Unique style is not the exclusive preserve of interior designers. Whilst we can all redecorate our homes, does that reflect a unique style? Choosing a colour palette and furnishings is very personal, but does your home look effortlessly ‘styled’? Would you like it to be? Wherever you live, everyone can think like a decorator with some expert tips and design basics. Sure, redecorating involves colour choices, furniture positioning, and flow but does that reflect your unique style and the ambience you wish to create? If you’d like an effortlessly stylish home that looks like you hired an interior designer then…
If great interior design is your passion, you will know how hard it is to create something unique. There are new trends in interiors all the time so it’s easy to get swallowed up in them all… or just be confused. While there’s nothing wrong with taking inspiration from various trends, following them can sometimes mean having a home that looks the same as everyone else’s. Part of the beauty of owning your own house is that you get the chance to actually make it a home – remember, the two are very different things. Your home should be somewhere that reflects your personality, and somewhere that you and your family can relax in knowing that it’s your personal space.
Reno ideas. From where do you get yours? If there is one thing the French are known for, it’s their style. The timeless elegance and sense of style can be seen in every aspect of life in France – high fashion in Paris, mesmerizing architecture, even the décor of that one quaint corner café with possibly the best croissants you’ll ever taste. World’s top designers will use at least some elements of French interior when renovating a home. So if you’re about to change the way your house looks and need reno ideas, think about following in their design steps. See now some of the best interior décor ideas to make your home chic:
Reading nooks and books have always played an important role in my life. My childhood was full of books and reading nooks. I have been surrounded by books, given books as gifts, encouraged to read and take care of my books. Virtually every room in the house in which I grew up had book shelves. My Father had a huge library where books were not only alphabetized but also arranged according to genre. I kid you not! My Father had a big reading chair, under a light, beside an antique writing desk and books were always piled on the floor on either side of the chair. Not that he was untidy; the piles were neat. But books were everywhere, ALL the time. Reading nooks were de rigeur.
A luxury Italian manor brings visions of sumptuous high ceilings, grand windows, and opulent spaces. Architectural details abound as windows, walls, and ceilings compete for attention. This private luxury Italian manor house is situated in a rural area and is an exquisite combination of classic and contemporary styles. I was immediately drawn to the juxtaposition of colour and the restrained opulence. Clearly luxurious, this beautifully redecorated home doesn’t scream… it purrs. It knows it’s a knockout, so it can be calm and elegant in its confidence.
Fashionistas understand street cred – that indefinable sense of style and absolute cool. Home street cred is the extension of this design aesthetic. Your home is your castle. It can be a highly personal piece of you. Your pride and joy. And you want it to be the most incredible property in your neighborhood. That chic property everyone stops to look at for a few extra seconds. The home your friends and family love to visit on weekends.. and crash when your entertaining excels. It’s that vibrant property you can sell in a jiffy the moment you decide to move on.
50 Shades Darker is here in time for Valentine’s Day. If you follow the peccadillos of Christian Grey then you’ll be pleased. If not, you’ll still love the intense way of living designed by Brabbu Design Forces. It’s a fairy tale with a very dark side. Christian Grey may be 50 shades darker in this highly anticipated sequel but Anastasia Steele is more seasoned. It’s two years since we first met this incorrigible couple. This time Anastasia demands more rules as her relationship with Christian Grey gains confidence and stability. The set design is expectedly moody, sumptuous and 50 shades darker than the original.
Redecorating panic may hit after the excitement of changing your interiors subsides. Now the reality of making sure your choices work, or that you’ve made the RIGHT decor choices, hits. One of the main issues many people have with the interior design of their home is that it just doesn’t flow. For example, the living room might be decorated with bold reds, while the dining room clashes by its use of pastel shades and cool tones. Decorating adjoining rooms differently from one another may give the impression of the decor being disjointed, An eclectic vision is one thing, a mish-mash…
Key design principles are the difference between good rooms and GREAT rooms. Beautiful rooms don’t just happen. Effortless style isn’t so effortless. Forward planning and a few key design principles are required to create something that’s both liveable and pleasing to the senses.
The Sofitel Tamuda Bay has recently undergone a transformation with GM Architects reinterpreting Moroccan architecture for this resort project. Tamuda Bay, just 20kms east of Tangier, offers a genuine experience in French art de vivre combined with the refinement of an authentic Moroccan style.
Decorating trends don’t have to be slavishly followed. They are simply design and style directions you can embrace a little… or a lot. Does your home feel like it could use a fresh touch? Or are you in the process of moving and urgently in need of some additional decorative inspiration? Well, fear no more, as professional designers and interior decorators have joined forces to create some new, refreshing decorating trends that we’re so eagerly looking forward to in 2017.
Do you love to read? Having bookshelves is one thing, but imagine having a Library? Sounds grand, doesn’t it? Well, it could be within your grasp, and more easily than you might imagine. Book nooks can be intimate but not necessarily private. However a peaceful room totally dedicated to the fine art of reading… now THAT’S a dream room for those of us who love to collect books. So have you ever thought about turning a spare room into a library?
Eclectic. Quirky. Creative. Whatever you call it, fun decor ideas are not only for the adventurous (although they usually are) but for people who want their personality to be reflected in their home. I got a bit of a surprise the other day when a visitor to our home said “Oh you obviously like quirky decor”. Well…yes…eclectic would definitely describe our home. When two people merge their lives, personalities and travels then decor isn’t going to have a single dimension. To READ MORE click the title.
I came across the Gaudi Submarine Bathroom…and my dreams were shattered. Why? Because I had been thinking about dabbling in some mosaic work. I found an old telephone table at a garage sale and I thought I’d smash up old colourful plates and have a play. THEN I saw THIS! Someone is VERY good at mosaic tiling and they are definitely not playing around.
Ethical living isn’t only about food and fair trade homewares. If green is the new black, is it possible to have a stylish home and be ethical? Yes! Of course it is. Architects have mastered some of the most beautiful homes in the world using ethically sourced products and sustainable materials. From simple touches such as a living roof to solar heating and upcycling. It is now easier than ever to create a stylish ‘green’ home and enjoy ethical living.