And it won’t cost you a fortune.
What comes to mind when I say the word “marble”? Luxurious, elegant and classic would be a few words that I associate with it – three very positive descriptions, might I add. So, is that why marble print has become so popular lately?
Real marble is, of course, very expensive and can usually be found in high-end kitchens and bathrooms, but faux marble and marble prints can be found on pretty much anything at the moment. From sneakers to phone cases and wallets, marble is one of the biggest trends of 2015. Here are a few of our favourites:
If you love wearing black and white, then this asos marble print dress is a must-have for your wardrobe. It’s a perfect combination of modern and classic – you really can’t go wrong with it.
Wallets can be a fashionable accessory, too! Think about it, how often do you take out your wallet? Often enough to justify buying this marble print Rebecca Minkoff wallet.
Bring a bit of luxury into your home without spending a fortune with this pretty marble and copper candle holder. Better yet, buy three and make them the centerpiece on your table at the next dinner party.
While colorful sneakers have been ruling the streets, the trend is moving towards black and white. But, if monochrome is too boring for you, these marble Vans might be just what you’re looking for.
A marble iphone case – nothing special you might think? Well, what if I told you that this wasn’t a print, but real marble? That’s right, if your iphone wasn’t expensive enough, this marble case will do the trick and make your phone the ultimate luxury item in your handbag.
Images via Sant Magazine, Asos, The Iconic, Royal Design, Vans, Native Union
Do you have an amazing piece of art, but no where to display it? Rather than creating a hole in your wall, get inspired by a few of these nifty ideas and try them out in your own home. No tools required!
The easiest way to take advantage of art which is already in a frame, is to prop it against a wall. Not only does this give a desk some character, but it doesn’t require any commitment! You can just move it whenever you like, and change the design of any room.
A super-simple collage is the best way to update your desk space without drilling any holes in the wall. You could easily use a double-sided tape to carefully create a beautiful workspace.
Get a little crafty and suspend some of your favourite pieces of work (and those made by the kids), on a nifty modern mobile. Start with a simple base, then tie each string onto different edges. Finish off by painting the base a funky colour, or keeping it minimalist to suit the rest of your home.
Keep everything looking neat and tidy with a pair of floating shelves above your workspace, or even in the living area. Not only will it make your home look like a bookstore, but it will keep everything in it’s place – which is also easy to clean!
Against the wall
For larger pieces such as antique mirrors and old pieces of artwork, you can easily lean them on the wall for effect. Beside them, add a few candles, books, magazines and other features which will create a nice mood in any room.
Images via Hayley Bonham, VK Visuals, Then Let It Be, Domaine Home
What is your favourite colour? It’s one of my most dreaded questions as I find it hard to answer. My favourite colour depends on the context: Is it interior design? Fashion? Cars? It varies, and one explanation for this might be the fact that colours influence our mood up to the point of manipulation.
Ever wondered why red is such a popular colour for kitchens and restaurants? The colour red is a stimulating colour, it can increase our heart rate and also our appetite. It is a bold colour that grabs our attention and is therefore one of the most popular colours in marketing. Just think of all the food brands that use red logos such as Coca Cola, KFC, Kellogs etc.
Colour Psychology is also very helpful when it comes to painting and decorating a room. Blue, for example, acts like the opposite to red. It has a calming effect, can bring down our heart rate and relax us. This is why blue is very popular in bedroom design as it can support a good night’s sleep.
We associate green with nature and health, which is why it can be found a lot in the health food aisle in supermarkets or on skincare products. It’s also a very balancing colour that’s said to make people feel at ease and create a harmonious atmosphere.
Yellow is the ‘happy colour’ and can lift our spirit and help with a positive attitude. We associate yellow with the sun and warmth, therefore it is well suited for small or dark rooms.
Orange is a colour that has a motivating and energy-boosting effect. The biggest proof of this is the fact that it is used so much in workout gear and active wear. Orange can also support creativity, which makes it a good colour choice for schools and offices.
Purple is considered a very rich, luxurious colour. It is associated with royalty and sophistication, especially the darker hues like eggplant.
With this bit of colour coding in mind you can make a more educated decision next time you want to decorate a room, choose between two products, or even manipulate your mood.
Image via empiricalzeal.com
From the fashion bloggers to the food, nothing beats Sweden – especially during the springtime.
Now is the best time to book your ticket to this Scandinavian country and indulge in all it has to offer, including style, design, and a relaxed way of life.
Where: Bageriet Bulleboden
Parmmatargatan 7, 11224 Stockholm
If you’re coming to Stockholm for the traditional Scandinavian food, then you will find many cafes scattered all over the city. Don’t miss Bageriet Bulleboden, which offers delicious pastries known as kanelbullar (cinnamon rolls), and freshly brewed coffee.
Where: Stockholm Market
Riddargatan 3, 11435 Stockholm
There’s a reason Swedish style is big all over the world, so much so that a street style blog created by Caroline Blomst has put it on the map. Popular fashion labels include Acne Studios, Filippa K, and Nelly just to name a few, but the best place to grab a deal on a bespoke item is at the market. Pick up a beautiful souvenir for a family member or friends as you’re leaving and catch the exclusive pieces from some of Sweden’s up-and-coming designers.
