Monday, September 1, 2014

Lust List: Zara Home

I happened upon a Zara Home last weekend. (I think you can only do that in England, by the way, happen upon things. It felt very British.) I got overly excited about a doormat so, against my better judgement, I dragged my two-year-old away from attempting suicide by slow moving traffic/chatting up homeless people and went to check it out. They had ca-ute stuff in there, people.

I was *this close* to buying said doormat but Eleanor had a melt down because I wouldn't let her shoplift a hand towel (the colour scheme didn't match our decor, but she wouldn't be told), so we left. But I will go back, even if I have to wait until she is in nursery to do it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Design Collaboration Challenge: A Bright, Beachy Living Room

Sarah challenged us to create a mood board based on this gorgeous seagull painting. I decided to embrace colour on this one...
Sofa // Table (sold out) // Lamp // Chair // Rug

I used a lot of vintage pieces here, all thanks to Chairish, mixed with a couple of big box staples (there's that sofa again).

It was just me and Carissa for August; here's her take on the inspiration painting...

{Carissa from Carissa Miss}

Sarah picked a fun seagull canvas for this month's design collaboration challenge and I thought it was the perfect color palette for Kassi's new relaxing master bedroom. Visit Carissa Miss to see how we're tackling the next project in her house.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pretty Plants for Clean Air

A lot of my favourite spaces have a common element - plants. 
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They can visually balance a space - every room needs something organic, I think - and the health benefits are a bonus (priorities, people). You've all probably read about the NASA clean air study, which tends to be my go-to for choosing house plants - it highlights the plants best at filtering specific toxins from the air. Gaddys Plant Hire has more info on this too.
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We had quite a few snake plants like the one above in our loft, because they are really good in bedrooms (they convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night, unlike most plants). They're also almost impossible to kill, for those of us afflicted with a black thumb.
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That majestic thing in the corner above is a Bird of Paradise I think, which isn't included in the NASA study, but even so, it's still going to reduce carbon dioxide and it sure is purdy.

Here's a quick run-down on a few of my favourite air-purifying, easy-to-keep-alive plants (I'm only listing plants I've actually owned, for a full list check out the NASA study):
{Areca or Golden Cane Palm}
Filters: xylene and toluene
Bonus: plants over 1.8m tall work as effective air humidifiers too

{Peace Lily}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia

{Snake Plant}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene and toluene

{Dracaena Marginata}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene and toluene

{Cornstalk Dracena or Happy Plant}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde and trichlorethylene

{Moth Orchid}
Filters: xylene and toluene
Disclaimer: I've killed every orchid I've owned, but I had to include them because they're gorgeous. Obviously.

Plant image credits:
All others from Gaddys Plant Hire

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Design Collaboration Challenge: Teal & Orange

Jane picked out this month's inspiration palette - a vibrant teal and orange combo.
I immediately thought Autumn, but not wanting to wish the summer away, I went for a warm-weather space instead - a sheltered urban patio, with quite a few indoor elements to make it comfy and cosy. I am in love with that rattan hanging chair!

Here's what the other girls came up with:

{Jane from Finding Fabulous}
The inspiration photo I chose has warm colors that I love in teal, orange, brown and cream - and I immediately thought these colors would be fun on a hip outdoor patio or deck. This overall design makes me think of Summer in Southern California! It's chic, comfortable and just the perfect place to relax on cool and breezy Summer evenings with family and friends.

{Carissa from Carissa Miss}
Had so much fun doing a bath refresh with my friend Kassi! For about $300 you can do it too! Tutorials on the plank wall, chunky shelves, and of course, all the sources. Come read all about it.

{Sarah from This Sarah Loves}
This month I had a bit of fun dreaming up a relaxing patio. Our backyard needs a lot of TLC before we'll be ready to decorate out there, but a girl can dream right? Stop by http://thissarahloves.com/ to see my sources!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Get the Look: An Eclectic Entryway

I have been swooning over Nomad Luxuries' entryway ever since I spotted it on Pinterest. I want my home to look more like this - it's just gorgeous!
I imagine it's sourced as eclectically as it looks, but I was able to come up with a similar look from easier-to-find places, and most of it is pretty affordable.
Venetian mirror - $7900 // Lamp shade - $18 // Lamp base - £30 // Chinese planter - $148

I used a crazy expensive, antique Venetian mirror in the design board, before I found the one she actually owns (it's $230) via her home tour on The Everygirl.

The trunk is vintage, but they pop up on eBay occasionally, and PB Teen do a linen and brass version that's pretty similar (and only $159). I've also spotted them on daily deals sites like One Kings Lane and Joss & Main.

I had a hard time finding a similar lamp base, so I settled on what I think is an amusing alternative! And the rug obviously doesn't have quite the same colours as the inspiration pic, but it's affordable and has the same vibe. I linked to a couple of other options that bring more blue in too.

If you haven't already, you really should go and check out more photos of the space on Nomad Luxuries.

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