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Kitchen Spaces | Going Industrial at Home

While super-industrial isn’t the most ‘in’ look right now in kitchens (everyone’s loving the farm-style, vintage effect), I really think that ‘industrial’ can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. You’re not necessarily cooking in some huge warehouse or school camp kitchen – oh no. Just dream of this place! It’s got brick walls, white subway tiles, wooden beams, metal hooks for pots and pans and a collection of modern and retro appliances and shelving spaces – all comprising an eclectic take on the ‘industrial kitchen’.

My advice is to keep it clean and simple, bring in pops of colour and different textures here and there, but don’t go overboard with too much metal, too much steel or too much brickwork. Plus your big shiny espresso machine is going to look right at home J Be inspired!

White Tiled Kitchen

White Tiled Kitchen | source Hannas Room

Old School Industrial

Old School Industrial | source Pinterest

Modern Industrial Kitchen

Modern Industrial Kitchen | source Pinterest

Warehouse Industrial

Warehouse Industrial | source Bohemia

Farm Style Kitchen

Farm Style Kitchen | source Concrete & Dust

Glass & Chrome Kitchen

Glass & Chrome Kitchen | source I Angel Blog

1950s White Kitchen

1950s White Kitchen | source wtwonden.nl

Baby Naptime – A Whole New World…

I just LOVE this post from a mom called Queenie Liao who is a freelance artist based in California. She has taken the most inspirational shots of her son sleeping, transported into magical dream-like spaces simply due to her perseverance in her art. She cites her inspiration as Anne Geddes (you can see why), but her style is uniquely her own.

I’ve shared just a few of them, the rest can be found here.

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Overcoming Small Bathroom Dilemmas | GUEST POST

Today I’m introducing Guest Blogger Roberta Madison, who works for GlassTileStore.com as Marketing Manager, and writes in the home construction, renovation and restoration industry. She loves exchanging and sharing ideas with others and believes there is always a way to make one’s abode more beautiful! I AGREE! Today’s fantastic blog post is about how to make the most of your small bathroom space – something many of us battle with… Thanks Roberta!

Don’t we all sometimes wish that we have one of those opulent bathrooms? You know the type; they are the breath taking bathrooms that get featured on lifestyle and interior decorating magazines. Demonstrating clever design, luxury, and space large enough to fit a whole soccer team; the bathrooms of the fabulously famous and wealthy seem unattainable for us ordinary folks.

What's Your Bathroom Dilemma?

What’s Your Bathroom Dilemma? | source Flickr

However, despair no more because there’s a quick recipe in achieving that grand, dream bathroom of yours – even with limited space.

Reduce clutter

Start by clearing out sinks and anything that obstructs the view. The trick to creating an illusion of space is to have a solid and uniformed look. This can be done by removing unnecessary elements such as unused bottles and other knick-knacks.

Reduce Clutter

Reduce Clutter | source Glass Tiles Store

Get rid of cabinets

This is in line with reducing clutter; you can’t remove the toilet, the shower, the sink, and/or the tub but you can free up prime floor and wall area by getting rid of bulky cabinets and moving them to where they won’t hinder movement or disrupt the line of view.

Remove Bathroom Cabinets

Remove Bathroom Cabinets | source Fortikur

Use a light color theme

If a major overhaul seems too costly, then get those paintbrushes ready. A paint job is always the most affordable and easiest way to revamp dull space. To open the bathroom, opt for light or neutral colors. White is usually the best choice as it reflects light, making the room appear larger.

Use a Light Colour Scheme

Use a Light Colour Scheme | source Glass Tile Store

Let the Light In

Remove the shutters and let the sunshine in. Cliché as this may sound but glorious beams of sunshine can definitely improve one’s mood. A bathroom washed with sunbeams is a fantastic way to greet the day.  If the bathroom has no access to natural light, then consider installing wall scones. Add large sized mirrors as well, as any reflective surface helps in cheering up dark and small spaces.

Let the Light In

Let the Light In | source Decor Pad

Think glass tiles

 If a single sheet is adorable enough, then imagine what several sheets can add to your bathroom? If you are aiming for a hint of indulgence, use glass tiles to accent walls. For a truly impressive look, subway glass tiles in the shower area complete the look of an inviting and welcoming bathroom. The wonderful thing about glass tiles is that you will be hitting two birds with one stone. They are great as decorative tools and can also serve a practical purpose as they can establish an atmosphere as they reflect and interact with the room’s available light.

Using Glass Tiles

Using Glass Tiles | source Subway Tiles

There you have it. You may not own a posh Beverly Hills mansion or have an Oscar statuette on your mantle but you can have a splendid, inviting bathroom. Thanks to strategically placed mirrors, smart choice of colours, and well-placed glass tiles – even a small bathroom can be worthy of a page on a lifestyle magazine.

