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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What's new....





I get inundated with emails from retailers asking me to blog about new products that are about to be launched, or new promotional campaigns. I tend not because I don't want to bombard my readers or turn my blog into a merely commercial site and I am often not particularly excited by the products themselves. Today, however, I am excited. Firstly NetDecor has added a new furniture range to their online store which really does appeal to me. It is a beautiful collection and I am definitely adding a few of these to my wish list! If you want to know more, or want to buy any of these gorgeous items, visit NetDecor here.


Secondly, Cotton On, that fabulous shop where all our teenagers buy their clothes, have collaborated with another iconic Australian brand, Mark Tuckey, to create a homewares collection that makes modern and effortless design accessible and fun for everyone.

Launching online on Friday 3 July 2015 and in select Cotton On stores from Wednesday 8 July 2015, the collection is Cotton On's first foray into the homeware market.

The collection features beautifully designed pieces for various areas of the home categorised by Eat, Drink, Relax, Store, Bathe and Sleep. The range includes bed linen, cushions, blankets and throws, wooden serving bowls, platters, ceramic storage jars and mugs, wooden chopping boards and general storage vessels.

Take a look at these gorgeous advertising pictures and I guarantee you will be shopping there alongside me!















 

The collection will be available online at www.cottonon.com from Friday 3 July 2015 and in select Cotton On stores in South Africa from 8 July 2015. The stores include: Eastgate, Gateway, Sandton, Canal Walk, Pavilion, Cresta, Cavendish, Clearwater, Brooklyn, Rosebank and V&A Waterfront


Till next time

Sharon x


Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Desk Job



 I haven't blogged for a while. Some of you (including my husband) might find it hard to believe, but I just couldn't think of anything to say. I was, you could say, an empty vessel. A bit like my teenage children. (Don't worry, they don't read my blog so their self esteem will remain intact.) I sat at my desk for a few days, waiting for inspiration to strike....nothing! So I did what any sensible person would do in this situation.....


 I re-organised my desk.

 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Office Space | The Legal Career Girl

 I'm not talking about filing or catching up on admin here.... that would be far too productive!


No, I'm talking about finding a nice container for my pens, finding another matching container for my scissors, finding yet another pretty container that matched the other 2 and then having to think of something to put in it! This was important stuff I was dealing with!

 

I then had to find a suitable tray to contain the containers! Then I needed to find a suitably attractive box to house all the paperwork that needs to be filed. (It probably would have been quicker to actually do the filing). Finally I needed to acquire some cute notebooks to write down all the blogging ideas that I would think of when I wasn't so busy re-organising my desk.

#IndigoPaper #Poppin #Office

Not content to leave it at that, I then needed to cut some flowers and greenery from my garden to put in a vase. Find another vessel for my paperclips. Realise that my multi-coloured paperclips didn't suit the colour scheme, so had to sort through them and pick out the matching colours. I did mention that this was important stuff here. Other people can waste their time faffing about with world peace etc.

Image Via: Sacramento Street

While in the midst of this frenzy, I had a revelation .... why not do a blog post about prettying up your desk.

Lacie Desk Accessories #potterybarn

So if you are battling to find inspiration for a project or just feel like putting off some boring paperwork, try a little desk refurbishing. It might be just what you need.

 { Dress up your desk } www.bibleforfashion.com/blog #bibleforfashion

You could go the route of pretty and feminine...

 Stylizimo - Design Voice - Ferm Living in the office

....refined minimalism...

sophisticated desk decor #hometour #office #theeverygirl

...sophisticated bling...

 LOVE this tray and arrangement of desk items // mint love social club

....classic elegance...

Adult office space

....modern rustic....

More wicked decor ideas here - http://dropdeadgorgeousdaily.com/2014/01/geometric-homewares-square/

 ...gorgeous glamour...

Cane chair with custom pillows on Life's Little Jems - Glitter Guide: A Shopping List

....monochrome magic...

Compact Home Office On A Landing

...coastal chic...

home office ideas fold away wood and metal desk

...industrial edge...