Where: E. Torndahl
Vasterlanggatan 63, S-11129 Stockholm
Scandinavian design is renowned all over the world for its approach to clean, sophisticated lines and timeless techniques. Rather than going to one of their many Ikea stores (there are more than 20 in Sweden alone), the smaller more independent sellers are where you’ll find some of the most original pieces. While they might come with a heftier price tag, you will keep them for years to come as a memory of your travels.
Sodra Blasieholmshammen 35, Stockholm
If you’re visiting between October – February, why not take a boat tour which takes you across the entire archipelago. The tour comes with a bowl of traditional Swedish tomato soup or pea soup (it’s your choice), and a glass of arrack to keep you warm. Tours can run anywhere between 1.5-3 hours.
Where: Nada Bar
Asogatan 140, Stockholm
Sweden might have a strict view on alcohol (drinks are heavily taxed), but the nightlife is nothing but booming. There is a plethora of small bars and venues which offer a modern take on traditional cocktails and a few bites on the side to keep you full for your next travels. If you’re not into the nightlife or alcoholic beverages, look out for a fika cafe, which is usually located in a beautiful garden.
Images via Lost in Stockholm, Fotografi, Stromma, Madame Figaro Japan, W Magazine, Visit Sweden
Clutter is the bane of many UK households, with homeowners struggling to find enough storage space to keep it all under control. According to The Express, the average Briton clings on to £514 worth of unused goods that simply lie dormant. The British Heart Foundation survey found that 15 per cent of people said their clutter made them feel ‘stressed’. Whether you occupy a small flat or a large house, we all seek the need for extra space once in a while. Below are ten of the best storage solutions to help you:
Double duty furniture
In a small room, try to ensure that every component is multifunctional. For example, in the bathroom double up the cabinets to be mirrors too and in the children’s room, turn a toy storage box into a bench to sit on.
Mobile self storage
Mobile self storage from Kelly Store is the perfect option for anyone seeking space for a short period of time. A storage pod will be delivered to your door, you can load at your convenience and it will then be taken away and stored securely until you’re ready for it again.
Many beds nowadays come with drawers underneath so you can hide all those items that take up so much space in a smart way. Alternatively, you can buy under bed storage boxes.
You’ll find there are many unused and dead spaces around the home such as in corners or under the staircase where shelves will fit perfectly. Alternatively, an open shelving unit will instantly add more storage without taking up too much floor or visual space.
Wooden crates are perfect for a rustic DIY look within the home. Stack a couple together using screws and ‘L’ brackets and you have yourself a very interesting bookcase or storage tower.
An attic or cellar
It’s easy to forget about how much space your attic or cellar holds. Move the items that you occasionally need into the attic or cellar so they are out of the way.
Coat rails and stands
It’s very easy for shoes and coats to clutter up a small hallway, but by using a hanging rail or coat stand, you can make a real difference to the space. It’s amazing how a tidy hallway will make your entire house feel in order.
A multi-use coffee table
If you struggle for space in the living room, use a chest or an ottoman as a coffee table. Not only will it look the part, it can hide away all those magazines and DVDs.
Hooks work wonders in the kitchen. You can hang utensils, mugs, pots and pans. Some people choose to place them on a pegboard, hang them on a linear rack or even from the kitchen windows. Houzz shares some great examples of this.
Creative shoe storage
Children are the worst for leaving their shoes around the house. Avoid this by using wine boxes to store them in, hanging them on clothes hangers or even using an old ladder.
If you’re living in a small apartment, or simply can’t commit to the idea of turning into the next Burke’s Backyard, then a terrarium should be right up your street.
These mini-ecosystems are often kept in clear fish bowls and are super-easy to grow and maintain (even for those social butterflies who are never at home!).
Start your own terrarium for the kitchen, living room, or even the bedroom with these easy tips.
What you’ll need:
Any clear, round glass container is perfect to keep your terrarium. Urban Outfitters have the biggest selection of these containers, some of which you can also suspend from the wall or ceiling.
Before adding the soil, prepare a thin layer of stones and pebbles on the base of the container. This helps to keep the entire plant from toppling over and helps with drainage. You won’t see a thick layer of water at the bottom on your terrarium and it won’t leak.
Look out for succulent soil which is finer than anything growing in your backyard – it’s perfect for your terrarium. It’s available at any gardening centre and won’t break the bank.
This should be the second layer after the soil and keeps everything smelling fresh. It won’t leave your entire home smelling like soil and basically regulates your entire terrarium. Don’t forget about it!
If you’re just starting out, it’s best to stick with a plant which doesn’t require too much attention. We’re thinking along the lines of a mini-cactus which isn’t too difficult to de-pot and plant in the centre of the terrarium.
If you are feeling a little adventurous, then a succulent is another great alternative. Dig a small hole and carefully plant them individually.
Rather than watering them with a hose (we definitely do not recommend this!), use a fine mist spray to water the leaves.
Image via The Independent