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Home decor trends winter 2012

This is a guest post provided by Eva Stephen.

Autumn is upon us once again and as the (occasionally sunny) summer gives way to the slumber of winter we prepare to bed down and snuggle up. Our clothes get thicker, we add tights and boots to our wardrobes and the trusty vitamin C sneaks into our medicine cabinet. Shorter days mean longer nights in at home as do chilly weekends, making autumn the perfect time to update our interiors and make our homes somewhere we’re happy to hibernate.

Whether you fancy a full house facelift or just want to add a few affordable updates there are a range of designs, colours and textures to choose from this season. You can join the Industrial revolution, take a trip down memory lane, get creative and crafty or perhaps go on a Fox hunt.

Key Trends 1: Industrial

The key to the Industrial look is strong angular shapes, robust wood and metallic materials and practical usability. Think vintage cinemas and disused factories, metal lockers and steel chairs. You can recreate the look with new or second hand furniture, vintage lighting and metallic accessories such as hanging lamps, book end clamps and metal letters. You can also get creative by using old signage as objects d’art. The grubbier and more beaten up the better with this look but to avoid over styling try mixing some vintage industrial pieces with either contemporary Kingstown furniture from Shop4Furniture or softer decor. Although this look works fantastically well in airy loft style apartments it will sit equally as comfortably in a 1930s semi or Victorian terrace. You can pay homage to your home by finding second hand or reproduction pieces that reflect the period it was built. If you have a new build these old pieces can be a fantastic contrast to those newly plastered walls by adding interest and depth.

  Industrial bedroom design Via Busy Door}

Key Trend 2: Retro

The swinging 60s and sexy 70’s will never be too far away when it comes to design. The space age styling of the 60’s made way for the shag piles of the 70’s and bold and bright colours spanned both decades. Today we can create a retro look by subtly merging the two. It’s not about having film set like period perfection but about capturing the essence of the era. Modern technologies in print and design mean that we can now find beautiful paisley or flock wall papers in luxurious colours and textures.

{1970’ Bedroom décor Via Caroline’s Lost and Found}

{Retro Wallpaper Via Starnet}

You can achieve the retro look by papering at least one wall in a bright and bold design. As far as furniture goes a sideboard is a sure thing and textures such as cork, hessian and of course shag pile are good additions. If you want to be a little less dramatic you can buy some charity shop crockery or modern reproductions. Coloured glass and psychedelic cushion covers can also add to the look. Allow yourself to get nostalgic with this one and choose items that you really love and that bring back great memories if you were there.

 {Nostalgic Bedroom Design Via Pinterest}

Key Trend 3: Crafty

Cost conscious times call for budget friendly design which is why the make do and mend mentality is back in Britain. Along with the post-recession mood the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee have added to the patriotic mood of the country and it is certainly very British to ‘make do’. From the up cycling of old furniture by repainting or reupholstering to the more crafty skills of cushion making, cross stitch and crocheting everyone can do something creative. You can even get the kids involved with some crafty projects. If you really can’t or don’t want to make something yourself you can always cheat and buy items that just looks like you made them. The wonderful thing about this trend is that you can create individual and one off pieces or dig out something old which tells a story and breathe new life into it.

{Crafty Bedroom design Via Pinterest}

  {Crafty Bedroom Décor by My Crafty Home Life}

Key Trend 4: Foxes

Last year was all about the Owl but it’s time for old Owly to fly away because 2012 is the year of the Fox. Foxes have been creeping quietly into our homes for a while and have really made a bold appearance this year. You can go fox crazy by having a fox print on your wallpaper or bedding or you can keep it low key with a little fox ornament or print on a plate. Don’t be surprised to see lamps, cushion covers and statues bearing the furry fox this Autumn/Winter.

{Fox Clock Via Babble}

 {Fox Cushins Via Kidsomania}

With all of these trends you can go full on with curtains, furniture and flooring or pair it down with accessories and ornaments.  Whichever trend takes your fancy and whatever your budget, just remember that you have to live in your home and your interpretation of a trend is what’s important. You don’t have to be Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen to create a beautiful interior. You can take inspiration from magazines and blogs and by pinching a few ideas here and there you’ll be able to create something special for your own home which is bang on trend.

Thanks to Melissa & Virginia for allowing me to guest post. I look forward to hopefully sharing more of my ideas with you all!

Best Wishes,

Eva Stephen

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Washi Tape Corkboard DIY

I found this awesome idea for a corkboard on Pinterest. This was so easy, I literally made this in 20 mins!

{Supplies used}

* 4 pack of 12″ corkboard tiles – found at Michaels

* Japanese Washi tape in your fav color. 15mm size – found on Etsy or here

* 1.5 inch Masking tape (I used frog tape since that’s all we had)

* Scissors

I taped the first piece diagonal across the corkboard  leaving about 1/2 inch on either side to tape to the back

Then I took the frog tape and used it to spacer for the rest of the pink washi tape

Repeat on the other 3 corkboards..