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me ontheggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing

Stylish Laundry & Utility Room Inspiration

Hello everyone! Apologies for the very long wait between blog posts – we have some exciting news in that we have a little bun in the oven due next year 🙂 So all very happy about that, but it’s certainly made me have a look at our house and what we need in terms of space, furniture and a whole lot more. So I took one look at our little laundry area and decided, something has to happen here!

Just been doing some searching for a few good ideas on Pinterest and Houzz.com, and found some cool inspiration – check out the space savers, pretty colours and organisation of these laundry rooms, mud rooms and multi-functional spaces. I want!

Neat as a Pin

Neat as a Pin | source Pinterest

Laundry Space Saver

Laundry Space Saver | source Sand & Sisal

Contemporary & Stylish

Contemporary & Stylish | source Flickr

Multi-functional space

Multi-functional Space | source Pinterest

Wallpapered Laundry Room

Wallpapered Laundry Room | source Stacy & Charlie

8 Ways to Be Creative with Bookshelves

If you’re like me and have too many books to keep count of (not including the digital versions on your kindle) then you can certainly appreciate a good bookcase! I’ve seen many really good ones, one of my favourites has to be the very rustic wood bookcase at the Food Barn at Noordhoek Farm Village. I love the thick planks and worn wood – seems to match well-loved books well!

About 2 years ago my husband and I put together a custom bookshelf cum TV cabinet cum CD display case by simply using raw wood planks, a few brackets to hold everything up and 2 brackets attached to the wall. The beauty of it though was that we were able to dismantle the whole thing and bring all the wood with us to our new home when we moved a few months ago! So while we haven’t reinvented our bookcase, we have big plans for it (in its disassembled state in the garage!)

Anyway here are some really fantastic creative bookshelf ideas, from under-the-stairs to in-the-ceiling to round-about…there’s plenty of ways to get your dream reading on 😉

Reading Up the Stairs

Reading Up the Stairs | source  Pinterest

Reading Under the Window Nook

Reading Under the Window Nook | source Pinterest

Reading in a Circle

Reading in a Circle | source Pinterest

Reading Upstairs

Reading Upstairs | source Pinterest

Reading Along the Pipes

Reading Along the Pipes | source Dreamer Attraction

Reading in the Roof

Reading in the Roof | source Love This Pic

Reading in Blocks

Reading in Blocks | source revistacasaejardim

Reading Up the Wall

Reading Up the Wall | source Lushome

Desert Style Inspiration | Cacti & Sand Dunes

My aunt just donated some lovely desert roses for our (rather sparse) garden, and so they are now flourishing in our succulent bed, with all the other cacti-related plants! I love desert-inspiration, whether it’s gardens or interiors. I think it’s because my love of the Karoo and the wide open spaces match my love for a country like Namibia – the desert scenery is just something so spectacular and awe-inspiring.

Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate a desert theme decor into your home, party or garden – it’s pretty easy actually and can be achieved with minimal effort. Enjoy!

Desert Vase & Cactus

Desert Vase & Cactus | source The Collection Agency

Velvet Couches & Desert Skulls

Velvet Couches & Desert Skulls | source Pinterest

A Cactus from Mexico

A Cactus from Mexico | source fab.com

Desert Rose in a Can

Desert Rose in a Can | source Jill Thomas Photography

Tea Party in the Desert

Tea Party in the Desert | source Ruffledblog.com

Classic Desert Retreat

Classic Desert Retreat | source Cabbage Rose Blog

Cactus Garden

Cactus Garden | source Pinterest

10 Unique & Beautiful Wedding Bouquets | Floral Inspiration

One thing I love about weddings is the flowers, and in particular, the bouquets. Many brides I’ve known have had the most beautiful bouquet of flowers, some traditional and some a little different. I’ve decided to put together 10 gorgeous and unique bouquets, just to show that you don’t have to always use the typical baby’s breath & white roses combination, or even real flowers at all!

From jeweled bouquets, to posies made out of sweets, lace, soft fabric and even wire butterflies, there’s really a whole lot you can do with your wedding bouquet. My advice if you’re keen on something a little different, is to still make sure it fits in with your general dress/design/decor of the day – maybe even follow through with same treats on the table, vintage books covered in the same fabric or jewels in your hair…

Be inspired ladies! Here’s 10 of the best 🙂

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Mint Green Protea Bouquets | source Green Wedding Shoes

Rainbow Rose Bouquet

Rainbow Rose Bouquet | source SnapKnot

Lace & Fabric Bouquet

Lace & Fabric Bouquet | source Etsy

All Green Bouquet

All Green Bouquet | source SnapKnot

Woodland Wedding Bouquet

Woodland Wedding Bouquet | source Bespoke Bride

Candy Coated Bouquet

Candy Coated Bouquet | source GadGether

Pinecone Bouquet

Pinecone Bouquet | source GadGether

Bouquet of Jewels & Rhinestones

Bouquet of Jewels & Rhinestones | source Weddbook

Peach & Grey Cloth Bouquet

Peach & Grey Cloth Bouquet | source Etsy

Simple King Protea Bouquet

Simple King Protea Bouquet | source Love and Lavender

10 Cute Nooks at Home | Living Spaces

So we’ve been in our new house now for a month and it’s amazing how much there is to do! In terms of DIY we have lifted carpets, sanded wooden floors, painted two bedrooms (including skirtings – a slight backache nightmare) and hung curtains. And there’s plenty more to come… In the meantime though I’ve started dreaming of a few little nooks – places to retreat to and spend time in.