...garden green...

http://www.gloanna.com/img/2014/3/fair-unique-writing-desk-and-metal-chair-design-feat-bold-green-home-office-wall-painting-plus-framed-photos-decor-618x928.jpg

...a touch of the tropics...

http://housetohome.media.ipcdigital.co.uk/96/0000192a4/d0d4_orh550w550/Vintage-table-and-chair-in-yellow-room--Country-Homes-and-Interiors--Housetohome.co.uk.jpg

... or verdant vintage.

However, if none of these push your buttons and your desk looks more like this....


...don't despair. Take heart in these words by Albert Einstein —
 'If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?'

Till next time

Sharon x

Images via Pinterest and Tumblr


Friday, May 22, 2015

Project Design : Refresh your Living Room with these Inexpensive Tips

I am participating in Cindy and Mary Ann's latest Project Design Series along with other bloggers. The topic is how to "Refresh Your Living Room With These Inexpensive Tips".

Here are my ideas...

 A great starting point would be to REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE and the best way to do this is to remove all the accessories and smaller pieces of furniture from the room. Take your room back to its bare bones and then have a really good look at the layout.

 

 Sometimes just changing the layout can make it feel like a whole new space. For instance, if your sofas normally face each other, consider placing them at right angles. Also consider the seasons when you decide how to place your furniture. In winter you want your best seating close to or facing the fireplace, whereas in summer, you might want your seating facing the view onto your garden. If you have French doors leading out into the garden, you want to make that access point more accessible in summer, whereas in winter you could easily position a sofa across that point. The picture below would be a good option for winter.....


.... but in summer you might want to move the sofa to the opposite side and position two armchairs on the window side. Like this...


 ...or this.


 Once you have your layout organised, CONSIDER ADDING SOME COLOUR.  Colour can be introduced with just a few small changes, like adding some new scatter cushions and a vase or bowl on your coffee table.

Consider this room below....the very neutral colour scheme which was cosy in winter, might feel a bit drab in summer.....


 By introducing a few well chosen items in the form of cushions, coloured glassware, a throw, or some pottery, you can liven up the look with a very small budget.Try moving some artwork from elsewhere in the house that fits in with your new colour scheme.


 In the example below, the blue cushions are the only accessories with any colour, yet imagine how different the room would be without them. I am a strong believer in keeping your big ticket items like sofas and curtains neutral in colour.


 These gorgeous feather filled cushions below are from here at only R300 each.($25)



 Another easy way to refresh your living room is to RESTYLE YOUR SHELVES. If you have some sort of bookcase or display shelving in your living area, or even a console table, consider a complete change of the items you have on display. Instead of the current trend of displaying a variety of items in a stylish way as in the picture below....


....perhaps you should try a change of direction and display a collection of items with the same colour, shape or purpose. Repetition can have great impact when it's done right. Think out the box on this one. Raid your kitchen or pantry cupboards for a collection of white jugs or bowls or go shopping at a department store for some inexpensive glass or ceramic vases ... en masse is the point here...

 

 


"En Masse"  Post on different elements that can be displayed en masse in your home.    http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2011/10/en-masse.html

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 Perhaps the most inexpensive way of all to refresh your living room is to USE THE BOUNTY OF NATURE to add new decorative elements to your room.

So whether it is a few fallen twigs in a wooden trug...


 ...pine cones in a pottery bowl...


...beautiful green apples...

 
 ....sea shells...



.... or succulents...


....nature's free gifts will always give your room a lift!

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Finally you want to introduce something into your room to give it that wow factor and because you have saved so much money by using the ideas above, you can now afford a little splurge. The way to go here is to  INTRODUCE AN OVERSIZED PIECE for big impact....

...it could be an enormous table lamp...


 ....a giant vase....

 

 .... huge glass vessels...

 Oversized Wine Bottles

 ...an oversized clock...

 The oversize clock makes such a great statement in this room.

... or a massive mirror...

Antiqued mirror with console in front, layering

...or two.

Overscale mahogany mirrors in an all white room with beams + slipcovers + antique weathered wood table makes this coastal chic


I hope you found some of these ideas useful and remember that the most important thing is to have fun when making your changes! Please go and visit these fabulous bloggers to see their ideas on the subject.

Till next time

Sharon x