Going Nautical- 5 Fab Finds At Zara

Awhile back I wrote a post about my frequent visits to Zara.  Too frequent I’d say since these visits usually end up with me purchasing some new item(s) of clothing which I may or may not need. Shopping addiction aside, I mentioned in my previous Zara post how I never really appreciated their home department until fairly recently. Now it’s a must see.

I want to focus on a nautical theme this time around.  Zara has so many great pieces that will allow you to decorate with touches of nautical without going overboard. (sorry, had to say it!)

Here are my top finds:

Inject a bit of fun into your room with this cool shark figurine. £39.99

Inject a bit of fun into your room with this cool shark figurine. £39.99

Nothing says nautical like blue and white stripes but the embroidered compass on this one gives it something a little special.  £29.99

Nothing says nautical like blue and white stripes but the embroidered compass on this one makes it a little special.
£29.99

Add some shine to the room with this funky brass candle holder. £29.99

Add some shine to the room with this funky brass candle holder.  See, it’s an anchor!
£29.99

This pale blue wool rug will bring texture to the room.  It compliments the nautical theme without being too obvious. £169.99

This pale blue wool rug will bring texture to the room. It compliments the nautical theme without being too obvious.
£169.99

Can't forget the rope element.  The room wouldn't be complete without it and this jute doorstop fits the bill perfectly. £29.99

Can’t forget the rope element. The room wouldn’t be complete without it and this jute doorstop fits the bill perfectly.
£29.99

Those are my top five, simple but effective, favourites. But if you visit http://www.zarahome.com you will find many, many more.  Tell me which are your favourites!

If it’s nautical inspiration you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty at Zara Home that will float your boat.

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The Art of the Brick

Lego and art. Two words you probably don’t associate with each other often. More likely when you hear the word “Lego” you think of those small plastic bricks that are strewn all over your house (well my house anyways) and hurt like hell when you step on one! Having 2 boys guarantees me that in every room of the house I will find either a fully built Lego “model”, a half built one, a broken one or just loose pieces lying in little piles or random containers!  Or a combination of all of the above. And I mean every room, including the bathrooms! I know what you are thinking……get organised woman! But those pieces seem to have a life of their own and turn up everywhere. It’s a lost cause.
But, you never know, one of my sons could be the next Nathan Sawaya. Who you say? He is the NYC artist who turns those little pieces of Lego into absolutely gorgeous pieces of art! And when I say gorgeous, I mean breathtaking. The detail in each of his works of art is just amazing. And you guessed it, all done with Lego! You have to see it in person to appreciate it and luckily for those who live in London, you still can!

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For more information check out http://artofthebrick.co.uk

Inspire yourself and your children!

A few examples……..

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I Came To A Crossroads

I have to admit, I have been very slack at keeping this blog up-to-date with the latest and greatest in interior design. But don’t think I have given up writing completely. On the contrary! I have been studying a copywriting course and I love it! What does copy writing have to do with interior design you ask? Well in my case, nothing really. And this is where the “crossroads” comes in.

I had finished my Diploma Degree at NDA and if you’ve read my “about me” page, you’d know that my goal was to start a small interior design business. I began this blog, originally to help promote myself and share my thoughts on interiors. And a funny little thing happened…..I just realised how much I LOVE writing! Now, this is not something that is 100% out of the blue. I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, English being one of my best subjects in school. But it wasn’t until I read a job posting from a cool clothing company looking for a “copywriter” that things changed.

At first, I didn’t even really know what a copywriter was. But as I read the job description I thought “yes! I can do that” and “yes! I’d love to do that!”

So now I find myself immersed in a copywriting course and enjoying it more than I would have thought! I think that Interior Design is a hobby for me and I still love it 100% but a career in copywriting is something I think I could really make a go of.

So why am I telling you, my followers, all this? Well…..

A) because I wanted to share my news and maybe explain why there have not been many posts lately
B) I thought that while I am studying I could help out anyone who needs a copywriter on a “work experience” basis
C) I kind of missed just writing “for fun” and want to get the ball rolling on this blog again

As you all know, I love writing about interiors and if you have your own interior design business perhaps I can help you with your “copy”….that is I can help with:

Web copy
Direct emails
Advertising campaigns
Blog articles
Brochures
Newsletters
Press releases
Sale literature

So wish me luck and in the meantime, I plan to keep writing about interiors on my blog……with maybe a couple of copywriting bits thrown in!

