Pendant Shade Hunting

May 21, 2015

I’ve been a bit bored with my living room, so I decided to rearrange my furniture the other day. We’re ‘test driving’ it to see if we prefer it to the other layout. So far I think I do! If we decide to stick with this, I’ll just need to rehang a couple of art pieces behind the sofa, but that’s no big deal.

Now, it’s been on my mind that we really need to sort out a lighting solution for our ugly naked light bulb in this room. I wrote last week about a really fancy (read: expensive) piece that I like, but as I mentioned there, I can’t get anything that’s going to fight with our brass wall art. Well, sure enough, my husband walked in the living room after I rearranged and said, “do you think we should get something for this light bulb?” It’s pretty bad when he starts pointing things out, so I decided to work a little harder to find a solution.

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My main goal is to find something that will give the bulb a more finished look and will not stifle the brightness too much. The other trick is that we can’t swap out the full fixture, so I need to find a pendant shade, not just any ole pendant light. I found these sweet, petite options which I think could fit the criteria.


Which one do you like best?

Beautiful Boho-Chic Home Makeover

May 19, 2015

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Amber over at Amber Interiors has posted a completely kick-ass home makeover over on her blog today. I’ve been following her for a few years and her interior decorating is incredible. She has a very clear point-of-view, and each client she works with comes out the other side with a personal and very stylish result.

If you click over to her post, you can see photos of all of the rooms including the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen, and the before photos. When you compare the befores to the afters, your eyes almost pop out of your head! It’s a completely different environment– brighter, more welcoming, and more confident. It’s an all-around better place to live. This is why it’s so important to give thought and care to your decorating choices. I know I’m in the middle of gushing about Amber, but please don’t forget that I have a styling service too if you need it (over email or in person). Everyone should live in a blog-worthy, enviable home!

Photos by Tessa Neustadt for Amber Interiors

Hunting for a Blue-Green Sofa

May 11, 2015

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I’m working with a new client to help her redo her living room and the first place I’m starting is with the sofa. The sofa is arguably the most important piece you’ll select for your living room, and can dictate a lot of other decisions that you make. Whenever I work with someone, I like to ask them to do some pinning of things they like. It’s important to do this because I can get an idea of common themes and start piecing together the beginnings of a look. In looking through pins for this client, I’m able to get a picture of silhouettes and colours that may be of interest to her.

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I’m thinking that a bluish-green sofa may be a good fit in this case, so I’ve begun to scope out what’s available out there. It’s surprisingly tricky to find a sofa in the right colour! Some shades come across a bit greyer than others, and this can be a good and a bad thing. A lighter shade is more vibrant and fun, but a darker shade is more neutral and can lend itself to more stylistic change in the future. It really depends on your personality what might be the best fit for you.

Additionally, I’m working to a particular budget. Your options may expand and contrast based on your budget, but I think you’ll find that these are very affordable options for this colour.

Mix-Matched Dining Chairs

May 7, 2015

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I think this is one of those design techniques you see and think, “that’s easy,” and then when you try to do it yourself, it’s a total mess. I really like this look and I’m slightly obsessed with chairs, so if I didn’t already have a nice set of vintage chairs, I might be up for giving this a go myself!

There are a couple of ways that you can go about this if you want to give it a try and are afraid that you’ll end up with a patchwork of unpleasantness. The first way is to keep your chairs in the same colour, as with the third picture above. Keeping the chairs in the same colour will help create a more unified look, even when your chairs are all different styles. This can allow you to have a bit more fun with different materials.

The next way is similar to the first, which is to get chairs that are all the same material. In the second picture, the chairs are all wood. The tones are slightly different, but that’s okay! They all have a vintage design and sit well together. In the same way that using one colour helps to create a unified look, using one material will keep your choices from going too wayward.

The final way is to use the same design in multiple colours, as with the final image. In this example, the chairs are very important for bringing colour to the room and I recommend that if you go this route, you decorate similarly. You don’t want to have too much colour drawing the eye around the room and not give the eye a place to rest. Let your chairs shine in all of their mix-matched glory!

Of course, you can always throw caution to the wind and buy any chair that captures your fancy, but these are just a few tips to help you out if you feel like a bit of a beginner with the eclectic look.

Heirloom Child/Baby Blankets by Roxy Marj

April 27, 2015

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Prepare your mind for the awesomeness that is these blankets by Roxy Marj. I came across these quite accidentally as I was looking at Instagram and I think they’re so unique and beautiful! First, I like the fact that I haven’t bumped into the designs before. Sometimes you see something you like, and then you see it again… and then again… and again. It kind of puts you off wanting to get something if you think it’s going to be in every home you walk into. I also like that the original blanket I came across (the top photo) has the option for little magnets in the paws so that a little one can wear the blanket as a cape when they’re older. This makes these perfect for babies and toddlers.

Roxy Marj refers to these as “heirloom blankets”, and I’d say that sounds about right. I feel like these would be the sort of blankets that you would hang onto forever because they’re like little works of art! Each one is handmade, and the top leopard design is a limited edition collaboration with Candy Kirby Designs, who has some other lovely children’s items on her site.

So, how much will these set you back? Including shipping, you’re looking at around the £110-120 mark for UK shoppers. A bit pricey, yes, but a lovely investment for a beautiful blanket for your little one to play and rest with.

Photos courtesy of Candy Kirby Designs and Roxy Marj websites