I’ve seen some great nooks in some houses – from under the stairs sitting or storage space, to an alcove or bay window. I’ve seen cupboards changed into walk in book shelves with a cosy chair, and cute kitchen corners turned into a newspaper and coffee nook. I’ve seen quaint wash nooks in old-fashioned restaurants and quiet outside spaces where wrought iron furniture and potted plants make the place their own. I love a good nook – the whole point is to USE it, and not to simply create it and leave it.

In that vein of thought, here are 10 cute, stylish and elegant nooks that I thought I must share with you 🙂

Cute Bistro Nook

Cute  Bistro Nook | source madisonhome

Stylish Window Nook

Stylish Window Nook | source Pinterest

Nook for Girls

Nook for Girls | source Pinterest

Nook Under the Stairs

Nook Under the Stairs | source decoholic

Colourful Storage Nook

Colourful Storage Nook | source Pinterest

Beautiful Glass Corner Nook

Beautiful Glass Corner Nook | source Pinterest

Bright Outdoor Nook

Bright Outdoor Nook | source Pinterest

A Framed Kitchen Nook

A Framed Kitchen Nook | source Pinterest

Adorable Book Nook

Adorable Book Nook | source hellobee

Little Wash Nook

Little Wash Nook | source Pinterest

How to Group Frames Together | At Home DIY

One very easy way of changing up a space is rearranging the way in which you hang photos, pictures, art, mementos and anything else artistic that can be be put in a frame. This includes postcards, decorative paper and even vintage newspaper.

A great way of working out what you’re going to hang, how you’re going to hang, and what effect you want, is to place your frames (sometimes it’s nice to have the same or similar frames, but it can be just as effective having different frames) on newspaper, cut out around them and then stick up the newspaper on your walls in different formations – this’ll enable you to get a good idea of how you want to hang before you drill the first hole!

Frames can be grouped together as a focus wall, as a balance to a room (like a staircase), in symmetrical groups of 3 x 3 in identical frames, or as a hodge podge of unique frames that feature a different piece of artwork or picture in each. It’s really what fits with your overall decor scheme that will give you direction as to how to work out your frame grouping idea.

Here’s some ideas for laying out your frames, as well as some great inspiration I’ve found on the web. Have an inspired Sunday! x

Ideas for Framing

Ideas for Hanging Frames | source – Pinterest

Peaceful Desk Inspiration

Peaceful Desk Inspiration | source ffffound.com

Dress Your Hallway

Dress Your Hallway | source House Dressing

Frames as an Accent Wall

Frames as an Accent Wall | source Steph Modo

Horizontal Picture Frames

Horizontal Picture Frames | source Steph Modo

Eclectic Grouping of Frames

Eclectic Grouping of Frames | source Steph Modo

Using Small & Big Frames

Using Small & Big Frames | source High Fashion Home

Framing Scrapbooking Paper

Framing Scrapbooking Paper | source Casa Sugar

 

Wall Art With Stickers | Contemporary Home Decor

Back when I was a little girl, the most my mom could do to decorate my room was pink wallpaper with ballet slippers on it, paint the walls (pink again, and then sea green when I hit 12) or even paint a mural (which my brother had all over one wall). When I was a teen I plastered my walls with everything from cute poems from cards, to posters of Leo DiCaprio, the BackStreet Boys, Tom Welling and Bob Skinstad…

When I reached varsity, all the black and white perfume magazine pictures came down and the walls were painted bright orange with a stylish 1950s Marilyn Monroe poster on top. But the key thing was that posters, cards and pictures were very ‘temporary’… and messy. I remember countless hardened blocks of prestick on the walls being SUCH a pain.

The great thing is that these days you can embellish any wall in your home with stylish, elegant wall stickers – ensuring creative spaces in just about every room! From silhouettes to word art, flowers to children’s teddy bears, there’s really something for everyone.  Check out My Wall Tattoos, a company that locally produces amazing wall art that can be sent anywhere in the world. I’ve put together some personal favourites – be inspired!

words

Elegant Kitchen Wall Art | source Vinyl Impression

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Wall Stars for Kids | source Ferm Living Shop

cross stitch

Cross Stitch Wall Sticker | source Not on the High Street

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Animal Art for Kids Rooms | source Way Fair

kitchen

Kitchen Utensils Sticker | source Heart & Design

lowre

Flower Art Wall Stickers | source Home Designing

map

Awesome Map of the World Sticker | source Project Decor

stars

It’s a Starry Night | source Ferm Living

tree

Asian Inspired Blossom Trees & Bird Cages | source Impressive Interior Design