You can do this design or.. switch the tiles around and make this design

and you’re done! Now just stick the tiles to the wall with the adhesive squares provided.

Pretty cute huh?

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Pinterest Favorites {Wall colors + design}

I’m going to warn you, I have been really into hot pink lately. Like REALLY into it. I am now counting the days until we can buy our own house (which should be happening in about a year). The main thing that blows about renting = you have to run everything by your landlord. Our landlord is amazing, but I really doubt he would let me paint his hardwood floors white or paint/wallpaper every room in this house! Anyway bottom line, I can’t wait to own again! Until then, I will just dream.

{Here are some of my all time favorite paint colors/wall coverings/ideas}

Ok although this space is overall very industrial, I love the fact that they brought their own style to it! Perfect mix of rustic, glam, urban, industrial. One of my favorite things in decorating is to mix styles. It brings something unexpected & unique to the table.

Imperial Trellis stenciled ceiling – One word. GORG. Quite possibly the cutest ceiling in the world.

I would love to do something like this in the nursery or bathroom.

Next up is this vintage glamorous bathroom – Loving the pink walls with white accents. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your paint. With the right accessorizing, it could look amazing beyond words.

Bold pink walls & neutrals. The mirrored bed – to die for.

Wallpapered pink kitchen & ghost chairs. Again super unexpected, yet amazing if done right.

Gorgeous chic trellis stencil.. I have been dying to try this on something. I have been thinking about buying a second hand bookcase for my storage challenged home office. As soon as that happens, I’ll be all over this.

Gross cloth walls, stunning chandelier + white deer head hmmm.. you can’t really go wrong with these items!

Color coordinated bookshelf = A-mazzzz. It’s like where do you get all those pink books though??!

Love this funky geometric wallpaper + the hot pink tissue box doesn’t hurt either. A bright pop of color, is sometimes all you need to give a room that wow factor.

What do you think? Do you have any fun & unique plans for your walls?? Feel free to follow me on Pinterest for more ideas.

Happy Friday!! Xo, Melissa

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EASY DIY – spray painted media cabinet + trellis design

Since everything else in the living room has been updated, our good ol’ Ikea media cabinet  was really starting to bug me. It was in need of some serious style infusing.

Soooo for fun, I started googling “trellis design/pattern” and came up with this

I decided to print it out and glue the paper together, making it large enough to fit in my 11×18 inch windows of the media cabinet.

It looked a-ma-zing, so I got all excited and informed my husband that I would be painting & covering the windows to the media cabinet. He always thinks I am nuts, but agreed and requested I paint it an antique white color rather than pure white.

I really didn’t feel like getting out my paint brushes, sander & primer and doing the whole messy ordeal, so I grabbed a couple of cans of Heirloom White Rust-oleum spray paint from Home Depot. (I ended up needing 4 cans) + some spray adhesive to apply the trellis paper to the windows.

Tapped off and hardware removed.. First coat!

Almost done…. Oh and I bought two aqua knobs from Anthropology to replace the old brassy gold ones + it matches the aqua wall.

So here is the living room before..

Before again..

After!!

Yayyy now people don’t have to see my extensive collection of workout dvds!!

I sprayed a light coat of spray adhesive directly on the paper before sticking it to the windows – worked very well!

What do you think?? Just for the record, I definitely don’t recommend skipping the sanding and priming steps even if you are going to spray paint. I am just lazy.

{Some other options/ideas}

A stencil would be amazing on any piece of furniture you are re-painting like this one – Cutting Edge Stencils have a good variety

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O’verlays would be amazing too

{via pinterest}

Xo, Melissa

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Wallpaper is back!

I know you probably think I’m a little crazy with the name of this blog post. Bare with me! Nowadays wallpaper is #1 MUCH cuter than the gross old 70’s styles we have seen in the past #2 easier to apply than ever bef0re & #3 A lot easier to remove.  So if you rent, this could work for you too.

I actually started my little wallpaper obsession about a year ago.  I was shopping at Nord’s with the BFF; while we were in the bathroom, I noticed they used wallpaper on the walls. It was such a unique way to dress up a room. I fell in love.

I mean look at these incredible designs & colors!!

Wallpaper from Farrow & Ball Source: Where the sidewalk begins blog

Wallpaper from Farrow & Ball Source: Where the sidewalk begins blog

I’m loving this blue/green color.

Source: Country Livng

Source: Graham & Brown

Source: Apartment Therapy

Source: HGTV

Honestly, I can’t wait until the wedding is over so I can have more time & money to put into decorating our house. I’m thinking it would be fun to do wallpaper in the baby’s room.

What do you think?

Check out these online stores. It can be a difficult deciding which style will look best in your home, so remember you can order a sample of some of your favorite styles, before committing to buy the whole dang roll!

Graham & Brown

Farrow & Ball

Flavor League

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