Apartment Living

Apartment living in your favourite city? Please yourself, create a sanctuary, home is your place, kick off your shoes, wrap yourself in a silk kimono and sip Proseco while you plan that 10 day shopping trip to NY.  Below is a lot of luxe! Yes some pieces have silly price tags and seem a little OTT but I say mix it up ... shop high end for a key piece, shop Ikea if you can bare it (I can't), scour Ebay, search on Gumtree, seek out interesting art work or delicious prints from Print Darling , go to your local garage sale. Start collecting clever pieces, think outside of the square to create this look. Teamed with almost black floorboards and you have made your mark on your abode and created somewhere beautiful to dwell. Still can't mange to pull it together? then chat to me. Below is a little inspiration created for Ms G 🖤 

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Inspired by Mosaic Tiles

image via Amber Tiles

image via Amber Tiles

While sourcing tiles for a client I came across these stunning mosaic patterned tiles at Amber Tiles.  They are a great mix of motif & colour and the perfect starting point for an inspired interior OR exterior.

image via Country Homes & Interiors June 2011

image via Country Homes & Interiors June 2011

It can be tricky to mix patterns and motifs so choose a colour palette and that pull your look together.  Remember to use similar hues, repeat your colours and match your patterns in varying sizes and types.

image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

If you are a brave decorator try adding a complimentary colour and contrasting patterns.  It gives an eclectic look to your room - I love how the room below looks comfortable yet interesting at the same time.

image via Lonny Magazine June 2013

image via Lonny Magazine June 2013

For those that aren't quite as fearless try introducing your motif or pattern into a rug and work your way out from there...

image via madisonlilyrugs.com

image via madisonlilyrugs.com

For the insanely bold of you why not take it outdoors?  How cool is this outdoor shower?  Such a great idea - you don't have to look at it every minute of the day but it's a work of art to be adored when outside, it wraps summer and the great outdoors around you.

image via Apartment Therapy

image via Apartment Therapy

I think I would have to concur that mosaic tiles probably are for the more adventurous homeowner, you have to have supreme confidence to be able to use them with style but why not give it a go, keep your accessories and colour palette simple so the tiles are the star and you'll have one of those 'WOW' rooms that others can only envy!

Cosy Country Decor

image via Lonny magazine November 2013 photography by Jason Michael Lang

image via Lonny magazine November 2013 photography by Jason Michael Lang

As we slowly creep through Autumn towards Winter I love to cosy up the house in readiness for cooler days and nights.  A scroll through some favourite images of eclectic country decor has me feeling not so sad that summer has come and gone and has me looking forward to spending time indoors.  How are you going to spend your winter?  Out and about enjoying the crisp cool air or tucked up inside beside the fire with a good book and endless movies...

image via Wendy J Havens

image via Wendy J Havens

image via Lonny magazine December/January 2014

image via Lonny magazine December/January 2014

Flowers brighten up any living space even in winter, if you haven't got the real thing in your garden why not opt for silk flowers, they are so realistic these days you can hardly tell the difference.

image via sadecor.co.za

image via sadecor.co.za

image via countryliving.com

image via countryliving.com

Rugs can help warm up a room.  Persian style rugs introduce colour and pattern as well as defining 'zones' within your space.  Timeless and elegant, they suit most types of decor.  And don't forget throw blankets to keep you warm as well as to add some interest to your sofa.

image via decorology.blogspot.com

image via decorology.blogspot.com

Or you may like a little 'granny' rag rug, don't be afraid to layer your rugs (as long as they aren't too thick or fluffy) for a relaxed look.  However you do it, enjoy your South Coast winter, it won't be around long and before you know it summer skies will be overhead again.

Trend Alert - Flamingo Fever

You probably are already aware of the latest trend - flamingo fever!  Love it or hate it - it's taking over.  I kind of like it's quirkiness, I used to love seeing them parked on peoples front lawns in the 70's along with the big butterfly on the wall next to the front door.  I remember thinking that the people who lived in THOSE houses were so exotic and must have been very well travelled to even know such birds existed!  So how do you use this current trend?  Well of course it's totally up to you but the image below gave me a little inspiration...

image via est magazine November 2012

image via est magazine November 2012

Love that eclectic look, so I pulled together a few items and threw them into a mood board… now it's up to you to take what you like or leave what you like but my favourite would have to be number 2 - how cute is that outfit???

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1. Flamingo Tea Towel at www.everythingbegins.com $20

2. Mud Pie girls T-shirt and Nappy Cover

3. Flamingo Novelty Cushion at Domayne $19.95

4. Embroidered Dress Slippers at www.brownsfashions.com

5. Flamingo Cushion by Vavoom $140 for a set of 2

6. Lawn Flamingo at www.rawspace.com.au $39.95

7. Retro Tropical Pink Toile by Brick House Fabric

8. Adidas Neo Flamingo Heart T Shirt