All White!

So I could have sworn that this morning when I left my house to walk the kids to school that I had been transported right out of London and straight to some warm, tropical location! The light breeze was warm and the air even warmer….very unusual for 8:30am in London.  Never mind, I’m sure it won’t last! (fingers crossed it will though….)

Anyways, the warm temperatures and sun got me thinking and feeling tropical.  An image of an all white bedroom with gauzy curtains gently flapping in the breeze.  This bedroom was of course located on a soft sandy beach where you could hear the waves rolling and smell the sea air.  But then I snapped back to reality!  Does an all white bedroom work?  Can it work for us here in London?  For those of us who are not fortunate to own a beautiful beachfront home in the Carribean??

Well….white is actually not a colour but is a reflection of all the colours in the spectrum.  Whereas black is total absorption, white is total reflection.  What comes to mind when you think of white?  Does it conjure up positive images of purity, cleanliness and simplicity?  Or does it bring about negative feelings such as coldness, sterility and unfriendliness?  I myself tend to think of lightness and peacefulness, which makes it a good bet for the bedroom!

But!  But, a white bedroom that is literally ALL WHITE, with NO variations, is too much.  That would give a feeling of coldness with no cosiness or comfort.

One good way to use white in the bedroom without being sterile like a hospital would be to use TEXTURE:  The use of natural textures such as wood, glass and chunky wool would be a nice balance to a white bedroom.  Even a tonal patterned wallpaper can be effective.

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Another good idea if all white scares you a little is to add in different shades of white or soft greys or blues.  This will add depth to your room and give it a welcoming feel.

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If that is a bit too serene for your personality, there is no rule that says you can’t have a white bedroom with a little pop of colour!  This can be especially effective in a child’s bedroom.  Add accessories in bright colours such as throws, cushions and even objects on shelves can add a ping of colour.

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This white bedroom below is just SO refreshing and cute with it’s pops of yellow (and natural textures if you didn’t notice!)!  The white panelled ceiling along with the white walls and blinds give a perception of space and expand this fairly small room.

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Now, back outside to the garden to imagine that I am sipping a pina colada on some nice beach somewhere….before we get dumped on by rain that will surely be coming our way soon!  In the meantime, what do you think about an all white bedroom?

Textile Designer Spotlight: Korla

Well it’s that time of year when I start thinking of what to buy and/or change, interior design wise, at my summer home in Canada. Besides getting all new outdoor furniture and some new bed frames (a bit boring that one), I am going to get some new throw cushions made for my living room. And for this purpose, let me introduce to you, Korla! (http://www.korlahome.com)
This company creates and manufactures super cute, fun and funky, contemporary textiles which can be used for curtains, blinds, lampshades and in my case, cushions.  The website is great and they are happy to send you free samples which actually look even better in person than online.

A little taster……check out their website for yourselves….you won’t be disappointed!

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Gorgeous Hallway!

I just had to share this hallway……I absolutely love the Victorian inspired tiles contrasting with the contemporary glass bannister!  The combination, along with the colourful prints on the wall, makes the entrance bright, airy and fun!

And the YSL bag on the stairs isn’t too shabby either! 😉

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(photo source: http://www.housetohome.co.uk)

Scandinavian Style

Not only am I a big fan of “Nordic Noir” television…….The Killing, Those Who Kill, (sounding all a bit grim so far!) and The Bridge, I am also a big, big fan of Scandinavian style when it comes to interior design.  Actually, while watching another Scandinavian drama,  Borgen, I was just as much checking out the interior design of the set as much as following the plot!…and reading the subtitles.  Who says I can’t multi-task!  Anyways…..

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Scandinavian style is characterised by a minimalistic approach that is not only visually pleasing but also functional.  The Scandinavian colour pallet usually consists of whites, off-whites and grey and modernised with a splash of colour.  The use of natural materials also plays a big role in the Scandi style.  It’s the light floors and walls that help keep the rooms bright during the long, long winters.  Furniture is very simple yet functional and practical.

Some of my favourite websites for Scandinavian inspired style are:

http://www.skandium.com

http://www.scandinaviandesigncenter.com

http://www.husandhem.co.uk

and of course…..

http://www.ikea.com

What is your favourite element of Scandinavian style?