. You can then accessorise them with faux fur throws which look and feel so luxurious.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Images via Poppy Talk, Only Deco Love, Gritty Pretty, Erika Brechtel, Lamb and Blonde, Tumblr

March 18, 2015

Erika Brechtel Interior Design Profile

You have probably seen her inspirational interior pictures plastered all over Pinterest, but Erika Brechtel is so much more than the mastermind behind such eclectic home design. Working as a brand stylist for more than 11 years allows Erika to give and gain inspiration for a number of home and lifestyle solutions which are classic and trendy at the same time.

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Even though she works as an avid graphic designer for a number of independent companies, her real inspiration comes from interiors. Erika’s main inspirations stem from something clean and sophisticated while still reflecting her infectious personality in all rooms of the house.

Erika Brechtel Interior Design Profile

Erika’s self-titled blog showcases some of her recent and timeless styling work, but also offers inspirational alternatives which you can add to your own home. This click-through feature sources work from both popular and up-and-coming designers and gives them a platform to sell their designs.

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You can recreate Erika’s signature style by sticking to clean lines, but don’t be afraid to mix and match different prints and textures for maximum effect.

Little trinkets and ornaments act as a main feature on bookshelves, coffee tables, and on a desk, so don’t be afraid to splash out on these items every now and then.

Images via Erika Brechtel

January 19, 2015

5 Famous Interior Designers Share Their Best Colour Tips

Thinking of giving your home a makeover? You don’t have to spend a fortune or months redecorating. Colour is a fantastic way to breathe new life into your home, just follow these simple yet brilliant tricks from some of the world’s most famous interior designers.

1. Incorporate wallpaper
Once a trend from the past, wallpaper is currently a hot interior design trend, not only for the incredible, unique patterns, but for the texture it adds to walls. Designer Barbara Berry says, “Use a patterned wallpaper to strengthen a room, and an unpatterned paper to soften a space.” Let you imagination go wild – choose to walloper one panel in a room, or mix-and-match different wallpapers for an exotic feel.

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2. Mix patterns and colours
A home that matches too much will appear stuffy and anything but cozy, which is why it’s important to layer patterns and texture, according to designer Barclay Butera. His philosophy is that decorating the home is similar to fashion where you should accessorise the space with patterns, texture and colour. Avoid anything too matchy-matchy.

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3. Use tone-on-tone palettes
Incorporating colour into your home doesn’t have to me loud and colourful.Remember that you home is not just a place that should look good, but also a place to relax and feel comfortable Designer Celerie Kemble enjoys creating serene environments with her design with soft blues and greens that complement one another.


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4. Lighting is key
Designer Shawn Henderson recommends carefully choosing your lighting. “Always have good reading lights in every room and put everything on a dimmer,” he says. Too strong or bold lighting can wash out the space and make it feel uncomfortable. So if you’ve spent days agonising over a new paint colour, remember that your lighting will affect how that colour looks in a room.

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5. Add reflective objects
It can be easy for rooms to appear overly colourful, which is why designer Susan Ferrier recommends using reflective objects throughout the home. “Add something that’s reflective, instead of another colour.” This will also add a unique detail that stands out amongst the surrounding decor for plenty of balance. Mirrors make a space look bigger, or look for shiny or silver paint or walloper to add a reflective accent.

Renovated lately? What are your best home makeover tips?

February 7, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Take A Look Inside Cameron Diaz’s Gorgeous NYC Apartment

Cameron Diaz has opened the doors to her New York apartment, inspired by her “innately sexy” personality – and let’s just say, we have major home envy. Take a look at these gorgeous photos…

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The living room with its warm, neutral palette

The actress and her celebrity interior decorator Kelly Wearstler show off her two-bedroom, 222-square-metre West Village prewar apartment in the latest issue of ELLE Decor, and they haven’t scrimped on the luxury.

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Main bedroom

Diaz, 41, describes her New York home, which she’s owned for several years, as “a bit like living in a silk-lined jewellery box.”

The apartment might not be big but every detail has been given the A-list treatment, with drawers lined in raw black silk, interiors of closets covered in custom wallpaper or bursts of vivid paint and plenty of bling.

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Decadent main bathroom

“I blame my love of sparkly, shiny things on my Cuban roots,” says Diaz.

From the bedroom with its cool grey tones, to the bathroom gilded in gold and bronze, Wearstler says her celebrity client was very hands-on.

“Cameron taught me to be more sensitive to the hand of fabrics and textiles. She was so involved in every step…[she] has excellent taste and understands how colours work together and why quality pieces make rooms special.”

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Kitchen

Home is definitely where the heart is for Diaz. “I’m surrounded by things that mean something to me. That’s what a home is.”

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Guest bedroom

Cameron will next be seen playing Miss Hannigan in the upcoming remake of Annie.

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Guest bathroom

What do you think of Cameron Diaz’s New York apartment? Which room is your favourite?

September 5, 2013