We have been in our new house for nearly 6 months and we love it! We got some new items like a dining table, a new bed, a new sofa set, and some chairs too. Decorating a house takes time and we spent a lot of our budget on the floors, the ceiling and painting so we are taking our time in getting decorations!
A really easy to way to bring some ‘life’ into a room is with art, and with Christmas coming up – if you don’t want to put up a tree and all that, you can actually do that spending less than $50! Christmas backdrops are all the craze now. These are photographs that are high quality and brings a cool decorative element into any living space. I think it will be awesome to have this set up for a baby or pet photoshoot if you are into making family Christmas cards! They have various sizes available too.
Photography backdrops are going to be something I will definitely be investing in since we have baby on the way in the next 9 short weeks! What a cool way to make your home Insta-ready and have some fun backgrounds for month-by-month pic of baby and Cami. Isn’t this one so pretty?
Also we are waiting to redo/retile our fireplace next year so maybe in the meantime, we can fill the space with Brick Backdrops? Which one do you like? I do miss the exposed brick look that is so New York City but these pretty options really stand out to me.
The beauty of Australia isn’t just about its geographic distance from other continents, it is also in its unique nature and aesthetics in every sphere of life. When it comes to home decor, Aussies are unique and interesting. It’s all about minimalism, geometrical patterns, nature elements and lighting. Here is how to decorate your home like an Aussie.
Let the nature inspire you
With Aussies it is all about wood, rocks, and natural colours. Feel free to put a wooden lampshade, or a wooden hanging chair in your living room. Simply you should recreate the feeling of a rainforest in your home. Lots of plants, zen gardens and many wooden details will help you with that.
Minimalism with a twist
You’ve certainly noticed that walls and furniture tend to be white in places with long coastlines. The same goes for Australia, they like to keep it minimalistic. But of course, since they’re a fun bunch, they like to spice things up a little bit with some bold details. For example, put a fire red blanket on your pure white bed sheets, put a garnish yellow pillow on your white couch etc. The key is in making “boring” colour combinations super fun and “happy”.
Another thing they love are stripes. Not only they are fun, but they also keep the dirt less visible. Spice up your space with a nature-hued striped mat or set of striped pillows on a random place. Browse catalogs of Online Furniture Stores to find accessories that suit this coastal style.
Give some love to the natural lighting and ventilation
The best way to save the energy and revive your home is to lean on natural lighting. Open up the blinds and let the sun shine through your windows. Even the 1000 light bulbs can’t replace the warmth and energy the sun.
Also, since it is all about recreating natural atmosphere, the air in your home should always be fresh. You do this by opening your windows as often as you can, or by using a commercial air purifier such as Oransi. Clean air is important for our mood and especially for our health.
This means that you should roll up your sleeves and make something unique for your home. The best place to do so is the bathroom or your bedroom. Since it is all about nature and sea, you could buy some artificial starfish in your local gift shop and glue them on your bathroom mirror or a bedroom window.
Tablecloths are no-no
Since the beauty of beach type decorating is in its low-maintenance and an informal approach, tablecloths are off limits for sure. There is nothing more Aussie than a cluttered table filled with candles and shells. You will reduce the laundry load and you don’t have to worry about breadcrumbs and food spills – just wipe them off with a dish cloth.
The brainwash part may sound a little bit disturbing, but don’t worry, we used this word to help you understand that the major point is into making an entire place immediately reminds you of seashore and waves. Place sea paintings everywhere, hang a surfboard on the wall, put up a good ol’ “Gone Fishing” sign on your front door, etc.
Circles are our friends. Consider putting porthole windows on your doors and round pictures on your walls. You will feel like you are on a ship sailing somewhere far away. Besides that, another signature nautical feature are white-blue stripes with red details. Get some pillows, blankets or rugs with these stripes, put an antique ship’s wheel on your wall and enjoy the sailing atmosphere by sitting in your rocking chair and having some rum.
Take a vintage reproduction trunk and use it as a cute coffee table in your living room. Decorate it with a nice inscription, hurricane lamp and some driftwood. The great thing about this “coffee table” is that it’s also really practical, because you can store all the stuff that makes some sort of “mess” inside of it.
Cushions are your canvas
The last, but certainly not least detail are cushions. How would you react if we told you that a printed hessian sack can be a fabulous cushion cover? Their down to earth look goes great with every interior, especially the white “beachy” one.
As you can see, the key in copying Aussie style is in being as laid-back as they are and having fun with some unexpected details. You will see that you will learn all the tricks as soon as you start following this advice and your friends will start to think that maybe you’re an Aussie too. If you have some more decorating ideas, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
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Home decor snobs and pre-fab modern lovers alike all yearn for a lair that smells just as good as it looks. We are not talking about Glade Plugins or Frebreeze but the real luxurious art of home fragrance. Candles are not all the same. The wick, the fragrance, the wax, the jar and everything else that goes into it sets apart a $10 to a $250 one. One of the winners this year at the gift show is none other than Votivo Candles. This is basically the YSL in the candle world to me.
The Floure is a special collection that launch this fall and is the perfect new addition to your cozy home. To welcome tights, long scarves and knitties, we are giving away the Floure No.19 Crisp White.
Since we don’t have scratch and sniff internet technology yet, here is a description of what this beautiful candle smells like:
Indescribably complex yet simply by nature, Clean Crisp White defines the scent of our memories and a lifestyle worth wishing for: sun dried white sheets billowing in the crisp springtime morning, uncontrollable giggles as freshly bathed little bodies run thru the house, and an overwhelming aroma of nothing but clean. Ahh the simple luxuries of life.
To win: Tweet: @HeyDoYou I know that the Floure @Votivo burns for ______ hours and I’ll love every minute of it.
Hint: to find out the answers, check on http://www.facebook.com/VOTIVOFANS
Winners will be selected at random on Twitter before Labour Day
Lately I have been obsessed with decor. I have been buying decor magazines and just planning my future house. I think I’ll need a huge house because of all these ideas I got. This one though has got to be my favourite. PINK kitchens! I think it looks so cute. So hip, so fresh, so me and I love it!!!
What do you guys think?? Fresh? Hip?
My FAVORITE !!!!
Love Love Love.
What do you guys think ? Like the pink kitchens or no?